Politics


1. Swachh Bharat Mission Launches GOBAR-DHAN Scheme

 

Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Uma Bharti, launched the GOBAR (Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources) - DHAN scheme at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) Auditorium, Karnal, Haryana. The scheme aims to positively impact village cleanliness and generate wealth and energy from cattle and organic waste.

Kaptan Singh Solanki is the present governor of Haryana.

Chief Minister of Haryana is Manohar Lal Khattar.

 

2. 9th India-Japan Energy Dialogue Held in New Delhi

 

The 9th India Japan Energy Dialogue was held in New Delhi. Minister of State(IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R.K Singh, and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Hiroshige Seko signed a Joint Statement at the conclusion of the meeting.

Both the countries agreed to work together for energy security, energy access and climate change issues. They also agreed to initiate the discussion on Electric Vehicles (EVs) and commit to work together in promoting well-functioning energy markets.

Japan Capital- Tokyo, Currency- Japanese yen, Prime Minister- Shinzo Abe.

Japan is the third largest economy in the world.

 

3. Government Launches Pilot Scheme for Procurement of Aggregate Power of 2500 MW

The Indian government has launched a Pilot Scheme for procurement of aggregate power of 2500 MW on the competitive basis for three years under medium term from commissioned power plants without power purchase agreements.

The main purpose of the scheme is to revive commissioned power plants which are unable to sell electricity in the absence of valid power purchase agreements. 

 

4. India Joint 6th in List of Doping Violations in WADA Report

India is ranked joint-sixth in the list of doping violations with 69 cases, same as that of Russia, according to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report for samples collected in 2016. India improved its position to sixth after being joint-third for three consecutive years from 2013 to 2015. Italy topped the rankings of drug cases in 2016, followed by France (86), United States (76), Australia (75), Belgium (73).

 

5. International Labour Day: 01 May

International Labour Day is also known as International Worker's Day, Labour Day and May Day. It is celebrated across the world on 1st May to promote and encourage the international labour associations. The theme of International Labour Day 2018 is “Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement”.

1 May was chosen to be International Workers' Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago.

On this day in  1886, labour unions went on a strike in the USA and demanded that workers should not be forced to work more than eight hours a day.

 

6. International Buddhist Conference Concluded in Lumbini, Nepal

The International Buddhist Conference 2018 concluded in Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. The concluding speech was given by the Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Oli.

Participants from more than 20 countries including India attended the 2-day conference. It was organised as part of 2562nd Buddha Jayanti celebrations.

Nepal Capital- Kathmandu, Currency- Nepalese rupee, President- Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister- Khadga Prasad Oli.

 


Sports


 

1. Hockey India Appoints Harendra Singh as Chief Coach of Men's Team

 

Hockey India has appointed Harendra Singh as coach of India's men's team, while Sjoerd Marijne will take over as chief coach of women's side. The decision to change coaches comes on the backdrop of men’s hockey team having a disappointing run at the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

 

2. India’s CA Bhavani Devi Wins Silver at Satellite Fencing Championship

India's CA Bhavani Devi won a silver medal in the sabre event of the Tournoi World Cup Satellite Fencing Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Tamil Nadu fencer went down to USA's Alexis Browne in the final. Bhavani Devi had won a gold medal at the Reykjavik tournament in 2017 to become the first Indian to do so in an international fencing event.

Iceland Capital- Reykjavik, Currency- Icelandic króna.

 


Business


1. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum Quits Facebook

 

WhatsApp Co-founder and CEO Jan Koum has announced his resignation from the parent company Facebook. This comes shortly after a report claimed Koum would leave due to disagreements over data privacy and weakening encryption. Koum will also step down from Facebook's Board of Directors, a position he took up when WhatsApp was bought for $19 billion by Facebook in 2014.