11 May 2016 – Important Current Affairs Today PDF

///11 May 2016 – Important Current Affairs Today PDF

National News Important Current Affairs Update – 11 May 2016

ExamPariksha publishes relevant fact based daily Current Affairs to cover all important happening and developments in the National sphere in this section. Usually examiners ask GA or current GK questions in personal interviews and exams focussing on recent events to check how informed you are. Here is a sincere attempt to cover all important topics for such scenarios from today’s current gk.

>> Today is National Technology Day( 11 May). Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted people with the slogans —Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan.

  • National Technology Day is a very special day for Indian Technology since 1999.
  • The first, indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3” was test flown at Bangalore on this day.
  • India also performed successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day.
  • India also executed three successful nuclear tests at Pokhran, in Rajasthan May 11.

>> Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting with the Chief Ministers of drought-hit Telangana and Madhya Pradesh. The focus of the meetings was immediate and long-time measures for drought mitigation.

  • Various agriculture measures including micro-irrigation, use of liquid fertilizer, use of space technology, and focus on building farm ponds were discussed.
  • Mission Kakatiya – aims at rejuvenation of water tanks and other water storage structures in Telangana.

>> Indian Navy will de-commission the fleet of Sea Harriers at INS Hansa base in Goa today. The MiG 29K fighter aircraft will replace them. The aircraft, developed by the British in the 1960s, are best known for the ability to take off and land vertically, and for being the only class of jets that can hover like a helicopter. Note that: The Sea Harrier was used by the British during the Falklands War, both Gulf Wars, and during the NATO intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

>> Indian Navy has launched the state-of-the-art Harbour Defence Systems at Vizag, which includes two systems, Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) and Mine Warfare Data Centre (MWDC) which would enhance the Navy’s surveillance capability and response to security threats.

  • The IUHDSS is a multi-sensor system capable of detecting, identifying, tracking and generating warnings for all types of surface and underwater threats to Visakhapatnam harbour.
  • The MWDC will collate, analyse and classify data collected by the Navy’s Mine Hunting Ships from various ports along the East coast. Maintain an underwater information database of harbours along the East coast.
  • Note that: Post 26/11, the Indian Navy was made responsible for the security of the country’s vast coastline in coordination with Indian Coast Guard, Marine Police, Fisheries, etc.
  • Navy’s measures to strengthen security are – creation of the Sagar Prahari Bal, induction of Fast Interceptor Crafts (FICs) and commissioning of the IUHDSS.

Important Current Affairs Updates International News- 11 May 2016

Questions about International Relations (IR) are often asked in interviews, written exams conducted by various recruiters. The following international news has important daily current affairs which you must know as an aspirant for exams conducted by UPSC and State PSCs.

>> Scientists have developed the world’s first holographic flexible smartphone that lets users interact with 3D videos and images without any headgear or glasses. The device, HoloFlex, is capable of rendering 3D images with motion parallax and stereoscopy to multiple simultaneous users without head tracking or glasses. The device features a Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) touchscreen display.

>> Bangladesh has hanged Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Motiur Rahman Nizami at Dhaka Central Jail for war crimes committed during the country’s 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan.

  • He is the senior most Islamist to be executed in Bangladesh for war crimes.
  • Nizami was given capital punishment in October 2014 by the international crimes tribunal.
  • He was particularly found guilty of systematic killings of over 450 people alone in his own village.

>> NASA’s unmanned Kepler space observatory, which launched in 2009, finds largest trove of exoplanets outside the solar system. The new discovery has given hope that eventually another Earth can be discovered. It has been scanning 150,000 stars for signs of orbiting bodies, particularly those that might be able to support life.

Economics Important Current Affairs News Today – 11 May 2016

The following economics current news update has all important economy news for exams. These will also help in developing a better understanding of Economy.

>> According to latest government statistics, India’s annual core sector growth has slowed to a decade low of 2.7% in 2015-16, slower than the 4.5% pace in the previous financial year.

  • However, the eight core industries account for 38% of India’s industrial output. The eight core sector industries are— coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilizer, steel, cement and electricity.

>> The Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademark(CGPDTM) has granted American pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences the patent for the blockbuster Hepatitis C drug Sofosbuvir (brand name Sovaldi) in India. Previously the application was rejected in January 2015 for lacking inventiveness and novelty.

  • Note that: the Indian Patent Office is administered by the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks (CGPDTM). 
  • It reports to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion(DIPP) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

>> India is ranked at 9th position in crony-capitalism, according to a new study by The Economist. Previously in 2014 ranking also, India held the same position. Crony wealth in India has come down sharply from 18 per cent of GDP in 2008 to just 3 per cent of GDP now. While Germany is cleanest, Russia is the worst crony-capitalist country, followed by Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Ukraine, Mexico, Indonesia and Turkey above India. Whereas Taiwan and China are ranked 10th and 11th after India.

  • What is crony capitalism? – The success of a business is dependent on the favoritism shown by the ruling government in the form of tax breaks, government grants and other incentives. The success of business should instead be determined by a free market and the rule of law.

11 May 2016 – Important Current Affairs Updates Sports News

The following important current affairs about sports news are relevant from exam point of view. Questions might appear in upcoming exams:

>> In Tennis, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis continue to lead the latest Women’s Doubles rankings. Sania and Hingis, have won 13 titles together including 4 this year, have thus maintained their joint position with 12,045 points each.

>> Shashank Manohar has stepped down as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President barely seven months after being appointed to contest ICC Chairman elections. The ICC has set a rule that its Chairman should be of independent nature and can’t act in dual role keeping his position as his country’s cricketing chief.

>> India will send its largest ever contingent to Olympics – about 90 sports persons – being held in Rio, Brazil, beginning 5th of August.

We hope this compilation was useful for going through today’s important current events. Please share your comments with us. Have a Good Day!

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