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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24 APRIL 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24 APRIL 2016
(Daily News India)
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1. GOA TO HOST INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON WHEAT PRODUCTS
i. The International Seminar on Wheat and Wheat Products is scheduled to be held in Panaji, Goa, from 17 to 18 july 2016.
ii. The theme for the seminar is ‘New Ideas and Innovation for Growth’.

2. MAHATMA GANDHI’S GRANDDAUGHTER TARA GANDHI GETS TOP FRENCH HONOUR
i. Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee was conferred with the Order of Arts and Letters, one of France’s top honours.
ii. She is awarded for remarkable work for promoting peace, education, solidarity, culture and development.
iii. She was conferred with the Officier de lOrdre des Arts et Lettres honour
iv. Earlier  Bharti Kher, Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Aishwarya Rai ,Shahrukh Khan, and Upamanyu Chatterjee was honoured with this award.

3. PM WILL APPROVE RS. 8,000 CRORE SCHEME FOR FREE LPG CONNECTIONS TO POOR
i. PM Narendra Modi on May 1 will launch Rs. 8,000 crore scheme to provide 5 crore free LPG connections to Below Poverty Line  families .
ii. The amount is saved from 1.13 crore cooking gas users who gave up their subsidies voluntarily
iii. The scheme is known as Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana and he will launch it on May 1 in Uttar Pradesh.
iv. Maharashtra tops the list with 16.44 lakh consumers giving up subsidies followed up by Uttar Pradesh.

4. WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY OBSERVED ON 23RD APRIL
i. World Book Day is observed every year by the people all over the world on 23rd of April.
ii. It is organized annually by the UNESCO in order to promote the reading, publishing and copyright among the public worldwide.
iii. It is observed in the rememberance of William Shakespeare.

5. BCCI TO HOST FIRST DAY-NIGHT TEST AGAINST NEW ZEALAND IN 2016
i. BCCI is going to host its first ever day and night cricket Test with the pink ball during New Zealand tour to India.
ii. India will host New Zealand in a day-night Test match to be played with a pink ball.
iii. Duleep Trophy will act as a dress rehearsal for the day-night Test match
iv. The main objective of the Duleep Trophy will be to check how the pink kookaburra behaves under the light in sub-continental conditions.

6. INDIA’S FIRST ONLINE INTERACTIVE HERITAGE PORTAL SAHAPEDIA LAUNCHED
i. The Union Government has launched India’s first online interactive heritage portal named Sahapedia  in New Delhi.
ii. The web portal is a collaborative knowledge resource on the arts, culture and heritage of India.
iii. Sahapedia is a not-for-profit society headed by former TCS chairman S. Ramadorai, who also chairs the National Skill Development Agency.
iv. The purpose of this portal is to inform, educate and act on subjects such as knowledge traditions, visual and material arts, performing arts, literature and languages.

7. INDIA RATIFIES TRADE FACILITATION AGREEMENT OF WTO
i. India has formally ratified the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which aims at easing customs procedures to boost commerce.
ii. India became the 76th WTO member to ratify the TFA.
iii. The TFA aims to simplify customs regulations for the cross-border movement of goods.
iv. It will make it easier for developing countries to trade with the developed world in global markets.

WTO Director-General: Roberto Azevêdo

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