1. BAT Repeats Brutality by Beheading Two Indian Soldiers
i. Pakistan’s ‘border action team’ (BAT) has beheaded two Indian soldiers by sneaking 200 metres into Indian Territory in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
ii. During the raid, bodies of Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh (22 Sikh Regiment) and head constable Prem Sagar (200 BSF Battalion) were left mutilated.
iii. This is the third such barbaric episode since the conduct of ‘surgical strikes’ against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on September 29.
2. Centre launches 'One IP- Two Dispensaries' and 'Aadhaar Based Online Claim Submission' Schemes
i. Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya launched two schemes “One IP- Two Dispensaries” and “Aadhaar based Online Claim Submission” on the occasion of International Labour Day (1st May).
ii. Under One IP- Two Dispensaries scheme has given an option to an Insured Person (IP) to choose two dispensaries, one for self and another for the family through an employer.
iii. Under Aadhaar based Online Claim Submission scheme all EPF Members who have activated their Universal Account Number (UAN) and seeded their KYC (Aadhaar) with EPFO will be able to apply for PF final settlement, Pension withdrawal benefit and PF part withdrawal from their UAN Interface directly.
3. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launched Vidya-Veerta Abhiyan
i. Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched 'Students for soldiers- a nationwide Vidya-Veerta Abhiyan' to encourage Universities to display portraits of Param Veer Chakra-decorated soldiers.
ii. The aim of this Abhiyan is to instill a sense of patriotism and nationalism among students.
iii. Mr. Javadekar launched the Vidya-Veerta Abhiyan to create 'walls of heroes' - displaying the portraits of the heroes in institutions of higher learning.
4. India-Turkey inks Three Agreements
i. India and Turkey have signed three agreements following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
ii. In total three agreements were signed by both the sides in the fields of ICT, training and culture: a) An agreement for a cultural exchange programme for the years 2017-2020 was signed. B) A MoU was signed between the Foreign Services Institute (FSI) of India and the Diplomacy Academy of Turkey.c) A MoU was signed for cooperation in the area of information and communication technologies (ICT).
5. Mr. Anthony Lianzuala takes over as the New Controller General of Accounts
i. Mr. Anthony Lianzuala took over as the New Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance with effect from May 1, 2017, in New Delhi.
ii. He is the First person from the North-Eastern Region to hold this position.
6. Shobana Kamineni is the new CII President
i. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has recently announced new office-bearers for the year 2017-18. Ms. Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd., has assumed office as the new President of CII. She is the first woman President of CII. She takes over from D. Naushad Forbes.
ii. Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, is the new President-Designate, CII.
iii. Mr. Uday Kotak, Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited is the new Vice President of CII.
7. Defence Minister hands over DRDO developed devices to forces
i. Defence Minister (Additional Charge) Arun Jaitley handed over a number of devices developed by the DRDO to National Security Guard (NSG), Delhi Police and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
ii. The devices handed over in New Delhi to NDRF included 'E-Nasika', a hand-held equipment which is capable of rapid detection of chemical agents well below their toxic limits.
iii. He also handed over to NSG an equipment called 'OTL-300'. It can instantly detect partially camouflaged optical elements, such as telescopes, binoculars and night vision devices.
8. Dubai becomes first city in the world to get its own Microsoft font
i. Dubai has become the first city in the world to get its own Microsoft font.
ii. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, launched the Dubai Font recently.
iii. The font, available in three styles as 'Dubai', 'Dubai Medium' and 'Dubai Light', can be in italics, underlined and bold.
9. Chandrababu Naidu bags USIBC award
i. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has been selected for the ‘Transformative Chief Minister Award 2017’ in recognition for his role in advancing the US-India partnership at the state level.
ii. The award by the US-India Business Council (USIBC) would be presented to Mr. Naidu during the USIBC West Coast Summit in Bengaluru (the Silicon Valley) on May 8.
iii. Last year’s recipient of this award was Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog.
10. Aamir Khan launches Asha Parekh’s autobiography in New Delhi
i. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan launched renowned actress of her age, Asha Parekh’s autobiography “Asha Parekh: The Hit Girl” in New Delhi.
ii. 'The Hit Girl' has been penned down by the renowned film critic Khalid Mohamed.
11. Bharti Enterprises appointed Soumen Ghosh as MD - Financial Services
i. Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business groups, has appointed Soumen (Sam) Ghosh as Managing Director of Financial Services.
ii. Prior to joining Bharti, Ghosh was heading the Financial Services business at Reliance Capital as Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer.
12. Sanjay Pratihar bags INSA Medal for Young Scientist
i. Sanjay Pratihar, a scientist at Assam’s Tezpur University, has been selected for the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal for the Young Scientist Award, 2017, for his contribution to “multi-metal complexes, theoretical understanding, selective sensing of Hq2+ions and important applications in agriculture”.
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