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  • Putin signs a new Internet law to expand Government Control of the Internet

    May 2, 2019
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on 2nd May 2019 signed into law a sovereign internet bill which will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country's internet. The move expands Government Control of the Internet, is being publicly denounced by all rights groups in the country.  The law will take effect in November.
    The new law aims to protect Russia from foreign online restrictions by creating a sustainable, secure and fully functioning local internet.
    The network remains... Read More

    HRD releases Rs.58.92 crore to Tamil Nadu under RUSA

    May 2, 2019
    The Human Resource Development Ministry has released Rs.58.92 crore as part of the grant to improve higher education institutions in the Tamil Nadu State. The allocation is under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, which envisages improvement of infrastructure, faculty development, research and innovation and upgrade of degree colleges to model institutions. 66% of the contribution comes from the Centre.
    The State comes under General Category and the funds being released in the first... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Tata Starbucks guilty of profiteering on its coffee variants after the GST Council cut tax rates

    May 2, 2019
    The GST investigative arm has found Tata Starbucks guilty of profiteering to the tune of Rs 4.51 crore by not reducing prices of coffee despite a cut in the rate. The probe revealed that the firm had hiked the base price of one its coffee variants after the GST Council cut tax rates on restaurants from 18% to 5% effective November 15, 2017. The investigation by the Directorate General of Anti Profiteering (DGAP) has revealed that Tata Starbucks, the equal joint venture between the Tata and... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    India to bid 2024 edition of the biennial World Team Championships

    May 2, 2019
    Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has decided to bid for the 2024 edition of the biennial World Team Championships. The last time India hosted a World Championships was way back in 1987. In the 2024 edition, 32 teams will take part. Team Championships take place on even years and Individual Championships on odd years. The last big ITTF event that was staged in India was in 2012 when Hyderabad hosted the World Junior Championships. Recently, TTFI has recommended three names to the sports... Read More
    Category: Sports

    May 1 is celebrated as Maharashtra Day and Gujarat Day in India

    May 2, 2019
    May 1 is celebrated as Maharashtra Day and Gujarat Day. In 1960, the Bombay Reorganization Act was passed by India’s Parliament to divide the multilingual state of Bombay into Gujarat and Maharashtra. The legislation came into effect on May 1, 1960. The state of Bombay formerly comprised of speakers of different languages such as Marathi, Gujarati, Konkani, and Kutchi.
    During the mid-1950s, a movement known as the Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti started demanding a separate... Read More

    UK PM Theresa May fires defence secretary over Huawei leak

    May 2, 2019
    UK PM Theresa May sacked defence secretary Gavin Williamson following an investigation into the leak of information from UK's National Security Council. The inquiry followed reports that ministers raised security concerns over a deal allowing China's Huawei to help build the UK's new 5G network. Last week, Williamson had denied leaking the Huawei story to the Daily Telegraph. The prime minister’s decision informed by his conduct surrounding an investigation into the... Read More
    Category: International

    Coffee Table book on Architecture & Landscape of Rashtrapati Bhawan presented to UAE Minister of Tolerance

    May 2, 2019
    Ambassador Navdeep  Suri presented UAE Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan with the Coffee Table book on Architecture & Landscape of Rashtrapati Bhawan. The book, titled Work of Beauty: Architecture and Landscape of Rashtrapati Bhawan published by Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It was commissioned by President’s Secretariat and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Ministry of Culture, Government of India. UAE... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    UNSC listed Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist

    May 2, 2019
    Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar was listed as a designated terrorist by the UN Security Council 1267 Committee on 1st May 2019. The reasons for listing did not mention the Pulwama attack of February 14, for which the JeM had claimed responsibility. But the listing is a victory for India in a decade-old diplomatic battle waged primarily by it and supported by its friends at the UNSC, as it would mean a travel ban, arms embargo and asset freeze on Azhar. The terror list prepared by the 1267... Read More
    Category: International

    SEBI fined NSE in the case of misuse of its co location facility

    May 2, 2019
    Markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) directed National Stock Exchange (NSE) to disgorge more than 625 crore in the case of misuse of its co-location facility.
    SEBI has been probing alleged lapses in high-frequency trading offered through NSE's co-location facility. Decision drawn by SEBI on NSE's case: National Stock Exchange (NSE) to pay more than 625 crore along with interest calculated at the rate of 12% per annum from April 1, 2014... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Pangolins are under threat of extinction

    May 2, 2019
    The scaly anteater, or Indian Pangolin, is a rare secretive mammal that lives on a diet of ants and termites, thus playing a vital role in the ecosystem. Pangolins are highly trafficked creatures. The Pangolin is currently under threat in Pakistan because of extensive illegal hunting for its scales, which are illegally exported to China to be used for traditional medicine.
    There are eight species of pangolins, and they are all protected by national and international laws. But despite the... Read More

    Yeti footprints sighted claims Indian Army tweet

    May 2, 2019
    The official Twitter account of the Indian Army’s Additional Directorate General of Public Information tweeted that an Indian Army mountaineering expedition team sited mysterious footprints of mythical Himalayan beast “Yeti” measuring 32×15 inches  (81 centimetres by 38 centimetres)  close to Makalu Base Camp, located in North-Eastern Himalayas on 09 April 2019. The yeti also known as Abominable Snowman or Asian   Bigfoot is a giant ape-like creature... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Japan got its new emperor Naruhito

    May 2, 2019
    Emperor ascends to the Chrysanthemum Throne: The new emperor, Naruhito (59-year-old),  on 1st May received the sacred imperial regalia that represents his rightful succession to the world’s oldest monarchy, Tokyo, Japan. Emperor Akihito of Japan formally stepped down on 30th April 2019 as his son Naruhito prepared to take the Chrysanthemum Throne and usher in a new imperial era.
    Emperor Akihito: Emperor Akihito abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne three decades after he... Read More

    DCIL signed MoU with WAPCOS to jointly identify future projects

    May 2, 2019
    Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with WAPCOS Limited, a mini-ratna PSU under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
    The main objective is to jointly recognize suitable future projects and carry out geotechnical investigation and engineering consultancy in the fields like water resources, power and infrastructure, port and harbour dredging. About Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL) Founded: 9... Read More

    Varuna 19.1, Indo French joint naval exercise, began in Goa

    May 2, 2019
    Varuna 19.1 is the first part of the Indo-French joint naval exercise. It is being held off the Goa coast from 1st to 10th May 2019. The exercise will see the participation of the French Navy's aircraft carrier FNS Charles de Gaulle, two destroyers, FNS Forbin and FNS Provence, the frigate FNS Latouche-Treville, the tanker FNS Marne and a nuclear submarine. From the Indian side, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, destroyer INS Mumbai, the Teg-class frigate, INS Tarkash, the Shishumar-... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Pakistan named its retaliatory action against India on February 27 as Operation Swift Retort

    May 2, 2019
    Pakistan Air Force announced that they will observe its retaliatory action against India against the Balakot strike of Indian Air Force as ‘Operation Swift Retort’. The Indian air strikes at Balakot terror camp on February 26 was response of Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) attack by a suicide bomber in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF jawans. In response to Indian attack, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) retaliated and captured IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who was released by... Read More

    Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria Appointed as Vice Chief of Air Staff

    May 2, 2019
    Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria was commissioned in the fighter stream of Indian Air Force in 1980 and won the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ for standing first in the overall order of merit.
    He has over 4250 hours of experience on twenty-six types of fighters and transport aircraft with the unique distinction of being an Experimental Test Pilot, a Cat ‘A’ Qualified Flying Instructor and a Pilot Attack Instructor. He held a number of important appointments, which include,... Read More

    Kumar Sangakkara named as first non-British President of MCC

    May 2, 2019
    Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara appointed as the first non-British president of the Marylebone Cricket Club. Sangakkara will be the first overseas MCC president in the organization's 233-year history.
    The wicketkeeper-batsman, whose nomination was announced by current president Anthony Wreford will begin his one-year tenure in October. He is an honorary life member of MCC  He owns Lord's and acts as the guardian of the laws of the game, was founded in 1787 and... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Apurvi Chandela attains world number one spot in women's 10 m air rifle event

    May 2, 2019
    Indian shooting ace Apurvi Chandela attained the world number one position in the women's 10 metres air rifle event. Anjum Moudgil attained number two after consistent performances in recent years. The rifle ace from Jaipur is among the five Indian shooters to have already secured 2020 Olympics quotas for the country.
    Moudgil attained the world number two rank in 10 metres Air Rifle after her mixed team gold at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing.
    Manu Bhaker is the world number 10 in... Read More
    Category: Sports



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