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1.   In Delhi permanent Indus Commission meet begins.
A. A representative of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and technical experts, sources said the Indian delegation for the annual meeting comprises India’s Indus Water Commissioner P K Saxena.
B. By Syed Muhammad Mehar Ali Shah Pakistan’s six-member delegation for the commission’s 114th meeting is being led.
C. The water distribution and sharing rights of six rivers — Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum covered by the IWT.
D. Waters from the three western rivers — Indus, Jhelum and Chenab — are reserved for Pakistan specified by the treaty.
E. Waters from eastern rivers — Ravi, Sutlej and Beas — are for reserved for India.

 

Important events associated with science & technology

2.   To study ‘heart’ of Mars NASA to send first mission.
A. InSight – a stationary lander – will also be the first NASA mission since the Apollo moon landings to place a seismometer, a device that measures quakes, on the soil of another planet scheduled to launch on May 5.
B. Bruce Banerdt, principal investigator for InSight said InSight is like a scientific time machine that will bring back information about the earliest stages of Mars’ formation 4.5 billion years ago in some ways.
C. InSight or the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport mission, carries a suite of sensitive instruments to gather data.
D. Unlike a rover mission, these instruments require a stationary lander from which they can carefully be placed on and below the martian surface, NASA said.

 

National

Economic News

3.   For Inter-State movement of goods E-Way Bill comes into force.

A. The e-way Bill System for Inter-State movement of goods comes into force with the beginning of the financial year 2018-19.
B. An E-way Bill will be required for moving goods worth over 50,000 rupees from one state to another.
C. Across the country the electronic way Bill system has come into effect.
D. Businesses and transporters have to produce before a GST inspector e-way bill for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another under this system.

 

Economic News

4.   GAIL’s Dabhol terminal receives cargo first US shale gas reaches India.
A. At the Dabhol regasification terminal in Maharashtra India’s first liquefied natural gas cargo from the United States landed.
B. Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan also announced a Rs 700-crore investment by the newly-created Gail arm Konkan LNG receiving the first-ever shipment of 1.2 lakh tonne LNG under the long-term contract of 20 years to complete an under-construction breakwater facility, that on completion will make the terminal an all-weather facility.

 

Sports

5.   Sportsperson of the Year’ : Mithali Raj.
A. ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ adjudtged Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj.
B. Ace shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu bagged the best senior male and female athletes at the Telangana Sports Journalists Association annual awards for 2017.
C. An Association release said ‘best coach of the year’ award to Gopichand, who received this award for second time in a row presented by Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman
D. N Mukesh Kumar, triple Olympian and former national hockey player was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the event.

 

Sports

6.   Muskan Bhanwala wins 25m pistol gold:  Jr World Cup.
A. At the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney the final competition day opened with another gold awarded to the Indian National Team, as Muskan Bhanwala secured the gold medal in the 25m Pistol Women Junior event.
B. In last year’s ISSF Junior World Championship in Suh, Germany, who placed at 4th – Bhanwala — took the lead at the end of the sixth round, when she nailed a perfect 5-hit series and found herself sitting on a 3-point advantage over her closest rival, People’s Republic of China’s Qin Sihang (16).

  

Person

7.   C.V. Rajendran film director passes away.
A. Who was part of late C.V. Sridhar’s unit and directed a few memorable films like Kalatta Kalyanam, Sumathi En Sundari and Raja starring Sivaji Ganesan and Jayalalithaa and Ponoonjal, Tamil film director C.V. Rajendran died aged 81.

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