01 May -World Laughter Day 2021

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge has opened in Portugal.

  • Named after its length - 516 metres.
  • It hangs above the Aguieiras Waterfall in the Paiva Gorge in Arouca.

NATO has launched a joint military exercise called "Defender Europe 2021" in Albania.

  • Exercise with thousands of military forces from the United States and other countries in the 1st such large-scale drills since World War II in the Western Balkans.
  • Albania is a valued security partner — both regionally and globally.

Punjab cabinet approves hike in Ashirwad Scheme aid from ₹21,000 to ₹51,000.

  • The increase will come into effect from July 1.
  • Ashirwad Scheme for providing financial assistance to the girl’s marriage under the Department of Welfare of scheduled caste and backward class in the state.
  • To avail the benefit, the annual income of the family from all sources should not exceed Rs 32,790.
  • The parents/guardians of the girl should be domiciled in Punjab and the financial assistance under this scheme is limited to two girls only from one family.

Sale of Electric cars rise by 140 per cent in first quarter of 2021.

  • Despite affecting the economy badly, it broke the previous year's record of 41% on EV registrations.
  • In 2020, consumer spending on EVs touched 120 billion dollars while car registrations rose by 41%.

Dr Evita Fernandez has been awarded with "29th Yudhvir Memorial Award 2021".

  • Award for her 'selfless and compassionate' work in the field of maternal healthcare and contribution to the empowerment of women'.
  • she is the Managing Trustee of the Fernandez Hospital Educational and Research Foundation and Chairperson of Fernandez Foundation.
  • The award includes a citation and an honorarium of Rs 1 lakh.

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