1. India Largest Recipient of Remittances in the World : World Bank
Other major points of the report are as following:
i. India is the largest recipient of remittances in the world, receiving 69 billion US Dollars in 2012, according to the latest edition of the World Bank’s Migration and Development Brief released on 20 April 2013.
ii. India is followed by China (60 billion US dollars), the Philippines (24 billion US dollars), Mexico (23 billion US dollars) and Nigeria and Egypt (21 billion US dollars each). Other large recipients include Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Lebanon.
iii. World Bank recorded that remittance flows to developing countries grew by 5.3 per cent to reach an estimated 401 billion dollar in 2012.
Other major points of the report are as following:
i. Remittances to developing countries are likely to grow by an annual average of 8.8 per cent for the next three years and are expected to reach 515 billion US dollars in 2015.
ii. As a percentage of GDP, the top recipient nations of remittances, in 2011, were Liberia (31 percent), Kyrgyz Republic (29 percent), Nepal (22 percent), Lesotho (27 percent), Tajikistan (47 percent), Moldova (23 percent), and Samoa (21 per cent).
iii. Global remittances, including those to developed countries, are estimated to have reached USD 514 billion in 2012, in comparison to USD 132 billion in 2000.
2. Government permitted Railways to use its Land for Metro Networks
i. The Union Cabinet of India on 18 April 2013 gave its approval to the proposal of the Indian Railways for permitting use of its land for crossing metro networks under ground, on the surface as well as elevated/over ground.
ii. The Indian Railways will also allow opening of Kendriya Vidyalayas on its land in order to provide adequate educational facilities to children of railway staff/officials placed in remote areas, and where educational institutions are not adequate.
iii. Exchange of railway land with central/state governments, department/local bodies for setting up public utilities shall also be entered into by the Indian Railways, wherever considered mutually beneficial.
3. Russia launched the World’s only Returnable Satellite Bion-M1
i. Federal Space Agency Roscosmos, Russia launched the world’s only returnable satellite called Bion-M1 on 20 April 2013.
ii. The satellite is aimed at biological research in space and for interplanetary flights in future.
iii. The Bion-1M satellite was separated from the Soyuz carrier rocket and entered an elliptic orbit at 575 kilometers above the Earth.
iv. The satellite carries 45 mice, 15 geckos, eight Mongolian gerbils, snails, and containers with various microorganisms and plants.
v. The satellite will conduct more than 70 physiological, genetic, morphological and molecular-biological experiments during its 30-day flight.
vi. Besides, Bion-1M carries a number of Russian and foreign microsatellites which will slowly be separated from the spacecraft in the next two days and carry on their individual missions.
4. Nicolas Maduro sworn in as the new President of Venezuela
i. Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela was sworn in as the new President of Venezuela on 19 April 2013 in a ceremony by the National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello.
ii. Nicolas Maduro, 50, succeeded late President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez who died on 5 March 2013.
iii. He was elected as the President, beating the opposition leader Henrique Capriles by just 1.5 percent votes.
iv. The aim of the new President is to deal with the corruption along with carrying the social programmes of Hugo Chavez.
About Nicolas Maduro
i. Nicolas Maduro Moros was born on 23 November 1962.
ii. He belonged to the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. Before 2007, he belonged to the Fifth Republic Movement party.
iii. Under the President, Hugo Chavez, he was the Vice President of Venezuela as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2006.
iv. He was known to be the most capable politician and administrator of inner circle of Hugo Chavez.
5. Ranjith gets P A Backer award
i. `Spirit’, the Malayalam film directed by Ranjith has won the P A Backer Foundation award for best movie in the year 2012.
ii. Ranjith was also adjudged as the best director, while Mohanlal was selected as the best actor for his performance in the film.
iii. Kavya Madhavan was chosen the best actress for her role in another Ranjith film `Bavuttiyude Namathil.'
iv. The awards for debut actors went to Dulquar Salman (Ustad Hotel) and Manasi (Pratheekshayode).
v. The awards in memory of eminent Malayalam director P A Backer would be presented at a function at Kozhikode in May, a release from the Backer foundation
6. Former England cricket captain Mike Denness passes away
England captain Mike Denness died on Saturday,
at the age of 72, after a long battle with cancer.
ii. Denness was the only Scotsman to captain
, leading the team
in 19 of his 28 Tests between 1969 and 1975. England
iii. Mike Denness also played 12 one-day internationals and went on to become an ICC match referee.
7. Anita Chanu wins bronze in Asian Judo Championships
i. Angom Anita Chanu opened India's account at the Senior Asian Judo Championships in Bangkok by clinching a bronze medal on the first day of the event.
ii. She defeated the judokas from Korea, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
8. Malala to give her first public speech in New York
i. Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai, who emerged as a global icon for female rights after being shot at by Taliban for advocating girl's education, will give her first public speech in New York on her 16th birthday on July 12, a day that would now be marked as 'Malala Day'.
ii. UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown announced on Friday that Malala is determined to continue campaigning for girls' education and will speak to a specially convened meeting of young people from around the world at the United Nations.
iii. Her first public address is being organised by UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown along with the President of the UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremic.
iv. The Malala Day meeting will close with a youth resolution to make education for all a reality by the end of 2015, as was promised in the second Millennium Development Goal in 2000.