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National – Across the India:
1. Supreme Court has approved holding a single common entrance test National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses for the academic year 2016-17.
The SC bench comprising Justices A. R. Dave, Shiva Kirti Singh and A K Goel gave nod to the NEET proposal put before it by the Union Government, CBSE and the Medical Council of India (MCI).
The proposal had requested for treating All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) fixed for May 1, 2016 as NEET-1.
2. Gujarat Government has decided to provide 10 percent reservation for economically backward classes (EBCs) in general category.
State government is going to promulgate ordinance and will be applicable in government jobs as well as admission to the educational institutions from next academic year.
This 10 percent reservation for EBCs in general category will be available to all non-reserved class, whose total family income is less than 6 lakh annually.
The new reservation will not affect the present reservation available to Scheduled Castes (SC)/ Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC).
Awards & Recognition:
1. Pakistani women’s rights activist from Swat valley, Tabassum Adnan has won prestigious 2016 Nelson Mandela Graça Machel Innovation Award.
She won the award for the individual activist category on the concluding day of the International Civil Society Week (ICSW) held from April 25-28, 2016 in Bogota, Colombia.
These Awards provide seed funding for innovative ideas emerging from organizations or groups of organizations participating in the CIVICUS World Assembly.
2. Former bureaucrat and parliamentarian, Nand Kishore Singh has been selected for prestigious ‘Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver’, Japan’s highest civilian award.
He was chosen for this prestigious award for promoting economic, educational and cultural ties between India and Japan.
He is among 91 foreign recipients to be honoured during the 2016 Spring Imperial Decoration of Japan by Emperor Akihito during the investiture ceremony in May 2016.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. IT major Mindtree co-founder, Subroto Bagchi has been appointed as head of the Odisha Skill Development Authority.
He would report directly to the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and has been given the rank of cabinet minister with a token monthly salary of Re 1.
Odisha Skill Development Authority aims to unify the initiatives on the ground and create momentum for unemployed youth to receive skill-based training to make them employable in the state.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
1. India and Papua New Guinea have signed four Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) in various sectors to boost bilateral cooperation.
The MoUs were signed in the presence of the visiting President Pranab Mukherjee and the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’ Neil in Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea.
India will provide a Line of Credit of 100 million dollars for specific projects in Transport and infrastructure sectors.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has entered into collaboration with German Government for a special programme on ‘Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security’.
The programme is part of the German government’s recently introduced special initiative ‘One World, No Hunger’ initiative.
As part of the collaboration NABARD is anchoring two programmes viz. Soil conservation and rehabilitation of degraded land programme in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Innovation of watershed development and climate change adaptation programmes in five states Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.
Science & Technology:
1. Chinese researchers have developed world’s first graphene electronic paper that will catapult the material to a new level.
It was developed by The Guangzhou OED Technologies in partnership with a company in Chongqing Province of China.
Graphene e-paper is more pliable and has more intensity as compared to traditional e-papers.
It has high-light transmittance means optical displays will be much brighter.