1. World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit starts in Abu Dhabi
i. The two-day long World Travel and Tourism Council, WTTC Global Summit got underway in UAE Capital Abu Dhabi on Tuesday with a call to Governments to to ease visa rules, issue of smarter visas and to reduce taxes on tourists to boost travel and tourism industry.
ii. In his keynote address, the President of the WTTC, David Scowsill said such measures would generate up to 112 million additional tourists over the next three years, increase tourism revenues by up to $206 billion, and generate five million extra jobs across the world.
iii. The two day summit has been organized as a follow up to the recommendations of the G-20 Summit in Mexico last year.
2. India to test fly heaviest rocket next year: ISRO
i. India's heaviest rocket ever is expected to take to the sky next January on an experimental flight whose later versions could be used to send humans on space missions.
ii. The mainstay of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) would be to put in orbit communication satellites weighing between four and five tonnes, thus packing more transponders per launch.
iii. "We are targetting an experimental flight of GSLV-Mk III in January 2014," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Radhakrishnan said after a public lecture at the Indian National Science Academy (INSA).
iv. This will also be a first time that ISRO scientists would undertake an experimental flight of a launch vehicle which would fall into the sea after reaching a height of 120 km.
3. Pakistan Successfully Test-Fired Nuclear-Capable Hatf-IV Ballistic Missile
i. Pakistan successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable Hatf-IV ballistic missile on 10 April 2013.
ii. The missile has a range of 900 km and it can also hit targets in India.
Main features related to Hatf- IV ballistic missile:
i. Hatf- IV ballistic missile is also called Shaheen-1.
ii. Hatf-IV has the capability of carrying the conventional and nuclear warheads upto 900 km range.
iii. Strategic Plans Division chief Lt Gen (retired) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai witnessed the launch of Hatf-IV missile.
iv. Hatf-IX tactical missile that has a range of 60 km, along with Hatf-V ballistic missile that has 1300 km reach.
4. Uhuru Kenyatta Sworn-In as the President of Kenya
i. Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn-in as the new President of Kenyaon 9 April 2013. He is the fourth president of Kenya.
ii. Kenyatta clinched victory in a tightly fought race for Kenya's presidency on 9 March 2013 against Raila Odinga. He won with 50.07 percent votes in the election.
About Uhuru Kenyatta
i. Uhuru Kenyatta is Jomo Kenyatta’s son. Jomo Kenyatta was the first President of Kenya
ii. He also served as the Deputy Prime Minister (2008 to 2013), Finance Minister (2009 to 2012) under President Mwai Kibaki as well as Minister for Trade (in April 2008).
iii. He was the Chairman of Kenya African National Union (KANU). KANU is the part of Party of National Unity (PNU).
5. Madhya Pradesh decided to declare Malkhamb as the State Sport
i. The Madhya Pradesh government decided to declare Malkhamb as the State Sport.
ii. It has also decided to start a new scheme called Mission Olympics 2020 for special coaching to selected sports persons so that they could represent the country in 2020 Olympics.
iii. Malkhamb is one of the most ancient sports of India. It ensures exercise of every part of body in minimum time. In view of this the Madhya Pradesh government decided to declare it as State Sport.
iv. Under Mission Olympics-2020 scheme, talented players selected at minimum 9 years of age will be coached. Services of players of international repute will be availed for each sport.
v. Final selection of 4 male and 4 female players will be made in each sport. A total of 76 players will be imparted coaching.
vi. The selected players will be sent for two months in selected foreign coaching institutions.
6. Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Daredevils by 44 runs
i. Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Daredevils by 44 runs in their Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
ii. Karthik's 48-ball 86 and Sharma's unbeaten 50-ball 74 powered Mumbai Indians to an imposing 209 for five before the hosts produced a disciplined bowling effort to restrict Delhi Daredevils to 165 for nine in their alloted 20 overs.
7. Jamjang Won Silver in World Youth Weightlifting Championships 2013
i. Jamjang Deru won silver in the 50 kg boys’ category at Tashkent, Uzbekistan in the world youth weightlifting championships 2013.
ii. With the victory of Jamjang Deru, this was also the first medal for India in the world youth weightlifting championships.
iii. Jamjang Deru won silver in the clean and jerk and lifted 110 kg.
iv. He finished at the fourth position with a total lift of 195 kg. In snatch, he lifted 85 kg.