Current Affairs : 15 May 2016

First world conference on tourism for development will be held in Beijing

  • The First World Conference on Tourism for Development will be held in Beijing, China from 18th to 21st of May, 2016.
  • The conference aim to advancing the contribution of tourism to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) under the theme ;Tourism for Peace and Development.

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Fifa Appoints Fatma Samoura As First Female Secretary General

  • FIFA has appointed a UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary-general, a surprise and historic move announced at a congress to overhaul the scandal-hit organisation.
  • Fatma Samoura, who is currently based in Nigeria for the UN Development Program, will be responsible for the day-to- day running of football's world governing body.

India first Solar-Powered Train Set For Trial In Jodhpur

  • In a bid to provide solar energy, the Indian Railways is all set to conduct trial of its first solar panel-powered train in Rajasthan Jodhpur city.
  • The Solar panels have been installed on top of the coaches in the train and the energy, which we will get from the sun, will be used for the functioning of lights and fans inside the coaches in the train.

SEBI approves Ashok Chawla as NSE chairman

  • The Capital market apex, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has approved the 
  • appointment of Ashok Chawla as National Stock Exchange (NSE) new Chairman.
  • He will serve the organization till 27th of March, 2019. Mr. Chawla will replace Mr. S B Mathur, who who has stepped down upon completing his tenure.

Indian artist wins award at UN poster contest on N-disarmament

  • Anjali Chandrashekar, a 22-year- old Indian artist is among the three winners of a UN poster competition on creating awareness about nuclear disarmament.
  • She was appreciated by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for the poster depicts a peace dove slicing through a nuclear weapon.

Rwanda Captain Bats 51 Hours Straight, Creates New Guinness Record

  • Rwandan national captain Eric Dusingizimana, has set a new Guinness world record by batting
  • out a straight 51 hours, the longest individual net session, beating the record set last year by India's Virag Mane, who had batted a straight 50 hours.
  • Pakistan's Hanif Mohammad, who batted over a period of three days during his epic match-saving knock of 337 against West Indies in 1958, is currently the record holder for batting the longest period of time in a cricket match.

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