1. Aizawl FC become first Northeast club to win I-League
Aizawl FC, a small team from Mizoram, created history by becoming the first club from north-east to win the I-League as they beat Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan to the title race by drawing 1-1 with Shillong Lajong.
Aizawl ended the league on 37 points while Mohun Bagan finished second on 36. They have won the I-League title in their second season, becoming the first club from the Northeast to bag the title.
2. India to sell only electric cars by 2030: Power Minister
India is looking at having an all-electric car fleet by 2030 with an express objective of lowering the fuel import bill and running cost of vehicles. Power Minister Goyal is of the view that initially the government can handhold the electric vehicle industry for 2-3 years to help it stabilise.
Goyal said that the ministry of heavy industries and the NITI Aayog are working on a policy for promotion of electric vehicles.
3. Rafael Nadal clinches record 10th Barcelona Open title
Rafael Nadal added a record 10th Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell title to his impressive resume, beating Dominic Thiem, 6-4, 6-1, in the final.
The Austrian gave Nadal a stiff challenge for much of the first set, but the Spaniard shifted gears after his first break and cruised to a win. After winning the Monte-Carlo Masters last week, Nadal appears to be in superb form just a few weeks ahead of the French Open.
4. Assam gets its first Shatabdi Express
Assam got its first Shatabdi Express with Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain flagging off the train from Dibrugarh. The new Shatabdi Express train (No. 12085/12086) will run between Dibrugarh and Guwahati.
The Shatabdi Express trains are among the fastest and most prestigious trains of the Indian Railways along with Rajdhani and Duronto trains which connect metro cities with other important cities from the point of view of tourism, pilgrimage or business.
5. Mercedes’ Bottas claims maiden Grand Prix win in Russia
Valtteri Bottas claimed his maiden Formula One victory when he resisted intense pressure from championship leader Sebastian Vettel to triumph for Mercedes in a tense Russian Grand Prix.
The popular Bottas’s first win was warmly received by his fellow drivers and the paddock, Hamilton hugging him after he had jumped into the arms of his crew and Vettel joining the reception, Russian President Vladimir Putin also present for congratulations and prize giving.
6. UP govt to waive loans of differently-abled: Minister
Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar on Sunday said the state government is going to waive loans of up to ₹1 lakh of ‘Divyangs’ (differently-abled). “We will also provide them loans up to ₹1 lakh at an interest rate of 4% only,” the Minister added. The government also plans to hold “Samadhan Diwas” every month to resolve their problems.
7. Now parents opting for adoption can’t pick and choose child
Starting May 1, prospective parents going for adoption would not be allowed to “pick and choose” but would only be given one option by the national adoption body. Till now, the government’s adoption portal, CARINGS, referred up to three children to the prospective parents to choose from. Notably, adoption applicants can participate in only three rounds of referrals.