May 2010 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs May 2010: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of May 2010 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
  • United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has appointed Atul Khare of India as assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations.The new assistant secretary-general replaces Edmond Mulet of Guatemala, who was appointed on April 1 as special representative of the secretary-general for Haiti for one year.
  • A committee appointed by the Rajasthan High Court to look into the reservation demand of Gujjars in Rajasthan has recommended the government to grant quota and special backward class status to the community.
  • Justice S H Kapadia, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court, was sworn in as the 38th Chief Justice of India by President Pratibha Patil.
  • Commissioner of Mumbai police D Sivanandan has been appointed the Maharashtra's new police chief. He will take over from A N Roy, who retires on Monday
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Distinguished Indian physicist and environmentalist Vandana Shiva has been awarded the prestigious Sydney Peace Prize this year, in recognition of her works in the field of social justice.
  • Conservative Senator Vim Kochhar has been honored with the 2010 Canadian Helen Keller Center Award 'for his outstanding community service and his appointment to the Senate.The award was presented by Cindy Accardi, executive director, Rotary Cheshire Homes and CHKC, and Larry Corke, event chair, CHKC, in Toronto.
  • Forty years after it was first published, Troubles by late author J G Farrell has been announced as the winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize -- a one-off prize to honour the books published in 1970, but not considered for the prize when its rules were changed.
  • Social entrepreneur Dr Bhagwati P Agrawal, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Sustainable Innovations, has received the $100,000 Lemelson-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Award for Sustainability.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • A Srinagar-bound SpiceJet aircraft with 186 passengers on board landed under emergency conditions in New Delhi after Air Traffic Control learnt that it had suffered a tyre burst while taking off and asked it to return.
Top India Current Affairs
  • Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is expected to visit New Delhi to meet his counterpart S M Krishna, which will be followed by a meeting of foreign secretaries in Islamabad.
  • Former Karnataka food and civil supplies minister H Halappa was arrested in connection with a rape case filed against him by his friend's wife.
  • Procuring an Overseas Citizenship of India Card has become more difficult and expensive for non-resident Indians thanks to new rules introduced by the government.The new rule makes it compulsory to surrender the Indian passports (valid/expired) and get a surrender certificate after paying $175, in addition to the $275 charged for the OCI Card.
  • In the Marxists-ruled Kerala, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad Kerala chapter has launched a helpline offering assistance to 'Hindus in distress'.Named Shivaji Hindu Helpline, the service particularly offers 'help for Hindu girls who are being lured into what they call the trap of 'love-jihad'.

Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • A telephonic conversation between two suspected members of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen gave the security agencies  clue about the outlawed wing's alleged involvement in triggering the Pune blast.
  • The government has banned more than a hundred terrorist outfits linked to Al Qaeda from across the globe.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Former vice president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat died two days after he was admitted to a hospital in Jaipur after he complained of uneasiness and breathing problems.Shekhawat, 87, breathed his last at 11.10 am at the Swai Man Singh Hospital, said Superintendent Dr Narpat Singh.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman in the Mumbai terror attacks, has been sentenced to death -- the ultimate punishment available under the Indian Penal Code under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.He will be one of the 309 prisoners in the country who will await his death, and if executed, he will become the 56th prisoner since Independence to be hanged in the gallows.
  • Dr Molly Easo Smith has been inaugurated as the 11th president of the Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She began her tenured presidency in July 2008, but the official inauguration was set for this month.
  • Naval officer Dilip Donde, who became the first Indian ever to circumnavigate the globe solo on a sail boat, on Sunday said foreigners did not believe that he was the first citizen from the country to take up this task.
  • Naval officer Dilip Donde, who became the first Indian ever to circumnavigate the globe solo on a sail boat, on Sunday said foreigners did not believe that he was the first citizen from the country to take up this task.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party government in Karnataka received a jolt when a minister from Chief Minister's home district of Shimoga quit following a media report which alleged that he sexually assaulted a friend's wife.
Top Resignation Current Affairs
  • An isolated Shibu Soren resigned as Jharkhand Chief Minister evening after failing to get the support of the Congress and its ally Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik ahead of Monday's trust vote in the assembly.
Top Summit Current Affairs
  • China welcomed the recent meeting of India Sand Pakistan prime ministers on the sidelines of the recent South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in Bhutan, saying that improvement of relations between the two countries is good for the sub-continent and the stability of Asia.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • Pakistan test fired two short-range ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads and striking Indian cities, with Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani saying it was time for the world to recognise his country as an atomic power.
  • India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-II missile intermediate range ballistic missile, with a range of 2000 kms, from the Wheelers Island off Orissa coast.
Top World Current Affairs
  • The war-ravaged nation of Afghanistan has offered to try and help bring about a rapprochement between the United States and Iran, even as Washington continues its campaign to isolate Teheran over its alleged nuclear weapons programme in violation of its nonproliferation obligations.
  • A Pakistani court directed authorities to temporarily block Facebook till May 31 over the holding of a competition on blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammed as protests against the social networking website were held across the country.
  • The United States indicated that it is favourably inclined to the civilian nuclear deal between China and Pakistan, but it should be in compliance with the rules of Nuclear Suppliers Group.
  • The worlds' first womens' magic festival--Maya 2010--will be held in Thiruvananthapuram on 30 May. Noted women magicians from across the world will participate in the festival .This was announced by magician Gopinath Muthukad, founder of the Magic academy which will organize the fest.
  • United States President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser, Retired General Jim Jones, tried to sugar-coat his trip to Pakistan last week along with Central Intelligence Agency chief Leon Panetta, describing it as 'a meeting between friends'.
  • Bangladesh temporarily blocked the social networking site Facebook amid demands by a radical organisation to ban the website for hurting the sentiments of Muslims.
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