Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Dr Ambedkar National Memorial in New Delhi.The memorial is dedicated to the life and contributions of Dr. Ambedkar, the principal architect of the Constitution.The foundation stone for the Memorial was laid by the Prime Minister in 2016.The memorial has an exhibition area, meditation hall with the Buddha Statue and 12 feet high bronze statue of Dr. Ambedkar.
NOTE – Ambedkar Jayanti – 14th april
Fifteen-year-old shooter Anish Bhanwala became India’s youngest gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games, winning the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Finals with a record score at Gold Coast, Australia. Anish, who is participating in his first Commonwealth Games, won gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney 2017.
An Indian consortium consisting of IOCL, BPCL and HPCL signed a MoU with Saudi Aramco on the sidelines of the16 International Energy Forum Ministerial. The refinery will be capable of processing 1.2 million barrels of crude oil per day (60 million tonnes per annum). The plan is to finish the project by 2025.
NOTE- Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas – Dharmendra Pradhan
The 2019 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize has been awarded to Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The jury has recognised their exceptional courage in reporting on alleged human rights violations in the Myanmar’s state of Rakhine. Both Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had worked hard to pursue a career in journalism that was impossible in the junta era.
NOTE – UESCO HQ – Paris
The National Highways Authority of India signed an agreement for the upgradation of Yagyi – Kalewa section of highway in Myanmar to two lanes with earthen shoulder. The project has been funded by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and would be executed on EPC mode at a cost of Rs.1177 crores. The project will have 3 new major bridges and 2 new minor bridges.
NOTE – Minister of External Affairs – Sushma Swaraj
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have signed an MoU to map, validate and and protect smaller wetlands in the coastal region and restore them through coastal livelihood programmes. Smaller wetlands (which were smaller than 2.25 hectares) cover an area of more than 5 lakh hectares across the country, with Kerala alone having as many as 2,592 such wetlands.
NOTE – Wetland day – 2nd February
Rajouri Day was celebrated on April 13 to commemorate the bravery and valour of the soldiers who laid down their lives for the liberation of Rajouri district. The Partition of India and the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India in October 1947 was followed by the First Kashmir War between India and Pakistan. The Pakistani raiders, along with the rebels and deserters from the western districts of the state, captured Rajouri on 7 November 1947.