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1. India Wins Elections To 2 UN Subsidiary Bodies
India has won elections to two subsidiary bodies of a UN organ focussed on social and economic issues.
India, along with 12 other members, was elected to the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The country garnered the most number of votes in the Asian group, with 49 out of 50 members of ECOSOC voting in its favour.
2. Indian Navy Test-Fires BrahMos Missile; Joins Global Elite Club
Indian Navy successfully test-fired the Brahmos land attack supersonic cruise missile in the Bay of Bengal, joining an elite club of navies to have capability to strike on land targets from sea. The long-range missile was fired from guided missile frigate Teg on a target on land and it yielded desired results, a top navy official said.
The BrahMos Missile has been jointly developed by India and Russia, and its anti-ship variant has already been inducted into Indian Navy.
3. Call centre for public grievance redressal opened in Andhra
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu on Friday inaugurated ‘Pariskara Vedika’, a call centre meant for public grievance redressal. People will be able to directly contact call centre executives to give feedback and get information on government welfare schemes, by giving their Aadhaar number. Notably, this is the biggest call centre run by a state government in India.
4. Scientists discover new types of blood cells
Scientists have discovered new classes of cells in the human immune system. The new cells belong to subtypes of white blood cells called dendritic cells and monocytes. Dendritic cells hold molecules for producing antibodies, whereas, monocytes are the largest type of white blood cells which can develop into macrophages that digest the waste produced by cells.
5. Tamil Nadu Farmers Suspend Delhi Strike After Chief Minister’s Promise
Tamilnadu Farmers protesting at Jantar Mantar call off strike for 15 days. The Chief Minister of Tamilnadu had assured farmers their demands will be met.
The Farmers have been protesting for six weeks over drought relief.
6. Step up spending on infra, PM tells States
Stating that the vision of ‘New India’ could only be realised if all States work together, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged them to speed up capital expenditure and infrastructure creation.
Addressing the third meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog on Sunday, Mr. Modi said that while there had been a 40% increase in overall fund allocation to States between 2014-15 and 2016-17, “the percentage of funds tied to central schemes has declined from 40% of the earlier total to 25% of the enhanced total, with a corresponding increase in the untied share.”
7. Punjab govt to set up ‘book banks’
The Punjab government has decided to set up ‘book banks’ in different schools so that needy students do not have to buy books at the start of every academic year and also to prevent “wastage of paper”.
The students would be asked to submit their old books which would be provided to needy children free of charge.
It is a voluntary initiative and is not binding on any student.
8. ISRO to launch South Asia Satellite
India plans to launch on May 5 the ‘South Asia Satellite’ that will benefit all the countries in the region, except Pakistan which is not a part of the project.
It will be launched from Sriharikota.
Sources said the satellite is designed for a mission life of more than 12 years.
Each country would be responsible for content generation and its use.
9. 1st India Indonesia Energy Forum held
The 1st India Indonesia Energy Forum was held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Energy Forum was preceded by 2nd Joint Working Group (JWG) on Oil and Gas, 4th Joint Working Group on Coal and 1st Joint Working Group on New and Renewable Energy.
India is third largest importer of coal from Indonesia. India’s imports of coal from Indonesia amounted to $3.5 billion in 2016.
10. Monte Carlo Masters
Rafael Nadal has won the Men’s Singles title of Monte Carlo Masters Tennis tournament 2017. He defeated Albert Vinolas at a summit clash in Monaco. With this Rafael claimed a record 10th Monte Carlo Masters title.
Earlier, India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas lifted the men’s doubles crown at the Monte Carlo Masters after registering a hard- fought three-set win over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez in Monaco.