President Ram Nath Kovind presents 65th National Film Awards
President Ram Nath Kovind on May 3, 2018 presented the 65th National Film Awards at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
In the history of the awards, it was for the first time that the President attended only the second half of the ceremony, honouring only a few of the winners. For 64 years, the President has been handing over the National Film Awards to all the recipients.
The awardees were informed at the last minute that the President will present only 11 awards. Over 60 awardees signed a letter of protest addressed to the Directorate of Film Festivals, expressing their disappointment at the way the announcement was made.
Fasting can boost stem cells' regenerative capacity: Study
In a new study that was published on May 3, 2018, US biologists discovered that 24-hour fasting can dramatically improve stem cells' ability to regenerate, in both aged and young mice.
The study revealed that fasting can reverse the age-related loss of intestinal stem cell function that can regenerate new intestinal cells. The study was published in a journal called Cell Stem Cell.
India slips to 11th spot in AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index 2018
Global consultant AT Kearney on May 3, 2018 released the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index 2018, an annual survey which tracks the impact of political, economic and regulatory changes on the FDI preferences of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) of the country.
The United States (US) topped the index, followed by Canada at 2nd and Germany at the 3rd place.
The index ranked India at 11th spot, three places down from the previous year. In the year 2017, India was ranked 8th. It is the first time since 2015 that India has been pushed out of the top 10.
US President Trump signs 'faith initiative' to promote religious freedom in US
US President Donald Trump on May 3, 2018 signed an executive order to create a faith-based initiative at the White House, which would promote policies that recognize the vital role of faith in American life.
Trump signed the order during a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on the occasion of the National Day of Prayer. The faith initiative aims to help design new policies that recognize the vital role of faith in American families and communities.
National workshop for creating disaster risk reduction database concludes
The National Workshop on Data Requirements for Disaster Risk Reduction Database successfully concluded in New Delhi on May 3, 2018.
The main aim of the two-day workshop was to develop a uniform and credible national-level disaster database.
It also aimed to develop a consensus among those concerned on disasters and develop standardised systems for data collection, updation and validation to ensure accuracy and quality.