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Current Affairs: 5th May 2015

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1- Lu Ping, Chinese diplomat who oversaw Hong Kong handover passes away

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Lu Ping

Lu Ping, Chinese diplomat who oversaw Hong Kong’s transition from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 passed away in Beijing. He was 87.

He was the China’s Chief negotiator in the years before handover and was known for his hard-line stance for this transistion. He notoriously had called Hong Kong’s last British Governor Chris Patten (1992–1997) a sinner for a thousand years for making the territory’s elections more democratic or his unilateral electoral reform proposals..

Lu also had helped in drafting Hong Kong’s mini constitution. He was appointed Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO) in 1990 and retired in 1997, just few days after the handover.

He was born in Shanghai on 27 September 1927 and had graduated from St. John’s University, Shanghai in 1947.

2- Rajasthan Government inks MoU with NHM, UNICEF and GAIN to counter malnourishment

Rajasthan Government inks MoU with NHM, UNICEF and GAIN to counter malnourishmentRajasthan Government has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Health Mission (NHM), UNICEF and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to tackle the severe problem malnourishment in the state.

This MoU will help to implement the state government programme which was announced during the state budget. In this budget the state government had announced that special attention will be given to the children falling out of medical reach in state.

This programme will be initially implemented in thirteen districts of state. In these districts more than 10, 000 children have been identified as malnourished. For this, a special management programme will be organised on the community basis so that malnourishment can be dealt.

Currently, Rajasthan has 40 malnourishment treatment centres, which are equipped with ten thousand beds. It is also facilitated with 107 centres with six beds each.

During the year 2014-15, around 9,891 were treated in these centres. With this kind of programme the state government has adopted the community-wise strategy to deal with the malnourishment menace.

3- Government makes PAN mandatory for central excise registration

Government makes PAN mandatory for central excise registrationUnion Government has made Permanent Account Number (PAN) mandatory for private firms seeking central excise registration.

As per the new rules, the PAN registration will now be given within two days of filing online applications to improve the ease in doing business in manufacturing.

In this regard Union Finance Ministry has issued an order that clearly mentions that applicants seeking registration shall mandatorily quote PAN of the proprietor or the legal entity being registered in the application form.

However in the new rules, government departments are exempted from the requirement of quoting PAN in their online application.

The order also mentioned that applicant shall also quote his e-mail address and mobile number in the application form for communication with the department.

Under the new procedure, once duly completed application form is received online, registration would be granted within two working days. It will be issued online without any examination of the documents and verification of documents or premises before the grant of registration.

4- Michael Blake, Oscar-winning ‘Dances With Wolves’ writer passes away

Michael Blake, Oscar-winning ‘Dances With Wolves’ writer passes away

Michael Blake

Michael Blake, the Oscar-winning writer of ‘Dances With Wolves’ novel passed away in Tucson, Arizona, after a long battle with cancer.  He was 69.

The novel Dances With Wolves after adapted into movie in 1990 was a major hit and had earned Blake an Academy Award (Oscar) for the screenplay.

The movie had won seven Oscars including Best Picture category. For his script of movie he also had won the WGA Award and Golden Globes.

Dances With Wolves was Blake’s best known novel and over 3.5 million copies were sold and was translated into 15 languages.

Michael Blake also had written several other novels that passionately advocated for many causes, including literacy, Native American history and the disappearing of wild horses in the West.

Some of his famous novels include The Holy Road, Airman Mortensen, Marching to Valhalla, Indian Yell, Twelve The King. His autobiography is Like A Running Dog, which had detailed his career in writing and Hollywood.

He was born in North Carolina and lived with his family in Texas before settling in southern California.

5- India’s top shooters win 3 gold, 2 bronze medals at International Shooting Competition

India’s top rifle shooters have won a rich haul of three gold and two bronze medals at the International Shooting Competition of Hannover in Germany.

In this shooting event, Beijing Olympics Games gold medallist Abhinav Bindra won both the individual and team gold in his pet 10 metre air rifle event.

Chain Singh won gold medal in the 50 metre men’s rifle and team gold in the 10 metre air rifle event.

The Gold medal winning 10 metre air rifle team members included Abhinav Bindra, Chain Singh and Gagan Narang.

While, Gagan Narang won the Bronze medal in the men’s 50 metre rifle 3 positions event and Apurvi Chandela won Bronze medal in women’s air rifle event.

6- World’s largest flag unfurled in Tunisia

World’s largest flag unfurled in TunisiaWorld’s largest flag was unfurled at an event in Ong Jmel in the southern desert area of Tunisia.

Tunisian national flag of the size of 19 football pitches was unfurled in a bid to set a Guinness World Record and promote patriotism in the face of Islamist extremism.

In this event hundreds of Tunisian’s participated and an honour guard of troops also saluted the red and on the sand to the strains of the national anthem.

The flag of 104,544 square metre was made using 80 kilometres of fabric and weighed arounf 12.6 tonnes.

The unfurling of world’s largest flag was the brainchild of a local textile manufacturer who had been shocked by a 2012 incident at Manouba arts faculty outside Tunis.

In this incident a hardline student had torn down the national emblem and had replaced it with a black Islamist flag. But fellow lady student attempted to put the national flag back up, the student assaulted her.

7- Veteran Journalist Amitabha Chowdhury passed away at 88

Veteran Journalist Amitabha Chowdhury passed away at 88

Amitabha Chowdhury

Amitabha Chowdhury, veteran journalist, writer and renowned Tagore researcher on 2 May 2015 passed away in Kolkata due to prolonged illness. He was 88. He was associated with three leading Bengali dailies Anandabazar Patrika, Jugantar and Aajkal for more than three decades. Also, he authored around 40 books, which mostly explored various facets of Rabindranath Tagore.

He was born in 1928 in Silchar. In 1956, he joined Anandabazar Patrika as a reporter, embarking on a profession that brought him much fame, acclaim and accolades apart from numerous awards throughout an illustrious career.

His Awards

  • He was awarded the Padmashree in 1983.
  • He was awarded the Bangavibhushan by the state government in 2013.
  • He received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for his reporting on individual rights and community interests in India.

8- Vedanta Limited launched new logo

Vedanta Limited launched new logo,khichdi, blog,current affairs, general,knowledge, ias, ips, civil, services, CSAT,pre, ies, general studies, GS, mains, competitive, entrance, bank, PO, IBPS, current, affairs, may, 2015, blog, study, material, CSATMinerals and mining giant Vedanta Limited on 4 May 2015 launched its new logo. The logo was co-created by internal stakeholders across geographies and group companies. The new logo has some significant changes. The brand name has been changed with the use of two colours leaf green and a shade of Yale blue.

The colours represent the distinct virtues of Vedanta’s professionalism, sustainability, ethics and integrity. The colour green symbolizes Vedanta’s ethical credentials and the colour blue reflects Vedanta’s un-waivered integrity and professionalism.

A leaf, which represents symbol of life, has been included into the Vedanta globe, signifying commitment to the triple bottom line approach of People, Planet and Prosperity.

The globe represents the centricity and dependence on natural resources found in the earth as well as the responsibility that Vedanta has towards communities.

The new logo will strategically position Vedanta’s consistent commitment towards the growth of its low cost operations, leverage technology to deliver innovation and superior value to its shareholders.

Earlier in April 2015, Sesa Sterlite announced the changing of name to Vedanta Ltd in a bid to better resemble with its London-listed company Vedanta Resources Plc.

9- World Asthma Day 2015 observed with theme You Can Control Your Asthma

World Asthma Day 2015 observed with theme You Can Control Your Asthma

World Asthma Day 2015

World Asthma Day 2015 was observed globally on 5 May 2015. Theme of the year is You Can Control Your Asthma and sub-theme is It’s Time to Control Asthma. World Asthma Day takes place on the first Tuesday of May. The inaugural World Asthma Day was held in 1998.

The day is annually organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.

About Asthma

Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory long-term disease of the lungs which causes breathing problems by narrowing the airways. Symptoms of asthma include breathlessness, coughing, wheezing, and feeling of tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. Asthma cannot be cured but the symptoms can be controlled enabling people with asthma to live full lives.

Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA)

The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) was launched in 1993 in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA, and the World Health Organization. It works with health care professionals and public health officials around the world to reduce asthma prevalence, morbidity, and mortality.

10- Haryana Government notified 163 services under Right to Service Act, 2014

Haryana government on 4 May 2015 notified 163 services under Haryana Right to Service Act, 2014. The notification was released with a view to provide time bound and hassle-free services to the citizens.

These services would be provided in prescribed time period and on case of unnecessary delay, the concerned official would have to pay fine. For instance

  • The Revenue Department would provide 20 services in time bound manner.
  • Certified copies of all Record of Rights (Jamabandi), Girdawari and mutation would be provided in one day by Duty Patwari-1.
  • The demarcation of land would be provided by Circle Revenue Officer in 45 days.
  • Certificates of scheduled castes, backward classes, special backward classes, resident, economically backward classes, tapriwas and vimukt jati would be issued in seven days by the Tehsildar of the concerned Sub Division.
  • In Health Department, the certified copies of birth or death in rural areas would be issued in seven days in year 2015 and in 15 days for previous years.

Haryana Right to Service Act, 2014

Haryana Right to Service Act, 2014 was notified on 26 March 2014 by Bhupinder Singh Hooda led government of Haryana. It was enacted to provide for the delivery of the services in a time-bound manner to eligible persons and for matters connected therewith.

11- France signed 7.02 billion US dollar agreement with Qatar to supply 24 Rafale fighter jets

France signed 7.02 billion US dollar agreement with Qatar to supply 24 Rafale fighter jets

Rafale fighter jets

France on 4 May 2015 signed a 7.02 billion US dollars agreement with Qatar to supply 24 Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets. This is the third contract to sell Rafale Fighter jets after contracts with Egypt and India.

Agreement was signed by the French President Francois Hollande and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha, Qatar. The agreement also includes training of 36 Qatari pilots and 100 technicians by the French military. It will also provide for the training of a number of Qatari intelligence officers.

Since the first sale of Rafale fighter jets to Egypt, the French planes have become the best-seller worldwide and it could help to make France the world’s second biggest supplier of weaponry after the United States. The Rafale export deals are expected to give 21 billion euro in 2015 to French economy, a significant boost for a still-struggling French economy.

The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed. It was introduced in 2001 and has been built by Dassault Aviation. Since its introduction, the Rafales have been used in combat operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Mali and Iraq.

12- Union Cabinet cleared 119th Constitutional Amendment Bill on LBA between India and Bangladesh

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 May 2015 approved the 119th Constitutional Amendment Bill on Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) between India and Bangladesh. Under the land boundary agreement, India and Bangladesh will exchange several enclaves which are under each other’s adverse possession. The bill also includes the territories in Assam in addition to territories of West Bengal, Tripura and Meghalaya.

The bill will need ratification by the Parliament and would also require ratification of at least 50 percent of the state legislatures before it comes into effect.

Earlier in 2013, the bill in regard to this was placed in the Rajya Sabha and subsequently was referred to a select committee, which was headed by Shashi Tharoor of Congress. Later, the committee unanimously recommended implementation of the deal.


The historic protocol on the Land Boundary Agreement was inked between India and Bangladesh on 6 September 2011 during the visit of the then Prime Minister Mahmohan Singh to Bangladesh. It was inked following the talks between Mahmohan Singh and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka.

Later, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her visit to Bangladesh on 27 June 2014 discussed the Land Boundary Agreement with the leaders of the nation.

13- PM Narendra Modi joined Chinese social media platform Weibo

PM Narendra Modi joined Chinese social media platform WeiboPrime Minister Narendra Modi on 4 May 2015 joined Chinese social media platform Weibo.  Weibo is the main microblogging service of China.   Weibo is often referred to as Twitter of China.

PM Modi joined Chinese social media platform just weeks before his scheduled visit to China. Modi will start off his three-nation tour to the East on 14 May 2015 with China, Mongolia and Later South Korea.

Sina Weibo is a Chinese microblogging website. It is similar to Twitter and Facebook. It is one of the most popular sites in China, in use by well over 30% of Internet users, with a market penetration similar to the United States’ Twitter.

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