Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa was acquitted in a disproportionate assets case by the Karnataka High court. She was accused of amassing assets worth Rs 66 crore disproportionate to her income during the 90's. It was acquitted by Karnataka High Court on 11th May.

The prosecution claimed that the court had miscalculated her amount of loan. It was Rs 11 crore but it was miscalculated as Rs 24 crore. Justice CR Kumaraswamy pronounced the judgement in favour of the AIADMK chief in the 19-year old case. It was a big relief for Jayalalithaa and she returned as a CM on May 17.

Jayalalithaa and three others had filed an appeal against the Special Court Judge Michael D'Cunha's September 27 verdict sentencing them to four years in jail and imposing a hefty fine of Rs 100 crore on her and Rs 10 crore each on three others.

Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea won Madrid Open title: To continue India's successful run at doubles and mixed doubles, one of nation's leading doubles tennis player Rohan Bopanna, and his Romanian  partner Florin Mergea clinched gold medal in Madrid Open. This was Bopanna's third doubles title of 2015, the former two being with Daniel Nestor. He split with his Canadian partner to be joined by Florin Mergea and the duo continued their performance in the later tournaments, including ATP World Tour Finals and Ashe/Smith Group, both of which witnessed them winning the silver metal.

The year of drones: While drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) scaled new heights in the world over the year, India too appeared ready to utilise this technology which was brought to some key uses like assessing climate change as well as delivering Pizzas. According to media reports, India is set to launch an ambitious project called 'Project Ghatak' to develop its own stealth combat drones or UCAVs (unmanned combat aerial vehicles).

Initiated by the Aeronautical Development Agency-DRDO in consultation with the Indian Air Force (IAF), these drones will be capable of firing missiles and precision-guided munitions at enemy targets and then returning to home bases to re-arm for further missions. GAIL (India) Ltd is set to use drones and satellite imagery to map and monitor its pipeline network while expanding its partner scheme to detect/prevent encroachment and terror attack threats.

India-Iran deal: On May 6, India and Iran signed an agreement which would allow India to develop the Port of Chabahar. The deal was signed when Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari visited Iran. India plans to develop Iran's Chabahar Port in about 18 months and use it for import commodities like urea and crude oil.

An agreement for development of the port is likely to be signed shortly and India intends to lease two berths at Chabahar for 10 years. The port will be developed through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) which will invest USD 85.21 million year to convert the berths into a container terminal and a multi-purpose cargo terminal.

Induction of Akash: Akash, a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defence system developed by DRDO was inducted in Indian Army on May 5.

Indo-Bangla territorial disputes: The Parliament passed the Constitution (119th Amendment) Bill, 2013 on May 7 to solve its territorial disputes with Bangladesh. India shares the largest international boundaries with Bangladesh and around 5 lakh people reside in so called Chitmahals or Indo-Bangladeshi enclaves.

Such enclaves are present in both Bangladesh and in India. The people residing in these conclaves have been deprived of basic government services and isolated by both countries in strips of foreign land. The issue incepted from the birth of Bangladesh as a country. After the passage of the bill in the Parliament with majority, India and Bangladesh got access to particular enclaves for providing citizenship for the stateless citizens, development of north east regions and curb illegal migration. This would help to increase the connectivity with the south-east Asia as part of India’s North-eastern policy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out three large-scale social security schemes: On May 9, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out three large-scale social security schemes, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, and Atal Pension Yojana on 9th May in Kolkata to reach out large number of rural people who are not under any insurance cover.

People in the age group of 18 to 70 years with bank accounts can avail the benefits of Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) under which the premium would be collected through the facility of “auto-debit”. Under this scheme, the risk coverage will be Rs 2 lakh for accidental death and full disability and Rs 1 lakh for partial disability. Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana is an annual life insurance of Rs 2 lakh that will be available on the payment of premium of Rs 330 per annum by the subscribers of age group of 18 to 50 years having bank account.

Atal Pension Yojana is a government-backed pension scheme in India targeted at the unorganised sector. APY is  available for age group of 18 years and maximum age is 40 years. Under this insurance cover, the subscribers would receive a fixed minimum pension of Rs 1000 per month, Rs 2000 per month, Rs 3000 per month, Rs 4000 per month and Rs 5000 per month at the age of 60 years, depending on their contributions, which itself would vary on the age of joining the APY.

Maggi row: On May 30,  a case was registered against instant noodles of Nestle in a local court. While UP food regulator FSDA (Food Safety and Drug Administration) filed a case against Nestle India and five others, a local advocate filed a separate case against the cine stars for promoting it. The FSDA had found monosodium glutamate and lead in excess of the prescribed limit in Maggi samples tested by it.

The government banned the maggi in many states and filed a class action suit against Nestle India seeking, Rs 640 crore in damages for alleged unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements. The Supreme Court agreed to hear a petition filed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) against Nestle India.

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