New team, new faces: Rahul Gandhi kicks off much-awaited Congress reshuffle
- Rahul Gandhi has kicked off the much-awaited Congress reshuffle, bringing in new faces to manage the grand old party.
- TheCongress vice-president, set to take over the reins of the party from his mother and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, has also approved a team, which will oversee the internal elections to be held in the coming months.
- Sonia’s Tenancy will end in December this year and Rahul is expected to take over as party chief. Through Internal polls, the Sonia’s became the Congress in 1998.
- There has been intense speculation over the changes in the party, as it lost four of the five states to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recentAssembly polls.
- Rahul Gandhi Born – 19 June 1970 (age 46)
- Political Party – Indian National Congress
Supreme Court orders medical examination of Calcutta HC judge CS Karnan
- On Monday the Supreme Court constituted a medical board in Kolkata to examine the mental health of Calcutta HC judge C S Karnan, who is facing disrespect proceedings.
- The SC also directed theWest Bengal DGP to set up a team of police officials to assist the medical board in examining Justice CS Karnan on May 4.
- Karnan, who is set to retire in June, was stripped of his judicial and administrative powers by the Supreme Court on February 8.
- Hitting back at the apex court, Justice Karnan had stated that they have “no locus stand” to issue a boilable warrant against a sitting judge and alleged that he was being targeted for being a Dalit.
- Established Supreme Court of India – 1 October 1937
- Location – Tilak Marg, New Delhi
PM’s ‘gift,’ South Asia satellite to launch on Friday
- Weeks after assuming office in May 2014, PM Narendra Modi had surprised India’s space scientists by asking them to develop a “Saarc satellite”.
- The three tears on Satellite, now renamed ‘South Asia satellite’ after Pakistan opted out of the project, is set to take wings on May 5, taking Modi’s space diplomacy to a new high.
- ISRO’s Rs 450 crore communications satellite (Gsat-9) will be India’s gift to neighbours and marks New Delhi’s tried to get around troubled ties with Pakistan, which stalled the Saarc project.
- The satellite, which will have a footprint across South Asia, will enable a full range of applications and services in the areas of telecommunications and broadcasting.
- On setting up ground infrastructure in each country for using satellite services, a senior ISRO official said, “It will be done on the basis of mutual cooperation after the satellite’s launch.”
- ISRO owner – Government of India
- Established – 15 August 1969
- Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Erdogan by his side, Modi invites Turkish investment in railways, airports, and textile
- On Monday the Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Turkish Companies to invest in sectors and industries such as railways, ports, airports, textiles, auto, energy, tourism and housing.
- Addressing a business summit with visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Modi said while it is encouraging that the two sides enjoy good economic ties, the level of present economic and commercial relations is not enough against the real potential.
- The prime Minister has pointed to hydrocarbon solar and wind energy as ordinary areas of interest for Turkey and India.
- The Modi noted that bilateral trade has raised up to $ 6.4 billion in 2016 from $2.8 billion in 2008, the steps should be taken for trade balance between India and Turkey, said Erdogan.
- Mukherjee visited Turkey in 2013. Modi also met Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Antalya in 2015.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a current President of Turkey.
- Born – 26 February 1954 (age 63)
- Political Party – National Salvation Party
Rights group: Trump should seek accountability from Duterte
- A U.S.-based human rights group says President Donald Trump should attempt accountability and not provide to roll out the White House red carpet for Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, who the group inculpate of being a mass murder ‘mastermind’ amid the thousands of deaths in his anti-drug crackdown.
- Human Rights Watch and other critics reacted with alarm and outrage Monday at Trump’s invitation for Duterte to visit the White House in a telephone call where the leader of the free world also affirmed America’s treaty alliance and friendship with the Philippines and its new president, who has had an antagonistic stance toward U.S. security policies.
- The U.S. and other countries close to the Philippines “have an obligation to urge accountability for the victims of Duterte’s abusive drug war, rather than offer to roll out the red carpet for official state visits with its mastermind,” said Phelim Kine, HRW’s deputy director for Asia.
- Duterte recommends in a news conference Saturday that the Trump administration should back away from an intensifying standoff with North Korea, not in surrender, but to avoid risking a nuclear holocaust that could smother Asia.
- Duterte Said that “It would be good for America to just restrain a little bit and if I were President Trump, I’ll just back out, not really in surrender and retreat, but just to let the guy realise that, ‘Ah, please do not do it.”
- Duterte also said that “It behoves upon America, who wields the biggest stick, just to really be prudent and patient. We know that we are playing with somebody who relishes letting go of his missiles and everything.”
- Rodrigo Duterte also was known as Digong, is a Filipino politician and Jurist who is the 16th and the current president of the Philippines.
- Duterte Born – March 28, 1945 (age 72)
- Political party – PDP-Laban
AWARD & RECOGNITIONS
Former Minister Ashwani Kumar named for Japanese honour
- On Saturday an official statement said that Japan has named former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar for its prestigious ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ award for his contribution to fostering Japan-India
- Kumar has been chosen for the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, which is the highest category of decoration, in recognition of distinguished accomplishments of individuals.
- The statement from the Japanese embassy said that Tata was also conferred the decoration in the past.
- Kumar served as Special representative of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Japan during the visit of the Emperor and Empress of Japan to India in December 2013 and contributed significantly to the success of the visit.
- On May 9 the award will be going to be conferred at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
- Ashwani Kumar Born – 26 October 1952 (age 64)
- Political Party – Indian National Congress
- He is formerly served as Minister of Law and Justice and Minister of state in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Sufi legend Begum Yaman passes away at 52
- Famous Sufi singer and daughter of legendary Sitar Maestro Ustad Vilayat Ali Khan, Begum Yaman K. Khan has passed away after multiple organ failures.
- Begum Yaman K. Khan was admitted to the Christian Medical College and Hospital, for the treatment of liver failure and breathed her last breath at 3 a.m.
- The Begum Yaman K. Khan body will be brought to Delhi and then the last ritual will be performed.
- She gave her life to practice, teach and perform all over India as well as internationally.
- Sufi music is the devotional music of the Sufis, inspired by the works of Sufi poets, like Rumi, Hafiz, Bulleh Shah, Amir Khusrow and Khwaja Ghulam Farid.
- Qawwali is a most well-known form of Sufi music.
Petrol, Diesel Prices Hiked, Daily Revisions In Five Cities From Today
- On Sunday the Diesel Price was hiked by 44 paise per litre while petrol rate was raised by a marginal 1 paisa per litre on Monday.
- Petrol now costs 68.09 per litre in Delhi, Rs. 70.68 per litre in Kolkata, Rs. 77.46 per litre in Mumbai and Rs. 71.17 per litre in Chennai, while diesel costs Rs. 57.35 per litre, Rs. 59.61 per litre, Rs. 63.12 per litre and Rs. 60.71 per litre in these cities, respectively, said Indian Oil Corporation, which is the country’s largest fuel retailer.
- The state fuel retailers currently revise rates on the 1st and 16th of every month based on an average international price of fuel in the preceding fortnight and currency exchange rate.
- The government in last month said that it is considering a plan for the home delivery of petrol and diesel to consumers if they make a pre-booking to cut queues at fuel station.
- The industry sources said that With daily changes, which are unlikely to be more than a few paise per litre, the political pressures for not revising rates particularly when they are to be hiked will go.
Buyers won’t lose IT sops for joint holding of house
- TheIncome Tax Appellate Tribunal (Mumbai bench) has, in a recent order, held that if the whole investment for the purchase of a new residential house, along with stamp duty and registration charges, has been made by an individual; he should get the full benefit of the relevant income tax (I-T) exemptions.
- The name of a close relative has been attached to the newly purchased property; it should not result in dilution of the I-T exemption in the hands of the individual who has paid for it.
- It observed that even the I-T official had confirmed that the entire cost of the new house was borne only by Jitendra Faria.
- It notices that even the I-T official had confirmed that the entire cost of the new house was borne only by Jitendra Faria.
- An income tax is a tax imposed on individuals or entities (taxpayers) that varies with the income or profits (taxable income) of the taxpayer.
Earth’s Carbon Dioxide Breaking Dangerous Records
- Our world has broken the record and reached a dangerous local climate change milestone at very high temperatures.
- Mauna Loa Observatory recorded carbon dioxide (CO2) levels at 410 parts per million (ppm) on April 18. CO2 levels have not reached this high in millions of years. In fact, such a level was recorded for the first time in human history.
- . According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) atmospheric scientist Pieter Tans, atmospheric carbon dioxide will level off initially only when emissions are cut in half.
- Carbon dioxide is a colourless gas with a density about 60% higher than that of air that is odourless at normally encountered concentrations.
Model for viable time machine developed
- A US scientist has developed a mathematical model for a viable time machine an advance that could bring stuff of popular science-fiction closer to reality.
- By using Math and physics, Ben Tippett, from the University of British Columbia in Canada, has created a formula that describes a method for time travel.
- Using Einstein’s theory, Tippett said that the curvature of space-time accounts for the curved orbits of the planets.
- The Tippet said that HG Wells popularised the term ‘time machine’ and he left people with the thought that an explorer would need a ‘machine or special box’ to actually accomplish time travel.
- Time travel is the concept of movement (such as by a human) between certain points in time, analogous to movement between different points in space, typically using a hypothetical device known as a time machine, in the form of a vehicle or of a portal connecting distant points in time.
Azlan Shah 2017: Harmanpreet Singh – The Next Big Thing of Indian Hockey
- One of the best players Harmanpreet in the Indian Hockey team is a perfect example of what proper grooming and timely introduction into the top-flight can do to a young player.
- On Sunday an established goal-scoring machine at the junior level, the Amritsar lad put up a drag-flicking tutorial here at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2017.
- Since learning nuances of the game at Jalandhar’s Surjit Hockey Academy, Harmanpreet has earned the ground he begins to rule now.
- Hockey is a family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to manoeuvre a ball or a puck into the opponent’s goal using a hockey stick.
BCCI meets on Sunday, Champions Trophy pullout unlikely
- On Sunday the BCCI will be going to meet to consider an additional revenue offer from the game’s world governing body but regardless of what decision they come to, a Champions Trophy pullout by the holders looks unlikely.
- Unaccustomed to being affront at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings, the Board of Control for Cricket in India was outvoted 13-1 last week in its bid to stall a new revenue model which considerably slashes India’s share from global events in the 2015-2023 cycles.
- ICC presidentShashank Manohar, a former BCCI chief, has tabled an additional $100 million and the India board will discuss the offer at Sunday’s special general body meeting.
- “Speaking in my personal capacity, as a cricket fan, I believe the Indian cricket team absolutely must take part in the Champions Trophy,” Guha, a historian, tweeted.
- Under the member participating agreement for the Champions Trophy, there is no scope for sanction missing the deadline for naming squads.
- BCCI Founded – 1926
- Headquarters – Wankhede Stadium, Churchgate, Maharashtra
- Chief Executive – Rahul Johri
- Vice President – Rajeev Shukla