DAC approves Capital Acquisition Proposals of Rs 3687 Crore
• The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on April 27, 2018 approved Capital Acquisition Proposals of the services valued at over Rs 3687 crore.
• DAC approved procurement of DRDO’s designed and developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS) at the cost of Rs 524 crore.
• The DAC also approved procurement of thirteen 127 mm calibre guns for the Navy. The guns will enable naval ships to provide fire support and engagement of targets on the land.
Environment Ministry, UNCCD conclude capacity building workshop
• The four-day Asia Pacific Regional Workshop of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), jointly hosted by the Union Ministry of Environment and UNCCD Secretariat concluded on April 27, 2018.
• The four-day Workshop trained the participants in the use of an innovative land degradation monitoring tool by Conservation International, for the reporting process of UNCCD.
• Participants included delegates from about 40 Asia Pacific countries, as well as representatives from 12 Indian states affected by land degradation, scientists and researchers and line-Ministries.
Deen Dayal Upadhyay Scholarship announced for people who did exemplary work for development of journalism
• Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Smriti Zubin Irani addressed the 69th Valedictory session of Development Journalism Course at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.
• During the occasion, the Minister announced a scholarship for Rs 25000 in commemoration of Deen Dayal Upadhyay for people of Indian Origin who did exemplary work in development of journalism.
• On this occasion she also inaugurated National Media Faculty Development Center in IIMC Campus.
• She launched ECHO Newsletter, Samachar Madhyam and Communicator magazines.
New frog species Fejervarya goemchi named after Goa
• Scientists have identified a new species of frog called Fejervarya goemchi in the highland plateaus of the Western Ghats parts of Goa.
• It has been named after state of Goa where the species is discovered.
• Fejervarya goemchi are large-sized terrestrial frogs.
Neeraj recommended for Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award
• Commonwealth Games champion Neeraj Chopra has been recommended by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
• The federation has nominated PT Usha and India youth team coach Sanjay Garnaik for the Dronacharya Award.
• Bobby Aloysis, Kuldeep Singh Bhullar and Jata Shankar have been recommended for the Dhyan Chand Award, while T.P. Ouseph has been recommended for Life Time Achievement Award.
US House approves 5-year reauthorization of Federal Aviation Administration
• The US House of Representatives approved 5-year reauthorization of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after two recent short-term funding patches.
• The legislation provides the FAA with funding through the 2023 fiscal year. Under the bill, about USD 3.35 billion per year till 2023 will go to infrastructure.
• The bill also includes a disaster relief provision aimed to help improve infrastructure and preparation to handle natural disasters.
IndiGo's President Aditya Ghosh resigns, company appoints Rahul Bhatia as interim CEO
• Budget passenger carrier IndiGo's President Aditya Ghosh resigned on April 27, 2018 with effect from July 31, 2018 and as a Director of the company with effect from April 26, 2018.
• The company appointed Rahul Bhatia as its interim Chief Executive Officer following the resignation of Ghosh.
Environment Ministry declares all protected areas plastic free zones
• The Environment Ministry has banned plastics in all protected areas around the country and declared them plastic free zones.
• It has directed states and Union territories to organise awareness campaigns to sensitise people about the issue.
• The decision has been taken ahead of the World Environment Day that is observed on June 5.
Uttarakhand High Court declares practice of solitary confinement as unconstitutional
• Uttarakhand High Court declared the practice of solitary confinement as unconstitutional as per the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
• The practice of solitary confinement not only amounts to additional punishment but also amounts to torture and is violative of basic human rights.
• The bench made the observations while upholding the capital punishment awarded to two convicts by the lower court in a case relating to the gangrape and murder of a 55-year-old woman.