1. Congress wins Karnataka elections
i. The Congress on Wednesday won a thumping victory in Karnataka to wrest power after a seven year gap, crushing the BJP in a key election ahead of next year's Lok Sabha ballot.
ii. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi voiced their satisfaction over the Karnataka result that ended five years of tumultuous rule by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the southern state.
iii. Congress activists celebrated wildly all across Karnataka as a vote count that began at 8 a. m. showed that the party was set to finish with some 120 seats in the 225-member assembly -- seven more than the half-way mark.
iv. The Congress victory "is a clear result against the ideology of the BJP", Manmohan Singh said in New Delhi.
v. The BJP, which stormed to power in Karnataka in 2008 with the hope of expanding rapidly in south India, was routed. Officials said it may finish along with the Janata Dal-Secular (J-S) at 39 seats each.
NOTE: i. The Congress had ruled Karnataka on its own until April 2004. It later governed the state with JD-S backing till February 2006. The state slipped into JD-S and BJP hands after that.
ii. The Karnataka result was a morale booster for the Congress at a time the BJP has refused to let parliament run demanding the resignation of central ministers Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Kumar Bansal for impropriety.
iii. The assembly has 224 elected and one nominated members. The election took place Sunday for 223 seats. Polling was cancelled in one place as the BJP candidate died.
2. Tripura to be fully literate by Aug this year
i. The Tripura State Literacy Mission (TSLM) has embarked on making the state free from illiteracy by August this year, officials said.
ii. The decision was made at a high level meeting of the TSLM at Khumulwung on Friday.
iii. To reach the goal, it was decided to take the help of village level workers of the agriculture department and Anganwadi teachers besides different NGOs mainly in rural and hilly areas.
iv. According to the census report of 2011, Tripura ranks third in literacy rate in the country.
3. Singapore to host WTA Championships from 2014
i. Singapore beat Tianjin in China and Monterrey in Mexico to be named as host for the year-ending Women's Tennis Association Championships for the next five years.
ii. The city state will stage the year-end final from 2014 with a record purse of $6.5 million, reports Xinhua.
iii. The season-ending event features the top eight women's tennis players and from next year, the eight leading women's doubles pairs too. It will be the Asia-Pacific region's second biggest tennis tournament after the Australian Open Grand Slam.
iv. The 2013 event will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.
4. Ray Harryhausen, the Master of Visual Effects Died
i. Ray Harryhausen, the master of visual effects and stop-motion animation, died on 7 May 2013 in Hammersmith Hospital in London, UK. He was 92 years of age.
About Ray Harryhausen
i. Raymond Frederick Harryhausen, popularly known as Ray Harryhausen was born in June 1920 in Los Angeles.
ii. Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion animation films such as Clash of the Titans, and Jason and the Argonauts were acclaimed highly.
iii. In 1992, he received special Oscar for his work with special effects in days just before computer-generated imagery.
iv. In 2003, he was honoured with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
5. Ruthless Mumbai crushes Kolkata Knight Riders
i. Mumbai Indians dealt defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders a potential knock-out blow with a crushing 65-run victory at the Wankhede stadium here on Tuesday.
ii. The Rohit Sharma-led side stretched their unbeaten home run to six matches this season.
iii. The hosts posted 170/6 mainly due to a late surge from Dinesh Karthik 34 (18b, 3x4, 2x6). The stage for a late onslaught was set earlier with a 93-run opening stand between Sachin Tendulkar 48 (28b, 8x4) and Dwayne Smith 47 (53b, 7x4).
iv. Chasing 171, Knight Riders lost skipper Gautam Gambhir at zero when he was castled by Mitchell Johnson. Manvindra Bisla 17 (19b, 3x4) and Jacques Kallis 24 (26b, 2x4, 1x6) tried to keep KKR afloat but the progress was slow.
v. With this win Mumbai rose to second on the table with 16 points. Rajasthan Royals, also with 16 points, are third while Royal Challengers (14) are fourth.