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06th May 2022

National News

No ground for sedition against Maha MP Navneet Rana, husband Ravi Rana: Court

A court in Mumbai has said that there is no sufficient ground for invoking the charge of sedition against Maharashtra's Amravati MP Navneet Rana and her MLA-husband Ravi Rana. They have "undoubtedly crossed the line of freedom of speech", the court said. They were arrested after they announced to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside CM Uddhav Thackeray's private residence.

Use of loudspeakers in mosques is not a fundamental right: Allahabad HC

The use of loudspeakers in mosques is "not a fundamental right", the Allahabad High Court has ruled. It said this while dismissing a petition filed by a man who sought permission to play Azaan using loudspeakers in a mosque. "Azaan is an integral part of Islam, but giving it through loudspeakers is not a part of Islam," it added.


India to be ‘Country of Honour’ at Cannes Marche’ Du Film in France

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur has announced that India will be the official Country of Honour at the upcoming Marche’ Du Film, organized alongside the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, in France.  The Country of Honour Status thereby ensured India’s presence as Focus Country at the Opening Night of Marche Du Films being organized at the Majestic Beach with a spotlight on India, its cinema, its culture & heritage.  India is also a “Country of Honour at the Cannes Next, under which 5 new Start-Ups would be given an opportunity to pitch to the Audio-Visual Industry. Ten professionals will participate in the Animation Day networking.  In another highlight of India’s participation at this edition of the Cannes Film Festival is the World Premiere of the Movie “Rocketry” produced by Shri. R. Madhavan. The movie would be showcased at the Palais des Festivals of the market screening on the 19th of May 2022.

India has been given an opportunity to pitch 5 selected movies at the “Goes to Cannes Section”. These movies are part of the Work In Progress lab under the Film Bazaar :

* Baghjan by Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia – Assamese, Moran

* Bailadila by Shailendra Sahu – Hindi, Chhattisgarhi

* Ek Jagah Apni (A Space of Our Own) by Ektara Collective – Hindi

* Follower by Harshad Nalawade – Marathi, Kannada, Hindi

International News

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency from midnight

Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared a state of emergency from midnight. The move will give security forces sweeping powers for the second time in five weeks amid escalating anti-government protests. A spokesman said the President invoked the tough laws to "ensure public order" after trade unions staged nationwide strike demanding his resignation over a worsening economic crisis.

It was a great ride: Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari on returning to Earth

Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari was among the four astronauts aboard a Space X spacecraft which on Friday safely splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico after spending nearly six months at ISS. "Glad to be back...It was a great ride," he said after the splashdown. The commander of SpaceX Crew-3 mission to space, astronaut Raja Chari joined NASA in 2017.

18 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan's air defence zone

Taiwan on Friday said that 18 Chinese military aircraft entered its air defence zone. It is the second-largest one-day incursion by Chinese military aircraft this year, according to AFP. Taiwan is currently in a heighten state of alert due to fears China could use Russia's invasion of Ukraine to make a similar military move on the island, according to Reuters.


Launch of the UN-Energy Action Plan for 2025 

With the launch of an UN-Energy Plan of Action Towards 2025, the UN took a major step toward catalyzing the large-scale action and support needed for the transition to clean, affordable energy for all and net-zero emissions against the backdrop of a global energy crisis and worsening climate emergency.  Around 30 important organisations, including UN-Energy, launched the 'Plan of Action.'
According to the UN, an Energy Compact Action Network has been established to connect nations seeking support for their clean energy ambitions with governments and corporations that have pledged more than $600 billion to support these commitments.  Coalitions supporting energy access and transition in Nigeria, Santiago, and Chile were announced, demonstrating the Network's potential, as well as coalitions supporting green hydrogen and a better role for women in leading and benefiting from the energy transition.

States News

Telangana govt extends insurance coverage under ‘Nethanna Bima’ scheme 

Telangana State Government has announced the extension of insurance coverage to handloom and power loom weavers under the ‘Nethanna Bima’ (Weaver’s Insurance) Scheme. The State Government has issued orders to extend insurance coverage of 5 lakh rupees for weavers under the Insurance Scheme on par with farmers' insurance schemes.  Over 29 crore rupees have been sanctioned for implementing the scheme during the current year. The Cabinet Sub Committee had proposed to cover over 55 thousand handloom and power loom and ancillary weavers in the State.  The insurance coverage will be extended to weavers in the age group of 18 to 59 years. The insurance benefits would be extended to the family of the death of the weaver or ancillary worker. The scheme is likely to be launched next month. The department has been directed to prepare draft guidelines and submit to the government for implementation of the scheme, said a senior official from the Handlooms department.

Hyderabad hosts India's first-ever unique kind of Flow Chemistry Technology Hub 

At Dr. Reddy's Institute of Life Sciences (DRILS), a multi-industry-supported Flow Chemistry Technology Hub (FCT Hub) has been launched . While inaugurating the hub, Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of the Industries and Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT), said that this is the first of its kind in our country and an enabler for the pharma business in India.  The FCT Hub houses a variety of state-of-the-art flow chemistry equipment to provide hands-on training and promote scientific capability building, ensuring greater inclusion of flow chemistry techniques throughout pharma R&D and greater adoption of constant synthesis for active pharma ingredients (APIs) manufacturing.  This inauguration will help the API and intermediate industry take concrete steps toward developing local abilities in green manufacturing processes.

Odisha to host India's first tribal health observatory

Odisha is planning to create India's only observatory, which will house data on the state's indigenous population's health. The ST and SC Development Department and the RMRC, a regional institution of the Indian Council of Medical Research, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard.  The Tribal Health Observatory (TriHOb) is the "first in the nation," according to the Information Department, and is aimed to be an effective, evidence-based, and policy-oriented centre.  It will monitor illness burden, health-seeking behaviour, and the healthcare delivery system in relation to tribal health in the state in a systematic and continuing manner.  'Mo School' Abhiyan chairman Sushmita Bagchi also inaugurated a tribal family health survey among indigenous groups during the event in which the MoU was signed.  The survey will serve as a springboard for future longitudinal cohort studies and policy research.  The 'Mo School' (My School) programme aims to connect, collaborate, and contribute to the renovation of government and government-aided schools in Odisha.

Maharashtra's ‘Jivhala’ scheme to offer credit to jail inmates 

A loan scheme named Jivhala has been launched by the Maharashtra Department of Prisons for the inmates who are serving sentences in various jails across Maharashtra. The scheme, implemented by the Department of Prisons and Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank, has been started in Pune's Yerawada Central Jail.  Bank and prison officials believe the credit scheme could be the first of its kind in India for inmates who are still serving their sentences. The credit scheme, named Jivhala, which means affection in Marathi, is primarily for inmates who are undergoing a prison sentence of more than three years.  In the initial phase of this scheme, a Rs 50,000 loan will be given. The interest rate that will be applicable is 7%. Out of the interest that will be earned by the bank, 1 per cent will be contributed by the bank to the prisoners’ welfare fund. For issuing this loan no guarantor or mortgage is required.

Appointments News

IBM Chairman Arvind Krishna elected to the Board of Federal Reserve Bank of New York 

IBM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Arvind Krishna has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He will fill the vacancy in the office for the remaining portion of a three-year term ending December 31, 2023.  Krishna, who has an undergraduate degree from IIT-Kanpur and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been elected as a Class B director, “representing the public with due but not exclusive consideration to the interests of agriculture, commerce, industry, services, labour, and consumers. Prior to his stint as the IBM CEO, the 60-year-old Krishna was Senior Vice President of Cloud and Cognitive Software. He also headed IBM Research. He was the general manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group’s development and manufacturing organisation.

InterGlobe Aviation appointed Venkataramani Sumantran as chairman, Board of Directors

InterGlobe Aviation announced that Venkataramani Sumantran has been named chairperson of the IndiGo board. Sumantran is a corporate leader, technocrat, and academician with a 37-year career spanning the United States, Europe, and Asia. Sumantran is the managing director and chairperson of Celeris Technologies, a strategic advising firm. At IndiGo, he will succeed Meleveetil Damodaran.


Reliance Industries becomes 1st Indian firm to hit $100 billion revenue in a year

Reliance Industries on Friday reported a net profit of ₹60,705 crore on a gross revenue of ₹7.92 lakh crore ($102 billion) for the full fiscal 2021-22, making it the first Indian company to hit $100-billion revenue mark. "Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic and heightened geo-political uncertainties, Reliance has delivered a robust performance," its Chairman Mukesh Ambani said.

L&T Infotech announces merger with Mindtree

Larsen & Toubro Infotech (L&T Infotech) on Friday announced that its board has approved a scheme of amalgamation and arrangement with Mindtree. Under the scheme, L&T Infotech will issue 73 shares for every 100 shares of Mindtree. After the completion of the merger, Larsen & Toubro Limited will hold a 68.73% stake in 'LTIMindtree', the combined entity.


Canara Bank tied-up with ASAP to launch skill loans 

Canara Bank has launched ‘skill loans’ in association with the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP), Kerala, the government company under the Higher Education Department.  Under this facility, the loan is ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh. This loan can be availed of by students who are pursuing skill training programmes which are offered by ASAP Kerala or any other Central or State government-recognised agencies.  Collateral free loans will be provided to students and have a repayment period of three to seven years. Students can also avail themselves of a moratorium on repayment for the duration of the course and for an additional 6 months.

Schemes News

RailTel & WHO inaugurated Mobile Container Hospital at Visakhapatnam 

The RailTel Corporation of India Ltd had designed and established a “Health Cloud” at Visakhapatnam premises of Andhra Pradesh Med Tech Zone (AMTZ). The Andhra Pradesh Med Tech Zone (AMTZ) is the world’s first integrated medical device manufacturing hub. The “Health Cloud” at AMTZ has been inaugurated by Louise Agersnap, Head of WHO Innovation Hub, WHO-Geneva. RailTel has provided complete technological support for teleconsultation solutions for the Mobile Container Hospital which has been designed and built-in AMTZ with all the necessary Hospital setup for ready-to-operationalise in remote areas. It can also be operationalised on the wheels. It comes with a Health ATM to dispense the medicines through Mobile App having a digital payment interface.  All the initiatives under this partnership will facilitate empowering of hospitals in rural areas with hi-tech digital healthcare facilities and thereby making universal health care access a reality.  RailTel is also providing cloud and connectivity support to the Electronic Medical Record Alliance (EMRA) which is an important consortium formed to provide Hospital Information System (HIS) solution to small entities for building EMR bringing everyone into the fold of the digital health ecosystem.  The consortium aspires to emerge as a Health Digital Data Fiduciary Services and Health Information Exchange fully complying and seamlessly integrating into the ABDM ecosystem.

Science and Technology News

ISRO plans mission to Venus by Dec 2024

The Indian Space Research Organisation will send a spacecraft to orbit Venus to study what lies below its surface, the space body’s Chairperson S Somnath announced.  ISRO is expecting to launch the mission by December 2024 with an orbital manoeuvre planned for a year after that. The orbital manoeuvre is the use of propulsion systems to change the orbit of a spacecraft. It enables a spacecraft to enter a planet’s orbit. The aim of the mission is to study Venus’ atmosphere, which is toxic and corrosive in nature as clouds of sulfuric acid cover the planet. Several countries, including the United States, are also planning to send missions to Venus to try and understand how it became an inferno. Experts have suggested that Venus was once like Earth.

Sports News


It's good: AFI President Sumariwalla on postponement of 2022 Asian Games

Reacting to the postponement of 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, Athletics Federation of India (AFI) President Adille Sumariwalla said it's good. He stated that it would have been difficult for the athletes to "peak" continuously at World Athletics Championships (July 15-24), Commonwealth Games (July 28-August 8) and then Asian Games. The Games have been postponed amid COVID-19 surge in China.


BCCI bans journalist Boria Majumdar for 2 years in Wriddhiman Saha case

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has banned journalist Boria Majumdar for two years after an internal inquiry found him guilty of an attempt to “threaten and intimidate” wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. The BCCI apex council, during its meeting last week, considered the report of a three-member committee and decided to ban Majumdar from being involved in any cricket or interviewing cricketers for two years.  The BCCI Committee considered the submissions by both Mr Saha and Mr Majumdar and concluded that the actions by Mr Majumdar were indeed in the nature of threat and intimidation. The BCCI Committee recommended the following sanctions to the Apex Council of BCCI.

Tokyo Olympian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur provisionally suspended

Olympian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur has been provisionally suspended by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for testing positive for a banned substance. Kamalpreet, who was tested on March 29, was suspended for the presence/use of the prohibited substance stanozolol in her sample, a breach of the World Athletics anti-doping rules. Kaur had made it to the Tokyo Olympics final, finishing sixth with a throw of 63.7m.  A provisional suspension is when an athlete or other person is suspended temporarily from participating in any competition or activity in athletics prior to a final decision at a hearing conducted under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules or the Integrity Code of Conduct.

24th Deaflympics: Dhanush Srikanth won gold in men’s 10m air rifle

Shooter Dhanush Srikanth has won gold and Shourya Saini has won the bronze in the men’s 10m air rifle competition in the 24th Deaflympics at Caxias do Sul, Brazil.  Later, the Indian badminton team also won gold after beating Japan by 3-1 in the final to make it a double celebration for the country.  Ukraine is leading the chart with 19 gold, six silver and 13 bronze medals. With two gold and one bronze medal, India has placed eighth on the medals table.

Important Days

International No Diet Day 2022 observed on 6th May

'International No Diet Day 2022' is celebrated all over the world on 6 May. On this day, people are made aware of body acceptance, leaving aside behaviour like body shaming, which includes people of all shapes and sizes.  Forgetting problems like obesity, increasing weight, weakness, and belly fat, people express their love towards themselves on this day. In the year 1992, International No Diet Day was celebrated for the first time in the UK by British lady Mary Evans.  Mary's purpose was to convince people that they should accept themselves as they looked. Mary wanted people to become aware of the harm caused by dieting.

World Hand Hygiene Day 2022

World Hand Hygiene Day (WHHD) is annually observed across the globe on the 5th of May to maintain global promotion, visibility, and sustainability of hand hygiene in health care.  This year, WHO is marking the day with the theme – Unite for safety: clean your hands, with a focus on encouraging people to clean their hands at the right times with the right products that will help lead to high quality safer care everywhere.  WHO launched the “Save Lives: Clean Your Hands” global annual campaign in 2009, which is celebrated as World Hand Hygiene Day on 5th May to further the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care.


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