Wednesday, 24 April 2013


1.    Mahavir Jayanti is being celebrated across the country
i. Mahavir Jayanti is being celebrated across the country with religious fervour and gaiety today.
ii. In some parts of the country, Mahavir Jayanti was celebrated yesterday also.
iii. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice- President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh greeted the nation on Mahavir Jayanti and hoped that his life and teachings will inspire everyone to tread the path of non-violence and compassion.
iv. President Pranab Mukherjee said : "May the life and noble teachings of Lord Mahavira inspire us to abjure violence in thought, word and deed and to always adhere to the path of ahimsa," 

2.    Narasimhan Ravi Elected As the President of Editors Guild of India
i. Narasimhan Ravi, the director of Kasturi and Sons Limited as well as the former Editor of The Hindu was unanimously elected as the president of Editors Guild of India on 23 April 2013 at the annual general meeting of the Guild in New Delhi. 
ii. He succeeded T.N. Ninan, the chairman and editorial director of Business Standard.
iii. He will be serving two-year term as the President of the Guild. 

About Narasimhan Ravi
i. Narasimhan Ravi was born on 1 January 1948. 
ii. He is a veteran Indian journalist.
iii. He served as Editor-in-chief of The Hindu from 1991 to 2003.
iv. In 2003, he was taken over by N. Ram, the Managing Director.

Editors Guild of India is the organisation of the editors of various magazines and newspapers of India.
Apart from the election of the President of the Guild, the annual general meeting took certain issues such as consultation paper on the cross-media ownership which was issued by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

3.    Legendary Singer Shamshad Begum Died
i. Legendary singer Shamshad Begum died on 23 April 2013 in Mumbai due to illness. She was 94 years of age. 
ii. She was one of the first few playback singers of the Hindi film industry. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law. 

About Shamshad Begum
i. Shamshad Begum was born on 14 April 1919 in Amritsar, Punjab. 
ii. Her debut was in Lahore on the Peshawar Radio on 16 December 1947. 
iii. Some of her popular Hindi songs include Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar, Kajra Mohabbat Wala and Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon.
iv. Before she made her debut in Hindi films, she sang in Punjabi film of Dalsukh Pancholi called Yamla Jat with the music given by Ghulam Haider.
v. The first Hindi film of Dalsukh Pancholi was Khazanchi in which there were nine songs, all of which were recorded in Shamshad Begum’s voice. 

4.    Govt. launches medi claim facility for farmers holding kisan Credit cards
i. The Government today launched medi claim facility for farmers holding Kisan Credit Cards, KCC, issued by Dena Bank. 
ii. Launching the scheme in New Delhi, Finance minister P Chidambaram handed over medi claim policies and ID cards to six farmers of different states holding KCC of the bank. He said it is an innovative and noble scheme for the benefit of farmers at large. 
iii. Chidambaram mentioned though it is a small step, in terms of coverage of farmers to provide hassle free cashless medi claim facility, yet it is a welcome step. He said on successful implementation of the scheme, it can be considered for implementation on a large scale. 
iv. The Finance Minister stressed the need to take immediate action by the non life insurance sector to increase penetration and coverage. 

5.    The Woodstock Singer, Richie Havens Died
i. Richie Havens, the folk musician who commenced the 1969 Woodstock musical festival died because of cardiac arrest on 22 April 2013 in Jersey City. He was 72 years of age. He is survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. 
ii. He also sang for President Bill Clinton and Dalai Lama. He sang at the 1993 inauguration of Clinton.
iii. He was known for the acoustic guitar as well as covers of the songs by The Who, Bob Dylan and The Beatles. 
iv. Other hits of Haven include Beatles classics Here Comes the Sun and Strawberry Fields Forever. Other work includes The Who’s Won’t Get Fooled Again.

6.    HP launches world's fastest desktop printer
i. Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday launched for business in India its latest range of Officejet Pro X 500 series printers that are recognised as world's fastest desktop printer by Guinness Book of Records.
ii. It is powered by HP PageWide Technology and can deliver professional documents at up to 70 pages per minute.
iii. The series includes four devices and HP claims that they deliver high-quality documents at up to twice the speed and half the cost of colour lasers.
iv. The HP Officejet Pro X Series is priced in the range of Rs 31,499-50,499.
v. The company also introduced its Officejet Pro Black & White series on Wednesday, priced in the range of Rs 7,999-11,999.

7.    Chris Gayle Hit Fastest-Ever Century in the History of Cricket during IPL
i. Chris Gayle, the West Indies opener, hit the fastest ever century in the history of cricket by reaching 100 in merely 30 balls during Royal Challengers Bangalore-Pune Warriors IPL match on 23 April 2013. 
ii. Gayle scored a total run of 175 runs in merely 66 balls, which included 17 sixes and 13 boundaries. It is important to note that this is the most number of runs scored in any T20 innings. This was also his fourth century in the IPL career. 

The previous record holders of fastest centuries are as follows:
i. 30 balls: Chris Gayle, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Pune Warriors, IPL, 23 April 2013
ii. 34 balls: Andrew Symonds, Kent vs. Middlesex, Twenty20 Cup, 2 July 2004

iii. 35 balls: Louis van der Westhuizen, Namibia v Kenya, unofficial T20 international, 7 November 2011
iv. 37 balls: Shahid Afridi, Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, ODI, 4 October 1996
v. 37 balls: Scott Styris, Sussex vs. Gloucs, Twenty20 Cup, 24 July 2012
vi. 37 balls: Yusuf Pathan, Rajasthan Royals vs. Mumbai Indians, IPL, 13 March 2010

8.    Tendulkar turns 40, thanks fans for 'unconditional love
i. Sachin Tendulkar was a picture of humility as he celebrated his 40th birthday with a brief cake-cutting ceremony in Kolkata, thanking his legions of fans for their "unconditional love" in a cricket career spanning over two decades.
ii. Sachin said: "Let me take this opportunity to thank all the people in Indiaand well wishers all over the world who have supported me and showered me with unconditional love,". "It has been really special and it is because of their good wishes that I am standing here,
iii. In a career spanning 24 years, Tendulkar has got almost all the batting record to his name other than Brian Lara's Test highest of 400 not out.
iv. Tendulkar, who has called it quits from the ODI format to prolong his Test career, has a colossal 18426 runs from 463 matches with 49 hundreds at an average of 44.83.
v. Tendulkar has played only one T20 for India as he has limited his Twenty20 ambition to his franchise Mumbai Indians in the IPL.


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