National and International News

Meeting of SAARC Finance Ministers held in Manila

The 12th informal meeting of SAARC Finance Ministers held in Manila, Philippines on May 04, on sidelines of 51 st Annual Meeting of Asian Development Bank (ADB).
 The meeting was attended by the Finance Ministers / Heads of Delegations from the SAARC member states.

 Finance Minister of Nepal Yuba Raj Khatiwada chaired the meeting.
 The Finance Ministers/Heads of Delegation briefed the meeting about the current status of economic progress achieved by their countries.
 An Indian delegation was headed by Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs (DEA)

India to host 15th Asia Media Summit

 India will host 15Ath Asia Media Summit (AMS-2018) in New Delhi from May 10-12, 2018.
 It is being organised by Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in collaboration with its partners and international organisations.
 The theme of the annual summit is “Telling our Stories- Asia and More”.
 It aims to provide unique opportunity for broadcasters in Asia to share their thoughts on broadcasting and information.
 AIDB is regional inter-governmental organisation servicing countries of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in field of electronic media development.
 It is hosted by Govt of Malaysia and its secretariat is located in Kuala Lumpur.
 Currently it has 26 full members (countries), represented by 34 organisations and 67 Affiliate Members (organisations) and over 50 partners in Asia, Pacific, Europe, Africa, Arab States and North America.

TOONZ Animation Masters Summit 2018

 The 19th edition of TOONZ Animation Masters Summit 2018 held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
 It was inaugurated by Ashish Kulkarni, Chairman of FICCI for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics Forum, and was organized by the Technopark-based Toonz Media Group.
 It aims to present new trends which can give a fresh vigour to the industry segment with the help of modern technology and taking advantage of fresh opportunities.
 In the summit, V G Samant, a venerated pioneer of Indian animation and creator of ” Hanuman ‟, was honoured with the “Legend of Animation‟ award for his contributions to the animation industry.
 Legendary masters including Kiran Antony- Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather, Resul Pookutty- Oscar winning sound engineer and Paul Robinson- International Media Executive, also took part in the event.

Border Roads Organisation(BRO)

 The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has celebrated its 58th Raising Day 2018.
 BRO is leading government organisation in arena of infrastructural development in the border areas of the country.
 Since its inception in 1960, it has grown from 02 to 19 projects.
 BRO plays pivotal role in construction, maintenance and upgradation of strategic infrastructure in remote and far flung border areas of India.
 It functions under Defence Ministry.
 It was established on 7 May 1960 and is headquartered in New Delhi.

California’s economy passes UK’s

 California’s economy has surpassed the United Kingdom to become the world’s fifth largest.
 Despite having a population of only 40 million compared with the UK’s 65 million people, California’s gross domestic product of $2.7 tn has overtaken the UK’s $2.6tn.
 The so-called Golden State‟s GDP rose by $127bn in the period from 2016 to 2017, while the UK’s economic output fell slightly over that time when measured in US dollars, due in part to exchange rate fluctuations.
 California’s economic output is now surpassed only by the total GDP of the United States, China, Japan and Germany.

Western Ghats’ forests vital for monsoon rainfall

 Researchers have found that the dense vegetation in Western Ghats determines amount of rainfall that Tamil
Nadu gets during the summer monsoon.
 The study highlights importance of urgent need to stop deforestation in the Western Ghats.
 Researchers had used models to compare contribution of Western Ghats with and without forest cover to study role
of vegetation cover in Western Ghats in supplying moisture to southwest monsoon rainfall.

Science, Technology and Environment


Mars NASA has launched first-ever InSight

 NASA launches robotic lander to explore Mars
 NASA has launched first-ever InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander dedicated to exploring the deep interior of Mars.
 It was launched aboard United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
 The rocket also launched two mini-spacecraft called Mars Cube One (MarCO) — MarCO-A and MarCO-B.
 InSight is solar and battery-powered terrestrial planet explorer (robotic lander)
 The lander is expected to land on Mars in Nov 2018.

Hidden reserves of water ice discovered

 Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have found mineral called moganite in lunar meteorite that point to presence of abundant hidden reserves of water ice under the surface of the moon.
 The mineral discovered in a desert in northwest Africa could be potentially useful for future human exploration of moon.
 Moganite is a crystal of silicon dioxide (SiO₂).
 It is known to form on earth in specific circumstances in sedimentary settings from alkaline fluids

Persons in News

Marathi singer Arun Date passes away

 The veteran Marathi singer, Arun Date has passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
 He, famous for non-film ‘bhavgeet’ (lyrical poetry) songs, which became very popular among people. .
 He was the first recipient of the state government’s ‘GajananravVatave Puraskar’

Polity Revision

L- 131 – अनुमान समिति – Estimates Committee (Indian Polity, Constitution, Parliament)

By VeeR

Video Link-

Pdf of the Lecture : Nano Magazine- 9- May- 2018 By VeeR

Video Lecture by Veer Talyan : 

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