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21 May 2017 Current Affairs
1) National Anti-terrorism day observes on 21 May
National Anti-Terrorism Day is celebrated every year on May 21 in India to raise awareness among all sections of people, about the danger of terrorism, violence and its dangerous effect on the people, the society and the nation as a whole.
On this day, in 1991, the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide squad of LTTE in Tamilnadu.
2) Hassan Rouhani wins second term as Iran president
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected with an emphatic victory. He received 57%, out of 40 million votes casted. Mr Rouhani, a moderate who agreed a deal with world powers to limit Iran’s nuclear programme, pledged to remain true to his promises to world.
3) Indian peacekeepers to be honored with UN Medal posthumously
Two Indian peacekeepers will be among 117 military, police and civilian personnel to be honored with a prestigious UN medal awarded posthumously for their courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.
Rifleman Brijesh Thapa who served with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ravi Kumar who was deployed with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon will be honored with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers to be observed on May 24.
4) NASA names new species after Kalam as a tribute to him
Scientists at NASA have named a new organism discovered by them after former president and scientist APJ Abdul Kalam.
Researchers at the NASA for work on inter-planetary travel, discovered the new bacteria on the filters of the International Space Station (ISS) and named it Solibacillus kalamii to honour the late president.
5) Arctic Energy Summit 2017 to be hosted by Finland
Finland has agreed to host the 2017 Arctic Energy Summit as the first major event of their Arctic Council Chairmanship, which runs 2017 to 2019.
In Finland, the Summit will build on past work, highlight the Finnish Chairmanship and 100th Anniversary.
6) Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off in London
The Jaipur Literature Festival was inaugurated in London to present a sumptuous showcase of South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas, dialogue and debate.
The British Library, the second largest library in the world by number of items catalogued, played host to the annual festival as part of the wider UK-India Year of Culture celebrations.