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1st May, 2016

Swat activist Tabassum Adnan won 2016 Nelson
Mandela Award
On 28 April 2016 Tabassum Adnan, a women’s rights activist
from Swat valley of Pakistan, won the prestigious Mandela Graça Machel Innovation Award 2016 in Bogota, Colombia.
She won the award for the individual activist category on the
concluding day of the International Civil Society Week held
from April 25-28.

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A victim of child marriage, Tabassum Adnan was married at
the age of 13. The marriage which was marked by frequent
domestic abuse, ended after 20 years when she gathered the
courage to divorce her abusive husband.

1st May, 2016

Union Power Minister launched UJALA Scheme
in Madhya Pradesh
On 30 April 2016 Union Minister for Power, Coal and Renewable
Energy Piyush Goyal launched National LED programme Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) in Madhya
Pradesh. He launched the programme along with the state CM
Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a function in Bhopal.
The scheme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency
Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the
Union Ministry of Power.

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Under this, 3 crore LED Bulbs will be distributed in the next 6
months in the State. It will not only help reduce consumers
their electricity bills but also contribute to the energy security
of India.

1st May, 2016

NABARD partners with Germany for food security
In April 2016 National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
(NABARD) entered into collaboration with German government for a
special programme on 'Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food
It is part of the German government's recently introduced special
initiative 'One World, No Hunger'. India is the only country in Asia
chosen for this initiative.
NABARD is anchoring two major programmes: soil conservation and
rehabilitation of degraded land programme in Maharashtra and
Madhya Pradesh.

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It is also conducting innovation of watershed development and
climate change adaptation programmes in Andhra Pradesh,
Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Germany’s 'One World, No Hunger' addresses areas such as food and
nutrition security, promotion of innovation, protection and sustainable
use of natural resources in rural areas.

1st May, 2016

Indian Navy decommissioned INS Veer and INS
On 28 April 2016 Indian Navy decommissioned Indian Naval
Ships (INS) Veer and Nipat at a ceremony in the Naval
Dockyard, Mumbai.
The ceremony was held in the presence of Vice Admiral Sunil
Lanba, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval
These ships are the first of Veer Class of ships to be
decommissioned from the Indian Navy.

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Both the ships, are 1241 RE class missile vessels, and have
completed 29 and 28 years of commissioned service
respectively. During their service, the ships have participated in
numerous operations and successfully completed many

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