DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 22 APRIL 2016
(Daily News India)
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1. EARTH DAY OBSERVED ON 22ND APRIL
i. Every year Earth Day is being observed on the 22nd April.
ii. The day is observed to build support for environmental protection around the world.
iii. The day recognises that Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance.
iv. It also aims to raise awareness that humans have a collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature and to balance the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations.
v. The Theme of the day is ‘Trees for the Earth’
2. INDIA REPLACES CHINA AS TOP FDI DESTINATION IN 2015
i. According to FDI Intelligence Report India has replaced China as the top Foreign Direct Investment destination.
ii. India is attracting $63 billion worth FDI projects in 2015.
iii. India has replaced China as the top destination for FDI by capital investment following of high-value project announcements.
iv. Top destination states for FDI in 2015 in India are Gujarat and then by Maharashtra
3. ISRO SCIENTISTS MADE WORLD’S LIGHTEST MATERIAL ‘SILICA AEROGEL’ TO KEEP SOLDIERS WARM IN SIACHEN
i. Scientists at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram indigenously manufactured the world's lightest synthetic material called ‘silica aerogel’ or ‘blue air’ or ‘frozen smoke’.
ii. It is Silica Aerogel is the lightest synthetic material ever made by man.
iii. It has an excellent thermal resistance and if it is used as filler in soldiers' uniforms it can save many lives at the Siachen glacier.
iv. The material can be used both in space and on Earth. Scientists also hope it can be used to insulate rocket engines.
4. THE MAKING OF INDIA: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BRITISH ENTERPRISES AUTHORED BY KARTAR LALVANI
i. The making of India: The untold story of British Enterprises book authored by Kartar Lalvani released.
ii. The book discusses the British rule and its role in creating a unified India.
iii. The book supposedly brings out the many positive aspects of the colonial rule that remained hitherto untold.
5. INDIA RANKED 133RD IN 2016 WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX
i. India with a score of 43.17 was ranked 133 out of 180 countries in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index.
ii. The Index was published by Reporters without Borders.
iii. World Freedom Index is topped by Finland followed by the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark.