Renowned crime writer Ruth Rendell passed away on 2 May 2015 in London, United Kingdom. She was 85.
She was best-known for creation of fictional character Inspector Wexford, which was turned into a highly successful TV series in Britain.
Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) have won the 5th National women hockey championship title. In the final match played at the Master Chandgi Ram sports stadium at Saifai, Uttar Pradesh the the RSPB girls team defeated Hockey Jharkhand by 12-2 goals.
For the RSPB, Saundarya Yendala scored three goals in the final match while Sunita Lakra and Lilima Minz scored two goals each. Anuradha Devi, Manmeet Kaur, Anupa Barla, Poonam Barla, and Deepgrace Ekka scored one goal each for the winning team.
For the Hockey Jharkhand team, Birsi Munda and Sabnam Lakra scored one goal each.
In the 5th National Hockey Championship title, the third spot was secured by Hockey Punjab. They had defeated Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy (MPHA) by 2-0 goals. Reena Rani and Hardeep Kaur by scoring one goal each had helped Punjab team finish at third position.
Nepal’s devastating 7.9-magnitude earthquake on April 25 has partially damaged Swayambhunath Stupa located in Kathmandu which is believed to be the world’s oldest Buddhist shrine.
During this earthquake several other monuments situated in the vicinity of the 2,000 year-old Lichchhavi-era Buddhist shrine have been damaged but the main stupa has remained intact during the earthquake.
Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the main Buddhist shrine and most visited tourist sites in Nepal. The stupa is believed to have originated at a time when Kathmandu was inhabited by a deity called Manjushri. It was drained out a big lake by cutting the Chobar hill situated in southern Kathmandu thousands of years ago.
Three other Buddhist monasteries were also damaged including Jyoti Kirti Bihar, Karmapa Bihar, Maha Bihar, Pratapur, Shantipur, Anantapur and Manjushree temple.
The earthquake also has threatened the existence of one of the 7 UNESCO-listed world heritage sites of Kathmandu.
Famous Hindu shrine Pashupati and House of Living Goddess Kumari in Kathmandu has remained unharmed in the earthquake.
However, 300 year-old Kashtha Mandap temple situated in the heart of Kathmandu city and 200 year-old Dharahara tower are among the important heritage sites which were damaged by the earthquake.
Syrian journalist and rights activist Mazen Darwish was honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015.
He was bestowed with this award by the UN’s Cultural body for recognition of his work carried out in Syria for more than 10 years at great personal sacrifice, harassment, enduring a travel ban, as well as repeated detention and torture.
Presently he has been jailed by the Bashar al-Assad’s regime. He was arrested in February 2012 along with his colleagues Hani Zaitani and Hussein Ghreir at the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression. All of them are accused of promoting terrorist acts.
Veteran Congress leader and Former Union minister Baleshwar Ram passed away on 3 May 2014 due to kidney-related ailments in Patna, Bihar. He was 87.
Since 1952 he had served as MLA for five-term from various assembly constituencies in Bihar.
Mr Ram also had served in different ministerial capacity in various Congress governments in Bihar between 1960s and 1970s. In 1980, he was elected to Lok Sabha from Rosera constituency and had served as the Union minister in the Indira Gandhi government.
Maniram Patel from Gujarat has won Gold medal in the men’s 20 kilometre walk in the 19th Federation Cup senior athletics championship held at Mangaluru, Karnataka.
In the finals Patel clocked a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, 51 seconds to secure first position and win the gold medal. While, Kuldeep of Tata Motors came at second position to win the Silver medal and Ankit Kumar of Indian Navy stood at the third position to win Bronze medal.
Apart from this event, World University Games Silver medallist and defending champion in shot put Inderjeet Singh of Haryana became the first athlete in the athletics meet to qualify for the Rio Olympics. He qualified with a stupendous toss of 20.65 metres in shot put in this athletics meet.
The commissioned thermal unit is the first of the two 195-MW units to be commissioned by BHEL at the thermal power plant of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam (KBUNL).
KBUNL is a joint venture (JV) of NTPC and Bihar State Power Generation Company (BSPGCL).
In this plant, BHEL was leading supplier of main plant equipment to NTPC and its JVs and has 72 per cent share in their installed capacity.
For this project, BHEL had contributed in engineering, manufacture, design, supply, erection and commissioning of steam turbines. It also had important role in installing generators and boilers, along with associated auxiliaries and electricals, controls & instrumentation (C&I) and electrostatic precipitators (ESPs).
The second 195-MW unit of KBUNL is expected to be commissioned in the fiscal year 2015-16.
The Australian government on 3 May 2015 announced tough new punishments for foreigner investors who break rules on buying property in the country. This was jointly announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey. Now, the Australian Taxation Office will handle all residential real estate data which will enable it to alert the government of possible breaches more effectively.
Besides, the government has also asked the foreign investors who have illegally bought Australian properties to declare themselves by December 2015 or risk facing tough new penalties including three years’ jail and fines of up to 637500 dollar
The Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma on 3 May 2015 inaugurated the first ever Science Centre and Planetarium in the Union Territory of Puducherry. The Science Centre and Planetarium has been set up by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) of Ministry of Culture at an expense of 5.5 crore rupees. It is the 47th Science Museum in the country.
Besides, the Chief Minister of Puducherry N. Rangasamy and the Science and Technology Minister T. Thiagarajan appealed to Dr. Mahesh to approve another science centre for Karaikal. The 48th Science Centre will be opened soon in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd on 3 May 2015 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Jharkhand Government for forming a Joint Venture Company for managing Patratu Thermal Power Station (PTPS). This Joint Venture (JV) Company will be promoted by NTPC and Jharkhand Bidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd. (JBVNL) with 74:26 equity participation. The JV Company will give employment to all the employees working in the station and will increase earning opportunities for many service providers.
A cow-urine refinery was on 3 May 2015 inaugurated at Pathmeda village in Jalore district, Rajasthan for research on the cow products. The refinery was inaugurated by Rajasthan Health Minister Rajendra Rathore. For the research on cow products, a scientific approach will be adopted for Indian traditional system of medicine. The refinery will prepare cow-urine extract for use in the formulation of various products.
To this effect, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Jodhpur’s Dr S Radhakrishnan Ayurveda University and the Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. The by-product derived from cow-urine extract will be used for cleaning at the SMS Hospital in Jaipur. Currently, the fibre obtained from cow dung is used at two places, in Agra and Jalore for running industries.
Switzerland tennis player Roger Federer on 3 May 2015 won the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open Men’s singles title by defeating Pablo Cueves of Uruguay 6-3 7-6.
With this win, the world No 2 ranking player took his 85th ATP World Tour title and ended a long drought on clay since his previous title of 2012 Madrid Masters. This is the first ever World Tour event in Turkey and was held from 27 April to 3 May 2015 in Istanbul, the Capital City of Turkey.
In the 439405 Euro prize money tournament, Radu Albot and Dusan Lajovic won the Doubles Men’s title by defeating Robert Lindstedt and Jurgen Melzer.
A Special Genral Meeting (SGM) of the Boxing India (BI) on 3 May 2015 removed Sandeep Jajodia as its president. The SGM, which was attended by 64 members of the BI, passed a No Confidence Motion in this regard.
He is the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Monnet Group (an infrastructure firm) and was elected to the post unopposed in the contest held on 11 September 2014. Incidentally, BI Secretary General Jay Kowli resigned on 2 May 2015 after fallout with Jajodia for forging his signatures in a letter to the Asian Boxing Confederation.
Earlier, the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on 2 January 2015, recognised BI as the governing body for representing boxing in India after lifting the 2-year ban. BI is the federation of 32 boxing associations representing various states or regions across the country.
India is home to 48 of the 250 known species of bumblebees. It was revealed by the book Indian Bumblebees released in April 2015. The book was written by entomologist M.S. Saini along with co-authors Rifat H. Raina and Harpeet Singh Ghator.
Chelsea won the Barclays Premier League 2014-15 football title by defeating Crystal Palace 1-0 in the final match held on 3 May 2015 at Stamford Bridge in London.
This is their first premier league title in five years since winning the 2009-10 season title by defeating Manchester United. With the present win, Chelsea qualified for Champions League Group Stage which will be held from September to December 2015.
The Premier League is the top league competition for English football. The competition started in 1992 when some clubs in the Football League First Division decided to break away from The Football League, founded in 1888 and has since become the world’s most watched sporting league.
Till date, a total of 46 clubs have competed in the Premier League, but only five have won the title viz., Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Third India-Tunisia Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) was held in Tunis from 29 April to 2 May 2015. The third round of FOC was held after a gap of 12 years. The Indian delegation was led by Secretary (East) Anil Wadhwa who held comprehensive discussions with Mohamed Ezzine Shelaifa, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia.
During the visit of Indian delegation to Tunisia, several bilateral and multilateral issues related to regional and international issues of mutual interest were discussed. Besides, the two sides also signed an Agreement on Exemption of Visas for Diplomatic and Official Passports.
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