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# Israel launched airstrikes against Iran
Israel and Iran were engaged in their most direct confrontation to date after Iranian forces stationed in Syria fired nearly 20 missiles targeting Israel-occupied territory and Israel Defence Forces responded with airstrikes.This marks Israel’s most significant military action in Syria since the civil war started in 2011.The two countries have been engaged in a proxy war for years.
# Nadal breaks record
Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal broke a 34-year-old record by winning his 50th straight set on clay, the most consecutive sets won by a player on a surface.Nadal eased past Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 in the round of 16 of Madrid Open to storm into the quarter-final round and broke John McEnroe’s long-standing record in Open Era.Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player.
# Railways to pay compensation if person dies
The Supreme Court held that the Indian Railways must pay compensation in case of death or injury while boarding or deboarding trains.It added that in case of an accident or untoward incident, the Railways must pay compensation whether or not there has been a wrongful act, neglect or fault on the part of the administration.The railways cannot plead negligence on the part of the victims.
# Top 30 innovations showcased at marathon
To identify India’s best student innovators, Atal Tinkering Labs of the Atal Innovation Mission of NITI Aayog organized an Atal Tinkering Marathon.It was a 6-month long challenge across 6 different areas, namely, clean energy, water resources, waste management, healthcare, smart mobility and agri-tech.The goal of the student innovator programme is to test the innovations in the community.
# India’s clean energy capacity touches 70 GW
Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has stated that India’s installed clean energy capacity has already touched 70 GW as per data compiled on March 31, 2018.100 billion units of electricity was generated through renewables during last fiscal, which also is the highest ever so far.R K Singh has reaffirmed government’s commitment to meet target of having 175 GW by 2022.
# New monetary limits for public sector banks
Monetary threshold for public sector banks to report frauds to departments of CBI for a probe has been revised.Frauds of min. Rs 3 cr & to Rs 25 cr have to be reported to either CBIs Anti-Corruption Branch or to Economic Offences Wing.According to RBI, cases of frauds involving more than Rs 25 cr & up to Rs 50 cr should be given to CBIs Banking Security & Fraud Cell.
# Supreme Court Reserves Verdict On The Aadhar
The Supreme Court reserved its verdict on petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of the 2016 Aadhaar Act, which lasted for 38 working days spread over four months.This was the second longest oral hearing in the history of the Supreme Court.The first being the landmark Kesavananda Bharati case in which the apex court in 1973 outlined the basic structure of the Constitution.
# Mrinalini Sarabhai’s 100th birth anniversary
Google Doodle on 11th May celebrated the 100th birth anniversary of Mrinalini Sarabhai, the renowned Indian classical dancer.Mrinalini married notable physicist Vikram Sarabhai who is considered to be the Father of the Indian Space Program.Mrinalini was awarded the Padma Shri in 1965 and Padma Bhushan in 1992.She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship New Delhi in 1994.
# Pawan Kalyan unfurls ‘largest’ Indian flag
The largest Indian flag was unfurled at NTR Stadium in Hyderabad to pay tribute to martyrs of India’s First War of Independence of 1857.The flag, measuring 183 feet in length and 122 feet in breadth, was unfurled by Tollywood actor and Jana Sena party president Pawan Kalyan.The flag is prepared by an organisation called ‘Vibrants of Kalam’.
# Arunachal’s biggest solar plant inagurated
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated the state’s biggest solar power plant at Energy Awareness Park.The plant, with a capacity of one megawatt, was commissioned on April 1 at an estimated investment of Rs 8.50 crore.With the commissioning of the solar plant, import of energy from other states will reduce considerably.
# World’s second oldest rock is from Odisha
A rock sample was recovered nearly eight years ago from Champua in Odisha’s Kendujhar district.Scientists have found in the rock a grain of magmatic zircon (a mineral that contains traces of radioactive isotopes).It is an estimated to be around 4,240 million years old — a discovery of great promise to study the earth’s early years.
# 19th National Technology Day
The country observed 19th National Technology Day on 11th May to commemorate the successful carrying out of the nuclear test at Pokhran in Rajasthan.On the same day, India performed successful test firing of the Trishul Missile and test flying the first indigenous aircraft ‘Hansa-3’.The country started observing the day as National Technology Day every year since 1999.
# Panel to look into black money recovery
A parliamentary panel headed by Murali Manohar Joshi will study the recovery of black money & performance of public sector banks.30-member Estimates Committee has decided to study a host of subjects related to various ministries in the year 2018-19.The panel will also look into the import of uranium for nuclear plants, mining activities & environment among other matters.
# First SCO tourism ministerial meeting
1st tourism ministerial meeting between the members of Shanghai Cooperation Organization was held in Wuhan, China.The meeting approved an action plan that will serve as a guideline for tourism cooperation between SCO member states from 2019 to 2020.The plan specifies measures taken to improve tourist experience & safety, develop tourist products & promote smart tourism.
# NITI Aayog to rank states on SDG parameters
NITI Aayog will soon come out with the Sustainable Development Goals Index to rank states based on their performance in this field.SDGs comprise 17 goals, which include ending poverty and hunger, quality education, gender equality, clean water, sanitation & energy.Prime Minister’s Office in 2017 appointed NITI Aayog as the supervising agency for SDGs to improve India’s global performance.
# Nirmal Singh elected JK Assembly speaker
BJP legislator & former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh has been elected as the Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.Singh, who is an MLA from Billawar constituency in Jammu region, was elected as the Speaker by a voice vote in a one-day special session of the J&K Assembly.Singh defeated Congress MLA from Bandipora, Usman Majeed.
# Green Ambassador of Sikkim
The Sikkim Government has nominated Bollywood singer Mohit Chauhan as the Green Ambassador of the state.Chauhan has been nominated as the Green Ambassador for promoting Sikkim as a Green Destination, nationally and internationally, on a voluntary basis.Sikkim is known for its rich biodiversity and abundant natural resources due to environment-friendly policies.
# Mahathir Mohamad sworn in as Malaysia’s PM
Mahathir Mohamad has been sworn in as the Prime Minister of Malaysia again after a shock election victory.Mahathir’s coalition defeated the governing Barisan Nasional coalition, led by PM Najib Razak, which has been in power for more than 60 yrs.The victory capped a dramatic comeback for Mahathir, who ruled the country for 22 yrs.92 year old, Mahathir becomes the oldest PM in the world.
# 2nd relief consignment for Rohingya by India
India has sent to Bangladesh its 2ndrelief consignment to help thousands of displaced Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar.Indian Navy Ship INS Airavat sailed from Vishakhapatnam with tonnes of milk powder, dried fish & several pairs of raincoats & gumboots.India sent relief materials for 300,000 Rohingyas in 2017 under Operation ‘Insaniyat’ to support Bangladesh in its humanitarian efforts.
# President Kovind visits Siachen base camp
President Ram Nath Kovind has become the second president to visit the Siachen base camp of the Indian Army in Ladakh.Siachen is considered to be the highest battle field in the world.In 2004 APJ Abdul Kalam became the first Indian President to visit the Siachen glacier.The entire Siachen Glacier, with all major passes, is under the administration of India since 1984.