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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19TH APR 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19TH APR 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. CENTRE LAUNCHES TRAINING PROGRAM FOR WOMEN PANCHAYAT LEADERS
i. The Centre launched a training programme for Women Panchayat leaders to skill and administers them so that they can give special emphasis on efficient usage of funds for achieving their overall development.
ii. The National Commission for Women with the help of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, has developed training modules for empowering these elected women.
iii. They will get training under experts from the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in Hyderabad.

2. PM NARENDRA MODI’S TWO DAY VISIT TO GUJARAT
i. PM Narendra Modi was on a 2-day visit to Gujarat. During this visit, he inaugurated many projects across the state.
ii. PM Modi inaugurated the Kiran Multispeciality Hospital and Research Center in Surat.
iii. At Bajipura village in Tapi district of Gujarat, PM Modi inaugurated fully automated cattle feed plant of SUMUL Dairy. He also inaugurated an ice-cream plant and laid the foundation stone for dairy products plant at Nava Pardi.
iii. In Botad district of Gujarat, PM Modi inaugurated Phase-I of Link 2 pipeline canal of the ambitious Saurashtra-Narmada Avtaran Irrigation Yojana by formally releasing the Narmada water in Krushna Sagar Lake.


3. ‘ADVANCED FARMING – ENRICHED FARMER’ SCHEME ANNOUNCED BY MAHARASHTRA GOVT
i. Maharashtra State Govt. has announced ‘Advanced Farming – Enriched Farmer’ scheme, with an aim to increase farmers’ income by cutting production cost and increasing the output.
ii. The scheme will be launched in the upcoming kharif season. Major Tasks to be executed under ‘Advanced Farming – Enriched Farmer’ Scheme:
iii. Raising production of major crops, Diversification of crops, Introducing marketing techniques and Uniting farmers through farm producers’ companies and making them financially stable.

4. PRESIDENT INAUGURATES GLOBAL EXHIBITION ON SERVICES IN NEW DELHI
i. President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated 3rd edition of the Global Exhibition on Services at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also addressed the inaugural session.  GES-2017 is being held at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
ii. Its objective is to highlight India’s potential to boost its services exports across sectors.
iii. Organisers of GES 2017 are Ministry of Commerce and Industry together with the Confederation of Indian Industry and Services Export Promotion Council.
iv. India’s services exports increased from $52 billion in 2005 to $155 billion in 2015, with a share of 3.3%  in global services exports.
v. India’s services trade witnessed a surplus of $59 billion in April-February 2016-17 with imports rising 12% to $87 billion.

5. SBI SURPASSES ONGC TO BECOME MOST VALUED PSU STOCK
i. State Bank of India surpassed ONGC to become the most valued public sector undertaking state-owned firm in terms of market valuation.
ii. The shares of SBI rose by 2.33% to Rs 296.40 and ONGC lost 1.36% to Rs 180.60.
iii. SBI surged almost 16% while that of ONGC fell by over 4%.
iv. SBI m-cap stood of Rs 239,808 cr and ONGC having m-cap of Rs 236,003 cr.

6. PNB LAUNCHES NEW PRODUCTS FOR CUSTOMERS ON ITS FOUNDATION DAY
i. Punjab National Bank has launched 3 new products for its customers on the occasion of 123rd foundation Day.
ii. PNB MD and CEO Usha Ananthasubramanian launched the three products that are automated electronic toll collection to facilitate hassle-free toll payment collection, a scheme for financing a grid connected Roof Solar Power Project and a Credit card Mobile App.

7. RBI OPENS NEW OMBUDSMAN OFFICE FOR CHHATTISGARH AND JAMMU
i. The Reserve Bank has started a new office at Raipur for Chattisgrah and for Jammmu. Its main aim is to look into the grievances of residents and entities.
ii. File complaints ranging from non-payment or delay in payment or collection of cheques/drafts, on-adherence to prescribed working hours, failure to provide or delay in providing a banking services, non- acceptance of small denomination notes or coins, delays or non-credit of proceeds to parties’ accounts to non-observance of RBI’s directives on banking services.
iii. Raipur office will have jurisdiction over the entire state of Chhattisgarh earlier it was under the jurisdiction of Bhopal office of the banking ombudsman.

8. SHAMABHAVI PURASKAR AWARDED TO MR. HARI SANKAR ROUT
i. Shambhavi Puraskar, 2017 has been persented to Hari Sankar Rout for his noteworthy contribution towards social change. The award was presented by Chief Guest, Rajiv Pratap Rudy – Union Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (I/C) and Guest of Honour Prof. Swapan Kumar Datta, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Award Visva-Bharati University at a function held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

9. GURURAJA BHAT AWARD CONFERRED ON HISTORIAN A.V. NARASIMHA MURTHI
i. D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, conferred the Dr. Paduru Gururaja Bhat Memorial Award 2017 on historian and archaeologist Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthi in Udipi, Karnataka.
ii. A.V. Narasimha Murthi is the Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mysuru and former Head, Department of Ancient History and Archaeology at University of Mysore.

10. WORLD HERITAGE DAY – APRIL 18 2017
i. World Heritage day is celebrated on 18th of April every year. It’s been chosen to tie in with the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
ii. Theme of the World Heritage day was Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism.
iii. It is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving various sites around the world that have achieved world heritage status.
iv. Awards have been given to organizations or persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage or produced an excellent publication on the subject.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR WOMEN HAS COLLABORATED WITH WHICH ENTITY TO DEVELOP TRAINING MODULES FOR EMPOWERING WOMEN PANCHAYAT LEADERS?
a)  SIDBI
b)  NITI Aayog
c)  IIM-Ahmedabad
d)  Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Q2. WHICH STATE GOVT. HAS ANNOUNCED ‘ADVANCED FARMING ENRICHED FARMER’ SCHEME, WITH AN AIM TO INCREASE FARMERS’ INCOME BY CUTTING PRODUCTION COST AND INCREASING THE OUTPUT?
a)  Rajasthan
b)  Gujarat
c)  Maharashtra
d)  Madhya Pradesh
Q3. PRESIDENT PRANAB MUKHERJEE HAS INAUGURATED 3RD EDITION OF THE GLOBAL EXHIBITION ON SERVICES FROM RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN, NEW DELHI. GES 2017 IS BEING HELD IN:
a)  Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
b)  Pune, Maharashtra
c)  Kochi, Kerala
d)  Cuttack, Odisha
Q4. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING BANKS CELEBRATED ITS 123RD FOUNDATION DAY ON 12 APRIL, 2017?
a)  Bank of India
b)  Punjab National Bank
c)  Corporation Bank
d)  Syndicate Bank
Q5. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN PRESENTED SHAMBHAVI PURASKAR 2017?
a)  Ashok Singh Bisht
b)  Manohar Parelkar
c)  Rakesh Kumar Nikhanj
d)  Hari Shankar Rout

ANSWERS

  1 - D  2 - C    3 - A    4 - B    5 - D

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