Former cricketer GautamGambhir to contest from East Delhi

Former cricketer GautamGambhir was fielded by the BharatiyaJanata Party as its candidate from the East Delhi constituency on April 22, 2019.

Gambhir would be replacing MaheishGirri, BJP’s sitting Member of Parliament from the constituency. He would be pitted against former Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Arvinder Singh Lovely and AamAadmi Party’s AtishiMarlena

India pushes African right to permanent UNSC seat

India recently stressed upon Africa’s right to representation among the ranks of the permanent members of the UN Security Council. The move aims to bring in a sense of urgency to the long-stalled reform process of the UNSC.

While speaking at a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace on April 24, 2019, Joint Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry Sanjay Rana said, “We must take action so that Africa is given a central and leading role in an internationally formed new order especially in a reformed and expanded Security Council and so that the Council reflects the world of today and not of 1945.”

West Bengal treats only 49 percent waste water

West Bengal treats only 49 per cent of the waste water before dumping it in the Ganga, the National Green Tribunal has said while directing the state government to submit quarterly report on the issue of solid waste management.

The green panel noted that about 90 per cent of municipal solid waste generated in Bengal is being dumped in the open every day in violation of statutory pollution laws.

India launches ‘MERA India’ to eliminate malaria by 2030

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on April 25, 2019 launched the ‘Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) India’, a gathering of partners working together to plan and scale up research to eliminate Malaria from India by 2030.

MERA India alliance holds utmost importance to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the operational research. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had earlier appreciated India’s research in malaria and hence, the country now aims to ensure its elimination by 2030.

100 years of JallianwalaBagh Massacre

It has often been said that Britain lost its empire the day when, a hundred years ago, Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer(55) commanding a regiment of 50 Gurkha and Baluchi riflemen, ordered firing without warning upon an unarmed crowd of over 15,000 Indians gathered at an enclosure called the JallianwalaBagh in Amritsar, a stone’s throw from the Golden Temple. Dyer had brought two armoured cars with mounted machine guns as well, but the entrance to the Bagh was too narrow to let them in. Perhaps to compensate for this shortcoming, Dyer directed his troops to fire wherever the crowd was densest.

India becomes YouTube’s largest market

With substantial growth in India’s internet coverage and data growth, the country has become YouTube’s largest and fastest growing market with 265 million Indians watching the video-sharing website every month.Confirming the development, Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube said, “India is now both our biggest audience and one of our fastest-growing audiences in the world. YouTube has become the first stop for users to consume content, whether they are looking for entertainment or information. It is this incredible variety of content combined with the growing reach that makes YouTube a perfect platform for brands to drive personalised engagement.”

Bodhisattva figure unearthed

Image result for Bodhisattva figure unearthedHistorians has recently unearthed a stucco figure at Phanigiri (Telangana), presume to be that of Bodhisattva, displayed in a museum on April 30, 2019 to create awareness about the history of Telangana. The excavation of the historic site at Phanigiri began on February 2 and during this field season, the most important finding is the unique stucco figure of Buddha, measuring 1.73 m in length.