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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19 APR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19 APR 2018
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1.      SAUDI ARABIA OPENS 1ST MOVIE THEATER IN 35 YEARS
i. The opening of the first movie theater in Saudi Arabia has been highly anticipated across the country, after over 35 years of prohibition for religious reasons.
ii. The first film screening is to be in the capital Riyadh, where a mixed Saudi and foreign audience watched the Marvel superhero film "Black Panther".

2.      CHHATTISGARH TO DISTRIBUTE FREE SMARTPHONES TO OVER 50 LAKH PEOPLE
i. The BJP government in Chhattisgarh will start distributing smartphones to over 50 lakh people for free from May under the Sanchar Kranti Yojana .
ii. Women heads of households will be the priority recipients of the smart phones.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 18 APR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 18 APR 2018
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1.      INDIA SIGNS LOAN AGREEMENT WITH WORLD BANK FOR USD 48 MILLION FOR MEGHALAYA
i. A Loan Agreement for IBRD loan of USD 48 million for the “Meghalaya Community - Led Landscapes Management Project ” was signed with the World Bank.
ii. The Objective of the Project is to strengthen community-led landscapes management in selected landscapes in the State of Meghalaya.

2.      GOVERNMENT REVISES TARGET TO COMPLETE PMGSY FROM YEAR 2022 TO 2019
i. The Union Government has stated that the PradhanMantri Gram SadakYojana is well on its way to achieving the target by March 2019.
ii.The scheme was started in 2000, has been able to provide connectivity to more than One lakh 50 thousand habitations.
ii. Sensing the importance and urgency of rural roads for national development, the target date for completion of PMGSY-I has been preponed from 2022 to 2019.

Friday, April 20, 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17 APR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17 APR 2018
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1.      SMRITI IRANI INAUGURATES 7TH EDITION OF HOME EXPO INDIA 2018
i. The seventh edition of Home Expo India 2018, organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts , was inaugurated at India Expo Centre & Mart in Greater Noida.
ii. Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani inaugurated the fair, while Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles, was the guest of honour.
iii.Home Expo India 2018 will generate business deals for direct import.

2.      HIMACHAL PRADESH CELEBRATES ITS 71ST FOUNDATION DAY
i. Himachal Pradesh celebrated its 71st foundation day with much fanfare and gaiety.
ii.The hill state came into existence after the merger of 30 odd princely states in 1948.
ii. The main event was held at Ridge Maidan in Shimla, where Chief Minister Jairam Thakur reviewed the ceremonial Parade presented by police, home guards and NCC cadets.

3.      COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING BEGINS IN LONDON
i. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2018) has begun in London, the UK.
ii. The theme of the summit is 'Towards a Common Future'. The biennial event has brought together delegates from 53 Commonwealth nations.
iii. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting  is a biennial summit meeting of the heads of government from all Commonwealth nations.
iv.After every two years the meeting is held in a different member state

4.      UN LAUNCHES ROAD SAFETY TRUST FUND
i. United Nations’ Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed announced the launch of the ‘UN Road Safety Trust Fund’ to stimulate action that can save lives and prevent injuries and sufferings associated with road accidents.
ii. The UN Economic Commission for Europe , the development arm of the UN in Europe, is designated as the Secretariat for the Trust Fund
iii.A contribution of USD 1500 to the fund could help save one life and prevent 10 serious injuries.

5.      DHARMENDRA TO BE CONFERRED WITH RAJ KAPOOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
i. Veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra will be conferred with the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani with Raj Kapoor Special Contribution awards.
ii. The state government-instituted awards will be given away at the 55th Maharashtra State Marathi Film Festival.

6.      GOVERNMENT RAISES NABARD'S AUTHORISED CAPITAL TO RS 300 BILLION
i.Under the programe to double the income of farmers by 2022, the government has raised the authorised capital of NABARD by six times from 50 billion to Rs 300 billion .
ii.It will  help it increase its lending to the rural economy.
ii. The increase in authorised capital will enable Nabard to respond to commitments it has undertaken, particularly in respect of the Long Term Irrigation Fund and on-lending to cooperative banks.
Harsh Kumar Bhanwala is the Chairman of NABARD.
Its headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. HIMACHAL PRADESH HAS RECENTLY CELEBRATED ITS 71ST FOUNDATION DAY WITH MUCH FANFARE AND GAIETY. NAME THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE WHICH IS LOCATED IN HIMACHAL PRADESH?
(a) Kaziranga National Park
(b) Sundarbans
(c) Great Himalayan National Park
(d) Manas N       ational Park
Q2. NAME THE VETERAN BOLLYWOOD ACTOR WHO WILL BE CONFERRED WITH THE PRESTIGIOUS RAJ KAPOOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT.
(a) Dharmendra
(b) Sridevi
(c) Amitabh Bachchan
(d) Vinod Khanna
Q3. WHERE DID UNION CABINET MINISTER SMRITI IRANI INAUGURATE GUJARAT NARMADA VALLEY FERTILIZERS & CHEMICALS LIMITED (GNFC’S) NEEM PROJECT ON 13TH APRIL 2018?
(a) Amethi, Uttar Pradesh
(b) Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
(c) Ahmedabad, Gujarat
(d) Surat, Gujarat
Q4. NATIONAL BANK FOR AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT (NABARD) HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAS EXTENDED TOTAL CREDIT SUPPORT OF RS 14690 CRORE TO WHICH STATE DURING 2017-18?
(a) Assam
(b) Rajasthan
(c) Maharashtra
(d) Gujarat

ANSWERS:
1-c      2-a      3-c      4-b

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 16 APR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 16 APR 2018
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1.      CWG 2018 CONCLUDES: IMPORTANT INDIAN HIGHLIGHTS
i. India finished third in the medals tally at the Commonwealth Games 2018 with 66 medals (26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze).
ii.  Australia topped the list  with 198 medals and England with 136 .
iii. India's maximum medals came from shooting (16), followed by wrestling (12) and weightlifting (9).

2.      KIDAMBISRIKANTH WINS HIS 1ST CWG SILVER
i. World number one Indian shuttlerKidambiSrikanth won his career's first Commonwealth Games singles Silver medal.
ii. In the final, the 25-year-old Indian lost to Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, who won his career's third Commonwealth Games singles gold medal.
iii.Three Indian shuttlers have won CWG men's singles title– PrakashPadukone (1978), Syed Modi (1982) and ParupalliKashyap (2014).

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15 APR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15 APR 2018
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1.      NATION CELEBRATES 127TH AMBEDKARJAYANTI
i. Nation remembers DrBhimraoRamjiAmbedkaron his 127th birth anniversary floral tributes were paid at Babasaheb’s Statue in the Parliament House Complex, New Delhi.
ii. DrBabasahebAmbedkar, the chief architect of the Constitution of India, was born on 14th April 1891 at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, which is now known as DrAmbedkar Nagar.
iii. He was also the first law minister of India.
iv.Unified Payment Interface based app BHIM that was launched by PM Modi has been named after Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

2.      PM MODI LAUNCHES LARGEST HEALTH CARE SCHEME ON AMBEDKARJAYANTI
i. Prime Minister NarendraModi launched the phase one of the Ayushman Bharat schemes that aim at creating a healthy, prosperous and strong India on the occasion of Birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar.
ii.The first phase of Ayushman Bharat will see 1.5 Lakh such Centers being set up across the country.
ii. The Prime Minister also launched Health and Wellness Centre under Ayushman Bharat scheme in Jangala village of Karnataka.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14 APR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14 APR 2018
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1.      UNION HOME MINISTER LAUNCHES E-FRRO SCHEME
Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh launched the web-based application ‘e-FRRO’(e-Foreigners Regional Registration Office).
i. Under the current system, foreigners staying in India on Visa duration of more than 180 days have to get themselves registered with their respective FRROs.
ii. Similarly, foreigners requiring different kind of visa related services such as Visa extension, Change of address, Visa Conversion, Change of Educational institutions, Exit permits etc. are currently required to visit the FRROs.
ii. By using e-FRRO application, foreigners in India would be able to get as many as 27 Visa and Immigration related services from the comfort of their place of stay, through email/post without appearing in person at the FRRO office.
iii. e-FRRO was introduced in four FRROs Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.

2.      CHINA LAUNCHES CLOUD PLATFORM FOR ITS SCIENTISTS
China has introduced China Science and Technology Cloud  to provide scientists with accessible, accurate and secure data services to promote research and innovation.
i. China Science and Technology Cloud has been developed by the Computer Network Information Centre of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
ii. CSTC obtains data from the academy’s research institutes and major scientific installations, and many Chinese top universities and private innovation centres.

3.      RBI TIGHTENS REPORTING NORMS FOR LIBERALISED REMITTANCE SCHEME
Reserve Bank of India  issued a notification aimed at tightening reporting norms for the Liberalised Remittance Scheme .
i. Under LRS, all resident Indian individuals, including minors, are allowed to freely remit abroad, up to USD 250000 per financial year for any permissible current or capital account transaction or a combination of both.
ii. LRS scheme was introduced on February 4, 2004. At that time the limit was just USD 25000.
iii. However it was revised in a phased manner in line with prevailing macro and micro economic conditions and now stands at USD 250000 per financial year.
iii. Individuals can avail foreign exchange for this purposes within the limit of USD 250000 only, from Authorised Dealers/Banks.
iv.With a view to improve monitoring and also to ensure adherence to LRS limits, RBI has directed Authorised Dealers (ADs)/Banks to put in place a daily reporting system listing out all transactions undertaken by individuals under LRS.

4.      65TH NATIONAL FILM AWARDS ANNOUNCED, LATE VINODKHANNAHONOURED WITH DADA SAHEBPHALKE AWARD
The 65th National Film Awards was announced and late actor VinodKhanna was honoured with DadasahebPhalke Award posthumously.
. Late actress Sridevi has been honoured with the best actress award. The jury is headed by filmmaker ShekharKapur.
Some important wildlife sanctuaries in India:
Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary – Andhra Pradesh
Sri Lankamalleswara Wildlife Sanctuary – Andhra Pradesh
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary – Andhra Pradesh

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13 APR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13 APR 2018
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1.      ISRO LAUNCHES NAVIGATION SATELLITE IRNSS-1I
i. The Indian Space Research Organisation launched the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1I, the eighth such satellite to be a part of a constellation.
ii.It was launched from the first launch pad at the SatishDhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
ii. IRNSS-1I is expected to replace IRNSS-1A, the first of the seven navigation satellites that was rendered ineffective after its three rubidium atomic clocks failed.

2.      FSSAI LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
i. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India  launched 'Project Dhoop', an initiative aimed at shifting the school assembly time to noon to ensure maximum absorption of Vitamin D in students through natural sunlight.
ii. The project was launched in New Delhi and saw the participation of around 600 students from NCERT, NDMC and North MCD Schools.
iii.The CEO of FSSAI is PawanAgarwal.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 12 APR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 12 APR 2018
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1.      RAHUL AWARE WINS INDIA'S 1ST WRESTLING GOLD
i. Rahul Aware bagged India's first wrestling gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018 after beating Canada's Steven Takahashi in the final of men's Freestyle 57 kg event.
ii. Before the final, the 26-year-old had claimed two dominating victories with the scorelines 11-0 and 10-0, while he defeated Pakistan's Muhammad Bilal 12-8 in the semi-final.

2.      BALRAMBHARGAVA APPOINTED NEW DG OF ICMR
i. BalramBhargava has been appointed the new Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary of the Department of Health Research.
ii. Bhargava, currently a senior consultant cardiologist at the All India Institute of Medical Science, will carry out this role until 2021.
iii. He will succeed SoumyaSwaminathan.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 11 APR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 11 APR 2018
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1.      PM MODI LAUNCHES INDIA'S 1ST ALL-ELECTRIC HIGH-SPEED TRAIN
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off India's first all-electric high-speed locomotive in Bihar.
ii. The first big Make-in-India project completed by France's Alstom, the train has the country's most powerful engine with 12,000 horsepower and a maximum speed of 120 km/hr.
iii. The average cost of one high-speed locomotive is around Rs25 crore.

2.      VP VENKAIAH NAIDU INAUGURATES SCIENTIFIC CONVENTION ON WORLD HOMEOPATHY DAY
i. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a scientific convention on the World Homeopathy Day in New Delhi.
ii.The day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of Homoeopathy founder Dr Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann on 10 April.
ii. The theme of the two-day convention is Innovate: Evolve, Progress: Exploring Science since 40 years.

3.      1ST NITI FORUM MEET AT AGARTALA
i. Tripura hosted the first meeting of the NITI Forum- a unit of NITI Aayog in Agartala.
ii. Chief Ministers of all Northeastern States, Minister of Development of North Eastern Region and senior officials of NITI Aayog and Union Government joined the conclave.
iii. The ‘NITI Forum for North East’ was constituted in February 2018 with an aim to ensure the sustainable economic growth of the North Eastern Region of the country.
iv.The meeting was chaired by the vice-chairman of the NITI Aayog, Rajeev Kumar.

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