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  May 2016
  April 2016


  • Jean-Marc Ayrault, a moderate Socialist with an affinity for Germany, took office as France’s Prime Minister on 16th May, 2012 and got to work by naming his Cabinet — a lineup that includes allies and veterans of previous governments. Socialist President Francois Hollande approved the appointments, in line with tradition, which give women half of the 34 posts — as he had promised during the campaign.
  • Indiana University professor Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in Economics, has died at age 78.
  • At its meeting on June 11, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Nobel Foundation set the amount of the 2012 Nobel Prizes at SEK 8.0 million per prize, at exchange rate equivalent to USD 1.1 million. This implies a lowering of the prize sum by 20 per cent.
  • Nepal President Baran Yadav on 29th May, 2012 removed Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai from his post, but asked him to keep the charge until some alternative arrangements are put into place. Bhattarai was instructed by the President to step down as he was no longer a member of the House.
  • Born in 1927, Mehdi Hassan, also known as the Shahanshah-e-Ghazal, died in a private Karachi hospital on June 13, 2012.
  • The Union Government on 30th May, 2012 announced the constitution of a committee under the chairmanship of Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council’s (PMEAC) Chairman C. Rangarajan to review the existing production sharing contracts (PSCs). The PSCs are to be reviewed in the backdrop of the recent spat between Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) and the Petroleum Ministry.
    • Bihar Government on 30th May, 2012 prohibited the sale and manufacturing of all tobacco products for next one year. The decision taken on the eve of ‘World No-Tobacco Day’, made Bihar the third State in the country to ban tobacco products. Earlier Madhya Pradesh and Kerala had come out with the same decision.
  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) 2012 concluded in Beijing on 7th June, 2012, with member states agreeing to further cooperation in a variety of fields. Chinese President Hu Jin Tao, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Uzbek President Islam Karimov, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and Afghan President Hamid Karzai were among the top leaders who attended the summit.
  • According to the findings of a handset survey conducted by research firm Gartner, the Korean mobile giant Samsung surpassed the Finland based mobile manufacturer Nokia as the world’s number one mobile company. Nokia remained the number one phone brand since 1998.
  • Two ex-heads of China’s football league have been jailed for 10-and-a-half years each for corruption, making them the most senior football officials sentenced. Nan Yong and his predecessor Xie Yalong were both accused of accepting bribes. Nan was also fined 200,000 yuan ($31,400; £20,200) and Xie is set to have personal assets and illegal takings confiscated.
  • Rebekah Brooks, the former Chief Executive of News International, and her husband Charlie Brooks are charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to the alleged destruction of evidence associated with the News International phone hacking scandal.
  • Shakeel Afridi, a Pakistani physician who helped the CIA to track down Osama bin Laden by collecting DNA samples from residents of bin Laden’s compound, is sentenced to 33 years’ imprisonment for treason.
  • First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond launches the “Yes” campaign for Scottish independence at Cineworld in Edinburgh.
  • India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made the first official visit to Myanmar by an Indian premier since 1987 in order to have stronger trade and investment ties with its neighbour.
  • Liberia’s ex-President Charles Taylor has been sentenced to 50 years in jail by a UN-backed war crimes court. Taylor was found guilty of aiding and abetting rebels in Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war.
  • Egypt formally ended its 31-year state of emergency, which gave security forces broad powers to suppress civil unrest and detain dissenters.
  • The World Bank in its report named Global Economic Prospects released on 12th June, 2012, projected Indian economy to grow by 6.9% in the financial year 2012-13. The World Bank report predicted India’s growth increasing to 6.9 per cent, 7.2 per cent and 7.4 per cent in fiscal years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 respectively.
  • India’s Batting great Sachin Tendulkar was conferred upon the Wisden India Outstanding Achievement award for completing 100 international hundreds, in Dubai on 11th June, 2012. The trophy is made from crystal, and resembles a cricket ball resting on the open pages of a book.
  • The Falkland Islands will hold a referendum on its “political status” in a bid to end the dispute with Argentina over the archipelago’s sovereignty. The islands’ government made the announcement ahead of the anniversary marking 30 years since the end of Argentina’s 74-day occupation in 1982.
  • The Government of India nominated Vice Admiral Devender Kumar Joshi as the new Navy Chief. Joshi will assume the charge after Admiral Nirmal Verma retires on 31st August, 2012. Joshi, 58 is currently the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command, the Indian Navy’s sword arm.
  • President Pratibha Patil appointed senior-most Election Commissioner Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath as the 18th Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India. He replaced S.Y. Quraishi on the constitutional position, whose term as the CEC came to an end on 10th June, 2012.
  • The Walt Disney Company became the first media company to ban the junk food advertisements on kid’s programmes.
  • In a rare space event, Venus, the second closest planet from the sun, passed in front of the Sun on 5th June, 2012.
  • IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) is a version of the Internet Protocol (IP) that is intended to succeed IPv4, which is the communications protocol currently used to direct almost all Internet traffic. IPv6 will allow the Internet to support many more devices by greatly increasing the number of possible addresses.
  • At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together to decide how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want.
  • Justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur took the oath as the Supreme Court judge on 4th June, 2012. Prior to his elevation to the apex court he was serving as the Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court. The joining of Justice Lokur has taken the total number of the apex court judges to 26, which is still five short of the total strength of 31 judges.
  • Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was sworn in as the member of the Rajya Sabha, on 4th June, 2012. Sachin along with Hindi film actress Rekha and businesswoman Anu Aga was nominated by the President of India as Rajya Sabha MP on 27 April, 2012.
  • An Egyptian court awarded former President Hosni Mubarak with life imprisonment on 2nd June, 2012.


Anil Shukla

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