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02.05.2015
Microsoft named its next Web Browser as Edge,Goodbye Internet Explorer

Microsoft has officially named its next-generation browser for Windows 10 as Microsoft Edge which has more new features and faster than Internet Explorer  and it will now replace Internet Explorer 



  • Microsoft Edge was first announced as in January as Project Spartan

  • Edge has new features as notation tool, a distraction—free reading mode, and website information from Cortana, a personal voice—assistant app for Windows

  • Microsoft Edge browser has Cortana built in which will understand of what the user likes, based on their previous history.

  • Microsoft Edge will include news feeds and suggested web sites, in order to "help people connect with and discover more content Another

New feature of Microsoft Edge is support for Web Extensions, add-ins for the browser written in HTML and JavaScript which is similar to those that have been available for Chrome and Firefox

India is all set to gets it own indigenous real time quake monitoring system

India is all set to gets it own indigenous real time quake monitoring system parallel to United States Geological Survey (USGS)



  • The Geological Survey of India (GSI) is in the process of setting up an extensive network of integrated seismo-geodetic equipment across ten strategic locations including Agartala, Itanagar, Katra in Jammu, Jabalpur and Nagpur in the country.

  • The observatories will comprehensively monitor all earthquake activities in the sub-continent and will be able to study earthquake data in real time

  • GSI is establishing this system for the first time in India and should start functioning by the end of July

  • The data collected by the field observatories will be interlinked through VSAT and collated at Geological Survey of India's Data Receiving and Processing Unit in Kolkata and uploaded on the GSI portal

  • Anyone can get instant information about any tremor felt across the Indian subcontinent in real time from there.

NDTV’s Executive Co-Chairman to receive RedInk Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr Prannoy Roy, Executive Co-Chairman of NDTV Group, has been awarded the 2015 RedInk Award for Lifetime Achievement for Excellence in Journalism



  • Dr Prannoy Roy has consistent and pioneering contribution to news television in India

  • The award, comprising a trophy and a citation, has been instituted by the Mumbai Press Club

  • The awards were presented by the Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu

  • Sreenivasan Jain of NDTV was presented 'Journalist of the Year' award.

  • Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of Times Now, was honoured with 'Impact Editor of the Year' award

About Dr Prannoy Roy :-

  • Dr Prannoy Roy, along with his wife and journalist Radhika Roy set up television news production company called New Delhi Television in 1988, now called NDTV.

  • Dr Prannoy Roy was distinguished for his unparalleled coverage of election news and changed the way people consumed TV news with his popular programmes such as ‘The News Tonight’ and ‘The World This Week’.

Theera Veta defence exercise in Arabian Sea Conducted by Coastal Security

  • The Coastal security exercise ‘Theera Veta’ for coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands and the Union Territory of Mahe was conducted from 28-29 Apr 15

  • Theera Veta was conducted by the Coast Guard from its Ops room at Kochi and Kavaratti and monitored from the Joint Operation Centre (JOC), at Naval base, Kochi

  • Theera Veta was actively participated by all agencies such as the Indian Navy, the Coast Guard, Coastal Police, State and U/T administration, State/UT police, Fisheries Department including Marine Enforcement Wing Intelligence Bureau, Customs

  • Theera Veta is held periodically to revalidate the standard operating procedures with a focus on protecting the vital installations located coast to coast

Former Gujarat assembly speaker Barjorji Pardiwala passed away

Former Gujarat assembly speaker Barjorji Pardiwala,86, today passed away due to age-related illness at a city-based private hospital.



  • Barjorji Pardiwala, father of Gujarat High Court Justice J B Pardiwala, was also a renowned lawyer in Valsa Pardiwala joined the bar at Valsad town of Gujarat in 1955 and practiced for more than 40 years

  • Barjorji Pardiwala, successfully contested election as Congress nominee on Valsad assembly constituency and was made speaker of the seventh state assembly when Madhavsinh Solanki was chief minister for period from December 1989 to March 1990.

Govt provides some relief relief to foreign investors from MAT

  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced exemption from minimum alternate tax MAT on certain incomes of foreign firms

  • The government said that minimum alternate tax (MAT) would be applicable on the real estate and infrastructure investment trusts only when there is actual transfer of their units

  • MAT will not apply to capital gains on the sale of securities, royalty, technical service fees and interest income.

  • Earlier, MAT was also applicable on exchange of equity shares of an Special Purpose Vehicle for REIT or InVIT units

  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also eased MAT rules for real estate investment trusts (REITs) and Infrastructure Investments Trusts (InvITs)

  • The finance minister Arun Jaitley lowered the export duty on low-grade iron ore to 10% from 30% to boost exports from Goa and revive mining of the commodity in the state

Belgian footballer Gregory Mertens dies after collapsing on pitch

  • Belgian footballer Gregory Mertens died three days after suffering a heart attack while playing for Lokeren's reserves

  • The 24-year-old defender had been in a critical condition after collapsing on the field 20 minutes into a reserve game against Genk on Monday since than he was on coma

  • Gregory was only at the club for one and a half years, but in that short time (he showed) quiet modesty and was indispensable

04.05.2015
14 th Indo - French Naval Exercise "Varuna 2015" Concludes

  • The ten day long Indo-French naval exercise, 'VARUNA', concluded off the Goa the exercise presented the extrordinary naval strength and close ties between the two countries.

  • Exercise VARUNA included the entire convergence of maritime operations ranging from Aircraft Carrier Operations, Anti Submarines Warfare Exercises, Maritime Interdiction Operations to multi-ship replenishment exercise

  • The 14th edition of the Naval exercise "Varuna" was started on April 23 and included both harbour and sea phase.

  • French Navy was represented by Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle, two destroyers Chevalier Paul and Jean de Vienne, replenishment tanker Meuse and a maritime patrol aircraft Atlantique 2

  • Indian side Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat, destroyer Mumbai, stealth frigate Tarkash, guided missile frigate Gomati, replenishment tanker Deepak, submarine Shankul and a few Fast Attack Craft participated

  • The Indian Navy and the French Navy have been conducting naval exercises since 1983 but this naval exercise was termed as "Varuna" in 2001

  • Since 1983 thirteen such exercises have been conducted last time such naval exercise was conducted in 2001 off Toulon a city in southern France

New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) adjudged as the world's best airport for the year 2014

  • New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has been adjudged the world's best airport for the year 2014, under the category of handling 25 to 40 million passengers per annum

  • Airports Council International (ACI) presented the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award to IGIA at a ceremony of the ACI Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly on April 28 in Jordan

  • The Delhi airport scored 4.90 on a scale of 5 points measured by 300 members of the ACI ASQ benchmarking programme

  • It was on Second Position for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 but now it bettered it's position and emerged as the top

  • On a scale of 5 points it's score was 3.02 in 2007

  • As many as 40 million passengers used IGIA to reach 58 domestic and 62 international destinations in 2014-2015

  • During the period the average flight movements were 885 per day while 696,000 metric tonnes of cargo was handled.

  • IGIA hosts six domestic carriers, 56 international carriers and also has the capacity to handle the gigantic Airbus A380 aircraft

World Press Freedom Day 2015 observed

  • Information and Broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley Extended his wishes on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day and told to uphold the constitutional principles of independent, free and pluralistic media

  • Minister of State for I&B Rajyavarhdan Rathore also extended his greetings said that the government is fully committed to freedom of Press.

  • Independent and Quality Media was the theme of World Press Freedom Day 2015

About World Press Freedom Day :-

  • Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession

  • Over 100 national celebrations take place each year to commemorate this Day. UNESCO leads the worldwide celebration by identifying the global thematic and organizing the main event in different parts of world every year

Russian ballet legend Maya,89, Plisetskaya takes her last breath

  • Russian ballet legend Maya Plisetskaya, considered one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, has died at the age of 89 in Germany

  • Not just Russia but the entire world knew that Maya Plisetskaya was the symbol of Russian ballet in the 20th century

  • Plisetskaya joined the Bolshoi in 1943 her career at Russia's Bolshoi Theatre spanned more than 35 years Owing to the purity of her performence she had audiences around the world

  • Plisetskaya left the stage aged 65 she became choreographer and started giving master classes around the world.

  • In 1991 Plisetskaya moved to the German city of Munich with her composer husband Rodion Shchedrin

Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurates the first ever Science Centre and Planetarium in Puducherry

  • The Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the first ever Science Centre and Planetarium in the Union Territory of Puducherry

  • Built at a cost of approximately Rs. 5.50 crore, the Puducherry Science Centre and Planetarium has interactive exhibition galleries on Marine Biology and Fun Science, in addition to a 8m dome digital planetarium and an open-air science park.

  • The Science Centre Puducherry is the 47th Science Centre in the country which has been opened to the public and the 48th Science Centre in Dehradun shall be opened shortly Centre will organize year round activities to popularize science and enhance public understanding for science and technology.

C.N.R. Rao honoured with Japan's highest civilian award

  • Eminent scientist C.N.R. Rao has been honoured with Japan's highest civilian award for his contribution to promoting academic interchange and mutual understanding in science and technology between Japan and India.

  • The Emperor of Japan conferred the country's highest award, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, on C.N.R Rao the Bharat Ratna awardee

  • C.N.R Rao is also the only Indian to be elected as a foreign member of the Japan Academy in Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

  • C.N.R Rao is a National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

About C.N.R Rao :-

  • C.N.R Rao is an renowned scientist who has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry

  • He currently serves as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India Rao has honorary doctorates from 60 universities from around the world

  • He has authored around 1,500 research papers and 45 scientific books.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched seven IT based e-services

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched seven IT based e-services in the State at Panchkula



These services include:-

  • e-Stamping

  • Jeevan Pramaan

  • Revised State Portal

  • Aadhaar-enabled biometric Attendance System (AEBAS)

  • CM Window,Mobile app

  • Aadhaar-linked registration of birth

Cow-Urine Refinery for research opened in Jalore, Rajasthan

  • Rajasthan medical and health minister Rajendra Rathore on inaugurated a cow-urine refinery at Jalore

  • The refinery, set up at Pathmera Gaushala, will prepare cow-urine extract for use in the formulation of various products.

  • A MoU to this effect has been signed between Jodhpur's Dr S Radhakrishnan Ayurveda University and the Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at Bikaner

  • By-product derived from cow-urine extract will be used for cleaning at the SMS Hospital in Jaipur and other by-products would be used by govt.for various purposes

  • Besides the cleaner, pesticides would be prepared using the cow-urine extract. "This pesticide will be absolutely an organic product and would prove a boon for organic farming,"

05.05.2015
World Asthma Day observed: Yes, you can control your Asthma

To most people ‘breathtaking’ means unique or spectacular, to those with asthma the meaning is different; Asthma can literally take your breath away

  • World Asthma Day is celebrated every year on the first Tuesday of May the world over by Global Initiative for Asthma Management (GINA), a collaboration of National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA and the World Health Organization.

  • This year, the theme for World Asthma Day is, “You Can Control Your Asthma”. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 60,000 die of asthma in India every year.

NABARD sanctions record Rs 12,406 crore in Pune achieved all time high performance

  • Maharashtra Regional Office of NABARD in Pune has achieved all time high performance with sanction of Rs 12,406 crore and disbursement of Rs 11,315 crore for various development programmes during last fiscal year 2014-2015

  • Refinance support of Rs 700 crore for rural infrastructure and Rs 409 crore to other new business products was also provided by NABARD in Maharashtra

  • NABARD has supported rural population by increasing capital formation in agriculture and towards drought mitigation measures NABARD has extended refinance assistance of Rs 3082 crore primarily under minor irrigation, land development, farm mechanization and Horticultural sector

  • MoU was also signed between Government of India, Government of Maharashtra and NABARD for Revival Package of 3 Unlicensed District cooperative banks, Wardha, Nagpur and Buldana involving financial assistance of Rs 379 crore

India's top shooters win 3 gold, 2 bronze medals at International Shooting Competition of Hannover in Germany

  • India's top rifle shooters have brought glory to the nation by winning a rich haul of three gold and two bronze medals at the International Shooting Competition of Hannover in Germany

  • Beijing Games gold medallist Abhinav Bindra has won both the individual and team gold in his pet 10 metre air rifle event.

  • Upcoming talent Chain Singh added the 50 metre men’s rifle prone yellow metal to his 10 metre air rifle team gold, which he won alongside Bindra and Gagan Narang.

  • The two Bronze medals came though Narang in the men’s 50 metre rifle 3 positions event, and Apurvi Chandela in women’s air rifle event

Army athletes emerge champions in 19th Federation Cup national senior athletic championship

  • The Indian Army team emerged champions in the 19th Federation Cup national senior athletic championship, scoring 123.5 points at the end of the four-day event at the Mangala stadium ,Karnatka

  • The Tamil Nadu team came second by securing 114 points The overall men's championships also went to the Army and Tamil Nadu with 123.5 and 48 points respectively.

  • Kerala claimed the overall championship in the women's category with 86 points followed by Karnataka with 68 points

BHEL commissions Bijlee Utpadan's thermal unit in (KBUNL) Bihar

  • Bhel commissioned a thermal unit of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL) in Bihar

  • This is the first 195 MW unit to be commissioned by Bhel at the 2x195 MW Muzaffarpur thermal power station of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL) in Bihar

  • KBUNL is a joint venture of NTPC and Bihar State Power Generation Company Limited The second 195 MW unit is expected to be commissioned in the current financial year (2015-16)

Mazen Darwish winner of UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

  • The winner of the 2015 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is Syrian journalist and human rights activist, Mazen Darwish, currently imprisoned

  • The Prize will be awarded during the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, 3 May, which will this year be hosted by Latvia

  • Mazen Darwish has been recommended in recognition of the work that he has carried out in Syria for more than ten years at great personal sacrifice, enduring a travel ban, harassment, as well as repeated detention and torture

About Mazen Darwish

  • Mazen Darwish, a lawyer and press freedom advocate, is the president of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (CMFE), founded in 2004

  • He is also the founders of the Voice newspaper and syriaview.net, an independent news site, which has been banned by the Syrian authorities In 2011,

  • Darwish established Media Club, the first Syrian magazine about media affairs

  • He has been detained since February 2012, when he was arrested with colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer.

India home to 48 different species of bumblebees

  • Of the 250 known species of bumblebees,India is home to 48 different species species Indian Bumblebees written by entomologist M.S. Saini and co-authors Rifat H. Raina and Harpeet Singh Ghator, revealed this fact

  • They are mostly characterised by black, yellow and reddish body hair, and often striped, bumblebees are generally found on altitudes of 2,000-15,000 feet along the entire Himalayas, from Jammu & Kashmir to Nagaland.

  • Bumblebees are important to the ecosystem, as without them seed setting and fruiting will not take place in many plants as they pollinate vegetables, fruit trees, cash crops and even ornamental and medicinal plants high in the Himalayas

  • Like the honeybees, bumblebees are social insects and live in colonies — the size of which depends on the species

Author and screenwriter Michael Blake oscar - Winning "Dances with Wolves " writer passes away

  • Author and screenwriter Michael Blake, who won an Oscar for his movie "Dances With Wolves" which was made own novel, has died at the age of 69.

  • Michael Blake wrote the novel Dances With Wolves in 1988, which he turned into an Oscar-winning film starring Kevin Costner in 1990

  • The 1990 film, which Kevin Costner directed and starred in, won seven Oscars including Best Picture and Best Screenplay for Blake

Sandeep Jajodia removed from the from the post Boxing India President

  • Boxing India president Sandeep Jajodia was removed as the president of the Boxing India as he lost the no-confidence motion 2-55 in a special general meeting 

  • Accepting the defeat, Jajodia sent a letter to all the members appealing them to think for the betterment of the sport

  • The Boxing India took charge on September 11 last year, and received a huge blow in just eight months

06.05.2015
India beat Japan by 2-0 in second match of Test series

  • Indian hocky team pulled off a 2-0 win over Japan in the second match of the four Test series held in Bhubaneswar

  • The Indians surged into the lead through a 27th minute strike from S.K. Uthappa,before Dharamvir Singh doubled the lead in the 48th minute.

  • The match had an interesting start and both the treams played a fast-paced game.

  • Due to the well organised defence from both the teams, the third quarter remained goal-less The fourth and the last quarter of the game began with the same momentum but indian hocky was seen attacking from the right flank

  • Dharamvir effortlessly attacked the Japanese citadel in the 48th minute, landing the ball into the net, making it 2-0.

Salman Khan jailed for five years in hit-and-run case

  • Salman Khan has been sentenced to 5 years rigorous imprisonment

  • Since he cannot apply for bail at sessions court, Salman Khan will be sent to Arthur Road jail today

  •  He has also been fined under section 304 II of IPC for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

  • A big sum of Rs over 200 crore is riding on actor Salman Khan in the form of film projects and endorsements which will be affected as he will be in jail

Akash missile inducted in to Indian Army

The Army on Tuesday inducted the first regiment of the indigenously-developed Akash surface-to-air missile system



  • Akash missile is capable of targeting a multitude of aerial threats up to a range of 25 km.

  • Akash has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation and is being built by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL)

  • Each regiment of Akash consists of six launchers with each launcher having three missiles. The Army had placed orders for two regiments worth about Rs. 19,000 crore.

  • Air Force variant of Akash has already been inducted.

An Akash battery comprises four 3D passive electronically scanned array radars and four launchers with three missiles each, all of which are interlinked. Each battery can track up to 64 targets and attack up to 12 of them. The missile has a 60 kg (130 lb) high-explosive, pre-fragmented warhead with a proximity fuse. The Akash system is fully mobile and capable of protecting a moving convoy of vehicles

Union Cabinet approved Constitution 119th Amendment Bill on LBA between India and Bangladesh includes Assam

  • The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved Constitution 119th Amendment Bill on the land boundary agreement between India and Bangladesh.

  • (119th Constitutional Amendment act of 2013)  will allow the operationalisation of the 1974 India-Bangladesh Land Boundary agreement also India and Bangladesh will exchange several enclaves which are under each other's adverse possession.

  • Instead of fierce resistance from the BJP’s Assam unit and other political parties Assam has been included in Bill for land swap with Bangladesh

An international team of astronomers have discovered the most distant galaxy ever measured in the universe

  • The galaxy EGS-zs8-1 lies 13.1 billion light-years from Earth, the largest distance ever measured between Earth and another galaxy has been discovered

  • It has been discovered by using a powerful instrument called MOSFIRE on the Keck I telescope at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii

  • MOSFIRE instrument on the Keck I telescope,allows astronomers to efficiently study several galaxies at the same time

  • The new measurement also enabled the astronomers to determine that EGS-zs8-1 was forming stars very rapidly, about 80 times faster than our galaxy today

PM Modi joins Chinese social media platform Weibo receives overwhelming welcome

  • Narendra Modi is Man who knows the power of social media so he decided to use this tried and tested method to woo Chinese people and so he joined Chinese social media platform Weibo

  • Narendra Modi posted "Hello China! Looking forward to interacting with Chinese friends through Weibo," The prime minister is the first Indian leader to join Weibo, which has accounts of politicians like British Prime Minister David Cameron.

  • PM Modi, is a leader wo world fame he registered over 7,000 hits in the first hour after setting up his Weibo account.

Hong Kong handover diplomat Lu Ping passes away

  • Lu Ping, the Chinese official who oversaw Hong Kong's transition from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, has died at the age of 87

  • Lu Ping, Beijing's tough-talking point man on Hong Kong affairs Lu headed Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO),from 1990 to 1997

About Lu Ping:-

  • Born in Shanghai in 1927, Lu  ping graduated from the prestigious St John's University in 1947.

  • He joined the HKMAO in 1978 Lu Ping was one of a handful of mainland officials who oversaw Hong Kong's handover from beginning to end.

  •  Lu Ping retired from the HKMAO a few days after the handover.

Maharashtra govt planning to bring separate marriage law for Buddhists

  • The Maharashtra government has proposed formulation of a separate law for marriages in the Buddhist community

  • The draft of the law will be ready by the end of this month

  • The Buddhist community has been demanding a separate law for their marriages from the time Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar converted to Buddhism in Nagpur in 1957

  • Marriages of Catholics, Jews, Parsis and Muslims are already covered under the Hindu Marriage Act, but Buddhists are not covered under this Act

  • The proposal for a separate Buddhist marriage act was first put forth by former state cabinet minister Nitin Raut in 2007.

Central excise arrears rise to Rs 59,309 from Rs 45,463 crore a year ago

  • Tax arrears towards central excise rose to Rs 59,309 crore in 2013-14, from Rs 45,463 crore a year ago

  • In its audit report on Indirect Taxes (central excise) tabled in Parliament, CAG showed that arrears (pending recovery) have been rising since 2011-12

  • At the end of 2011-12, the arrears were Rs 35,964 crore. This rose to Rs 45,463 crore at the end of 2012-13 and further to Rs 59,309 crore in 2013-14

07.05.2015

GST bill Passed by Lok Sabha with 352 votes in favour

  • Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been by Lok Sabha with 352 votes in favour

  • Only 37 votes were cast against GST by the AIADMK members.

  • There was fierce opposition displayed by the Congress, the BJD and the CPI(M) against but could not become hurdle for the bill Goods and Services Tax

  •  Goods and Services Tax  empowers both States and the Centre to levy the GST, which will subsume the services tax, excise duties, stamp duties, entry tax and central sales tax.

  • Through GST Centre will be empowered to tax sales of goods and States get to tax services.

  • Transition from the traditional taxation to GST will boost India’s growth by up to 2.5 percentage points

Cabinet approves amendment in Whistle Blowers Protection Act,2011

  • The union cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to the Whistlebowers Protection Act, 2011 aimed at strengthening safeguards against disclosures which may affect the sovereignty and integrity of the country,security, strategic, scientific or economic interest of the state, relations with a foreign state or leads to incitement of an offence.

  • The amended Bill will be moved in Parliament during the current Budget session.

  • The Act provides a mechanism to investigate alleged cases of corruption and misuse of power by public servants and also protect anyone who exposes alleged wrongdoing in government bodies, projects and offices.

MoU signed between India and Iran for development of Chabahar Port

  • India and Iran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of the strategically important Chabahar Port in Iran

  • The MoU was signed by Minister for Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Iranian Minister for Transport and Urban Development Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi in Tehran on behalf of their respective governments.

  • With the signing of MoU Indian and Iranian commercial entities will be able to commence negotiations for finalization of a commercial contract

  • Under the contract, Indian firms will lease two existing berths at the Port and operationalize them as container and multi-purpose cargo terminals

Chabahar Port will provide Afghanistan`s garland road network system an alternate access to a sea port, which will significantly enhancing that nation`s overall connectivity to regional and global markets as well as boosting the reconstruction and humanitarian efforts in the country

Banks open 15 cr PMJDY accounts opened so far

  • Finance ministry is not leaving any stone unturned in achieving complete success in ambitious financial inclusion scheme Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY)

  • Any financially excluded individual could inform a bank that he or she does not have an account and the bank account would be opened immediately

About 98 per cent financially excluded households have been covered under the PMJDY As per the status, 99.73 per cent survey work has been completed and 95.30 per cent household surveyed has been covered

Microsoft launches Edu-cloud to make learning fun

  • Microsoft has announced in India the launch of Edu-Cloud, a cloud computing-based solution which aims at aiding digital learning and teaching for educational institutions

  • With the help of cloud computing, they create, deliver, and manage content from any device, anywhere, anytime, making learning easy and fun

  • Edu-Cloud is expected to benefit 1 million teachers and 6 million students in over 1,500 institutes over the next 18 months.

  • The company has also announced a tie-up with the Chaitanya group of educational institutions, which will adopt Edu-Cloud In the last 10 years,

  • Microsoft's education, skill development, entrepreneurship and digital literacy programmes have touched over 5 crore people in 20 different states of India.

PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Rabindra Tagore on his birth anniversary

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tributes to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore on his 154th birth anniversary

  • PM Narendra Modi said "He represents the best of Modern and Ancient Indian intellectual thought"

  • Gurudev Tagore blended the wisdom of India's past with a promise of its future through his Literature, Art and Music.

  • He taught us the power of free thinking while inspiring us to dream of a 'Heaven of Freedom' where the mind is without fear and the head can be held

Delhi High court Bill,2014 Passed by Rajya sabha

  • A Parliamentary committee has approved the Bill to enhance the pecuniary jurisdiction of Delhi’s district courts

  • The Delhi High Court (amendment) Bill 2014 proposes that civil suits up to Rs 2 crore will be heard by the 11 district courts instead of the Delhi High Court.

  • Currently, all suits above Rs 20 lakh are heard by the High Court. These will now be transferred to the district courts.

  • Out of the 60,000 cases pending in the Delhi High Court, 12,000 cases will be transferred to the 11 district courts Delhi High Court (amendment) Bill 2014 will reduce workload of the Delhi High court and pave path for to "speedy" disposal of cases

German-born US rocket expert Oscar Holderer passes away

  • The last known surviving member of the German engineering team that designed the rocket that took US astronauts to the Moon has died in Alabama

  • The German-born Holderer came to the United States in 1945 after World War Two with a group of rocket engineers led by Wernher von Braun bringing technology used in the German V2 rocket.

  • They played a key role in the Saturn V rocket used in the 1969 Moon landing The team, led by Wernher von Braun, was part of a project called Operation Paperclip that transferred technology used in Germany's V2 and other rockets to the US

08.05.2015
Achal Kumar Jyoti the Former Gujarat Chief Secretary appointed as Election Commissioner

An Election Commissioner or the Chief Election Commissioner has a tenure of six years in office or till he or she attains the age of 65, whichever is earlier

  • Achal Kumar Jyoti, a former Gujarat Chief Secretary, was appointed as the Election Commissioner

  • The tenure of the 62-year-old officer will commence from the day he assumes his charge

  • Achal Kumar Jyoti retired from active service in January 2013

  • After H S Brahma demitted the office of the CEC in April and Nasim Zaidi got elevated to the top post, two posts in the three-member Election Commission had become vacant

In most tourist-friendly countries list : Spain named world's best country for tourists

  • Spain named world's best country for tourists with the UK ranking fifth behind France, Germany and the US

  • According to the biannual World Economic Forum The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015, Spain has the right elements for a great tourist experience 'outstanding attractions', 'excellent' culture, entertainment and infrastructure making it the world's best country for tourists

  • The country recorded approximately 60.6 million arrivals in 2013; a figure that reflected the surge in foreign tourists from China, Brazil and Mexico

  • Spain outranked its European peers France and Germany, who were named the second and third most tourist-friendly countries

Egypt to ‘Rebuild’ the Lighthouse of Alexandria, One of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World

  • Egypt’s supreme antiquities council has approved the rebuilding of the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

  • The Lighthouse, which was built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom in 280 BC, once stood at approximately 137 meters tall and was one of the world’s tallest man-made structures for hundreds of years Hundreds of years after being badly damaged by a number of earthquakes in 1323,

  • Egypt is seeking to revive the lighthouse at it’s original location

  • The Lighthouse, also known as the Pharos Lighthouse, was commissioned shortly after Alexander the Great died by the first Ptolemy and completed during the reign of the second Ptolemy

  • Despite being destroyed in 1323, remnant stones of the structure were used to build the Citadel of Qatibay in 1480, which stands in Alexandria until this day.

Charlie Hebdo receives disputed PEN Freedom of Expression Courage award 2015

  • The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has received a controversial freedom of speech award at the PEN Literary Gala in New York on Tuesday

  • Islamists stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris in January after the magazine published drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.

  • Charlie Hebdo's editor in chief, Gerard Biard and Jean-Baptiste Thoret, a film critic who arrived late for work on the day of the attack, were at the gala to accept the award.

Brazil legend Pele hospitalized after prostate surgery

  • The three-time World Cup winner Brazilian legend Pele, arguably the greatest footballer in history had prostate surgery at the Albert Einstein Hospital

  • Doctors performed a transurethral resection of the prostate,the surgery is done to relieve moderate to severe urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate

  • The 74-year-old icon had one kidney removed during his days as a player Known as "The Black Pearl" and simply "The King,"

  • Pele is one of the best known names in all of sports Peles electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals made him a star around the world

Failed Russian spacecraft falls from orbit, burns up

  • The Russian Progress-59 capsule, loaded with more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies, that blasted off aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 28 which later due to technical difficulties went out of control and was supposed to fall on earth

  • Recently Progress-59 spacecraft was flying over the central Pacific Ocean most of the spacecraft was expected to burn up during its high-speed descent through the atmosphere, but small pieces of the structure could have survived and splashed down in the ocean

  • Only a few small pieces of structural elements could reach the planet's surface

Myntra.com acquires mobile app development platform company Native5

  • E-commerce solutions provider for fashion and lifestyle products Myntra has acquired mobile app development platform company Native5.

  • The acquisition will strengthen and expand Myntra's mobile technology team which is focused on driving transformational change in the online shopping space

  • Native5 is Myntra's second technology led acquisition. In April 2013, Myntra acquired Fitiquette, a San Francisco based technology solution

About Native5

  • Native5 led by Kunal Abhishek, Barada Sahu, Shamik Dattaand and Manish Priyadarshi was founded in 2012

  • It builds tools and services to enable cross platform app development on the cloud.

  • The entire team (barring Manish Priyadarshi) will join Myntra and work towards creating innovative mobile experiences

NASA’s 10-Engine Electric Plane GL-10 Completes Flight Test

A team at NASA's Langley Research Center is developed and successfully flight tested battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft.

  • The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is currently in the design and testing phase

  • The initial thought was to develop a 20-foot wingspan (6.1 meters) aircraft powered by hybrid diesel/electric engines, but the team started with smaller versions for testing, built by rapid prototyping

  • It could be used for small package delivery or vertical take off and landing, long endurance surveillance for agriculture, mapping and other applications.

  • The remotely piloted plane has a 3.05 meters wingspan, eight electric motors on the wings, two electric motors on the tail and weighs a maximum of 28.1 kilogram at take off.

11.05.2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released commemorative coin on Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin to mark the birth centenary of Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati in New Delhi

  • Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati was born as Balakrishna Menon on 8 May 1916. He was known for teaching Bhagavad gita, the Upanishads, and other ancient Hindu scriptures

  • He was Hindu spiritual leader and teacher who had inspired the formation of a global NGO called Chinmaya Mission to spread the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta.

  • Through his Vedantic teachings, publications, centres, ashrams, temples, and social service projects around the globe, his work continues to provide cultural and spiritual instruction to members of the Hindu diaspora. He died on 3 August 1993

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