Saturday, 13 April 2013


1.    Baisakhi celebrated across India
i. The harvest festival of Baisakhi is being celebrated with much enthusiasm and fervour across the country, especially in the northern state of Punjab.
ii. The festival holds significance since it is the foundation day of Khalsa Panth, that was laid by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.
iii. Farmers celebrate Baisakhi as a thanks giving day for a good yield of crop and a wish for wealth and prosperity.
iv. It is also the day when hundreds of innocent armless Indians were killed at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar in 1919.
v. The main religious celebrations will take place at Talwandi Sabo and in the Gurudwara Anandpur Sahib, the birthplace of the Khalsa, besides, the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

2.    Germany to provide USD 1.3 bn for renewable energy in India 
i. Germany will support building up of renewable energy in India by providing soft loans of up to 1 billion euros (USD 1.3 billion) for a six-year period starting next year.
ii. Germany's offer as part of its development cooperation with India was made in a "joint declaration of intent" signed by Union Minister for Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah and parliamentary state secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Gudrun Kopp during the second inter-governmental consultations that concluded in Berlin on Friday.
iii. The assistance is intended to finance joint development of technical solutions to overcome the problems facing the integration of power grids and also to speed up the construction of power lines to efficiently transport electricity generated by renewable energy.
iv. Development of renewable energy is a common goal of India and Germany
v. Building up of renewable energy is very crucial to bring power generation in India in harmony with environment protection.
vi. The agreement was signed in presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who jointly chaired the inter-governmental consultations.

NOTE: India has been a main partner of Germany's development cooperation for more than five decades and the two nations are currently focusing on environment protection and combating climate change, promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency, adaptation to the climate change and support for environmentally relevant urban infrastructure development.

3.    Two Day India-China Counter-Terrorism Dialogue on Afghanistan ended
i. The two-day India-China counter-terrorism dialogue ended on 12 April 2013 in Beijing China.
ii. The two nations discussed upon the ways to step up cooperation to counter terror in Afghanistan as a follow up plan after the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in 2014. 

Issues Discussed and Agreed
i. The two sides exchanged views and opinions on regional and international counter terrorism situation and bilateral cooperation in the field 
ii. Discussions were made on the fragile condition of Afghanistan and increased attacks from Taliban that would emerge after withdrawal of US forces from the country, they also discussed upon the initiatives planned to be taken by India, China and Russia to deal with the situation

4.    PJ Kurien elected Chairman of Asian forum of Parliamentarians
i. Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, PJ Kurien  was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the prestigious Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) during the during the 73rd Executive Committee Meeting of AFPPD at Bangkok.
ii. He replaced Yasuo Fukuda, former Prime Minister of Japan as the Chairman of AFPPD. 
iii. PJ Kurien at present is also the Chairman of the Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development. 

About Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD)
i. AFPPD was established in 1981 as a regional non-governmental organization to serve as a coordinating body of twenty five National Committees of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.
ii. It seeks to generate cooperation and support among the Asian Parliamentarians in different areas like population and Development.
iii. It is committed towards educating, motivating, involving and mobilizing the parliamentarians on linkages between the increase in population and different issues that includes sustainable development, reproductive health, family planning, food security, water resources, HIV/AIDS, migration, environment, urbanization, ageing and gender equality.

5.    Vice President Released Book titled Religion, Law & Society-Across the Globe
Book: Religion, Law & Society – Across the Globe authored by Prof. Tahir Mahmood
i. The Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari on 12 April 2013 released a book titled Religion, Law & Society – Across the Globe. The book is authored by Prof. Tahir Mahmood. 
ii. The book contains descriptions of foreign and Indian Conference addresses and commissioned papers, a section on Minority Rights in Indian as well as Global Context and more.
iii. The book also offers insights into a variety of intricate and inter-connected issues of constitutional and socio-legal significance.

6.    Pran awarded with Dada Saheb Phalke Award
i. Legendary actor, Pran Krishan Sikand, 93, on 12 April 2013 was awarded with Bollywood’s highest honour in Indian Cinema Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2012.
ii. The award is instituted on the name of the Dada Saheb Phalke, the man who made first feature film in India. 
iii. He is the 44th Dada Saheb Phalke Award Winner.

About Pran Krishan Sikand
i. He was born in Old Delhi on 12 February 1920 
ii. In 2001 he was awarded with India’s third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan
iii. In his career span, he received four film fare awards
iv. He was awarded the title of Villain of the millennium by Stardust in 2000 
v. In 2010 he was named among the Top 25 Asian Actors of All times by CNN

About the Award
i. The award is conferred by the Government of India for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema.
ii. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs and a shawl. The award is given on the basis of recommendations of a Committee of eminent persons.

7.    Kashyap achieves career-best ranking of world No 7
i. Parupalli Kashyap jumped a place to achieve his career-best world ranking of 7 in the latest list issued by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
ii. The Hyderabadi shuttler has overtaken Chinese Chen Jin, to be in the seventh position in the men's singles rankings, released on Thursday.
iii. Mumbai's Ajay Jayaram has retained his 30th place in the list.
iv. Meanwhile, Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal has maintained her No. 2 position in the women's singles rankings behind Olympic champion Li Xeurui of China.
v. Rising India shuttler P V Sindhu has also held on to her 16th place.

8.    Mumbai Indians score 183 for 3 against Pune Warriors
i. Rohit Sharma blazed his way to an unbeaten 32-ball 62 as Mumbai Indians posted a challenging 183 for three against Pune Warriors in the 'Maharashtra Derby' of the Pepsi Indian Premier League in Mumbai on Saturday.
ii. Rohit, who has been known as an 'IPL specialist' smashed three fours and five sixes as the home team put up a sizeable total on a flat track at the Wankhede Stadium.
iii. Sachin Tendulkar (44) and Dinesh Karthik (41, 29 balls, 4x4, 1x6) also made significant contributions.
iv. But it was Rohit, who went all-out in the final few overs helping Mumbai Indians amass 109 runs in the back 10 after having scored 72 at the halfway stage.
v. The pair of Tendulkar and skipper Ricky Ponting (13) posted the 50-run opening partnership in 6.3 overs, but the bulk of runs were scored by the former.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

as wikipedia it was 41th dada sahib award to pran .... clarify it

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