1. Biggest Combing Operation in 15 years conducted in South Kashmir
i. The Army, security forces and police had launched a massive cordon and combing operation in south Kashmir’s Shopian district following the recent militant attacks on policemen and banking facilities.
ii. This is the first time in 15 years that the combing operation of this magnitude has been conducted by the security forces.
2. Facebook Launches ‘Express Wi-Fi’ in India
i. Facebook has launched its “Express Wi-Fi” commercially in India and the service is now available via 700 hotspots across four states of Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Meghalaya.
3. India’s First Private Sector Small Arms Manufacturing Plant Inaugurated
i. India’s first private sector small arms manufacturing plant has been inaugurated in Madhya Pradesh to supply world class weapons to the armed forces in line with the India’s defence indigenisation programme.
ii. The plant is a joint venture between India’s Punj Lloyd and Israel Weapon Systems.
4. Chiefs for Coffee and Tea Boards Appointed
i. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointments of Prabhat Kamal Bezboruah and M S Boje Gowda as chairmen of the Tea Board and the Coffee Board, respectively.
5. Draft Rules for No Fly List for Banning Unruly Passengers Unveiled
i. The government has released draft rules for a ‘no-fly list’ for banning unruly passengers. The Ministry of Civil Aviation had set up a committee to come up with the final draft of the new set of rules. The new rules would be opened for public comments for a period of one month.
ii. After receiving comments, the civil aviation ministry would study the comments and then will release the final Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR).
6. Russia, Turkey and Iran Sign Deal on Safe Zones in Syria
i. Russia and Iran which are allies of the Syrian regime as well as the rebel supporter Turkey signed a Russia-backed plan for creating safe zones in Syria. The pact which was signed in the Kazakh capital Astana was meant to halt fighting in the war-torn Syria.
7. Fact Box: SAMPADA Scheme
i. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved re-structuring the schemes of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) under new Central Sector Scheme called as SAMPADA (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters) for the time period 2016-20.
8. India's 1st private small arms manufacturing unit opened in Madhya Pradesh
i. In order to Strengthen defence ties, India has opened its first private small arms manufacturing plant at Malanpur, Madhya Pradesh in a joint venture with Israel. ii. The plant has been set up as a joint venture Punj Lloyd Raksha Systems between Indian defence conglomerate Punj Lloyd and Israel Weapons Industries (IWI).
iii. This is the first opportunity for the country to get its own 'Made in India' small arms.
9. Reliance, SAP launch 'SARAL GST' solution for taxpayers
i. Reliance Corporate IT Park Ltd. (RCITPL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with enterprise application software major SAP SE to launch 'SARAL GST' solution for taxpayers.
ii. According to the subsidiary of Reliance Industries, the new offering will enable taxpayers to be GST compliant and smoothly access the government's GST System, once GST is rolled out from July 1, 2017.
10. India break into top 100 of FIFA rankings for 1st time in 21 years
i. The Indian men’s national football team has made it into the top 100 of the FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) world football rankings for the first time in 21 years.
ii. This upward movement is the result of away wins against Myanmar and Cambodia.
iii. As per the updated rankings on May 4, India, with a total of 331 points, have climbed a spot and are now placed 100th.
iv. The last time India had been in the top 100 of the rankings was way back in 1996, with the 94th spot in February 1996 being the country’s best ever FIFA ranking.
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