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Banking & Economy

1.     The country’s largest lender, the State Bank of India (SBI) has allowed withdrawing cash from the bank’s point of sale (PoS) devices available with merchants in a bid to ease the cash crunch.

2.     The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has extended the total credit support of Rs 14,690 crore to Rajasthan for 2017-18.

3.     According to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) for Apr 2018,
India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the worth of the economy, clocked in at $2.6 trillion for 2017.

4.     The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) introduced updated ‘QR code’ for offline Aadhaar verification to strengthen its privacy measures during usage.

5.     The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) projected India to grow at 7.4% in 2018 and 7.8% in 2019.

6.     The Union Finance Ministry will come out with Rs. 10,000 crore follow-on fund offer of Bharat-22 exchange traded fund (ETF) as it looks to dilute stake in Coal India Limited (CIL) to meet the minimum public holding norm.

7.     According to the World Bank twice-a-year South Asia Economic Focus report, India's growth rate has been projected at 7.3% in 2018 and 7.5% for 2019 and 2020.

8.     Indian Army signed a Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) with Axis Bank on Defence Salary Package.

9.     The Ministry of Finance under Union Govt in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has launched first tranche of sovereign gold bonds (SGBs) for current fiscal (FY 2018-19).

10.      The E-Way Bill system for Intra-State movement of goods has been rolled out in five more states Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.

11.  The Ministry of Finance has signed loan agreement with World Bank for IBRD loan of US $48 million for Meghalaya Community – Led Landscapes Management Project (MCLLMP).

12.  The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has expected India's gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at 7.3-7.7 per cent during the 2018-19 financial year.

13.  The govt has raised the authorized capital of NABARD by six times from 50 billion to Rs 300 billion to help it increase its lending to the rural economy.


National News

1.     The Group of Ministers (GoM), constituted by Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, proposed "One Nation One Tax policy" for seamless movement of commercial vehicles across the country.

GoM meeting, headed by Rajasthan transport minister Yoonus Khan, held in Guwahati, Assam.

2.     India will host the 2018 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities (GITC), to be held in New Delhi from Nov 08 to 11.

3.     The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has launched the integration of e-SANAD portal and NAD – National Academic Depository in a bid to make education system in India more transparent.

4.     The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) published new draft rules to make mandatory for automobile manufacturers to provide high security registration plates (HSRP) to all new vehicles from Jan 01, 2019.

5.     The first International SME (Small, Medium Enterprises) convention has been organised by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises in New Delhi from Apr 22 to 24, 2018.

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6.     The Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) in collaboration with Ministry of External Affairs approved the 'Study in India' programme to attract foreign students to pursue higher education in India.

7.     The first meeting of National Council on India’s Nutrition Challenges under POSHAN Abhiyaan held in New Delhi.

8.     The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) released the draft of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) proposing multiple strategies to reduce air pollution.

9.     The Union Ministry of Communications launched DARPAN-PLI application for seamless collection of premium for Postal Life Insurance (PLI) and Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI) policies.

10.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the first Health and Wellness Centre in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh to mark the launch of Ayushman Bharat Yojana- National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).

11.  The Ministry of Commerce and Industry launched FIEO GlobalLinker, a digital platform for MSME exporters to digitise their businesses and join global community of growing businesses.

12.  The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) unveiled beta version of portal (www.tariff.trai.gov.in) to enable consumers see tariffs of different TSPs (telecom service providers) and different Licensed Service Areas (LSAs) at single place.

13.  The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued its first official forecast for 2018 southwest monsoon rains in New Delhi.

14.  India is coordinating with China and other Asian countries to raise voice against Asian premium charged by Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

15.  The Union Govt has launched "Gram Swaraj Abhiyan- Special Interventions", an high-intensity outreach programme to deliver welfare schemes to select villages which need particular attention on the occasion of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti (Apr 14).

16.  The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) launched web-based application e-FRRO (e-Foreigners Regional Registration Office) to allow foreign tourists and travelers to avail paperless and cashless visa-related services.

17.  The Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan launched ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’ to provide free LPG gas connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).


State News

1.     The regional conference on “Urban Development: Technological Solutions and Governance Challenges” held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

2.     Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani launched the digital platform ‘Pocket Cop Project’ to ensure that the police force of the state is equipped with modern day technology.

3.     The '2018 Group of Ministers (GoM) meeting' under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways held in Guwahati, Assam.

4.     The Islands Tourism Festival inaugurated by Chief Secretary of Andaman & Nicobar Administration Anindo Mazumdar at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar.

5.     Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik has thrown open the much-awaited bridge built over the Ib river in Sambalpur district to the public.

6.     The first regional conference of eastern states on Water Resources held in Kolkata, West Bengal to address outstanding water resources issues.

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7.     The Haryana govt has decided to introduce Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) and revise the syllabus and workload in 11 subjects at the under-graduation level in state universities keeping with global scenario.

8.     The India-Wiesbaden Conference 2018 held in New Delhi with the title ‘Securing Global Supply

Chains  through Government-Industry  Partnerships  towards  Effective  Implementation  of  UNSC
Resolution 1540’.
9.     Himachal Pradesh celebrated its 71st foundation day with much fanfare and gaiety on Apr 15, 2018.



International news

1.     The meeting of the Council of foreign ministers of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is going to be held in Beijing, China.

2.     The 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2018) held in London, United Kingdom with the theme 'Towards a Common Future'.

3.     The Malaria Summit held in London, United Kingdom to make game-changing commitments towards beating malaria.

4.     The NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Services Companies) and TechUK have jointly launched new UK-India Tech Alliance.

5.     The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) designated 14 new sites as Globally

Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).

6.     The 29th Arab League Summit 2018 held in Dahran, Saudi Arabia to promote Arab joint action to address challenges facing the nation.

7.     The famous Bisket Jatra is being celebrated in Bhaktapur and other parts of Kathmandu valley, Nepal.

8.     The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved use of Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology, world’s first contact lens that automatically darkens when exposed to bright light.

9.     The US Department of Treasury included India in the monitoring list of its major trading partners that merit close attention to their currency practices and macroeconomic policies.

10.  The United States Trade Representative (USTR) formally announced that it is reviewing eligibility of India, Indonesia and Kazakhstan in Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) based on concerns about countries’ compliance with program.


Science & Defence

1.     The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a new planet-hunting spacecraft onboard of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Carnival, Florida, US.

2.     The Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) postponed the launch of India’s second lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ from Apr 2018 to Oct-Nov 2018.

3.     Pakistan has successfully tested fired Babur Weapon System-1 (B), an enhanced version of indigenously-built Babur cruise missile.



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Approvals & MOUs

1.     The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved restructured Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA).

2.     The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare decided to roll out 'Integrated initiative for prevention & control of viral hepatitis' under National Health Mission (NHM) for prevention and control of viral hepatitis.

3.     The Union Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has inaugurated new office of Central Project Monitoring Unit for e-Vidhan project of Govt at Parliament House Annexe.

4.     India  and  Finland  have  reached  to  an  agreement  on  the  tax  dispute  with  Nokia  under  Mutual

Agreement Procedure (MAP) system.

5.     The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved promulgation of Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance to provide death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years.

6.     India pressed the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations on the sidelines of the first meeting of BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governor to set up an independent credit rating agency of the five-member group.

7.     The hydro power major, Sutlej Jal Vidut Nigam (SJVN) Limited signed an MoU with Ministry of Power for generating 9200 million units for the year 2018-19.

8.     The Law Commission of India (LCI) recommended declaring Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as a public body.

9.     The Union Govt formed Defence Planning Committee (DPC), a new integrated institutional mechanism that will drive country’s military and security strategy and guide defence equipment acquisitions.


Appointments

Appointments
Appointee
President of the Indian Women’s Press Corps
T K Rajalakshmi
(IWPC)

Director General of National Cadet Corps (NCC)
PP Malhotra






Awards

1.     Karan Johar becomes the first-ever Bollywood filmmaker to get a place at the famous Madame Tussauds.

2.     The chairman of Bennett, Coleman & Co, Indu Jain has been conferred with the All India Management
Association’s (AIMA’s) annual award for lifetime contribution to media.

3.     Madhya Pradesh bagged the Most Film Friendly Award given by the central govt for its efforts to ease filming in the state by creating a well-structured website, film friendly infrastructure and more.

4.     Aditi Rao Hydari will be receiving Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award 2018 for the Best Leading Lady (Critics Award) for her memorable performance in Bhoomi.

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5.     The New York Times and The New Yorker have jointly won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for explosive reporting that brought down Harvey Weinstein and spawned a cultural watershed on the issue of sexual harassment.

6.     The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded by Pulitzer Prize Board for Journalism work during 2017 calendar year.

7.     Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting won by Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato of Reuters.

8.     An American rapper and songwriter, Kendrick Lamar has become the first non-classical or jazz artist to win Pulitzer Prize for his album ‘D.A.M.N.’ in the music category.

9.     Veteran Marathi actor Vijay Chavhan will be conferred with the prestigious V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement award.

10.  Actor-director Mrinal Kulkarni will be conferred with V Shantaram Special Contribution awards.

11.  Veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra will be conferred with the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement of the Maharashtra Govt.

12.  Renowned filmmaker, Rajkumar Hirani will be conferred with Raj Kapoor Special Contribution awards of the Maharashtra Govt.



Sports

1.     Bengaluru FC won the first edition of Indian Super Cup Football tournament.

2.     The Chinese dragon 'Son of Dreams' has been declared the official mascot of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.

3.     An Australian racing driver, Daniel Ricciardo won the 2018 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix tournament at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China.

4.     Yuki Bhambri from India won the 2018 Santaizi ATP Challenger tennis tournament by defeating his compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan in the final of the event by 6-3 6-4 in Taipei, Taiwan.




Important Days


Date

Day



Theme


Apr 22
World Earth Day



'End Plastic Pollution'


Apr 21
World Creativity and
‘Feel Satisfied, You Made (And Make) A




Innovation Day


Difference’


Apr 21
Civil Services Day
'Evolving Strategies for Transforming








Aspirational Districts'


Apr 19
World Liver Day

'Riding New Waves in Liver Diagnosis,








Staging & Treatment'


Apr 18
World Heritage Day
"Heritage for Generations"


Apr 18
World Haemophilia Day
"Sharing Knowledge Makes Us Stronger"















Obituary

World’s biggest Dance Music Star
Tim Bergling


World’s oldest Japanese
Nabi Tajima
Supercentenarian

The veteran Journalist
TVR Shenoy
Veteran Filmmaker and Animation
Bhimsain
Pioneer

Former US First Lady
Barbara Bush
The veteran Journalist
Surendra Nihal Singh

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Banking & Economy

1.     The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has liberalisedExternal Commercial Borrowings (ECB) Policy by including more sectors in the window in a bid to facilitate cheaper access of overseas funds to Indian companies. 
2.     The India Index Services & Products Ltd (IISL), an arm of the National Stock Exchange’s (NSEs), has launched Nifty equity savings index that will serve as benchmark for equity saving funds offered by various mutual funds.
3.     Paytm Payments Bank has managed to successfully register over 100 million KYC wallets, against the constant campaigning done by the bank about the benefits of the Know Your Customer (KYC) system.
4.     The Global credit rating agency Fitch kept India’s sovereign rating unchanged at 'BBB' - with stable outlook.
5.     Development bank, Nabard has provided an assistance of Rs 10,012 crore to Uttar Pradesh during 2017-18 to facilitate overall development with special focus on agricultural credit
6.     The National Stock Exchange (NSE) has announced the launch of its e-Gsec platform which will allow retail investors to invest in govt securities and hold them in existing demat accounts. 
7.     The Union Govt has entered into agreement with World Bank for flexible financing arrangement to accelerate research towards early development for biopharmaceuticals under National Biopharma Mission.
8.     The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will be giving an aid of Rs 1,700 crore to Uttarakhand for infrastructure development and creation of sewerage treatment facilities in urban areas. 
9.     The Union Govt, Madhya Pradesh Govt and World Bank have signed $210 million loan agreement for Madhya Pradesh Rural Connectivity Project.
10.  The Union Govt (Ministry of Finance) has signed a Loan Agreement with the World Bank for IBRD credit of US$ 125 (equivalent) for Innovate in India for Inclusiveness Project.
11.  Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), one of the leading public sector banks, entered into an agreement for information utility services with the National E-Governance Services Limited (NeSL).

National News

1.     The NITI Aayog launched Atal New India Challenge under Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) with an aim to bring-in innovations and technologies relevant to the people.
2.     India’s first-ever nationwide conference on the archaeology, anthropology and sociology of food is going to be held in Mumbai, Maharashtra from on May 05-06, 2018.
3.     The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) granted the first Licence to Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd for Liquid Chlorine on all India basis as per Indian Standard (IS) 646:1986.
4.     The National Disaster Response Authority (NDMA) has conducted its first ever mock exercise aimed at enhancing preparedness of Airport Emergency Handlers (AEHs) to respond to CBRN emergencies at the LokNayakJayaprakash Airport in Patna.
5.     The HRD ministry launched the second edition of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan under which students from 750 higher educational institutions across the country will adopt villages and visit them to get acquainted with lifestyle of people there and the problems faced by them. 
6.     Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan at Ramnagar, tribal-dominated district of Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day (Apr 24).
7.     The Ministry of Tourism has awarded Letters of Intent to 9 agencies for 22 monuments under Phase-IV of Adopt a Heritage Project: ApniDharohar, ApniPehchaan Scheme.
8.     The 2018 Secure India Conclave organised by Global Counter Terrorism keeping in view Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of New India: Secure India 2018, held in New Delhi.


State News

1.     The National Kharif Conference 2018 has been held at VigyanBhawan in New Delhi.
2.     The 23rd meeting of Western Zonal Council has been held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat under the chairmanship of Union home minister Rajnath Singh.
3.     The Asia Pacific Regional Workshop of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), jointly hosted by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and UNCCD has been held in New Delhi.
4.     The second edition of Shirui Lily Festival 2018 has been celebrated at Ukhrul district in Manipur on Apr 28, 2018.
5.     Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the 29th Road Safety Week at VigyanBhawan in New Delhi
6.     The Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu chaired the first meeting of the think tank on the Framework for National Policy on E-commerce in New Delhi.
7.     Chennai based Geographical Indication Registry has awarded Geographical Indication (GI) Tag to two more craft forms from Telangana viz. Adilabaddokra and Warangal Dhurries.
8.     The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has relaxed six-decade-old protected area permit (PAP) regime to allow foreign tourists to access border areas of Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur for five years with effect from Apr 01, 2018 with protected area permit (PAP).
9.     Bengaluru Smart City in collaboration with the Electronics City Township Authority (ELCITA) is testing prototype of an intelligent traffic management solution to improve traffic management in the city.
10.  Diu Smart City becomes the first city in India to run on 100% renewable energy during daytime.


International news

1.     Google Arts & Culture in partnership with Ministry of Tourism unveiled 360-degree virtual reality (VR) video for global 'Incredible India' tourism campaign.
2.     International Buddhist Conference held in Lumbini, Nepal on Apr 29-30, 2018 to commemorate 2562nd Buddha Jayanti with the theme 'Lumbini Nepal: The birthplace of Lord Buddha and the fountain of Buddhism and world peace'.
3.     The first Informal Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping held in Wuhan.
4.     The Office of United States (US) Trade Representative (USTR) once again placed India on 'Priority Watch List' in its annual Special 301 Report on the state of intellectual property protection.  
5.     The Haryana govt has appointed international shooter, Gauri Sheoran as the brand ambassador for its Measles and Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign.
6.     Canada will be hosting the world's small but growing band of female foreign ministers for talks ahead of this year's UN General Assembly.
7.     Iran’s central bank has banned the country’s banks from dealing in cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, over money-laundering concerns.
8.     In the annual Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said that India is poised to remain the fastest growing large economy in the world and its GDP is expected to reach $5 trillion by 2025.


Science &Defence

1.     The joint venture carrier between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, Vistara has become the 3rd Indian carrier to be a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a global body of 280 airlines.
2.     The Bhabha Atomic Reseach Centre (BARC) has developed BhabhaKavach, a next-generation bulletproof jacket that is cheaper, lightweight.
3.     Scientists identified a new species of frog called Fejervaryagoemchi in the highland plateaus of the Western Ghats parts of Goa.
4.     The Indian Navy inducted Landing Craft Utility (LCU) INLCU L53 at Port Blair.
5.     Bilateral joint training exercise HARIMAU SHAKTI 2018 between India and Malaysiahas been conducted in the dense forests of SengaiPerdik, Hulu Langat, Malaysia.
6.     The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman cleared capital acquisition proposals of DRDO’s NAG missile system (NAMIS) for Indian Army and 127 mm calibre guns for Indian Navy.
7.     The multi-nation counter-terrorism exercise"Peace Mission" is going to be held at the Ural mountains of Russia in Sept 2018, which will take place under the framework of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
8.     Indigenously developed light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas has successfully test fired Derby air-to-air beyond visual range missile (BVRM) off the Goa coast.
9.     The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is tying up with US and Finland to develop new pollution-forecast system that will help anticipate particulate matter (PM) levels at least two days in advance and at greater resolution.
10.  Researchers discovered the world’s smallest land fern named Malvi’s adder’s-tongue fern (Ophioglossummalviae) in Ahwa forests of Western Ghats in Gujarat’s Dang district.
11.  The two-day coastal security exercise, 'SagarKavach' to strengthen and assess the loopholes in the coastal security mechanism was held along Kerala coast
12.  Scientists discovered a giant mosquito with a wingspan of 11.15 centimeters in China’s Sichuan province.



Approvals & MOUs

1.     The Union Cabinet approved renewal of long-term agreements (LTAs) for export of iron ore (lumps and fines) of grade +64% Fe content to Japan and South Korea for another five years (2018 to 2023) through state-owned trading firm MMTC.
2.     The Union Cabinet approved MoU between India and Sao Tome and Principe for Cooperation in field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy.
3.     FMCG major ITC joined hands with NITI Aayog to train 2 lakh farmers to increase their income and raise productivity of major crops in 25 "aspirational districts" across seven states in the country by 2022.
4.     National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on technical knowledge sharing for establishing nationwide Time Stamping and Time Synchronization network (TSTSN) and traceability of Time signal to UTC NPL Time. 
5.     The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved restructured National Bamboo Mission (NBM), a Centrally Sponsored Scheme under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) during remaining period of 14th Finance Commission (2018-20) with an outlay of Rs. 1290 crore.
6.     The Union Cabinet given approval for the inclusion of certain areas in Rajasthan under Fifth Schedule to Constitution so that tribals living there can avail benefit of protective measures under its provisions.
7.     The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval for increase in Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Raw Jute for 2018-19 season.
8.     The Union Cabinet approved Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between India and World Health Organisation (WHO) represented by its Regional Office for South-East Asia acting through its country office in India.
9.     The Dalmia Bharat Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union Tourism Ministry to take up Red Fort (Delhi) and Gandikota Fort (Andhra Pradesh) under the 'Adopt a Heritage' project.
10.  The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) and Indian Yoga Association (IYA) signed anMoU to facilitate interaction and cooperation between two organisations to promote wellness, spiritual and cultural tourism in Krishna Circuit
11.  The Govt of Maharashtra has signed anMoU with the British Council to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation.
12.  The Justice Rajesh Bindal committee has submitted its recommendation to Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) on legal issues related to inter country removal & retention of children.


Appointments

Appointments
Appointee
First woman Judge to be elevated directly from the Bar
Indu Malhotra
Brand ambassador of the BetiBachaoBetiPadhao campaign in Sonipat district
AnuKumari


Ranking & reports

1.     According to World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) 2018 by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), India has been placed at 138th rank out of 180 nations surveyed worldwide in terms of press freedom in 2017.
·       Norway topped the list, followed by Sweden and the Netherlands.
2.     According to recently released Migration and Development Brief by World Bank, India retained top position as recipient of remittances with about $69 billion in 2017.

BOOKs

1.     The book "My Journey from Marxism-Leninism to Nehruvian Socialism" authored by C H Hanumantha Rao, who is former Planning Commission and Finance Commission member, has been launched by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
2.     Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has released three books based on Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran movement of 1917.
a.      'Mister M K Gandhi Ki Champaran Diary' written by Arvind Mohan.
b.     'ChamparanAndolan 1917' edited by AshutoshPartheshwar.
c.      'Pir Muhammad Munis: KalamKa Satyagrahi' collected and edited by Srikant.

Awards

1.     A video reporter from Srinagar, NadiyaShafi has won the 2018 Martha Farrell Award for Excellence in women’s empowerment.
2.     The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) awarded National Intellectual Property (IP) Award 2018 in category "Top R&D Institution/Organization for Patents and Commercialization".
3.     Gujarati poet, playwright and academic SitanshuYashaschandra has been selected for 2017 SaraswatiSamman for his collection of verses (poetry) titled "Vakhar" published in 2009.
4.     Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, won the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize.
5.     Singing legend, Asha Bhosle has been honoured with the Lifetime 26th P C Chandra Puraskaar 2018 at the Science City auditorium in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
6.     SiddhantBanthia from Pune won the Indian leg of the junior French Open wild card tournament in New Delhi.
7.     Bengal's Digambarpur Gram Panchayat (GP) has bagged the Centre’s award for the best Gram Panchayt in the country.

Sports

1.     World record holder Shahzar Rizvi has claimed India’s first medal at the 2018 World Cuporganised by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) at Changwon, South Korea.
2.     Indian fencer C ABhavani Devi from Tamil Nadu won a silver medal in the sabre event of the Tournoi World Cup Satellite Fencing Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland.
3.     PrajneshGunneswaran from Chennai clinched first ever singles tennis title on the ATP Challenger circuit.
4.     Spanish professional tennis player, Rafael Nadal has lifted 11th Barcelona Open tennis title and extended his record of 46 consecutive sets won on clay.
5.     India clinched the title of team champion in the 8th series of South Asian Judo Championship held in Army Physical Training Center, Lagankhel, Nepal
6.     Rafael Nadal romped to a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside an outclassed Kei Nishikori to retain the world number one ranking. 
7.     Mohamed Salah has been crowned the Premier League’s Players’ of the Year, with his incredible 41-goal debut season at Liverpool beating out strong competition from Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne.

Important Days

Date
Day
Theme
Apr 29
International Dance Day

Apr 29
Ayushman Bharat Diwas

Apr 26
World Intellectual Property Day
"Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity"
Apr 25
World Malaria Day
'Ready to beat malaria'
Apr 24
National Panchayati Raj Day




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