World Intellectual Property Day observed across the globe on 26 April. Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind, inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names and images used in commercial activities. The day is observed across the world to spread awareness about the role that intellectual property rights like patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright play in encouraging innovation and creativity. The theme of World Intellectual Property Day 2019 is ‘Reach for Gold: IP and Sports’.
The India Pavilion at the 29th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair has been inaugurated. India has been designated as the Guest of Honour for the Book Fair, which is being held from 24th – 30th April 2019. The India Pavilion lays special focus on the life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. It displays the 100 volume series titled Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, apart from various publications on the freedom struggle.
5th Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Media Summit on Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness began in Kathmandu. The theme of the two-day summit is “Media Solutions for Sustainable Future: Saving Lives, Building Resilient Communities”. The basic aim of the summit is to address the issue of fully utilizing the media’s potential of accelerating climate action and disaster preparedness. Over 200 participants including political leaders, representatives of UN agencies and NGOs scientists and media persons are attending the event. Points to remember Nepal Capital: Kathmandu Currency: Nepalese rupee President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari
South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC) of Ministry of Culture, Government of India is organizing Madhya Dakshini Festival 2019. The festival is being celebrated in collaboration with North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) from April 25 to 28, 2019 in four venues of Guwahati. In the festival, around 100 folk artists from Central India, states from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Andra Pradesh will perform vibrant and colourful folk dances showing the rich cultural heritage of India. The inauguration of the festival was organized at Shilpgram of NEZCC at Panjabari, Guwahati.
A red alert has been declared in Tamil Nadu for April 30 and May 1 as a major cyclone, Fani, is likely to hit the north coast of the state over the two days. Fishermen have been advised not to venture out into the sea during the coming week. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that after gaining more strength, the cyclonic circulation has finally induced a low-pressure area. The system is formed over Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining the southeast Bay of Bengal.
Indian Army signed an MoU with National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited (NHPC). The MoU is for the construct tunnels on borders with China and Pakistan for storage of ammunition and other war-related equipment. Under the pilot project, three tunnels will be built on China border while one will be built along the Line of Control with Pakistan. The project is meant to bolster the Indian Army's capabilities along the Chinese border.
India's Divyansh Singh Panwar secured the country's fourth Olympic quota place in shooting by winning a silver in the ISSF World Cup in Beijing. The 17-year-old teenager Divyansh finished second in the 10m air rifle event in the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup for pistol and rifle shooters. This is India's fourth 2020 Tokyo Olympic quota after Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela (10m air rifle women) and Saurabh Choudhary (10m Air Pistol men).