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Hyderabad’s International Airport Ranked 8th
- With the eighth position, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad has been ranked among the top ten best airports in the world.
- The survey was conducted by AirHelp.
- The Hamad International Airport in Qatar has topped the list followed by Japan’s Tokyo and Greece’s Athens International airports.
India’s first mega science exhibition
- India’s first ‘mega-science’ exhibition ‘Vigyan Samagam’ was inaugurated in Mumbai.
- It is organised by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM).
- After Mumbai, the exhibition will move to Bengaluru from 7 July, and on to Kolkata and then New Delhi.
Navy joins exercises in South China Sea
- Navy ships INS Kolkata and Shakti carried out Group Sail with the naval ships of Japan, the Philippines and the U.S. in the South China Sea (SCS) from 3 to 9 May 2019.
- The group sail exercise showcased India’s commitment to operating with like-minded nations to ensure safe maritime environment through enhanced interoperability.
- The ships undertook various exercises.
World’s fastest bullet train starts test run
- Japan is testing the fastest-ever shinkansen bullet train, capable of speeds of as much as 400 kilometers (249 miles) per hour.
- Rail company JR East plans to operate it at 360 kilometers per hour. That would make it 10 kph faster than China’s Fuxing Hao, which links Beijing and Shanghai and has the same top speed.
WTO ministerial meeting of developing countries to take place on May 13-14
- The World Trade Organisation, WTO, ministerial meeting of developing countries will take place on 13-14 of this month in New Delhi.
- The meeting is being held at a time when the multilateral rule-based-trading system is facing serious and grave challenges.
- It will provide an opportunity to the Ministers to discuss various issues and the way forward.
- On the first day, there will be a meeting of senior officers of the participating countries. On the 2nd day, the Ministerial Meeting will be held.
- Sixteen developing countries and six Least Developed Countries are participating in the meeting.
- This meeting at New Delhi is an effort to bring together the developing countries and Least Developed Countries on a platform for sharing common concerns on various issues affecting the WTO and work together to address these issues.
- There have been increasing unilateral measures and counter measures by members, deadlock in key areas of negotiations and the impasse in the Appellate Body, which threaten the very existence of Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the WTO and impacts the position of the WTO as an effective multilateral organisation.
- The current situation has given rise to demands from various quarters to reform the WTO.
Fiscal deficit touched 4.52% at end-February
- Finance Ministry told that the country’s fiscal deficit at ₹51 trillion at the end of February 2019 had touched 4.52% of the GDP.
- The government’s has pegged its fiscal deficit target for 2018-19 at 3.4% for which was revised upwards from the earlier 3.3%.
Govt prohibits imports of electronics goods
- The government of India has prohibited Import of second-hand or refurbished electronics and IT goods without registration with the Bureau of Indian Standards.
- Under the Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement of Compulsory Registration) order 2012, imports of these goods is allowed through the registration with the BIS or on specific exemption letter from the ministry of IT and electronics.
SCIENCE AND TECH
Genetic study conducted on Lakshadweep
- For the very first-time scientists carried out a genetic study on people of Lakshadweep Islands.
- It was conducted by a team of researchers at CSIR’s (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research) Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB).
- It found the close genetic link of Lakshadweep islanders with people from the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and India.
NASA to crash spacecraft into asteroid in 2022
- In a first, NASA will launch a spacecraft that will collide with an asteroid in 2022 to demonstrate a planetary defense technique.
- The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will get one chance to hit its target, a small moonlet in the binary asteroid system Didymos.
- The asteroid poses no threat to Earth.
Esha and Akull won silver in the Shooting
- India’s Esha Singh and Akull Kumar won silver in junior mixed air pistol event in the International Shooting Competition at Hannover, Germany.
- They secured 5.4 points and defeated by the German pair of Jan Luca Karstedt and Vanessa Seeger.
- It was the second mixed medal for Esha, after the one she won recently with Anmol Jain in Plzen, Czech Republic