Kerala becomes the first Indian state to reach the spice bond market



1.Kerala becomes the first Indian state to reach the spice bond market:-

The Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) celebrated its first masala bond listing at the London Stock Exchange with the opening ceremony of a special event.Kerala is the first Indian state to market for masala bonds.The state government agency, KIIFB has raised Rs 2,150 crore through its debut masala bond.KIIFB has planned to raise Rs 5,000 crore through masala bond to fund big and significant infrastructure projects in Kerala.Foreign bonds of Indian rupee denomination are popularly known as masala bonds.

2.Nation pays homage to former PM Rajiv Gandhi on 28th death anniversary:-

The nation is paying homage to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary today. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bombing at  Sriperumbudur of Tamil Nadu on this day in 1991. The martyrdom of Rajiv Gandhi is  also observed as Anti-terrorism Day.

 3.’All animals do not flee from desire’ campaign to create awareness of illegal organisms of wildlife:-

India’s wildlife crime control bureau and the United Nations Environment campaign launched on airports across the countryTiger , Pangolin , Star Turtle and Taekyei Lizard campaign specialtyFast growth in illegal trade of wildlife in India in recent years Prior to the International Biodiversity Day celebrated on May 22 , the United Nations Environment, India and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) of India have started an awareness campaign ‘Do not flee from the desire of all the animals’ , which is spread across the country. Look at the major airports. Actor, producer, United Nation’s Goodwill Ambassador and recently appointed Secretary General of the United Nations General Secretary, Dia Mirza, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India’s Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, United Nations Environment, United Nations Agencies and GR Group In the presence of the officials of this, the campaign started.Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Climate Change, Shri C.K. Mishra said that ‘protection is the natural nature of India. Wildlife is facing danger all over the world and demand for the flora and fauna of India is continuing in the illegal markets around the world, under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, our harsh for the protection of wildlife Keeping in view the provisions, it will help in conservation of wild life by attempting to create awareness among the people.Many species are on the verge of extinction from the illegal trade of wildlife. With the spread of organized wildlife crime ranges across the world, this industry is flourishing, illegal trade in wildlife has increased in India. The aim of the campaign ‘All animals do not escape from desire’ is to raise public support for creating awareness and protecting and protecting wildlife, preventing smuggling and reducing demand for wildlife products. This campaign is a supplement to the United Nations Environment Global Campaign, a worldwide action on the illegal trade of wildlife through the jungle for life.Atul Bagai, India’s Chief of the United Nations Environment, said that to create awareness, to eliminate all kinds of illegal wildlife trade threatening the security of biodiversity and forests , to take action and to enforce the laws strictly. the wanted. This campaign is an important step towards creating awareness of wildlife trafficking, which poses a threat to these species.

In the first phase of the campaign, Tiger Pangolin, Star Turtle and Taowke Lizard have been selected, which are in danger due to illegal trade in international markets. For the tiger’s skin, bones and body parts, in traditional meals of lizards and its skin, for the meats and breeding star turtles and towache lizards in South-East Asia, especially for Chinese traditional Chinese medicines. Illegal trade is done. In the second phase, more threatened species will be included and other trafficking routes will be detected.Tilottama Verma, Additional Director of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau of India said, “Because of our huge demand of wildlife and vegetation around the world, there is an illegal trade with cross-border wildlife. WCCB is committed to competing against this organized crime, but it is difficult to work together with various government and non-government organizations, private sector and civil society to save wildlife. Our awareness campaign at the airports is a step towards reaching the masses. ‘Recently, media reports regarding seizure of species brought in by illegal trade on airports and seizure of their various organs are indicative of the fact that wildlife is being smuggled rapidly. Among the major species of wild animals smuggled through the airports, various species of star turtle , bird, mulberry, shawl, tiger and leopard, ivory, rhinoceros horn, pangolin and pangolin skins, sepia, seahorse, and sea cucumber , Creeping animals, live snakes, lizards, coral and medicinal herbs Diya Mirza said  Trafficking of wild animals is being caused by ignorance. This campaign will get a glimpse of the cruelty faced by these species during smuggling. He said that time is demanding that greater awareness should be created and commitment should be created to protect these species so that they can not be saved only, but they can flourish. With the help of the Airports Authority of India and the GMR Group, this campaign will be run on airports across the country. The WCCB and the United Nations Environment Program have started a joint program under which various stakeholders will be educated to prevent smuggling of wildlife and wildlife products and to prevent illegal business.United Nations Environment Organization works for the benefit of the environment. He plays a key role in the field of environment with governments of various countries, private sector, civil society and other international organizations.Wildlife Crime Control Bureau has been set up by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to combat organized wildlife crimes in the country. Under section 38 (Z) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the Bureau has the right to collect information related to organized wildlife criminal activities and to the states and law enforcement agencies to ensure prompt action against the culprits. Apart from this, there is also provision for setting up wildlife crime databank under this section. The Bureau advises the government on matters related to wildlife crimes, relevant policies and laws affecting national and international levels.


4.Joko Widodo elected President of Indonesia for second term:-

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – APRIL 17: Indonesian incumbent Presidential candidate Joko Widodo and his vice presidential candidate Maruf Amin (R), wave during press conference after general election on April 17, 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo lead by roughly 10 percentage points over his rival, the ex-general Prabowo Subianto, according to unofficial “quick counts” released within hours of polls closing even though official results are not expected until May. Mr. Prabowo claimed that the results were tainted by irregularities on Wednesday after Indonesia voted during its general election in one of the world’s largest one-day elections with tens of millions voting across 17,000 islands. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Indonesia’s Joko Widodo has been re-elected as president of the country, beating rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general.The elections commission has said Widodo and his vice-presidential running mate Ma’ruf Amin won the election by a 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent margin over Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.The commission was expected to announce the official results of the April 17 poll tomorrow. But amid fears about unrest and street demonstrations in response to the final count, the final tally was released early with little advance notice.57-year-old Widodo, had been widely predicted to win according to unofficial results. His challenger 67-year-old Subianto, has vowed to challenge any victory for Widodo, alleging widespread voter fraud, and warned that it could spark street protests across the country.

5.Pakistan appoints Mueenul Haq as High Commissioner to India:-

Pakistan has appointed career diplomat Mueenul Haq as the High Commissioner to India. Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday approved appointments of over two dozen ambassadors in various countries including India, China and Japan. Haq, the current ambassador to France, has previously served as chief of protocol at the Foreign Office. The post of High Commissioner to India fell vacant after Sohail Mehmood was appointed Pakistan’s new foreign secretary.


6.Ashish to lead 3-member Indian gymnastics team in World Challenge Cup:-

A three-member team led by 2010 Asian Games bronze medallist Ashish Kumar will represent India at the second World Challenge Cup Series gymnastics tournament in Osijek, Croatia from May 23 to 26.Besides Ashish, the Indian contingent will also have Rakesh Kumar Patra and Shraddha Talekar. The World Challenge Cup is a major FIG event with a broader participation of 110 gymnasts from 30 different countries


7.CSIR-NPL introduce Redefined International System of Units:-

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and National Physical Laboratory, CSIR-NPL, today introduced redefined International System of Units for the country, on World Meterology Day.  The redefined systems are kilogram, kelvin, mole and ampere. The purpose of a system of units is to enable world-wide coherence of measurements.  Speaking on the occasion in New Delhi, former Scientific Advisor to Defence Ministry Dr R Chidambram said this is  a revolutionary change. He said the country should increase its  calibration and measurement capabilities.CSIR-NPL has also prepared documents on NPL policy on Meterology Traceability and recommendations on proposed changes to be incorporated in the National Council of education Research and Training textbooks. the International system of Units-SI was formalised in 1960, and has been d several times to account for advances in measurement technology. Since the 1960s,  the country has  come to rely ever more heavily on advanced science and engineering in day-to-day lives, and also in manufacturing, health-care and science. The proposed changes in the unit definitions have been designed to have no immediate consequence.