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2011 May 15 to 16 Current Affairs

World’s largest Buddhist publications, information centre inaugurated in Lanka

To mark the 2600th anniversary of the Enlightenment of Lord Buddha , Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared the year commencing from the Buddha Jayanti day or the Vesak Full Moon Poya Day, as the Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi commemoration year.

The world’s largest Buddhist publications and information centre was also inaugurated by the Sri Lankan President  to mark 2600 years of Lord Buddha’s Enlightenment.

Egypt foreign minister is next Arab League chief

Egypt's foreign minister Nabil Elaraby has been confirmed as the Arab League's next chief.

He replaces a former Egyptian foreign minister Amr Moussa who after 10 years as the organisation's chief has resigned in order to run for the office of president in Egypt.

Chaudhary Mahendra Singh Tikait passed away

Bharat Kisan Union founder Chaudhary Mahendra Singh Tikait passed away. He was 76.

Australia wins Azlan Shah Cup for sixth time

Australia have won the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament for the sixth time. In the final at Ipoh in Malaysia, the World Champions defeated Asian champions Pakistan by a narrow margin of three goals to two.

Launch of GSAT-8set for May 20

The GSAT-8, carrying 24 Ku-band transponders used in DTH services and the first Indian satellite navigation system, Gagan, that will help the country's aviation sector with improvement in GPS facility, will be launched in the Ariane 5 vehicle from Kourou in French Guiana on May 20.

All tests and review of the satellite, weighing 3,120 kg, will be performed on June 1, Indian Space Research Organisation.



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