1. World Intellectual Property Day is being observed today
i. World Intellectual Property Day is being observed on Friday. It is held annually on 26 April under the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since 2000, to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life.”
ii. It is also observed “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe.”
iii. The theme for this year is Creativity - The Next Generation
iv. 26th April was chosen as the date for World Intellectual Property Day because it coincides with the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization entered into force in 1970.
2. Ex-Japan Finance exec elected new ADB chief
i. Takehiko Nakao has been unanimously elected president of the Asian Development Bank by its Board pf Governors,
ii. Nakao, 57, Japan's former Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, will assume office as ADB's ninth president on April 28 and will succeed Haruhiko Kuroda, who resigned in March
iii. Nakao will finish the unexpired term of his predecessor, which ends Novermber 23, 2016.
iv. Nakao, whose career spans more than three decades, has held senior positions in the Ministry of Finance of Japan.
v. He also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo in 2010 and 2011, teaching international finance. Nakao holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
vi. The ADB, which has 67 member countries and territories including Japan and the United States, helps its developing members tackle poverty by providing loans, technical assistance and grants for a broad range of development activities.
3. India to host 6th IBSA summit in June
i. After a gap of over 20 months, India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) -- three large democracies from three different continents – will meet at the summit level here on June 6.
ii. The summit will also commemorate the Tenth anniversary of its founding. It will be held a decade after the Indian Prime Minister and Presidents of the other two countries felt marginalised at the Evian G-8 summit in 2003.
iii. This will be the sixth IBSA Summit with the first one held in Brasilia in 2006. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh alone has the distinction of attending all IBSA summits since.
iv. IBSA cooperates on three fronts -- first, as a forum seeking reforms in global institutions of political and economic governance; second, trilateral collaboration through working groups and
third People-to-People Forums for the common benefit of three countries; and, third, assisting other developing countries by taking up projects through the IBSA Fund.
4. Asha Bhosle, Mala Sinha to get Phalke Academy awards
i. The Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards will be bestowed on singer Asha Bhosle, actress Mala Sinha, late filmmaker Yash Chopra, and late superstar Rajesh Khanna among several others at a ceremony here April 30.
ii. Asha, who has regaled music lovers with her melodious voice in her over six decades old career, will receive the Phalke Ratna Award from the academy, while Mala Sinha, who has acted in "Pyaasa", "Maryada" and "Hariyali Aur Rasta" will get the Golden Era Award.
iii. A special award has been reserved for the late Yash Chopra, who, in his dynamic career, emerged as one of the most iconic filmmakers of the country, offering the best in romance, action and even social dramas.
5. Trinamool Congress MP Ambica Banerjee Passed Away
Trinamool Congress MP Ambica Banerjee passed away in Kolkata on 25 April 2013. He was 86 years of age.
About Ambica Banerjee
i. Ambica Banerjee was a known and respected member among all the sections as the social activist as well as the politician.
ii. He was a mechanical engineer and started the political career with Congress.
iii. He later became a part of the Trinamool.
iv. He remained a member of Bengal Legislative Assembly from 1982 to 2006.
v. He remained associated with sports organisations as well, such as Cricket Association of Bengal as well as Indian Football Association.
6. Chennai Super Kings beat Hyderabad Sunrisers by 5 wickets
i. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed a superb half-century under pressure as Chennai Super Kings recorded a close six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Pepsi IPL match on Thursday.
ii. Chasing a tricky 160-run target, Chennai were in a spot of bother after a good start but Dhoni lifted the side to its sixth win out of eight matches with an unbeaten 67.
iii. Riding on Shikhar Dhawan's scintillating knock of 63, Sunrisers Hyderabad recovered from early jolts to post a competitive 159 for six after electing to bat.