1. Test-tube baby pioneer Robert Edwards passed away
i. British scientist Robert Edwards, who was awarded a Nobel prize for his pioneering work in developing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) leading to the birth of the first test tube baby, died on Wednesday. He was 87.
ii. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2010, three decades after the birth of the world's first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, in 1978, and five decades after he first began experimenting.
About Robert Edward
i. Born in Yorkshire in northern England on 27th September, 1925, into a working-class family, Edwards served in the British army during World War II before returning home to study first agricultural sciences and then animal genetics.
ii. He received the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research in 2001.
iii. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for services to human reproductive biology in 2011
iv. He received his Ph.D. in developmental biology in mice from the University of Edinburgh
2. AP launched Amma Hastham to Provide Food Items to Poor
i. The State Government of Andhra Pradesh on 11 April 2013 on occasion of Ugadi Festival launched a new scheme named Amma Hastham (mother's hand) to supply nine essential food items to poor at subsidized rates.
ii. The Amma Hstam scheme was named after the name of Late Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. Chief Minister of the state Kiran Kumar Reddy has formally launched the scheme at Hyderabad.
iii. About 2 crore 20 lakh poor families will be benefitted with the launch of the scheme that is to be run on an additional annual burden of 660 crore rupees on the state exchequer.
iv. The nine essential item mentioned in the scheme includes a kilo of Wheat, Wheat Flour, Palm Oil, Salt Red Gram, half a kilo of Sugar and Tamerind, quarter kilo of Red Mirchi powder and 100 grams Termaric Powder.
3. Second all-woman employees post office inaugurated at the Delhi
i. The second all-woman employees post office was inaugurated at the Delhi University today by Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal.
ii. The post office situated in Delhi University's north campus has three counters.
iii. Two of the counters offer services like speed post, parcels, booking of e-money orders while the third one deals with savings bank operations.
iv. All counters are manned by women employees only with working hours from 9 am to 5 pm.
v. The Communications and IT Minister said all post offices across the country will be electronically connected in the next one and a half years.
4. India and Russia signed Regulation of Co-operation Agreement at Moscow
i. The Union Government of India and Government of Russian Federation on 10 April 2013 at Moscow signed a Regulation defining the structure, functions and procedure of the Joint Commission.
ii. The regulation was established by an Agreement, which was signed on 21 December 2010 in New Delhi in the field of Emergency Management.
iii. The agreement was signed by Vladimir Puchkov, Minister of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters and Sushil kumar Shinde, the Union Minister of Home Affairs.
Importance of the Agreement Signed
i. This will set an environment between the two countries to help each other at times of emergency in prevention and elimination of consequences
ii. It will strengthen the Indo-Russian co-operation as well as the bond of friendship between the two nations
iii. Both the countries will also exchange the technical and scientific information in areas of emergency management that is mutually beneficial for both sides.
NOTE: Indo-Russian Commission is the body that will look forward for proper implementation of the agreement to catalyze the cooperation between the two nations. The joint-commission’s meets will be held alternatively in Indian and Russia.
5. India, Germany sign six new pacts
i. India and Germany on Thursday inked six key MoUs including that for putting together € 7 million for next four years towards joint research in the field of higher education and a pact for a soft loan of € 1 billion for strengthening the green energy corridor.
ii. A pact to promote German as a foreign language was also signed by the two sides following the 2nd round of inter-governmental Consultations in Berlin.
iii. Under pacts signed, both Germany and India have committed to € 3.5 million each towards working on joint research and innovation programmes.
iv. A pact regarding the establishment of green energy corridor was also signed besides one in agriculture and establishment of a working group in infrastructure, cooperation in standardisation, conformity assessment and product safety.
v. According to official data, around 4500 Indian students are pursuing various courses in Germany, while around 800 German students are studying or doing their internships in India.
6. Chennai Super Kings beat KXI Punjab by 10 wickets
i. Chennai Super Kings defeated Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Mohali on Wednesday.
ii. Opener Michael Hussey slammed a blistering 54-ball 86 as Chennai Super Kings produced an aggressive brand of cricket to roll over Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets
iii. Chasing 139 for victory after opting to field, Chennai rode on Hussey's knock and Murali Vijay's 50 off as many balls to thump the hosts at the PCA Stadium, and open their account in this edition of the cash-rich T20 league.
iv. There were a flurry of fours and sixes in the second half of the innings as Chennai raced to the target with ease.