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Thursday, April 14, 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14 APRIL 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14 APRIL 2016
(Daily News India)
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1. MAHARASHTRA BECOMES FIRST STATE TO PASS LAW AGAINST SOCIAL BOYCOTT
i. The Maharashtra legislature has passed the Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2016.
ii. The bill is passed to end the menace social boycott practiced by extra-judicial institutions like caste and community panchayats.
iii. Maharashtra became first state in the country to adopt a law to end a parallel justice delivery system in the name of age old traditions, caste and religion.

2. PRESIDENT PRESENTS PADMA AWARDS TO 56 EMINENT PERSONALITIES
i. President Pranab Mukherjee has presented the Padma awards to the 56 eminent personalities from various fields in a at Rashtrapati Bhawan New Delhi.
ii. The name of the persons honoured with awards are:
 Padma Vibhushan-
a.    Superstar Rajnikant,
b.   classical singer Dr Girija Devi
c.     journalist Ramoji Rao
 Padma Bhushan awards to:
a.    Singer Udit Narayan
b.   Tennis player Sania Mirza
Padmashree awards given to:
a.    Actor Priyanka Chopra,
b.   writer Dhirendra Nath Bezbaruah

3. PM TO INAUGURATE 3RD ASIA MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON TIGER CONSERVATION
i. The three day 3rd Asia Ministerial Conference on the Tiger Conservation is inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on 12th April.
ii. To attend this conference more than 700 tiger experts, managers, scientists, donors and other stakeholders are gathering to discuss issues related to tiger conservation.
iii. The event is organised to promote Tiger population as it has declined to very low level.

4. INDIA TO ATTEND OECD MEET IN PARIS REGARDING PANAMA PAPERS
i. India will take part in a special meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris.
ii. The meet is going to be held to firm up cooperation between countries in the wake of the 'Panama Papers' leak.
iii. The government had also set up a Multi-Agency Group to investigate the Indian names and entities holding offshore assets in the tax haven as reported in the leaks.
iv. Panama Papers are a leaked set of 11.5 million confidential documents that provide detailed information about more than 214,000 offshore companies listed by the Panamanian corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca.
 v. The documents show how wealthy individuals, including public officials, hid their assets from public scrutiny

5.  SHAN-E-PUNJAB EXPRESS BECOMES INDIA'S FIRST TRAIN FITTED WITH CCTV CAMERAS
i. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated the fitment of CCTV in Train Shan-e-Punjab Express through video-conferencing from Rail Bhawan premises, New Delhi.
ii. CCTV surveillance cameras in the Shaan-e-Punjab Express is one more step towards improving security in Indian trains.
iii. The CCTV system on the Shaan-e-Punjab Express includes 4 to 6 cameras per coach strategically located so that the entire area can be covered. 
iv. The system will facilitate facial recognition of the target person by giving high resolution images.

6. LAVA INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES MS DHONI AS ITS BRAND AMBASSADOR
i. Noida based handset manufacturer Lava International has announced Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as it's new brand ambassador.
ii. The present plant of the company in Noida is aligning itself with the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

7. VARANASI KATHAK DANCER BREAKS WORLD RECORD
i. Kathak dancer from Varanasi has broken the world record of longest dance performance by continuously dancing for 123 hours and 30 minutes.
ii. She broke the previous record of Hemlata Kundalu, who performed Mohiniattam for 123 hours and 20 mins.

8. VIRAT KOHLI NAMED AS BRAND AMBASSADOR OF PREMIER FUTSAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
i. Premier Futsal is the newer and shorter five a side variant of soccer appointed Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador.
ii. This is the world's first multinational Futsal league which is all set to take place across eight Indian cities from July 15.
iii. The league is governed by the Futsal Association of India with accreditation from the international governing body.
iv. Around 50 international futsalers, from 4 continents and 21 countries are expected to participate in the game.

9. INDIAN TEAMS GRABBED ASIAN KHO KHO CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
i. India's men's and women's teams have won championship titles at the third Asian Kho-Kho championship organised in Indore.
ii. Both men and women teams defeated Bangladesh team in finals.
iii. Sarika Kale won the women’s match-winner title and Aniket Pote won the men’stitle.
Asian Kho Kho Association secretary: Qazi Rau-uddin Ahmed Choupal

10. SERENA WILLIAMS MAINTAINS TOPPED IN WTA RANKINGS
i. American tennis star Serena Williams topped it thee women's rankings followed by Polish Agnieszka Radwanska.
ii. In the women's doubles India's Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis topped the list.



DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13 APRIL 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13 APRIL 2016
(Daily News India)
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1. INDIA TO GROW AT 7.5 % GROWTH RATE IN 2016–17 REPORT BY IMF
i. International Monetary Fund  has forecasted the India's growth at  7.5% in 2016-17. 
ii. It also forecasted India will overtake the China's GDP by more than 1%.
iii. The growth in India is increasing due to increased industrial activity.

2. INDIA, AND US 'AGREE IN PRINCIPLE' GREEMENT ON SHARING MILITARY LOGISTICS
i. India and the United States inked an in-principle logistics exchange agreement.
ii. The agreement is inked to enable the militarizes of both the countries to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies.
iii.US is going  to provide technology for making seaborne aircraft carriers and shared two new projects for making fighter jets in India to promote  ‘Make in India’ programme in defence.

3. INDIA RANKS 44TH IN 2016 GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY INDEX
i. The Global Connectivity Index report  is  released  in Shenzhen China.
ii. The list is topped by United States followed by Singapore, sweden etc while  Indis is ranked  at 44th  place.
iii. The report is based on the progress of 50 nations in investment and deployment of Information and Communications Technology.

4. INDIA AND GERMANY SIGNED AGREEMENT ON NAMAMI GANGE PROGRAMME
i. Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and German International Cooperation inked  an agreement for Ganga Rejuvenation under the Namami Gange Programme in New Delhi.
ii. The project will Support to National Urban Sanitation Policy and Sustainable Environment-friendly Industrial Production.
iii. The country will help to clean Ganga.

6. HARYANA GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO RENAME GURGAON AND MEWAT
i. Haryana Government has decided to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram and Mewat as Nuh.
ii. The decision to change the name of Gurgaon was taken as Gurgaon had been a centre of learning where the princes used to get education and known as Gurugram since the times of Guru Dronacharya.
iv. Mewat is not a town,it is a geographical and cultural unit spread beyond Haryana in the adjoining States of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
v. The Headquarters of Mewat district is at Nuh town so they had been demanding that the name of Mewat be changed as Nuh.

7.  AISHWARYA RAI WON GLOBAL INDIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
i. Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has won the ‘Global Indian of the Year’ award.
ii. She was honoured at NRI of the Year award function held in Mumbai.
iii. The NRI of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievements of the Indian diaspora globally.
iv. Apart from her tennis player Sania Mirza has also honoured at the NRI of the year award 2016.

8. FORMER ARMY CHIEF GENERAL JJ SINGH CONFERRED HIGHEST FRENCH CIVILIAN HONOUR
i. Former Army Chief General Joginder Jaswant Singh has been conferred with the highest French civilian honour 'Officier de l Ordre national de la Legion d Honneur'.
ii. He is chosen for modernizing the Indian Army and initiating robust exchanges between the Indian and French armies.
iii. The Officier de l Ordre national de la Legion d Honneur' is the highest civilian award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipients.

9. WOMAN BIKER VEENU PALIWAL DIED IN A ROAD ACCIDENT
i. Former Indian woman biker Veenu Paliwal has died in a road accident in Vidisha district, Madhya Pradesh.
ii. The accident took place when she was on a national wide tour on her Harley Davidson.
iii. At the time of accident she was undertaking the trip from Kashmir to Kanyakumari with her fellow biker and companion Dipesh Tanwar.
v. Veenu Paliwal had recently been named as the Lady of the Harley 2016.

10. PADMA SACHDEV SELECTED FOR SARASWATI SAMMAN 2015
i. Author and poet Padma Sachdev has been selected for the Saraswati Samman for 2015
ii. She will be honoured for her autobiography titled Chitt-Chete, written in Dogri language.

ii. The book explains the personal trials and tribulations of the author with issues concerning society, nation and the world at large.

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