1. National Technology Day is being observed today
ii. The day is celebrated in recognition of a major technological breakthrough of conducting successful nuclear tests at Pokhran on this day in 1998.
iii. The first indigenous aircraft Hansa-3 was also test flown at Bangalore on the day.
iv. Besides this, India successfully test-fired the Trishul missile on the same day.
v. The President Pranab Mukherjee will preside over the celebratory function in New Delhi today and give away the National Technology awards.
2. Kapil Sibal gets additional charge of Law & C.P. Joshi gets Railway
i. Telecom Min Kapil Sibal was given additional charge of Law Ministry while Road and Transport Min C P Joshi the Railways portfolio following the resignation of Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Bansal.
ii. A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique made these announcements on Saturday after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recommended these changes to President Pranab Mukherjee, who accepted the resignations of Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Bansal.
iii. Sibal, an eminent lawyer himself, will get an opportunity to handle the Law ministry for the first time, while Joshi has held the Railway portfolio as temporary charge last year after the exit of Trinamool Congress nominee Mukul Roy.
NOTE: Railway Minister Bansal resigned on Friday following the arrest of his nephew Vijay Singla last week for allegedly accepting Rs.90 lakh for fixing promotion in Railway Board while Ashwani Kumar quit in the wake of a raging controversy over his vetting the CBI probe report in the coal block allocations scam.
3. Eighth India-Seychelles Joint Commission Meet concluded at New Delhi
i. The eighth India-Seychelles Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) was held on 8 May 2013 at New Delhi. The Joint Commission exchanged views on bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest during the meet.
ii. Review of the ongoing cooperation between the two nations in different fields was also done and views were exchanged for expanding and strengthening the perimeter of the cooperation between the two sides.
iii. The Indian Delegation to the meeting was led by Sudhir Vyas, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs and the Seychelles delegation was headed by H.E. Ambassador Maurice Jean Leonard Loustau-Lalane, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Seychelles.
iv. The next meeting of the Joint Commission will be held in Seychelles at mutually convenient date.
4. India Bagged 2 Silver and 7 Bronze Medals in Commonwealth Championship
i. India on 10 May 2013 finished their candidature in the tournament with a record haul of 2 Silver and 7 Bronze in the 19th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships that concluded in New Delhi.
ii. One silver medal on behalf of India was won by Soumyajit Ghosh and Mouma Das in the mixed doubles event, and the other one was won by the men's team earlier in the tournament.
iii. Indians represented the country in atl east six of the eight tournaments that included doubles too, but didn’t turned up to be successful in securing a gold medal for the country.
5. Serena Williams beats Errani to reach Madrid final
i. Top-ranked Serena Williams will have a chance to win her 50th career title after beating Sara Errani of Italy 7-5, 6-2 Saturday to reach the final of the Madrid Open.
ii. After a skittish start, Williams dominated Errani and broke her final service game in both sets.
iii. Williams will play the winner of the other semifinal between second-seeded Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic. If Sharapova makes the final, the No. 1 ranking will also be at stake.
6. Classical singer Girija Devi admitted to hospital in UP
i. In Uttar Pradesh, 85 year old eminent classical singer Girija Devi has been admitted to hospital in Varanasi for infection in the gall bladder.
ii. Girija Devi from the Banaras Gharana has been credited with preserving and elevating the "Thumri" form of Indian classical singing.
iii. She has been awarded the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
7. MiG-29K fighter planes commissions into Navy
i. Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday commissioned warfare aircraft MiG-29K Black Panther squadron into the Indian Navy
ii. The commissioning was held at INS Hansa which would be the base for Black Panther squadron along with other fighter aircraft squadrons of Indian Navy.
iii. The squadron initially comprising 16 aircraft would be known as IANS 303.
iv. The aircraft tagged as new era fighter were inducted into the Indian Navy in February 2010 following which it underwent trials before the actual commissioning.
v. MiG-29 K is a potent carrier borne fighter, which, once integrated with INS Vikramaditya will bolster the Navy's punch with its multi-role capability.
vi. The aircraft is armed with its arsenal of weapons including advanced anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, precision bombs and sophisticated system to support weapon delivery.
vii. Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is likely to be commissioned later this year.