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  • Cyclone Fani is likely to intensify in coastal TN regions by 30th April

    April 30, 2019
    According to The India Met Department (IMD), Cyclone Fani in South East Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify from a severe cyclonic storm into a 'very severe cyclonic storm' as it approaches coastal Tamil Nadu by 30 April.
    Later, IMD issued a red alert for Kerala and Tamil Nadu and asked fishermen to avoid going into the sea in South East Bay and adjoining the equatorial Indian Ocean and those already at sea to return immediately till further notice. High alert: Indian Navy has... Read More

    Srinagar Leh National Highway reopend for traffic after 4 months

    April 30, 2019
    The 434-km strategic Srinagar-Leh National Highway was thrown open for traffic after being closed for over four months. It connects the Kashmir Valley with the Ladakh region.
    Lt. Gen. K. J. S. Dhillon, the General Officer Commanding of 15 Corps, along with other officials, reopened the highway at a ceremony at Zero-Point at Zojila, Jammu and Kashmir. Why was the road closed? The strategic road was closed for traffic in mid-December 2018 due to a heavy accumulation of snow from... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    President Sirisena appointed General S.H.S Kottegoda as the Defence Secretary

    April 30, 2019
    President Maithripala Sirisena on 29th April appointed General S.H.S Kottegoda, a former Army commander, to the post of Defence Secretary. He replaces Hemasiri Fernando who resigned from the post after the Easter blasts that killed over 250 people. President Sirisena also named Deputy Inspector-General Chandana Wickramaratne as the acting police chief as the incumbent Pujith Jayasundara is currently on compulsory leave.
    President Sirisena squarely blamed the Defence Secretary and the IGP... Read More

    IIT Madras researcher develops easy OCR system for Bharati Script

    April 30, 2019
    IIT Madras the last decade, developed a unified script for nine Indian languages, named the Bharati script. The team has now gone a step further since developing the script: it has developed a method for reading documents in Bharati script using a multi-lingual optical character recognition (OCR) scheme. The team has also created a finger-spelling method that can be used to generate a sign language for hearing-impaired persons. In collaboration with TCS Mumbai, the researchers have found a... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Sri Lankan President bans On Face-Covering in Public

    April 30, 2019
    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena used his emergency powers to issue an order to ban burqa, veil or covering of face in public places. The order which came into immediate effect explicitly defines that any garment or item which obstructs identification of an individual’s face is barred. It is placed to ensure national security, establish peaceful and cohesive society and not aimed at inconvenience to any community people. The decision was taken in aftermath of Easter Sunday... Read More

    Alfred Brownell was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize

    April 30, 2019
    Alfred Brownell, an environmental lawyer, and activist was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize.
    He was awarded for exposing alleged abuse by the palm oil company Golden Veroleum Liberia and helping to prevent it from converting about 50 km2 of forest that is home to elephants, pygmy hippopotamuses, and chimpanzees. The company had been given a green light in 2010 by the government to expand in the country and was poised to turn more than 2,000 km2 of the lush forest into palm oil... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Jacques Kallis has been honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga in the Silver Division

    April 30, 2019
    Ex-South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis has been honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga in the Silver Division. Kallis has been rewarded for his successful cricketing career.
    He played 166 Tests, 328 ODIs and 25 T20Is, returning 62 hundred and 577 wickets. The national honour is bestowed by the President of South Africa.
     The honour recognizes the citizens who have made significant contributions to arts, literature, music, journalism, culture, and sports. Order of Ikhamanga... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Journalist Saba Naqvi authored Politics of Jugaad: The Coalition Handbook, where she examines the possibility of coalition government after Lok Sabha polls (2019)

    April 30, 2019
    The book examines and puts forth interrogative stands on whether coalitions are unavoidable even after being proved unstable or they would be responsible for India’s greater democratization. It also elaborates if coalition formation is possible in various states and if such step could lead to success or failure in itself. The book discusses the nature of transformation in Indian political parties and their role in present times. She has authored other books, namely, ‘In Good... Read More
    Category: Books & Authors

    Three Indians included in Times 100 Most Influential People List 2019

    April 30, 2019
    Three Indians Menaka Guruswamy, Arundhati Katju and Mukesh Ambani have featured into TIME 100 Most Influential People list of 2019.
    Global prominent names that have featured in this list included US President Donald Trump, China President Xi Jinping, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Pope Francis, golfer Tiger Woods and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Mukesh Ambani: He is Chairman and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries It is most valuable Indian company in terms of its market... Read More
    Category: Index / List

    Indias Nitendra Singh Rawat finishes 27th in Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

    April 30, 2019
    Indian marathon runner, Nitendra Singh Rawat finished 27th in 2 hours 15 minutes and 59 seconds in the men’s Elite race of prestigious Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 at London, the UK which was won by  EliudKipchoge of Kenya for record fourth time. This was the fourth fastest in his career and his second fastest time in this season.

    Beirut sets a new Guinness World Record

    April 30, 2019
    Lebanon's capital Beirut has set a new Guinness World Record for the number of national flags raised in a city for 24 hours.
    The Beirut Alive Association in the national capital on 28th April raised a total of 26,852 Lebanese flags breaking New York's Waterloo record of 25,599 flags. The event was organised under the patronage of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, represented by MP Rola Tabsh, at the Nejmeh Square in downtown Beirut in the presence of Economic and Social Council Member... Read More
    Category: International

    Nation observes Ayushman Bharat Diwas on 30th April

    April 30, 2019
    As part of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, Ayushman Bharat Diwas is celebrated across the country on April 30.
    For the first time, the day was observed on 30th April 2018.
    During the event, information regarding Ayushman Bharat Scheme was provided to people during health camps organised in rural areas. On this day, gram sabhas were organized in different parts of the country to create awareness about the National Health Protection Mission and verify and update details in the Socio-Economic and... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    Indian Army to procure missiles under emergency procurements

    April 30, 2019
    The Indian Army is in the process of procuring Spike-LR Anti-Tank Missiles from Israel and Igla-S Very Short Range Air Defence Systems (VSHORAD) from Russia through a set of new financial powers for emergency procurements sanctioned by the Defence Ministry.
    The Request For Proposal (RFP) for the two deals have been issued and negotiations are ongoing.
    Under the latest emergency financial powers, armed forces have been given a free hand to procure equipment worth upto Rs.300 crore on a... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Petra Kvitova Won Maiden Stuttgart Porsche Grand Prix 2019

    April 30, 2019
    World number three tennis player Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) to win Stuttgart Porsche Grand Prix for her second title of the year.
    Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion.
    The championship was held at Stuttgart, Germany About 2019 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Date: 22–28 April Edition: 42nd Category: Premier Draw: 28S / 16D Prize money : $886,077  
    Category: Sports

    RBI proposed strict rules on opening and running of current accounts of corporate borrowers in order to tackle fund diversion

    April 30, 2019
    According to a report by The Economic Times, India’s Central Bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would tighten rules on opening and operating current accounts of corporate borrowers to prevent the diversion of funds. RBI had notified that the banks with collection accounts will have to transfer funds to the current account and  the current accounts could be opened only with the lead bank of a lending association. The rules would be applicable to corporates who have borrowed and... Read More

    Valtteri Bottas won Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019

    April 30, 2019
    Valtteri Viktor Bottas of Mercedes won Formula 1 State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019 He defeated Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at the Baku City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan Bottas finished the race 1.5 seconds ahead of Hamilton Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari finished with  3rd position and Max Verstappen Red Bull gained 4th position. About SOCAR: ♦ Type:State-owned ♦ Industry  :  Oil and gas ♦ Founded  :... Read More
    Category: Sports

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