May 2016 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs May 2016: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of May 2016 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
  • Leicester City striker forward Jamie Vardy was named 2015-16 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers Association (FWA). He will be honoured with the prestigious FWA accolade, which has been running since 1948, at a gala dinner in London on 12 May 2016. 19-year-old striker became the first Leicester City player to win the prestigious FWA Footballer of the Year award with 36 percent of the vote.
  • Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba appointed as the next Chief of the Naval Staff. He will assume the charge on 31 May 2016 as the 23rd chief of Indian Navy and 21st as an Indian. He will succeed present Navy Chief Admiral Robin K. Dhowan, who will superannuate from the post on 31 May 2016. Lanba, 58, will have a full three-year-term in office till 31 May 2019.
  • Taoiseach Enda Kenny was re-elected as Prime Minister of Ireland on 6 May 2016. Kenny, leader of Fine Gael party, was elected for the post 70 days after a general election which had produced no outright winner. He was re-appointed with 59 votes in favour and 49 votes against.
  • The Pakistan Cricket Board on 6 May 2016 appointed Mickey Arthur as head coach of Pakistan Cricket Team. He succeeded Waqar Younis, who resigned after Pakistan’s early exit from the World T20 tournament. Before this appointment, Arthur coached South Africa from 2005 to 2010, and Australia from 2011 to 2013.
  • The British Labour party’s Sadiq Khan was elected new Mayor of London. His election as Mayor of London made him the first actively affiliated Muslim to become mayor of a major Western capital. Khan emerged victorious in the 2016 mayoral elections after defeating Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Zac Goldsmith by 1310143 votes to 994614.
  • England women’s cricket captain Charlotte Edwards announced retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. She will continue to play domestic cricket, captaining the Southern Vipers in the inaugural Kia Super League, alongside leading Kent in the Royal London Women’s One-Day Championship. Having scored 5992 runs in 191 One-Day Internationals and 2605 runs in 95 Twenty20 Internationals, she is the highest run-getter in women’s cricket in both limited-overs formats.
  • Shashank Manohar was elected unanimously and unopposed as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) by the Board. Manohar is the first elected independent Chairman of the Cricket governing body and will serve for two-year term with immediate effect.
  • FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) Council named a Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura as its first female Secretary General (SG). Samoura, 54-year-old, will assume the role of FIFA Secretary General before mid-June after undergoing an eligibility check administered by an independent review committee. This eligibility check will be conducted as per Article 37 of the FIFA Statutes.
  • Indian journalist and Councillor Philip Abraham was elected unanimously as the Deputy Mayor of Loughton town in the United Kingdom. Councillor Abraham was presented with the Deputy Mayor’s Badge by Carol Davis, the newly-elected mayor.
  • Tsai Ing-wen was sworn-in as the President of Taiwan. With this, she became the first woman to hold the post in Taiwan. This is the only second time that DPP has won an election in Taiwan. The Kuomintang (KMT) has been in power for most of the past 70 years.
  • Anurag Thakur was unanimously elected as 34th BCCI President at the board’s special general meeting (SGM) in Mumbai. He will serve as President until September 2017. Thakur, who is a BJP MP in Lok Sabha from Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur district, is the second youngest BCCI chief. Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad in 1963 became the youngest BCCI President at the age of 33.
  • BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was appointed as the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Puducherry on 22 May 2016. Puducherry will now have a full time Lt. Governor after a gap of two year. She will succeed Ajay Kumar Singh, the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, who was holding the additional charge of Puducherry since July 2014.
  • All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Supremo Jayalalithaa was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 23 May 2016. Governor Dr K Rosaiah administered the oath of office and secrecy for her at the Centenary Auditorium, Madras University. This is Jayalalithaa’s second consecutive term as Chief Minister of the state and sixth overall.
  • Renowned scientist S K Sharma was appointed the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL).
  • A 19-member LDF government, led by CM Pinarayi Vijayan, took charge in Kerala after Governor P Sathasivam administered the oath of office and secrecy to the ministers at a grand swearing-in ceremony held at the Central Stadium.
  • The president of Guinea-Bissau named Baciro Dja as the west African country's new prime minister, in a move that triggered immediate protests from the ruling party.
  • Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as Chief Minister of West Bengal for a second consecutive term in a ceremony on Red Road in Kolkata, witnessed by nearly 25,000 people.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Indian-American Syamantak Payra, a 15-year-old from Friendswood, Texas, in May 2016 won Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards of 50000 US dollar. He was awarded for developing a low-cost electronically aided knee brace that allows an individual with a weakened leg to walk more naturally.He shared the 50000 US dollars award with Kathy Liu of Salt lake City, Utah who was awarded for developing an alternative battery component that could significantly improve battery performance and safety.
  • Sunil Bharti Mittal, the founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises, received the Alumni Achievement Award of Harvard Business School.
  • Music maestro A R Rahman has been announced as the recipient of Grand Fukuoka Prize 2016 for his outstanding contribution to Asian culture through his music.
Top Education Current Affairs
  • Twenty-two-year-old Tina Dabi from Delhi has topped the prestigious civil services exams 2015, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission or UPSC. In the second position was Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan from Jammu and Kashmir. Jasmeet Singh Sandhu, who is also from Delhi, has secured the third position. Delhi-based Jasmeet Singh Sandhu, an Indian Revenue Service officer, has secured third position.
Top Resignation Current Affairs
  • Shashank Vyankatesh Manohar resigned as the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He also stepped down as the BCCI representative in the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). He had succeeded Jagmohan Dalmiya as the cricket body’s president after the former’s demise in October 2015.


Top Science Current Affairs
  • India successfully test fired an indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile, Ashwin. It was launched from the complex of Abdul Kalam Island (formerly known as Wheeler Island) off Odisha coast. The advanced version of low altitude supersonic ballistic interceptor missile was fired at a ballistic missile, a modified version of Prithvi weapon system. It was test fired to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • German Formula 1 Mercedes Driver Nico Rosberg won 2016 Russian Grand Prix. It is his fourth win in a row this season. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of United Kingdom stood second and Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen of Finland secured 3rd place in the tournament.
  • England’s world number one Mark Selby won World Championship title of Snooker. In the final match played in Sheffield, Selby from Leicester defeated China’s Ding Junhui 18-14. With this win, Selby also ended Ding’s chance of being the first Asian player to win the world title.
  • Number one seed Novac Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to conquer the Mutua Madrid Open title in Madrid, Spain. It was Djokovic’s fifth win in the last 6 ATP 1000 competitions. With the win, he also reached a record 29 Masters 1000 titles.
  • Andy Murray won his first Italian Open Men’s Singles Tennis title. In the final played in Rome, third-ranked Murray defeated the top-ranked Djokovic 6-3, 6-3. The only other British man to win the tournament was George Patrick Hughes in 1931. He is also the first British singles champion in Italy since Virginia Wade won the title in 1971.
  • The Indian 4x100m women’s relay team broke the 18-year-old national record to finish in 4th position at the IAAF World Challenge held in Beijing, China. The 4x100m women relay team, which included Dutee Chand, Srabani Nanda, HM Jyoti and Merlin Joseph, clocked 44.03 seconds to finish the race.
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) won their maiden IPL 2016 season 9 title after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 8 runs. SRH won the toss and batted first & gave RCB a target of 209 to chase in 20 overs.
  • Alastair Cook, who became the first English batsman to score 10,000 runs in test matches in the second test against Sri Lanka.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu launched e-enabled application, Project Management & Information System (PMIS) at Rail Bhawan in New Delhi. The application will used for proper monitoring of all the Railway projects throughout the country.
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