World Book Day is celebrated by UNESCO and other related organisations every year on the 23rd of April. Also called the World Book and Copyright Day, it is an occasion to promote the joy of books and the art of reading. 23rd April was selected by UNESCO to pay tribute to great literary figures including William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega who died on this day. This date was finalised in the year 1995 in the UNESCO General Conference, held in Paris, to honour authors and books worldwide.
Indonesia has released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic ties with India. The stamp has been designed by renowned Indonesian sculptor Padmashri Bapak Nyoman Nuarta. It featured a scene from Ramayana in which Jatayu valiantly fought to save Sita. India's Ambassador Pradeep Kumar Rawat and Indonesia's Vice Foreign Minister Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir attended the event.
The Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) has once again made a mark at the global level. The institute's post-graduate programme in Enterprise Management (PGPEM) has secured the 12th rank in APAC listing and came 61st globally in the QS Executive MBA Rankings 2019. It is the only Indian B-school to secure a place among the top 100 B-Schools across the world. QS Rankings uses parameters such as leadership, executive profile, diversity, career outcomes, etc, for ranking.
State-owned Allahabad Bank said on April 23 the government has increased its authorised capital by Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 8,000 crore. The central government after consultation with the Reserve Bank of India has increased the authorised capital of the bank. The increase in authorised capital will enable the bank to raise further fund up to a maximum ceiling of Rs 8,000 crore. Points to remember Headquarters: Kolkata Founded: 24 April 1865 MD & CEO: S. S. Mallikarjuna Rao
Shri Rajendra Kumar Nayak took over as the 52nd Controller General of Defence Accounts. He is from the Indian Defence Accounts Service of 1983 batch. Shri Nayak has held important assignments in the Defence Accounts Department and on deputation in the Government of India. He was Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts, Defence Accounts Department, Ministry of Defence before taking over as the CGDA.
The Indian Premier League final scheduled on May 12 was shifted from Chennai to Hyderabad. The decision came after the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) failed to get requisite permission from the government to open the three closed stands. Points to remember Chennai cricket stadium: M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Hyderabad cricket stadium: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
World number one Bajrang Punia won a gold medal to reclaim his Asian Championship crown. He defeated Kazakhstan's Sayatbek Okassov 12-7 in a nail-biting 65kg men's freestyle final. It is Bajrang's second gold at this championship, having won one in 2017. Another Indian Parveen Rana, lost to Bahman Mohammad Teymouri of Iran in the final 0-3 in 79kg category securing a silver medal. In 97 Kg category, Satywart Kadian picked a bronze medal defeating Haobin Gao of China by 8-2.