May 1, 2018

NATIONAL NEWS

  1. The 9th India Japan Energy Dialogue was held in New Delhi
    • Objective – To work together for energy security and  energy access
    • Discussions on Electric Vehicles

 

  1. India is ranked joint-sixth in the list of doping violations with 69 cases, same as that of Russia
    • According to report for samples collected in 2016 by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
    • The World Anti-Doping Agency is a foundation initiated by the International Olympics Committee based in Canada to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against drugs in sports

 

  1. The 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in holy city of Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) from January 21 to January 23, 2019.
    • Its theme will be “Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India”.
    • The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on January 9 to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India.

 

  1. HARIMAU Shakti – First ever Bilateral joint military training exercise between India and Malaysia

 

  1. The commerce ministry has asked FSSAI ( Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) and customs authorities to clear import consignments of food products in about 48 hours at ports with a view to promote ease of doing business at trade front.
  • It will help India to improve its ranking in Trading Across Borders which is one of the 10 parameters of ease of doing business.
  • India ranked 146th in Trading Across Borders component ranked by World Bank in its latest report.

 

  1. The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 will continue in Nagaland as it is a special case and the peace agreement hasn’t been finalised.
    • Nagaland is the only state in the north east India, apart from eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh, where the AFSPA continues to be imposed by Union Ministry.
  2. From 2019, State schools in Rajasthan will observe February 14 as Matr-Pitr Pujan Diwas (Mother – father Puja Day)
    • It has been done to counter the growing influence of Western culture among the teenagers.

 

  1. Village is declared electrified if 10% of its households have connection as per the Power Ministry.
  • Electrified implies that a village has been connected to the grid. It does not imply that all households have access to electricity.

 

  1. Makkal Needhi Maiam ( Political Party based out of Tamil Nadu) leader Kamal Haasan launched ‘Maiam Whistle’
    • Which will be used to flag civic and socio political issues

 

  1. The government has decided not to cut any excise duty on fuels.
    • Domestic Cooking Gas (LPG) – The only commodity that is subsidised now
    • India has the highest retail prices of petrol and diesel among the South Asian nations as taxes account for half of the pump rates.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. NASA will launch its first-ever mission InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) to study the deep interior of Mars
    • It is a terrestrial planet explorer which will help in understanding the processs that shaped rocky planets of solar system
    • Launch date – May 5, 2018.
    • It will be launched from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California
    • Launching rocket United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.
    • The rocket will also launch two mini-spacecraft called Mars Cube One (MarCO) which is NASA’s technology experiment

 

APPOINTMENTS

  1. Harendra Singh has been appointed as the coach of the Indian Hockey Men’s team by Hockey India
  2. Sjoerd Marijne has been appointed as the chief coach of Women’s Hockey Team
  3. HDFC Bank has reappointed Keki Mistry as the Managing Director of the firm. He was earlier the Vice-Chairman and CEO.
  4. Prakash Apte has been appointed as the Part Time Chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank
  5. Sajid Javid has been appointed as the Home Secretary of Britain. He is the first South Asian to head the Britain’s Home office.

 

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IMPORTANT DAYS

  1. May 1stInternational Labour Day
    • Also known as International Worker’s Day, Labour day, May Day
    • The theme of International Labour Day 2018 is “Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement”.

SPORTS NEWS

  1. Indian shooter Shahzar Rizvibecame the world number one shooter in the 10-metre air pistol category after having won a silver medal at the recently concluded shooting World Cup in South Korea
  2. Barcelona clinched the 25th La Liga Title for the third time in four seasons.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. Sri Lankan filmmaker Lester James Peiris died
    • Also regarded as “Father of Sinhala Cinema
  2. Former All India Football Federation (AIFF) secretary, P. Lakshmanan passed away.