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Current Affairs April 22 and 23, 2018

1. PM Modi announced Manipur’s Karang as India’s first cashless island

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Manipur’s Karang the first cashless island of the country.
  • Modi awarded civil servants for smooth execution of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gramin Kaushalya Yojana.
  • West Tripura and Maharashtra’s Beed were awarded for the execution of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.
  • Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra and Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch were awarded for the execution of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin).
  • Puducherry and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Telangana, got the award for execution of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).

2. TCS, 1st Indian Company hits 100 Billion Dollar Market Value

  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) created the history as the market capitalization of the company hit 100 billion dollar market value, making it the 1st Indian company to achieve the mark.
  • Shares of TCS rose by 2%to Rs. 3476.75 by pushing the market capitalization of India's biggest outsourcer to Rs. 6, 64,918 crore.
  • TCS shares had grown by nearly 7%, making investors richer by over Rs. 40,000 crore in a day.

3. April 22- World Earth Day

  • World Earth Day is celebrated on 22ndApril every year to spread awareness of the need for conservation as well as to take action to protect the environment.
  • This day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970.
  • The theme for World Earth Day 2018 is 'End Plastic Pollution'.

4. CCEA approved restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan Scheme

  • Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the restructured scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA).
  • This scheme will be executed during the period from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2022 at total cost of Rs 7255.50 crore (the Central share will be Rs 4500 crore and the State share will be Rs 2755.50 crore).
  • The scheme will be now extended to all the states, union territories (UTs) and in all the institutions of rural local government where Panchayats do not exist.
  • The scheme will have both have Central Component and State Component.

5. Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) – 2018

  • The 6th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) was hosted by Iran at Tehran. The Chief of the Naval Staff is leading a 4-member Indian delegation for the event. The IONS was conceived by the Indian Navy in 2008.
  • The inaugural edition of IONS was held in February 2008 at New Delhi with Indian Navy as the Chair for two years.
  • This was followed by UAE from 2010 - 2012, South Africa from 2012 - 2014, Australia from 2014 - 2016 and Bangladesh from 2016 - 2018.

6. Rafael Nadal to win Monte Carlo Masters

  • Rafael Nadal won 31st Masters Title after beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final.
  • He also became the first man in the Open era to win the Monte Carlo title 11 times.

7. World's oldest person Nabi Tajima passed away at 117

  • 117-year-old world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, has passed away. Nabi Tajima died of old age in a hospital in southern Japan.
  • Tajima, born on 4 August, 1900, was the last known person born in the 19th century. She became the world's oldest person seven months ago after the death of Violet Brown in Jamaica, at the age of 117.
  • Accordingto the US-based Gerontology Research Group, another Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako is now the world's oldest person.

8. Nitish Kumar launched 3 Books on Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran Movement

  • Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar released three books based on Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran movement of 1917.
  • Nitish Kumar released the books titled- 'Mister M K Gandhi Ki Champaran Diary' written by Arvind Mohan, 'Champaran Andolan 1917' edited by Ashutosh Partheshwar and 'Pir Muhammad Munis: Kalam Ka Satyagrahi' collected and edited by Srikant.

9. April 23- World Book and Copyright Day

  • World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated worldwide on 23 April to provide people with many ideas and plans to make them aware ofthe situation and condition in the World.
  • 23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. On this date in 1616 Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. The World Book Capital for 2018 is Athens, Greece.

10. 8th South Asian Judo Championship began in Nepal

  • 8th South Asian Judo Championship has begun in Lalitpur district of Nepal. Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will also take part in this 3-day championship.
  • Total 102 players including 13 from India will compete for 7 gold, 7 silver and 14 bronze medals each in men’s and women’s categories. India won all 7 Gold Medals in women's section.

11. West Bengal’s Digambarpur is India’s Best Gram Panchayat

  • West Bengal’s Digambarpur Gram Panchayat has bagged the Centre’s award for the best Gram Panchayat in the country.
  • According to a survey conducted by Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Digambarpur Gram Panchayat at Patharpratima block in South 24-Parganas has come up as the best out of 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats in the country.

12. Union Minister Vijay Goel launched Central Project Monitoring Unit for e-Vidhan Project

  • Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel inaugurated the new office of Central Project Monitoring Unit for e-Vidhan project of the Government at Parliament House.
  • This was done as a part of Swachhata Pakhwada, observed by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
  • e-Vidhan is a part of the broader Digital India Programme of Government that contribute to the cleanliness and environment by reducing the use of papers to a great extent.

13. Adani Foundation inaugurated Project Utthan

  • Adani Foundation has collaborated with ‘Room to Read’ to launch the project ‘Utthan’. The project was inaugurated at Bhat Primary School, Bhat, Gandhinagar.
  • The purpose of this project is to organize interactive libraries in 50 government schools with an aim to develop the habit of reading among children of classes 1 to 5.

14. Death penalty for rapists of children below 12 years

  • The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved an ordinance to allow courts to pronounce the death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age.
  • In case of rape of a girl under 16 years, minimum punishment has been increased from 10 years to 20 years, extendable to imprisonment for rest of life, which means imprisonment till that person’s natural life.
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Important Current Affairs in Hindi 15 April to 21 April, 2018 PDF

हम साप्ताहिक वर्तमान घटनाएं 15 अप्रैल - 21 अप्रैल, 2018 (हिंदी संस्करण) साझा कर रहे हैं। साप्ताहिक वर्तमान मामलों की यह फाइल महत्वपूर्ण समाचारों और घटनाओं का एक संग्रह है जो 15 अप्रैल - 21 अप्रैल, 2018 कोघटित हुई थी। ये खबर विभिन्न प्रतियोगी परीक्षाओं और साक्षात्कारों के लिए बेहद महत्वपूर्ण हैं।

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Weekly Current Affairs 15 April to 21 April, 2018

We are sharing Weekly Current Affairs 15 April - 21 April, 2018 (English Edition). This file of Weekly Current Affairs is a collection of important news and events that occurred in the week 15 April - 21 April, 2018. These News are highly important for various competitive exams and interviews.
We have Covered all the given important heads:
  • National News
  • International News andamp; Foreign Affairs
  • Banking
  • New Appointments
  • Defence andamp; Science
  • Important Days
  • Books andamp; Author
  • Sports
  • Awards
  • Obituaries

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Current Affairs April 21, 2018

1. SJVN signed MoU with Ministry of Power

  • Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary (Power) and Shri Nand Lal Sharma, Chairman andamp; Managing Director of SJVN (Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam) Limited has signed MoUwith Ministry of Power for the year 2018-19.
  • As per the targets set in the MOU, SJVN seek to achieve 9200 Million Units generation during the year under ‘Excellent’ category.
  • SJVN will have Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) target of Rs. 900 crore and Turnover target of Rs. 2175 crore under the Excellent category.

2. Miguel Diaz-Canel appointed as Cuba's new president

  • Miguel Díaz-Canel has been appointed as the new president of Cuba after a secret vote in the country's National Assembly. Miguel is the first leader outside the Castro dynasty to lead the country since the 1959 revolution.
  • 57 years old Diaz-Canel was selected by a vote of 603-1.
  • Miguel Diaz-Canel replaced Raul Castro.

3. April 21- Civil Services Day

  • The Government of India celebrates April 21 every year as Civil Services day as a ceremony for the civil servants to renew their commitments to public service and excellence in work.
  • The first such function was held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, in 2006.
  • The date is chosen to celebrate the day when 1st Home Minister of Independent India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressed the probationers of Administrative Services Officers in 1947 at Metcalf House, Delhi. He referred to civil servants as the ‘steel frame of India’.

4. Swaziland King changed country's name to 'Kingdom of eSwatini'

  • Africa’s last absolute monarch, Swaziland’s King Mswati III, officially changed country's name to the ‘Kingdom of eSwatini’.
  • This announcement was made during the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the King’s 50th birthday as well as the 50th anniversary of Swazi’s independence from British colonial rule.

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5. Pocket Cop Project launched by Gujarat Government

  • The Gujarat police launched the Pocket Cop project which will enable quicker verification of passport applicants and search of accused persons among others.
  • Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated this project in Gandhinagar.
  • Under this project, smartphones with data connectivity will be given to 4900 police personnel including every police station in-charge, investigating officer, and those involved in passport verification.

6. Nerses Krikorian, Scientist that made 1st-ever atom bomb, passed away

  • 97 year old Turkey-born scientist Nerses Krikorian, who worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which developed the atomic bomb, has passed away.
  • In his career, he worked with uranium in the Manhattan Project and also helped to develop a nuclear-thermal rocket.

7. Karan Johar became 1st Indian Filmmaker in Madame Tussauds Collection

  • Karan Johar became the first-ever Bollywood filmmaker to get a place at the famous Madame Tussauds.
  • The process has begun in London and it will take around six months for the wax figurine to be ready.
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Current Affairs April 20, 2018

1. Kochi to host India Skills Kerala 2018

  • Kerala will host the India Skills Kerala 2018 in Kochi, as part of the World Skills India 2018.
  • The main purpose of this event is to identify and train talents to get medals at the World Skills Competition Kazan 2019.
  • The activities for the event will be headed by Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE), the State Skill Development Mission (SSDM) and Industrial Training Department under the Department of Labour and Skills.
  • India Skills Kerala 2018 is an avenue provided to the youngsters in the State to reveal their vocational skills. It also aims at creating awareness and generating interest among the public.

2. SHISHU SWAGAT KENDRA- PALNA to be established in government hospitals and orphanages in UP

  • Uttar Pradesh Government has ordered all government hospitals and orphanages to establish SHISHU SWAGAT KENDRA- PALNA and put up cradles in front of their buildings so that parents can leave their unwanted babies without disclosing their identity.
  • This order was issued to all district magistrates and higher officials of the state to ensure the setup of PALNA centres.
  • This will help in handling the problem of leaving the newborn babies at the roadside.

3. IIIDEM organized Consultative Workshop for the delegation from CEC of Kazakhstan

  • India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) organized a 2-day Consultative Workshop for Delegation from the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Kazakhstan at Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi.
  • The six-member delegation includes of the Vice-Chairman of CEC, Kazakhstan and other Senior Officers.
  • Aim of this workshop is to hold interactive discussions on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) andamp; Role of IT.
  • IIIDEM was established by Election Commission of India in June 2011 to advance its professional competence in election management.

4. Venkaiah Naidu launched health insurance scheme ‘Atal Amrit Abhiyan’ scheme

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the health insurance scheme ‘Atal Amrit Abhiyan’ in Guwahati in the presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal as well as Finance, Health and Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
  • Atal Amrit Abhiyan is a health scheme that provides free medical care of up to Rs 2 lakh for every person Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families.
  • Assam government has allocated Rs 400 Crore for this scheme in financial year of 2018-19.
  • This scheme has been named after the name of former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

5. Madhya Pradesh conferred most film friendly award

  • Shri Ramesh Sippy (Chairman of the Jury) announced the Most Film Friendly State Award.
  • State of Madhya Pradesh conferred the award for the Most Film Friendly State for its efforts towards easing filming in the State by creating a well-structured website and film-friendly infrastructure.
  • Total 16 states have participated in this award.
  • The President of India will confer this award in May 2018.

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6. Dilip Chenoy appointed as FICCI Secretary General

  • Dilip Chenoy has been appointed as the Secretary-General of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
  • He replaced Sanjaya Baru.
  • Dilip Chenoy was working as Director General of industry body, FICCI.

7. Rakesh Roshan to get lifetime achievement award

  • Veteran filmmaker Rakesh Roshan has been honored with Lifetime Achievement award at the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards for his contribution as a producer, director, screenwriter, editor and actor in Hindi films.
  • The event will take place at Chitrakoot Ground.
  • Rakesh Roshan has produced and directed movies like Kaho Na Pyar hai, Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish and Kaabil.

8. Former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar passed away

  • 94 years old former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar passed away.
  • Sachar was Chief Justice from August 6, 1985 to December 22, 1985.
  • He has been the chairperson of a committee set up by the previous UPA government to look at the social, economic and educational status of Muslims in India.
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