75 million children in desperate need of education support : UNICEF
According to a report released by Unicef, some 75 million school-age children in crisis areas around the world are in desperate need of educational support.
The report comes ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit to be held in Istanbul on 23 and 24 May.
One in four children aged 3-18 (462 million ) are living in countries that are affected by humanitarian crises, the report says. Refugees are five times more likely to be out of school.
Five years of civil war in Syria, have left 6,000 schools out of use, while in Eastern Ukraine the conflict damaged or destroyed one in five schools.
During times of conflict, girls are two-and-a-half times more likely to be out of school than their male peers.
A new emergency education fund, called Education Cannot Wait, will be launched at the summit. The fund aims to raise nearly $4 billion over five years to reach 13.6 million children in need of education in emergencies.>Login To Save for Revision
- Mexican diplomat Patricia Espinosa selected as the next executive secretary of UNFCCC
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has selected Mexico's ambassador to Germany, Patricia Espinosa, as the executive secretary of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).She will replace the incumbent Christiana Figueres when her term ends in July.
She will play an important role in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change that was approved by 195 countries in Paris, France.
Earlier she had served as Mexico’s representative at the UN in New York for drug traffic, human rights, women promotion, social development and children’s rights.
UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty negotiated at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and entered into force in 1994. It has 196 countries and European Union (EU) as its members.
It is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.>Login To Save for Revision
- Seven Indian shuttlers qualify for Rio Olympics
Seven Indian shuttlers have made the cut for the Rio Olympics. Of the seven, the list includes two female singles players in Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, a male singles' player in Kidambi Srikanth, women's doubles pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa while Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy make up the male doubles team. The only event where India won’t have an entry is in the mixed doubles.
It is the biggest badminton contingent that India would be fielding at the Olympic Games. Earlier the biggest contingent from India was of 5 player who played in 2012 London Olympics.
Badminton was introduced in the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. The shuttlers qualified on the basis of their rankings after the Badminton Asia Championships ended on 1st May 2016 in China.>Login To Save for Revision
- Bhupendra Kainthola appointed as the Director of FTII
Indian Information Service (IIS) officer Bhupendra Kainthola has been appointed as the Director of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) or a term of three years.
He replaces Prashant Pathrabe, who had served as interim Director during the 139-day long strike by students opposing appointment of Gajendra Chauhan and four other members on the FTII Society on ground of ‘merit’.
Kainthola is a 1989 batch IIS officer. He holds a Masters in International Relations from the University of Mumbai.
Earlier he was serving as Director (News Room) with DD News since January 2015 where he was responsible for ‘management of news operations and output’.
He has also worked with PIB, Directorate of Audio Visual Publicity (DAVP), Directorate of Film Festival (as Director, National Film Awards and Indian Panorama) and also with the Lok Sabha Television.>Login To Save for Revision
- Mark Selby wins World Snooker Champion for the second time
Current World No. 1 snooker player -Mark Selby- from England has won the 2016 World Championship title of Snooker by defeating China’s Ding Junhui In the final match played in Sheffield, England with a score of (18-14).
Earlier this year he had won minor Gdynia Open event held in Poland. In his snooker career Selby has won Welsh Open title (2008), Shanghai Masters final (2011), UK Championship (2012), World Championship (2014), German Masters (2015), China Open (2015).>Login To Save for Revision
- Wilful defaulters owe Rs 66,000 cr to govt banks
As of December 2015, there were 7,686 wilful defaulters owing Rs.66,190 crore to state-owned banks said Minister of state for Finance Jayant Sinha in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
The number of wilful defaulters of Public sector banks, (PSBs) rose from 5,554 to 7,686 in three years to December 2015 while the amount involved more than doubled to Rs 66,190 crore from Rs 27,749 crore.
The total outstanding amount in top 100 non-performing accounts (NPAs) with PSBs was 1.73 lakh crore rupees as of December 2015. The total exposure of top 50 defaulters of PSBs as of December 2015 was Rs 1,21,832 crore.>Login To Save for Revision
- Google acquires startup Synergyse
Search engine giant Google has acquired a business technology startup Synergyse founded by an Indian-origin entrepreneur Varun Malhotra. However the inancial detail of the acquisition deal was not disclosed by the Google.
Synergyse based in Toronto, was launched in 2013. Its core product is a training software, or “virtual coach,” for companies using Google’s apps for work like Gmail, Drive and Docs.
Synergyse will be joining the Google as the company intends to make the product available as an integral part of the Google Apps offering later this year.
Entrepreneur Varun Malhotra specialises in training and strategy and has over 10 years of experience in the enterprise space.>Login To Save for Revision
- Sachin accepts IOA's invitation to become goodwill ambassador
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has accepted IOA's invitation to become the country's goodwill ambassador for the Rio Olympics alongside ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and Bollywood star Salman Khan, who have already accepted IOA’s request to become goodwill ambassadors.
These iconic sportspersons and celebrities will help in building up a sporting culture in this country and will also spread the idea of Olympic movement in every corner of the country.>Login To Save for Revision
- Virat Kohli Nominated for Khel Ratna, Ajinkya Rahane for Arjuna Award
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has nominated Indian Test captain Virat Kohli for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award while his teammate Ajinkya Rahane has been recommended for the Arjuna Award. It is after a gap of four years that a cricketer has been recommended for the Khel Ratna.
Other sports bodies and associations are also in the process of sending their nominations. Sports persons nominated for the Khel Ratna Award so far are Incheon Asian Games gold medallist shooter Jitu Rai, squash star Dipika Pallikal, athlete Tintu Luka and ace golfer Anirban Lahiri.
The prestigious Khel Ratna award carries a cash price of Rs. 7.5 lakh in addition to a citation, while the Arjuna awardee receives a cash prize of Rs. five lakh and a citation.>Login To Save for Revision
- Guinness record for Maharashtra Man With 'Gold Shirt'
Maharashtra's well-known businessman-politician Pankaj Parakh called 'The Man With The Golden Shirt' by his friends has earned a place in the Guinness World Records (GWR) for the most expensive gold shirt in the world costing Rs. 98,35,099.
The shirt, weighing exactly 4.10 kg, is currently valued at over Rs.1.30 crore, is supplemented by other golden paraphernalia including a gold watch, several gold chains, large gold rings, a gold mobile cover and golden-framed spectacles - the total weight being 10kgs.
Pankaj Parakh is a school dropout, who made his fortunes from a garment fabrication business. He is also the Nationalist Congress Party's Deputy Mayor of Yeola town in Nashik district, around 260 km from Mumbai.
The shirt was designed by Bafna Jewellers, Nashik, 85 km away, and then created by jewelers in Mumbai, where a team of around 20 select artisans spent 3,200 hours over the past two months to 'stitch' it.>Login To Save for Revision
- Railways launches E-enabled application to monitor project
Railways Ministry has launched E-enabled project, namely, Project Management & Information System (PMIS) for proper monitoring of all the Railway projects throughout the country. The application was launched by Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu at Rail Bhawan in New Delhi.
Indian Railways have over 600 major projects of network expansion and modernization costing around Rs 4.5 lakh crores.
PMIS is a web-enabled IT- Application to create a technology and knowledge platform to manage the entire lifecycle of complex railway projects.
It will contain all the information about the ongoing projects which will help in reducing the completion time of the project. It will empower railways & stakeholders in transforming the way projects are designed, built and commissioned.>Login To Save for Revision
- Three Earth-like planets discovered orbiting dwarf star
For the first time, researchers have discovered three earth-like planets orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth.
The planets have potential life and water. The sizes and temperatures of these worlds are similar to those of Earth and Venus.
This path breaking discovery was made by a group of international astronomers from MIT, NASA, the University California at San Diego, the University of Liege and other institutions.
The ultra-cool dwarf star has been named as 2MASS J23062928-0502285 (also known as TRAPPIST-1). It is located in the constellation of Aquarius (The Water Carrier). TRAPPIST-1 is about one eighth the size of the Sun and cooler than Sun.>Login To Save for Revision
- World Press Freedom Day : May 3
Every year May 3 is globally observed as World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments their duty to respect and uphold right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Theme for the year 2016 : “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms – This Is Your Right!”
UNESCO marks World Press Freedom Day by conferring the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on a deserving individual, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger.>Login To Save for Revision
- JSW Energy to acquire JSPL's 1,000 mw plant for Rs 6,500 cr
Sajjan Jindal led JSW Energy Limited (JSWEL) has agreed to buy out his brother Naveen Jindal’s debt laden Jindal Steel and Power’s 1000 MW power plant in Chhattisgarh for Rs 6,500 crore. The move will help the Naveen Jindal-led steel-to-power group to pay off the debts.
The consolidated debt of JSPL is around Rs 46,000 crore.The deal, which has been inked between both the firms is expected to be completed by June 30, 2018.
As per the deal, JSPL Board has approved to divest the 1,000 mw power unit of its subsidiary Jindal Power Ltd (JPL) into a special purpose vehicle (SPV), for the purposes of transferring the same to JSW Energy Ltd, through sale of the entire share capital and other securities.>Login To Save for Revision
- Uber ties up with Alipay globally
Online cab aggregator Uber has entered in to global partnership with third-party payment platform, Alipay, to enable Chinese travellers avail of rides through this solution in more than 400 cities. Uber riders in India can avail of the facility through Paytm platform.
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