May 2011 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs May 2011: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of May 2011 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
  • All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief J Jayalalithaa was sworn in as chief minister of Tamil Nadu on Monday along with 33 others in her Cabinet. State Governor Surjit Singh Barnala administered oath of secrecy to Jayalalithaa at the Madras University's centenary auditorium in Chennai.
  • Ajit Kumar Seth a 1974 batch IAS officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre was appointed the Cabinet Secretary of India. The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cleared the appointment.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • The Union Minister of Environment and forests, Jairam Ramesh stated that it had cleared the 400 MW Maheshwar hydroelectric power project on the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Andhra Pradesh’s annual plan for the year 2011-12 was finalised at 43000 crore. This decision was taken after the meeting of planning commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.
  • President of Uzbekistan Islam Abduganievich  Karimov visited India. It was his fifth visit to India. Karimov is the President of Uzbekistan since 1990. He came to India to hold talks on strengthening security, energy links and communication.
  • Under the resumed dialogue process between Pakistan and India, delegations of the two countries met in Rawalpindi from 20-21 May 2011 to discuss the Sir Creek Issue. The Pakistan delegation was led by Rear Admiral Shah Sohail Masood, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence.
  • Aurobindo Pharma Ltd received final approval from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) to manufacture and market Divalproex Sodium Delayed- Release tablets.
  • A high-level coordination committee on external commercial borrowings (ECB), chaired by R Gopalan, secretary department of economic affairs in a meeting decided to raise the external commercial borrowing limit to $ 30 billion for the financial year 2011-12.
Top Economics Current Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India in May 2011 advised state-run infrastructure finance companies to make provisions for standard assets from March 2012 fearing an increase in defaults amid uncertainty over pending infrastructure and power projects.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in end of May 2011 reduced the time that banks take to resolve customers' complaints regarding ATM transactions to seven working days from 12 working days.
Top Geography Current Affairs
  • An earthquake of 4.9 magnitude shook the Kashmir Valley but there were no reports of any loss in the tremor. The moderate intensity tremor, which was recorded at 3.09 hours morning, had its epicentre in Hindukush mountain range in Afghanistan.
  • Lanco Solar announced to set up a 75 MW solar power plant at Dhule in Maharashtra at a cost of 884.18 crore rupees. Lanco bagged the contract from the Maharashtra State Power Generation Co Ltd. The project would be fully commissioned by mid- February 2012.

Top India Current Affairs
  • Nagaland state annual plan was finalised at 1810 crore t a meeting between the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • The committee headed by Director General for Foreign Trade Anup K Pujari set up will review the very existence of the deemed export scheme whose scope has considerably widened over the years.
  • The Working group of NAC (National Advisory Council) in the third week of May 2011 drafted a detailed note on land acquisition and relief and rehabilitation.
  • The National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Sonia Gandhi gave its nod to government's go ahead for fresh survey identifying families Below Poverty Line, BPL.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • Palestinian-born and UAE-based mother of two, Suzanne Al Houby, on 21 May 2011 became the first Arab woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who is at the centre of a controversy over the draft report on 2G scam, was renominated as the chairman of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee, notwithstanding the raging row.
  • Union Ministry of Environment and forests issued a revised draft-guidelines to determine critical wildlife habitats as required by the Scheduled tribes and Other Forest Dwellers Act, 2006.
  • The Supreme Court of India reserved verdict on the petition for a direction to the Chhattisgarh government to disarm and disband Special Police Officers recruited under Salwa Judum movement.
  • The Supreme Court of India May 2011 gave the ruling that non-minority educational institutions have no right to admit students of their choice and scrapped 100 percent reservation for children of armed forces in the Army college of Medical Sciences(ACMS) in Delhi Cantonment.
  • According to the election results declared by Election Commission of India Trinamool Congress won the state assembly elections 2011 in West Bengal. With the victory of Trinamool Congress, the 34- year rule of CPI (M) led left government came to an end in West Bengal.
  • The Union Cabinet of India gave approval for conducting the Below Poverty Line (BPL) Census in rural and urban areas. The Census would be conducted by the Ministry of Rural Development in association with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) and the Registrar General of India (RGI).
  • Union Government decided to set up a high level committee under the chairmanship of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman to tackle the menace of black money.
Top Science Current Affairs
  • This discovery will make it possible to improve photoelectrochemical cells. In the same way that plants use photosynthesis to transform sunlight into energy, these cells use sunlight to drive chemical reactions that ultimately produce hydrogen from water.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal was defeated by world number three Xin Wang of China in the finals to finish runner-up in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton tournament on 8 May 2011 in Kuala Lumpur.
  • The AHF-MHC Hockey Academy was inaugurated by Sultan Azlan Shah, President, Asian Hockey Federation. The academy once completed can accommodate 100 trainees.
  • Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Monaco Grand Prix thriller for Red Bull on 29 May 2011. The victory marked his took his fifth victory in six races.
Top Summit Current Affairs
  • Second Africa-India forum summit was held at Addis Ababa from 24 to 25 May 2011 under the theme: Enhancing Partnership: Shared Vision. Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia.
Top World Current Affairs
  • Portugal reached a deal with the European Union and the IMF a €78-billion 3-year bailout. Portugal’s Prime Minister Jose Socrates announced the deal is worth 78 billion euros.
  • Russia in the second week of May 2011 delivered a new shipment of nuclear fuel to Iran for use at the Bushehr nuclear power plant. About 30 tonnes of uranium fuel rods had been sent to Iran by plane over the last week. 
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