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Iron Dome, an air defence system developed by Rafael Advanced Defence System, intercepts drone during combat for the first time

Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system has intercepted a drone belonging to the Hamas militant group, a first for the platform.

Israel touted new capabilities for Iron Dome over the last year, including a drill where it worked alongside other air defense systems to confront multiple threats and another exercise this year during which it downed unmanned aerial systems.

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The Iron Dome was deployed in 2011.

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Miss Universe 2020: Miss Mexico Andrea Meza crowned as the winner, Miss India Adline Castelino finishes fourth

The 69th Miss Universe is Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza.

The first runner up is Brazil's Julia Gama while Peru's Janick Maceta is the second runner-up. Whereas India's Adline Castelino and Dominican Republic's Kimberly Perez became third runner-up and fourth runner-up respectively.

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Miss Universe 2020 Venue: Hollywood, Florida, USA.

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Jammu and Kashmir govt announces ₹3 crore relief package for tourism sector

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha announced a ₹3 crore relief package for people associated with the tourism sector that has taken a severe hit due to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The relief will be transferred to only those who are registered with the tourism department.

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Groww inks deal to acquire Indiabulls’ mutual fund biz for Rs 175cr

Online investment platform, Groww will acquire Indiabulls Asset Management Company from Indiabulls Housing Finance for a consideration of Rs 175 crores.

The sale of Indiabulls AMC will be limited only to the Mutual Fund business, while the Alternate Investment Fund (AIF) and Portfolio Management Service (PMS) businesses will be demerged from the existing structure.

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Dr Harsh Vardhan chairs 26th meeting of Group of Ministers (GOM) on COVID-19

The 26th GoM meeting was chaired by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Ministry, to discuss COVID-19 relief measures and steps taken.

CoWIN platform-the government developed website for the registration and booking of vaccine appointment- will be soon accessible in Hindi and 14 other regional languages, informed in the 26th GOM meeting.

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He was joined by S.Jaishankar (external affairs) & Shri Hardeep S. Puri.(civil aviation)

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Arjan Bhullar becomes first Indian-origin fighter to win high-level MMA title

Arjan Bhullar became the first Indian-origin fighter to win a world title in a top-level MMA promotion when he beat Brandon Vera to become the heavyweight world champion at the Singapore-based One Championship.

By defeating Vera, Bhullar ended the Filipino-American’s five-year championship-winning run.

Bhullar had won the commonwealth games gold medals in 2010 and 2012.

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He became the first Indian-origin freestyle wrestler to represent Canada at the Olympics.

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Anti Covid drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose or 2-DG launched by Defence Minister and Health Minister

Minister of Defence and Minister of Health and Family Welfare, jointly launched the new COVID drug 2-DG at DRDO Bhawan. The anti-COVID-19 therapeutic application of the drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) has been developed by Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS), a lab of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), along with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories.

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Minister of Defence- Shri Rajnath Singh &
MoHFW- Harsh Vardhan

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Reliance Jio joins global consortium to build undersea cable network

Telecom operator Reliance Jio is constructing the largest international submarine cable system centred on India with global partners and submarine cable supplier Subcom to cater to increased data demand.The two submarine cable systems which the company plans to deploy will connect India with Asia Pacific markets (Singapore, Thailand & Malaysia) and other with Italy & Africa

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Submarine cable networks connect several nations for flow of internet & telecom services

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Penpa Tsering elected president of Tibetan exile government

The former speaker of Tibet’s parliament-in-exile, Penpa Tsering, has been elected the new president of the exile government.Nearly 64,000 Tibetans living in exile in India, Nepal, North America, Europe, Australia and elsewhere voted in the election, which was held in two rounds in January and April.

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It was 3rd direct election of leadership after the withdrawal of Dalai lama from politics

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Distinguished mathematician Padma Bhushan Prof. M S Narasimhan passes away at 88

Famous for Narasimhan-Seshadri theorem, he made pioneering contributions to differential & algebraic geometry.He played key role in development of Mathematics in India.He was the only Indian to be awarded with King Faisal International Prize for Science & First Chair of National Board for Higher Mathematics.

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KK Aggarwal, eminent cardiologist and former IMA president, dies of Covid

Padma Shri awardee and eminent cardiologist Dr KK Aggarwal has died of COVID-19. A prominent face of the medical fraternity in the country, Aggarwal, 62, had served as the president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). The Padma Shri award winner (2010) dedicated his life to the welfare of the public and raising health awareness.

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Aggarwal also headed the Heart Care Foundation of India.

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ASCI General Secretary Manisha Kapoor named VP on the executive committee of ICAS

Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) General Secretary Manisha Kapoor has been appointed to the executive committee of the International Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (ICAS).

She will be one of the four Vice-Presidents on the executive committee and will play a leadership role till 2023.

ICAS is a global platform of self-regulatory organisations (SROs).

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The ICAS President is from the United Kingdom.

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Robotic Navigation Tech – That Helped NASA’s Perseverance Rover Land on Mars – Will Explore the Deep Ocean

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship Okeanos Explorer will depart from Port Canaveral in Florida on a 2-week expedition led by NOAA Ocean Exploration, featuring the technology demonstration of an autonomous underwater vehicle. Called Orpheus, this new class of submersible robot will showcase a system that will help to identify the sea floor features.

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It will now undergo a trial run on the U.S. East Coast in the Atlantic Ocean.

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According to Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade - Wholesale Price Index Surges 10.49% On Year In April 2021

In April, 2021 (over April, 2020), the annual rate of inflation (YoY), based on monthly WPI, stood at 10.49% (Provisional).

The annual rate of inflation in April 2021 is high primarily because of rising in prices of crude petroleum, mineral oils viz petrol, diesel, etc, and manufactured products as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.

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WPI released by The Office of Economic Adviser, DPIIT

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World AIDS Vaccine Day 2021 is observed each year on May 18

The day is commemorated to recognize the efforts of thousands of scientists and health professionals who are tirelessly working to find a vaccine against the Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The day is also addressed as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, which is aimed at increasing awareness regarding the need for HIV vaccines to prevent the spread of HIV infection and AIDS.

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International Museum Day 2021: May 18

International Museum Day is observed on May 18 every year to raise awareness among people about the museums. Museums are an important means of cultural exchange and the development of mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among people.

The theme for International Museum Day 2021 is “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine.”

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