Current Affairs Today – April 29 2017 | Latest News and Updates


Appoint Lokpal at earliest, no need to wait for better law: SC to Centre

  1. Today the Supreme Court said that there is no justification to keep the enforcement ofLokpal Act suspended till the proposed amendments, including on the effect of the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, are cleared by Parliament.
  2. The Act was an eminently workable piece of legislation and it “does not create any bar to the enforcement of the provisions,” said the Apex court.
  3. The bench said that “We, therefore, conclude by quoting Justice Krishna Iyer in reference, the Special Courts Bill, 1978 and holding that the Act as it stands today is an eminently workable piece of legislation and there is no justification to keep the enforcement of the Act under suspension till the amendments, as proposed, are carried out”.
  4. The petition challenged the provisions on the ground that the Chief Justice of India or his nominee Judge of the Supreme Court, under Section 4(1) (d) of the Act, is a mere member of the selection committee and the Judgement given by either of them has no primacy in the matter of selection of Chairperson and members of the




  • Lokpal is an anti-corruption authority or ombudsman who represents the public interest.



NITI Aayog’s vision – Houses, vehicles, ACs for all by 2032

  1. The Government think tank Niti Aayog has predicts a New Delhi in which all the people in 15 years will have houses with toilets, two-wheelers or cars, power, air conditioners and digital connectivity.
  2. This is a glimpse of Vision 2031-32 presented by the Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya to the body’s Governing Council, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a meeting held on Sunday in the presence of chief ministers.
  3. The vision says that the central and state expenditure will increase by Rs 92 lakh crore in 2031-32 to Rs 130 lakh crore from Rs 38 lakh crore in 2015-16. The work on the Fifteen Year Vision and Seven Year Strategy document spanning 2017-18 to 2031-32 is in progress.
  4. The vision aims at realizing Prime Minister Modi’s perception of a vibrant India by 2031-32, as per the reports.


  • Niti Aayog Formed – 1 January 2015
  • Headquarters – New Delhi
  • Agency – Narendra Modi, Chairman



Rajasthan Assembly & Jharkhand Legislative Assembly Passes State GST Bill

  1. On Thursday the Jharkhand state legislative Assembly passed the Constitutional Amendment Bill of goods and Service Tax, 2017 to pave the way for roll out of GST from July 1.
  2. Although ruling BJP led NDA has comfortable preponderance in the assembly, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Saryu Rai called up JMM working President and Leader of Opposition Hemant Soren to seek support in passing the GST bill.
  3. Saryu Rai said that “We want the assembly to pass the bill with general consensus for which cooperation of all big and small parties is necessary.”
  4. The bill will seek to subsume all central indirect levies like excise duty, countervailing duty and service tax and also state taxes such as value added tax, entry tax and luxury tax, to create a single, pan-India market.


  • Jharkhand formation was in 15 November 2000.
  • Capital – Ranchi
  • Governor – Draupadi Murmu
  • Chief Minister – Raghu Das

Bihar cabinet approves realty rules

  1. On Thursday the Bihar Cabinet has approved “Bihar Real Estate” (Regulation and Development) Rules, 2017” to pave way for implementation of the Central government’s Real Estate Act, 2016.
  2. The Urban development and housing department Principal Secretary Chaitanya Prasad said that with the implementation of the rules, it would not only bring transparency in the real estate sector in the state but also protect the interest of consumers.”
  3. This rules is going to applicable for residential and commercial buildings and will also wrap the ongoing projects, completion certificate of which is not available so far.
  4. This law important thing is that a builder can now sell flat on basis of its carpet area, not super built up area, the thing like balcony, Verandah and service shaft would not be part of the carpet area.


  • Bihar Capital – Patna
  • Governor – Ram Nath Kovind
  • Chief Minister – Nitish Kumar
  • Population – 103,804,637





Uttarakhand: High Court orders EVMs’ seizure over charges of tampering

  1. The appeal is to seek examination of the Election Voting Machines (EVMs) and announcing the elections null and void was filled on March 22 by the Navbharat who lost to BJP’s Munna Singh Chauhan by over 6,000 votes.
  2. Around 11,000 EVMs were used for the elections for Uttarakhand’s 70 assembly seats; 139 EVM sets were used in Vikasnagar.
  3. According to Navprabhat, Binjola had predicted votes for 33 localities and he proved accurate for every village. He said that “not just in Vikasnagar, there was a similar pattern of tampering all across the state”.
  4. The EC is required to keep the data on EVMs safe for 45days after the election are declared and On April 25 was the 45th day since election results were declared on March 11.
  5. It was highly unlikely that the data in the EVMs have been erased, said the EC officials.


  • EC was formed on 25 January 1950.
  • Headquarters – New Delhi
  • Agency executives are Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi IAS, Chief Election commissioner Dilip Sharma IRS, Director general



Special session of Gujarat assembly on May 9 to pass GST Bill

  1. A state Minister said that the Gujarat government will hold a special one-day session of the state assembly on May 9 to ratify the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, 2017.
  2. Minister of State for Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs, Pradeepsinh Jadeja said that “Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has decided to call a one-day session of Gujarat assembly on May 9 to discuss and pass the GST Bill.”
  3. In a statement he said that as the budget session of the state assembly held in February-March (this year), was not pronounced as concluded by the Speaker, this special sitting would be considered as a continuation of the budget session.
  4. The minister is added that “To implement the GST in the state from July 1, we have decided to call this special session to pass the Bill.”
  5. On April 6, the parliament passed four legislations to pave the way for roll out GST from July.


  • The GST is an indirect taxation in India combining most of the existing taxes into single system of taxation.






India ranks 136 on World Press Freedom Index, slips three places since 2016

  1. On Wednesday the Media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres released the report that the India found itself 3 ranks lower in the latest World Press Freedom Index.
  2. In the list of 180 countries India was placed in 136, lower from last year’s 133, color-coded again in red to show the situation as “difficult”.
  3. In Reports it’s said that “With Hindu nationalists trying to purge all manifestations of anti-national thought from the national debate, self-censorship is growing in the mainstream media. Journalists are increasingly the targets of online smear campaigns by the most radical nationalists, who vilify them and even threaten physical reprisals.”
  4. According to the new report, the Pakistan ranked 139 is among the few countries with most improved scores since 2016. The Pakistan was ranked 147 last year.


  • ThePress Freedom Index is an annual ranking of countries compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders based upon the organization’s own assessment of the countries’
  • The Press Freedom Index intends to reflect the degree of freedom that journalists, news organizations, andnetizens have in each country, and the efforts made by authorities to respect this freedom.





IMF ‘closely following’ Donald Trump’s economic policy amid concerns

  1. A top IMF official said that Under the Trump Administration Amid a spate has change policy in the US; the International Monetary Fund is closely following the developments in America while noting that there is considerable uncertainty on specific policies.
  2. The Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Tao Zhang told to PTI in an exclusive interview that “Our latest World Economic Outlook assumes fiscal expansion by the US will carry momentum forward, raising US economic growth from 2.3 to 2.5 per cent in 2018, which is positive for the global economy”.
  3. Zhang said although growth is picking up, the world economy still faces many challenges, and risks remain skewed to the downside. “These risks include an inward shift in policies and elevated policy uncertainty; an aggressive rollback of financial regulation; and a faster-than-expected tightening of financial conditions. These are risks, not yet certain.
  4. The top IMF official said that the Fund and its membership recognize the growing role of the dynamic emerging market countries in the global economy.”


  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) Formed – 7 July 1944
  • Headquarters – Washington, D.C., United states
  • Managing Director – Christine Lagarde


Trump advisers likely to meet in May to discuss Paris climate pact

  1. An administration source said that Trump administration officials will likely meet in May to reach a final decision on whether the United States should stay in the Paris climate deal, after holding an initial meeting on Thursday at the White House.”
  2. The source also said that the group of advisers, which includes Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, was on track to make the decision before a Group of Seven summit on May 26.
  3. For the Energy policy the president Donald Trump made a cancelling the Paris agreement part of his 100 day plan.
  4. Trump’s Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, had pledged a 26 percent to 28 percent cut in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels, by 2025.



South Korea gives anti-submarine warship to Philippines, for $100

  1. On Thursday the defence ministry said that the South Korea will transfer an ageing Pohang-class anti-submarine warship to the Philippines this year in return for just $100.
  2. On Wednesday the Manila received a two FA-50 light fighters from the Seoul and two more will going to be delivered next month to finish the 12 aircraft, 18 billion peso deal.
  3. The Philippines may acquire up to three such warships, which Seoul is replacing with newer and faster vessels, said the Andolong.
  4. South Korea has given a lot of military hardware to the Philippines and has expressed their gratitude for Manila’s role in the 1950-53 Korean War.


  • South Korea Capital – Seoul
  • President – Hwang Kyo-ahn
  • Currency – South Korean Won



Former British PM David Cameron to reach Dhaka on two-day visit on April 26

  1. David Cameron the Former UK Prime Minister is scheduled to reach Dhaka on a 2 days visit beginning on April 26.
  2. After arriving in Bangladesh On Wednesday evening, he was expecting to meet Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina.
  3. During his visit, Cameron will join a roundtable discussion of the International Growth Centre (IGC), which is funded by Department for International Development (DFID), a UK government department responsible for administering overseas aid.
  4. Cameron is the Chairman of the commission which was launched in March under the Growth Centre, which formed an office in Dhaka.


  • Cameron Born – 9 October 1966 (age 50)
  • Political Party – Conservative
  • From 2005 to 2006 he served the Conservative Party and was a member of parliament for Witney from 2001 to 2016.




7th Pay Commission: Latest on Allowances and Next Month’s Meeting

  1. The Ashok Lavasa committee examining 7th pay commission recommendations on allowances today submitted its report toFinance Minister Arun Jaitley.
  2. The Committee has taken into account representations made by various stakeholders, said the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, after the submitting of the report.
  3. Mr Lavasa also said the government will take the final call on the date of payout of revised allowances to government employees.
  4. On April 19 a delegation of faculty members of various universities approached the UGC seeking redressal of their demands including the request to make public committee’s report on the 7th pay commission.


  • The Ministry of Finance is composed of five departments theDepartment of Economic Affairs, the Department of Revenue, the Department of Expenditure, the Department of Financial Services and Department of Investment and Public Asset Management.



Syngene Q4 net profit flat at Rs 78 crore, performance hit by fire at a facility in December

  1. On Thursday the Syngene International, the Contract research services arm of Biocon, reported a flat fourth quarter net profit as fallout of a fire at its facility in December.
  2. Profit decreased to Rs 78 crore from Rs 79 crore a year earlier while revenue dropped 6 percent to Rs.315 crore from Rs.334 crore. Net profit for the full year rose 19 percent to Rs 287 crore, while revenue grew 14 percent to 1272 crore.
  3. The chief Executive Officer Jonathan Hunt said that as expected our 4Q performance was dampened by the impact of the facility fire in December 2016.”
  4. The USFDA audited its clinical development facility without any Form 483s. This is Syngene’s sixth successful USFDA audit in the last three years.
  5. On the BSE the share of Syngene dropped 0.42% to close at Rs.535.15, the benchmark Sensex decreased 0.34% to end at 30,029.74 points.


  • BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) Founded – 9 July 1875
  • Key people – Ashishkumar Chauhan (MD & CEO)
  • Volume – US$93 billion



Hudco to raise Rs 1200 cr in first PSU IPO in five years

  1. The Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd plans to increase Rs 1,224 crore through its initial public offer, in the last five years government owned company is first offering such thing.
  2. The previous one, of National Building Construction Corporation Ltd (NBCC), in March 2012, had increased Rs 125 crore.
  3. On BSE the share will be listed and National Stock Exchange. IDBI Capital Markets, ICICI Securities, Nomura Financial and SBI Capital Markets are the investment banks handling the IPO.
  4. Through the disinvestment process, the government plans to increase Rs 72,500 crore during the ongoing financial year to lower its deficit. The government had increased Rs 1,200 crore selling 10% stakes in Nalco earlier this month.



  • HUDCO (Housing and Urban Development Corporation) was Founded on 1970.
  • Headquarters – New Delhi
  • Key people – Dr. Medithi Ravi Kanth, IAS(chairman & managing director)
  • Revenue – 15306.0 million



Ambuja Cements Q1 profit seen down 23% to Rs 235 cr on weak operational income


  1. According to average of estimate of analysis polled by CNBC-TV18, Ambuja Cements’ first quarter profit is seen declining 23% year-on-year to Rs 235 crore but revenue may rise 1.1% to Rs 2,470 crore.
  2. Operating profit is anticipate to dip 12% to Rs 396 crore and margin may contract 237 basis points to 16.03% compared with year-ago period.
  3. The sales volumes are anticipate to decline by 1% Year-on-Year to 5.8 million tonne from 5.86 million tonne as North India sales impacted by demonetization and elections, but may rise 16% sequentially.
  4. The main issue is to watch out would be volume growth recovery and outlook; cement pricing outlook and sustainability; and post-demonetization volume demand.


  • Ambuja Cement Founded – 1983
  • Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Revenue – US$1.2 billion





IOC to build new oil terminal at Motihari to supply fuel to Nepal

  1. The Indian Oil Corporation is plan to made a new oil terminal at Motihari in Bihar to supply fuel to Nepal through the planned pipeline up to Amlekganj in Nepal.
  2. According to the IOC, the old terminal at Raxaul, also in the same Indian state would be shut down. The decision to shift the terminal from Raxaul to Motihari has been taken and keeping in mind the recent safety guidelines.
  3. In August 2015, the Nepal and Indian signed the Memorandum of understandings among them. The plan has to lay the pipeline from Raxaul to Amlekganj, but it was later decided to enlarge it till Motihari.
  4. IOC expects to operationalize the Motihari-Amlekganj pipeline after 30 months of receiving statutory clearances.
  5. The Nepal want to extend the pipeline up to Chitwan and IOC has been request to prepare a detailed feasibility report “at the moment the discussion is for DFR, but will depend on the discussion if we will participate in constructing that portion of the pipeline,” he said.


  • Indian Oil Founded – 1959
  • Headquarters – New Delhi, India
  • Revenue – US$69 billion
  • Key people – B. Ashok



Indian companies in UK reach annual growth rate of 31%

  1. On Wednesday a new analysis released said that almost 800 Indian companies based in the UK have a merge revenue of £47.5 billion, are the second-largest employers, and 55 of the fastest growing companies achieved an average annual growth rate of 31%.
  2. The analysis, titled ‘India Meets Britain Tracker 2017: The Latest Trends on Indian Investment in the UK’ by London-based advisors grant Thornton and CII revealed the scale of contribution of Indian companies to the British economy.
  3. The reports monitor Indian businesses here with an annual revenue growth of 10% or more.
  4. Under the half of companies is included in this year’s tracker recorded a 25% growth rate or above, according to the report.
  5. “The report identifies £4.25 billion of new investment last year by Indian companies, and further jobs being created as part of their continued investment programmed, said the Shuchita Sonalika the head of CII UK.



Global oil discoveries fell to record low in 2016, says IEA

  1. According to the International Energy agency, In 2016 the Global oil discoveries is fell to a record lower as companies continued to cut spending and conventional oil projects sanctioned were at the lowest level in more than 70 years.
  2. The oil discovery is decrease to 2.4 billion barrels in 2016, compared with an average of 9 billion barrels each year over the past 15 years.
  3. Conventionaloil production of 69 mb/d represents by far the largest share of global oil output of 85 mb/d. In addition, 6.5 mb/d came from liquids production from the US shale plays, and the rest is made up of other natural gas liquids and the unconventional oil sources such as oil sands and heavy
  4. In the North Sea, for case, oil investments reduce to less than $25 billion in 2016, about half the level of 2014. Accidentally, now it is approaching the level of spending in offshore wind projects in the North Sea, which has doubled to about $20 billion in the same period.


  • IEA (International Energy Agency) Established – 1974 (43 years ago)
  • The IEA was initially dedicated to responding to physical disruptions in the supply of oil, as well as serving as an information source on statistics about the international oil market and the other energy sector.






Ashish Nanda resigns as IIM Ahmedabad director, citing personal reasons

  1. On Thursday the business school said that the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) director, Ashish Nanda, has resigned from his post before the end of his tenure.
  2. Nanda, a former professor at Harvard Law School, was the first professor from a foreign school to head an IIM. His resignation comes as surprise as he is leaving 1 year early his tenure expires.
  3. IIM Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla has approved his resignation. The Birla in his acceptance letter to Nanda said that Dear Prof. Nanda, I have received your resignation dated 26/4/2017. We have had a conversation about this for the past couple of weeks, and I fully understand your need to be with family and the inconvenience that the separation is causing you. Hence, I accept your resignation, albeit with regret”.
  4. The Suchil Vachani a Former IIM Bangalore director had resigned 3 months before his tenure expired in March 2016 over supposed differences with the ministry. And After the Nanda, Vachani was the second professor from a foreign school to head an IIM.
  5. The Nanda said he enjoyed his association with IIM-A but he needs to provide more time to his family. “…I couldn’t have had this extraordinary adventure without the love of my wife, who, despite the distance we have lived apart, has been a partner with me in this journey every step of the way, the blessings of my parents, and the affection of my son.”


  • The IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) are a group of 20 people, autonomous institutes of management education and research in India.
  • The Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India has established the initiated of IIMs, based on the suggestion of the planning commission.



Nita Ambani made member of IOC’s important commissions

  1. Nita Ambani became the first Indian Woman to join the International Olympic committee member and she has made it to two important commissions of the global sport’s governing body, including the prestigious Olympic channel.
  2. Also the 53 year old Ambani has been became a member of Olympic education Commission as IOC declared the composition of 26 commissions for 2017.
  3. She is one of the 16 members of the Olympic Channel Commission headed by United States Olympic Committee Chairman Lawrence Francis Probst.
  4. Ambani is also named in the 24-member Olympic Education Commission, which is headed by New Zealander Barry JohnMaister, an IOC member and a 1976 Olympic hockey gold medallist.
  5. Bach said that “These changes are aligned with the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 and show that a stronger participation of women and a more diversified continental representation are our top priorities.”


  • Nita Ambani Born – 1 November 1963
  • Residence – Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Recently she is an India’s wealthiest woman, with a family fortune estimated in excess of USD$20 billion.


Shri Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar appointed as DG, CRPF; Shri RK Pachnanda to be next DG, ITBP

  1. On Wednesday, the Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar a senior officer has appointed as the new Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force.
  2. The Government has also appointed Shri R. K. Pachnanda, IPS, Director General, National Disaster Response Force to the post of Director General, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, vice Shri Krishna Choudhary, IPS, DG,ITBP due to retire on superannuation on June 30, 2017, from the date of joining the post and up to October 31, 2018 or till further orders, whichever is sooner.
  3. The Pachnanda is serving as DG of the National Disaster Response Force, India’s specialist force for responding to natural disasters and CBRN emergencies.
  4. The largest paramilitary force in the world, CRPF was operating without a chief, Since on February 28 its former director general K Durga Prasad retired.


  • CRPF formed – 27 July, 1939
  • Annual Budget – US$2.8 billion





BS Sandhu appointed new Haryana DGP

  1. Today the Haryana Government appointed a Senior IPS Officer B S Sandhu as the Director General of Police.
  2. An Official Spokesman said that the 1984 batch IPS officer replaced K P singh.
  3. The Spokesman also said that IPS officer K Selvaraj has been posted as DGP Railways and OSD Rules, Panchkula. IPS officer Rajwant Pal Singh has been posed as Commandant General, Home Guard and Director Civil Defence.
  4. He added that P R Deo has been posted as MD Haryana Police Housing Corporation Panchkula. IPS officer Desh Raj has been posted as ADGP Sunaria Complex.


  • Haryana Police SSC (Safety Security Cooperation) – 1 November, 1966
  • Employees – 56,747
  • Legal Personality – Governmental: Government agency









Srishti Kaur wins Miss Teen Universe Pageant


  1. The 19 year old, Srishti from India was crowned Miss Teen Universe 2017 at the sixth edition of the pageant held in the Ruben Dario National Theatre in Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua.
  2. She had beaten 25 contestants from across the world to win the pageant.
  3. Samantha Pierre from Canada was crowned the first runner up and Ary Trava from Mexico was the second runner up.


  • The contestants of pageant include Teen girls, with one contestant from each country.



Vani Jairam gets Ghantasala national award

  1. Vani Jairam, in the South Indian film, is a versatile playback singer, was presented with the Ghantasala national award on 23 April 2017 at a ceremony held in Andhra Pradesh.
  2. He was as humble as Hindi playback singer Mukesh, who too had not hesitated to sing when asked to do so by fans, she added after paying floral tributes to the portrait of Ghantasala along with, among others, Academy Chairman T.Vijaykanth.
  3. The singer also fondly recalled her memory of Ghantasalaguru when he had readily obliged to sing on her request during their first meeting at All India Radio Station.


  • Ghantasala was an Indian film, Composer, Playback Singer known for his work in Telugu cinema, and a few Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Tulu and Hindi language films.
  • Born – 4 December 1922
  • Died – 11 February 1974 (aged 51)



Youngest Indian chancellor bags Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Foundation award

  1. Dileep K Nair the Youngest ever chancellor of any university in the Nation, has added another feather to his cap of achievement after bagging the award for excellent performance in the field of education in Trivendurum,
  2. The 38-year-old academician, who currently is the Chancellor of the North East Frontier Technical University (NEFTU) in Arunachal Pradesh, received Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International FoundationKerala State award for the year 2016-17.
  3. An eminent educationist, Nair has around 12 years of experience in various Educational Projects in different parts of the country.
  4. Nair, who is a literary master with knowledge of 6 Indian languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, English, Hindi and Marathi, lives in Bangalore with his wife and daughters.






India successfully test-fires Agni-III ballistic missile

  1. On Thursday India successfully test-fired its intermediate-range ballistic missile Agni-III from Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha Coast.
  2. The sources in the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) said that the missile lifted off from launch pad No.4 of the integrated Test Range located on the Island at 9:12 am.
  3. The missile has a hit range of 3000 km to 5000km and also Agni-III is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads weighing up to 1.5 tonnes, is 17 m tall. It has a diameter of two meter it weighs around 50 tonnes with warhead which is protected by carbon composite heat shield.
  4. This test comes less than a week after the Indian Navy test-fired a land attack version of BrahMos from a naval ship.


  • Agni-III Type – Intermediate range Ballistic Missile
  • Manufacturer – Bharat Dynamics Limited
  • Unit Cost – US$4 million – US$5 million



Venkaiah Naidu launches MyMSME mobile app


  1. Venkaiah Naidu, the Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, launched two important initiatives of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Ministry of MSME), viz., Micro and Small Enterprises Facilitation Council’s.
  2. Today the 15th meeting of national Board MSME is being held on to discuss key affects related to the sector and discuss on way forward.
  3. MSME unit can approach Micro and Small Enterprise Facilitation Council (MSEFC) in their State to redress their delayed payment grievance.
  4. Earlier, on the moment of the Civil Services day celebrations, the PM had spoken about the need for moving forward to m-Governance from e-Governance.


  • Venkaikh Naidu Born – 1 July 1949 ( age 67)
  • Political party – BJP
  • He is an Indian Politician serving as the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Allevation and Information and Broadcasting in the Modi Ministry.



Spacecraft survives unprecedented trip between Saturn, rings


  1. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has survived an unrivalled trip between Saturn and its rings.
  2. On Thursday the Flight regained the contract with Cassini, a day after it became the first craft to cross this hazardous region. The rings are made up of countless icy particles, any of which could have smacked Cassini.
  3. “We are just ecstatic,” project science engineer Jo Pitesky said by phone from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
  4. According to NASA, while risky, this 4 1/2-month grand finale is expected to yield a treasure trove of science. There’s little to lose, even if the spacecraft is lost, given that its fuel tank is practically empty.


  • Cassini Mission Type – Saturn Orbiter
  • Cassini Operator – NASA/JPL
  • Cassini is a 4th space probe to visit Saturn and the first to enter orbit, and its mission is ongoing as of April 2017.





Adam Griffith appointed Tasmania head coach

  1. Adam Griffith, the former Tasmanian pace man, has declared as Tasmania Coach on Thursday replacing Dan Marsh in February.
  2. Griffith has served under Justin Langer in western Australia Since 2012 as the warriors bowling coach. This will be the first head coaching role.
  3. In the Last year the Griffith told to Cricbuzz that he aspired to become a part of Australia’s full-time coaching setup one day.
  4. He said that “when I first went to WA, I was thinking that I wanted to one day be Australia’s bowling coach.”


  • Adam Born – 11 February 1978 (age 39)
  • Bowling Style – Right-Arm Fast
  • Griffith is a former Australian player and currently Australian team Coach.

Match officials appointed for FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017

  1. Only 2 month to go before the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 kicks off at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on 17 June,FIFA has appointed 36 match officials, representing all six confederations.
  2. The Confederations Cup match officials will participate in intensive pre-tournament theoretical and practical training sessions organized by the FIFA Refereeing Department.
  3. This very important preparation is needed so that we can anticipate and prevent any possible issues, with one of our main goals being to ensure that we are in the right place at the right time.”
  4. The FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 will be played in Kazan, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi from 17 June to 2 July 2017.


  • FIFA Confederation Cup Founded – 1992; 25 years ago
  • It is an International association football tournament for national teams, held in every four years by FIFA.






ICC backed Manohar to the hilt

  1. Having persuaded Shashank Manohar to withdraw his resignation as Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and continue till he completes the initiative he had undertaken to bring in changes administrative structure of the world body, the full members, apart from BCCI, backed Shashank Manohar to the hilt at Wednesday’s ICC Board meeting.
  2. The BCCI declined a revised sum of $390 million for the 2016-2023 eight year Period.
  3. The ICC for the second time in three and half months approved the changes to the governance and revenue sharing model by an 8-2 and 9-1 majority vote.
  4. A few members told The Hindu, “The BCCI should also recall the decision it took at the SGM in Mumbai on February 19, 2016. It was agreed then that the BCCI would accept a cut of $ 150 million and that Manohar also assured the house that he would not take the BCCI’s share below 15 per cent of the ICC’s net revenue.


  • ICC Formation – 15 June 1909; 107 years ago
  • Headquarters – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Chairman – Vacant
  • CEO – David Richardson




Maria Sharapova hits back at Eugenie Bouchard after entering Stuttgart quarters

  1. On Thursday Maria Sharapova hit back at Eugenie Bouchard’s “cheater” claims, telling the Canadian hat she is “way above” getting into a slanging match over her controversial comeback from a doping ban.
  2. Bouchard, long seen as the Russian’s heir in the sport’s marketability stakes, had strikeMaria Sharapova over her return from a 15-month suspension and recommend the former world number one should be kicked out of tennis for life.
  3. On Thursday after reaching the Stuttgart quarter-finals, Sharapova seek to put Bouchard in her place.


  • Maria Born – April 19, 1987 (age 30)
  • Career record – 592-142
  • Maria has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She also has been ranked No.1 in singles by the WTA on five separates occasion, for a total of 21 weeks.


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