09 May 2016 Current Affairs

Anti-Hijacking Bill Passed In Parliament

Parliament has passed the Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2014 with Lok Sabha approving it on 9 May 2016. The Rajya Sabha had passed on 4 May 2016. The Bill provides for the death penalty even if ground handling staff and airport personnel are killed during such acts. In the previous Bill, hijackers could be tried for the death penalty only in the event of death of hostages, such as flight crew, passengers and security personnel. The Bill defines hijacking as seizing control of an aircraft in service, unlawfully and intentionally, by technological means or by exercising force, coercion, or any other form of intimidation. The Bill covers several acts within the definition of hijacking which includes attempt and abetment of hijacking, making a credible threat to commit hijacking and organizing or directing others to commit hijacking.

Union Govt Released Commemorative Coin On Maharana Pratap

A commemorative coin of Rs 100 and a circulation coin of Rs 10 were released on 9 May on occasion of 475th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap. The coin was released by Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi. Maharana Pratap, the ruler of Mewar is regarded as one of the greatest warriors in Indian history. The Union Ministry of Culture has been celebrating the 475th Birth Anniversary of Maharana Pratap during 2015-16 in association with the State Government of Rajasthan.

Bison Declared U.S. National Mammal

US President Barack Obama on 9 May signed National Bison Legacy Act into law officially making the American bison the country’s first national mammal. With this, Bison, the animal that once roamed North America, joins the ranks of the Bald Eagle as the official symbol of the country. Its designation as national mammal do not hampers bald eagle’s position as the national animal because eagle that is birthed through eggs in not a mammal.

“Indian Scientist Bags SGD 3 million Grant From Singapore’s NRF”

Dr Manvendra K Singh, a scientist from Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur city, was awarded a grant of SGD 3 million (about 14.7 crore rupees) by Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF). Dr. Singh in the first week of May 2016 announced that he is among the seven young scientists from across the world to be endowed with the Singapore NRF fellowship. The scientist has been awarded the fellowship to pursue research in the field of congenital and adult cardiovascular diseases.

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