Sri Lankas Defence Secretary resigned after the Easter attacks
Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned on 25th April after the Easter attacks. He took the responsibility for the deadly serial bombings. The new Secretary is yet to be named. Mr.Fernando is the first official to step down after both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said they were unaware of the imminent threat, though the security establishment had received prior intelligence.
PM Modi's assets grew 52% to ₹2.51 cr in 5 years; has ₹38,750 cash
According to the affidavit submitted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while filing nomination from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, his assets have grown 52% to ₹2.51 crore in the last five years. PM Modi has declared ₹38,750 as cash in hand as on March 31, 2019. He has a bank balance of ₹4,143 with fixed deposits worth ₹1.2 crore in SBI.
Microsoft became world's third company to hit USD 1 trillion value.
US tech giant Microsoft topped $1 trillion in market capitalisation for the first time after beating its quarterly earnings estimates.
The stock was last up 3.9% at $129.84 on Nasdaq, giving it a valuation of $996.16 billion.
Microsoft stock gained about 23% so far this year due to its flagship cloud product Azure, rivalling Amazon.
It's the third company to achieve this milestone, following Apple, which hit the mark in August 2018, and Amazon, which earned that valuation in September 2018.
About Microsoft Corporation:
Founded: 4 April 1975
Founders: Bill Gates, Paul Allen
Headquarters: Redmond, Washington, United States
CEO: Satya Nadella
ISIS terrorists not arrested as joining foreign outfits legal.
Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that citizens who joined ISIS and had returned could not be arrested as there is no law in Sri Lanka against people who join a foreign terrorist organisation. Some of the suspects were being monitored but they couldn't be taken into custody before the attacks due to lack of sufficient evidence, he added.
World Intellectual Property Day observed on 26th April
World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on 26th April. The theme for 2019 is Reach for Gold: IP and Sports. The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)in 2000. The aim is to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life and to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe. 26 April was chosen as the date for World Intellectual Property Day because it coincides with the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization entered into force in 1970.
Vinesh, Sakshi win bronze at Asian Wrestling Championships
Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat clinched a bronze medal in the 53kg category, while Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik also won a bronze medal in the 62kg category at the Asian Wrestling Championships. Malik won her bronze medal after defeating North Korean grappler Hyon Gyong Mun 9-6, while Pooja Dhanda lost 3-5 in her 57kg bronze medal bout.
We're all grateful to him: Nadal on the retiring David Ferrer
Speaking about his opponent and compatriot David Ferrer, who is set to retire from tennis after the Madrid Open, Rafael Nadal said, "[A]ll these years he's been fighting hard and giving us pleasure watching him. We are all grateful to him." Nadal beat Ferrer in the Barcelona Open, where Ferrer was making his 15th appearance.