1. AIAA awarded Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy the Missile Systems Award
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) awarded Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, the Secretary of India’s Department of Defense R&D and Chairman of the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Rondell J. Wilson, a former Principal Engineering Fellow of Raytheon Missile Systems, the 2019 Missile Systems Award.
- Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy is the first person outside the U.S. to be awarded this prestigious award in nearly four decades.
- He won the award for his role in the design and development of diversified strategic and tactical missile systems.
2. Macky Sall was re-elected as the President of Senegal
Macky Sall has been re-elected as the President of Senegal. He won the re-election with 58.27% of votes cast. Under the election system of Senegal if a candidate wins more than 50% votes there would be no second round voting and he would be announced the winner.
It lies on the west coast of Africa. Senegal was the colony of Portuguese and later the French. Senegal gained independence from France in 1960. Diplomatic relations between India and Senegal was established at the ambassadorial level with the establishment of a resident Indian mission in Dakar in 1962.
- Capital: Darkar
- President: Macky Sall
- Prime Minister: Mohammed Dionne
- Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)
3. April 2019 to March 2020 declared as Construction Technology year
Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared April 2019-March 2020 as Construction-Technology year at the Construction Technology India-2019 Expo-cum-conference in New Delhi.
- Construction-Technology year emphasizes the role of advanced technology to meet the increasing demand for housing in the country. The declaration of Construction year aims to give the housing sector a new pace by using the latest technologies available in the world.
- India has even launched the Global Housing Technology Challenge to fast-track the construction of affordable housing and meet the target of constructing 1.2 crore houses by 2022.
4. Sushma Swaraj addresses OIC Foreign Ministers plenary session in Dubai
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed the plenary session of the foreign ministers’ meet of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation states in Abu Dhabi.
She presented a picture of the secular fabric of India and began the speech by saying that she stands as a representative of land, that has been for ages a fountain of knowledge, a beacon of peace, a source of faiths and traditions, and home to religions from the world.
5. Bhagwan Lal Sahni is appointed Chairman of the National Commission for Backward Classes
Bhagwan Lal Sahni from Muzaffarpur, Bihar has been appointed as the chairman of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).
The commission consists of one chairman and five Members with the term of three years.
Other members of the commission are:
- Kaushalendra Singh Patel – BJP leader and former mayor of Varanasi
- Sudha Yadav – BJP national secretary and former Haryana MP
- Achary Talloju – Telangana BJP general secretary
This committee was approved by President Ram Nath Kovind.
- The NCBC was constitutionally recognized by Parliament in 2017, after repealing the National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993
- The NCBC has the authority of a civil court after being given Constitutional status
6. Shashank Shekhar claimed 10 km Nepals (COAS) Marathon and Run for Fun
Shashank Shekhar won the 10-kilometre race of Nepal’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Open Marathon and Run for Fun which was held in Nepal’s Capital- Kathmandu.
This event is an annual event organized by the Nepal Army.
7. Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) won the SKOCH Award 2018
SKOCH award, the highest independent honor in the country, was given to Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) for the first time for its remarkable achievements in the field of disaster management.
The award was presented at the mega event of 56th SKOCH Summit in New Delhi.
8. Anil Kumble re-appointed as chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee
Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble has been reappointed as the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee for the third consecutive time.
- This three-year stint will end in 2021 and be his final term as the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee.
- Kumble has been the chairman of the committee since 2012.
- He had replaced former Windies’ captain Clive Lloyd in 2012.
9. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired National Security Council meet
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the National Security Council on Sunday following heightened tensions with Pakistan.
- The Official sources said the meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
- The NSA is tasked with advising the prime minister on matters of national security.
- It was set up by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1998, with Brajesh Mishra as the first National Security Advisor (NSA).
10. Medha Narvekar appointed as Vice President and Secretary of University of Pennsylvania
Indian American Medha Narvekar has been appointed as the Vice President and Secretary of the University of Pennsylvania.
- As per the University release, Narvekar, an MBA from Wharton School, will be taking over the new position on 1st July.
- Prior to this appointment, she served as senior associate vice president of the Pennsylvania Development and Alumni Relations.
11. Indian Bank received Best Bank Award
Public sector Indian Bank has bagged the Best Bank Award from the Tamil Nadu government for meeting the needs of women’s self-help groups (SHGs).
Chief Minister of the state K Palaniswami handed over the award to the executive director of the bank M K Bhattacharya.
- Headquarters: Chennai, India
- MD & CEO: Ms. Padmaja Chunduru
- Tagline: Your Own Bank
12. Abhinandan Varthaman to get Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar
Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be the first recipient of the ‘Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar’.
- The award is instituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti.
- Varthaman, piloting a Mig-21 Bison, shot down a Pakistan Air Force F-16 with an R-73 air-to-air missile in a dogfight on February 27.
- The award, instituted this year, carries a cash prize of Rs 2.51 lakh, a memento and a citation and will be presented to Varthaman on April 17.
13. The US officially closed Jerusalem consulate
The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S. Embassy to Israel.
- This decision was driven to increase the efficiency and effectiveness in diplomatic engagements.
- State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said that It does not signal a change of US policy on Jerusalem, the West Bank, or the Gaza Strip.
- For decades, the consulate functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Now, that outreach will be handled by a Palestinian affairs unit, under the command of the embassy.
14. CISF created set new Guinness World Record for the longest single line moving bicycle parade
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) created a new Guinness World Record for the longest single moving line bicycle parade at the Yamuna Expressway.
- The 1,327 bicycles parade covered 3.2 km distance non-stop with a uniform distance between bicycles in a single line.
- Earlier the record was held by Hubballi Bicycle Club, India, with 1,235 bicycles in a single chain.
15. P K Bezbaruah as the Chairman of Tea Board for a second tenure
The Ministry of Commerce and Industries has approved the re-appointment of P K Bezbaruah as the Chairman of Tea Board for a second tenure. He was the first non-IAS chairman of the Tea Board.
- In his tenure, he urged the Indian Tea Industry to explore export opportunities in the vast Chinese market and initiated a revamp of the old electronic auctioning system.
- The Tea Board originated when the Indian Tea Cess Bill was passed to provide for levying a cess on tea exports in 1903. The Current Tea Board was constituted on 1st April 1954 under section 4 of the Tea Act 1953. Tea Board functions under the Ministry of Commerce and Industries.
- It provides financial and technical assistance for cultivation, manufacture, and marketing of tea. It promotes Export. It Undertakes Research and Development activities. It provides financial assistance in a limited way to the plantation workers and their wards through labour welfare schemes.