1. International Dance Day celebrations today
ii. It was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee (CID) of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), a UNESCO partner NGO.
iii. The day was introduced in 1982 and is celebrated on 29thApril every year.
iv. The date commemorates the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), creator of modern ballet and author of the famous Lettres sur la danse, published in 1760 in Lyon.s
v. The aim of the “International Dance Day Message” is to revel in the universality of this art form that crosses all political, cultural and ethnic barriers.
2. Major Anup Joseph awarded Kirti Chakra
i. Major Anup Joseph Manjali was on Saturday awarded the second-highest peacetime gallantry award Kirti Chakra by President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi for killing three foreign militants in Jammu and Kashmir.
ii. 12 defence personnel were awarded the Shaurya Charkra for their acts of bravery including Captain A Rahul Ramesh and Naik Krishna Kumar who were given the honour posthumously.
iii. Manjali, who was deployed in Jammu and Kashmir with the 24 Rashtriya Rifles battalion, had established a close cordon around five foreign terrorists while leading a counter- terrorist operation there on October 1 last year.
3. Anil Goswami to be New Union Home Secretary
i. Union Ministry of Home Affairs on 26 April 2013 appointed Anil Goswami, a Jammu and Kashmir cadre IAS officer as Union Home Secretary.
ii. Government on 26 April 20134 appointed him as the officer on special duty in the ministry with immediate effect till 30 June 2013.
iii. He will take charge from incumbent R.K Singh.
iv. His appointment to the office was made by Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. His tenure is fixed for a period of two years, till June 2015.
About Anil Goswami
i. Anil Goswami (58) is an IAS officer of 1978 batch, Jammu and Kashmir cadre
ii. He is the first bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir to be appointed as Home Secretary
iii. At present, he is the Secretary in Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment was cleared by the Appointments Committee.
iv. He was the first chief executive of the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board after it was taken over by the government in the early 1990s
4. Maharashtra Government was directed to release Water into the Jayakwadi Dam
i. Maharashtra government was directed by the Bombay High Court on 24 April 2013 to release water into the Jayakwadi dam from the reservoirs upstream.
ii. The dam is built to address the irrigation and drinking water woes of Marathwada.
iii. The court gave the direction on a writ petition filed by the Marathwada Janata Vikas Parishad in 2012.
iv. In the petition, the citizens of Jalna and Aurangabad districts had demanded the immediate release of 27. 5 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) into the Jayakwadi dam to fulfill the agriculture, drinking and industrial needs of Jalna and Aurangabad townships and more than 400 villages in the districts.
v. However, the quantum of water and the number of days the water will take to reach the Jayakwadi dam remain unclear.
5. Kerala to host country's first meet on travel technology
i. India's first international event on travel technologies will be held in Kerala with the objective of helping tourism industry to leverage the massive marketing potential of the internet and social media.
ii. The International Conference on Travel Technology (ICTT) India from 7th -9th June at Kovalam, will bring together subject experts from India and abroad, tour operators, hotel and resort owners, tourism marketing professionals, academicians, researchers and think tanks to discuss evolving technologies and the opportunities they present for the tourism industry
iii. ICTT India is being organised by the Association of Travel Trade Organizations, India (ATTOI) - a not-for-profit body working to promote responsible travel and sustainable tourism - a with the support of Kerala's Department of Tourism.
6. Indian Railways Reduced the Advanced Booking Period of the Tickets to 60 Days
i. The Indian Railways reduced the advanced booking period of the tickets from four months duration to two months, with effect from 1 May 2013.
ii. This has been done to prevent the enormous amount of cancellations after the booking process.
iii. The Railway notification issued on 25 April 2013 declared that the advance reservation period (ARP) in order to book the reserved train tickets was being reduced from 120 days to 60 days from 1 May 2013.
iv. It was also declared that the bookings which were done up to 30 April 2013 under already-existing ARP of 120 days will not be changed.
v. Railway officials believed that this action would help the genuine travellers and reduced touts that booked bulk tickets in advance.
7. Nadal beats Almagro for eighth Barcelona Open title
i. Rafael Nadal extended his record number of Barcelona titles to eight as he brushed off a slow start to beat Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday.
ii. Last weekend's Monte Carlo runner-up regained his accustomed position on an ATP winner's podium with his fourth title of 2013 and his third on clay for the year.
iii. The win was the second of the season for Nadal over Almagro after beating his countryman in the Acapulco semifinal.
iv. Nadal will now prepare for another home event, the Madrid Masters, beginning next weekend.
8. Sharapova beat Li Na to win Stuttgart title
i. Maria Sharapova won a tussle of the top seeds and the last two French Open champions against Li Na, 6-4, 6-3, on Sunday for back-to-back titles at the Porsche Grand Prix.
ii. Sharapova got her ninth victory in the 14th meeting with world number five Li in 1 hour 32 minutes when Li double-faulted on first match point.
iii. Sharapova picked up a winner’s cheque of 100,000 euros and a flashy blue convertible sports car from the tournament sponsor for her second title of the year.
iv. Li, who won the previous meeting with Sharapova in the Australian Open semifinals, earned 55,000 euros.
9. German duo Sabine and Mona won WTA Porsche Grand Prix
i. German duo Sabine Lisicki and Mona Barthel won the women’s doubles title at the WTA Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart on 28 April 2013.
ii. The Germans defeated the in-form pair of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza 6-4, 7-5 in one and a half hours to claim their first title as a team.
iii. Mirza and Mattek-Sands have already won 2 titles in 2013 but couldn’t repeat the winning performance against the Germans who were playing in front of the home crowd.