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Current Affairs of 4th May

Anjali Singh, Published On:04-May-2019

 

                          Current affairs

1.HealthKart, Gurugram-based health and fitness products platform is raising about ₹173 crore from Belgium-based Advent Management, Entrackr revealed.

  • It has raised around ₹346 crore worth preference and equity capital since July last year.
  • Healthkart was founded by Prashant Tandon and Sameer Maheshwari in 2011 after raising $1 million from Kae Capital and Sequoia Capital.

2.Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) 16th Ministerial Meeting was held in Doha, Qatar.

  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani headed the 2019 dialogue.
  • The Indian delegation was led by Gen. (Dr) V.K. Singh (Retd), Minister of State for External Affairs.
  • Dr. V.K. Singh, in his address, expressed his grief for the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka (on April 21, 2019) and focussed for the global community to adopt the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (UNCC IT) efficiently.
  • By putting more stress on the theme “Partners in Progress”, the minister brought into limelight India’s desire to work collaboratively with all ACD Member States, in agreement with the Indian Government’s approach of “Collective Efforts, Inclusive Growth”.

3.Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) have inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for setting up a Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies in India as a commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on 2 October 2019.

  • The project has been approved under the recently constituted Prime Minister’s Science Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC).

4.Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu unveiled a postage stamp in New Delhi to commemorate the 750th birth anniversary of Sri Vedanta Desikan.

  • The stamp has been released by Indian postal department.
  • The postage stamps inspire the younger generation to practice humanism, peace and compassion propagated by the great saint and spiritual icon.

5.Sino-Indian border trade’s annual 14th edition opened at Nathu La, which is the frontier post at Sino-Indian border in Sikkim. Officials and traders of India and China made their presence at the border to symbolise the beginning of the border trade.

  • Every year, between 1st May to 30th November, the bilateral border trade between 2 nations is held for 4 days a week for 6 months.

6.Cyclone Fani with a maximum wind speed of 240-250 kmph, is one of the most biggest and fiercest cyclonic storm over the east coast in nearly two decades.

  • Several villages nearby Puri in Odisha have submerged due to heavy rains and till now at least 8 people have lost their life.
  • Central government has released Rs 1086 crore advanced financial assistance to four states for undertaking preventive and relief measures to deal with cyclone ‘Fani’. Out of this sanctioned amount, Odisha will receive Rs 340.87 crore, West Bengal Rs 235.50 crore, Tamil Nadu Rs 309.37 crore and Andhra Pradesh will get Rs 200.25 crore.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has started helpline number 1938 for Cyclone Fani. The people can call this helpline number and can ask for help from the government.

7.The Netherlands, a country in north-western Europe, became the third largest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India during 2017-18, with an investment of United States Dollar (USD) 2.67 billion across all sectors.

  • Mauritius and Singapore are the top two countries for FDI in India during 2017-18 with an investment of USD 13.41 billion and USD 9.27 billion respectively.

                  Awards and Recognition

8.Former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief has been conferred France’s highest civilian award “Knight of the Legion of Honour”.

  • This award is for his invaluable contribution to the development of the India-France space cooperation.
  • The award has presented by Ambassador of France to India, Alexandre Ziegler, on the behalf of President of the French Republic.
  • The Padma Shri awardee served as the ISRO chief from 2015 to 2018.

                Appointment and Resignation

9.Tod D. Wolters, the former pilot, who has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, has been declared as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe during the ceremony at NATO‘s (The North Atlantic Treaty Organization) military headquarters in Mons, southern Belgium.

This is one of the most challenging and extremely important military positions in the world.

                            Obituary

10.Actor Peter Mayhew, well known for portraying Chewbacca the Wookiee in the Star Wars films, has died at the age of 74 at his home in North Texas, U.S. He was born on 19 May 1944 in Barnes, London.


11.Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and former finance minister, V Viswanatha Menon Passed away at the age of 92 in Kochi, Kerala. He was popularly known as “Ambadi Viswam”. He was born in  Ernakulam, Kerala.

                       Important Days

12.World Press Freedom Day is observed annually on May 3 to raise awareness among the international community that freedom of the press and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights.

  • This day also pay tribute to media professionals who risked or lost their lives in the line of duty.
  • This year marked the 26th celebration of World Press Freedom Day which was observed with a theme “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation”.

13.National Space Day is observed on the first Friday of May every year.

  • This year first Friday of May coincide with May 3, so science community celebrates this day to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in young people and to inspire them to pursue a career in space-related jobs.

                              Sports

14.The 8th edition Asian Youth Women Handball Championship 2019 will be held in Jaipur from August 21 to 30.

  • This is the first time Jaipur will host this prestigious tournament.
  • Earlier in 2015, Delhi hosted the event and finished at seventh place. This event will be organised by Asian Handball Federation (AHF).

15.Bajrang Punia won a gold medal at Ali Aliev Tournament, held at Kaspiysk in Dagestan, Russia.

  • He defeated Russian wrestler Viktor Rassadin in 65-kg category by 13-8. This was his second gold medal in the last 10 days

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website







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