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India’s First Foreign Interactive Bird Park Launched in Mumbai
India’s first exotic Bird Park ‘Essel World Bird Park’ spread over 1.4 acres of land was launched by EsselWorld Leisure Pvt. Ltd in Mumbai.
The Park is home to over 500 exotic birds from more than 60 species of birds and has 200 species of special plants and trees for the birds.
NGT Directs MoEF to Submit Report on Constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees
National Green Tribunal (NGT) headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to submit a report on constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) at the local level of every state within three months.
The Biological Diversity Act 2002 aims to preserve biological diversity in India and provides mechanism for equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of traditional biological resources and knowledge.
Home Expo India 2019 Begins
The 8th edition of HOME EXPO INDIA 2019 began at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida on 16th April 2019.
The three-day exhibition has been organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), nodal export promotion body for handicrafts in India.
Business & Economy
Airtel and Cisco Announce Strategic Alliance
On 15th April 2019, Bharti Airtel and Cisco announced an alliance to offer advanced networking and connectivity solutions to enterprise and small and medium-sized business (SMB) customers in India.
The partnership will leverage Airtel’s deep customer relationships and network to offer highly secure and cutting-edge digitization technology from Cisco in India.
BSE Ties Up With Network Intelligence to Provide Security Services
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) ties up with Network Intelligence India Pvt Ltd to provide security services to its members under the Cybersecurity guidelines of Security Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
SEBI had released its “Cybersecurity & Cyber Resilience framework for Stock Brokers / Depository Participants” in late 2018.
Awards & Honours
Aretha Franklin Receive Posthumous Pulitzer Prize
On 15th April 2019, The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.
She becomes first individual woman to receive posthumous Pulitzer Prize under special citation.
NY Times, Wall Street Journal Win Pulitzers for Trump Probes
The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal were awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their separate investigations of President Donald Trump and his family.
The Times won the prestigious journalism award for a probe of the Trump family’s finances that debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges.
The Associated Press won a Pulitzer for international reporting for its coverage of the war in Yemen.
Reuters was honoured for international reporting for its coverage of atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Datamatics Wins IMC Digital Technology Award 2018 in Emerging Technology Category
Datamatics Global Services Ltd. (DGSL), a global IT & BPM company announced that it has won IMC Digital Technology Awards 2018 under the Excellence in Emerging Technology category in Mumbai.
The company has won the award for TruBot, its Robotic Process Automation product and TruAI, its Artificial Intelligence platform.
The IMC Awards recognize achievements across all areas of the IT industry.
John Moore Won the World Press Photo Award 2019
Getty photographer and Pulitzer Prize-winner John Moore won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year 2019 for the image, titled “Crying Girl on the Border”.
A photo of a 2-year-old girl crying near the US-Mexico border as she and her mother have been taken into custody by US border officials in Texas shot in June 2018.
The child who became an iconic face of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy 2018.
Dutch-Swedish photographer Pieter Ten Hoopen won the “World Press Photo Story of the Year Award” for the image of 2018 mass-migrant caravan to the US border.
Science & Technology
Scientists Unveil ‘First’ 3D Printed Heart with Human Tissues
On 15th April 2019, Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers.
It is a first and a “major medical breakthrough” that advances possibilities for human organ transplants in future.
Harsheel Dani Clinched Dutch International Badminton Title
India’s Harsheel Dani defeated Mads Christophersen of Denmark won the 20th Victor Dutch International Badminton title at Wateringen, Netherlands.