1. International Labour Day being observed today
i. The international Labour Day, popularly known as the May Day is being celebrated across the globe on Wednesday.
ii. In more than 80 countries, it is declared a national holiday.
iii. Like other parts of the globe, International Labour Day will be observed to renew pledge for protecting rights of workers in the country.
iv. Being observed for many years, the day offers an opportunity to look at various issues concerning the rights and welfare of workers across the country.
v. It assumes further significance with economic relationships undergoing rapid change in the emerging global economic order.
vi. The first May Day celebration in
India was organised in
Madras by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on 1 May 1923. This was also the first time the red
flag was used in .
2. 117th foundation day of RamaKrishna Math is being celebrated all over the West Bengal today
i. The 117th foundation day of RamaKrishna Math is being celebrated all over the West Bengal today. On this day in 1897 Swami Vivekanada established Ramakrishna Math at Valaram Mandir in north Kolkata.
ii. Various functions have been organised at all the centers of Ramakrishna Math and Mission to mark the day.
3. Golden Girl Scheme launched in AP
i. In Andhra Pradesh, a unique scheme, Golden Girl (Bangaru Talli) has come into effect from today to protect girl child and ensure her education.
ii. The scheme will be applicable to all those girl children who are born today and after. The sheme is limited to two children of each BPL family.
iii. Aiming at reducing discrimination against the girl child the Andhra Pradesh government has initiated the first of its kind scheme in the country, Bangaru Talli and Golden Girl as one can understand.
iv. The scheme provides periodical payment of financial benefit for the education and nutrition needs of the girls who born in a BPL family right from their birth. However, only two girls in each family can avail the scheme.
v. The state will pay thousand rupees per month to the mother from the time she conceives till child’s birth and if a girl child is born, mother will be given 2,500 rupees at the delivery time.
vi. Till the girl attains five years age, the family will be given 1500 rupees every year. When she is admitted in school she will be paid thousand rupees and two thousand every year till she completes fifth standard.
vii. The amount will be 2,500 rupees per year till she completes 8th class and 3000 rupees till 10th class.
Viii. It will be 3,500 rupees till plus two and 4000 per year till she completes graduation. If the girl stops her education at plus two, 50 thousand rupees will be paid towards her marriage expenses and it will be one lakh rupees if she opts marriage after graduation.
4. Mumbai Metro trial run successful
i. On the occasion of Maharashtra Day on Wednesday, Mumbaikars were treated to a successful trial run of the state's first Metro railway.
ii. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan flagged off the three-km long trial run of the Mumbai Metro between Versova and Azad Nagar in Andheri.
iii. The section is a part of the 11.40 km Versova-Ghatkopar corridor which will provide a vital east-west link and drastically reduce travel time from the existing 90 minutes to barely 20 minutes.
iv. The Mumbai Metro's Versova-Ghatkopar first phase is being constructed at a cost of around Rs 2,356 crore by a Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium on behalf of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
v. The Metro sector is an elevated corridor supported by columns at the road median and will enable connectivity of eastern-western suburbs to the Western Railway and Central Railway.
vi. The MMRDA plans to provide an interchange facility within the two railway networks at Ghatkopar and Andheri.
5. Bangladesh gets first woman Speaker
i. Bangladesh got its first woman Speaker with the election of Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury by the Jatiya Sangsad on Tuesday. She was the lone candidate.
ii. Dr. Chaudhury, State Minister in the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs , was nominated by the ruling Awami League’s parliamentary party on Monday.
iii. Born in 1966, Dr. Chaudhury is also the country’s youngest Speaker.
iv. She will succeed Abdul Hamid who assumed presidency last week following the death of President Md. Zillur Rahman.
v. Women now occupy many of the top posts, with the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Deputy Leader of Parliament, Foreign Minister and Agriculture Minister, all being women.
vi. Lawyer by profession, Dr. Chaaudhury entered Parliament for the first time as an MP from one of the reserved seats for women. She holds a Ph.D. from Essex University in the United Kingdom.
6. Petrol price cut by Rs 3 per litre
i. For the third time in a month, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) on Tuesday slashed the price of petrol by Rs 3 per litre in line with the decline in international crude oil prices.
ii. The new petrol prices in Delhi will now cost Rs 63.09 per litre.
iii. The price of oil is trading above USD 94 per barrel as positive US economic data added to optimism for a rate cut in Europe
iv. Earlier petrol price was slashed by 85 paise a litre reduction in rates on April 2 and Rs 2 a litre decrease effected on March 16.
v. The March 16 cut after including VAT translated into a Rs 2.40 a litre reduction at pumps.
vi. It was the steepest cut in nine months.
7. Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) launched broad-based Islamic Equity Index
i. The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on 30 April 2013 launched an Islamic equity index based on the wide-measure S&P BSE 500 index.
ii. It will provide a new benchmark for Islamic investors in one of the world's largest stock exchanges.
iii. The new index includes the largest 500 companies in the BSE, out of more than 5000 listed.
iv. These companies fulfill Islamic finance principles such as bans on investing in alcohol, tobacco and gambling-related businesses. The BSE had launched the country’s first Islamic index in 2010 after tracking the 50 largest and most liquid stocks.