1. Sarabjit Singh died in Lahore, Pakistan
i. Sarabjit Singh, the Indian who was attacked in a prison in Pakistan where he spent 22 years after being convicted of terrorism, died early this morning at a Lahore hospital after a cardiac arrest.
ii. Pakistan has agreed to India's request that his body be sent back for last rites.
iii. The 49-year-old was admitted at Lahore's Jinnah hospital on Friday with severe brain injuries after a group of inmates hit him on the head with bricks and pieces of tin.
iv. Doctors had warned from the start that his recovery was unlikely; he was comatose and on ventilator support. He died at 12.45 am.
v. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said he was making efforts since 2 pm last night, when he first heard of Sarabjit's death, to bring back the body. He met Mr Singh's family in New Delhi early this morning.
vi. The body will be flown home in a special Indian aircraft.
vii. Dalbir Kaur, who along with Sarabjit's wife and daughters returned from Pakistan on Wednesday claiming they were not being given information on his condition, claimed Sarabjit had written to her that Pakistani authorities had asked him to undergo training in terror camps.
NOTE: i. Pakistan has, over the years, maintained that Mr Singh was a terrorist. He was given the death sentence in 1991 for bombings a year earlier in Lahore and Multan in which 14 people were killed.
ii. His sister, who had campaigned for years for his release, has said he inadvertently crossed the border into Pakistan and his conviction was a case of mistaken identity. She has also said that the attack at the Kot Lakhpat jail last week was pre-planned and that there was a threat to Sarabjit's life.
2. Jenita Mary selected for this year's ISRO Young Scientist Award
i. A young woman scientist from Meghalaya has been selected for this year's ISRO Young Scientist Award for her urban information system project in the North East,
ii. The award for Jenita Mary Nongkynrih carries a citation and cash of 50,000 rupees.
iii. Ms.Jenita Mary Nongkynrih is currently working as a scientist at the North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), Umiam, Nongkynrih.
3. Today is 92nd birth anniversary of Satyajit Ray
i. Satyajit Ray, an Indian filmmaker and among the dozen or so great masters of world cinema, is known for his humanistic approach to cinema and May 2nd is the 92nd birth anniversary of this legendary artist.
ii. He made his films in Bengali, a language spoken in the eastern state of India - West Bengal. And yet, his films are of universal interest.
iii. His films mainly deal about things that make up the human race - relationships, emotions, struggle, conflicts, joys and sorrows.
iv. Satyajit Ray, regarded as one of the great auteurs of world cinema, was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and literature.
v. Ray's first film, Pather Panchali (1955), won eleven international prizes, including Best Human Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival.
vi. Ray received many major awards in his career, including 32 Indian National Film Awards, a number of awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies, and an Academy Award in 1992.
vii. The Government of India honoured him with the Bharat Ratna in 1992.
4. Supreme Court of India upheld 51 Percent FDI in Multi-brand Retail
i. The Supreme Court of India on 1 May 2013 upheld the constitutional validity of Government’s decision allowing 51 percent foreign direct Investment in the multi-brand retail sector.
ii. The bench observed that there was no harm in giving the policy a chance. It saw merit in the policy that it would eliminate middlemen and help provide farmers a better price for their produce.
iii. It dismissed the petition filed against the 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail.
iv. As per the court, the policy will affect the lives of only 13.3% of the country's population living in 53 cities.
5. China launches a communications satellite, Zhongxing-11
i. China launched a communications satellite, Zhongxing-11, this morning from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
ii. According to a statement from the centre, Zhongxing-11 will be mainly used in providing commercial communications services for users in the Asia-Pacific region.
6. India elected member of SIAP governing council
i. India on Tuesday got elected to the governing council of the prestigious Statistical Institute of Asia Pacific (SIAP), one of the most active organs of the UN.
ii. In a keenly contested poll, 16 of the 41 member countries vied for the eight seats on the council. India and Australia were tied at 30 votes each.
i. The UN Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) was established in Tokyo in 1970 by 20 countries in Asia and the Pacific and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as an international centre to bring about regional co-operation in training government statisticians from developing countries of the region.
ii. SIAP was accorded the legal status of a subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in 1995.
iii. SIAP governing council has a representative designated by the Government of Japan and eight representatives nominated by other members.
7. Deanna Durbin, the renowned face of Hollywood in 1930s and early 40s died
i. Deanna Durbin, the renowned face of Hollywood in 1930s and early 40s died on 20 April 2013 in the village outside Paris. She was 91 years of age.
About Deanna Durbin
i. Deanna Durbin was among the highest paid stars in US in 1947. She retired at the age of just 27 years.
ii. She debuted in 1936 MGM short Every Sunday. She appeared with Judy Garland.
iii. She was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1921.
iv. Deanna Durbin’s first movie was Three Smart Girls for the Universal studios. This movie was also nominated for best picture Oscar in 1937.
v. She retired from the films at the peak of her career in 1949 and moved to a village in France.
8. Haryana clinched the 3rd Hockey India Junior Women National Championship title
i. Haryana have clinched the 3rd Hockey India Junior Women National Championship title.
ii. In the final at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi yesterday, Haryana registered a 2-1 win over Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy.
iii. Earlier, Jharkhand thrashed Punjab 6-0 to claim the bronze medal.
9. Lifetime ban on former President Pervez Musharraf from contesting elections
i. The High Court in the northwestern city of Peshawar on 30 April 2013 imposed a lifetime ban on former President Pervez Musharraf from contesting elections. It was the first time a court in Pakistan had declared a citizen ineligible from contesting elections for life.
ii. The court observed that Musharraf abrogated the Constitution twice.
iii. The first was when he carried out a coup to oust a democratically elected government.
iv. The second time when he declared emergency in 2007 and detained 60 judges.
v. Musharraf returned in March 2013 after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest May 11 general election.