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Defence Ministry says, Rafale petitioners presenting selective, incomplete picture of deal
- The Defence Ministry has reiterated that the petitioners in the Rafale aircraft case are using documents with the intention to present a selective and incomplete picture of internal secret deliberations on a matter relating to national security and defence.
- Reacting to the Supreme Court’s verdict, which allowed to rely upon the new documents to decide review petitions in the deal, the Defence Ministry spokesperson said, the documents presented by the petitioners are failing to bring out how the issues were addressed and resolved and necessary approvals of the competent authorities taken.
- The spokesperson further added these are selective and incomplete presentation of the facts and records by the petitioners, and the government had provided the requisite information as desired by the Court and also to the petitioners.
- The main concern of the government is relating to availability of sensitive and classified information concerning national security in the public domain.
- The Apex Court in December had already dismissed the Writ Petitions in the matter.
Veer Parivar App Launched
- On the occasion of the 54th Valour Day (Shaurya Diwas) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), President Ram Nath Kovind launched ‘Veer Parivar App a mobile application for families of CRPF personnel killed in the line of duty.
About the Veer Parivar App
- The Veer Parivar App will act as an interface between the CRPF authorities and the next of kin of the slain personnel.
- The Veer Parivar App will be installed securely on the phones of the slain personnel families and will not be available in the app stores.
- The app will provide assistance to the families of the martyred CRPF personnel with regard to issuance of ex gratia, pension benefits etc.
- The app will also provide all the necessary information regarding the welfare schemes introduced for them by the government.
- The Android-based Veer Parivar App will provide assistance to the families on a real-time basis and the CRPF authorities will respond to the issues raised by the members of the families of the slain personnel.
GS-II ( International Affairs)
Algeria: Presidential election to be held in July
- In Algeria, Presidential election will be held in July.
- This was announced by the presidency yesterday as protests continue against the ruling elite following veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation.
- Interim leader Abdelkader Bensalah’s office said, Presidential elections will be held on July 4.
- The new date was set a day after Bensalah assumed office for a 90-day period, as stipulated by the constitution.
- However, the appointment of upper house speaker Bensalah as Algeria’s first new president in 20 years failed to meet the demands of demonstrators.
- Although Bensalah, a close Bouteflika ally, is barred under the constitution from running in the upcoming election, protesters have demanded the new president to step down. Meanwhile, army Chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah said, the military would ensure the transition follows the rules of transparency and integrity, and the laws of the republic.
- After two decades in power, the 82 years old ailing Bouteflika finally stepped down last week after weeks of demonstrations triggered by his bid for a fifth term in office.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu set to get fifth term
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to win re-election after his main rival former Army chief Benny Gantz conceded defeat.
- This comes after a dramatic finish to a tightly-fought race Parliamentary elections in which Gantz accepted that Netanyahu had won.
- With more than 99 percent of votes counted, Netanyahu’s Likud tied with Gantz’s Blue and White, gaining 35 seats each.
- No party has crossed the half way mark in the 120 seat Parliament (Knesset). However, since a number of right-wing parties have expressed their support for Netanyahu, a coalition between Likud and smaller right-wing parties could form a 65 seat majority.
European leaders offer Britain six-month delay to its Brexit departure
- European leaders have offered Britain a six-month delay to its Brexit departure, saving the continent from a chaotic no-deal departure at the end of week.
- Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said in his tweet that he would now be meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May to secure her agreement.
- Tusk’s tweet did not say how long the extension would be, but several news agencies have reported that it would be until the end of October, with a review in June.
- If May accepts the extension and London remains in the EU after May 22, British voters will have to take part in European parliamentary elections.
- Most of the 27 European leaders gathered in Brussels, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, had backed a plan for Brexit to be postponed for up to a year.
IMF forecasts dipped in global growth
- The international monetary fund has projected that global growth will be 3.3% in 2019, down from 3.6% in 2018 and 4%in 2017.
- This lower projection is due to lower global expansion in the second half of 2018 caused because of factors like U.S-China trade tensions.
- India’s growth is projected to pick up (from 7.1% in 2018) to 7.3% in 2019 and 7.5% in 2020.
Senior US Treasury official David Malpass selected as President of World
- Senior US Treasury official David Malpass has been selected as President of the World Bank.
- The World Bank’s executive board unanimously selected 63-year-old Malpass as the bank’s 13th President for a five-year term last night.
- The World Bank President is Chair of Boards of Directors of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and International Development Association.
- Malpass has served on the boards of the Council of the Americas, Economic Club of New York, and the National Committee on US-China Relations.
Science & Tech
YUTU travelled 1703 on moon
- China’s lunar rover Yutu-2 travelled 170.92 meters on the far side of the moon, as per the Lunar exploration and space program center of the china national space administration(CNSA)
- It has run total of 163 meters during the previous three lunar day time periods.
- During the third one, the rover conducted scientific examination over stones and tracks on the moon.
Muguruza claimed Monterry open Title
- Garbine muguruza of Spain succefully claimed back –to- back Monterrey open title 2019 as Victoria Azerenka succumbed to injury in the final.
- Asia Muhammad & Maria sanchez claimed women’s double title moneterry open.
- The Monterrey open is professional women’s tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts