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May 5th Current Affairs

May 5th Current Affairs

International Issues

Italian vessel Enrica Lexie detained off Kochi for nearly 80 days will sail for Colombo. The vessel was detained following the killing of two fishermen by Itallian Marines onboard the ship. The Kerala High Court permitted the vessle to sail out following a Supreme Court order earlier.

The owner of the vessel executed a bond for three crore rupees before the Kerala High Court and a Demand Draft for the same amount for the release of the ship. The shipping company also gave an undertaking that six crew members of the vessel including its captain will be produced when summoned by any court in the country.

The documents were signed by the Managing Director of Dolphin Tankers - Pio Shiano, captain of the vessel and others.

Japan has begun the process of shutting down its last operating nuclear reactor, leaving the country without any nuclear power for the first time since 1970. The reactor at the Tomari plant in Hokkaido prefecture is the last of more than 50 that have been closed for maintenance since an earthquake and Tsunami last year caused a meltdown at the Fukushima power station.

About five thousand people staged an anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo to celebrate the shut down. The demonstrators carried the carp-shaped banners that have become a symbol of their movement. In the meantime, Japan has increased its fossil fuel imports, with electricity companies pressing old power plants into service.

National Issues

The World Hand Hygiene Day is observed. The day aims to create awareness among the general public about the importance of hand hygiene. This year`s theme of the day is, Save lives - clean your hands.

It also focuses to improve hand hygiene in the health care sector, where the cleanliness of hands is often credited with saving more lives than most medical breakthroughs.

India has pressed for an early adoption of the long-pending Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.

India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri said at a Security Council briefing that a greater cooperation is required to tackle the scourge which poses the most serious challenge to peace and security.

In a historic decision, the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh has scrapped the reservation-based promotion for the socially backward classes - SC and ST in the state government departments.

The reservation system was introduced by former chief minister Mayawati even after objection by the Allahabad High Court.

But now, the Akhilesh Yadav-led government reversed the system as per the Supreme Court verdict of April 27, which had quashed the consequential promotions in the State.

The centre has assured the lawyers to come up with an insurance scheme for them. Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid also promised them to start a stipend for the lawyers for thier early three years of practice. He was addressing the Golden Jubillee celebrations of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh.

An Indian Film Festival, on the 100th anniversary of Indian Film Industry began Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. The Indian Cultural Centre of the Indian Embassy in Kabul has organized the festival in collaboration with the Solidarite Afghane, a French educational organization working in Afghanistan.

Film festival was inaugurated by Indian Ambassador in Afghanistan Gautam Mukhopadhyay, with the screening of the Hindi classic Chaudahween Ka Chand directed by late Guru Dutt. Six super hit films will be screened during the festival concluding on 22 of this month. The films are : Pakiza, Shahjahan, Umrao Jan, Iqbal and Jodha-Akbar. An exhibition of Indiian film posters has also been put during the festival.

The Centre has decided to go for compulsory certification of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee - MGNREG- Scheme accounts by chartered accountants appointed by CAG.

It has also been decided to go for physical verification of at least 10 to 15 per cent of MGNREG scheme work orders and expenditure papers.

Ramesh said 99,000 crore rupees will be spent on rural development, water supply and sanitation in the current financial year.

Economic Issues

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee took over the Chair of the Board of Governors of Asian Development Bank in Manilla in the Phillippines. He took charge at the 45th Annual Meeting of ADB Board of Governors. Mukherjee will hold this post till May, 2013.

Mukherjee said that ADB has been a valued multilateral partner in India's economic growth. He said that as one of the founder members of the ADB, India’s association with the ADB dates back to 1966 while the bank's lending operations in the country commenced two decades later in 1986.



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