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Indian Former Cricket player Sachin Tendulkar received the Fellowship Award at the 7th annual Asian Awards in the United Kingdom. India’s playback singer Adnan Sami won the award for Outstanding achievement in Music. The award for outstanding achievement in Cinema conferred on Om Puri who died earlier this year at the age of 66.

Indian boxer Shiva Thapa won a silver medal in the 60-kg category at the Asian Boxing Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He also became the first boxer from the country to win medals at three consecutive championships. He won a gold medal in 2013 and a bronze in the year 2015.

India ended the Grand Prix of Liberation Plzen 2017 Shooting championships with seven medals.  Indian men’s 25m Standard Pistol team, Neeraj Kumar won the gold medal and Harpreet Singh won silver medal. Deepak Sharma won the bronze medal. Indian shooter Heena Sidhu won a bronze medal in the women’s 10-metre Air Pistol event. Rifle shooter Tejaswini Sawant won silver in the 50m Rifle Prone event Pemba Tamang won bronze in the Men s 25m Centre Fire Pistol. Anmol Jain won a bronze in Men's 10m Air Pistol event.

Odisha will introduce boat ambulance service in four districts where people face difficulties in getting health service. The districts of Koraput, Malkangiri, Kendrapara and Kalahandi people face problems in availing 108 ambulance service due to intervening large water bodies in the form of rivers and dams. The government will also shortly add 92 Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances to its fleet of 420 ambulances that are now in operation in different parts of the state. Rs 21 crores will be spent towards extending emergency ambulance services in the entire state.

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) shifted back from Kolkata to Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The recent decision was taken due to the backdrop of 37 jawans killed of the paramilitary force in Sukma district. CRPF is the largest central armed police force or paramilitary force in India. It functions under the aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an Indian head of mission meets in New Delhi. The four-day conference was formally inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. During the meet India’s ties with the resource-rich African continent as well as with the Gulf countries and the situation in the West Asia.

The Hinduja Brothers - Srichand and Gopichand retained their top spot in the United Kingdom's the SundayTimes Rich List 2017.  The total wealth put at £16.2 billion — up £3.2 billion from last year. Lakshmi Mittal group is fourth on the list with £6 billion to their £13.229 billion. The combined wealth of the top 500 of the list is £ 580.3 billion.

India overtook china to emerge as the world's biggest market for two-wheelers. A total of 17.7 million two-wheelers were sold last year, that's over 48,000 units every day. China achieved 16.8 million units sold two - wheelers. Indonesia is holding a steady third two - wheeler market with annual sales estimated at 6 million units.

Pro-European centrist leader Emmanuel Macron elected as President of France.  He becomes the youngest President and occupant of the Elysee Palace (official residence of the President of France). Mr Macron has succeeded Francois Hollande.

India will organise Tagore cultural Festival in Egypt to mark the 156th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore from May 8-12. Tagore Festival will be organised by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), which is the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo. As a part of the festival, a dance drama based on Tagore’s work called Chitrangada will be performed by the Kolkata-based Dancers Guild. Chitrangada is the warrior princess in the epic, Mahabharata.

Central Government approved letters of credit worth $65.68 million for a solar-diesel hybrid rural electrification project in the north African country Mauritania. Mauritania is one of the few African countries to develop full-blown trade with India. Total exports from India to Mauritania were $30.62 million with imports of $1.60 million.

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highway Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the country’s first bio-refinery plant which produces ethanol from the variety of biomass. The project is situated at Rahu in Pune district. The demonstration plant built by Praj industries. The inaugurated Bio‐refinery plant is capable of producing one million litres of ethanol per annum by processing a variety of biomass like rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, bagasse, cane trash, corn cobs  & stover with superior product yields. Biofuel is cost‐effective and pollution‐free. Ethanol blending is the practice of blending petrol with ethanol. Globally many countries including India, have resorted to ethanol blending to reduce vehicle exhaust emissions.

World Red Cross Day is observed on May 8 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross as well as the founder of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The theme for this year (2017) is “Less Known Red Cross Stories”. He is the recipient of 1st Nobel Peace Prize.

Three Indian Scientists Krishna Chatterjee, Subhash Khot, Yadvinder Malhi elected as the Fellows of The Royal Society, a premier scientific academy of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, for their outstanding contributions to science. The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship society of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, medicine and engineering. Krishna Chatterjee from Cambridge University recognised for discoveries of genetic disorders of thyroid gland formation. Subhash Khot from New York University is a theoretical computer scientist who is known for his definition of the “Unique Games” problem. Yadvinder Malhi from Oxford University is an ecosystem ecologist who is recognised for his works on understanding the functioning of a terrestrial ecosystem.

Great Britain beat Australia 4-3 in a hockey final of the 26th edition of the Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia. Great Britain won the cup after 23 years.  India played better than New Zealand 4-0 to get a bronze medal in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Best player - Tom Craig (Australia). Best goalkeeper - Suguru Shimamoto (Japan).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Srilanka on May 11 to attend the biggest Buddhist festival Vesak Day. Vesak, most important day in the Buddhist calendar, marks the commemoration of Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment. PM is also likely to visit Kandy in the central province which is famous for production of Ceylon Tea.