Commonwealth Games 2018: Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu clinches first gold for India
World champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on April 5, 2018 smashed the records by winning India's first Gold Medal on the opening day of the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Mirabai won the coveted medal in the 48 kg category with a total lift of 196 kg (86 kg + 110 kg)with her power-packed performance.
She pulled off clean lifts in all her three attempts in 80kg, 84kg and 86kg categories and then went on to lift more than double her body weight in 103kg, 107kg and 110kg categories, breaking the overall Commonwealth Games record.
RBI releases First Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2018-19
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on April 5, 2018 released its First Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2018-19.
After assessing the current and evolving macroeconomic situation in the economy, the six member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided to keep the Repo Rate under the Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF) unchanged at 6.0 percent.
Consequently, the Reverse Repo Rate under the LAF remains unchanged at 5.75 percent and the Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) Rate and the Bank Rate at 6.25 percent.
Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe defeats no-confidence motion in Parliament
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on April 4, 2018 comfortably defeated the no-confidence motion moved by the joint opposition against him, securing the majority support in the 225-member Parliament.
The no-confidence motion was moved by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Joint Opposition accusing Wickremesinghe of financial mismanagement and failing to tackle the outbreak of violence against the minority Muslim community in the nation’s central district, Kandy.
The 68-year-old Wickremesinghe, leader of United National Party (UNP), currently leads a coalition government in the centre in alliance with President Maithripala Sirisena's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
Union Cabinet approves Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018
The Union Cabinet on April 4, 2018 approved the Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018, aimed at protection and promotion of human rights in India.
It proposes to include the 'National Commission for Protection of Child Rights' as deemed Member of the National Human Rights Commission.
The Bill aims to strengthen the human rights institutions of India for effective discharge of their mandates, roles and responsibilities.
Russia’s call to join spy poisoning probe rejected
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has rejected Russia's call for a joint investigation with Britain in the case of nerve-agent poisonings of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom.
Russia stated that the number of countries that abstained from the vote suggested that many have doubts about Britain's allegations that Moscow was behind the attack. Russia has denied any involvement in the ex-spy poisoning and the nation now plans to take its case to the UN Security Council.
Russia's proposal for a joint investigation in the case received only six votes at a special session of the executive council of OPCW, while 17 abstained. The council comprises representatives from 41 countries.