May 2009 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs May 2009: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of May 2009 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • Four Indian Americans have been selected to the prestigious White House Fellows; whom the First Lady said represents America's 'most promising leaders.' In all 30 individuals from across the country has been selected for the White House Fellowship Programme.
  • The Gujarat High Court has designated nine judges for as many special courts to carry out the trial in the 2002 post-Godhra riot cases being probed by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team.
  • Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India on Monday announced the appointment of Prashant Saran as its whole time member.
  • Manmohan Singh was on Wednesday appointed the prime minister for a second consecutive term, for which he will be sworn in on May 22, after the United Progressive Alliance coalition staked its claim to form the government with the backing of 322 Members of Parliament.
  • United States President Barack Obama welcomed Indian envoy Meera Shankar at the White House on Wednesday, during the credentials ceremony for newly appointed ambassadors to Washington, DC.
  • India-born engineering Professor Thomas Kailath, was elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (United Kingdom) for his efforts in engineering, which the society says have helped to improve humankind's natural knowledge.
  • Madhav Kumar Nepal was sworn-in on Monday as the Prime Minister of Nepal along with two cabinet ministers, capping the three-week long political crisis in the country that eased Maoists out of power after a confrontation with the army.
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy on Tuesday appointed Sabita Indira Reddy as the state home minister. Sabita, the widow of former home minister Indira Reddy, is the first woman to hold the prestigious ministry in the state.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Six American-Indians were among the awardees. Jatin P Shah, Kiran Desai, Sant Singh Chatwal, Shiv C Dass, Uma Mysorekar and Joseph J Thomas won the award this year.
  • A supremely-confident Kavya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, breezed through to win the 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, after going toe-to-to with her pre-school friend Aishwarya Pastapur, 13, of Chatham, Illinois and Tim Ruitter of Centreville, Virginia.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • Korean auto major Hyundai Motor Company will bring the diesel variant of its premium hatchback 'i20' by the end of this year as part of its plan of introducing at least two new products in the Indian market annually for the next couple of years.
  • A magazine has named three India-origin chief executives-- Indra Nooyi, Francisco D'Souza and Ramani Ayer among the best CEOs in the US.
  • Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel has now become India's biggest music company, overtaking the industry leader Saregama, on the back of its music-related value-added mobile services.
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • The historic Indo-United States civilian nuclear agreement is on the right track, even as New Delhi has to complete a few formalities in this regard, said a top US diplomat on Thursday.
  • Canada will soon sign a deal with India to sell nuclear technology and uranium for civilian use, the country's International Trade Minister Stockwell Day has said.

Top India Current Affairs
  • India ranked among the world's most terrorism-afflicted countries, but said India's counterterrorism efforts remained hampered by its outdated and overburdened law enforcement and legal systems, according to the US Department of State's annual Country Reports on Terrorism for 2008,
  • India will recieve the first of three Israeli airborne early warning command and control (AWAC) systems on Sunday. With the induction of the Israel Aircraft Industries's Phalcon radar system, the Indian air force will become the first in South Asia to posses advanced AWAC aircraft, the website reported.
  • Indian Naval Ship Beas, India's indigenously built Brahmaputra class missile frigate, armed with state-of- the-art weapons, including the Barak anti-missile battery will hold joint naval exercises with the Russian navy.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • More than 150 Sikhs and Hindu families, who have been targetted by Taliban for failing to pay 'religious' tax, left their homes and moved to Punjab province to take shelter as the government in Islamabad on Saturday dismissed India's 'verbal demarche' on the issue.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Legendary Bollywood producer-director Prakash Mehra, who gave Amitabh Bachchan his first success with Zanjeer, passed away in a hospital in Mumbai on Sunday, after prolonged illness.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's New York-based daughter Amrit Singh, took on President Barack Obama for his decision to block the court-ordered release of photographs of detainee abuse by US troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and several other prisons.
  • The second round of Cabinet formation will take place on May 28 at 11.30 am when 55 ministers, including Cabinet, ministers of state and ministers of state with independent charge, will be sworn in.
  • The Congress party has decided to field Meera Kumar as the next speaker of the Lok Sabha.Highly-placed sources said the name was finalised in the meeting of the core committee held on Saturday morning.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • World number one Rafael Nadal overcame stubborn early resistance from defending champion Novak Djokovic to claim a record fourth Rome Masters title with a 7-6, 6-2 win on Sunday.
  • World champion Viswanathan Anand continued to reign supreme bagging the Chess Oscar for the sixth time and becoming the first non-Russian to do so.
  • Britain's Jenson Button led a Brawn GP one-two triumph at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday for the Formula One championship leader's fourth victory in five races.
  • Manchester United captured their 18th English league title on Saturday when they secured the point they needed in a nervy 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal.
  • The International Cricket Council on Sunday confirmed that the bowling action of Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal was found to be legal in an independent test and the player can, therefore, continue to bowl in international cricket.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • India's home-built Light Combat Aircraft -- the Tejas -- flying successfully through its testing process, the Indian Air Force has now signed up for an indigenous Medium Combat Aircraft. Within days, the IAF and a team of aircraft designers will formally set up a joint committee to frame the spe
  • Software giant Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7, will be available in the market by Christmas 2009, the company's chief executive officer Steve Ballmer said on Wednesday.
  • India on Tuesday successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-II missile with a strike range of up to 3,000 km from a launch pad off Orissa's coast.
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