1. Indian Army is commemorating 2019 as the Year of Next of Kin to reach out to the next of kin of battle casualties
Indian Army is commemorating ‘2019’ as the ‘Year of Next of Kin’.
As a part of this commemoration, the Army has planned to reach out to the next of kin of battle casualties, ex-servicemen and serving soldiers to resolve their pension-related issues and to let them know of their entitled financial benefits, welfare schemes.
- Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General in January stated that the army will observe 2019 as the year for the next of kin. Last year, stress was laid on the disabled soldiers, while this year its on the next of kin of the deceased soldiers.
- The issue has gained importance because most of the next of kin of the late soldiers were unaware of their entitled financial benefits.
- The Indian Army has stated that the issue has worsened due to non-digitized personal records, and also because of complications from various policy provisions and their multifarious interpretations.
- The Army will take the help of the defence ministry, Nepal Embassy, Sainik Boards, banks and welfare agencies like the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) to embark upon this journey.
- The nodal agency will be The Directorate of Indian Army Veterans.
- On an average, every year the army suffers 150 to 200 battle casualties and 1,000 to 1,200 physical casualties, thus leading to 1,100 to 1,400 next of kin to be taken care of each year.
- The first are the soldiers who retired after 2000
- The next category are retirees between 1970 and 2000
- The next category comprises of retirees prior to 1970.
2. Amul company to sponsor Afghanistan in Cricket World Cup 2019
Amul announced to sponsor Afghanistan team in upcoming World Cup 2019 which will be held in England and Wales from May 30, 2019.
- Amul’s logo will be visible on the leading arm of jerseys of the Afghanistan players in an international match and also in training kit throughout the world cup.
- Earlier in only two instances, Amul sponsored any cricket team in World Cup tournament. These two countries are New Zealand and Holland
- Capital: Kabul
- Currency: Afghan afghani
- Headquarter: Anand, Gujarat
- CEO: R S Sodhi
3. Reliance Brands signs to buy out Hamleys for 68 million euros
Reliance Brands, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), has signed a definitive agreement with C Banner International, a Hong Kong-listed company.
- The aim is to acquire 100% shares of centuries-old British toy retailer Hamleys for £68 million.
- Reliance Brands said that the 250-year old English toy retailer pioneered the concept of experiential retailing, decades before the concept of creating a unique experience in brick and motor retailing become the new global norm. The worldwide acquisition places Reliance on the front line of global retail.
4. India celebrated National Technology Day on 11th May
National Technology Day is observed every year on the 11th of May in India. It is a reminder of the anniversary of Shakti.
- The aim of the celebration is to highlight the achievements of the scientists and engineers of India in the field of science and technology.
- It also helps to encourage students towards science and technology field.
- The first nuclear test Pokhran with a code named as ‘Smiling Buddha’ was carried out in May 1974.
- The second test conducted was Pokhran II which was a series of five tests of nuclear bomb explosions, administered by India at the Pokhran Test Range of Indian Army in May, 1998.
- Pokhran II comprised of five detonations out of which the first one was a fusion bomb while the other four were fission bombs. These nuclear tests evolved various sanctions against India by many major states, including the United States and Japan.
Why the day is celebrated?
On 11th of May, 1998, India victoriously test fired the nuclear missile, Shakti-I at the Pokhran Test Range of Indian Army in Rajasthan in an operation administered by late president and aerospace engineer Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. After two days, the country victoriously tested two additional nuclear weapons.
Following this, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced India as a nuclear state, making it sixth country in the world that has joined the nations “nuclear club” and the first country that was not party to the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT). NPT is a global treaty signed by the UK, Russia, China, France, and the US which has the objectives to prevent the increase of nuclear weapons and attain nuclear disarmament.
5. Facebook Chooses London As Base For WhatsApp Payments
Facebook chosen London as the center for the global roll-out of WhatsApp pay, before the social media giant launches its digital payments service on the mobile messaging platform in India.
- WhatsApp would hire nearly 100 people in London to focus on the digital payments service and additional operations staff would be hired in Dublin.
- Facebook chose UK because it attracts a multicultural workforce from many of the countries where WhatsApp is widely used, such as India.
6. US hikes tariff on USD 200 billion Chinese imports, China to retaliate
US President Donald Trump’stariff increase to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goodstook effect on 10th May, ratcheting up tensions between the United States and China as they pursue last-ditch talks to try to salvage a trade deal.
- With no action from the Trump administration to reverse the increase, US Customs and Border Protection imposed the new 25% duty on affected US-bound cargoes leaving China on 10th May. Goods in the more than 5,700 affected product categories that left Chinese ports and airports before midnight will be subject to the original 10% duty rate.
- The hike comes in the midst of two days of talks between the top US and Chinese negotiators to try to rescuing a faltering deal aimed at ending end a 10-month trade war between the world’s two largest economies. The biggest Chinese import sector affected by the rate hike is a $20 billion-plus category of internet modems, routers and other data transmission devices, followed by about $12 billion worth of printed circuit boards used in a vast array of US-made products.
7. International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12 May
International Nurses Day (IND) is an international day observed around the world on 12 May of each year, to mark the contributions that nurses make to society. It was first observed in 1965.
- ICN commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses’ Day (IND) resources and evidence.
- The theme for the year 2019 is “Nurses: A voice to lead – Health for All”.
8. Indian actress Dia Mirza and Alibaba Chief Jack Ma are among the new 17 UN advocates for SDGs
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed 17 new advocates to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
These include the Indian actress Dia Mirza and the Chief of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma.
- The newly appointed UN advocates are the 17 influential global figures. It is the responsibility of these advocates to raise awareness, inspire greater ambition and strive hard for the faster action on the SDGs, which were adopted by the world leaders on September 25, 2015.
- The other newly appointed SDG Advocates are Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder, Education Above All Foundation (State of Qatar), British screenwriter, producer and film director Richard Curtis, Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad, Director of Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University Jeffrey Sachs, Brazilian footballer and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, Forest Whitaker.
- The UN Secretary-General has appointed some members of the previous class of SDG Advocate such as Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Nobel Laureate and Founder of Grameen Bank Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh as SDG Advocate Alumni, Chief of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma has been an SDG Advocate since 2016.
9. Worlds first women’s cricket magazine CRICZONE launched
World’s first exclusive women’s cricket magazine “CRICZONE” released with Indian women’s cricket team vice captain Smriti Mandhana featured as the cover story.
- The publisher of the magazine is Yash Lahoti.
- The magazine “CRICZONE” was launched on the sidelines of the inaugural women’s T20 challenge event which was attended by international cricketers like Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and overseas players like Danielle Wyatt and Sophie Davine.
- The objective of this magazine is to empower young aspiring women cricketers to take the sport as a profession and able to make a sustainable living.
10. IPS officer who oversaw Nirbhaya rape case receives McCain Institute Award 2019
- IPS officer Chhaya Sharma conferred with the 2019 McCain Institute Award for Courage and Leadership.
- She headed the investigation team of the infamous Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.
- She has guided teams in the detection and investigation of sensitive criminal cases and protection of human rights.
- In 2017, Chhaya performed a crucial role in drafting Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines to Combat Trafficking of Persons in India.
- The award is granted to those who manifest courage on behalf of human rights, humanitarian compassion, justice, freedom, and human dignity.
About McCain Institute :
- Founded: 2012
- Leader: Kurt Volker
- Location: Washington, D.C.
11. Novak Djokovic wins Madrid Open 2019 title
Novak Djokovic, the World No. 1 tennis player, won the Madrid Open 2019 title. He defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Greek tennis player, and secured 6-3, 6-4. He equaled Rafael Nadal’s record of 33 ATP Masters 1000 titles.
It is also Djokovic’s 200th victory against a Top 10 opponent.
The Most Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000 Titles are: