UNSC to conduct meeting on rival requests by Russia and US over chemical attack in Syria
• The United Nations Security Council would be meeting tonight following requests by Russia and the United States after a deadly chemical attack in Syria.
• Russia called for a meeting of the 15-member council on international threats to peace and security while 9 countries including US, UK and France had called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over an alleged chemical attack in Syria.
• Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran have been blamed for a chemical attack in Douma, Syria that killed at least dozens of people.
• Both Syria and Russia, however, denied that a chemical attack took place and said they have reached an evacuation deal with the Jaish al-Islam rebels who hold Douma.
• Under the deal, 100 buses are said to be moving 8,000 fighters and 40,000 of their relatives out of the battered town. Hostages who had been held by the rebels are being set free.
File draft for Cauvery verdict implementation by May 3: SC to Centre
• The Supreme Court on April 9, 2018 asked the Union Government to file its draft scheme by May 3 in pursuance of its judgment in the Cauvery water dispute case.
• The court said that it has considered the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal award and decided the water share for states, which has to be complied with.
• The Centre, which is up against a plea from Tamil Nadu for contempt of court, agreed to file a draft scheme implementing the court’s February 16 judgment for allocation of Cauvery water among Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
• The Apex court also directed competent authorities in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to maintain peace in their states till the court finally approves the scheme for implementation of its judgment on Cauvery water distribution.
Mary Kom assured of medal on Commonwealth Games debut
• Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom has assured herself a medal on her debut appearance at the ongoing Commonwealth Games.
• The 35-year-old Olympic bronze-medalist entered the semi-finals in Gold Coast with a 5-0 win over Scotland's Megan Gordon.
• Her win has assured the Indian boxing contingent of its first CWG medal.
• Mary Kom, a sitting Rajya Sabha MP, will face Sri Lanka's Anusha Dilrukshi in the Semifinal on April 11, 2018.
TRAI moots public Wi-Fi access grid
• Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on April 9, 2018 mooted an ambitious model of a public Wi-Fi grid that aims to slash Internet access cost by 90 per cent and push broadband proliferation in India.
• TRAI Chairman RS Sharma stated that the regulator's concept involves Public Data Office Providers (PDOs) - much like PCOs that galvanised connectivity.
• The PDOs will be companies or even small merchants, interested in providing Wi-Fi hotspots to the public using either free or paid model.
China bans exports of dual-use items to North Korea
• China has banned the export to North Korea of some items with potential dual-use in weapons of mass destruction.
• The Chinese Ministry of Commerce gave details of 32 materials, technologies and forms of equipment with potential use related to weapons of mass destruction, including particle accelerators and centrifuges.
• In addition, it outlined bans on items with potential dual-use in conventional weapons.
• The announcement of the export bans comes amid a tightening of exports from China to North Korea.
Tripura CM launches state component of PMKVY in Agartala
• Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb launched the state component of Pradhanmantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) in Agartala on April 7, 2018.
• Under the programme, the state aims to achieve the target to give training to more than 1 lakh 16,000 youths by 2020.
• Under it, those who wish to start, especially the small-scale industries, will be provided land, other assistance and security.
• The state government is also planning to promote industrialisation based on pineapple, bamboo, rubber and jackfruit.
• The programme is expected to solve the problem of unemployment prevailing in the state.
Sebi to take action against 14,720 entities for ‘non-genuine trades’
• SEBI will take action in a phased manner against more than 14,700 entities for non-genuine trades through illiquid stock option segment.
• According to a SEBI order on April 5, adjudication proceedings have been initiated against 567 entities involved in such trades in the first phase.
• The market regulator came across violations by 14,720 entities while it was probing 59 entities in a case related to alleged trading irregularities in stock options segment of the BSE.
Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban wins new term
• Hungary's right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban on April 8, 2018 claimed a landslide victory in the nation’s general election.
• Orban will serve a third consecutive term in office, with his party Fidesz projected to keep its key two-thirds majority in parliament.
• Hungary's National Election Office stated that Fidesz party has won almost half of the vote, with 93 percent of ballots counted.
• Meanwhile, leaders of the second and third-placed parties have resigned in light of the result.