1. Benjamin Netanyahu sworn-in as Israel’s PM
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among the 120 newly-elected members who were sworn-into country’s new Parliament.
- He was sworn in three weeks after his victory in the national election.
- His Likud party won 35 seats in the election, the same as his main opponent from the centrist Blue and White alliance, led by former military chief Benny Gantz.
- Support from smaller right-wing parties allied to Likud led to a majority of 65 parliament members supporting Benjamin Netanyahu.
2. Indian para-athletes clinch medals at Asian Road Para-cycling championships
Indian para-athletes came up with a brilliant performance to secure a silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Road Para-cycling championships.
- The championship held at Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
- Divij Shah clinched silver while Asian Para Games bronze medallist Gurlal Singh and Hand cyclist Sudhakar Marathe claimed bronze.
3. India’s eight core industries grow 4.7% in March 2019
India’s eight core industries grew 4.7 percent in March 2019.
- The eight core sectors include coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilizers, steel, cement, and electricity.
- On a year-on-year basis, the FY19 core industries growth remained unchanged at 4.3 percent.
- The crude oil sector continued its contraction in March, contracting 6.2% compared with a contraction of 6.1% in the previous month.
4. IGNOU to launch a course on GST
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will launch an awareness programme on Goods and Services Tax (GST).
- The program will be launched in collaboration with the Bombay Stock Exchange
- The programme, which will be launched by IGNOU’s School of Management Studies aims to impart the basic knowledge and skills required to fulfill various requirements under the GST Act.
- Those who have passed Class 12 are eligible for the course, which will be offered in January and July cycle of admissions.
5. Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito ascends the throne
Japan’s new emperor, Naruhito, has formally soared the Chrysanthemum Throne, replacing his father, Akihito.
- Emperor Akihito abdicated thanking the people for their support over the last three decades and expressing hope for a peaceful future.
- In a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Naruhito became the 126th Emperor of Japan.
- The emperor in Japan holds no political power but serves as a national symbol.
6. Claire Polosak became the first female umpire to officiate in a men’s ODI
Australia’s Claire Polosak will become the first female umpire to officiate in a men’s one-day international at the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.
- Polosak stood in the final between tournament hosts Namibia and Oman.
- The 31-year-old became the first woman to umpire an Australian men’s domestic fixture in October 2017.
- Polosak has overseen 15 women’s ODI and stood in the semi-final of the Women’s World Twenty20 in 2018.
- She and Eloise Sheridan became the first female umpires to officiate on-field together in a professional match in Australia in last year’s Women’s Big Bash League.
7. AIFF recommends names of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Jeje Lalpekhlua for Arjuna award 2019
All India Football Federation (AIFF) recommended the names of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Jeje Lalpekhlua for the prestigious Arjuna award this year.
- The federation had been pushing the cases of the two footballers since 2017 but the Arjuna award committee continued to ignore their claims.
- In 2017, the AIFF recommended the two footballers along with the Indian women`s team captain Bembem Devi but only the last named was conferred with the award.
- Sandhu and Jeje`s names were sent again last year but they did not receive the approval.
8. Raheem Sterling named 2019 FWA footballer of the year
Raheem Sterling named the 2019 footballer of the year by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA). The Manchester City and England forward topped the poll of the 400-strong FWA membership as a clear winner, with 62 percent of the votes.
It was more than 100 votes ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk. Sterling lost out to Van Dijk in the race for the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) award but was announced PFA young player of the year.
List of the awardees:
PFA Player’s Player of the Year:
- Virgil van Dyjk, Liverpool.
- Vivianne Miedema, Arsenal
PFA Young Player of the Year:
- Raheem Sterling, Manchester City
- Georgia Stanway, Manchester City
PFA Special Achievement Award:
- Steph Houghton: Former England and WBA
9. BCCI recommends Bumrah, Shami, Jadeja, Poonam for Arjuna Award 2019
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recommended four Indian cricketers – Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav – for the Arjuna Award 2019.
- Bumrah is currently the world number one ODI bowler, while Jadeja is the world number three Test all-rounder.
- Shami and Bumrah were also instrumental in India’s first ever Test series win in Australia earlier this year.
- Poonam Yadav is ranked second in women’s T20I rankings for bowlers.
About the Arjuna Award:
- Given by: Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Govt. of India
- Awarded for: Recognising outstanding achievement in sports
- Started in: 1961
- Cash reward carries INR 5,00,000
10. May 1: International workers day
International Worker’s Day also known as Labour Day and May Day, is observed on 1st May every year, to promote and encourage the international labor associations.
- The theme of Labour Day 2019 is ‘Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement’.
- Labour Day provides the Labours their right to work for only 8 hours a day.
- 1 May was chosen to be International Workers’ Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. In that year beginning on 1 May, there was a general strike for the eight-hour workday. On 4 May, the police acted to disperse a public assembly in support of the strike when an unidentified person threw a bomb. Due to which several people and police officers died and more than 100 people were injured.
- In 1889 a meeting took place in Paris where it was decided to celebrate May Day on an annual basis through a proposal given by the Raymond Lavigne.