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28 Apr 2019

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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Joint Committee Meet

  • A joint committee representing Sudan's military leadership and protesters will hold its first meeting to discuss their demand for civilian rule.
  • Protest leaders have held several rounds of so far inconclusive talks with the ruling military council since the army toppled veteran President Omar al-Bashir on April 11 following four months of nationwide protests.
  • Earlier this week, the two sides agreed to set up a joint committee to chart the way forward.
  • The Alliance for Freedom and Change, which brings together grassroots organisers with opposition and rebel groups, has kept up mass protests for a return to civilian rule since Mr. Bashir's overthrow after three decades in power.
  • Western governments have expressed support, but Sudan's key Gulf Arab lenders have backed the military council, while African states have called for more time for the army to hand over to civilians.

Deals Signed at BRI Summit

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping said that $64 billion in deals were signed at a summit on his Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and more nations would join the global infrastructure programme.
  • Mr. Xi and 37 world leaders wrapped up a three-day forum in Beijing with pledges to ensure that projects on the new Silk Road are green and financially sustainable.
  • A document released after the meeting showed Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Luxembourg, Jamaica, Peru, Italy, Barbados, Cyprus and Yemen were the latest countries to join the club.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

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PayPal Invests in Uber

  • As per reports, global online payments system PayPal is investing $500 million in Uber ahead of the highly anticipated Initial Public Offering (IPO).
  • PayPal needs to step on the growth gas pedal and these investments will buy the company access to millions of global customers.
  • Earlier in March, the payments major had invested $750 million in Argentina`s e-commerce giant MercadoLibre.
  • PayPal has been working with Uber providing payment services since 2013 and is its lead processing partner in the US and Australia.

SPORTS

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Abhishek Wins Gold

  • The shooting range in Beijing continues to be a favourite hunting ground for India.
  • At the place where Abhinav Bindra won the country's only individual Olympic gold in 2008, the Indian shooters were busy collecting more Olympic quota places for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
  • Abhishek Verma bettered Divyansh Singh Panwars' effort, he won the silver and Olympic quota in men's air rifle.

BCCI Recommends Four for Arjuna Award

  • The BCCI recommended India pacers Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and women's team player Poonam Yadav for the Arjuna award. The decision was taken during the CoA meeting.

NATIONAL AFFAIRS

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Better PM Options than Rahul

  • Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has junked the idea of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition in the Lok Sabha election 2019 which is currently underway. The 78-year-old political veteran thinks that West Bengal chief minister (CM) and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh CM and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati are better contenders for the top post than Rahul.
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