May 2014 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs May 2014: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of May 2014 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
  • Indian-American Manish Shah has been confirmed by the US Senate as a federal judge in Illinois, making him the first South Asian federal judge in President Barack Obama’s home state.
  • Libya’s parliament swore in an Islamist-backed businessman as interim prime minister Sunday despite a challenge to the results that led to a walkout by secular lawmakers. The interim parliament named Ahmed Matiq, 42 years old, as prime minister in a televised session.
  • Denesh Ramdin was appointed captain of the West Indies Test side in place of Darren Sammy and the wicketkeeper batsman’s first assignment will be the home series against New Zealand beginning next month.
  • Major General Kristin Lund, of Norway, has become the first woman ever to serve as Force Commander in a United Nations peacekeeping operation. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday in New York, named Major General Kristin Lund as the commander of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus.
  • AIADMK supremo and re-elected legislative leader of the party J Jayalalithaa has been sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor K Rosaiah. This is the fifth time she was sworn in as CM
  • The swearing-in ceremony of the 15th Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, took place at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of all the dignitaries which included SAARC heads as well. As per media reports, 45 members of the Modi’s cabinet were sworn in.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Ratan Tata became the first Indian to be awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) since India became a republic in 1950. British high commissioner to India James Bevan conducted the ceremony.
  • Since 2004, Modi government in Gujarat has received 285 awards among which seven conferred by Prime Minister, 82 by various central government departments and 172 by well recognized national and international agencies for performing well in administration and development areas.
  • Ravi Dhariwal, the CEO of BCCL, which publishes The Times of India, the worlds largest-selling English broadsheet has been awarded the International News Media Associations (INMA) highest honour for volunteer service to, and lifetime achievement in, the media industry.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • The Tata Sons full service JV airline with Singapore Airlines (SIA) is all set to meet its projected date of starting operations this September. In a first, DGCA has set time limits for providing services — which includes giving licences to both airlines and personnel like pilots and engineers.
Top Education Current Affairs
  • Britain’s Cambridge University pipped arch-rival Oxford for the fourth year in a row to be named the best varsity in the country by an education guide. Cambridge is again the countrys leading university,topping the Complete University Guides 2015 ranking of UK varsities which was published online on Monday.
  • The southern state of Karnataka is leading the Indian School Certificate (ISC) examination Class XII Results this year with a pass rate of 98.38%. The Results were declared by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
  • The rank cards for Andhra Pradesh Engineering Common Entrance Test (AP ECET) 2014 will be available for download on the official website May 26, 2014.


Top Entertainment Current Affairs
  • Shah Rukh Khan has been rated as the top Indian leader in Arab World by the Forbes magazine. The actor became the first Indian celebrity to grace the cover of Forbes Middle East special issue.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • For the first time, the Rashtrapati Bhavan will host a record 4,000 guests. This is also the first time that the heads of state or government of eight countries, including the seven Saarc states, will witness the oath-taking ceremony of an Indian prime minister.The rarity of the occasion will be further expanded as President Pranab Mukherjee will host a dinner for the foreign leaders soon after administering the oath to Modi and his Council of Ministers.
  • Apple falls out of favour on the high street: Shoppers unhappy at customer service push store into 13th place from first in survey of nation's favourite retailers.
  • A virtual Memorial Wall has been launched by India to honour soldiers who sacrificed their lives during UN peacekeeping operations.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • Queen Beatrix has signed the official act of abdication at the Royal Palace in downtown Amsterdam, making her eldest son Willem-Alexander the first Dutch king in more than 100 years
  • The Hinduja brothers have emerged as the richest persons in the UK, which boasts of 102 billionaires, including Lord Swraj Paul and four others of Indian-origin. The London-based Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja, who have a fortune of 11.9 billion pounds.
  • Asoke Mukerji, India's Ambassador to the United Nations, unveiled the virtual wall yesterday at a ceremony to mark International Day of UN Peacekeepers.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • CPM leader and sitting legislator ?M. A. Baby’s resignation has been rejected by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in a meeting on Saturday. Baby had contested Lok Sabha elections from Kollam constituency and lost it to former cabinet colleague N.K. Premachandran.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • India on Thursday climbed up a position and regained its number one ranking in Twenty20 Internationals after the annual update of the ICC Rankings. The Indian side has swapped places with ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 champions, Sri Lanka.
  • Sania Mirza and Cara Black won their first title of the season with a hard-fought 6-4 6-3 win over Eva Hrdinova and Valeria Solovyeva in the final of the WTA Portugal Open, here on Saturday.
  • Leg spinner Pravin Tambe struck the first hat-trick of the season to script Rajasthan Royals’ 10-run sensational win over Kolkata Knight Riders in their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera on Monday.
  • French second-tier outfit Clermont Foot has announced that Portuguese manager Helena Costa will take over next season. Costa, 36, will become the first female coach of a French professional club.
  • Darren Sammy has retired from Test cricket after being replaced as West Indies captain by Denesh Ramdin. The all-rounder has led the Test side since 2010 and led the side to series victories over Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and New Zealand during his spell in charge.
  • Jill Ellis was named head coach of the squad Friday, five months before qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada begins. Ellis, 47, has been serving as interim head coach since April 6.
  • India won bronze medal in the Uber Cup. The match was played at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, and India had a clear lead of 2-0. Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu started well and won the first two singles. Japan who is a five-time winner won two doubles and the third single to win the game. As per media reports, this is the first medal won by India in such a prestigious event.
  • The Kochi team for the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament has been named ‘Kerala Blasters’. Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy made an announcement of the name. Sachin Tendulkar is the co-owner of the team.
  • Abhinav Bindra, ace shooter and India’s only Olympic gold medallist in individual capacity, became the fourth shooter to secure quota slot in the upcoming Rio 2016 summer Olympic Games. The feat was already accomplished by Apurvi Chandela, Gagan Narang (by winning bronze medal in Fort Benning World Cup’s men's 50m prone event), and Jitu Rai (by winning silver in the 50m Free Pistol event during World Championships in Spain’s Granada) in earlier World Cups.
  • Indian players crashed out of ITTF World Tour Philippines Open Table Tennis championship in the men's individual categories in the second round. India’s campaign in the championship ended after both ace Indian players Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh lost in the second round matches.
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