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Xi Jinping conferred with Nishan-e-Pakistan award

Pakistan Government on 21 April 2015 conferred Nishan-e-Pakistan, top civilian award on Chinese President Xi Jinping.

He was bestowed with this award for his outstanding contribution in promotion of relationship between the two countries by Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain.

About Nishan-e-Pakistan

  • The Nishan-e-Pakistan (Order of Pakistan) is the highest of civilian award and decoration given by the Pakistan Government.
  • The award is awarded to a person for his highest degree of service to the country and nation of Pakistan. It is conferred on them for their merit and distinguished services to the country, foreign relations and international community.
  • Established on 19 March 1957.
  • Former Prime Minister of India Morarji Desai is only Indian to receive this award. He was awarded this award in 1990.

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India 5th biggest generator of e-waste in 2014: UN report

As per recently released Global E-Waste Monitor 2014 report by United Nations, India is the fifth biggest producer of e-waste in the world.

The report was compiled by UN think tank United Nations University (UNU).

Key facts from report

  • Top 5 e-waste producing nations: US, China, Japan, Germany and India.
  • In case of wealthy nations top 5 e-waste producers are Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, and United Kingdom.
  • US and China have produced the most e-waste in 2014. Both nations account for 32 percent of total e-waste produced in the world in 2014.
  • India has discarded around 1.7 million tonnes (Mt) of e-waste in 2014.
  • In 2014, around 41.8 Mt of e-waste was produced all over world and it is expected to rise by 21 percent to 50 million Mt in 2018.
  • In terms of continent wise, Asia has produced most e-waste per inhabitant in year 2014 by producing 16 Mt i.e. 3.7 kg per inhabitant.
  • Top three Asian e-waste producing nations are- China (6.0Mt), Japan (2.2Mt) and India (1.7Mt).
  • While, Africa has generated lowest amount of e-waste per inhabitant by producing 9 Mt i.e. 1.7 kg per inhabitant.

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India’s Y Pranjala wins Asian Junior Tennis title

India’s Y Pranjala has won the Asian Junior Tennis championship title on 18 April 2015.

In the final match played at New Delhi she defeated China’s Zheng Wushuang with a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 scoreline.

She also had won the Asian Junior Tennis doubles title along with partner Zheng Wushuang on 17 April 2015.

Presently, Pranjala is coached by former Davis Cup player Ilyas Ghouse and trains at GVK Tennis Academy in Hyderabad, Telangana.

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