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Saturday, April 17, 2021

DAILY GK:17 APRIL 2021

 DAILY GK:17 APRIL 2021

1. EATSMART CITIES CHALLENGE

      Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing & Urban Affairs virtually launched 2 Challenges during an online event.

      They are EatSmart Cities Challenge & Transport 4 All Challenge (T4All).

      It is an initiative under the ‘Eat Right India’ Movement (of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)).

 

2. TRIBUNAL REFORMS ORDINANCE, 2021

      President Ram Nath Kovind promulgated ‘The Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 2021’.

      The ordinance dissolves existing appellate authorities under 9 acts and transfers their functions (hearing appeals) to High Courts.

      The Nine Laws (Replacement of Appellate Authorities/Tribunals)

      Cinematograph Act, 1952; Trade Marks Act, 1999; Copyright Act, 1957; Customs Act, 1962; Patents Act, 1970; Airports Authority of India Act, 1994; Control of National Highways (Land and Traffic) Act, 2002; Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999; Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001

      Amendment to Finance Act, 2017-The ordinance also amends Section 184 of the Finance Act 2017, it introduces provisions related to the composition of Search-cum-selection committees and term of office of tribunal members in the Act itself.

 

3. CITI BANK TO WITHDRAW CONSUMER BANKING BUSINESS IN INDIA

      The multinational investment bank, Citi bank headquartered in New York has announced to exit its consumer banking operations in India.

      As a part its global restructuring process Citi bank has decided to close its operations in consumer banking in 13 countries which includes Australia, Bahrain, China, India,  Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

4. INDIA’S FIRST AADHAAR-BASED SIP PAYMENT

      ETMONEY launched India’s first Aadhaar-based Systematic Investment Plan(SIP) payments feature.

      This feature will enable anyone to start a SIP online and make automatic payments using a simple Aadhaar based OTP verification.

 

5.WISDEN ALMANCK’S ODI CRICKETER OF THE DECADE LIST

      Famous Cricketing Magazine, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, has named 5 best cricketers for each decade, starting from 1970’s to 2010’s to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1st One-Day International (ODI) match.

      The list featured 3 Indian cricketers – Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar & Virat Kohli.

      Apart from them, England all-rounder Ben Stokes was declared the ‘Cricketer of the Year’ for a 2nd successive time.

 

6.GD BIRLA AWARD FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

      Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur’s Professor Suman Chakraborty has  been selected for the 30th GD Birla Award for Scientific Research for his  outstanding contribution to engineering science and its applications in developing technologies for affordable healthcare.

 

7.UAE’S TOP CIVILIAN AWARD TO YUSUFFALI MA

      Indian Origin Businessman Yusuffali MA along with 11 other individuals were awarded with “Abu Dhabi Award” UAE’s top Civilian Award during the 10th edition of Abu Dhabi Awards held at Abu Dhabi, UAE.

      Yusuffali MA is the Chairman & Managing Director of Abu Dhabi-based LuLu Group that operates a chain of hypermarkets & retail companies.

 

8.ICC BANS HEATH STREAK FOR 8 YEARS

      The International Cricket Council (ICC) banned former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak for 8-years from all forms of cricket for breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

      During his tenure as the coach of Zimbabwe cricket team from 2016 to 2018 he leaked the team’s internal information, mainly during the 2018 Tri-Series between Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

 

9.WORLD VOICE DAY 2021

      The World Voice Day is annually observed across the globe on 16th April.

      The theme of the World Voice Day 2021 & the campaign is “One World Many Voices”.

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