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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 26TH APR 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 26TH APR 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

1. VENKAIAH NAIDU INAUGURATES 47TH FOUNDATION DAY OF HUDCO
i. Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation& Parliamentary Affairs, M Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated the function to commemorate HUDCO’s 47th Foundation Day in New Delhi.
ii. HUDCO has completed 47 years of existence in providing housing and basic infrastructure across the country.
iii. The Centre and States have to effectively engage the private sector to achieve the mission of affordable housing for all by 2022.

2. MAHARASTRA GOVT. SIGN MOU WITH RAILWAYS TO EXPAND GREEN COVER & RAILWAYS TO SET UP RS 200 CR SOLAR POWER PLANT
i. The Indian Railways is looking to set up a solar power plant in Bhilai where it has spare land, through Railway Energy Management Company Limited.
ii. The project cost of the 50 MW plant is estimated at Rs 200 cr. Of the total cost 20% will be borne by the Railways, while the remaining 80% will be raised through debt.
iii. Maharashtra govt signs MoU with Railways to expand green cover. Under which trees will be planted on the land adjacent to the railway tracks in the state.

3. JOINT INDIAN-FRENCH NAVAL EXERCISE ‘VARUNA’ BEGINS
i. The Indian Navy began a joint maritime exercise Varuna with the French Navy at the Mediterranean Sea.
ii. The exercise was begun on 24th April 2017 and will be ended on 30th April. Its main aim is deepening combat coordination between the two navies.
iii. Guided missile destroyer INS Mumbai, stealth frigate INS Trishul and fleet tanker INS Aditya are taking part in the Varuna exercise.

4. TERI, FRENCH FIRM SIGN MOU FOR ‘CLEAN INDIA’
i. TERI, a Delhi-based green body, a French waste company and a Geneva-based innovation foundation have joined hands with one another to strengthen India’s waste management capabilities.
ii. The MoU has been signed among the Energy and Resources Institute, the Innovative Finance Foundation and 3WAYSTE Company for municipal solid waste management.
iii. The MoU was signed in the presence of the Ambassador of France to India, Alexander Ziegler.
iv. The technology which brings for treating household waste includes unsegregated waste. It will convert more than 90% into residue fuel to produce clean energy, pure compost for agriculture and valuable raw materials.

5. LEGENDARY FILMMAKER AND ACTOR KASINATHUNI VISWANATH CONFERRED PRESTIGIOUS DADASAHEB Phalke award
i. Renowned film director and actor Kasinathuni Viswanath will be conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in cinema. The award will be conferred by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3 in New Delhi
ii. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award committee had recommended Kasinathuni Viswanath’s name, which was approved by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, M. Venkaiah Naidu.

6. NORTHEAST INDIA’S LARGEST IT HUB OPENS IN TRIPURA
i. Northeast India’s largest Information Technology hub has been inaugurated in Tripura’s capital city Agartala. It is the 6th IT hub in the Northeast region.
ii. The IT hub was inaugurated by Manik Sarkar, CM of Tripura, Tapan Chakraborty – IT and Education Minister of Tripura and Omkar Rai – Director General  of Software Technology Parks of India.
iii. This IT hub has been set up at a cost of Rs. 50 cr and with the help of technical knowledge shared by STPI, under the union Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology.

7. IAF INDUCTS SU-30 MKI INTO FRONTLINE 221 SQUADRON
i. Indian Air Force introduced its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft into the 221 Squadron, ‘Valiants’, at its base in Punjab to enhancing the IAF’s capabilities.
ii. The induction of Sukhoi fighter jets at a frontline base close to the India-Pakistan border will act as a force-multiplier for the defence forces.
iii. Su-30 MKI is a state-of-the-art all-weather multi-role fighter jet. It is capable of undertaking varied air combat and ground attack missions.

8. 101-YEAR-OLD WINS SPRINTING GOLD MEDAL AT THE WORLD MASTERS GAMES IN AUCKLAND
i. 101-year-old Man Kaur has won Gold Medal for 100 meters sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland.
ii. Man Kaur took up athletics 8 years ago, at the age of 93. She has participated in several masters athletics meets across the globe. She has won 17 Gold Medals so far.

9. SHOT PUTTER MANPREET WINS GOLD AT ASIAN GRAND PRIX, QUALIFIES FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
i. Indian shot putter Manpreet Kaur has clinched gold in the Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet. It was held in Jinhua, China.
ii. Manpreet also qualified for the IAAF World Championships to be held in August 2017 in London.
iii. India ended the 1-day event with 7 medals – 1Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze.
iv. Tintu Luka (women’s 800m), Neeraj Chopra (men’s javelin), Jinson Johnson (men’s 800m) and Neena Varakil (women’s long jump) won a silver each while Dutee Chand (women’s 100m) and Om Prakash Karhana (men’s shot put) bagged a bronze each.

10. WORLD MALARIA DAY: MARCH 25, 2017
i. World Malaria Day 2017 was observed globally on 25 April 2017 with the theme “End Malaria for good”. 1st malaria vaccine to be tested in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi in 2018 announced by WHO.
ii. As per the World Malaria Report 2016, the rate of new malaria falls by 21% globally between 2010 and 2015.
iii. The WHO European Region was declared a malaria-free in 2016.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHICH STATE GOVT. HAS SIGNED A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE RAILWAYS, TO PLANT TREES ON LAND NEAR RAILWAY TRACKS?
a)  Telangana
b)  Kerala
c)  Maharashtra
d)  Odisha
Q2. ‘VARUNA’, WHICH BEGAN ON APRIL 24, IS A BILATERAL NAVAL EXERCISE BETWEEN INDIA AND:
a)  Japan
b)  UK
c)  Sri Lanka
d)  France
Q3. WHO WILL BE CONFERRED THE DADASAHEB PHALKE AWARD ON MAY 3, 2017?
a)  Kasinathuni Viswanath
b)  Sanjay Leela Bhansali
c)  S S Rajamouli
d)  A R Murugadoss
Q4. WHAT WAS THE 2017 THEME OF ’WORLD MALARIA DAY’, OBSERVED ON APRIL 25?
a)  ”Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria”
b)  “End Malaria for Good”
c)  “Malaria: a disease without borders”
d)  ”Malaria prevention works: Let’s close the gap”
Q5. MINISTER OF HOUSING & URBAN POVERTY ALLEVIATION, MR. M.VENKAIAH NAIDU INAUGURATED THE 47TH FOUNDATION DAY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LTD. HEADQUARTERS OF HUDCO IS LOCATED IN:
a)  Bengaluru
b)  Mumbai
c)  New Delhi
d)  Kolkata

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


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