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Top 5 Current Affairs: 2 April 2019

Japan has declared ‘Reiwa’ as the name of its new imperial era that will begin on May 1, 2019 once the new Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Apr 2, 2019 17:31 IST
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SC upholds HC Judgment on pension

Supreme Court has dismissed the Special Leave Petition (SLP) on April 1, 2019, filed against a Kerala High Court Judgment setting aside Employee's Pension (Amendment) Scheme, 2014.  Judgement was given by a bench comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna.

Earlier Kerala High Court had asked Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to give pension to all employees on the basis of their full salary rather than capping the figure on which contribution is calculated at a maximum of Rs 15,000 per month.

Japan names new imperial era as 'Reiwa'


Japan on April 1, 2019 declared ‘Reiwa’ as the name of its new imperial era that will begin on May 1, 2019 once the new Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Crown Prince Naruhito will succeed his father Emperor Akihito, who will abdicate the empire on April 30, 2019, putting an end to three decades long ‘Heisei’ era.

The new era will be the 248th in the history of Japan. The announcement regarding the same was made by Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. Japan's emperor has no political power, but remains a highly symbolic figure.

World Autism Awareness Day 2019 observed

The World Autism Awareness Day was observed across the world on April 2, 2019 with an aim to encourage the Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout the world.

The theme of World Autism Awareness Day 2018 was “Assistive Technologies, Active Participation”.

For people suffering from autism, the access to affordable assistive technologies is a must to enable them to exercise their basic human rights and thereby contribute to the understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Assistive technology can help them participate on an equal basis with others.

India, Chile sign MoU, release Joint Statement

India and Chile released a Joint Statement on April 1, 2019 after extensive talks between Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and the President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera Echenique, during the former’s official state visit to Chile from March 30 to April 1, 2019. This is the third leg of the President’s three-nation tour which included Croatia and Bolivia.

The Indian President paid an official visit to the South American nation at the invitation of the Chilean President. During the visit, President Kovind participated in India-Chile Business Forum and interacted with young scientists at the University of Chile.

Then he held detailed discussions with the Chilean President, which led to the signing of three MoUs for cooperation in the fields of mining, culture and empowerment of persons with disabilities. The agreements aim to further enhance engagement in economic, social and cultural fields between the two countries.

India retains ICC Test Championship mace

India have retained the ICC Test Championship Mace and won the purse of USD 1 million for a third successive year on April 1, 2019. India won this award after finishing at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings on the cut-off date of April 1, while New Zealand have ensured second place.

International Cricket Council chief executive Manu Sawhney congratulated the Indian team while reiterating the importance of Test cricket and looking forward to the start of the ICC World Test Championship later this year.

New Zealand finished second after series win over Bangladesh; South Africa and Australia finish third and fourth, respectively.

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