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# Children’s theatre festival in Kolkata
Children of various theatre groups from eight countries besides host India will take part in an International Children’s Theatre Festival in the Kolkata.The eight countries are France, Slovenia, Swaziland, Mexico, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.The festival, organised by the ‘Kolkata Eso Natak Shikhi’, is based on the theme “Safe Drive Save Life, Save Kids’ Life”.
# Govt to set up marine observation system
India will establish a Marine Observation System Along the Indian Coast (Mosaic).At least six observatories – three along the east coast and and an equal number along the west coast – will be established.The project, to be launched later this year is intended to carry out monitoring, especially the marine coastal pollution.
# India-Malaysia joint exercise enters phase 2
The second phase of the Indian and Malaysian armies’ joint military exercise ‘Harimau Shakti’ was initiated on May 7.The exercise was conducted in Hulu Langat forest of Malaysia under harsh and humid conditions.The sappers team from 3 Engineer regiment of the Indian Army are training with the Malaysian Army combat engineers as a part of their first joint exercise.
# Australia to help save the koala
Australia unveiled a US$34-million plan to help bring its koala population back from the brink, following a rapid decline in the furry marsupial’s fortunes.The Australian Koala Foundation estimates there may be as few as 43,000 koalas left in the wild.Under the Aus$45 million plan, thousands of hectares will be set aside to preserve the marsupial’s natural habitat.
# BrahMos to attain 76% localisation in 6 mths
BrahMos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile, will be achieving 75% localisation in the next six months.As of today 65% of the value (in BrahMos) is created in India.The Quad launcher is designed for supersonic cruise missiles in an inclined configuration on-board our navy ships.The launcher provides superior firepower as compared to the twin cannister.
# Aditi finishes T-6th at the Texas Classic
Indian golfer Aditi Ashok has notched up her second successive top-10 finish by finishing Tied-sixth at the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic.This was Aditi’s second top-10 in a row after her Tied-seventh at LPGA Mediheal last week.Aditi is the youngest and first Indian to win the Lalla Aicha Tour School.
# Putin to be sworn in as Russian President
Vladimir Putin is to be sworn in for a 4thterm as president of Russia after winning the election in March.He has been in power for 18 yrs, whether as president or prime minister & opponents have likened his tenure to reign of a tsar, or emperor.The country’s best-known opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was barred from standing against Putin, on grounds of a conviction for embezzlement.
# Narang-Ghatkar win silver medal in shooting
Gagan Narang combined with Pooja Ghatkar to win the mixed team silver medal in the Grand Prix of Liberation international shooting competition in Pilsen, Czech Republic.Earlier in the tournament, Mihika Poore bagged the women’s air rifle gold.Nivetha Paramanantham clinched the gold medal in the women’s air pistol after topping the qualification.
# Isro develops desi atomic clock
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed an atomic clock that will be used in navigation satellites to measure precise location data.The space agency currently imports atomic clocks from European aerospace manufacturer Astrium for its navigation satellites.The atomic clock is currently undergoing a series of qualification tests.
# Panel for revamp of Indo-Nepal treaty
The final report of a bilateral committee — appointed to advise governments in Delhi and Kathmandu — is likely to suggest that the 1950 India-Nepal Peace and Friendship Treaty should be revised.The Eminent Persons Group (EPG) was appointed in February 2016 to suggest measures for improving the bilateral ties.The committee consists of eight members with four persons representing each side.
# Eminent Odia lyricist passes away
Eminent Odia lyricist Gurukrushna Goswami passed away in Odisha.Goswami was associated with the Odia music industry for over six decades. He was a scriptwriter, a lyricist and a music director.Goswami had received the Best Lyricist award in 1996, Bhakta Kabi Salabeg award and Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi (OSNA) Award in the year 2000.
# World Laughter Day observed on 6th May
Celebrated since 1998, World Laughter Day is an annual event celebrated to raise awareness about laughter and its many healing benefits.World Laughter Day takes place on the first Sunday of May of every year.The first celebration was on May 10, 1998, in Mumbai, India, and was arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.
# Ramit Tandon wins Abu Dhabi Open squash title
India’s Ramit Tandon has won the Abu Dhabi Open squash title.Ramit toppled number one seed Omar Abdel Meguid of Egypt.This is Ramit’s third title on Professional Squash Association (PSA) tour. In world rankings, the Indian holds the 65th position, while the Egyptian is placed higher at the 41st spot.
# HPCL begins home-delivery of diesel
After Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), state-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) has launched home-delivery of diesel in Mumbai.‘HP Fuel Connect’ will deliver diesel to select customers having fixed equipment, heavy machinery in their premises.IOC had in March launched home-delivery of diesel in Pune.
# India won 20 gold at junior athletics meet
India finished on top in the seven-nation competition with 20 gold, 22 silver and eight bronze medals at the 3rd South Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo.Host Sri Lanka bagged rest of the 12 gold medals in the competition along with 10 silver and 19 bronze.The juniors will next represent India at the 18th Asian Junior Athletics Championships to be held in Gifu, Japan.
# Indian naval commanders conference
Indian Navy commanders will discuss the country’s maritime security and review the naval force’s mission-based deployments in the Indian Ocean Region.The commanders would discuss the optimal utilisation of the Navy’s share of the defence budget.The conference would be addressed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.The conference starts on May 8 and will conclude on May 11.
# NITI Aayog seeks World Bank’s help
The NITI Aayog has sought World Bank’s assistance to provide it with information and expertise on fraud detection and prevention.It will ensure no embezzlement of funds takes place in the Centre’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).The World Bank assistance is being taken as it has expertise from its international experience.
# Mars probe taking mini satellites
A pair of briefcase-sized spacecraft known as CubeSats are making their way into deep space for the first time, sharing a ride with NASA’s InSight Mars lander.Mars Cube One (MarCO) is a pair spacecraft that launched along with NASA’s InSight Mars lander on May 5.CubeSats are generally under 15 kilogrammes, and can weigh as little as about 2.5 kilogrammes.
# India to soon begin forecasting of tsunami
India would now be able to foretell the distance a destructive sea wave would travel after it breaches the coast, a prediction that can greatly reduce loss of life and property.The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services has developed a model to predict how far sea water would travel.This would be a Level-3 alert under India’s Tsunami Early Warning System.
# Bangladesh proposes India as OIC observer
Bangladesh has proposed restructuring of the charter of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to pave way for inclusion of non-Muslim countries like India as an “observer state”.The OIC is a 57-member grouping of Muslim majority nations.India, however, has fairly robust relations with most OIC member states.