1. French thriller film Dheepan has been awarded the top most award the Palme d’Or Award at 68th Cannes Film Festival. The film is directed by Jacques Audiard. Dheepan story revolves around the trio of Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country to France.
2. Mumbai Indians’ (MI’s) won the eight edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) and clinched their second IPL title following a crushing 41-run win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a lop-sided summit clash in Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata. Mumbai Indians posted an imposing 202 for five as skipper Rohit Sharma (50) and Lendl Simmons (68) rattled up a 119-run stand off just from 67 balls after being invited to bat.
3. India’s Deepa Kumari has been accorded an international outdoor umpire status by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Deepa, who started her umpiring career in 2010, officiated many domestic tournaments in India. Her international umpiring career includes the recently culminated Hawke’s Bay Cup besides the 2013 U-16 Girls Asia Cup.
4. According to a study conducted by EA Water, a leading consulting firm in water sector India’s demand for water is expected to exceed all current sources of supply and the country is set to become water scarce country by 2025. This is due to demand-supply mis-match. With increasing household income and increasing contributions from the service and industrial sectors, the water demand in the domestic and industrial sectors increasing substantially.
5. Neeraj Ghaywan’s directorial debut “Masaan”, which premiered at this year’s 68th Cannes Film Festival, has won two top awards– FIPRESCI, International Jury of Film Critics prize and Promising Future prize in the Un Certain Regard section.
6. Two Indian peacekeepers have been chosen posthumously for United Nation’s Dag Hammarskjold Medal. They are Lance Naik Nand Ram and Raju Joseph. Both of them are among the 126 police, military and civilian personnel who have been posthumously awarded a prestigious UN medal. They have been chosen for this award for their courage and sacrifice while serving in UN peacekeeping operations in 2014 and lost their lives as a result of hostile acts, accidents and disease. Lance Naik Nand Ram had served with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). While, Raju Joseph had served in a civilian capacity with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
7. Indian boxers won a total of seven medals including four gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the Doha International boxing tournament. Commonwealth Games silver medalist L. Devendro Singh (49 kg), Shiva Thapa (56 kg), Manish Kaushik (60 kg) and Manoj Kumar (64 kg) won the gold medals. Gaurav Bidhuri (52 kg) won the silver medal, while Mandeep Jangra (69 kg) and Vikas Krishan (75 kg) bagged bronze medals.
8. Indian boxers rounded off a thoroughly commendable performance at the AIBA Women’s Junior World Championships, clinching three gold and two silver medals on the final day of the event. Savita (50kg), Mandeep Sandhu (52kg) and Sakshi (54kg) struck gold for the country, while Soniya (48kg) and Niharika Gonella (70kg) settled for silver medals.
9. G. Mohan Kumar has been appointed as the Secretary of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Mohan Kumar will be in the office for a period of two years and succeeds Radha Krishna Mathur who completes his tenure on 28 May 2015. Kumar is a 1979 batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre.
10. John Nash, a Nobel prize winner and Mathematician died, along with his wife, in a traffic crash in New Jersey. He was 86. Nash was awarded the Nobel prize in economics in 1994 for his work on game theory.