India to launch South-Asia satellite on May 5



1.Maruti, Honda, Toyota kick off new fiscal with a bang :-

Automobile majors Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Toyota and Honda began the new fiscal on a strong note, posting high double-digit growth in their domestic passenger vehicle sales in April.

Market leader Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) recorded its best ever monthly domestic numbers in April, with sales at 1,44,492 units, a growth of 23.4 % compared to 1,17,045 units in April 2016.

2.U.P. deploys ambulances for cows :-

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Monday flagged off an ambulance service that would cater to cows.

Under the ‘Gauvansh Chikitsa Mobile Vans’ service, the ambulance would rescue ill or injured cows and transport them to ‘gau shalas’ or take them for treatment to the veterinary doctor. A “gau seva toll-free number” was also released so that common people can come to the help of such cows. A veterinarian will be present in the ambulance along with an assistant.

3.India to launch South-Asia satellite on May 5 :-

The “South Asia satellite” for use by countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region will be launched on May 5. This was stated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his latest Mann ki Batt radio address.

4.Rajnath to meet J&K Governor :-

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to meet Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra on Tuesday to discuss the security situation in the State.

Mr. Vohra has been in Delhi for the past three days and would be meeting Mr. Singh at the latter’s residence on Tuesday morning.

5.India to give Rs 35 cr to children of freedom fighters in Bangladesh :-

India will give Rs. 35 crore rupees to children of freedom fighters in Bangladesh under the new ‘Muktijodha scholarship’ scheme in the next five years. Under the scheme, students at higher secondary level will get a one-time grant of Tk 20,000 (Rs 15,370) and students at the undergraduate level will get a grant of Tk 50,000 (Rs 38,430).

6.EC cancels Anantnag LS bypoll :-

The Election Commission has cancelled the Anantnag Lok Sabha bypoll, saying the ground situation is not conducive to hold free and fair elections.

The bypoll, earlier slated to be held on April 12, was postponed for May 25 due to poor law and order situation

7.War in AAP, Amanatullah Khan quits top party panel :-

A day after Aam Aadmi Party MLA and Political Affairs Committee (PAC) member Amanatullah Khan levelled allegations against senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas of being an “agent of the BJP” and trying to “split” the party, Khan stepped down from the party’s highest decision-making body.

8.CBI can prosecute former ISRO chief :-

The CBI on Monday informed a Delhi court that it had obtained sanction to prosecute former ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair and others for allegedly extending illegal monetary benefit of ₹578 crore to a private multimedia company, Devas, by Antrix, ISRO’s commercial arm.

9.Anantnag bypoll cancelled amid on-going violence in Jammu and Kashmir :-

The Election Commission has cancelled the bye-election to Anantnag Lok Sabha seat, scheduled to take place on May 25, news agency PTI has reported. The decision comes amid the on-going violence in Jammu and Kashmir, making the situation unfeasible to hold elections.

The byelection to the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat was necessitated following the resignation of Lok Sabha MP Mehbooba Mufti last year to take over as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

10.Employment generation under PMEGP fell by 9.5% in FY16 :-

The number of employment opportunities generated under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) fell over 9.5% year-on-year to 3.2 lakh in FY 16 from over 3.5 lakh in FY15, according to industry body ASSOCHAM analysis.

“Besides, the number of projects set up under the PMEGP also reduced from over 48,100 in FY15 to about 44,300,” noted the ASSOCHAM analysis of data compiled by Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.