2018 World Press Freedom Index released: India falls to 138th rank
The Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on April 25, 2018 released the World Press Freedom Index 2018, reflecting growing animosity towards journalists.
India’s rank dropped down to 138th this year from 136th in 2017, two points below the previous year. The report blames PM Narendra Modi’s “troll army” for sharing and intensifying hate speeches targeting journalists on social networks. Moreover, India also saw ‘physical violence’ against journalists this year including the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in 2017.
Indu Malhotra, first senior woman advocate to become SC Judge
In a first, senior advocate Indu Malhotra is set to become the first woman lawyer to be appointed as Supreme Court Judge.
With the decision, Malhotra will be the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed from the Bar as a Judge in the Apex Court. She is expected to be sworn into the new position on April 27, 2018. Since Independence, only six women judges have been appointed to the Supreme Court. In 1989, Justice Fathima Beevi was appointed as the first woman judge of the Supreme Court.
BCCI recommends Dravid for Dronacharya, Kohli for Khel Ratna
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid’s name for the prestigious Dronacharya award and Virat Kohli’s for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honour.
The board has also recommended veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar's name for the Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award. The contribution of all the three nominees to cricket has been phenomenal. While Virat Kohli has led the Indian men’s cricket team from the front for quite some time now, Gavaskar's contribution to the sport has been tremendous and almost unmatchable and Dravid, besides being popularly known as ‘the Wall’, coached India’s U-19 team to World Cup victory in early 2018.
Indo-Malaysian Armies to conduct defence exercise HARIMAU SHAKTI 2018
Indian and Malaysian armies will be conducting the joint training exercise ‘HARIMAU SHAKTI 2018’ in the dense forests of Sengai Perdik, Hulu Langat, Malaysia from April 30, 2018 to May 13, 2018.
Indian contingent will be represented by 4 GRENADIERS, one of the oldest infantry battalions having rich operational experience in conventional as well as counter insurgency warfare. While, the Malaysian contingent will be represented by soldiers from 1 Royal Ranjer Regiment and the Royal Malay Regiment; both are known for their experience in Jungle Warfare.
HRD Ministry launches second edition of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan
The Union Human Resource Development Ministry on April 25, 2018 launched the second edition of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan in New Delhi.
Under the program, students from 750 higher educational institutions from across the country will adopt nearby villages and visit them to get acquainted with the regular lifestyle of village people and the problems faced by them in their day to day life. The main objective of the program is to enable higher education institutions to work with the people of rural India in identifying development challenges and evolving appropriate solutions for accelerating sustainable development in rural areas.