1. POLLUTION MANAGEMENT AND ENVIORNMENT HEALTH PROGRAM ESTABLISHED BY WORLD BANK:

.    World Bank has established pollution Management and Environment Health (PHEM) promgram which will focus onair quality management.

.    PHEM program will initially run from 2015 to 2020 with anestimated amount of 45 million US dollar.

.    The program will focus on air quality management in five major urban areas India, China, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa.

 

2.   NEW YORK TIMES WON PULITZER PRIZES:

.    The New York Times has won two Pulitzer prizes for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

.    The New York Times staff won the Pulitzer Prize forInternational reporting.

.    Danial Berechulaka freelancer won Pulitzer prize for thefeature photography.

 

3. INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY OBSERVED ON 22ND APRIL:

.    International Mother Earth Day was observed on 22nd Aprilaround the world.

.    International Mother Earth Day 2015 was observed with the theme “It’s our turn to lead”.

 

4. JAPANESE TRAIN SET THE WORLD SPEED RECORD OF 603 KMPH:

.    Japanese Bullet train Maglev set a new world speed record of603 kmph.

.    Maglev train broke its previous world record of 580 kmph up in the year 2003.

 

5. MAKE MY TRIP ACQUIRED MYGOLA:

.    Online travel Service provider Make My Trip has acquired startup travel guide Mygola.

.    Mygola was founded in 2009 by Anshuman Bapna and prateek Sharma.

.    CEO of Make My Trip – Deep Kalra

 

6. XI JINPING HONOURED WITH NISHAN-E-PAKISTAN:

.    Chinese President Xi Jinping is honoured with Nishan-e-Pakistan Award.

.    Nishan-e-Pakistan award is the highest civilian award of Pakistan.

.    The award was presented by the president of PakistanMamnoon Hussain.

 

7. 8.7 % INTEREST RATE FOR GPF IN 2015-16:

A. Union Finance Ministry has retained the rate of interest at 8.7 % for GPF for the year 2015-16.

.    The interest rate will apply on provident funds of central government employees, railways and defense forces.

GPF- General Provident Fund

Key Points:

(i)    Interest rate for senior citizens saving scheme hiked from 9.2% to 9.3%

(ii) Interest rate for Sukanya Samridhi account hike from 9.2% to 9.3%