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20th May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

International Affairs
  • The Spanish authorities today ruled that the Bull-lancing festival 'Toro de la Vega' will take place as usual in September but participants will no longer be allowed to kill the bull. 
    • During the festival, hunters with lances (spears) chase a bull through the streets of a town before killing it.  
    • The festival dates back to 1534 and is held every year.
  • For the first time since its opening in 1889, Paris' Eiffel Tower will be used as an apartment for a night during June's UEFA Euro-2016 football tournament
    • As a part of a contest conducted by the US-based rental company, HomeAway, four contestants will be chosen as the first persons in history to stay at the Eiffel Tower.
  • India has sent two Naval ships, with relief materials to Sri Lanka, which is hit by cyclone Roanu. 
    • The Naval ships, INS Sunayna and INS Sutlej, have been sent to the Colombo coast from the Southern Naval Command Kochi. 
    • At least 18 people have reportedly been killed and 200 families missing in the rains and landslides caused by the cyclone.
  • According to Amnesty International, China is the most welcoming country when it comes to refugees. I
    • t has been followed by Germany and Britain, in a survey conducted across 27 countries. 
    • The survey found Russia to be the least welcoming country.  
  • The first World Conference on Tourism for Development (WCTD) is being held in Beijing, China from May 18 to 21, 2016.  
    • It was held under the theme ‘Tourism for Peace and Development’ to advance the contribution of tourism to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).  
  • A two-day international Buddhist conference to mark the 2,560th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha began in Khatmandu today with Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, advocating Buddhism as a means to avoid extremism in all forms. 
    • Over 1,200 delegates and observers from 28 countries around the world will attend the conference.
    • Theme of the conference :  "Lumbini, Nepal: the birth place of Lord Buddha and the fountain of Buddhism and world peace". 
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