65th National Film Awards function underway
• The 65th National Film Awards function is underway at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
• President Ram Nath Kovind is presenting the awards.
• Vinod Khanna was conferred Indian cinema's highest honour Dadasaheb Phalke award posthumously for his contribution to Indian cinema.
• Late eminent actress Sridevi was given Best Actress award posthumously for her movie -Mom.
• The National Film Awards are given in three sections - Feature films, Non-Feature films and Best Writing on Cinema.
Shooter Shahzar Rizvi becomes world no.1 in 10m air pistol
• World record holder Shahzar Rizvi has risen to the top of the world rankings in men's 10m air pistol in the latest International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) charts.
• With 1654 rating points, Rizvi shot to the top spot ahead of Russia’s Artem Chernousov (1046) and Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (803).
• The other Indian in the top 10 is Jitu Rai, who is placed sixth, while Om Prakash Mitharval is placed 12th.
• The Indian Air Force man had won a gold in the first ISSF World Cup stage in Guadalajara, Mexico, in March 2018 with a world record score of 242.3 in the finals.
• He also grabbed a silver medal in the just-concluded World Cup in Changwon, Korea.
UIDAI dismisses reports about Aadhaar Enrolment Software being allegedly tampered
• The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has dismissed the reports about Aadhaar Enrolment Software being allegedly tampered and sold for money in the underground market.
• It said that the report is totally baseless, false, misleading and irresponsible.
• In a statement, UIDAI today said that as part of its stringent enrolment and updating process, it matches all the biometric of a resident enrolling for Aadhaar with the biometrics of all Aadhaar holders before issuing an Aadhaar.
• It said, no operator can make or update Aadhaar unless resident himself or herself gives his or her biometric. Any enrollment or update request is processed only after biometric of the resident is authenticated.
• The authority said it has zero tolerance policy in all its processes including security and safety.
• It also said that such operators who are found to be violating UIDAI’s strict processes, UIDAI blocks and blacklists them and imposes the financial penalty up to one lakh rupees per instance. As on date, more than 50 thousand operators have been blacklisted.
National Conference under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao to be held in Delhi
• The Ministry of Women and Child Development will hold National Conference of 244 Districts under BetiBachaoBetiPadhao (BBBP) in New Delhi on May 4, 2018.
• The day-long conference would be attended by the Nodal Officers of 244 Districts, State Nodal Officers and Senior officers.
• The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi would be the Chief Guest, while the Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Dr. Virendra Kumar would be the Guest of Honour.
• The conference would see the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Human Resource Development share experiences from their sectoral interventions on improving the sex ratio at birth and initiatives to encourage girl child education.
• The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had announced the All India expansion of BBBP scheme in 640 districts across the country (as per Census 2011) on March 8, 2018 at Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.
EPFO Introduces ‘View Pension Passbook’ Service for pensioners
• The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), which is providing a host of e-services for its stakeholders, has now introduced a new service - ‘View Pension Passbook’ service through ‘UMANG app’.
• On clicking ‘View Passbook’ option, the pensioners would be required to enter the PPO Number and date of birth information.
• After successful validation of the information, an OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number of the pensioner.
• On entering OTP, the ‘Pensioner Passbook’ will display the details of the pensioner like name, DOB along with last pension credited information.
• The facility to download the financial year wise complete pass book details will also be made available.
India slip to second position in ICC ODI Team Rankings
• India has lost the top spot in the ICC ODI team rankings to England following the annual update.
• England's rise up the table is largely because of a forgettable 2014-15 season, when they won only 7 out of 25 ODIs against other full members.
• The 2014-15 season has been dropped from the latest calculations while those from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons are weighted at 50 per cent. England have thus gained eight points and moved to 125 points.
• India lost a solitary point to be placed second with a total of 122 points.
• South Africa also dropped a place to be at the third position after losing four points, from 117 to 113.
• The other places remain unchanged, which means that the current top-10 ranked sides are the ones who will be playing in the 2019 World Cup.
Tagore festival begins in Cairo
• India is organising a five-day cultural festival in Egypt to commemorate the 157th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
• An exhibition on the paintings of Tagore titled ‘Rabindranath Tagore: Rhythm in Colours' will be held at the Museum of Ahmed Shawky at Giza as part of the festival, which began on May 3.
• The festival is being organised by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo.
• Spurred by a spirit of inventiveness, Tagore's paintings merged the familiar with the unknown. After he developed his love for painting, Tagore described the visible world around him as a vast procession of forms.
• His landscapes invoke mystery and a sense of disquiet and silence. Tagore did not name his paintings, but by leaving them untitled he freed them from the limits of literary imagination.
Iran nuclear deal: UN urges Trump not to walk away
• UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has urged US President Donald Trump not to walk away from an international deal designed to prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.
• Guterres said there was a real risk of war if the 2015 agreement was not preserved.
• Guterres said that the Iran agreement was an important diplomatic victory and should be maintained.
• He appealed that the deal should not be scrapped unless there is a good alternative.
• Donald Trump would be taking a decision on whether or not to stick with the deal on May 12, 2018.
• On the other side, European allies France, the UK and Germany have agreed that pursuing the current nuclear deal with Iran is the best way to stop it from developing nuclear weapons.