1. India Pavilion Inaugurated at Cannes Film Festival 2018
The inaugural session of the Indian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 was held at Cannes, France.
Hosted by noted actor Shri Sharad Kelkar, the Indian delegation present consisted of H.E. Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador of India to France.
The agenda of the delegation from India this year is to showcase diversity in films of our country while furthering collaborations with various other countries.
2. RBSM-India 2018 to Commence on May 15
Commerce Secretary of the Government of India, Rita A Teaotia, will inaugurate the two-day second Reverse Buyers Sellers Meet (RBSM) commencing from May 15 in Mumbai for promoting export of mangoes and other tropical fruits and products.
The Meet is being organized by the APEDA Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, in association with the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Its objective is to promote and give a fillip to exports of Indian mangos and other tropical fruits like pomegranate, pinesapple, banana and jackfruits from the country and to develop new markets for promotion of these fruits and processed products.
3. Modi, Oli Jointly Inaugurate Janakpur-Ayodhya Direct Bus Service
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated a direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya – the two sacred cities for Hindus.
Modi flagged off the bus after visiting the famed 20th century Janaki temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Sita, where he offered special prayers.
Janakpur is known as the birth place of Sita, the wife of Lord Rama. Janaki temple was built in memory of Sita in 1910.
4. YES Bank to Launch Water-Security Programme
YES Bank is all set to roll out a capacity building project with farmers in Haryana and Rajasthan under its ‘Livelihood and Water Security’ CSR initiative.
This initiative is aimed at improving farmers’ access to finance, ensuring effective use of digital banking resources, and imparting good agricultural practices.
5. India’s Growth to Accelerate to 7.3% in FY19, Says Fitch
India’s economic growth will accelerate to 7.3 per cent in the current fiscal and 7.5 per cent in the next fiscal.
Fitch said that the money supply has recovered to its pre-demonetisation level and disruptions related to the rollout of GST have diminished.
The Indian economy continued to bounce back in the final quarter of 2017, growing 7.2 per cent.
6. Bharat Biotech Receives National Technology Award for Rotavac
Leading vaccine maker Bharat Biotech has received the National Technology Award for 2018 from the Central government’s Technology Development Board for its Rotavac vaccine.
This prestigious award for innovative technologies, successfully developed and commercialized from India, was presented by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Technology Day ceremony held at Vigyan in New Delhi.
Launched in 2015 Rotavac was introduced into the Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) in India during 2016, with initial implementation in 9 states.
7. Book Release by Chief of Army Staff
Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army the Staff released the book ‘Across the Bench – Insight into the Indian Military Judicial System’ by Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan, former Army Commander and Member ‘A’, Armed Forces Tribunal, Lucknow Bench.
The book deals with military judicial system vis-a-vis command and management issues within the military establishments besides the whole gamut of issues relating to veterans, their families and dependents.
8. Joint Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Surveillance of Maldives
Indian Naval (IN) ship Sumedha, a Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV), has been deployed to undertake joint EEZ surveillance of Maldives from 09 to 17 May 18, as part of Indian Navy’s ‘Mission Based Deployments’.
The ship would undertake an Operational Turnaround (OTR) at Male from 11 to 12 May 2018, during which the ship would interact and impart training to Maldives’ National Defence Forces (MNDF) personnel.
Sumedha would also embark MNDF personnel onboard and undertake joint EEZ surveillance of Maldives from 12 to 15 May 2018.
The MNDF personnel would be disembarked at Male, on completion of the EEZ surveillance.
9. International Nurses Day – 12th May
Theme 2018 – “Nurses : A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right”
International Nurses Day ( IND ) is celebrated around the world on 12 May of each year, to mark the contributions nurses make to society.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day since 1965.
In January 1974, 12 May was chosen to celebrate the day as it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who is widely considered the founder of modern nursing.
Each year, ICN prepares and distributes the International Nurses’ Day Kit.
The kit contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses everywhere.
In 1999, the British public sector union UNISON voted to ask the ICN to transfer this day to another date, saying Nightingale does not represent modern nursing.
As of 1998, 8 May was designated as annual National Student Nurses’ Day .
As of 2003, the Wednesday within National Nurses Week, between 6 and 12 May, is National School Nurse Day.
9. World Migratory Bird Day – 12th May
The World Migratory Bird Day was celebrated throughout the world on 12th May 2018.
The World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated from now on twice a year, on the Second Saturday in May and in October. It will also be observed on 13th October 2018.
The theme for World Migratory Bird Day 2018 is: “Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation”. Also 2018 is the “Year of the Bird”.