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21-4-18
North Korea halts nuclear, missile tests
North Korea has agreed to end its tests of nuclear weapons & intercontinental ballistic missiles & shut down its nuclear test siteThe surprise announcement comes as North Korea prepares for talks with South Korea & US. Kim Jong-un has said his country no longer needed any nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests because it has completed its goal of developing nuclear weapons.
PNB impounds passports of wilful defaulters
Punjab National Bank has impounded passports of 150 wilful loan defaulters who are not repaying loans.This is the first such revelation made by any bank, following govt’s instructions to banks on seeking passport copies of all those who have borrowed more than Rs 50 crore. PNB has already declared 1,084 wilful defaulters & has published photos of 260 such defaulters in newspapers.
RBI makes Aadhaar key to KYC compliance
Reserve Bank of India has amended its ‘Know Your Customer’ guidelines, making Aadhaar compulsory by banks & finance companies.RBI has also done away with sections relating to use of other “officially valid documents” by lenders for address and identity proof. The norms have been revised because the government had amended laws on prevention of money laundering.
Swaziland king renames the country
King Mswati III of Swaziland has announced renaming of the country to “the Kingdom of eSwatini”.The declaration by King Mswati III was made during celebrations marking the monarch’s birthday as well as 50 years of independence from British colonial rule. The new name, eSwatini, means “land of the Swazis”. It was this name that the king used when he addressed the UN general assembly in 2017.
First Ever International SME Convention
First Ever International SME Convention will be held in New Delhi from 22nd to 24th April.The convention has specific focus on inclusion of MSMEs in Make in India program &empowering women entrepreneurs. India is home to more than 60 million MSMEs, majority of who are in low-tech areas. MSMEs constitute a single largest employer after Agriculture sector in India.
1st Indian company with $100bn market cap
Tata Consultancy Services has moved closer to the $100 billion mark in market capitalisation as its share price surged nearly 7%, adding about $6.2 billion to its valuation.The IT major is set to be the first listed Indian company to achieve this milestone. TCS is the leading the chart as the most valued firm followed by Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank, ITC and HUL.
Romania to move Israeli embassy to Jerusalem
The Romanian government has approved a memorandum to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.If approved by President Klaus Iohannis, Romania will become the third nation after the US and Guatemala to open an embassy in Jerusalem.Israel has reportedly offered preferential treatment to the first 10 countries to make the move.
Yogi’s FB page most popular among Indian CMs
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Facebook page has been judged the most popular among all other Chief Ministers in the country.In the ranking released by Facebook, Yogi’s page beat those of Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani to emerge as the most popular. The ranking is based on the total interactions that include total reactions, shares and comments on the page.
1st meet of BRICS FMs & Central Bank Governors
First meeting of BRICS Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors was held on the sidelines of IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington D.C.Main issues that were discussed were related to enhancing project pipelines of NDB evenly across member countries & expansion of NDB’s membership. Issues related to BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement as well as BRICS Bond Fund were also discussed.
Mumbai to host Intercontinental Cup
Mumbai Football Arena, the new hub of Indian football, will play host to the inaugural edition of the 4 nation Intercontinental Cup.The tournament will see Indian national team competing with South Africa, New Zealand & Chinese Taipei. Intercontinental Cup comes on back of Tri-nation series in Sept 2017 which was also held at the same venue with India eventually emerging champions.
TTFI recommended Manika Batra for Arjuna Award
Table Tennis Federation of India has recommended Manika Batra, country’s only quadruple medallist at 21st Commonwealth Games, for the prestigious Arjuna Award.Batra created history in Gold Coast, single-handedly taking India to a maiden team gold before winning a singles gold, another first. She also secured a women’s doubles silver alongside Mouma Das & mixed doubles bronze with G Sathiyan
IOB inked information utility pact with NeSL
Indian Overseas Bank has entered into an agreement for information utility services with the National E-Governance Services Limited.With this agreement, the IOB branches will be able to provide high-quality, authenticated information about debts and defaults. The NeSL became India’s first information utility for bankruptcy cases under the ‘Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code 2016’ in October 2017.
Prince Charles to be next head of Commonwealth
Prince Charles will be the next head of the Commonwealth, succeeding, his mother Queen Elizabeth.The Queen has been head of the Commonwealth since coming to the throne in 1952, but the position is not automatically held by the British monarch. As the Queen no longer goes abroad, the current summit in London in all likelihood will be her last.
Wenger to step down as Arsenal manager
Arsene Wenger is all set to step down as a manager of Arsenal at the end of this season, thus ending his illustrious 22-year tenure.Wenger, who is the longest serving manager in the English Premier League, had led Arsenal to 3 league title in 1998, 2002, and 2004. Hired by Arsenal in Sept of 1996, he introduced new styles & standards to a sport & a league that had become set in their ways.
Bengaluru FC won Super Cup Football tournament
Bengaluru FC have won the inaugural edition of Super Cup Football tournament.In the final at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, they defeated Kolkata football giants East Bengal by a convincing margin of 4-1.Bengaluru thus maintained their record of winning a trophy in each of the five seasons they have been in existence.
India, Afghan held bi-lateral meet on drugs
India & Afghanistan held a dialogue in New Delhi to discuss issues related to illicit drug trafficking & narcotics abuse.The meeting focused on sharing best practices & furthering areas of cooperation in drug crime domain. India is located b/w 2 major narcotics regions – Golden Crescent and Golden Triangle and is vulnerable to transit, trafficking and consumption of opium derivatives.
Swedish DJ, Musician Avicii Found Dead
Swedish DJ & record producer Avicii, one of the biggest stars of electronic dance music was found dead in Oman.Avicii, known for international hits like Wake Me Up& Hey Brother, announced in 2016 that he was retiring from touring. Avicii won a number of American & Billboard music awards for his EDM work. He was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for best dance recording in 2012 & 2013.
Commonwealth to take action on cybersecurity
The Commonwealth countries have unanimously agreed to take action on cybersecurity by 2020.The declaration has been termed as the world’s largest & most geographically diverse inter-governmental commitment on cybersecurity cooperation. It followed an announcement by UK government pledging up to 15 million pounds to help the Commonwealth nations strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities.
Initiative for control of viral hepatitis
The Health Ministry has decided to roll out an initiative for prevention and control of viral hepatitis.Under the initiative, the ministry intends to scale up to 100 treatment and 665 testing centres over a period of next three years in all states.Viral hepatitis is recognised as a public health problem worldwide. India is committed to ending viral hepatitis by 2030.
Kyrgyzstan’s parliament names new PM
Kyrgyzstan’s Parliament has named Mukhammedkaliy Abylgaziyev as the new Prime Minister.Abylgaziyev, previously chief of staff in President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s office, replaced Sapar Isakov whose cabinet lost a no-confidence vote. The govt reshuffle completes a series of moves taken by Jeenbekov since he came to power to remove the appointees of his predecessor, Almazbek Atambayev.

22-4-18
Government Approved Death Penalty For Rapists
Centre has approved an ordinance to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to provide for death penalty for rape of children below the age of 12.The move comes in the wake of public outrage over the Kathua rape & murder case where the victim was a minor. Cabinet also decided to raise the minimum jail term for rapists to 10 years if the victims are over 16 yrs old.
2% quota for Sports persons in govt jobs
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced 2% reservation in state government jobs for sportspersons.Rao extended this sporting gesture while felicitating a group of 18 members, who participated in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast. Currently 2% seats in educational institutions were reserved for sportspersons.
Ambani in World’s Greatest Leaders’ list
Richest Indian Mukesh Ambani has been named by Fortune magazine as the World’s Greatest Leaders of 2018.Ambani was ranked No.24 behind likes of South Korean President Mon Jae-in, Chinese vice premier Liu He and French President Emmanuel Macron. Ambani’s ‘Jio-fication’ in less than two years has brought mobile data to the masses and has completely upended the country’s telecom market.
Madras HC introduces e-court fee payment
The Madras High Court has become the first court in south India and eighth in the country to introduce e-court fee payment facility.People would now be able to pay the court fees from anywhere, including from home using this application through the Internet. The facility introduced at the Madras High Court would be extended to all the district courts too in a phased manner.
Iraq resumes payments of Gulf War reparations
Iraq has resumed paying Kuwait compensation for the destruction of Kuwaiti oil fields and facilities during the 1990-91 Gulf War with the disbursal of $90 million.The payment had been suspended since October 2014 because of security and budgetary problems that the Iraqi government faced in its fight against Islamic State. Iraq still has to pay a remaining amount of nearly $4.5 billion.
National Civil Service Day celebrated
Civil Services Day is organized on April 21 every year, when civil servants re-dedicate themselves to the cause of the citizens.It was on this date in 1947 that the 1st Home Minister of Independent India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressed probationers of Administrative Services Officers. This year observance of the day focussed on Evolving Strategies for Transforming Aspirational Districts
Central Project Monitoring Unit for e-Vidhan
Union Minister Vijay Goel inaugurated the new office of Central Project Monitoring Unit for the e-Vidhan project of the Govt at the Parliament House Annexe.It was done as a part of Swachhata Pakhwada being observed by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs from 16th to 30th April, 2018. e-Vidhan is a mission mode project to digitize & make functioning of State Legislatures in India paperless.
India, Finland settle Nokia tax row
India and Finland have reached an accord on the tax dispute with Nokia under the Mutual Agreement Procedure.The resolution covering the disputes pertaining to Nokia India as well as Nokia Corp brings to an end one of the biggest tax disputes involving multinational companies. This paves the way for sale of Nokia’s Chennai plant, which has been shuttered since November 2014.
Deposits in Jan Dhan account cross Rs 80,000cr
Total deposits in Jan Dhan accounts has crossed Rs 80,000 crore mark with more people joining the flagship financial inclusion programme.The deposits, which have been steadily rising since March 2017, were at Rs 80,545.70 crore on April 11, 2018. Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana accounts had come into focus during the demonetisation period when the deposits witnessed a meteoric rise.
Barcelona won fourth Copa del Rey in a row
Barcelona became the first team in 85 years to win four straight Copa del Rey titles after defeating Sevilla 5-0 in the final.Luis Suarez scored twice, and Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Philippe Coutinho also made the scoresheet for Barcelona’s record-extending 30th Copa triumph. No other team had won four Copa titles in a row since Athletic Bilbao from 1930-33.
Verne Troyer passed away
Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Power films and one of the shortest men in the world, has died.He also played the banker goblin Griphook in 2001′s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and appeared on dozens of TV shows. Troyer was born in 1969 with achondroplasia, a genetic condition that kept him less than 3 feet tall.
Forest cover in India grew by over 6,700 sq km
According to the Forest Survey of India, Forest cover has increased by 6,778 sq km in the country during the last two years.States like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala have made a significant contribution. The total forest and tree cover in India, according to the current assessment is 8,02,088 sq km, which is 24.39% of the country’s geographic area.
Cabinet approved restructured scheme
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan aimed at building infrastructure & stepping up initiatives for e-governance.The scheme will extend to all states & UTs & will include institutions of rural local govt in non-Part IX areas, where panchayats do not exist. PM Modi will launch the scheme on National Panchayati Raj Day on April 24.
India to join countries having Sex Offender DB
India will join a club of 8 countries with a sexual offender database to monitor and track those convicted of such crimes.National Crime Records Bureau will maintain a national database and profile of sexual offenders. This data will be regularly shared with states and Union Territories for tracking, monitoring and investigation, including verification of antecedents by police.
Indian airports got its 1st woman firefighter
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has appointed its first woman firefighter, Taniya Sanyal.Taniya is currently undergoing training in Delhi and will be appointed for AAI’s eastern region airports. Considered a profession only for men, AAI till recently did not have recruitment norms for women firefighters. AAI is facing a shortage of firefighters due to expansion & new airports coming up.
World Bank approved $13bn increase in capital
World Bank Group has endorsed a package of measures that include a $13 billion increase in paid-in capital.The package approved by Development Committee of Board of Governors consists of $7.5bn paid-in capital for IBRD &$5.5bn paid-in capital for IFC. World Bank Group will now be able to support drivers of long-term sustainable growth, including investments in human capital & resilience.
ICICI Bank launched digital form
ICICI Bank has introduced a ‘digital form’ which will help open current accounts in a few hours in comparison to an industry average of a few days.Bank officials would now be able to capture information about customer & business digitally & verify KYC documents in real-time. Digital forms are expected to help bank secure more clients & help increase bank’s market share.
World Earth Day 2018
World Earth Day is celebrated every year across the world on 22nd of April to increase awareness among people about the environment safety.The day was proposed at the UNESCO conference in 1969 and the first Earth Day celebrations took place in 1970. The campaign theme for this year is End Plastic Pollution. Earth Day is regarded as the largest secular observance in the world.
World’s oldest person Nabi Tajima died
The world’s oldest person Nabi Tajima has died in Japan at the age of 117.Tajima was born on August 4, 1900, and had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren. She became the world’s oldest person seven months ago after the death in September of Violet Brown in Jamaica.
Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018
Cabinet has approved promulgation of an ordinance that will empower govt to attach properties both within the country & overseas of fugitive economic offenders.It seeks to confiscate properties of economic offenders like Nirav Modi who have left the country to avoid facing criminal prosecution. Only those cases where amount involved is more than Rs.100cr will be covered under this ordinance.

23-4-18
Ex-foreign secretary Jaishankar to join Tata
Tata Sons has announced appointment of S Jaishankar as the Tata Group’s President, Global Corporate Affairs.Jaishankar joined the IFS in 1977 holding key roles during his career including stints as High Commissioner to Singapore, Ambassador to China and US. Jaishankar will work with Tata Companies to help them strengthen their business presence in their respective geographies globally.
Books On Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Movement
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has released 3 books based on Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran movement of 1917.He released the books titled – ‘Mister M K Gandhi Ki Champaran Diary’, ‘Champaran Andolan 1917’ and ‘Pir Muhammad Munis: Kalam Ka Satyagrahi’. Champaran movement is acknowledged as the first Satyagraha movement inspired by Mahatma Gandhi.
India topped the remittances chart for 2017
According to World Bank, India has retained its position as the top remittances receiving country with its diaspora sending about USD 69 billion back home in 2017.Remittances to India picked up sharply by 9.9% to USD 69 billion in 2017, reversing the previous year’s dip. Remittance inflows improved in all regions and top remittance recipients were India with followed by China & Philippines.
Mohamed Salah crowned PFA Player of the Year
Liverpool and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah was named Player of the Year by England’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).Salah was rewarded for his performances which have yielded 41 goals in all competitions since joining from AS Roma last year. Salah has become the first person in Premier League history to claim three Player of the Month awards in the same season.
Paytm Payments Bank registers 100M KYC wallets
Paytm Payments Bank claims that it now has over 100 million KYC -registered wallets which includes both complete & minimum KYC.This development comes even as there have been indications in digital payments industry of a sharp fall in mobile-wallet users as customer authentication did not take off. Paytm Payments Bank is owned 51% by Paytm founder Vijay Sharma & 49% by One97 Communications.
Indeed inked pact with TASK
Global job site Indeed has announced its collaboration with Telangana Academy for Skill & Knowledge to support skill development of youth in Telangana.TASK was established by govt of Telangana to enable a platform b/w govt, academia & industry to enhance employability of youth. Through this MoU, Indeed will offer TASK students the chance to attend lectures & career development workshops.
World’s first female foreign ministers meeting
Canada and the European Union will host the world’s first female foreign ministers’ meeting in September.Female foreign ministers from about 30 countries will be invited to the gathering, which is aimed at deepening global discussion on women’s empowerment. The meeting will be held for 2 days starting on September 21st in Canada.
Road safety week 2018
With the objective to sensitise people about road safety, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is organizing the 29th edition of Road Safety Week from 23rd to 30th April.During the week, creating awareness about various causes of road accidents & measures to prevent them will be highlighted through various activities.1.5 lakh persons in India are killed in road crashes every year.
Mario Benitez elected as Paraguay’s president
Conservative former senator Mario Abdo Benítez has been elected as the president of Paraguay.Benitez garnered 46.44% of the vote, compared with 42.74% for his main rival Efrain Alegre. He is the son of the late private secretary of dictator Alfredo Stroessner, who ruled Paraguay for 35 years.
Axis Bank picks Egon Zehnder to find new CEO
Axis Bank has appointed global recruitment firm Egon Zehnder to find a successor for MD and CEO Shikha Sharma.In December 2017, the bank’s board had approved the reappointment of Ms. Sharma for three years, but early this month she said that she would step down in December 2018. Axis Bank is the third largest private-sector banks in India.
World Book And Copyright Day 2018
World Book and Copyright Day is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by UNESCO, to promote reading, publishing and copyright.The World Book Capital for World Book and Copyright Day 2018 will be the city of Athens, Greece. The 2018 edition is entitled “READING, it’s my right!”, and it will be an opportunity to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Naidu rejects impeachment notice against CJI
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has rejected the notice given by opposition parties for impeachment of CJI Dipak Misra citing lack of substantial merit in it.This is the first time ever that an impeachment notice has been filed against a sitting CJI. The rejection of the notice comes a day after he held the consultations with such experts to determine the maintainability of the motion
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.Of the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country, the central government had selected 1000 and watched their function. The state of West Bengal is also in the top in generating rural employment across states.
India’s first cashless island
Manipur’s Karang has become the first cashless island of the country.Karang, a remote region was cut-off from the (Bishnupur) district due to insurgency for a long time. Incentives were provided for training towards digital payments and five POS machines were installed on the island. An online channel was launched to create awareness about the digital payments.
Yechury gets 2nd term as CPM general secretary
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) has re-elected senior party leader Sitaram Yechury for his second term as general secretary.Yechury had taken over as general secretary of the CPI(M) from Prakash Karat in the 21st party congress. The CPI-M’s constitution allows an individual to be elected for a maximum of three terms, each consisting of three years.
Isro to launch slew of military satellites
Indian Space Research Organisation is gearing up to launch a slew of important satellites in the coming months.Some of these satellites are significant as they will help military keep an eye on our neighbours & safeguard our land & sea borders. ISRO will launch a dedicated satellite, Gsat-7A, for Indian Air Force & an advanced remote sensing satellite, Risat-2A, for surveillance purpose.
India won 10 gold medals
India has won 10 gold medals at 8th South Asian Judo Championship in Lalitpur, Nepal.Indian women grabbed all 7 gold while men won 3 out of total 7 gold medals in the individual category. Besides host Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka had participated in the 3 day championship.
France approved controversial immigration bill
French National Assembly has passed a new immigration law that tightens the rules around asylum.Bill shortens asylum application deadlines, doubles time for which illegal migrants can be detained & 1 year prison sentence for entering France illegally. France received a record 100,000 asylum applications last year.
Navy Chief to attend Naval Symposium in Iran
Indian Navy Chief, Admiral Sunil Lanba has began his visit to Iran to attend the 6th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium.IONS which was conceived by Indian Navy in 2008 aims to enhance maritime cooperation among navies of littoral states of Indian Ocean Region.Naval Chief’s visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations b/w India & Iran and explore new avenues for cooperation
Rafael Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters Title
World Number 1 Rafael Nadal defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori by 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final to win his 31st Masters title.Nadal also became the first man in the Open era to win the same title 11 times. It gave him a 76th title overall and ensured the Spaniard keeps his top ranking ahead of Roger Federer. World No. 36 Nishikori was chasing his first ever Masters title.

24-4-18
National E-comm policy conference
Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, will chair the first meeting of the think tank on the Framework for National Policy on E-commerce to be held on April 24th, 2018.The think tank has been established by the Department of Commerce. Issues related to the e-commerce sector such as regulatory regime, taxation policy, data flows, FDI etc will be discussed.
Adilabad Dokra & Warangal Durries get GI tag
Adilabad Dokra, an ancient bell metal craft popular in the tribal regions of Adilabad district in Telangana, and Warangal Durries have been issued the Geographical Indication (GI) Registration Certificate by the GI Registry, Chennai.GI tag can be used as a marketing tool to promote the products in India and abroad. The Dokra craftsmen belong to the Woj community, called Wojaris.
Panchayati Raj Day observed on 24th April
National Panchayati Raj Day (National Local Self-Government day) is celebrated by Ministry of Panchayati Raj on 24 April annually.Then Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh inaugurated the first National Panchayati Raj Day in 2010. The PM will launch Rashtriya Gramin Swaraj Abhiyan and address Panchayati Raj representatives across the country, from Mandla, Madhya Pradesh.
Foreigners can travel to North-East states
Foreign tourists, except those from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan, would now be allowed to visit some of the most pristine locations of the country.Till now, some places were out of bounds for them without a special permit. The Home Ministry has decided to relax the Protected Area Permit regime from Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur from April 1.
EU, UN to co-host conference on Syria aid
The EU and the UN will co-chair a two-day international conference in Brussels.The aim of the conference is to pump financial aid for Syrians and garner political support for UN-led intra-Syrian talks. The conference will bring together participants from more than 85 countries and organisations at the ministerial level.It is the second confernce of its kind since 2017.
English Language Day observed on 23rd April
English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April.The Day is the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information, establishing language days for each of the Organization’s six official languages. The purpose of the UN’s language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages at the UN.
Six countries suspend membership in UNASUR
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru announced that they would indefinitely suspend their participation in the meetings of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).UNASUR was officially founded in 2008 in Brasilia between 12 governments in South America. The remaining active UNASUR members are Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Guyana and Suriname.
AP, Mastercard to host cyber security summit
The Andhra Pradesh Government and Mastercard are together holding AP Cyber Security Summit.The summit is being conducted here as a part of the MoU signed between the State Government and Mastercard to implement best practices in cyber security. The partnership would help the state government to enable more robust digital payments solutions for the government’s Fintech Valley initiative.
India, UAE to engage on skill harmonisation
India and the UAE have agreed to work together for harmonisation of skills that aims to match India’s programmes for upskilling workers with the requirements of job market in the Gulf nation.This will help meet the skill demands of the UAE’s employers.The two governments announced a partnership to strengthen the certification and joint recognition of skills.
SAIL ties-up with AAI under UDAN
SAIL and AAI have signed an MoU on utilisation of airstrips under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – UDAN.SAIL have airstrips at its Rourkela (Odisha), Bokaro (Jharkhand) and Burnpur (West Bengal) steel plants. AAI will operate and manage airport operations for Burnpur, Rourkela and Bokaro airport on behalf for SAIL. The UDAN scheme has been launched by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
E-way bill roll out in four more states
The Centre stated that the e-way bill system for intra-state movement of goods will be rolled out in four more states and one Union Territory on 25th April.The e-way bill system is being introduced in Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, and Sikkim, and in Puducherry. The new system was implemented from April 15 in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.
Diu Smart City runs 100% on renewable energy
The Diu Smart City has become the first city in India that runs on 100 percent renewable energy during the daytime.The city has developed a 9-MW solar park, besides installing solar panels on the rooftops on 79 government buildings, generating 1.3 MW annually. Diu also offers its residents a subsidy of Rs 10,000-50,000 for installing 1-5-KW rooftop solar panels.
HCL, MOIL sign MoU for copper project
Hindustan Copper Ltd has signed a MoU with Manganese Ore (India) Ltd for the Malanjkhand Copper Project.As per the memorandum, MOIL will procure its entire requirement of silica sand, from HCL’s unit located at Malanjkhand in Balaghat District. This sand will be suitable for road making, construction of building etc.
ADB to give Rs 1,700 crore aid to U’khand
The Asian Development Bank has agreed to give an aid of Rs 1,700 crore to Uttarakhand.The aid will be given for the creation of infrastructural facilities, sewer treatment plants and water supply facilities in urban areas of Uttarakhand. This was conveyed to Chief Minister of Uttrakhand by the country director of ADB’s India Regiment Mission.
Haryana signed pact with IOC
The Haryana government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Oil Corporation for setting up a biomethenation plant in Faridabad.The plant will produce cooking gas and compost from organic waste. The plant will also produce about four tonnes of compost per day from five tonnes of organic waste. This compost will be supplied to HSVP for parks.
Mechanism of deadly fungal infection found
Scientists have discovered a unique mechanism that drives the spread of a rare and deadly fungal infection that affects the lungs and brain.Cptococcosirys is a fungal infection that usually only occurs in people with impaired immunity, according to researchers at the University of Birmingham. The infection affects the lungs first, because it is acquired by inhaling fungal spores.
BoI inks pact with NeSL
Bank of India has entered into an agreement with National E-Governance Services (NeSL) for Information Utility arrangement under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.As per the agreement, BoI will avail NeSL service to expedite corporate insolvency resolution process. In September 2017, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India registered NeSL as the first Information Utility.
Cyber Security Operations Centre in AP
Tech Mahindra has set up the country’s first “Cyber Security Operations Centre” (APCSOC) in Vijayawada, in collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh government.The APCSOC will leverage Tech Mahindra’s global expertise in cyber security and risk management. The Cyber Security Operations Centre is equipped with traditional SOC and predictive threat analytics capabilities.
Manipur observes Khongjom Day
Manipur on April 23 observed ‘Khongjom Day’ in commemoration of the Anglo-Manipur War of 1891.The 1891 armed conflict was the last battle fought between the Kingdom of Manipur and the British Empire, wherein Manipur lost its sovereignty. In commemoration of the historic battle, the Manipur government has been observing April 23 as ‘Khongjom Day’ every year.
AFSPA removed from Meghalaya
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, AFSPA has been removed completely from Meghalaya.The AFSPA act, empowers security forces to conduct operations and arrest anyone anywhere without prior notice. In Arunachal Pradesh, the AFSPA has been reduced from 16 police stations areas bordering Assam to eight police stations.

25-4-18
India, World Bank sign agreement
The World Bank signed a loan agreement with India for IBRD credit of $125 million for the “Innovate in India for Inclusiveness Project”.The objectives of the project are to nurture indigenous innovation, foster local product development. The project would support consortia of the public, private, and the academic institutions to overcome the key market failures.
World Malaria Day observed on 25th April
World Malaria Day is observed on April 25 every year to recognise the global effort to control malaria and also to spread awareness about the around the world.The theme for this year’s Malaria Day is ‘Ready to beat Malaria’. It was in May 2007 that the 60th session of the World Health Assembly decided to establish the World Malaria Day.
Giant Mosquito Found In China
Scientists have discovered a giant mosquito from the ‘Holorusia mikado’ species with a wingspan of 11.15 cm in China.First found in Japan, the Holorusia mikado species normally has a wingspan of about 8 cm. These mosquitoes do not feed on blood & the adults have a lifespan of only a few days and mainly feed on nectar.
Dalmia Bharat Adopts Red Fort, Delhi
Dalmia Bharat Limited has signed a MoU with Ministry of Tourism for adoption of Red Fort monument under the “Adopt a Heritage” project.The adoption will enable to construct, landscape, illuminate and maintain activities related to provision and development of tourist amenities. The Adopt a Heritage Scheme was launched by President Ram Nath Kovind on World Tourism Day on 27th September 2017.
M-Awas for allotment of Govt. homes
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C) launched a Mobile App (m-Awas) for allotment of Government accommodations in General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA).The application has been developed by NIC. The dedicated application of online allotment i.e. e-Awas will support this App. The app is user friendly and can be made operative from an android mobile phone.
Kerala CM launched Pravasi Pension Scheme
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched Pravasi pension scheme.The scheme gives those hailing from Kerala but living outside the state or country, a pension of 2,000 a month. People over the age of 60 years are eligible for the pension. The scheme is not applicable for state and central government employees.
Ramsar tag likely for Sunderbans
The Sunderban Reserve Forest, spread of 4,260 sq. km. with over 2,000 sq. km. of mangrove forests and creeks, is likely to be declared a Ramsar Site soon.The Indian Sunderbans, with mangrove forests, comprise almost 43% of the mangrove cover in India. There are currently 26 sites in India recognised as Ramsar wetland sites of international importance.
EAM to attend India-Mongolia Joint Committee
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will co-chair the 6th round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee meeting with her Mongolian counterpart in Ulaanbaatar.The meeting will discuss trade, economic, cultural and scientific co-operation. Mrs Swaraj became the first Indian External Affairs Minister to visit the Mongolia in 42 years.
Govt to relax Restricted Area Permit regime
The Restricted Area Permit regime in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep will be relaxed for tourism promotion.This was decided during the third meeting of Island Development Agency chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. The Island Development Agency reviewed the progress made towards preparation of Development Plans for identified Islands.
Secure India Conclave underway in New Delhi
The two-day Secure India Conclave got underway in New Delhi on 24th April.The conclave is being organised by Global Counter Terrorism keeping in view Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of New India : Secure India 2018. The event presents a unique encapsulation of prevalent issues in India’s internal security.
Dakota DC-3 aircraft to be inducted into IAF
Dakota DC-3 aircraft of 1940’s vintage would be inducted shortly into the Vintage Aircraft Flight of the Indian Air Force (IAF).Built in 1944, the aircraft served in the military with the RAF and was also operated by various civil airlines.In 1988, a large fleet of Dakota DC-3 served in the Indian Air Force. It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time.
‘Sagar Kavach’ began in Kerala
A two-day coastal security exercise ‘Sagar Kavach’ began on 24th April to strengthen and assess the loopholes in the coastal security mechanism along Kerala shores.The Coast Guard, the Navy, Coastal Police and Marine Enforcement wing are participating in the exercise. 3 ships of the navy, 10 of Coastguard, four fishing boats, besides 20 coastal police stations are taking part in the drill.
NSE launched e-Gsec platform
The National Stock Exchange announced the launch of its e-Gsec platform.The platform will allow retail investors to invest in government securities and hold them in existing demat accounts. The government issues securities to borrow money from the market. The Union budget 2016-17 had announced that RBI will facilitate retail participation in the primary markets through stock exchanges.
India to host Asian Weightlifting C’ships
Indian will host the prestigious Asian Weightlifting Championship in 2019.The Championship was awarded to India at the Executive Board Meeting and Congress of the Asian Weightlifting Federation held on April 22 at Urgench, Uzbekistan. The last edition of the Asian Championship was held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from April 23-29.
Bangladesh, Nepal launched trial bus service
Bangladesh and Nepal have launched a trial bus service between their capitals through India.The proposed commercial bus service comes under the purview of BBIN (Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal) Motor Vehicles Agreement. Currently, passengers use the Lalmonirhat-Burimari-Changrabandha-Siliguri route to go to Kathmandu.
India signed pact with World Bank for MP roads
India has signed a USD 210 million loan agreement with the World Bank to improve rural connectivity in Madhya Pradesh.The project will cover 10,510 km stretch of rural roads in Madhya Pradesh that fall under the Chief Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (CMGSY) programme. The project is expected to improve the durability, resilience and safety of the gravel surfaced rural roads.
Rivzi gets silver at ISSF World Cup
Shahzar Rizvi on 24th April clinched India’s first medal at the ISSF World Cup, winning a silver in the 10m air pistol event.Rizvi had won the gold medal in the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico in March. Russia clinched the gold medal while the bronze went to Bulgaria.
Egyptian journalist gets press freedom prize
Egyptian photo journalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid won the 2018 Press Freedom Prize awarded by the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO on 23rd April.The prize, the Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize, will be awarded on May 2 to mark World Press Freedom Day. The $25,000 World Press Freedom Prize was established in 1997 to honor Guillermo Cano Isaza who was a journalist.
Western Ghats reveal smallest land fern
Indian researchers have discovered the world’s smallest land fern hiding in the Ahwa forests of the Western Ghats in Gujarat’s Dang district.The fingernail-sized fern belongs to a group known as the adder’s-tongue ferns. The size of the new Malvi’s adder’s-tongue fern ‘Ophioglossum malviae’ is just one centimetre.
New system to measure air quality
India is tying up with the United States and Finland to develop a pollution-forecast system.The system will help anticipate particulate matter (PM) levels at least two days in advance and at a greater resolution than what is possible now.The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) will be coordinating this exercise and the plan is to have a system in place by winter.

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IMF unveils new corruption policy
The International Monetary Fund will systematically address corruption and its impact on economic growth with all its member countries under new guidelines.The new policy also tackles how rich countries contribute to corruption in the developing world by failing to prevent bribery and money laundering. The IMF will not investigate specific instances of corruption.
Ola to set up Safety Council
Ride-sharing app Ola has set up a first-of-its-kind Safety Council to create a safe, inclusive, and sustainable mobility ecosystem.The Safety Council will act as a catalyst towards supporting the Government’s agenda to halve the road deaths and injuries by 2020. According to the Brasillia declaration, every year, 1.5 lakh people are killed and 5 lakh injured on Indian roads.
Indian Navy inducts 3rd LCU at Port Blair
The Indian Navy has inducted the third ship of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV project at Port Blair.LCU MK-IV ship is an amphibious ship and is capable of transporting combat equipment such as Main Battle Tanks Arjun, T72, and other Armored Vehicles. The command oversees India’s Andaman and Nicobar Island territories, including the strategic Strait of Malacca in the Indian Ocean.
BCCI recommends Shikhar & Smriti for Arjuna
BCCI recommended Indian cricketers Smriti Mandhana and Shikhar Dhawan for the Arjuna Award.Shikhar Dhawan currently opens the innings for the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Sunrisers Hyderabad.Last year, the BCCI had recommended Cheteshwar Pujara and Harmanpreet Kaur for the award given by the Government of India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
CSIR and DoT enter into MoU
CSIR entered into a MoU with DoT for synchronising the telecom network with Indian Standard Time (IST).The purpose of synchronising the telecom network with the IST is to enable the security agencies in analysing and correlating the cyber events. The project will also improve the network efficiency by reducing packet loss due to reduced slips in better synchronised digital network.
Cabinet approves MSP for Raw Jute
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister has given its approval for the increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Raw Jute.The increased MSP is based on recommendations of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices. The Jute Corporation of India will be the Central Nodal Agency to undertake price support operations at MSP in the Jute growing states.
Cabinet nod to BRICS pact on medical products
The government approved the pact with medicine regulatory agencies of BRICS nations on cooperation in the field of regulation of medical products.The MoU would facilitate better understanding about the regulatory aspects between the parties and could help in increasing India’s export of medical products to BRICS. The approval was given by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister.
MoU between India and Sao Tome and Principe
The government gave approval for an agreement signed between India and an African island nation, Sao Tome and Principe, to increase cooperation in the field of Medicinal Plants.The MoU assumes significance as there is a global increase in traditional and alternative healthcare systems. Medicinal Plants are a major resource base for the traditional medicine and herbal industry.
NITI Aayog launched Atal New India Challenge
The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) under the NITI Aayog launched the Atal New India Challenge on April 26.Under the Atal New India Challenge, AIM will invite prospective innovators/MSMEs/start-ups to design market-ready products. Applicants showing capability, intent and potential to productize technologies will be awarded grants up to Rs. 1 crore.
Cabinet approves Schedules Areas in Rajasthan
Cabinet approved inclusion of some areas in Rajasthan under the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution so that the tribals living there can avail benefit of protective measures under its provisions.The Cabinet revoked the Constitution order (CO) dated February 12, 1981 and promulgated a new CO. No additional funds are required as to be expended on account of the declaration of Scheduled Areas.
National Bamboo Mission restructured
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Bamboo Mission under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture.The mission is to ensure holistic development of the bamboo sector. The Mission will focus on the development of bamboo in limited states where it has social, commercial and economical advantage, particularly in the North Eastern region.
Manipur’s Shirui Lily festival began
Manipur’s five-day Shirui Lily State Festival commenced on 24th April in the Ukhrul district headquarters.The festival, organized by the State Tourism Department, aimed to spread awareness and conserve the endangered state flower ‘Shirui Lily’, while also promote the hill district as a potential tourist destination.The campaign is organized by The Giving Tree and Hill Wild.
HRD Ministry launches Unnat Bharat Abhiyan-2
Human Resource Development Ministry launched the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan-2 in New Delhi.Under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, students from 750 higher educational institutions from across the country will adopt villages and visit them. Under the scheme, the institutions have been selected on a Challenge Mode and has been extended to 750 reputed Higher Educational Institutes.
India’s ranking in Press Freedom falls to 138
India’s ranking in the Press Freedom Index has fallen two places to 138.Norway topped the list of having the world’s freest press for the second year in a row. North Korea remained the most repressive country followed by Eritrea, Turkmenistan, Syria and then China. The report is published annually by Reporters Without Borders, the Index measures the level of media freedom in 180 countries.
IISL launches Nifty equity savings index
The NSE’s arm India Index Services & Products Ltd (IISL) launched Nifty equity savings index that will serve as a benchmark for equity saving funds offered by various mutual funds.The base date for the index is April 1, 2005 and base value is 1,000. The index will capture the portfolio having exposure to equity, equity arbitrage & debt instruments.
Jeremy won 2 medals at Weightlifting C’ship
India’s Jeremy Lalrinnunga (56 kg) broke two national records to win the silver in Youth section and bronze medal in Junior section at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship at Urgench, Uzbekistan.Jeremy created national records in youth boys and junior men during his lift of 250 kg.Sidhant Gogoi finished with bronze medal with a lift of 243 kg in Youth Boys section.
Gauri became Brand Ambassador for Haryana
The Haryana government has appointed shooter Gauri Sheoran as the Brand Ambassador for its Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign & Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK).Under the MR campaign, about 80 lakh children aged between 9 months and 15 would be vaccinated. RBSK is an initiative aimed at covering defects at birth, deficiencies, diseases, and disability.
India, Malaysia to hold military exercise
The Indian and Malaysian armies will hold a two-week military exercise beginning April 30 in Malaysia.The joint exercise ‘Harimau Shakti’ will take place in the dense forests of Sengai Perdik in Malaysia. This is the first instance wherein a joint training exercise of this magnitude involving Indian and Malaysian soldiers is being organized in Malaysia.
Maharashtra government to hold Startup Week
The Maharashtra government announced the launch of ‘Startup Week 2018’ in June this year, with a view to encourage and enable the entrepreneurial eco-system.The startup week will provide the new companies a platform to showcase their innovative products and services to the state government. Top 100 ventures will be selected to present their solutions to a selected panel.
Government makes an agreement with World Bank
The government has entered into a legal agreement with the World Bank for financing the research towards early development for bio-pharmaceuticals.The aim is to make India a hub for design and development of novel, affordable and effective bio-pharmaceutical products. This mission will mark the beginning of a new partnership between the Department of Biotechnology & the World Bank.

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NITI & ITC to transform agriculture sector
NITI Aayog and ITC will collaborate in the area of agriculture and allied sectors in order to strengthen farming systems.The partnership is for a period of four years till April 2022 .The prime objective is to increase net returns from farming through reduction in costs of production and increasing productivity of major crops in each of the identified district.
35.3 Lakh New Jobs Generated in 6 Months
Government think-tank Niti Aayog said 35.3 lakh new jobs were generated between September 2017 and February this year.This was based on the additions made in payrolls from Employees’ Provision Fund Organisation, Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority. The NITI Aayog said that the payroll data from these organisations would now be released every month.
India to get database on disasters by 2020
India will get a national database on disasters, which includes information on deaths, people affected and economic losses, by 2020.As India is a signatory to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, it has become imperative for the country to have a database ready by 2020. A baseline, using data from 2005-15, will be developed in order to track improvements in disaster management.
World Bank loan for Biopharma Mission
The government has secured a loan of about Rs. 1,600 crore from the World Bank to develop new vaccines, medical devices and medicines.The money will be disbursed over five years and is part of the Department of Biotechnology-led National Biopharma Mission. The goal is to have 6 to 10 new products in the next five years and it will create a slew of jobs.
BARC offers first indigenous bulletproof vest
The Bhabha Atomic Reseach Centre (BARC) has developed a next-generation bulletproof jacket for the Indian armed forces, which is not only cheaper but also much lighter.The bullet jacket, named Bhabha Kavach, will reduce the weight of jacket by nearly 50%. Bhabha Kavach is made of boron carbide and carbon nanotube polymer composite.
23rd meeting of Western Zonal Council
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the 23rd meeting of Western Zonal Council at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.During the last 3 years or so, two Council meetings and 3 Standing Committee meetings of the Western Zonal Council were held. Zonal Councils were set up under the States Reorganization Act, 1956 to foster Inter-State co-operation and co-ordination among the States.
BIS grants first license for Liquid Chlorine
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) granted First Licence to M/s Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd for Liquid Chlorine on All India basis.This is the First Licence granted on All India basis. The license has been made operative with effect from 12th April, 2018 for a period of one year. This product is in liquid form and stored in metal containers and used in paper, pulp, textile bleaching.
Govt approves pacts for supply of iron
The Cabinet approved a long-term agreement for export of iron to Japan and South Korea through state-owned trading firm MMTC.The range of quantity of iron ore to be exported would be 3.8 million tonnes per annum to 5.5 million tonnes per annum. MMTC will be supplying iron ore of grade 64 Fe, or high-grade content, to Japanese and Korean steel mills from Bailadila mines in Chhattisgarh.
New frog species takes historical name of Goa
In the highland plateaus of the Western Ghats parts of Goa, scientists have identified a new species of frog called ‘Fejervarya goemchi’.The new species is named after the historical name of the state of Goa where the species is discovered.The new species is found in the high elevation areas of laterite plateaus, temporary water bodies and paddy fields of Goa.
1st Solar microgrid commissioned in Gujarat
Swedish-Swiss multinational giant ABB announced it has commissioned India’s first industrial solar microgrid at its Vadodara manufacturing facility in Gujarat.Microgrids with integrated battery energy storage allow cutting down of planned and unplanned power outages. A key benefit is a reduction in overall operational costs and reduced electricity bills.
Christine appointed as envoy on Myanmar by UN
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Christine Schraner Burgener of Switzerland as his new special envoy on Myanmar.Burgener was the Ambassador of Switzerland to Germany since 2015. From 2009 to 2015, she served as Ambassador to Thailand and led efforts to mediate between the two sides in the violence that erupted in Thailand in 2010.
Mumbai to host food archaeology conference
Mumbai is hosting a conference that will look at food from point of views of history, archaeology and sociology.Titled “ArchaeoBroma”, the conference, to be held on May 5 and 6, is being touted as India’s first-ever national meet on “food as culture”. It will be organised by the India Study Centre Trust and the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies of the University of Mumbai.
India-Nepal IGC meeting began in Kathmandu
India-Nepal Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting on trade, transit and cooperation to control unauthorised trade in Kathmandu started on 26th April.The meeting provides a regular platform to review the implementation of past trade and transit agreements.IGC also deliberate upon day-to-day problems in regulation of Nepalese traffic-in-transit and issue of Indian investments in Nepal.
Indu Malhotra sworn in as SC Judge
Senior lawyer Indu Malhotra was sworn in on 27th April as Supreme Court Judge.It is for the first time that the apex court has two women judges — the other being Justice R. Banumathi. Justice Malhotra is the fifth woman Judge of the top court. Justice Fatima Bibi was the first woman Judge of the Supreme Court. She is the 1st woman lawyer from the Supreme Court bar to be directly elevated.
Mahadevi Varma Is Today’s Google Doodle
Mahadevi Varma, celebrated Hindi poet, freedom fighter, women’s rights activist and educationist, was honoured by Google with a Doodle.In 1982, Mahadevi Varma received the Jnanpith Award for her outstanding contributions to Indian literature on April 27. She was also honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1956, Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979, and Padma Vibhushan in 1988.
Intellectual Property Day observed on 26 Apr
World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on 26 April.The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life”. The theme for this year was “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity”.
AIIMS sets up India’s first VBN system
In a first in the country, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences set up Virtual Bronchoscopy Navigation (VBN) system.VBN is a facility for diagnosis and treatment of patients with small tumour-like spots in lungs. Very few countries like China, Singapore besides the US and Europe have this facility.
Agri Minister launched portal to export seeds
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh launched a portal to facilitate export-import of seeds and planting material.A seed import-export portal has been developed for making the trade process easy. With the launch of this portal, all organisations importing-exporting seeds will not be required to submit their applications in 20 copies.
Maharashta signed MoU with British Council
The Maharashtra government signed an MoU with the British Council to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation.With this MoU, the British Council hopes to expand its existing work in the state. The areas of potential collaboration include developing further initiatives to improve English teaching and enhance employability skills in schools and training institutes.
CSIR bags Intellectual Property Award
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been awarded the National Intellectual Property Award, 2018 for being the top research and development organisation for patents and commercialisation.The award was handed over by Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu to mark the World Intellectual Property Day. The CSIR was established in 1942.

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Tennis: Ankita Raina included in TOPS
Tennis player Ankita Raina has been included in the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).She has displayed good form this season both in the Fed Cup and the professional circuit. Ankita recently broke into the top-200, reaching a career-best 197 in the WTA rankings, becoming the third Indian to do so. Before Ankita, Sania and Nirupama Vaidyanathan have made it to the top-200.
Fitch retains India rating at ‘BBB-‘
Global credit rating agency Fitch has affirmed India’s sovereign rating at ‘BBB-’ with ‘stable’ outlook.‘BBB-’ rating indicates lowest investment grade. The rating was assigned to the country 11 years ago. Fitch had last upgraded the rating from ‘BB+’ to ‘BBB-’ with stable outlook on August 1, 2006. Fitch has projected India’s growth at 7.3 percent in current the fiscal.
Alfie dies after court rejects appeal
Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old British toddler whose grave illness drew international attention, has died.Alfie had been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year. A British court rejected an appeal by the parents on Wednesday to take their son to Italy. The case has provoked strong feelings over whether judges, doctors or parents have the right to decide on a child’s life.
Axis Bank posts first loss since 1998
Axis Bank has reported a net loss of Rs 21.88 billion for the quarter ended March 2018.This is the first time the bank has posted quarterly loss since its listing in 1998. The loss has been attributed to higher provisioning for bad loans. The lender substantially raised its provisioning to cover for bad loans and contingencies during the quarter to Rs 71.79 billion.
NITI Aayog VC: India to grow at 7.5%
Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar expects India’s economy to grow by at least 7.5 percent in 2018-19.Attributing this growth to improvement in investment cycle and capacity utilization, he has also prescribed for more action by govt. He has said that the government should now concentrate on consolidating the reform initiatives undertaken in the last 47 months.
Tejas fires air-to-air BVR missile
Indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas has successfully fired an air-to-air beyond visual range (BVR) missile.With this major milestone, Tejas has demonstrated its overall capability as an effective combat jet, and inched closer to receive final operational clearance. Nirmala Sitharaman complimented the DRDO and other agencies involved in making Tejas a world-class aircraft.
POCSO Act to be made gender-neutral
The Centre has proposed to amend the POCSO Act and make it gender-neutral.In 2017, the govt. had instructed the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to look into the issue. As of right now, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO) does not cover boys who suffer from sexual abuse.
Delhi govt to set up Rogi Kalyan Samiti
Delhi government has decided to set up ‘Rogi Kalyan Samitis’ in each constituency and ‘Jan Swasthaya Samitis’ in dispensaries and clinics.These Assembly Rogi Kalyan Samitis will play advisory role and will assist health facilities, develop and customize strategies. ‘Assembly Rogi Kalyan Samiti’ and ‘Jan Swasthaya Samiti’ will be provided Rs 3 lakh per annum as grand-in aid.
Archery World Cup: India shines
India has won bronze in the compound mixed team event at the Archery World Cup.Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam combined to beat the Turkish team of Yesim Bostan and Demir Elmaagacli by a score of 154-148. This win is Verma’s seventh overall World Cup medal and India’s second bronze in compound archery at the World Cups since the start of 2017.
Nod for procurement of NAG missile
The Defence Ministry approved military procurement worth Rs. 3,687 crore, which includes anti-tank guided missile NAG for the Army and long-range guns for the Navy.The proposals were cleared at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The DAC also approved the procurement of thirteen 127 mm caliber guns for the Navy.
Saraswati Samman for Sitanshu
Eminent Gujarati poet Sitanshu Yashaschandra’s poetry collection “Vakhar” has been chosen for the Saraswati Samman for 2017.The selection for the award is made by a high level ‘Chayan Parishad’ (selection committee), presided over by former secretary general of Lok Sabha, Subhash C Kashyap. The Saraswati Samman is awarded annually by the K K Birla Foundation.
UNCCD workshop on land degradation
A four-day Asia Pacific Regional Workshop of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was held in New Delhi.The workshop was jointly held jointly hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and UNCCD Secretariat. Its objective was to discuss on how to build the capacity of the Asia-Pacific Region to monitor and report on land degradation
Govt. to acquire RBI’s stake in NHB
The government is all set to acquire the stake of Reserve Bank of India in housing finance regulator National Housing Bank (NHB),RBI currently holds 100 percent stake in the NHB. The Finance Bill 2018 has amended the National Housing Bank Act, 1987, for transferring RBI’s stake in the NHB to the government.
A historic event: North-South Korea meet
In a historic turn of events, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 27, 2018 stepped into South Korean border for a day of talks with the Southern President Moon Jae-in.Kim and Moon signed “Panmunjom Declaration,” named after the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.Both leaders also agreed to work jointly for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Rahul Bhatia as interim CEO of Indigo
InterGlobe Aviation Ltd.’s director Rahul Bhatia has taken over as the interim chief executive officer after its president and director Aditya Ghosh unexpectedly resigned.Indigo is jointly owned by Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal. Indigo is the biggest airline in India and the biggest budget airline in Asia by market valuation.
Wuhan summit: India-China to collaborate
India and China have decided to launch together a launch joint economic project in war-torn Afghanistan.This would be the first ever Sino-Indian joint initiative in a third country. The two sides also decided give to momentum to economic partnership and joint global projects in health and disaster management
Former PM launches economist Rao’s book
Former PM Manmohan Singh recently released a book by Economist C H. Hanumantha Rao.The book is titled ‘My Journey from Marxism-Leninism to Nehruvian Socialism’. C H Hanumantha Rao was the former Planning Commission and Finance Commission member.
Govt. collects Rs 7.41 trillion from GST
Govt. has collected Rs 7.41 trillion in taxes in the first year of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) between August 2017 and March 2018The revenues for four months have not been accounted for because of the mid-year rollout and an accounting lag. Under GST, the tax levied on consumption of goods or rendering of service is split 50:50 between the Centre and the states.
Indian Culinary Institute inaugurated
The Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) was inaugurated by Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons in Noida on April 27, 2018.The institute will further government’s commitment to creating skilled manpower in the field of hospitality.It will also help in promoting the research and development in Culinary Arts. Another ICI campus is being set up in Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati.
RBI eases rules for foreign investors
RBI has removed the restriction that limited foreign investors to only investing in government and corporate bonds with tenures of three years or more.This decision can bolster the domestic bond market. The move comes after weak investor interest in two recent auctions that led to a spike in sovereign debt yields.

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North Korea to rejoin South’s time zone
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will move country’s clocks 30 mins forward to unify with South’s time zone.The 2 countries on divided peninsula had different time zones since 2015 when North changed its standard time to 30 mins behind the South. North will move to the time zone used before Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule of peninsula to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation from Tokyo.
International Buddhist meet begins in Lumbini
The International Buddhist Conference got underway in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.The conference aims to disseminate teachings of Buddha and spread the messages of nonviolence, brotherhood, co-existence, love and peace to the international community. Representatives from 16 countries including U.S., Japan, India, China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka will attend the conference.
Pompeo sworn in as new US secretary of state
Former CIA Director Mike Pompeo has been sworn in as the 70th US secretary of state after the Senate voted to confirm him, 57-42.Mike Pompeo replaces President Donald Trump’s first Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.His confirmation creates a vacancy atop the CIA that will be filled, at least for now, by Gina Haspel, the intelligence agency’s No. 2 official.
Every village now has access to electricity
According to the government data, all of India’s 597,464 census villages now have access to electricity.The last village to be brought on the national power grid was Leisang village in the Senapati district of Manipur. Prime Minister Modi in his Independence Day speech on 15 August 2015 promised to electrify all un-electrified villages within 1000 days.
Saudi Aramco appoints the first woman to the board
Saudi Arabia’s Aramco, the world’s top oil company has appointed its first female board member among five new members to its board of directors.Lynn Laverty Elsenhans, the former chairwoman, president and CEO of U.S. oil refiner Sunoco is the first female board member of Aramco. Elsenhans was named by Forbes as one of the world’s most powerful women in 2008.
Sumit, Nikhat strike gold at Belgrade Boxing
Sumit Sangwan and Nikhat Zareen were among the three gold-medallists in India’s stupendous campaign at the 56th Belgrade International Boxing Tournament in Serbia.Also claiming a gold was Himanshu Sharma, who defeated Algeria’s Mohammed Touareg 5-0 in his final bout. India ended the tournament with three gold, five silver and five bronze medals in all.
NHAI inked pact with Macquarie
National Highways Authority of India has entered into a pact with Macquarie for road projects under highway monetization drive.Funds generated from monetization of highways will be used for infrastructure programmes like Bharatmala, a 7 lakh crore road building imitative. Agreement worth $1.5 billion signed with Macquarie for 1st set of highway projects is one of the highest FDI in Highways
Budgam shortlisted for Modi’s excellence award
Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district has been shortlisted for PM Modi’s excellence award for promoting digital payments and cashless economy.Digital payments facility has been installed at 670 places across the district so far. In order to ensure successful implementation of the digital payments, the district administration has trained hundreds of local residents at Common Services Centers.
All protected areas declared plastic free zone
The environment ministry has banned plastics in all protected areas around the country, thus declaring them “plastic free zones”.The environment ministry has directed states and Union territories to organize awareness campaigns to sensitize people about the issue. This comes ahead of the World Environment Day which is being hosted by India this year.
India to grow at 7.5% in 2018-19
According to a Deutsche Bank report, the Indian economy is likely to clock a GDP growth of 7.5% this financial year.The report noted that higher global oil prices, risk of an earlier than anticipated rate hike cycle from RBI are some of the factors that pose downside risk to its baseline GDP estimate. According to the report, a $10 increase in oil prices can shave off growth by about 10 bps
AAI inked MoU with Civil Aviation Ministry
The Airports Authority of India has signed its Annual Performance Contract for the year 2018-19 with Ministry of Civil Aviation.The MoU specifies various parameters and targets to be performed by AAI during the year. The parameters and targets include all the major areas of AAI i.e. finance, capacity utilization, research and development, project implementation, HR and cargo etc.
India won South Asian U-12 Tennis Championship
India has won the South Asian Under-12 Qualifying Tennis Tournament, defeating host Nepal in the finals.Indian girls and boys team defeated their Nepali opponents in the final by 2-0. Now both the Indian teams will participate in ITF Asian 12 and Under Team Championship to be played in Kazakhstan later this year.
First-ever Mock Exercise on Bio-Disasters
National Disaster Management Authority conducted its first-ever Mock Exercise on Bio-Disasters at Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport in Patna.The exercise aimed at enhancing the preparedness of Airport Emergency Handlers to respond to CBRN emergencies at the airports. NDMA jointly with NDRF also conducted its first-ever full-scale Biological Management Emergency Exercise.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work.It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003. The theme for World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2018 is: Occupational safety health (OSH) vulnerability of young workers.
India’s longest serving chief minister
Pawan Chamling has created history by surpassing the record of former communist ruler of West Bengal, Jyoti Basu, as the longest serving chief minister in the country.Chamling became the chief minister of Sikkim on December 12, 1994, and has ruled the tiny Himalayan state ever since. Chamling joined politics in 1973, and was elected to the Sikkim assembly for the first time in 1985.
Most trusted Internet brand in India
According to the TRA Brand Trust Report 2018, With 1.2 trillion searches per year Google is the most trusted Internet brand in India, followed by Facebook.E-commerce major Amazon, which had been ranking second since 2015, slipped to third position while e-Bay ranked fourth. The biggest falls in trust were seen by Snapdeal, who fell by 142 ranks over last year, Hike and Myntra.
Paytm introduced ‘Tap Card’
Paytm has announced the launch of its offline payments solution – the Paytm Tap Card.The card uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to enable safe and convenient digital payments, completely offline at Paytm-issued, NFC PoS terminals. Tap Card has been launched to provide seamless payments solutions for non-internet customers.
ICC scraped 50-over Champions Trophy
International Cricket Council has decided to convert the 2021 Champions Trophy, scheduled in India, into a World T20 event.Champions Trophy was the second-biggest 50-overs tournament after the World Cup. The number of teams competing varied over the years. This means that there would now be two ICC World T20 events in 2 years — the 2020 edition in Australia and the 2021 edition in India.
Expert panel to probe Film Archive issues
The I&B ministry has constituted a 5 member expert committee to look into the condition of films as well as the storage vaults at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI).The committee will also suggest ways and means to preserve the films in a better manner. The committee comprises filmmakers Shaji N Karun, Ketan Mehta, Piyush Shah and former NFAI director K S Sasidharan.
RBI liberalized ECB norms
RBI has further liberalized norms for external commercial borrowing that will allow Indian companies to access cheaper funds from overseas markets.According to new norms, RBI has stipulated a uniform all in cost ceiling of 450 bps over benchmark rate.RBI also decided to increase the ECB Liability to Equity Ratio for ECB raised from direct foreign equity holder under automatic route to 7:1.

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Pankaj Roy, Gaekwad to get Lifetime Award
Former India batsman and two-time national coach Anshuman Gaekwad and former opener, late Pankaj Roy, have been recommended for the prestigious Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).The cash prize for the award is ₹25 lakh each. The BCCI Annual Awards will be held before the historic Test between India and Afghanistan in Bengaluru.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to held in Varanasi
The next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in the holy city of Varanasi from January 21 to 23, 2019.The theme of the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is “Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India”. The Ministry of External Affairs will also organize four Know India Programmes and online “Bharat Ko Jaaniye Quiz”.
Prajnesh won maiden singles title
Prajnesh Gunneswaran has clinched his first ever singles tennis title on the ATP Challenger circuit.The 28-year-old from Chennai, ranked 260, pocketed $21,600 and earned 125 points. It was second final at the Challenger level for left-handed Prajnesh, who had lost the Pune summit clash to Sadio Doumbia in October 2016.
Rafael Nadal won Barcelona Open tennis title
World number one Rafael Nadal lifted his 11th Barcelona Open tennis title with a win over Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas.Nadal, who won his 400th match on clay in the semifinal, needed the victory in Barcelona to secure his No. 1 ranking.It was the 77th title overall for Nadal tying him with John McEnroe for fourth best in the Open Era.
Ayushman Bharat Diwas on 30th April
As part of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, Ayushman Bharat Diwas is being celebrated across the country on 30th April.During the event, information regarding Ayushman Bharat Scheme is being provided to people during health camps organised in rural areas. The Ayushman Bharat programme seeks to provide easily available and affordable medical facilities in the remote parts of the country.
Google celebrates Dadasaheb Phalke’s birthday
Google dedicated a Doodle to ‘Father of Indian Cinema’ Dadasaheb Phalke on his 148th birth anniversary.Phalke made his directorial debut in 1913 with “Raja Harishchandra”, India’s first full-length feature. In 1969, the Government paid homage to this visionary filmmaker by dedicating an award in his name, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, which recognises lifetime contributions to Indian cinema.
Kavinder Gupta is new deputy CM of J&K
Former Jammu and Kashmir speaker Kavinder Gupta took oath as a minister in the Mehbooba Mufti government.Gupta took oath as the deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, replacing BJP’s Nirmal Singh, who will now become the assembly speaker. Kavinder Gupta is a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Gandhinagar constituency in Jammu district.
Odisha launched Odisha Skills
Odisha government has inaugurated ‘Odisha Skills 2018’, the state-level chapter of India Skill competition organised by National Skill Development Corporation.The competition would give a platform to the students of Odisha to show their talents. A skill-cum-common facility centre for filigree craftsman of the city was also inaugurated.
HDFC Bank launched humanoid IRA 2.0
HDFC Bank has announced the launch of IRA 2.0, its interactive humanoid in Bengaluru.IRA will interact with customers, answer bank-related queries, frequently asked questions, and guide them inside the branch with voice-based navigation. HDFC Bank also launched its virtual assistant ‘EVA’ on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The first version of IRA is currently stationed in Kochi.
Indian juniors won Youth Olympic Qualifiers
India’s junior men’s team held their nerves to beat Malaysia 2-1 in the shootout to win the Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers.The victory will give India a chance to participate in the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires in August. The tournament was played in new Hockey 5’s format. In the women’s final, India lost to China & they ended their campaign as runners-up.
Indian fencer won silver medal at Reykjavik
India’s CA Bhavani Devi won a silver medal in the sabre event of the Tournoi World Cup Satellite Fencing Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland.Bhavani Devi had won a gold medal at the Reykjavik tournament last year to become the first Indian to do so in an international fencing event. The Tamil Nadu fencer defeated USA’s Alexis Browne in the final.
Tramadol brought under narcotics law
Tramadol, a painkiller pharma drug, has been declared as a “psychotropic substance” by the Union Government & its sale in the country will now be strictly monitored.The Union Finance Ministry has brought the drug under the control of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.A gazetted notification to this effect was issued on April 26.
Lewis Hamilton won Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton took his first victory of the season at a dramatic and chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku.Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was forced to retire with just three laps to go. It was the first victory of the season for champions Mercedes.
N Sikki Reddy recommended for Arjuna Award
Women’s doubles shuttler N Sikki Reddy has been recommended for Arjuna Award by the Badminton Association of India.G Sudhakar Reddy, who coached Kidambi Srikanth in his early days, has been recommended for Dronacharya Award. The 24-year-old Sikki had won the mixed team gold medal and the women’s doubles bronze at the recent Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.
RBI raised foreign participation in G-Secs
The Reserve Bank of India announced measures to raise exposure of Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) in government securities, a move that will help in softening yields.The cap on FPI investments in any Central Government security has been revised to 30 percent of the outstanding stock of that security. FPIs were required to invest in corporate bonds with a residual maturity of 3 years.
Gujarat to launch water conservation project
The Gujarat Government will start a month-long initiative from May 1 to increase its water conservation capacity.Tasks like deepening ponds, desilting water reservoirs and check dams & repairing Narmada canal networks will be undertaken during the 31-day statewide “Sujalam Sufalam Water Conservation Initiative”. The government aims to increase rain water conservation capacity in the state.
PHDCCI, Indian Yoga Association sign MoU
The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) and the Indian Yoga Association (IYA) signed a MoU. The MoU will facilitate interaction and cooperation between the two organisations to promote wellness, spiritual and cultural tourism in the Krishna Circuit.Places associated with Lord Krishna constitute the Krishna Circuit in Uttar Pradesh.
ISA to create ecosystems for startups
International Solar Alliance (ISA) will create ecosystems for startups in solar innovations by enabling incubation, partnerships, access to finance and standards.The task force is being chaired by SoftBank Group Corp. Chairman & CEO Masayoshi Son. This is a private sector-led task force under ISA to promote innovation in the areas such as solar finance, technologies and applications.
India, Pakistan to take part in war games
In a first, India and Pakistan will be part of a multi-nation counter-terror exercise in Russia in September.The military exercise will take place under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. The military drill would be held in the Ural mountains of Russia, and almost all SCO member countries will be part of it.
World’s oldest spider discovered in Australia
Scientists have discovered what may be the world’s oldest recorded spider – a 43-year-old arachnid in Australia.The Giaus Villosus trapdoor matriarch, had outlived the previous world record holder, a 28-year old tarantula found in Mexico. The spider has recently died during a long-term population study.

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LIST SHOWING IMPORTANT OFFICE/PERSONALITIES.
JUDICIARY                                                                                  
·       Chief Justice of India: Mr. Justice DipakMisra
·       Attorney General of India:Mr. KK Venugopal
·       Solicitor General of India: (Resigned)
·       Chairman, Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT):Mr. Justice Ashok Agarwal
CHIEF OF ARMED FORCES
·       Supreme Commander of the Armed forces: Ram NathKovind
·       Chief of the Army Staff: General BipinRawat
·       Chief of the Air Staff: Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa
·       Chief of the Naval Staff: Admiral Sunil Lamba
·       Commander-in-Chief of Strategic Forces: Lt. Gen. Amit Sharma
·       Chief of Integrated Defence Staff: Lt. Gen. SatishDua
CONSTITUTIONAL & OTHERS
·       RajyaSabha, Chairman: M. Venkaiah Naidu
·       RajyaSabha, Deputy Chairman:Mr. PJ Kurien
·       Speaker of LokSabha:Mrs.SumitraMahajan
·       Deputy Speaker of LokSabha:Mr. M. Thambidurai
·       Leader of RajyaSabha:Mr.ArunJaitley
·       Leader of Opposition (RajyaSabha):Mr.GhulamNabi Azad
·       Chief Election Commissioner:Mr. Om PrakashRawat
·       Election Commissioner:Mr. Ashok Lavasa
·       Election Commissioner:Mr. Sunil Arora
·       RajyaSabha, Secretary General:Mr.Vivek Kumar Agnihotri
·       LokSabha, Secretary General:SnehlataShrivastava
OFFICERS OF UNION GOVERNMENT
·       Cabinet Secretary: Mr.Pradeep Kumar Sinha
·       Principal Secretary to Prime Minister:Mr.NripendraMistra
·       National Security Adviser and Special Adviser to Prime Minister (Internal Security):Mr.Ajit Kumar Doval
·       Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister:Dr. GS Reddy
·       Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development;Director-General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation: Dr. S. Christopher
·       Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government:Mr.Krishnaswamy Vijay Raghavan
·       Foreign Secretary:Ms. Vijay KeshavGokhale
·       Home Secretary:Mr. Rajiv Gauba
·       Finance Secretary: Vacant
·       Chief Economic Advisor:Mr.Arvind Subramanian
·       Defence Secretary:Mr. Sanjay Mitra
·       Revenue Secretary:Mr.HasmukhAdhia
·       Registrar-General of India and Census Commissioner:Mr.Sailesh
·       Chief Vigilance Commissioner:Mr.KVChowdary
·       Chief Information Commissioner:Mr.R K Mathur
HEADS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANISATIONS
·       Director – General, National Investigation Agency (NIA): Mr.YogeshChanderModi
·       Director, Intelligence Bureau (IB):Mr. Rajeev Jain
·       Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI):Mr.Alok Kumar Verma
·       Director-General, Border Security Force (BSF): Mr. K K Sharma
·       Director-General, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF): Mr. Rajeev Ravi Bhatnagar
·       Director-General, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF): Vacant
·       Director-General, Indo-Tibetian Border Police (ITBP): Mr.R.K.Pachnanda
·       Director-General, Indian Coast Guard: Mr.Rajendra Singh
·       Director-General, Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA): Lt. General Avtar Singh
·       Director-General, Railway Protection Force (RPF): Mr. SK Bhagat
·       Director-General, National Security Guards (NSG): Mr.SudeepLakhtakia
·       Director, Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA): Mr.Jayant Prasad
·       Director-General, Nationa Cadet Core (NCC): Lt. Gen AniruddhaChakravarty
·       Director, Enforcement Directorate: Rajan S. Katoch
·       Director-General, SashastraSeemaBal (SSB): Mr.Rajnikant Mishra
·       Director-General, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF): Mr. Sanjay Kumar
HEADS OF COMMISSIONS
·       Chairman, 15th Finance Commission: N.K.Singh
·       Chairman, NITI Aayog:Mr.NarendraDamodaradasModi
·       Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog: Mr.Rajiv Kumar
·       Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy: Mr.SekharBasu
·       Chairman, Space Commission and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO):Mr. K. Sivan
·       Chairman, 21st Law Commission: Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan
·       Chairman, National Commission for Minorities:Mr.GairulHasanRizvi
·       Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes:Mr. Ram Shankar Katheria
·       Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes:Nand Kumar Sai
·       Chairperson, National Commission for Women:Ms.LalithaKumaramangalam
·       President, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission:Mr.JusticeD.K.Jain
·       Chairman, National Commission for Backward Classes:Mr. Justice V. Eswaraiah
·       Chairman, National Human Rights Commission: H L Dattu
·       Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India:Mr. R S Sharma
HEADS OF SCIENTIFIC ORGANISATIONS
·       Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC): Mr. K N Vyas
·       Chariman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB):Mr. Shiv AbhilashBhardwaj
·       Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR): Dr.SoumyaSwaminathan
·       Director-General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR):Mr.S. Ayyappan
·       Director-General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Chairman, Indian National Science Academy:Dr.GirishSahni
HEADS OF PUBLIC SECTOR UNITS
MAHARATNAS
·       Chairman, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL): Mr.Prakash Kumar Singh
·       Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC):Mr.Sanjeev Singh
·       Chairman and Managing Director, ONGC:Mr.ShashiShanker
·       Chairman and Managing Director, GAIL (India):Mr. BC Tripathi
·       Chairman and Managing Director, Coal India Ltd.Mr. S Bhattacharya
·       Chairman and Managing Director, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC):Mr.Gurdeep Singh
·       Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL):Mr.AtulSobti
OTHERS
·       Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL): Mr.M K Surana
·       Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.(BPCL): Mr D Rajkumar
·       Chairman and Managing Director, Oil India Limited:Mr.Utpal Bora
·       Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL): Mr.Anupam K Srivastava
·       Chairman and Managing Director, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL): Mr. P K Purwar
·       Chairman, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL): Mr.SubodhBhargava
·       Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Food Corporation of India (FCI): Mr.YogendraTripathi
·       Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC): Mr.Mangu Singh
·       Chairman and Managing Director, Air India: Mr.Pradeep Singh Kharola
HEADS OF BANKS AND COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS
·       Governor, Reserve Bank of India (RBI): Mr.Urjit Patel
·       Chairperson, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT):Mr.Sushil Chandra
·       Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI):Mr. Ajay Tyagi
·       Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs:Mrs.Vanaja N. Sarna
·       Director-General, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade: Mr. Manoj Pant
·       Chairman, NABARD:Dr. Harish Kumar Bhanwala
·       President, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI):Mr.Rashesh Shah
·       Chairman, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC):Mr. V K Sharma
·       Chairman, General Insurance Corporation (GIC):Mr. Alice Vaidyan
·       President, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII):Mr.ShobanaKamineni
·       President, NASSCOM:Ms.DebjaniGhosh
·       President, ASSOCHAM:Mr.SandeepJajodia
·       Chairman, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority: Vacant
·       Chairman, National Anti-Profiteering Authority:Mr.BadriNarain Sharma
HEADS OF BOARDS & COUNCILS
·       Chairperson, Central Social Welfare Board: Mrs.IychettiraPremaCariappa
·       Chairman, Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR):Mr.YellapragadaSudershanRao
·       Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR):Mr.SukhadeiThorat
·       Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU: Professor M. Aslam
·       Director, NCERT: Prof. HrushikeshSenapaty
·       Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB):Mr.Arun Kumar Mehta
·       Chairman, Railway Board:Mr.AshwaniLohani
·       Chairman, National Shipping Board:Dr.VishwapatiTrivedi
·       Chairman, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB):Mr.DilipRath
HEADS OF ORGANISATIONS: ARTS & FILMS
·       Chairperson, SahityaAkademi: Mr.VishwanathTiwari
·       Chairperson, SangeetNatakAkademi:Mr.ShekharSen
·       Chairperson, PrasarBharati:Dr. A. Suryaprakash
·       Chairperson, National Film Development Corporation: Mr. Suresh Gopi
·       Chairperson Central Board of Film Certification:Mr.Prasoon Joshi
·       Chairperson, Children’s Film Society of India:Mr.MukeshKhanna
·       President, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA):Mr. Ram BahadurRai
·       Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi:Mr. KK Chakravarty
·       President, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII):Mr.AnupanKher
·       Director-General, Doordarshan: Smt. SupriyaSahu
·       Director-General, AIR: Mr. D.N. Basumatari
HEADS OF SPORTS ORGANISATIONS
·       President, Indian Olympic Association: Mr.NarenderDhruvBatra
·       President, All India Sports Council:Mr. Vijay Kumar Malhotra
·       President, Sports Authority of India:Mr. V K Mittal
·       Director-General, SAI: Mr.InjetiSrinivas
·       President, All India Football Federation:Mr.Praful Patel
·       President, Hockey India:Mr.MariammaKoshy
·       President, Tennis Association of India:Mr. Anil Khanna
HEADS OF PRESS INSTITUTIONS
·       Chairman, Press Council of India: Mr. Justice Chandramauli, Kumar Prasad
·       Director, Press Institute of India:Mr.Sashil Nair
·       President, Indian Newspapers Society:Ms.AkilaUrankar
·       Chairman, Press Trust of India:Mrs.VivekGoenka
·       Chairperson, Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC):Mr.Debabrata Mukherjee
·       Register-General of Newspapers in India: Mr. S. M. Khan
HEADS OF OTHER ORGANISATIONS
·       India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations: Mr. Syed Akbaruddin
·       India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to WTO:Mrs.Anjali Prasad
·       Chairman, University Grant Commission (UGC): Prof. Virander Singh Chauhan
·       Chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE):Mrs. Anita Karwal
·       Chairman, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE): Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe
·       Chairman, UPSC: David R. Syiemlieh
·       Chairman, SSC:Mr.AshimKhurana
HEADS OF IMPORTANT OFFICES: WORLD
·       Secretary-General, United Nations Organisation: Antonio Guterres (Portugal)
·       First Deputy Secretary-General, UN: Ms.AsharoseMigiro
·       President, World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development): Jim Yong Kim
·       Vice-President, World Bank: Shigeo Katsu
·       Managing Director, International Monetary Fund:Ms. Christine Lagarde
·       Director-General, UNESCO: Ms. Audrey Azoulay (France)
·       Director-General, Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO): Jose Graziano da Silva (Brazil)
·       Executive Director, UNICEF:Ms. Henrietta H. Fore (USA)
·       Director-General, International Labour Organisation (ILO): Guy Ryder
·       Director General, WHO:Dr.TedrosAdhanomGhebreyesus
·       Head UN High Commission for Refugee:Mr.Achin Steiner
·       Director-General, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Kemal Dervis
·       Secretary-General, Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): Angel Gurriya
·       President, International Olympic Committee:Mr. Thomas Bach (Germany)
·       President, Interpol:Mr.MengHongwei (China)
·       Secretary-General, Commonwealth: Ms. Patricia Scotland (United Kingdom)
·       Chairman, International Cricket Council:Mr.ShashankManohar
·       President, European Commission:Mr. Jean Claude Juncker (Luxembourg)
·       Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA): Mr. Yukio Amano
·       Secretary-General, NATO: Mr. Jens Stoltenberg (Norway)
·       Director-General, World Trade Organisation (WTO): Mr. Roberto Azevedo (Brazil)
·       Secretary-General, SAARC: Mr.AmjedHussain B Sial
·       President, FIFA:Mr. Gianni Infantino
·       Secretary-General, Amnesty International: Mr.SalilShetty







CAPITALS, GOVERNORS AND CHIEF MINISTERS OF STATES & UTs
STATES
CAPITALS
GOVERNORS
CHIEF MINISTERS
Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad
Mr. ESL Narasimhan
Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu
Arunachal Pradesh
Itanagar
Brig. (Dr.) BD Mishra (Retd.)
Mr.PemaKhandu
Assam
Dispur
Prof. JagdishMukhi
Mr.SarbanandSonowal
Bihar
Patna
ShriSatya Pal Malik
Mr.Nitish Kumar
Chhattisgarh
Raipur
Mr.BalramjiDassTondon
Dr. Raman Singh
Goa
Panaji
Mrs.MridulaSinha
Mr.ManoharParrikar
Gujarat
Gandhinagar
Mr. Om PrakashKohli
Mr.ViajyRupani
Haryana
Chandigarh
Mr.Kaptan Singh Solanki
Mr.ManoharLalKhattar
Himachal Pradesh
Shimla
Mr.AcharyaDevVrat
Mr.Jairam Thakur
Jammu & Kashmir
Srinagar (Summer)
Jammu (Winter)
Mr.NarindarNathVohra
Ms.Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed
Jharkhand
Ranchi
Mr.DraupadiMurmu
Mr.Raghuvar Das
Karnataka
Bengaluru
Mr.VajubhaiRudabhaiVala
Mr.Siddaramaiah
Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram
Mr. P Sathaasivam
Mr.VijayanPinarayi
Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal
Mrs.Anandiben Patel
Mr.Shivraj Singh Chauhan
Maharashtra
Mumbai
Mr.ChVidyasagarRao
Mr.DevendraFadnavis
Manipur
Imphal
Mrs.NajmaHeptullah
Mr. N. Biren Singh
Meghalaya
Shillong
Shri Ganga Prasad
Mr. Conrad KongkalSangma
Mizoram
Aizawal
Mr. Lt. General (Retd) NirbhayVerma
Mr. Lt. Lalthanhawala
Nagaland
Kohima
Mr.PadmanabhaAcharya
Mr.Neiphiu Rio
Odisha
Bhubaneswar
Mr. SC Jamir
Mr. Naveen Patnaik
Punjab
Chandigarh
Mr VP Singh Badnore
Captain Amarinder Singh
Rajasthan
Jaipur
Mr.Kalyan Singh
Ms.VasundharaRaje
Sikkim
Gangtok
Mr.SriniwasDadasahebpatil
Mr.Pawan Kumar Chamling
Tamil Nadu
Chennai
ShriBanwarilalPurohit
Mr.Edappadi K. Palaniswami

Telengana
Hyderabad
Mr. ESL Narasimhan
Mr. K. Chandrasekhar Rao
Tripura
Adartala
Mr.Tathagata Roy
Mr.Biplab Kumar Deb
Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow
Mr. Ram Naik
Mr.Adityanath Yogi
Uttarakhand
Dehradun
Mr.Krishan Kant Paul
Mr.Trivendra Singh Rawat
West Bengal
Kolkata
Mr.KeshariNathTripathi
Ms.Mamata Banerjee

CAPITAL, Lt. GOVERNOR AND CHIEF MINISTER OF NATIONAL CAPITAL TERRITORY
NATIONAL CAPITAL TERRITORY
CAPITAL
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
CHIEF MINISTER
Delhi
Delhi
Mr. Anil Baijal
ArvinfKejriwal

CAPITALS, LT. GOVERNORS/ADMINISTRATORS AND CHIEF MINISTERS OF UNION TERRITORIES
UNION TERRITORIES
CAPITAL
LIEUTINENT GOVERNOR OR ADMINISTRATOR
CHIEF MINISTER
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Port Blair
Admiral (Retd.) Devendra Kumar Joshi
-         
Chandigarh
Chandigarh
Mr. VP Singh Badnore (Administrator)
-         
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Silvassa
Mr.VikramDevDutt
(Administrator)
-         
Daman and Diu
Daman
Mr.PrafulKhoda Patel (Administrator)
-         
Lakshadweep
Kavaratti
Mr.Farooq Khan (Administrator)
-         
Puducherry
Puducherry
Mrs.KiranBedi (Lt. Governor)
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CMDs,  EDs of Public Sector Banks as on 02.04.2018
Sl. No.
Name of the Bank (Headquarters)
Name of the CMD/MD & CEO
Name of the ED/MD/DMD
1
Allahabad Bank (Kolkata)
Smt. UshaAnthasuramanian (MD & CEO)
Sh. S Harisankar; Sh. N. K. Sahoo
2         
Andhra Bank (Hyderabad)
Vacant
Sh. Ajit Kumar Rath; Sh. Kulbhushan Jain
3
Bank of Baroda (Vadodara)
Sh. P S Jayakumar, (MD & CEO)
Sh. Mayank K Mehta; Sh. Ashok Kumar Garg; Smt. PapiaSengupta
4
Bank of India (Mumbai)
Shri. DinabandhuMohapatra (MD & CEO)
Sh. Atanu Kumar Das; Sh. NeelamDamodaran; Sh. ChaitanyaGayatriChintapalli
5
Bank of Maharshtra (Pune)
Sh. RP Marathe (MD & CEO)
Sh. R. K. Gupta; Sh. AC Rout
6
Canara Bank (Bengaluru)
ShriRakesh Sharma (MD & CEO)
Smt. P.V.Bharathi, Sh. MatamVenkataRao; Sh. Debashish Mukherjee
7
Central Bank of India (Mumbai)
Sh. Rajeev Rishi (MD & CEO)
Sh. B.K. Divakara; Sh. P Ramana Murthy; Sh. Bajrang Singh Shekhawat
8
Corporation Bank (Mangalore)
Sh. Jai Kumar Garg (MD & CEO)
Sh. GopalMurliBhagat
9
Dena Bank (Mumbai)
Vacant
Sh. Ramesh S. Singh, Dr. Rajesh Kumar Yaduvansi
10
Indian Bank (Chennai)
ShriKishorPirajiKharat, (MD & CEO)
Sh. A.S. Rajeev; Sh. M K Bhattacharya
11
Indian Overseas Bank (Chennai)
Shri R Subramania Kumar, (MD & CEO)
Sh. K Swaminathan, Sh. Ajay Kumar Srivastava
12
Oriental Bank of Commerce (Gurgaon, Haryana)
Sh. Mukesh Kumar Jain (MD & CEO)
Sh. Himanshu Joshi
13
Punjab & Sind Bank (New Delhi)
Vacant
Sh. Fareed Ahmad; Sh. Govind N Dongre
14
Punjab National Bank (New Delhi)
Shri. Sunil Mehta, (MD & CEO)
Sh. K. VeeraBrahmajiRao; Sh. SanjivSharan; Sh. Lingam VenkataPrabhakar
15
Syndicate Bank (Manipal, Karnataka)
Shri. MelwynOswald Rego (MD & CEO)
Sh. Ch. SS. MalikarjunaRao; Sh. S Krishnan
16
UCO Bank (Kolkata)
Sh. Ravi Krishnan Takkar (MD & CEO)
Sh. Charan Singh; Sh. G. SubramaniaIyer
17
Union Bank of India (Mumbai)
Sh. RajkiranRai G. (MD & CEO)
Sh. Vinod Kumar Kathuria;Sh. Raj Kamal Verma; Sh. Atul Kumar Goel
18
United Bank of India (Kolkata)
Sh. Pawan Kumar Bajaj (MD & CEO)
Sh. Ashok Kumar Pradhan
19
Vijaya Bank (Bengaluru)
Sh. RA Sankara Narayanan (MD & CEO)
Sh. MuraliRamaswami; Sh. NaheshwaraRao Y
20
State Bank of India (Mumbai)
Sh. Rajnish Kumar (Chairman)
Sh. Praveen Kumar Gupta, MD; Sh. B. Sriram, MD; Sh. Dinesh Kumar Khara, MD
21
IDBI Bank Ltd. (Mumbai)
Sh. Mahesh Kumar Jain (MD & CEO)
Sh. GurudeoMadhukarYadwadkar; DMD, Sh. Krishna Prasad Nair

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