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# Korean Unification Flag signed at ITFF
The Korean Unification flag was signed by members of the joint Korean women’s table tennis team at the World Team Table Tennis Championship.The flag features a blue Korean Peninsula against a white background.The flag is being used in such tournaments where a unified Korean team is fielded off to participate.
# BRO to celebrate its 58th Raising Day
Border Roads Organisation will celebrate its 58th Raising Day on May 7 to mark the glorious services to the nation.BRO, a leader in the arena of infrastructural development in the border areas of the country, was established in 1960.Since its inception the organisation has gone from strength to strength, and numerous projects undertaken by them has been vital for the territorial integrity.
# Neeraj breaks own National record
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has broke his own national record by clearing a distance of 87.43m to finish 4th at the Diamond League series.Chopra, who recently won a gold at Commonwealth Games was up against the likes of Olympic champion Thomas Rohler & World champion Johannes Vetter.Chopra had set the earlier record of 86.48m when he won a gold medal in 2016 World Junior Championships.
# Renowned Marathi singer Arun Date dies
Veteran Marathi singer Arun Date, known for his popular song Shukratara has passed away.Date, famous for non-film ‘bhavgeet’ (lyrical poetry) songs, had crooned numbers like Shukratara & Ya Janmavar, which became very popular among people.He contributed to the Marathi music industry for more than 50 yrs.Date was the first recipient of the state government’s ‘Gajananrav Vatave Puraskar’.
# Govt launches NWIC to maintain water data
Govt has set up a central body – National Water Informatics Centre to maintain a comprehensive water resources data.NWIC will be a single window source of updated data on water resources in India.NWIC will collaborate with national & international research institutes to provide technical support to central & state organisations dealing with water emergency response of hydrological extremes
# India seeks $4 bn assistance from ADB
India has requested Asian Development Bank to expand its sovereign and non-sovereign operations in the country by providing financial assistance worth $4 billion a year.India also requested ADB President Takehiko Nakao to support its endevour towards an inclusive & sustainable growth accompanied by rapid economic transformation.ADB aims to promote social and economic development in Asia.
# Delhi to host Festival of Bharat
Delhi will host a six-day-long Festival of Bharat between May 9 and May 14 as a 21st century tribute to the majesty and depth of India’s civilization.The event will be held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi.Scholars, Grammy award winning artistes, rising new stars and prominent public figures will be in attendance.
# Royal Navy receives its minesweeping system
Britain’s Royal Navy has taken the delivery of its first unmanned autonomous minesweeping system.The system will restore the Royal Navy’s sweep capability, enabling it to tackle modern digital mines that may not otherwise be discovered in challenging mine hunting conditions/It can be operated from a land or ship-based control station & can be deployed from a suitable ship or port.
# Lebanon holds maiden parliamentary elections
Polling has begun across Lebanon, where voters are going to elect their parliament for first time in 9 yrs.Last elections in the country were held in 2009, for what was supposed to be a 4 yr term. But parliament extended its term twice due to instability in neighbouring Syria.Lebanon has one of the world’s highest debt-to-GDP ratios & IMF has warned its fiscal trajectory is unsustainable.
# China Launches ‘APSTAR-6C’ Communication Sat
China has launched a new communication satellite “APSTAR-6C” at the southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Center.The satellite will provide TV transmission, communication, Internet and multimedia services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region.Both the satellite and the rocket were developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
# ADB projects India’s growth at 7.3% in 2018
Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao has noted that India’s growth in 2018 would pick up to 7.3%.The Bank has also projected that India will remain the fastest growing Asian nation with 7.6% growth in 2019-20.The size of India’s economy is about USD 2.5 trillion currently, making it the sixth largest in the world.
# ‘Star Khel Mahakumbh’ Launched At HP
BJP MP Anurag Thakur and cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar has launched ‘Star Khel Mahakumbh’ at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.The initiative has been designed in a manner as to attract participation of at least one lakh youth from across 5000 villages and 800 panchayats.The athletes will compete in volleyball, basketball, cricket, football, kabaddi and athletics.
# Israel pulls out of race for seat on UNSC
Israel has withdrew from a race against Germany & Belgium for 2 seats on United Nations Security Council in 2019-20.Israel was competing with Germany & Belgium for one of the two seats allocated to Western European & Others Group.Security Council is made up of 5 permanent members – Britain, China, France, Russia & US while 10 other seats are filled by elected members that serve 2 yr stints
# Venkaiah Naidu leaves to South America
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has left for a five-day visit to South America’s Guatemala, Peru and Panama.This will be Vice President’s first overseas visit after assuming the office.A range of bilateral issues including the strengthening of institutional mechanisms for political interactions, multilateral matters, trade & investments are expected to be discussed during the visit.
# Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to become biennial
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will now be celebrated every alternate year & a series of sessions will be held before the event to increase the interests of Indians living within & outside the country.Theme-based sessions will be conducted in which Ministry of External Affairs will invite 12 people including both nationals & NRIs.15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in Varanasi in Jan 2019.
# First dolphin census kicked off in Punjab
The Punjab government along with WWF-India are conducting the first organised census of Indus dolphins – one of the world’s rarest mammals.Found only in India and Pakistan, the Indus dolphins are confined to only a 185 km stretch between Talwara and Harike Barrage in India’s Beas river in Punjab.Indus river dolphin is the national mammal of Pakistan.
# Dakota aircraft joined IAF again
A restored Dakota aircraft has joined the Indian Air Force more than 4 decades after the fleet was phased out following an illustrious service record.Dakota popularly known as Gooney Bird was the 1st major transport aircraft inducted in the Indian Air Force.Restored Dakota rechristened as Parashuram will join Vintage Fly of one each of Tiger Moth & Howard raised at Hindan air force station
# India topped list of fastest growing economies
According to a Harvard University report, India topped the list of the fastest growing economies in the world for the coming decade.According to the report, India is projected to grow at 7.9% annually, ahead of China & US.The researchers also found India to be the best on Complexity Opportunity Index, which measures how easy it is to redeploy existing knowhow to enter new complex products.
# India’s most trusted FMCG brand
As per TRA’s Brand Trust Report 2018, Patanjali has left behind brands like HUL & ITC to emerge as the most trusted brand in the FMCG sector.Patanjali was established in 2006 by Ramdev along with Balkrishna, with the aim of establishing a science of Ayurveda in coordination with latest technology & ancient wisdomBesides FMCG, Patanjal is present in other sectors like education & healthcare
# NASA blasts off Mars-bound spacecraft, InSight
NASA has blasted off its latest Mars lander, InSight, designed to study the deep interior of Mars.It aims to expand human knowledge of interior conditions on Mars, inform efforts to send human explorers there & reveal how rocky planets like Earth formed billions of years ago.InSight aims to be the first NASA spacecraft to land on Mars since the Curiosity rover in 2012.