In a measure of confidence building, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that India will provide electronic visas for Chinese tourists.
- Note: India this year announced “the visiting India Year ‘in China to attract more tourists to boost tourism revenues.
- While less than two lakh Chinese visit India, more Chinese travelers visit Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to improve their tourism revenue.
India and China sign 24 agreements a record $ 10 billion on bilateral cooperation in economy, trade, science and technology and culture.
- See the complete list of the 24 agreements signed by India and China from here. Anchor
Nation pays homage to freedom fighter Sukhdev Thapar (May 15, 1907 – March 23 1931) on his 109th birth anniversary today.
- Shaheed Sukhdev was the close associate of Bhagat Singh and Rajguru.
Government will soon enact a further order on the proposed land acquisition law (the third time) after failing to get the legislation passed in the Rajya Sabha and had to refer to a joint committee of both Houses during the Budget session just ended Parliament.
- Union Minister for Rural Development: Birender Singh Chaudhary
Nearly 7 crore people have enrolled in just five days in the “Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana PM“, “Bima Yojana PM Suraksha” and “Atal Pension Yojana”.
- Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched three schemes – Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Atal Pension Yojana (APY).
See complete details of the three plans here
- The Prime Minister’s riding Varanasi Narendra Modi is set to get another key project – improving skills and training in traditional arts / crafts for Development (USTAD).
- The project, which will meet the weavers and other craftsmen, will be implemented by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs.
Awards and Recognition
President Pranabh Mukherjee conferred the Presidential award for Classical Tamil for 2011-12 and 2012-13 years on researchers for their outstanding contribution to the development of classical Tamil language and literature.
- Tolkappiyar Award for Lifetime Achievement in Classical Tamil:
- 2011-12: SV Shanmugam
- 2012-13: R Krishnamurthi
Kural Award Pitam
2011-12: Maria Eva Wilden (Germany)
Young Scholar Award
- Devak M. R.,
- and Alibava
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis double assault female finals in Rome Masters tennis tournament.
Indian young talented Tejaswini Sagar won his maiden world title bagging the gold in the Under-15 World School Chess Championship.
- Note: Anand Nadar pocketed the silver medal in the under 15 open category while Saloni Sapole also won the silver medal in the under 17 girls section.
Shooter Gagan Narang Indian today won the bronze medal in the 50m Rifle Prone event of the ISSF World Cup at Fort Benning in the United States.
- This victory earned him a quota place for the Olympics in 2016 in Rio.
- Note: He won bronze in rifle 10 m at the Olympic Games in London.
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