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Daily G.K. - Top Stories

08 May 2021


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China Condemns G7 Criticism of Beijing's Presence in East, South China Seas

  • China has reacted sharply against a joint communique issued by foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) countries that criticised Beijing's increasing presence in the East and South China Seas.
  • China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin strongly condemned the outcome of the G7 meeting in London.
  • In a joint statement representatives from the G7, which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, had condemned Chinese actions in East and South China Seas.
  • Wang denounced the G7 nations in a news conference, saying their move is an interference in China's sovereignty and runs counter to the current trend of peaceful development and cooperation.
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NDDB Signs MoU with EESL to Promote Efficient Renewable Technologies in the Dairy Industry

  • National Dairy Development Board signed an agreement with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) to promote efficient renewable technologies in the dairy industry. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed at Ananda, Gujarat by NDDB Executive Director Meenesh Shah and EESL Director (Projects) Venkatesh Dwivedi in the presence of senior officials.
  • As per the agreement, EESL will conceptualise, propose and design technically sound alternate energy generation solutions for plants in the dairy cooperative sector across the country.

Govt. Gives Bidders Data Access for Bharat Petroleum Sale

  • As per reports, India has allowed bidders access to the financial data of Bharat Petroleum Corp. as the government moves ahead with plans to sell its entire stake in the country's second-biggest state refiner.
  • The data room has been open since the last week of April and some bidders have held meetings with BPCL management, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified as the talks are private.
  • The BPCL privatization, which could be the country's biggest, is crucial for India. The government needs to raise capital to make up the fall in tax revenues as the pandemic hit the economy. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that last month the plan to raise about $23 billion from selling stakes in state-run companies, including BPCL, is still on course despite the fresh wave of coronavirus infections.

RBI to Conduct First SLTRO for Small Finance Banks

  • The Reserve Bank of (RBI) will be conducting one special long term repo operation (SLTRO) for small finance banks (SFB) for each month, totalling Rs. 10,000 crore.
  • The first auction of Rs. 10,000 crore will take place on May 17, and the unutilised portion will be auctioned on June 15. Like this, the SLTROs will continue till October 14, or till the unutilised amount is fully utilised.
  • The SLTRO will be valid for three years. All SFBs will be eligible to participate in the scheme, which was announced by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das to mitigate Covid related dislocations.
  • However, the SFBs will have to ensure that the amount borrowed from the RBI should at all times be let to the specified segments, namely small business units and other unorganised sectors impacted by the pandemic.
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Sumit Malik Earns Olympic Quota in Men's Freestyle Wrestling

  • India's Sumit Malik has won the Olympic quota place in the men's 125 kg freestyle wrestling event by reaching the final of the World Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament.
  • Malik beat Jose Daniel Diaz of Venezuela 5-0 to set up the title clash with Russia's Sergei Kozyrev.
  • Finalists in each of the weight categories in this tournament are eligible to win a quota place for the Tokyo Olympics.
  • In his first qualification round, Malik beat Aiaal Lazarev of Kyrgyzstan 2-2 while in his second round he defeated Alexandr Romanov of Moldovan 2-2. In the quarterfinals, he outclassed Rustam Iskandari of Tajikistan 19-5.
  • Malik is the fourth Indian freestyle wrestler to have won the Olympic quota place in the men's category.

Indian Rowing Team Qualifies for Olympics

  • Indian rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh qualified for the Olympics in men's lightweight double sculls event after finishing second in the final race of the Asia/Oceania Continental Qualifying Regatta in Tokyo.
  • Another Indian, Jakar Khan finished fourth in the men's singles sculls final which offers five Olympic quotas but he missed out as a country gets only one qualifying spot from this regatta.
  • The top three qualify for Olympics in men's lightweight double sculls event.
  • A country can qualify in only one boat from this regatta and since Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh had finished second in men's lightweight double sculls, they will qualify," Rowing Federation of India president Rajlaxmi Singh Deo said.
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Tripura: INPT Merges with Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman's TIPRA

  • A month after their alliance won the state tribal council polls, the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT), the oldest tribal party in the state, has merged with the Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) to achieve their "common goal of Greater Tipraland".
  • The merger was announced by TIPRA chairman Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman.
  • The TIPRA and the INPT had contested the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) polls as alliance partners on April 6 and won 18 out of the total 28 seats.
  • This merger is for the unity of the entire tribal community of the state. We want other tribal parties also to unite to achieve their common goal.

Election Commission Panel Counsel in Supreme Court Resigns

  • Advocate Mohit D. Ram, the panel counsel representing the Election Commission of India, tendered his resignation, saying "my values are not in consonance with the current functioning of the commission".
  • Mohit D. Ram had been the panel counsel representing ECI in the Supreme Court since 2013.
  • He described representing the Election Commission "a cherishing milestone" of his career.
  • Ram's resignation comes after the Election Commission fought a case in the Supreme Court requesting that the media be stopped from reporting court observations. The Election Commission's objection involved the Madras High Court recently commenting that the poll body was singularly responsible for the Covid surge and "should be booked for murder" for not stopping election rallies in the last two months. The comment was not in the final order.
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Swadhin Bangla Betar Artist Anup Bhattacharya Passes Away

  • Freedom fighter and Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra musician Anup Bhattacharya passed away in Dhaka. He was 77.
  • Anup Bhattacharya was recognised as an exceptional Tagore singer. He also composed Baul songs and modern Bangla songs.
  • During the liberation war of Bangladesh he worked as the composer and music director at Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. Some of his patriotic songs like Teer Hara Ei Dheu-er Sagor, Rokto Diye Naam Likhhechhi, Purbo Digonte and Nongor Tolo Tolo inspired the liberation war fighters during 1971.
  • Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra was the medium for radio broadcasting of the liberation war fighters of Bangladesh in 1971. It played a crucial role during the liberation war which reached a vast audience in the then East Pakistan.
  • After the independence of Bangladesh, he composed several popular songs in Bangla. He was considered a prominent voice of the modern Bangladeshi music genre. Anup Bhattacharya was the founder member of the Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha.
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World Red Cross Day

  • World Red Cross Day is also known as Red Crescent Day is celebrated on May 8 every year. This date marks the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, who is the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He is also a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He was born on May 8, 1828.
  • It is an annual celebration of their principles. The day is celebrated by the Red Cross society across all the countries. It works for the welfare of people. World Red Cross Society provides for food shortages, natural disasters, wars as well as diseases of an epidemic.
  • The theme of World Red Cross Day 2021 is 'Together we are unstoppable'!
  • The first Red Cross Day was celebrated on May 8, 1948. In 1946 in World War II, the Tokyo proposal was put into effect.
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Justice Gita Mittal Conferred Arline Pacht Global Vision Award

  • In a first for an Indian jurist, Justice Gita Mittal, former Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, has been conferred with the prestigious Arline Pacht Global Vision Award for 2021 by the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ).
  • The Award was presented at IAWJ's Biennial Conference during the virtual opening ceremony. She shared the honour with Justice Margarita Luna Ramos of Mexico.
  • International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) instituted this award in 2016. Justice Mittal would be the first Indian judge to receive the award. Award is presented to a sitting/retired woman judge to recognize her contribution to IAWJ.
  • At present, Justice Mittal is the Chairperson of Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), an independent, self-regulatory body for general entertainment channels set up by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF). She is the first woman to hold this position.
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Meghan Markle to Launch Children's Book

  • The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is set to release her first children's book which revolves around the "special bond" between father and son. Markle's debut book called 'The Bench' will be published on June 8 and was inspired by Prince Harry and their son, Archie. According to Archwell, the organisation founded by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the book captures the evolving and expanding relationship between fathers and son and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family.
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