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1. SCO Secretary-General in India to Hold Talks with Union Ministers

i. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary-General Rashid Kutbiddinovitch Alimov arrived in New Delhi to hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and other Union ministers. Alimov is scheduled to hold talks on a wide array of matters.
ii. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will hold a bilateral meeting with Alimov in Delhi. 

2-‘India and the world: a history in nine stories’ inaugurated at national museum in New Delhi

On 5th May 2018, ‘India and the world: a history in nine stories’ exhibition was inaugurated by the President, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, (IGNCA), Raam Bahadur Rai, at National Museum, New Delhi.

India and the world: a history in nine stories:
i. The Exhibition marks the collaboration in museum exhibition with the British Museum, London; National Museum, New Delhi and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai.  It is supported by the Culture Ministry.
ii. The exhibition portrays the evolution of Indian civilization.  It provides insights into two million years of history.
iii. This exhibition is a part of commemoration of 70 years of India’s independence and a year of major cultural exchange between India and the UK (UK/India 2017).
iv. A special postal cover was introduced by the Department of Post. It was launched by L.N. Sharma, Chief Postmaster General (Delhi Circle).
v. The exhibition has brail tactile feature of some of the displayed objects for visually challenged visitors.
vi. It was collaborated with Access for ALL, DAG and Radio Mirchi to develop an apparatus to understand various aspects of the exhibition through multiple senses.
viii. The exhibition has installed tactile paintings and 3 D models for interaction with the object on display.
ix. This Exhibition will be held for  two months till 30th June 2018. It is open for public on all days from 10 am to 6 pm, except on Mondays and public holidays.

3-LPG Penetration in Odisha has reached to 58.55 % says Dharmendra Pradhan

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmednra Pradhan said that, LPG penetration in Odisha has reached 58.55 % by 1st May 2018.
LPG Penetration in Odisha has reached to 58.55 %:
i. LPG Penetration in Odisha was at 20% in June 2014. The government has fixed a target of providing gas connections to 80 lac household by the end of December 2018.
ii. Dharmednra Pradhan said that, 24.23 lac connections have been provided under Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojna.
iii. He spoke at the Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat conducted at Mangalajodi in Tangi Block of Khorda district of Odisha as part of the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan Pradhan.
iv. He added that, at present 4 bottling plants are present in Odisha. Three new bottling plants are planned to be set up in Khorda, Bolangir and Rayagada districts of Odisha.
v. LPG Panchayats are conducted to promote learning through peer group interaction – Kuch Seekhein, Kuch Sikhayei.
Some wildlife sanctuaries in Odisha:
♦ Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary
♦ Kotgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
♦ Kondakameru Wildlife Sanctuary

4-Narendra Singh Tomar addresses Kaushal Vikas Melas

On 5th May 2018, Aajeevika and Kaushal Vikas Melas were held in various parts of India as part of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan.
Narendra Singh Tomar addresses Kaushal Vikas Melas:
i. Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, addressed the gathering at the main event held at Ranchi, Jharkhand.
ii. Narendra Singh Tomar, and his Ministry is working on over 41.2 lakh self-help groups in association with state governments all over India. Nearly 4.86 crore women are engaged in this work.

5-PCI rejects World Press Freedom Index citing ‘lack of clarity’

Published annually by Reporters Without Borders (RWB), the World Press Freedom Index measures the level of media freedom in 180 countries.Without Borders (RWB), the World Press Freedom Index measures the level of media freedom in 180 countries. As per the Reporters Without Borders’ annual report released on April 25, India dropped down two places from 136 in 2017 to 138 in 2018.
i. “lack of clarity”
Justice C.K Prasad, Press Council of India Chairman mentioned RWB’s annual report has “lack of clarity” on the inputs that weighed in the rankings which were based on “opinion or perception”.
ii. Parameters
The parameters include the level of pluralism, media independence, environment and self-censorship, legal framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information.
iii. Mr. Prasad said the PCI had written to the RWB a number of times since 2015 to understand how the index was prepared, but hadn’t received any reply.
iv. “If the ranking is on the basis of statistical data, the council requests you to share it with us, so as to enable us to take remedial measures as it deems proper.

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