- Iran and six world powers have agreed on the framework of an agreement that could be historic to curb Tehran’s nuclear drive, marking a major breakthrough in a deadlock of 12 after marathon talks in Switzerland.
- In this context, Iran has agreed to slash their nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions that have paralyzed the country’s economy.
- Lower House of the Parliament of France approved a measure that would make it a crime to use anorexic models.
- Up to about 40 000 people suffer from anorexia in France, 90 percent of them women.Anchor
- Friday, the day Jesus Christ was crucified, is now observed throughout the countries.
- Data published by the Ministry of Urban Development showed that two lakh seventy thousand household toilets were built throughout the country during the past fiscal year.
- Orissa is the leading state in the construction of community toilets, while Gujarat is ahead of other countries in the construction of household toilets.
- The Election Commission plans to use a new machine that prevents disclosure of voting arrangements at the counting to improve the secrecy of the vote and received support from the Law Commission, but the government has yet to take a call final on the issue.
- The EC has approached the Ministry Act with the proposal to introduce machine ‘counter’ for counting votes.
- Using counter, another level of secrecy in voting and mixing of votes counting time will be achieved, which will prevent disclosure of habits to vote in a particular polling station.
- Today is the 101st anniversary of the birth of Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, MC, popularly known as Sam Bahadur.
- He was the first officer of the Indian Army to be promoted to the rank of marshal of five stars.
- Under his command, the Indian forces have conducted successful campaigns against Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, which led to the liberation of Bangladesh.
- For his distinguished service in the country, he received Padma Vibhushan and was conferred the rank of Field Marshal.
- Mariyam Asif Siddiqui, A 12-year-old Muslim girl emerged topper in a competition on Bhagwad Gita.
- She received the first prize in a school competition to explain the teachings of the holy book.
- She won the contest among 4,500 students who appeared for the competition.
- Alias Goa Rural Development Minister Francisco Mickky Pacheco, who faces a prison sentence of six months, resigned from the cabinet of the state on Friday.
- He resigned after the Supreme Court rejected his application for special leave against the verdict of Goa Bench of Bombay High Court, in a case of assault on a government official in 2006.
- Capt Anoop Kumar Sharma took over all the time as a director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Essar Shipping Ltd.
- It replaces AR Ramakrishnan who has retired from service on March 31, the company said in a statement.
- Business & Economy
- India was ranked 119 out of 130 countries low on FM Global Resilience Index 2015, an index that measures business resilience of countries based on economic factors, risk quality and the supply chain, from September notches from last year.
- This index was topped by Norway to be the most suitable country for companies looking to avoid disruptions in their global operations in the supply chain.
- Venezuela is ranked last on the list.
- Last year ranked India 112.
- Sunita Tomar (28), which emerged as an anti-tobacco crusader after being diagnosed with cancer, has died.
- She shot a 30-second video entitled “Sunita Union for the ministry a year ago, highlighting the devastating effects of smokeless tobacco.
- There are just two days before succumbing to cancer, she had, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wrote: “When I started smoking, there was no warning about its harmful effects . I did not know that chewing tobacco would lead to cancer and ruin my life. Having been through the pain, I decided to notify others through my experience. “
- Hayley Okines, A 17-year-old girl the UK with the body of 104 years died.
- She was suffering from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), an incurable premature aging disease.
- World No. 1 Saina Nehwal reached the semi-finals Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, beating Sun Yu of China.
- In a significant development, the Union government and National Olympic body invited the head of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi April 27, 2015 to discus the development of sport in the country and offers likely for 2024 Olympic Games.
- This is the first visit to Bach India after becoming president of the IOC.
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