Latest Current Affairs of May 2017


Latest Current Affairs and GK is regarded as the backbone of UPSC IAS Exam. Without having a detailed knowledge in current affairs it is difficult to crack UPSC IAS Exam.  The newspaper is considered as the chief source of latest current affairs. Here we are giving the Latest Current Affairs of May 2017. This will be useful for Prelims examination.


The African country which has been recognized as the new member (14th) of OPEC

  • Equatorial Guinea

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017

  • Venue: Cancun, Mexico

The new Chairman of National Commission of Minorities

  • Gairul Hasan Rizvi

New Director General of World Health Organisation

  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
  • Ethiopian Politician

Setting up of new  AIIMS

  • Kamrup
  • State: Assam

World’s largest floating solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant

  • China
  • Capacity: 40 MW

WWF International President’s Award

  • Rohan Chakravarty
  • Indian wildlife and environment cartoonist
  • For his efforts to inspire change and attitudes towards nature

The new bacterium found on the International Space Station by NASA scientists

  • Solibacillus Kalamii
  • Named after Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam

The first semi-high speed train

  • Tejas
  • From Mumbai CST and Karmali (Goa)
  • Facilities likeonboardd LED TV and tea and coffee vending machine

International Humanitarian Award

  • Jacqueline Fernandez
  • Award instituted by Asian Voice

First meeting of CMs of 5 States on Indo-China Border

  • Venue: Gangtok
  • States participated: Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh


  • The bilateral naval exercise between the Navies of Singapore and India
  • In the South China Sea

Karavali Karunya

  • The annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise
  • Conducted by Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command
  • Venue: Karwar naval station

Woodrow Wilson Award

  • Ms Chand Kochhar
  • MD and CEO of ICICI Bank

The new Prime Minister of France

  • Edouard Philippe
  • Appointed by the President Emmanuel Macron

World’s  busiest single-runway airport in the world

  • Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai
  • 837 flights per day

The country which has banned captive breeding of dolphins and killer whales

  • France

The new base year of the all-India Index of Industrial Production (IIP) which has been revised from 2004-05 to reflect the changes in the industrial sector and to also align it with the base year of other macroeconomic indicators like the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Wholesale Price Index (WPI)

  • 2011-12

The missile system with a range of 15 km acquired from Israel

  • Spyder

Country declared an end of its public health emergency over Zika.

  • Brazil

The vaccine which has been included in the Universal Immunization Programme of India

  • Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)

National Technology Day

  • Theme: Technology for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth
  • Observed on: 11 May 2017

The new President (12th) of South Korea

  • Moon Jae-in

The mascot of Asian Athletics Championship

  • Mascot name: Olly
  • Represents: Olive Ridley turtle

India’s First Integrated Bio‐refinery for Renewable Fuels & Chemicals

  • Rahu in Maharashtra
  • Producing ethanol from a variety of biomass

The north-eastern state which has been declared a disturbed area under the AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) for 3 more months from 03 May 2017

  • Assam

The variety of mango which has been granted Geographical Indication(GI)

  • Banganapalle
  • Grown in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh

The first Indian woman to be appointed Chief Justice of a High Court

  • Leila Seth

The State which shifted its format for financial year from January to December

  • Madhya Pradesh

The portal sharing on Mobile Towers and EMF Emission Compliances

  • Tarang Samachar
  • Launched by the Ministry of Communications for Information

The city which has become the first in the world to get its own font

  • Dubai
  • Font name: Dubai Font

Transformative Chief Minister Award

  • Chandrababu Naidu
  • For his role in advancing the US-India partnership at the state level by the US India Business Council

The 1000th birth anniversary medieval saint

  • Sri Ramanujacharya



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