English Current Affairs 05-05-2018
-> Mr. Ivica Dacic, first Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia are on an official visit to India from 1st to 4th May, 2018.
-> 27th meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was held on May 4, 2018.
-> 4th Regional Conference on ‘Futuristic, Resilient and Digital Infrastructure’ concluded in Bengaluru on May 4, 2018.
-> On 4th May 2018, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj chaired an Interactive Session on the Act East Policy with the Chief Ministers of northeastern states in New Delhi.
-> According to the latest report of the World Bank, India is doing “extremely well” on electrification with nearly 85% of the country’s population having access to electricity
-> HRD Ministry notifies 75 National Resource Centres (NRCs) for online refresher programmes for Higher Education faculty through SWAYAM
-> National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has involved Survey of India to strengthen the Ganga rejuvenation task by using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.
-> Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) has set Capex target for the year 2018-19 as Rs. 25,000 crore
-> The sugarcane department in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s largest sugarcane and sugar producer, is soon to make use of plastic waste for construction of ‘sugarcane roads’ for cutting costs and promoting green technology.
-> The 12th informal meeting of SAARC Finance Ministers was held in Manila on the sidelines of the 51st Annual Meeting of Asian Development Bank (ADB).
-> The Nobel Prize in Literature, the world’s most prestigious accolade for writing, will not be awarded this year, for the first time since 1949 in the wake of a sexual and financial misconduct scandal.
-> Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal has been appointed as the acting chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
-> Indian-American Deepa Ambekar has been appointed as interim judge to the civil court of New York City, United States. Deepa Ambekar has become the second Indian-American woman judge in New York after Raja Rajeswari.
MoUs / Agreements
-> NITI Aayog and IBM signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to develop a crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide real time advisory to farmers in Aspirational Districts.
-> India and Sri Lanka has agreed on cooperation on exchange of information and other aspects to tackle smuggling of drugs in both countries.
-> On 4th May 2018, International Firefighters’ Day was observed all over the world.
-> World junior champion Neeraj Chopra shattered his own national record with an impressive 87.43m effort at the Diamond League season-opener in Doha on Friday.
-> Athletes Committee of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), with the former World and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra as the chairman, has brought out a comprehensive Athletes Handbook, for the benefit of shooters around the world.