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News in Short - 02-May-2019

Former Indian footballer Pungam Kannan passes away

Date: 02 May 2019 Tags: Sports
  • Former Indian footballer Pungam Kannan passed away im Kolkata, West Bengal. He was 80. He was famously called as 'Pele of Asia'.
  • He was born in Vandavasi in Tamil Nadu. He had played total 14 matches for India. He was former Mohun Bagan FC & East Bengal FC forward. He had won Santosh Trophy for Bengal twice in row (1971-73) and was top-scorer.
  • It was legendary German football coach Dettmar Cramer who had given him best appreciation by calling him 'Pele of Asia' in 1968.

Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria new Vice Chief of IAF

Date: 02 May 2019 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Government has appointed Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria as new Vice Chief of Indian Air Force (IAF). He succeeded Air Marshal Anil Khosla.
  • Prior to this appointment, Bhadauria was head of IAF's Bengaluru-based Training Command. He was commissioned into fighter stream of IAF in June 1980 with Sword of Honour.
  • He has held several important positions during his career with IAF such as Commandant of National Defence Academy (NDA), Senior Air Staff Officer at Central Air Command and Deputy Chief of Air Staff from January 2016 to February 2017.
  • He also has served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Southern Air Command. He took over as chief of Training Command in August 2018.

IGNOU, BSE launches GST awareness programme

Date: 02 May 2019 Tags: Ministries & Departments
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched Goods and Services Tax (GST) awareness programme in collaboration with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Institute Limited to help small scale businesses.
  • Purpose of GST programme: It aims to impart basic knowledge and skills required to fulfil various requirements under the GST Act.
  • It will also be beneficial to people who are engaged in maintaining accounts and filing of various indirect tax returns.
  • Objective of the programme: To impart skills to book keeping professionals to file various regular GST returns along with various compliance requirements.
  • Beneficiaries: Those who have passed Class 12 are eligible for this course. It will be offered in January and July cycle of admissions.

Pakistan to observe Operation Swift Retort

Date: 02 May 2019 Tags: Defence & Security
  • Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has announced that it every year it will observe February 27 as ‘Operation Swift Retort’ to mark its retaliatory action against India aftermath of India’s Balakot strike of Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • IAF had conducted preemptive non military air strike at Balakot terror camp on February 26, 2019 in retaliation (response) to Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide bomber attack in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF jawans.
  • In response to Indian attack, PAF had retaliated with counter attack on February 27, 2019  and captured IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who was released by Pakistan on March 1, 2019.

Beirut sets Guinness World Record

Date: 02 May 2019 Tags: Capital & Currency
  • Beirut, the national capital of Lebanon, created a new Guinness World Record for largest number of national flags raised in city for 24 hours.
  • It achieved this feat on 28th April 2019, after total of 26,852 Lebanese flags were raised for 24 hours.
  • The event was organized by Beirut Alive Association (BAA) under patronage of Lebabon Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
  • With this, Beirut broke previous record held by New York’s Waterloo since 2000.