1. Today is International Museum Day
ii. The day is celebrated every year since 1977 to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.
iii. The theme this year, decided by the International Council of Museum, is: Museum Memory + Creativity = Social Change.
2. French president signs gay marriage bill into law
i. France became the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage after President Francois Hollande on Friday signed the measure into law following months of bitter political debate.
ii. Hollande acted a day after the Constitutional Council threw out a legal challenge by the right-wing opposition, which had been the last obstacle to passing the bill into law.
iii. Hollande made "marriage for all" a central plank of his presidential election campaign last year.
iv. French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who steered the legislation through parliament, has said the first gay marriages could be celebrated as early as June.
v. The issue of gay marriage and adoption has provoked months of acrimonious debate and hundreds of protests that have occasionally spilled over into violence and is unlikely to drop off the political agenda.
3. India and USA announced Co-Operation in Knowledge Sector
i. India and the US 16 May 2013 decided to expand co-operation in knowledge sector. This was announced during a round table discussion on Advances in US-India Academic Partnership in Washington.
ii. It was also stated during the discussion that eight more awards finalized under the Singh-Obama Knowledge Initiative and it will be jointly announced during the forthcoming Indo-US strategic dialogue in New Delhi next month.
iii. India sought US co-operation in promoting skill building through community colleges.
iv. The round table organised by the International Institute of Education at Washington discussed issues such as collaboration in the field of Community Colleges and promoting massive online courses and Technology Enabled Education.
v. It also discussed students mobility, particularly encouraging US students to visit India.
vi. India and USA also discussed issued relating to improvement of school education, teacher educators, assessment of schools and community participation in school education.
4. Vice-President Ansari leaves today for Tajikistan
i. Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari will leave for Tashkent on a four day visit to Uzbekistan on Tuesday.
ii. A high level delegation which includes Environment Minister Jayanti Natrajan and four Members of Parliament will also accompany the Vice President.
iii. Issue of terrorism and development in Afghanistan in particular and bilateral, regional and international issues in general will come up for discussions during the exchanges with the Uzbek President Islam Karimove.
iv. Uzbekistan is a strategic partner of India and Mr.Ansari’s visit will give further fillip to its relations Uzbekistan and Eurasia. The Vice President will also visit Samarkand and Bukhara and meet regional leaders.
5. Indian women strike gold at inaugural FIBA Asia 3x3
i. Indian women cagers clinched their first gold medal at a FIBA Asia event after an easy win against Mongolia in the final playoff game of the inaugural FIBA Asia 3x3 basketball tournament in Doha.
ii. Carrying forward the form of three successive wins on the opening day, the Indian women, with Geethu Anna Jose leading the challenge, won the three play-off games without breaking much sweat.
iii. India won all their three games reaching the 21-point mark with ample time left on the clock in each of their games.
iv. Jose was at the vanguard but the rest of the Indian team had its share in the victory -- first for India in any competition in FIBA Asia events.
v. India had won the gold at the Asian Beach Games at Haiyang last year.
vi. Anitha Pauldurai was as crafty as ever in marshalling the resources and puncturing holes in the rival defense with her outside shooting.
vii. Manisha Dange gave a good account of herself in her comeback to international competitions with Pratima Singh providing the needed support.
6. Sunrisers beat Royals
i. Sunrisers Hyderabad brightened their chances of entering the semifinals of Indian Premier League (IPL) by beating Rajasthan Royals by 23 runs in a crucial tie at Rajiv Gandhi international stadium in Hyderabad on Friday night.
ii. Chasing a target of 137, Royals, who were playing their first match after the arrests of their three players in spot fixing scandal, could only score 113 for nine in 20 overs
iii. With two crucial points, Sunrisers have taken their tally to 18 and moved up to fourth position on the points table.
iv. If they win their last league match here against Kolkata Knight Riders, they will make it to the play-offs even if RoyalChallengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings in Bangalore Saturday.
v. The Sunrisers' win has eliminated the chances of Kings XI Punjab entering the semifinals.
7. Indian American Vivek Ranadive buys US basketball team
i. Indian American software mogul Vivek Ranadive, who has become the first person of Indian descent to become the owner of a major US basketball team, plans to build the Sacramento Kings into a global brand.
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