China, Sri Lanka agree to resume Colombo Port City project
China and Sri Lanka have decided to redefine the US$1.4 billion stalled controversial Colombo Port City project by making it an international financial outpost in the Indian Ocean, as part of the 20-year framework plan.
The announcement in this regard was made through Joint Statement issued by China and Sri Lanka at the conclusion of the official state visit of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Beijing.
1. It is very important to take note of the fact that the development of this port in the past have caused unease in India over concerns that the project is part Beijing's 'string of pearls' strategy to contain it.
2. China, which has been building various ports in different countries including Myanmar, Bangladesh and Pakistan, has denied having such a strategy.
3. About the likelihood of India-China clash in the Indian Ocean, Wickremesinghe said the Ocean should be governed by law of the sea principles with freedom of navigation.
Sri Lanka -China cooperation
1. Sri Lanka sees huge potential in economic cooperation with China, and will use the Chinese initiative to develop a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road to advance infrastructure development in Sri Lanka.
2. Both sides will also advance development towards China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations, promote joint ventures. Sri Lanka seeks to expand cooperation with China in the areas of economy, culture, science and technology.>Login To Save for Revision
- B R Ambedkar's birth anniversary to be observed for first time at UN
The birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution and Dalit rights activist, would be observed at the United Nations for the first time with focus on combating inequalities to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Permanent Mission of India to the U.N. in association with the Kalpana Saroj Foundation and Foundation For Human Horizon will commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of the Dalit icon on April 13 at the U.N. headquarters in New York.
Ambedkar was born on April 14, 1891. He died in 1956 and was posthumously conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 1990. Babasaheb remains an inspiration for millions of Indians and proponents of equality and social justice across the globe.>Login To Save for Revision
- Lee Chong Wei Wins 11th Malaysian Open Title
Malaysia's badminton star Lee Chong Wei won his 11th Malaysian Open title in the men’s single category by defeating Chen Long (world No.1) of China in straight games 21-13, 21-8 in the final held at Kuala Lumpur. It was Chong Wei’s overall 11th Malaysia Open title after having won in 2004, 2005, 2006 and consecutively from 2008-2014.
Winners in other categories :
1.Women’s singles Title: It was won by Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand).
2.Men’s doubles Title: It was won by South Korean pair, Kim Gi-jung and Kim Sa-rang.
3.Women’s doubles Title: It was won by Chinese pair, Tang Yuanting and Yu Yang.
4.Mixed doubles Title: It was won by Indonesian pair, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir.>Login To Save for Revision
- NASA's planet-hunting Kepler probe goes into emergency mode
NASA's planet-hunting Kepler probe has gone into emergency mode (EM) some 75 million miles from Earth.
The last regular contact with Kepler probe was on April 4. It had entered EM before Nasa engineers could manoeuvre the spacecraft to the centre of the Milky Way for a new task.
Unable to reach the probe till this weekend, Nasa has declared a mission emergency for Kepler which has switched itself into emergency mode. The team still does not know what prompted Kepler to go into the emergency mode.
Kepler spacecraft :
1. Kepler spacecraft which was launched in March 2009, hunts for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. Since its launch, the mission has been incredibly successful and has led to finding of more than 1,000 alien planets of which half are exoplanets to be ever discovered.
2. In 2014, it spent about 70 days observing Neptune, studying the ice giant's extremely windy weather. Kepler mission had confirmed the first near-Earth-sized planet in the "habitable zone" around a Sun-like star.
3. Kepler spacecraft also collected data to reveal that our solar system was born 4.6 billion years ago and only eight percent of the potentially habitable planets that will ever form in the universe existed.>Login To Save for Revision
- Pakistan successfully test-fires anti-ship Zarb missile
Pakistan Navy has successfully test-fired shore-based anti-ship missile 'Zarb'. The missile was launched from coastal site and successfully hit the surface target in the Arabian Sea.
The missile was formally inducted into Pakistan's Navy defence system soon after its successful launch.The maximum range allotted for the test was set at 300km.
Zarb which means hit in Urdu language, is the Chinese C-602.The C-602 is claimed to have a range of 280 kms and weighs around 300 kg. It has semi-armour-piercing warhead and GPS guidance.
Comment : The missile’s successful test shows the strategic partnership between China and Pakistan toward enhancing the combat capabilities of Pakistani Navy and step towards further strengthening the seaward defence of Pakistan.>Login To Save for Revision
- Former Union Minister Dr C Silvera passes away
Former Union Minister Dr C Silvera passed away due to massive stroke in Aizawl District, Mizoram. He was 80. He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1985 and to ninth, tenth and eleventh Lok Sabha. Silvera was the first and and so far the only person from Mizoram to be in the union council of ministers.
About Dr C Silvera
1.Dr C Silvera was born on 6 May 1935 in Lunglei District, Mizoram. He studied medicine at Christian Medical College, Vellore, and earned his MBBS in 1964.
2.In 1995, he became Minister of State for Industry. He was elected in the 9th Lok Sabha, 10th Lok Sabha and the 11th Lok Sabha.
3.He was elected member of Rajya Sabha for the term 1984-1990 from Mizoram. He was the longest serving member of Parliament of India from the Mizoram Lok Sabha constituency.>Login To Save for Revision
- Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigns
The Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, announced his resignation in the wake of a months-long political tensions that have risen. His resignation was approved by the current President Petro Poroshenko.
He would submit his resignation to parliament on Tuesday. The same day, parliament is expected to vote to elect the current speaker, Volodymyr Groysman, as the new prime minister.
1. Mr Yatsenyuk, have been in office since former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February 2014, during the Crimean crisis.
2. His resignation comes after his government was accused of inaction and corruption following which IMF threatened to withhold aid money if it does not carry out reforms.
3. Earlier in February 2016, Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s Government had narrowly survived no-confidence vote in the Ukrainian parliament after which he was accused of allegedly sidelining the government’s reform efforts, which prompted President Poroshenko to ask for his resignation.
4. Mr Poroshenko and a new government will be under intense pressure, both from Ukraine's European and American partners, and the Ukrainian people, to implement real reform.>Login To Save for Revision
- Pakistan, China launch joint air force drill
China and Pakistan have launched a joint bilateral air force exercise named Shaheen (Eagle) 5 in Pakistan, that will take place from April 9 to 30, 2016. This is the fifth such drill between the two countries.
The first such drill was held in Pakistan in March 2011, the second in China's western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in September 2013 and the third was held in Punjab, Pakistan, in May 2014. It had featured fighters, fighter bombers as well as airborne early warning and control aircraft.
The countries call each other "all-weather friends" and share deep cooperation in the areas of defence related production . The joint military exercises and exchanges between Chinese and Pakistani air forces in recent years had effectively deepened cooperation between the two militaries.>Login To Save for Revision
- IIT-Kharagpur Wins National IP Award
The IIT-Kharagpur has won the National Intellectual Property (IP) Award for being the top academic institute for patents in 2016.
The award will be given on April 26 in Delhi by Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a function jointly organised for the celebration of World Intellectual Property Day by the Indian Intellectual Property office.
IIT- Kharagpur’s ‘100 patents drive’ initiative had played crucial role for winning this award. Under it IP Portal was launched to simplify the process of patent filing by students as well as professors who have done some substantial research within the institute.
National IP Awards
The Indian Intellectual property office confers national intellectual property awards on outstanding innovators, organisations and companies in the fields of patents, designs, trademarks, and geographical indications on the occasion of World IP Day every year. The National IP Award carries an amount of Rs. 1,00,000, a citation and a memento.
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