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Current Affairs Today – May 16 2015

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Indian Affairs 

National Conference on Nuclear Energy held in New Delhi

  • It was the 6th edition of this conference
  • This Year’s Theme was Nuclear Energy: a Clean Energy option.
  • At present, Nuclear power plants generates 3.5% of India’s total Electricity.

International Affairs

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death

  • Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to death by Egyptian court for his involved in a mass Prison-break in 2011.
  • Now, As per Egypt’s law, the country’s religious authorities will have to give their opinion before the death sentence can be carried out. But the advice will not be binding on the court.
  • Morsi who is the leader of Muslim Brotherhood Party was earlier sentenced to 20 years in jail for was on charges of espionage for his involvement in ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during his time in power.
  • He was Egypt’s first freely elected president after the military rule under Hosni Mubarak came to end in 2011.In July 2013, he was ousted by the military after days of mass street protests by Egyptians demanding his removal because of his divisive policies.
  • Current President of Egypt : Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Capital of Egypt: Cairo, Currency of Egypt: Egyptian Franc

Canada sets a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 % by 2030

  • United States had also committed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 per cent cut by 2025 from 2005 levels.
  • European Union (EU) also had set a target to reduce emission of 35 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
  • China is World’s largest green house gas emitter but has not announced its target to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions yet.

Science & Technology

Japanese Scientists discovered new state of matter called Jahn-Teller-metal

  • The discovery was made by studying a superconductor made from carbon-60 molecules or buckyballs.
  • The research involves caesium fulleride (Cs3C60) in a face-centred-cubic lattice with a Cs3C60 molecule at each lattice site. The research could help develop new molecular materials that are superconductors at even higher temperatures.
  • The study shows that the material has a rich combination of insulating, magnetic, metallic and superconducting phases – including the otherwise unknown state, dubbed as Jahn-Teller metal.
  • The research provides important clues about how the interplay between the electronic structure of the molecules and their spacing within the lattice can strengthen interactions between electrons that cause superconductivity.
  • Superconductors are a large and diverse group of materials that offer zero resistance to electrical currents when cooled below a critical temperature (TC).
  • Superconducting lattices of fullerides – C60 plus three alkali-metal atoms – have been studied for more than two decades, and provide an interesting test bed.


Vice President Hamid Ansari confers Pt. Haridutt Sharma Award to Anurradha Prasad

  • Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari conferred the Pt. Haridutt Sharma Award to senior journalist Anurradha Prasad in New Delhi.
  • She was bestowed with this award for her contribution in the field of Journalism, Writing and Social Services.
  • Presently, Anurradha Prasad is the editor-in-chief of News-24 Channel and is Managing Director of the entertainment company BAG Films & Media ltd.
  • She is wife of former Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla.