Current Affairs, News & Facts of 03 May 2016

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  • Railway, Forest departments to plant five lakh trees

    Railway, Forest departments to plant five lakh treesThe Northern Railway and Forest departments of Punjab and Haryana  have inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to plant five lakh trees during this season along with railway tracks passing through the two States.

    After Punjab and Haryana, railways will sign similar agreements will other states to carry out the green mission as railways have a target of planting total 5 crore trees across along the track and rail land across the country.

    Forest department of respective states will provide expertise in afforestation as well as in maintenance and disposal of trees.

    However such land will not be declared as protected forest so that it can be utilised at any time for railway projects. 

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  • Madhya Pradesh High Court terms reservation in promotions in the State as unconstitutional

    Madhya Pradesh High Court terms reservation in promotions in the State as unconstitutionalThe Madhya Pradesh High Court has termed reservation in promotions in the state as unconstitutional.

    The division bench chaired by Chief Justice AM Khanwilkar stated in its order that the reservation to underprivileged during appointments is logical but reservation in promotions frustrate talented people.

    The verdict was passed by the court while hearing petitions filed  against reservation in promotions in the court by several employee associations and social organisations.

    Petitioners had challenged the rules of the state government which provided reservation in promotion for Scheduled Castes and Schedule Tribes.

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  • Andhra Pradesh Government launches Chandranna Bima Yojana

    Andhra Pradesh Government launches Chandranna Bima YojanaAndhra Pradesh  has launched Chandranna Bima Yojana, an insurance scheme for the working class people on the occasion of May Day. The scheme was launched by  Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada.

    Under the scheme any  insured worker who meets an accidental death and permanent disability will be paid 5 lakh rupees.

    That worker who suffers partial disability will be paid a sum of 3 lakh rupees. Under it, about 1.5 crore workers of the state will be covered.

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  • Indian American Sikh woman elected to key Republican position

    Indian American Sikh woman elected to key Republican positionAn Indian American Sikh woman Harmeet Kaur Dhillon (47) from California has been elected to an important position in the Republican party at the US national level. 

    Prior to this, she was vice chairman of the California GOP. She was the first woman elected to this position of vice chair of the California Republican Party.

    Harmeet Kaur Dhillon

    Chandigarh-born Harmeet Kaur Dhillon is a lawyer by profession and is nationally recognised trial lawyer, boardroom advisor and advocate for corporate, individual, and institutional clients.

    As a lawyer she has practiced in New York, London, and San Francisco Bay Area and mainly has focused on federal and state commercial litigation and arbitration.

    Her particular emphasis on unfair competition/trade secret misappropriation, intellectual property (including trademark litigation and Internet torts), complex contractual disputes, and First Amendment litigation.

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  • Parliament passes Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill, 2016  

    Parliament passes Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill, 2016The Parliament has passed Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016. The bill will allow transfer of captive mines from one allottee to another without auction. 

    This will enable banks and financial institutions to sell stressed assets to recover debts. The Bill replaces the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Ordinance, 2015 promulgated on January 12, 2015.  

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  • PM Narendra Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

    PM Narendra Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala YojanaPrime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. The scheme aims to provide cooking gas connections to five crore below-poverty-line beneficiaries over the next three years. The tagline for the scheme is Swachh Indhan, Behtar Jeevan.

    Key Facts

    The ambitious Rs 8,000 crore scheme will partly be funded using the money saved from 1.13 crore cooking gas users voluntarily giving up their subsidies under PM’s ‘Give It Up’ initiative.

    Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme provides a financial support of Rs 1,600 for each LPG connection to the BPL households.  The identification of eligible BPL families will be made in consultation with the state governments and the Union Territories.

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  • Indian-American journalist receives Edgar A Poe award

    Indian-American journalist receives Edgar A Poe awardAn Indian-American journalist Neela Banerjee and three of her colleagues from Inside Climate News - John Cushman Jr, David Hasemyer and Lisa Song - were presented with the prestigious Edgar A Poe award.

    They were felicitated by US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle during the annual White House Correspondents Dinner held in Washington DC. 

    Neela Banerjee :

    She is Washington based journalist Inside Climate News. Before joining Inside Climate News, was energy and environmental reporter for the Los Angeles Times' Washington bureau. She covered global energy, the Iraq War and other issues with The New York Times.

    Edgar A. Poe Memorial Award :

    The Edgar A. Poe Memorial Award is a prize for journalistic excellence that is awarded by the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA).

    It was established by the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Newhouse Newspapers in honour of their distinguished correspondent, Edgar A. Poe. It carries a cash award prize of 2500 dollars.

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  • Vijender Singh records 5th consecutive victory in Professional Boxing

    Vijender Singh records 5th consecutive victory in Professional BoxingProfessional Indian boxer Vijender Singh recorded his 5th consecutive victory in Professional Boxing. He defeated Frenchman Matiouze Royer at London's Copper Box Arena via knock-out. 

    Royer was Vijender's most experienced rival till date, with 44 bouts, including 14 wins, under his belt but Vijendera's power-packed punches went unchallenged and he brought Royer to his knees with an onslaught of body blows.

    Vijender, whose last four wins were all knock-outs or technical knock-outs, was declared the winner in the fifth round of the six-round super middleweight contest.

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  • South India’s first underground metro services flagged off in Bengaluru

    South India’s first underground metro services flagged off in BengaluruUnion Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah flagged-off East-West corridor of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) the first underground metro of south India.

    The newly inaugurated 28-km metro line has 5.12-km underground stretch and connects Cubbon Park to the City Railway station. With the opening of the east-west corridor of Namma Metro, a total of 28 km of the first phase of Bengaluru Metro (spanning total 42 km) has become operational. 

    Phase II of Namma Metro would cost Rs.26,405 crore and the work has already commenced. If all goes well, it will become operational by 2020. 

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  • Leicester City crowned English Premier League champions

    Leicester City crowned English Premier League championsLeicester City have won the English Premier League title for the first time in the club's 132 year history after nearest challengers Tottenham Hotspur could only manage a 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

    Leicester City completed their contest for the Premier League title yesterday after Eden Hazard's stunning late goal enabled Chelsea a the draw with second-place Tottenham Hotspur.

    Yesterday's result meant second placed Tottenham will not be able to surpass Leicester City who have a seven point lead at the top of the table.

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  • Indian shooters bag 3 gold, 1 bronze at ISSF Junior World Cup

    Indian shooters bag 3 gold, 1 bronze at ISSF Junior World CupIndian shooters have made the country proud by winning three gold medals and a bronze on the opening day of the ISSF Junior World Cup.

    The Indians won a gold each in the team events of men's 25m standard pistol and women's 50m rifle prone competitions. 

    India also earned an individual gold medal in the men's 25m standard pistol competition through Rituraj Singh. Gaayathri Nithyanadam bagged a bronze in the women's 50m rifle prone competition.

    The Indian team of Rituraj Singh (569), Shivam Shukla (550) and Arjun Das (542) made a tally of total 1661 points while France won the silver medal with 1659 points and Australia had to settle with the bronze with 1648 points.

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