GK Eduwrap – 4th May 2015

National:

1. The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet gave its approval to build 750 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (SPV) plant at Gurh tehsil in Rewa district. The plant, to be developed in three phases of 250 MW, once completed will become the world’s largest solar power plant. At present, the largest SPV plant is the Topaz Solar Farm (550 MW) in California’s San Luis Obispo county, US, which was commissioned in 2014.

2. Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered to file a FIR against the Snapdeal, its CEO Kunal Bahl and Directors for allegedly selling prescription drugs online. Selling of drugs without prescription is a crime under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

3. A Book titled China – Confucius in the Shadows was released by the Vice President M. Hamid Ansari. Confucius was considered as the most efficient author in Chinese history. Book has been written by Poonam Surie, who is an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi.

4. The Fourteenth edition of the Indo-French naval exercise VARUNA 2015 concluded on 2nd May 2015. The exercise started on 23rd April 2015 off the Goa Coast.

International:

1. Global warming phenomenon will lead to extinction of 1 in 6 species by the end of century if the emission of carbon dioxide stays the same. This was revealed by a study titled Accelerating extinction risk from climate change published in the Journal Science. The author of the study is Mark C. Urban of Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, US. The study highlighted the urgency of taking strong action to address climate change.

2. The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report titled Economic cost of the health impact of air pollution in Europe: Clean air, health and wealth.

Awards & Recognition:

1. Syrian journalist and rights activist Mazen Darwish was honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015.

Sports:

1. Ace tennis player Rafael Nadal received the Golden Medal for Merit in Work. Golden Medal is one of the top civilian honours of Spain which aims to highlight an exemplary performance in any job or profession.

2. Maniram Patel from Gujarat has won Gold medal in the men’s 20 kilometre walk in the 19th Federation Cup senior athletics championship held at Mangaluru, Karnataka. In the finals Patel clocked a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, 51 seconds to secure first position and win the gold medal.

3. American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao from Philippines to win the unified World Welterweight title. The match termed as Fight of the Century was held at iconic MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won the title in 12 rounds with a unanimous decision in which Ringside Judge Dave Moretti scored the bout 118-110, while judges Glenn Feldman and Bert Clements both scored it 116-112.

4. Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) won the 5th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2015. In the final match played at the Master Chandgi Ram sports stadium at Saifai, Uttar Pradesh, Railways defeated Hockey Jharkhand by 12-2.

Science & Technology:

1. Tesla Motors Inc., an American based company launched its new solar energy based battery system Powerwall. It is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels. The product will be marketed under Tesla Energy, a new business arm of the company. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tesla Motors is Elon Musk.

2. A cow-urine refinery was inaugurated at Pathmeda village in Jalore district, Rajasthan for research on the cow products. The refinery was inaugurated by Rajasthan Health Minister Rajendra Rathore.

Death:

1. Legendary Russian ballerinas Maya Plisetskaya died on 2nd May 2015 in Munich, Germany. She was 89. Plisetskaya was born in Moscow was considered as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. She danced for half a century and her modern choreography and performances charged with eroticism flouted Soviet convention.

2. Veteran Congress leader and Former Union minister Baleshwar Ram passed away on 3rd May 2014 due to kidney-related ailments in Patna, Bihar. He was 87.

3. Renowned crime writer Ruth Rendell passed away on 2nd May 2015 in London, United Kingdom. She was 85.
She was best-known for creation of fictional character Inspector Wexford, which was turned into a highly successful TV series in Britain.

Important Dates:

1. The World Press Freedom day was observed globally on 3rd May 2015. Every year, over 100 national celebrations take place to commemorate this day. This year, the theme of World Press Freedom day is Let Journalism Thrive! Towards better reporting, gender equality and media safety in the digital age.

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