3 May 2015 Current Affairs

Mazen Darwish Honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015

Syrian journalist and rights activist Mazen Darwish was honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015. The award was presented in Latvia on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day in recognition of the work he has carried out in Syria for more than ten year as a human rights defender and a journalist.

Former Union Minister Baleshwar Ram Died

Former Union minister and veteran Congress leader Baleshwar Ram died in Patna, Bihar. He was 87. Since 1952 he had served as MLA for five-term from various assembly constituencies in Bihar. Ram also had served in different ministerial capacity in various Congress governments in Bihar between 1960s and 1970s. In 1980, he was elected to Lok Sabha from Rosera constituency and had served as the Union minister in the Indira Gandhi government.

Floyd Mayweather Won World Welterweight Title of Boxing

American boxer Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao from Philippines to win the unified World Welterweight title. The legendary bout termed as ‘Fight of the Century’ was played at iconic MGM Grand, Las Vegas. With this win, Mayweather added Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) title to his World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) crowns. Also, he extended his winning streak record to 48-0, that is, he has remained undefeated for 19 years as a professional fighter and a victory would push his record to 49-0, the same as American Rocky Marciano’s.

World Press Freedom Day Observed Across The Wolrd

World Press Freedom Day was observed on 3 May 2015 across the world. The theme of 2015 year is : Let Journalism Thrive! Towards better reporting, gender equality and media safety in the digital age. The day marks the celebrations of the fundamental principles of press freedom to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. Since then, 3 May is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. This day also marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in 1991.


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