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News in Short - 08-May-2019

Tiger Woods awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Date: 08 May 2019 Tags: Sports
  • President Donal Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom (highest US civilian honour) to golfer Tiger Woods (43).
  • With this, he became the fourth and youngest golfer to receive this prestigious award.
  • US President Trump had announced in April 2019 that he would honour the star golfer with the medal, a day after Woods had won his fifth Masters title after gap 11-year major title since overcoming personal and professional setbacks, including a highly-public divorce and multiple surgeries

Amul: Principal sponsor of Afghanistan at ICC World Cup

Date: 08 May 2019 Tags: Sports
  • Dairy major Amul will be the principal sponsor of Afghanistan cricket team for upcoming ICC World Cup to be hosted by England and Wales
  • This is for the third time Amul is sponsoring cricket team in the World Cup, earlier it had associated with New Zealand and Holland teams in earlier World Cup tournaments.
  • Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which markets dairy products under Amul brand, exports around Rs 200 crore worth of products annually to Afghanistan.

Qatar allocates US $480 million in aid to Palestinian

Date: 08 May 2019 Tags: International Events
  • Gas-rich Qatar has allocated US $480 million in aid to cash-strapped Palestinian Authority to support education and health services and provide urgent humanitarian relief.
  • It has allocated US $300 million in form of grants and loans to support health and education sectors' budgets with Palestinian Authority.
  • It has allocated another US $180 million in urgent relief and humanitarian aid and in support of UN programmes in Palestine. This aid will also go to the power sector to ensure supplies are not interrupted.
  • The authority led by president Mahmud Abbas has been hit by the cutting of two of its leading sources of revenues viz. bilateral US aid and Israel’s decision to halt transfers of customs duties it levies on goods destined for Palestinian markets.
  • Qatar is major aid donor to the Palestinians, both to Abbas's West Bank-based Palestinian Authority and to rival Gaza administration of Islamist group Hamas.

India’s Team Caeli wins 2nd prize in Microsoft's Imagine Cup World Championship

Date: 08 May 2019 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Team Caeli from India comprising of three Indian students namely Aakash Bhadana, Bharat Sundal, and Vasu Kaushik won second prize  in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup World Championship final held in Seattle, United States.
  • The trio won for developing “Caeli”, which is world’s first smart automated anti-pollution and drug delivery mask.
  • Caeli is sleek, portable, easy to fit and carry inside pocket nebulizer and customized mask. It also has feature of drug doses that can be scheduled through app.