Current Affairs, News & Facts of 28 May 2014

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  • Dalia Grybauskaite emerges victorious in Presidential elections of Lithuania.  
    • The incumbent president, so-called Iron Lady of Lithuania, thus becomes the first person to serve two consecutive term as the President of this Baltic state. 
    • She, President since 2009, gets another 5-year term as such.
    • She polled 58 percent of votes over her rival Zigmantas Balcytis of Social Democrat who could garner just 42 percent.
  • Ahmed Maitiq has been sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of Libiya; the 5th since the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.    
    • He won the vote of confidence by receiving 83 votes out of the total 93.
    • The 42-year old replaces acting Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni.
  • French Open 2014: For the first time in the history of Grand Slam tournament, both the men’s and women’s singles champions of the previous Grand Slam crashes out in the first round itself.  
    • Australian Open women's singles champion Li Na was stunned by Kristina Mladenovic whereas her counterpart Wawrinka lost to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain.
    • Its noteworthy that Li had won the French Open title in 2011.
  • Assam to apply DNA based tracking system to nab Rhino poachers.  
    • The Rhino DNA Indexing System (RhODIS), will create a database of each individual rhino’s unique DNA profile which can be referenced when presenting legal evidence in cases of rhino poaching.
  • Centre constitutes 'Special Investigation Team' on Black Money in compliance with the judgement of Supreme Court.     
    • Large amounts of money is stashed abroad by evading taxes or generated through unlawful activities.
    • The SIT will be headed by Justice MB Shah as Chairman and Justice Arijit Pasayat as its Vice Chairman.
  • Turkish film "Winter Sleep" bags Palme d'Or at Cannes 2014. - read more cat

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