May 2012 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs May 2012: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of May 2012 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
  • After more than two decades, an Indian, Justice Dalveer Bhandari, senior judge in the Supreme Court of India, was elected with overwhelming majority to the International Court of Justice in New York last week.
  • Socialist party leader Francois Hollande defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy to be elected as France's first left-wing president in 17 years
  • Cine superstar Rekha took oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha becoming yet another personality from the tinsel town to enter the portals of Parliament.
  • Vikram J Singh, who was the senior defense adviser to Richard Holbrooke, the erstwhile United States special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been appointed to a key Pentagon post -- deputy assistant secretary of defense for south and Southeast Asia.
  • CBI's Additional Director K Saleem Ali was promoted as posted as the special director of the agency. The name of Ali, a 1978-batch IPS officer from Manipur-Tripura cadre, was cleared by Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
  • Gen Bikram Singh, a veteran infantry officer took over as the 25th chief of the Indian Army, succeeding Gen V K Singh whose 26-month tenure was mired in controversies.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Ajeet Singh, who has rescued over 100 sex-workers from Varanasi area, received 'Man of the Year 2011' award of the news-weekly 'The Week'.
  • Infosys chief mentor Narayana Murthy has been felicitated with the Global Leadership and Free Enterprise awards by the University of South Florida in recognition of his entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Indian origin lawyers Kalpana Peddibhotla, Neha Sampat, Daljit Dhami, Vineeta Gajwani and Anoop Prasad were awarded at the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California's 19th annual gala held on March 30 in San Francisco, United States. 
  • It was a proud moment for Aparna Hande when she walked along with California Assemblyman Tony Mendoza to receive the California 56 assembly district woman of the year award, in a ceremony held on the floor of the California state assembly, Sacramento, March 26.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • India has signed defence offset contracts worth $4.27 billion in the last five-and-a-half years and Rs 1,17,319 crore has been spent on acquisition of military products from various indigenous sources, government told the Lok Sabha on Monday.
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • A key United States Senate sub-committee has approved $1 billion aid to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2013. The $52.1 billion Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Bill for the year 2103 was passed by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, during its meeting on Tuesday.


Top Education Current Affairs
  • Over 80 per cent students cleared the 2012 Class XII Central Board of Secondary Education examinations, with girls once again outshining the boys and the Chennai region beating others in the overall pass percentage.
Top Incident Current Affairs
  • A glacial lake burst in the high Himalayan region in northwestern Nepal sweeping away houses, farms, cattles near the tourist resort of Pokhara, killing at least 13 people and leaving 60 missing, including three foreign trekkers.
  • At least 19 passengers were injured when eight coaches of the Delhi-bound Firozpur-Mumbai Punjab Mail derailed near Kharawar village, about 14 km from Rohtak in Haryana, in the wee hours of Sunday.
  • Four children died overnight at the G B Pant Hospital in Kashmir, taking the death toll at Kashmir's only paediatric hospital to 363 this year.
  • At least 22 pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh were killed and 8 others injured when a bus in which they were travelling fell into Ganga river at Kodiyala in Tehri district of Uttarakhand, police said.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti general secretary and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi has resorted to a fast unto death in Guwahati demanding halt in construction of mega dam projects on various rivers in Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan, including the mainstream of Brahmaputra river.
  • As Manmohan Singh arrived Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar for the first visit by an Indian prime minister to Myanmar in 25 years, it marked another milestone in this country's steady march out of decades of diplomatic isolation and military rule even as key questions remain about the sustainability of the political reform process.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • Carrying forward its probe on the bribery allegation made by Army Chief Gen V K Singh, the Central Bureau of Investigation questioned retired Lt Gen Tejinder Singh for the first time for his alleged role in the Tatra case.
  • Fifty-seven-year old Chitra Swaroop made history in Uttar Pradesh after she was appointed the first ever engineer-in-chief of the state's public works department by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. 
  • Nupur Talwar, prime accused in the murder of her daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, expressed her desire to write a book called 'Mystery behind Aarushi's murder- A Tale of Unfortunate Mother'.
  • Jailed former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka was granted bail by the high court in Colombo in a case for harbouring military deserters, ahead of an imminent presidential pardon for him.
  • Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi renewed appeal to anti-talk ULFA leader Paresh Barua and others to abjure violence and sit across the table to solve their problems through democratic means.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • The government gave its nod to the Copyright Amendment Bill along with two other bills which would see setting up of innovation universities and mandatory accreditation of higher education institutions.
  • The Assam chapter of National Human Rights Commission raised concern over high rate of crime against women in Assam even though the Commission finds overall human rights scenario better in the State than most other states in the country.
Top Science Current Affairs
  • For the first time a 'sounding' rocket designed by students of the Indian Space Research Organisation-sponsored Indian Institute of Space Technology has been launched successfully in Thiruvananthapuram.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • For the second time in a week, Pakistan successfully test fired another nuclear-capable Hatf-VIII cruise missile with a range of more than 350 km, the latest in a series of tests of missiles that can hit targets within India.
Top World Current Affairs
  • One World Trade Center became the tallest structure in New York City on April 30, 2012, when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building.
  • A Pakistani court has issued a notice to the federal government on two petitions asking it to stop Yousuf Raza Gilani from holding the post of prime minister after his conviction while another court has dismissed a similar petition.
  • Pakistani authorities have completed all legal formalities for issuance of a Red Corner Notice by Interpol for the arrest of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the probe into former premier Benazir Bhutto's assassination.
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