NASA's robotic Mars InSight lander has recorded a likely marsquake for the first time ever. The US space agency said the faint seismic signal, detected by the lander's Seismic instrument, was recorded on April 6. NASA said this is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside the plane. Scientists still are examining the data to determine the exact cause of the signal.
World Malaria Day (WMD) is an international observance commemorated every year on 25 April. It is observed to spread awareness about malaria disease globally and to promote efforts to prevent malaria around the world. The theme of the World Malaria Day 2019 was “Zero malaria starts with me”. WMD is one of eight official global public health campaigns currently marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).
A high-level panel led by former RBI governor Bimal Jalan, set up to decide the appropriate capital reserves that the central bank should maintain, is likely to submit its report by June. The six-member Jalan panel was appointed on December 26, 2018, to review the Economic Capital Framework for the RBI. The committee was to submit its report in 90 days from the first day of its meeting, which was held on January 8. The panel has got an extension beyond its three-month term.
Dena Bank’s former Managing Director Karnam Sekar has been appointed as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Indian Overseas Bank. Sekar is likely to take up the position from July 1, 2019. At Indian Overseas Bank, he will take over the charge from R Subramaniakumar. Points to Remember Headquarters: Chennai Tagline: Good People to Grow With
Former army chief General Dalbir Singh was named as the Indian high commissioner India to Seychelles. Seychelles is an Indian Ocean island nation. Gen Singh was the army chief when India carried out surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in September 2016. He was the army chief from 2014 to 2016. Points to remember Seychelles Capital: Victoria Currency: Seychellois rupee
India's Pankaj Advani defeated Ehsan Heydari Nezhad of Iran 6-4 to claim the inaugural Asian Snooker Tour title. The Indian had earlier defeated Aung Phyo of Myanmar in the semifinal. Advani had earlier won the second leg of the Tour in China.
In Wrestling, India's Divya Kakran and Manju Kumari bagged bronze medals for the country in the women's competition of the Asian Championships in Xi'an, China. Asian Games bronze-medallist Kakran defeated Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia via fall in the playoffs of the 68-kilogram category. It was double delight for India as Manju also secured a bronze medal earlier in the day by beating Vietnam's Thi Huong Dao 11-2.
In Shooting, India opened its medal account with gold each in 10 metres Air Rifle Mixed Team and 10 metres Air Pistol Mixed team events at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing. Young shooters Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary took the top spot in the 10 metres Air Pistol Mixed Team event. Also, Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar opened the country's gold account in the 10 metres Air Rifle Mixed Team event.