1. Bajrang Punia won gold at Ali Aliev tournament in Russia
Wrestler Bajrang Punia defeated Viktor Rassadin in the finals of men’s 65kg freestyle in Ali Aliev wrestling tournament in Russia’s Kaspiisk to bag his second title in two weeks.
- Bajrang, who was 0-5 down at one stage, went on to win the bout 13-8.
- The 25-year-old had won the gold medal at the Asian Championships in China’s Xi’an on April 23.
About Bajrang Punia
- Nationality: Indian
- Born: 26 February 1994 (age 25)
- Height: 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
- Weight: 65 kg (143 lb)
2. UK Parliament becomes the first national government to pass an Environment and Climate Emergency
UK Parliament becomes the first national government to pass an exemplary measure, that is, a national declaration of an Environment and Climate Emergency. This move marks a serious emergency in dealing with climate change.
- The declaration was preceded by a visit by teenage activist Greta Thunberg (to the Parliament), the feature of David Attenborough’s documentary movie titled ‘Climate Change: The Facts’ and the 11-days of constant protest by an environmental group ‘Extinction Rebellion‘.
- Britain’s opposition Labour Party called for this serious action.
- 49 million people are currently living under national, city and local declarations of a climate emergency around the world.
- The decision of emergency in Parliament caters to national reductions and investment in the reduction of carbon emissions and saving the planet.
- Compared to its 1990 levels, UK (United Kingdom) was later legally committed to an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and recently featured as 1 of 18 developed economies to decrease CO2(carbon dioxide) emissions in the last 10 years.
About UK (United Kingdom)
- Capital: London
- Currency: Pound sterling
3. Mangaluru police get an all-women patrol unit Rani Abbakka Force
Mangaluru City Police launched an all-women police patrol unit ‘Rani Abbakka Force’.
- The force will cover the malls, beaches, educational institutions, places of religious importance, and the public transport system and handle issues related to eve-teasing and chain-snatching, among others.
- All-women police patrol force named after the 16th-century warrior of coastal Karnataka, Queen Abbakka of Ullal near Mangaluru, who fought the Portuguese in the 16th century.
- Area: 132.4 km²
- Elevation: 22 m
- Weather: 32 °C, Wind W at 18 km/h, 52% Humidity
- Population: 4.99 lakhs (2011)
4. Jayshree Vyas appointed as BSEs first independent woman director
BSE, formerly known as the Bombay Stock Exchange, has finally appointed its first independent woman director Jayshree Vyas. The appointment was still late by at least a few weeks from the deadline of April 1 given to all top 500 listed companies based on their market capitalization for appointing an independent woman director on their board.
Why the delay?
The delay happened as the country’s largest stock exchange was awaiting market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) approval on the appointment. Because of the appointment, BSE is now compliant with the regulations. BSE already has two non-executive women directors namely Usha Sangwan and Rajeshree Sabnavis on its Board.
Vyas is a professionally-qualified chartered accountant, working as the managing director of Shree Mahila Sewa Sahakari Bank, Ahmedabad, since 1986. She helped in launching the first financial literacy programme in Sewa Bank in 2001.
5. World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on 3rd May
World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on 3rd May every year. It was started by the UN General Assembly in 1993, on a recommendation from UNESCO. The day aims to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess its state around the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have laid down their lives in the exercise of their profession.
- The theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day is Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation. The theme discusses current challenges faced by media in elections, along with the media’s potential in supporting peace and reconciliation processes.
- UNESCO’s mandate is freedom of the press and freedom of expression. UNESCO believes that these freedoms allow for mutual understanding to build sustainable peace.
6. Netherlands is now the 3rd largest FDI in India
The Netherlands is now the third largest foreign direct investor (FDI) in India. The Netherlands has invested around $2.67 billion across sectors in India during 2017-18. The Netherlands is also the second largest destination for foreign investment by Indian companies, after Singapore, with investments worth $12.8 billion in 2017.
Dutch-India Dialogue on Trade & Technology:
- The Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, and the Netherlands Business Support Office in Hyderabad jointly organized the Dutch-India Dialogue on Trade & Technology on 1st May 2019, in connection with the National Day celebrations of the Netherlands.
- The objective of the dialogue was to strengthen the business partnership between India and the Netherlands in times of rapid technological changes.
- Bilateral trade: India is a key strategic partner for the Netherlands, both economically and geopolitically
- The partnership can greatly contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030
- During 2017-18, the bilateral trade topped $ 8.77 billion while the Indian exports to the Netherlands grew at 14.7%, imports were up by 18.2%
About the Netherlands:
- Monarch: Willem-Alexander
- Prime Minister: Mark Rutte (VVD)
- Capital: Amsterdam
- Currency: Euro (€) (EUR), US dollar ($) (USD)
- Official language: Dutch
7. World Tuna Day was observed on 2nd May
The United Nations (UN) established the World Tuna Day on May 2. In December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly voted to officially observe the Day in its resolution 71/124. May 2, 2017, was the first internationally-recognized World Tuna Day.
- The day celebrations to spread information about the possible impact of drastically declining tuna stocks and to highlight the economic and social benefits of establishing more sustainable fishing practices. It is observed for the first time in 2017.
- According to the UN, a large number of countries worldwide depend on tuna for both food security and nutrition. At the same time, more than 80 countries have tuna fisheries, and their capacity is constantly growing.
8. Ex-ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar Awarded France’s Highest Civilian Honour
Former ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar was conferred with France’s highest civilian award – Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Lgion d’Honneur.
- He was awarded for his contribution to India-France space cooperation.
- Kumar was the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from 2015 to 2018
- Created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur (National Order of the Legion of Honour) is the highest civilian award given by the French for outstanding service to France.
9. IIT Indore pips older peers to feature in top 50 Asia University Rankings
The second generation Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore yet again pipped its older peers like IIT Bombay, Delhi, and Madras to be the only IIT to rank in the top 50 Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings.
- The latest rankings, however, have seen the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru maintain its lead position at 29th, same as last year.
- On the other hand, IIT Bombay which ranked 44 last year, fell 10 places to be ranked at 54th position this year.
- The other institute to debut along with IIT Indore is Mysore-based JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research at 62nd position.
- Among the older IITs, while IIT Roorkee rose from 65th position last year to 54th this year, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, and IIT Delhi fell from 60, 81 and 86 ranks to 76, 82 and 91 ranks this year.
- IIT Indore judged across all the above-mentioned performance indicators with an overall score of 44.8, with individual scores of 29.8 in teaching, 25.1 in research, 86.5 in citations, 18.2 in international outreach and 34 in industry income.
10. BSNL launched Bharat fiber for high-speed broadband Internet service with a local channel partner in Pulwama
‘Bharat Fibre’, the state-owned telecom firm, BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) became the 1st operator to start optical fiber-based high-speed broadband service in Pulwama.
- The Bharat Fibre services with reliable and high-speed internet are provided on the optical fiber by FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) service up to the customer premises.
- The service was launched by BSNL Chief General Manager of Jammu and Kashmir Circle, Rana Ashok Kumar Singh, in the presence of Srinagar General Manager Telecom District Zafar Iqbal and BSNL’s channel partner, Mir Nazir.
- The Internet services generally remain unaffected even during the vagaries of weather.
- BSNL provides the FTTH service with a monthly charge of Rs 777-16,999 in around 160 telecom districts with a minimum speed of 2 megabit-per-second (Mbps).
- The ‘Bharat Fibre’ service launched on a revenue sharing basis in a business collaborative model with the local channel partner of Pulwama area.