1. Government Launches Pilot Scheme for Procurement of Aggregate Power of 2500 MW
ii. The main purpose of the scheme is to revive commissioned power plants which are unable to sell electricity in the absence of valid power purchase agreements.
- Raj Kumar Singh is the Minister of State (I/C) of the Ministry of Power.
ii. The scheme aims to positively impact village cleanliness and generate wealth and energy from cattle and organic waste.
- Kaptan Singh Solanki is the present governor of Haryana.
- Chief Minister of Haryana is Manohar Lal Khattar.
ii. Both the countries agreed to work together for energy security, energy access and climate change issues. They also agreed to initiate the discussion on Electric Vehicles (EVs) and commit to work together in promoting well-functioning energy markets.
- Japan Capital- Tokyo, Currency- Japanese yen, Prime Minister- Shinzo Abe.
- Japan is the third largest economy in the world.
Ranks and Reports
4. India Joint 6th in List of Doping Violations in WADA Report
ii. Italy topped the rankings of drug cases in 2016, followed by France (86), United States (76), Australia (75), Belgium (73).
5. ACI Projects India as 2nd Fastest Growing Country for Air Passenger Traffic
6. Shooter Shahzar Rizvi Becomes World No.1 in 10m Air Pistol
ii. The other Indian shooter in the world top-10 rankings is Jitu Rai, who is placed sixth. Among the women, Manu Bhaker was the only Indian in the top-10 of the women’s 10m air pistol rankings at the fourth spot.
- Olegario Vazquez Rana of Mexico is the President of International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF).
- ISSF was first established in 1907.
ii. The theme of International Labour Day 2018 is “Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement”.
- 1 May was chosen to be International Workers’ Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago.
- On this day in 1886, labour unions went on a strike in the USA and demanded that workers should not be forced to work more than eight hours a day.
ii. Participants from more than 20 countries including India attended the 2-day conference. It was organised as part of 2562nd Buddha Jayanti celebrations.
- Nepal Capital- Kathmandu, Currency- Nepalese rupee, President- Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister– Khadga Prasad Oli.
ii. This is the first time the two neighbouring countries will be coming together for counter-terrorism exercise, even though soldiers of India and Pakistan work together under the umbrella of United Nations Peacekeeping Forces.
iii. The military drill will be held in the Ural mountains of Russia and almost all SCO member countries China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the new members India and Pakistan will be part of it.
ii. The decision to change coaches comes on the backdrop of men’s hockey team having a disappointing run at the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
11. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum Quits Facebook
ii. Koum will also step down from Facebook’s Board of Directors, a position he took up when WhatsApp was bought for $19 billion by Facebook in 2014.
ii. The Tamil Nadu fencer went down to USA’s Alexis Browne in the final. Bhavani Devi had won a gold medal at the Reykjavik tournament in 2017 to become the first Indian to do so in an international fencing event.
- Iceland Capital- Reykjavik, Currency- Icelandic króna.