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11-4-18
Balram Bhargava to be new ICMR chief
Balram Bhargava has been appointed the new Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research and Secretary of the Department of Health Research notification by the appointments committee of the cabinet.Balram Bhargava is currently a senior consultant cardiologist at the AIIMS and will carry out this role until 2021. He will succeed former ICMR DG Soumya Swaminathan.
First India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet leaders of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark & Iceland for the first India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm on April 17.Narendra Modi will be the first Indian PM to visit Stockholm since 1988. The six leaders will exchange views on regional and global issues such as environment and climate, trade and investment and discuss areas of future cooperation.
Ankur Mittal grabs bronze medal in shooting
Shooter Ankur Mittal won a bronze medal in the men’s double trap finals at the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games.Ankur won the silver medal in the World Championships in Moscow 2017 and he also won silver and gold medal in the ISSF World Cup. India’s tally at the Games has now increased to a total of 24, including 12 gold, four silver and eight bronze.
MoU between India & the UK and North Ireland
The Cabinet approved the MoU between India and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland on the return of Illegal Migrants.The MoU will facilitate the visa-free agreement for holders of diplomatic passports as well as liberalisation of UK visa regime for those who are travelling to the UK legally. It will ensure the return of persons who have no lawful basis to be in the territory.
Government to install water ATMs in Haryana
The Haryana government has prepared Water ATM Policy to provide clean drinking water to people at public places in cities.Under this policy, public places such as bus-stands, railway stations, parks, bus stops, parking areas and markets would be identified. There would be a distance of 400 meters between two water ATMs which could be adjusted according to the convenience of people.
FSSAI launches Project Dhoop
Food safety regulator FSSAI launched an initiative Project Dhoop to encourage schools to shift their morning assembly to around noon-time to ensure maximum absorption of Vitamin D in students through natural sunlight.The move comes in the backdrop of rising incidence of Vitamin D deficiency in the country. The initiative urges schools to conduct their morning assembly between 11 am & 1 pm
Rakesh Bharti Mittal new CII President
Bharti Enterprises Vice-Chairman Rakesh Bharti Mittal assumed the office of the President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2018-19.Uday Kotak, Founder and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank took over as President-Designate of CII for 2018-19. Vikram Kirloskar is the new Vice-President of CII for the current fiscal.
ISRO to launch navigation satellite
ISRO on 12th April will launch a navigation satellite IRNSS-1I, the 8th such satellite to be a part of NAVIC navigation satellite constellation, from Sriharikota.India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty-third flight (PSLV-C41) in XL configuration, will launch IRNSS-1I Satellite. IRNSS-1I is expected to replace IRNSS-1A, the first of the seven navigation satellites.
New norms for global projects
The Central Vigilance Commission has drawn up a new set of guidelines for projects funded by international agencies such as the World Bank, IMF and Asian Development Bank.The new guidelines will put an end to existing practice of government departments and agencies adhering to the guidelines of foreign donors. The new guidelines also draw a distinction between grants-in-aid and loans.
Rishad Premji appointed NASSCOM Chairman
IT industry body NASSCOM had appointed Wipro Chief Strategy Officer and board member Rishad Premji as its Chairman for 2018-19.NASSCOM has appointed WNS Group CEO Keshav Murugesh as the Vice Chairman. Rishad Premji has been a member of Nasscom’s executive council and was the vice chairman for 2017-18. NASSCOM is a trade association of Indian IT and Business Process Outsourcing industry.
Shreyasi Singh won Double Trap Gold
Shooter Shreyasi Singh won the gold medal in women’s double trap event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.The bronze medal went to Scotland. She had won a Bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon in the double trap team event. She won the silver medal in double trap event at the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Championships.
Google marks birth anniversary of KL Saigal
Google is marking the 114th birth anniversary of actor – singer Kundan Lal Saigal with a doodle of the late maestro.Saigal was Bollywood’s first legitimate ‘superstar’, and appeared in 36 films made in three languages, and sang 185 songs in his 15 – plus – year career.Saigal got his big break in 1932 when he was cast in three films by a film studio called New Theatres.
Om Mitharval won bronze in 50m Pistol event
Om Prakash Mitharval won the bronze medal in the men’s 50m pistol event at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.It was Mitharwal’s second medal in the ongoing prestigious event. Australia won the gold medal and the silver medal went to Bangladesh. India is currently standing at the third spot with 22 medals, including eleven gold, four silver and seven bronze.
Sachin bags bronze in para power lifting
India’s Sachin Chaudhary bagged a bronze medal in the Men’s Heavyweight Para Powerlifting at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.Nigeria got the gold medal and the silver medal was won by Malaysia. India’s medals tally currently stands at 11 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze for a third position on the table.
2018 Asia Cup moved out from India to UAE
The 2018 Asia Cup, that was earlier scheduled to be held in India, has now been moved out to the United Arab Emirates.The decision was taken following a meeting of the executive board of the Asian Cricket Council held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the winner of Asia Cup qualifier will compete in the 50-overs format event.
Rajesh Ranjan appointed DG CISF
Rajesh Ranjan, a 1984 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, has been appointed as the Director General (DG) of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).He is at present Special Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF). The CISF provides security to various government installations including the airports of the country.
China launched Remote sensing satellites
China has launched the first group of China’s Yaogan-31 remote sensing satellites into space on 10th April.The satellites were carried by a Long March-4C rocket. The mission also sent a micro nanotechnology experiment satellite into orbit. The satellites will be used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other technology tests.
New website & App of NCSK launched
The new Website and Mobile App of the ‘National Commission for Safai Karamcharis’ (NCSK) was launched by Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment.The new website and Mobile App will help the Commission in addressing the grievances/complaints of petitioners in an efficient manner. The new website is as per the Government of India Guidelines for official websites.
India signs MoU with Republic of Korea
India signed a MoU with Korea on Mutual Recognition of Certificates of Competency of Seafarers.This paves the way for the two governments to mutually recognize the certificates of maritime education and training, competency, endorsements and medical fitness of seafarers issued by each other. The agreement will open up employment opportunities for Indian seafarers on Korean ships.
India Signs MoU With World EXPO 2020
India and World Expo 2020 signed participants contract for India’s pavilion in the prestigious World Expo 2020 held once in 5 years.The contract provides for the setting up of India pavilion at Expo 2020 on an extra large plot (about one acre) in the ‘Opportunity’ segment. The focus will be given to India’s advances in Space, Pharma, IT, Renewable Energy, Telecom sectors.

12-4-18
Babita won silver medal at CWG
Babita Phogat won the silver medal in wrestling at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.Babita claimed a silver in the 2010 edition before a gold in Glasgow. Her medal opened India’s account in the wrestling competition of the Games.
Kidambi Srikanth Becomes World No.1
Indian badminton star Kidambi Srikanth became world No. 1 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings.Srikanth has moved to the top of the men’s singles rankings with 76895 points. In 2017, he became the first Indian to win back-to-back Super Series titles. In October 2017, Srikanth became the second Indian after Prakash Padukone to win the Denmark Open.
Tribal development centre in Maharashtra
The Maharashtra government has set up an institution known as Quality Evaluation for Sustainable Transformation centre (QUEST).The QUEST will evaluate and quantify special development budget allocations and their impact on tribal development. The state has taken the initiative to bring greater accountability in spending and management of dedicated funds allocated for tribal welfare.
IIT-Delhi Installs India’s First 5G Lab
IIT-Delhi has set up a radio lab with an array of antennas for “standardisation, research and manufacturing” of 5G equipment.A Massive MIMO radio laboratory has been set up at IIT Delhi. This will be the first such lab in India. In Massive MIMO, several antennas are deployed at the base station as compared to only a few antennas in 3G/4G.
Silver medal for Tejaswini Sawant in shooting
Tejaswini Sawant has won silver medal in the finals of the women’s 50m rifle prone at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.This is the sixth CWG medal for Tejaswini, following two golds in 2006 and a pair of silvers and a bronze in 2010.Anjum Moudgil, the other Indian to reach the women’s 50m rifle prone finals, finished 16th.
NPCIL & NSDC signed a MoU
The National Skill Development Corporation signed a MoU with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited to provide skill training to 500 youth and women at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.The skill development project will be executed by NSDC.The skill development project aims to provide gainful employment to nearly 70% of the trained candidates post-training.
SBI sets up 60 ‘sbiINTOUCH’ digital branches
SBI has set up 60 digital branches, called ‘sbiINTOUCH’, across the country.SBI has set up these branches in partnership with Dimension Data, a global technology integrator and managed services provider. The digital branches aim to help SBI expand its reach with increasing profitability. It will offer services like instant loan approvals, assistance in choosing investment portfolios.
Kohli and Mithali voted world’s best
Indian captains Virat Kohli and Mithali Raj were named as the leading men’s and women’s cricketers in the world respectively by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.Kohli won his award for the 2nd year in a row after again starring in all formats. Raj was acknowledged after a year in which she became the leading run-scorer in women’s One-Day Internationals during India’s run to the World Cup final.
6th edition of Heat Action Plan launched
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in partnership with civil society groups launched 6th edition of Heat Action Plan to protect city dwellers from scorching temperatures.The plan has an early warning system used during heat waves and a robust public education campaign about how to avoid harm from excessive heat.Ahmedabad was the first city to prepare and implement heat action plan.
UAE approves issuance of Law on Equal Wages
In an effort to narrow the gender gap in the United Arab Emirates, the Cabinet has approved the issuance of the Law on Equal Wages and Salaries for Men and Women.The new law will provide women with equal opportunities as partners in the UAE’s development. In 2015, the UAE Council for Gender Balance was established and in September, the UAE launched the world’s first Gender Balance Guide.
India-Timor Leste sign moU
India and Timor Leste have signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of public health to extend affordable healthcare to the people of the Southeast Asian nation.India has offered to share its expertise in matching information technology with healthcare through telemedicine. The MoU was signed by Krishan Pal Gurjar, the Minister of State for Social justice and Empowerment.
India ranks 130 in Index of Economic Freedom
India has jumped 13 places in the last one year to 130th spot in the latest annual Index of Economic Freedom released by the Heritage Foundation, a top American think-tank.As per the latest Index of Economic Freedom, China has jumped one spot and Pakistan is now at 131st position. In 2017, India with a score of 52.6 points was ranked at 143 among 180 countries.
L&T, BEL ink MoU for defence products
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed a MoU to cater to the needs of evolving domestic and export markets for defence products and systems.The MoU seeks to leverage the capabilities of both the firms for meeting the growing requirements of the Indian Armed Forces.The MoU also intends to leverage the well-developed supply chain & expertise of BEL and L&T.
Indian Consortium and Saudi Aramco Sign MoU
The world’s biggest oil producer, Saudi Arabian Oil Co. has agreed to develop a “mega refinery” in Maharashtra with the Indian consortium consisting of Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum.This will be one of the biggest foreign investments in the country’s hydrocarbon sector. Saudi Aramco and the Indian consortium will each own 50% of the project.
India, Zambia ink 4 agreements
India and Zambia signed 4 agreements after the delegation-level talks held in the capital city of Lusaka.The 2 agreements were signed in the areas of avoidance of double taxation & visa exemption on diplomatic and official passports. The other 2 agreement were signed in the area of judicial cooperation and for the establishment of an Entrepreneurship Development Institute in Zambia.
Dedicated defence, aerospace SME fund
Department of Defence Production announced the creation of a dedicated defence and aerospace small and medium enterprises (SME) fund.This fund would help channelise investments into the two defence corridors announced by the Government in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. The fund is registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India where a minority stake could be taken by investors.
Oil, finance ministers can award oil blocks
The Cabinet allowed Ministers of Finance and Petroleum to award oil and gas blocks to winners in the ongoing auction.Till now, only the Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister had the powers to approve the award of a block or area for the exploration and production of oil and gas.The two Ministers will approve the award based on the recommendations of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries.
RBI imposes Rs 30 million fine on IDBI Bank
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a Rs 3 crore penalty on IDBI Bank for not following the central bank’s rules on classification of loans.IDBI bank did not adhere to RBI’s norms on Income Recognition and Asset Classification. RBI said that this action is based on deficiencies in regulatory compliance.
India, Morocco sign pact
India has inked a pact with Morocco under which focus would be laid on the evaluation of potential mineral resources and promoting exploration and mining.The focus of the MoU is on the development of the geological infrastructure for Geoscience Maps and geochemical maps. The MoU in the field of Mining and Geology for a period of 5 years was signed by both the countries.
NHAI inks pact for maiden global project
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) inked a pact for its maiden international project, part of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway.NHAI has signed an agreement for upgradation of Yagyi – Kalewa section in Myanmar to Two-Lane with Earthen Shoulder. The project has been funded by Ministry of External Affairs.

13-4-18
World’s first long-distance electric bus line
The world’s first long-distance electric bus line was inaugurated in Paris on 12th April.The bus will cover the 160 kilometres between Paris and Amiens in northern France in just over 2 hours. The bus can travel as far as 250 kilometres on one 5-hour battery charge. It emits no pollutants at all and creates less noise than conventional buses.
UN launches road safety trust fund
The United Nations took a major step to address the tragedy of road accidents by launching the UN Road Safety Trust Fund.The trust fund will support efforts along with the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The UN General Assembly – the UN body with universal membership of all 193 Member States – adopted a resolution on road safety on 13th April.
5,000MW solar park to come up in Dholera
Gujarat Government approved setting up a 5000 MW capacity solar park at the Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR), which would be the largest such entity in the world after its completion.The solar power generation project would be set up in 11,000 hectares of land. The project will contribute significantly in achieving the target of producing 175 gigawatts of electricity by 2022.
Jayant Sinha to head task force for UAV tech
The Government has formed a task force under the Chairmanship of MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha for fast-tracking the roll-out of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology.The Task Force will focus on R&D, acquisition and commercialisation, regulatory framework and preference for Make in India. The task force will submit its report within 6 months of its constitution.
Siddharth Won Shorenstein Journalism Award
            Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of The Wire, has won the Shorenstein Journalism Award.The award, given annually by Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.The award honours journalists who have “produced outstanding reporting on Asia and contributed significantly to Western understanding of the region”.
AIIB decides to invest in India
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a $140 million loan for enhancing rural connectivity in Madhya Pradesh.The project, co-financed with the World Bank, aims to improve the rural road connectivity and management for residents of about 5,640 villages. The project will benefit around 1.5 million rural residents through improved livelihood, education and mobility.
NBCC ties up with Skill Development Institute
NBCC (India) Ltd under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs signed MoU with the Skill Development Institute Bhubaneswar, for the construction of the institute.This will facilitate empowering the youth in Odisha with relevant skill sets and train them in various disciplines. NBCC has pledged to impart training to 40,000 workers (including both onsite and offsite) in the next five years.
India pips Germany to be No. 4 car market
India has become the fourth-largest passenger vehicle (PV) market globally for the first time ever, unseating Germany, in January and February 2018.With sales of 5,60,806 units in the first two months of calendar 2018, India overtook Germany’s tally of 5,31,100 units. India is behind China, US and Japan. Germany in the 5th position, followed by Brazil and France
NASA to study affect of phytoplankton
NASA is conducting a study of the world’s largest phytoplankton bloom in the North Atlantic to see how the tiny sea creatures influence the climate in every season.The name of the mission is The North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES). NAAMES will study how phytoplanktons give rise to small organic particles that leave the ocean and end up in the atmosphere.
Boeing signs deal with HAL, Mahindra
Boeing India has signed an agreement with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, and Mahindra Defence Systems at the Defence Expo 2018 to manufacture Super Hornet fighter aircraft in India.The companies will manufacture F/A-18 Super Hornet for India’s armed forces. The F/A-18 Super Hornet will deliver on India’s need for a carrier- and land- based multi-role fighter jets.
2nd magnetic field created by Earth found
The European Space Agency has created the most detailed map ever of the elusive oceanic magnetism generated by Earth’s lithosphere.While Earth’s magnetic field is majorly generated within the outer core, a small fraction comes from magnetised rocks in the crust and the upper mantle. This lithospheric magnetic field is 20,000 times weaker than global magnetic field at satellite altitude.
Discus thrower Seema Punia won silver medal
India’s Seema Punia bagged her fourth successive medal at the Commonwealth Games by winning silver in women’s discus throw final with a throw of 60.41m in Gold Coast.The 34-year-old has now won three silver medals (2006, 2014 and 2018) and one bronze (2010) at the Games. Another Indian athlete Navjeet Dhillon won bronze in the same event.
Kiran won bronze medal at CWG
Indian wrestler Kiran bagged a bronze medal in the women’s Freestyle 76 kg event after finishing off Mauritius’ Katouskia Pariadhaven 10-0 in the first round itself at the Commonwealth Games.Earlier in the day, Indian wrestlers had won two medals – one silver medal through Babita Phogat and a gold medal through Rahul Aware.
Sushil Kumar won his 3rd straight CWG gold
Indian wrestler and Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar bagged his third straight Commonwealth Games gold medal after winning the men’s Freestyle 74 kg event.The 34-year-old wrestler won the final 10-0, having dominated all previous opponents with scorelines of 11-0, 10-0, and 4-0. Sushil has a silver and a bronze in Olympics and was crowned world champion in 2010.
Rahul won India’s 1st wrestling gold at CWG
Rahul Aware bagged India’s first wrestling gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018.He beat Canada’s Steven Takahashi in the final of men’s Freestyle 57 kg event. Before the final, the 26-year-old had claimed two dominating victories with the scorelines 11-0 and 10-0, while he defeated Pakistan’s Muhammad Bilal 12-8 in the semi-final.
Anish became India’s youngest gold medalist
Fifteen-year-old shooter Anish Bhanwala became India’s youngest gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games, winning the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Finals with a record score at Gold Coast.India’s Neeraj Kumar stood fifth at the event. Anish, who is participating in his first Commonwealth Games, won gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney earlier this year.
Tejaswini won gold at CWG
Tejaswini Sawant won India its fifth shooting gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, winning the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Finals in Gold Coast.This was 37-year-old Tejaswini’s second medal at the 2018 edition, after winning silver at the women’s 50m Rifle Prone. India’s Anjum Moudgil won silver at the event, after having topped qualification.
Bhanu appointed Banks Board Bureau chairman
The government appointed Bhanu Pratap Sharma as the new Chairman of Banks Board Bureau, which primarily recommends senior executive appointments in state-run banks.Sharma will replace former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai, whose term ended on March 31.Notably, Sharma is the former Secretary of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Startups with up to ₹10 cr to get concession
The government has allowed startups to avail tax concession if total investment including funding from angel investors does not exceed ₹10 crore.Several startups and investors had raised concerns over the ‘angel tax’ saying it could discourage investments. The tax was levied on capital raised by startups in excess of the fair market value of their shares.
Retail inflation falls to 5-month low
India’s retail inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) eased to a 5-month low of 4.28% in March, government data showed.Further, the food inflation for the month stood at 2.81%, compared to 3.26% in February. Notably, this is the third straight month where inflation softened after hitting a 17-month high in December.

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14-4-18 
Nation Celebrates 127th Ambedkar Jayanti

 Nation remembers Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary. Floral tributes were paid at Babasaheb’s Statue in the Parliament House Complex, New Delhi.  Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Constitution of India, was born on 14th April 1891 at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, which is now known as Dr Ambedkar Nagar. He was also the first law minister of India.   Unified Payment Interface (UPI) based app BHIM that was launched by PM Modi has been named after Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

PM Modi Launches Largest Health Care Scheme on Ambedkar Jayanti
On the occasion of Birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the phase one of the Ayushman Bharat schemes that aim at creating a healthy, prosperous and strong India. The first phase of Ayushman Bharat will see 1.5 Lakh such Centers being set up across the country.  The Prime Minister also launched Health and Wellness Centre under Ayushman Bharat scheme in Jangala village of Karnataka. This health and wellness centre will have the facility of teleconsultation.

 India, Russia Sign 7 MoU at DefExpo 2018
India and Russia signed 7 MoUs at Defence Expo at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. These MoUs were signed between the Indian Private Defence sector manufacturing companies and Russian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) for manufacture, development of spares, sub-assemblies and assemblies of identified Russian origin platforms.   The MoUs were signed during third India-Russia Military-Industrial Conference held on the sidelines of DefExpo 2018.    INDRA (Naval Exercise) is a joint, bi-annual military exercise conducted by India and Russia starting in 2003.
 Rajnath Singh Launches Web-Based App e-FRRO for Foreigners
Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the web-based application e-FRRO (e-Foreigners Regional Registration Office) scheme under which foreigners can avail, various visa and immigration-related services online. This will facilitate hassle-free travel to India for foreigners.   As per the Home Ministry, the e-FRRO scheme is aimed at building a centralised, transparent online platform for foreigners to avail of visa-related services.

India Mobile Congress 2018 to be Held in New Delhi
India Mobile Congress will be held in October 2018 at Aerocity in New Delhi. 
ii. It is one of the biggest marquee Mobile, Internet and Technology events in Asia, organized by Department of Telecommunications and Cellular Operators Association of India.


NERL Brings in ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank as Repository Participants
National E-Repository Limited (NERL), a group company of National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Limited (NCDEX ), has brought in ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank on board as the repository participants for pledge finance. NERL has signed the agreement with both the banks where they will offer pledge finance against eNWRs created on NERL’s repository platform commodities stored in warehouses registered with Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA).

RBI Tightens Monitoring of Liberalised Remittance Scheme
The Reserve Bank of India tightened reporting norms for the Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) under which an individual can transfer up to USD 2,50,000 abroad in a year. The LRS transactions are currently permitted by banks based on the declaration made by the remitter.  The monitoring of adherence to the limit is confined to obtaining such a declaration without independent verification, in the absence of a reliable source of information.  The Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS)  was introduced on February 4, 2004, with a limit of USD 25,000.

 SIDBI Ties Up with CSC to Promote MSEs in 115 Districts
Small Industries and Development Bank of India (SIDBI) announced a plan to promote micro-enterprises in 115 aspirational districts across the country. It has tied up with Common Service Centre (CSC).   The ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ program, which was launched by the prime minister in January 2018, aims to bring about socio-developmental changes in these backward districts which have been chosen from all states of the country.    Chairman of SIDBI- Mohammed Mustafa, Founded- 2 April 1990, Headquarter- Lucknow.    CSCs are one of the crucial enablers of the Digital India program that are the access points for delivery of various e-governance and business services to citizens in rural and remote areas of the country.

World Bank Approves $55mn for Bangladesh Project
The World Bank has approved $55mn to expand the use of clean renewable energy in rural areas of Bangladesh where grid electricity cannot reach easily.     The additional financing to the Second Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development (RERED II) Project will install 1,000 solar irrigation pumps, 30 solar mini-grids and about 4mn improved cooking stoves in rural areas.      President of the World Bank- Jim Yong Kim.    Headquarters of World Bank: Washington, DC.

 Sanjeev Rajput Clinches Gold in Shooting
 Shooter Sanjeev Rajput won the men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions with a Games record at the 2018 Commonwealth Games to seven.    The gold was Rajput's third successive medal at the CWG, after having bagged silver and bronze in the 2014 and 2010 editions respectively. India's Chain Singh stood fifth in the same event.

Neeraj Chopra, 1st Indian to Win Gold in Javelin Throw
Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, with a season’s best effort of 86.47m in the final.   The 20-year-old junior world champion had made the final after achieving the qualifying mark in his very first throw. Neeraj was favourite for gold after his 85.94m throw in March 2018 at Patiala during the Federation Cup National Championships.

Mary Kom, 1st Indian Woman to Win CWG Boxing Gold
Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom has become the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
 Mary Kom achieved the feat after defeating Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in the 45-48kg category final at Gold Coast, Australia. The 35-year-old boxer from Manipur is participating in her maiden Commonwealth Games.

15-4-18
Sumit claimed men’s 125 kg gold
Indian wrestler Sumit Malik claimed gold in the men’s freestyle 125 kg after his opponent Nigeria’s Sinivie Boltic was ruled out of the final bout due to injury at CWG 2018.The 25-year-old, claimed silver at Asian and Commonwealth Championships last year.He defeated Pakistan’s Tayab Raza by 10-4 and Canada’s Jarvis Korey by 6-4 in his last two bouts.
Kaushik won silver at CWG 2018
Manish Kaushik became the first Indian boxer to win silver medal in the men’s lightweight category (60 kg) at the Commonwealth Games.The 22-year-old boxer from Haryana settled for silver after losing to Australia’s Harry Garside at Gold Coast.India has won two gold, two silver and three bronze medals in boxing at the CWG 2018 so far.
Vinesh Phogat won her 2nd straight CWG gold
Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat claimed the top position in the women’s freestyle 50 kg Nordic System event to win her second successive gold at the Commonwealth Games.The gold is India’s fifth in wrestling and 23rd overall at the CWG 2018. Earlier, Vinesh’s cousin Babita Kumari had claimed silver in the women’s freestyle 53 kg event.
Sakshi Malik won bronze at CWG 2018
Rio Olympics bronze medalist Sakshi Malik won a bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, beating New Zealand’s Tayla Ford in the women’s freestyle 62 kg event in Gold Coast.This is Sakshi’s second medal at the CWG, after winning a silver in the 2014 Games. India has won 11 medals in wrestling, including five golds.
Saina Nehwal won second CWG gold
Shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated world number three PV Sindhu by 21-18, 23-21 in the first-ever all-Indian women’s singles final at the Commonwealth Games.With this, Nehwal claimed her second Commonwealth Games singles gold medal after having won it at the 2010 Delhi Games. Nehwal is the only Indian female badminton player to win singles gold in Commonwealth Games history.
India won CWG men’s TT doubles silver
Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won India its second successive Commonwealth Games silver medal in the men’s table tennis doubles event after losing to England’s Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford at Gold Coast.India’s Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shankar Shetty won bronze in the same event. India has won six medals in TT at CWG 2018 so far.
Somveer won bronze medal at CWG 2018
Indian wrestler Somveer won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games after defeating Canada’s Alexander Moore in the men’s freestyle 86 kg event.This is India’s 12th medal in wrestling at the 2018 Games which includes five golds. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Muhammad Inam won the gold medal.
India won CWG squash mixed doubles silver
India clinched the silver in the squash mixed doubles event for the first time in the history of Commonwealth Games.Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal lost to Australia’s Cameron Pilley and Donna Urquhart 0-2 in the final at Gold Coast. This was the fifth time Australia won the event at the Commonwealth Games.
Boxer Satish Kumar bags silver at CWG
Boxer Satish Kumar clinched silver after losing to England’s Frazer Clarke in the men’s super heavyweight category (+91 kg) to take India’s medal tally to 59 at CWG 2018.The 28-year-old became the first Indian to win silver in the men’s super heavyweight category at CWG. Paramjeet Samota had won gold in the category in the 2010 Games.
Rajput clinches gold in shooting at CWG 2018
Shooter Sanjeev Rajput won the men’s 50 m Rifle 3 Positions with a Games record to take India’s gold tally in shooting at the 2018 Commonwealth Games to seven.The gold was Rajput’s third successive medal at the CWG, after having bagged silver and bronze in the 2014 and 2010 editions respectively. India’s Chain Singh stood fifth in the same event.
Vikas Krishan won gold in boxing
Vikas Krishan won gold by defeating Cameroon’s Dieudonne Ntsengue in men’s 75 kg final.The Asian Games 2010 gold medallist joined Mary Kom (women’s 45-48 kg) and Gaurav Solanki (men’s 52 kg) to win boxing gold at Gold Coast.This was the first CWG gold for India in middleweight boxing category.
Manika Batra won CWG TT singles gold
Manika Batra became the first-ever Indian woman to bag gold in the women’s table tennis singles’ event in Commonwealth Games history.The 22-year-old paddler from Delhi defeated Singapore’s Mengyu Yu in the final to bag her third medal at CWG 2018. Manika had earlier won the women’s team gold and women’s doubles’ silver at the Games.
IAF conducts Gagan Shakti exercise
Showcasing its precision in strike capabilities during day and night, Indian Air Force (IAF) has started exercise Gagan Shakti.Gagan Shakti will test the LCA across a varied spectrum encompassing Air Defence and Strike capabilities among others. IAF is conducting Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018, biggest air combat exercise along Pakistan, China borders from April 10 to 23 April 2018.
Modi inaugurated 1st health centre
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first health centre under Ayushman Bharat Scheme in Bijapur.He also inaugurated the first phase of the Bastar Internet scheme under which a 40,000-km-long network of fibre optics cable would be spread across the seven districts of the tribal region. The districts are Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Sukma and Dantewada.
Bihar has highest rate of crime against SC/ST
Bihar reports the highest rate of crimes against SC/ST population, while West Bengal reports the lowest, according to latest data released by National Crime Records Bureau.For crimes against SCs specifically, Madhya Pradesh is highest at 43.4%, and WB is lowest at 6%. For crimes against the ST population specifically, Rajasthan is the highest at 12.9%, with WB being the lowest at 1.6%.
Govt to launch first tranche of GSB for FY19
The government will launch the first tranche of sovereign gold bonds for the current fiscal on April 16, offering a 2.5% annual interest to investors.The latest issuance of bonds is part of the government’s efforts to garner as much as Rs 5,000 crore from all the three gold schemes this fiscal. The sovereign gold bond scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in late 2015.
SIDBI Ties Up With CSC To Promote MSEs
Small Industries and Development Bank of India (SIDBI) announced a plan to promote micro-enterprises in 115 aspirational districts across the country.It has tied up with Common Service Centre (CSC). The ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ program, which was launched by the prime minister in January, aims to bring about socio-developmental changes in these backward districts.
WB approves $55 mn For Bangladesh Project
The World Bank has approved $55mn to expand the use of clean renewable energy in rural areas of Bangladesh where grid electricity cannot reach easily.Project will install 1,000 solar irrigation pumps, 30 solar mini-grids and about 4mn improved cooking stoves in rural areas. The project will enable about 10mn people living in villages and islands to access electricity.
Rajnath Singh launched e-FRRO For Foreigners
Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the web-based application e-FRRO (e-Foreigners Regional Registration Office) scheme.Under which foreigners can avail, various visa and immigration-related services online. This scheme is aimed at building a centralised, transparent online platform for foreigners to avail of visa-related services.
India, Russia Sign 7 MoU At DefExpo 2018
India and Russia signed 7 MoUs at Defence Expo at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.These MoUs were signed for manufacture, development of spares, sub-assemblies and assemblies of identified Russian origin platforms. The MoUs were signed during third India-Russia Military-Industrial Conference held on the sidelines of DefExpo 2018.

16-4-18
Smriti Irani Inaugurates 7th Edition of Home Expo India 2018
The seventh edition of Home Expo India 2018, organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), was inaugurated at India Expo Centre & Mart in Greater Noida.    Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani inaugurated the fair, while Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles, was the guest of honour. Home Expo India 2018 will generate business deals for direct import.
Himachal Pradesh Celebrates its 71st Foundation Day
Himachal Pradesh celebrated its 71st foundation day with much fanfare and gaiety. Several cultural events were organized across the state. It may be recalled that the hill state came into existence after the merger of 30 odd princely states in 1948.      The main event was held at Ridge Maidan in Shimla, where Chief Minister Jairam Thakur reviewed the ceremonial Parade presented by police, home guards and NCC cadets.    Himachal Pradesh CM- Jai Ram Thakur, Governor- Acharya Dev Vrat.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Launched in Telangana
Launching the ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’ in Telangana, the Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan stated the number of LPG distribution points in the State will be increased to 1,000 from the existing 707 for quicker and efficient delivery of gas cylinders.    Mr Pradhan promised to create 20 lakh ‘happy homes’ in the State through free LPG gas connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY)-- the scheme providing free cooking gas connections to below the poverty line families.   Telangana CM- K. Chandrashekar Rao, Governor- ESL Narasimhan.

PM Modi Leaves on 5-Day Visit to Sweden & UK
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left on a five-day visit to Sweden and the UK. The visit to the two nations aims at enhancing bilateral cooperation in key areas like trade, investments and Science & technology.      On the first leg of his visit, the Prime Minister will attend the first-ever India-Nordic Summit at Stockholm, which will be co-hosted by India and Sweden. In London, Mr Modi will take part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being hosted by the UK.     Nordic countries include Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.  Sweden Capital- Stockholm, Currency- Swedish krona.   he United Kingdom Capital- London, Currency- British pound.

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Begins in London

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2018) has begun in London, the UK. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in the event on 19th and 20th of April.      The theme of the summit is 'Towards a Common Future'. The biennial event has brought together delegates from 53 Commonwealth nations.

UN Launches Road Safety Trust Fund
United Nations’ Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed announced the launch of the ‘UN Road Safety Trust Fund’ to stimulate action that can save lives and prevent injuries and sufferings associated with road accidents.   The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the development arm of the UN in Europe, is designated as the Secretariat for the Trust Fund. A contribution of USD 1500 to the fund could help save one life and prevent 10 serious injuries.   The United Nations is an international organization founded in 24th of October 1945.     It is currently made up of 193 Member States.  The Headquarters of UN: New York, USA.  Antonio Guterres is the Secretary-General of United Nations.

Dharmendra to be Conferred With Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award
Veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra will be conferred with the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani with Raj Kapoor Special Contribution awards. Maharashtra Culture Minister Vinod Tawde announced the names of the winners.     The state government-instituted awards will be given away at the 55th Maharashtra State Marathi Film Festival.

CII Pegs India's GDP Growth at 7.3-7.7% for 2018-19
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has announced that it expects India's gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at 7.3-7.7% during the 2018-19 financial year.
ii. This is based on strengthening demand in the rural economy, including agriculture and non-farm activities, as well as better global growth climate.     Rakesh Bharti Mittal is the President of Confederation of Indian Industry.

Government Raises NABARD's Authorised Capital to Rs 300 billion
As part of the drive to double the income of farmers by 2022, the government has raised the authorised capital of NABARD by six times from 50 billion to Rs 300 billion to help it increase its lending to the rural economy.     The increase in authorised capital will enable Nabard to respond to commitments it has undertaken, particularly in respect of the Long Term Irrigation Fund and on-lending to cooperative banks.     The government in the Budget had enhanced the corpus of the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIFD) to Rs 280 billion with an overall objective of doubling farmers income by 2022.    Nabard is the main agency for implementing RIFD scheme.    Harsh Kumar Bhanwala is the Chairman of NABARD.  It headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Kotak Mahindra Bank Pips SBI to Become India’s 2nd Most Valuable Bank
Shares of private lender Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd beat India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) for the first time to become the second most valued bank in the country. Data from BSE showed that Kotak Mahindra Bank has a market capitalization of Rs2,22,560.69 crore after its shares rose 1.7%.    SBI market capitalization stood at Rs2,22,043.74 crore. Its shares were trading at Rs248.80 on BSE, down 1% from its previous close.   Uday Kotak is the Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank.    Its headquarters in Mumbai.   HDFC Bank Ltd is the country’s most valuable bank with a market capitalisation of Rs5.04 trillion.

CWG 2018: Complete List of All the Medals Won By India
India finished third in the medals tally at the Commonwealth Games 2018, courtesy 66 medals including 26 gold20 silver and 20 bronze medals.    Australia with 198 medals (80 Gold, 59 Silver and 59 Bronze) topped the chart and England with 136 Medals (45 Gold, 45 Silver and 46 Bronze) stood second. 

India finished third in the medals tally at the Commonwealth Games 2018, courtesy 66 medals including 26 gold20 silver and 20 bronze medals. Australia with 198 medals (80 Gold, 59 Silver and 59 Bronze) topped the chart and England with 136 Medals (45 Gold, 45 Silver and 46 Bronze) stood second.

MEDAL LIST

Gold Medals (26)

S. No.
Winners
Sports Category
Weightlifting
1.
Chanu Saikhom MIRABAI
Women's 48kg
2.
Venkat Rahul RAGALA
Men's 85kg
3.
Sanjita Chanu KHUMUKCHAM
Women's 53kg
4.
Sathish Kumar SIVALINGAM
Men's 77kg
5.
Punam YADAV
Women's 69kg
Shooting
6.
Manu BHAKER
Women's 10m Air Pistol
7.
Jitu RAI
Men's 10m Air Pistol
8.
Anish BHANWALA
Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
9.
Sanjeev RAJPUT
Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions
10.
Heena SIDHU
Women's 25m Pistol
11.
Tejaswini SAWANT
Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions
12.
Shreyasi SINGH
Women's Double Trap
Wrestling
13.
Kumar SUSHIL
Men's Freestyle 74 kg
14.
SUMIT
Men's Freestyle 125 kg
15.
Rahul AWARE
Men's Freestyle 57 kg
16.
BAJRANG
Men's Freestyle 65 kg
17.
Vinesh PHOGAT
Women's Freestyle 50 kg
Boxing
18.
Gaurav SOLANKI
Men's 52kg
19.
Vikas KRISHAN
Men's 75kg
20.
MC Mary KOM
Women's 45-48kg
Table-Tennis
21.
India
Men's Team
22.
Manika BATRA
Women's Singles
23.
India
Women's Team
Badminton
24.
Saina NEHWAL
Women's Singles
25.
India
Mixed Team Event
Athletics
26.
Neeraj CHOPRA
Men's Javelin Throw

Silver Medals (20)


S. No.
Winners
Sports Category
Weightlifting
1.
Pardeep SINGH
Men's 105kg
2.
GURURAJA
Men's 56kg
Shooting
3.
Heena SIDHU
Women's 10m Air Pistol
4.
Mehuli GHOSH
Women's 10m Air Rifle
5.
Anjum MOUDGIL
Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions
6.
Tejaswini SAWANT
Women's 50m Rifle Prone
Wrestling
7.
Mausam KHATRI
Men's Freestyle 97 kg
8.
Babita KUMARI
Women's Freestyle 53 kg
9.
Pooja DHANDA
Women's Freestyle 57 kg
Boxing
10.
Satish KUMAR
Men's +91kg
11.
AMIT
Men's 46-49kg
12.
Manish KAUSHIK
Men's 60kg
Table-Tennis
13.
ACHANTA Sharath/GNANASEKARAN Sathiyan
Men's Doubles
14.
BATRA Manika/DAS Mouma
Women's Doubles
Badminton
15.
Satwik RANKIREDDY/Chirag Chandrashekhar SHETTY
Men's Doubles
16.
Srikanth KIDAMBI
Men's Singles
17.
PV Sindhu
Women's Singles
Athletics
18.
Seema PUNIA
Women's Discus Throw
Squash
19.
CHINAPPA Joshna/PALLIKAL KARTHIK Dipika
Women's Doubles
20.
PALLIKAL KARTHIK Dipika/GHOSAL Saurav
Mixed Doubles

Bronze Medals (20)

S. No.
Winners
Sports Category
Weightlifting
1.
Deepak LATHER
Men's 69kg
2.
Vikas THAKUR
Men's 94kg
Shooting
3.
Om MITHARVAL
Men's 10m Air Pistol
4.
Ravi KUMAR
Men's 10m Air Rifle
5.
Om MITHARVAL
Men's 50m Pistol
6.
Ankur MITTAL
Men's Double Trap
7.
Apurvi CHANDELA
Women's 10m Air Rifle
Wrestling
8.
SOMVEER
Men's Freestyle 86 kg
9.
Sakshi MALIK
Women's Freestyle 62 kg
10.
Divya KAKRAN
Women's Freestyle 68 kg
11.
KIRAN
Women's Freestyle 76 kg
Boxing
12.
Hussamuddin MOHAMMED
Men's 56kg
13.
Manoj KUMAR
Men's 69kg
14.
Naman TANWAR
Men's 91kg
Table-Tennis
15.
DESAI Harmeet/SHETTY Sanil Shankar
Men's Doubles
16.
Sharath ACHANTA
Men's Singles
17.
GNANASEKARAN Sathiyan/BATRA Manika
Mixed Doubles
Badminton
18.
REDDY N. Sikki/PONNAPPA Ashwini
Women's Doubles
Athletics
19.
Navjeet DHILLON
Women's Discus Throw
Para Powerlifting
20.
Sachin CHAUDHARY
Men's Heavyweight

 Indian Swimmer Double Crosses Bangla Channel, Sets World Record
 Pune-based 17-year-old swimmer Sampanna Ramesh Shelar has set a world record to double cross the Bangla Channel.    Shelar, is the first person to swim to and fro from Saint Martin's Island Jetty to Teknaf in Bangladesh also known as the Bangla Channel. He has completed the journey of 32.2 kilometres in 9 hours and 10 minutes.




17-4-18
Noted journalist S Nihal Singh passed away
Noted journalist and former Chief Editor of The Statesman and The Indian Express, Surendra Nihal Singh passed away on 16th April.He was the founding editor of The Indian Post in 1987. He was awarded the prestigious International Editor of the Year Award in New York for opposing the Emergency imposed by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
World Haemophilia Day Observed On April 17
World Haemophilia Day is recognized worldwide on 17th April every year to increase awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders.It was started by the World Federation of Haemophilia. It also helps to raise funds for patients who cannot afford haemophilia treatment. The theme for World Haemophilia Day 2018 is “sharing knowledge”.
UK joins International Solar Alliance
The United Kingdom joined the India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s four-day visit to Britain.The UK’s partnership will involve providing expertise and advice to the alliance, but no monetary contributions.The UK became 62nd country to join ISA, which includes countries like France, Australia, Bangladesh, Tuvalu, Benin, UAE, Brazil.
Bengaluru is highest paying city for talent
With an average annual CTC for talent across all levels and functions standing at about Rs 11 lakh, Bengaluru topped the list of salary trends this year.Pune stands second at around Rs 10 lakh, followed by NCR and Mumbai with an average annual CTC of a little under Rs 10 lakh and around Rs 9 lakh, respectively. The report has been published by Randstad India.
Yes Bank launches overdraft facility for MSMEs
Yes Bank recently announced the launch of ‘YES GST’, an OD (over draft) facility for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).Through this first-of-its-kind, industry first initiative, an MSME can avail OD up to Rs. 1 crore, based on their annual turnover, backed by GST returns. This OD facility can be availed by a MSME against mortgage of residential or commercial property.
Pilgrimage train flagged off from Sambalpur
A special pilgrimage train for senior citizens, under the ‘Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana’, has been flagged off from Sambalpur station by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.The train will take senior citizens to Shirdi, Nasik and Trimbakeshwar during the seven-day tour. The Odisha government has signed an MoU with the IRCTC for the pilgrimage plan.
M&M joins Rs 1-trillion m-cap club
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd entered the coveted Rs 1 trillion market capitalisation club, after its share price hit a fresh 52-week high on the BSE.Following the jump in its m-cap, M&M has joined the ranks of Ultra Tech Cement, Power Grid Corporation, and IndusInd Bank.The company’s market capitalisation (m-cap) jumped to Rs 1,01,829.91 crore.
Asteroid 2018 GE3 makes surprise fly-by Earth
A giant asteroid gave Earth a surprise close shave this week, flying by at a distance of 1,92,000 kilometres, just a day after astronomers discovered the object.Designated 2018 GE3, made its closest approach to Earth at around 0641 GMT on April 15. NASA estimated that the asteroid measures 48 to 110 meters wide.
CII projects FY19 GDP growth at 7.3-7.7%
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) projected India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to grow at 7.3-7.7% during the 2018-19 financial year.This is based on strengthening demand in the rural economy, including agriculture and non-farm activities, as well as better global growth climate. The CII projected 2.5-3.5% growth for the agriculture sector, 7.2-7.5% for the industrial sector.
Kochi to host India Skills Kerala 2018
Kerala will host the India Skills Kerala 2018 – in Kochi from April 28 to 30, as part of the World Skills India 2018.The event is aimed at identifying and training talents to get medals at the World Skills Competition Kazan 2019. The proposed India Skills Kerala 2018 is an avenue provided to the youngsters in the State to showcase their vocational skills.
India won elections to key UN subsidiary
India has won an election to a crucial Non-Governmental Organisation committee in the UN.The UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held elections to a number of its subsidiary bodies. The ECOSOC focusses on advancing the three dimensions of sustainable development economic, social and environmental. India topped the election to the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations.
US places India under watch list
The US Treasury Department placed India under a watch list that monitors countries’ currency practices.The department in its report observed that the foreign exchange policies of six countries were needed to be monitored. Earlier, the department had five countries – China, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Switzerland – under this list. India is now the sixth country.
Yuki Bhambri back in top-100
Tennis star Yuki Bhambri today broke back into the top-100 for the first time since February 2016.As per the latest rankings, he jumped 22 places to a career-best rank of 83. This follows his title-winning performance at the Taipei Challenger. This is the best rank an Indian has achieved in ATP singles chart since Somdev Devvarman touched a career-high 62 in July 2011.
Target revised for PMGSY from 2022 to 2019
The Government has said that the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) is well on its way to achieve the target by March 2019.The scheme, since its inception in 2000, has been able to provide connectivity to more than One lakh fifty thousand habitations. This centrally sponsored programme is implemented in partnership with the respective state governments.
New York Times, New Yorker won Pulitzer
The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for public service on April 16.The Washington Post won the Pulitzer in the investigative category for relentless reporting that influenced the outcome of the 2017 Senate race in Alabama.The New York Times and The Washington Post shared the Pulitzer in national reporting for coverage of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
Ola to introduce 10,000 EVs
App-based cab aggregator Ola plans to introduce 10,000 e-rickshaws and electric autorickshaws in India in the next 12 months.The ride-hailing company is in talks with state governments, OEM partners and electronic vehicle innovators to speed up the introduction of EVs in India. Ola aims to bring one million electric vehicles on the road by 2021.
Swimmer Shelar created world record
Pune-based 17-year-old swimmer Sampanna Ramesh Shelar became the first person in the world to double cross Bangla Channel.Shelar became the first person to swim to and fro from Saint Martin’s Island Jetty to Teknaf in Bangladesh also known as the Bangla Channel. Sampanna started swimming at about 5 am on 13th April and completed the journey of 32.2 kilometers in 9 hours and 10 minutes.
WB to fund community-led landscapes mgmt
A loan agreement worth USD 48 million for the “Meghalaya Community – Led Landscapes Management Project (MCLLMP)” was signed between India and the World Bank.The objective of the project is to strengthen community-led landscapes management in selected landscapes in Meghalaya. The project will help manage the depleting resources, by strengthening the communities and traditional institutions.
Kotak Mahindra became 2nd most valuable bank
Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd beat India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) for the first time to become the second most valued bank in the country.HDFC Bank Ltd remained country’s most valuable bank with a market capitalization of Rs5.04 trillion. Kotak Mahindra Bank has a market capitalization of Rs 2,22970.40 crore.
World Bank forecasted 7.3% growth for India
The World Bank forecasted a growth rate of 7.3% for India in 2018 and 7.5% for 2019 and 2020.Growth is expected to accelerate from 6.7 in 2017 to 7.3% in 2018, the World Bank said in its twice-a-year South Asia Economic Focus. In its report the World Bank said, India should strive to accelerate investments and exports to take advantage of the recovery in global growth.

18-4-18
Facebook introduces new privacy choices
Facebook would begin rolling out changes to how it handles private data this week to comply with forthcoming EU rules.Under the new policy, FB users will be asked to review & make choices about ads they receive, including whether they want Facebook to use data from third parties. FB has recently been rocked by disclosures about hijacking of personal data on tens of millions of its users.
World Heritage Day celebrated
World Heritage Day is an annual event celebrated on 18 April of each year.The day aims to spread awareness of the importance of protecting & preserving various sites around that have achieved world heritage status. This year’s theme is Heritage for Generations emphasizing on inter-generational transfer of knowledge. There are 36 sites in India that have been declared as World Heritage.
District plan to accelerate growth by 3%
Govt has decided to set up a district plan to accelerate growth of districts by 3%.An addition of 3% growth at the district level will ensure that 5 trillion dollars target for the Indian economy becomes achievable. The initiative will begin with 6 districts, including Sindhudurg & Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, Varanasi in UP, Muzaffarpur in Bihar, Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh & Solan in HP.
Amazon launches international shopping from US
Amazon has launched an international shopping feature that will enable customers across the world to shop more than 45 million items that can be shipped to their country from U.S.It will allow customers to shop in 25 currencies, with more languages and currencies to be added in 2018.The international shopping feature will display pricing, shipping costs and import duty estimates.
IISL launches Nifty 200 Quality 30 index
IISL has launched Nifty 200 Quality 30 index, which will track the performance of select firms based on profitability and earnings growth variability.Index includes top 30 companies from its parent Nifty 200 index, selected on the basis of their ‘quality’ scores. Weight of each stock in the index will be based on a combination of stock’s quality score & its free float market capitalization.
Lt Gen PP Malhotra takes over as DG NCC
Lieutenant General PP Malhotra has assumed the charge as Director General of National Cadet Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed youth organization in the world.Prior to assuming his present appointment, he was the Chief Engineer of the Army’s premier Northern Command. Lt Gen Malhotra’s distinguished professional career includes various regimental, staff and command appointments.
India, Sweden to cooperate in Smart Cities
India & Sweden have agreed to deepen their cooperation in Smart Cities initiative, transport & energy sectors.The 2 countries will exchange knowledge & explore cooperation on smart cities, including transit-oriented urban development, air pollution control & waste management. Both sides will also exchange know-how & explore cooperation in areas of electro-mobility as well as renewable fuels
US to restrict movement of Pakistani diplomats
US has notified Pak that the diplomats at their embassy in Washington & consulates in other cities would not be able to travel beyond 40 kms of their offices without permission from May 1.Diplomats would need to apply for permission at least 5 days ahead of an intended travel outside the imposed 40 kms radii. Pak had already imposed similar restrictions on American diplomats in the country.
Environment ministry releases draft of NCAP
Environment Ministry has come out with a draft national action plan proposing multiple strategies to reduce air pollution.Ministry in the draft said the objective of NCAP is to augment & evolve an effective & a proficient ambient air quality monitoring network across the country. Ministry hopes to bring down air pollution in 100 non-attainment cities by 50% in next 5 years under the NCAP.
Bihar, NE states recommended for Ranji Trophy
Sourav Ganguly-led technical committee of BCCI has unanimously recommended reinstatement of Bihar & inclusion of northeastern states in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy.The northeastern states played BCCI U-19 tournaments last season as the Board wanted to gradually integrate them into the system. Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season is proposed to have 4 Groups with the introduction of pre-quarterfinals.
Digital platform for MSME exporters launched
Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu launched FIEO GlobalLinker- A digital platform for MSME exporters to digitise their businesses & join a global community of growing businesses.It will help in expanding India’s multi-focused export strategy & also aid in connecting art & artisans to market. FIEO GlobalLinker is setup with a view to make business growth of SMEs simpler, profitable & enjoyable.
India pools into USD 5mn Small States Fund
India is among 4 countries to pool into an innovative $5 million fund for small states to obtain easier access to international trade finance.India joins Sri Lanka, Mauritius & Malta to inject capital into the new scheme, which has Standard Chartered & BoB as its the facility managers.This new scheme is an example of innovative & collaborative approaches that are pioneered by Commonwealth.
Meeting of Council under POSHAN Abhiyaan
The first meeting of National Council on India’s Nutrition Challenges under POSHAN Abhiyaan will be held in New Delhi.POSHAN Abhiyaan which was launched by PM Modi in Rajasthan aims to ensure holistic development & adequate nutrition for pregnant women, mothers & children. The programme also targets to reduce the level of stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia and low birth rate.
K-Pop Group BTS won TIME 100 Reader Poll
South Korean pop group BTS has won the online reader’s poll for TIME ‘Person of the Year 2018’.South Korean President Moon Jae-in finished second with 5% votes, followed by former US President Barack Obama with 3% votes. The group won the Top Social Artist title at last year’s Billboard Music Awards and earned a spot on TIME’s list of the Most Influential People on the Internet in 2017.
HRD Ministry to launch Study In India portal
HRD Ministry will launch ‘Study in India’ portal that aims to target foreign students to be admitted in Indian institutes. It will enable students from 30 countries to apply for different courses from 150 Indian institutions. Study in India programme’s objective is to target foreign students by branding India as an attractive education destination.
Aditi Hydari to receive Dadasaheb Phalke Award
Aditi Rao Hydari will receive the Dada Saheb Phalke excellence award 2018 for the Best Leading Lady (Critics Award) for her memorable performance in ‘Bhoomi’.The film, Bhoomi also starred Sanjay Dutt and was about the protective father who saved his daughter from all the evils that surrounded her. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema.
India to grow at 7.4% in 2018
IMF in the latest World Economic Outlook has projected India to grow at 7.4% in 2018 & 7.8% in 2019.India in 2018 & 2019 would re-emerge as one of the fastest growing major economies. IMF said the implementation of GST will help reduce internal barriers to trade, increase efficiency & improve tax compliance.
Former US First Lady Barbara Bush died
Barbara Bush, the former US first lady and literacy campaigner, died at the age of 92.She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents – her husband George HW Bush and son George W Bush. As the first lady, from 1989 to 1993, she embraced the cause of universal literacy and founded a foundation for family literacy.
India ranked 10th in Innovation Index
India was ranked 10th on a new Commonwealth Innovation Index which was topped by UK, Singapore & Canada.The index has been created in partnership with United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation & its annual Global Innovation Index. It is aimed at providing a tool that allows member states, organisations & citizens to benchmark themselves against 53 countries of Commonwealth.
DARPAN-PLI App launched by Manoj Sinha
MoS for Communication, Manoj Sinha launched DARPAN-Postal Life Insurance App in New Delhi.The App will help in collection of premium for Postal & Rural postal life insurance policies at Branch Post offices anywhere in India, with online updation of policies. It will help Department of Posts in providing better after-sales service to customers, particularly those living in rural areas.

19-4-18
SpaceX launched NASA’s planet-hunting TESS
NASA has blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft ‘TESS’ that aims to scan 85% of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist.TESS is expected to reveal 20,000 planets beyond our solar system, including more than 50 Earth-sized planets & up to 500 planets less than twice the size of Earth. Tess will survey more cosmic terrain than its predecessor, Nasa’s Kepler Space Telescope.
India is world’s sixth largest economy: IMF
According to the database of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook for April 2018, India’s GDP clocked in at $2.6 trillion for 2017.India is now the world’s sixth largest economy, displacing France. The five economies ahead of India are the United States, China, Japan, Germany and United Kingdom. IMF expects India to grow at 7.4% in 2018 and 7.8% in 2019.
Madhya Pradesh: Most film Friendly state
Madhya Pradesh has been announced as the Most Film Friendly State for its efforts towards easing filming in the state.MP has offered excellent on ground support, filmic infrastructure, an informative website and incentives for filmmaking. The jury for selecting the Most Film Friendly State Award 2017 was chaired by acclaimed filmmaker Ramesh Sippy.
World Liver Day observed
World Liver Day is commemorated on 19th April every year to build awareness and understanding how important the liver is for our body.This year, the theme of World Liver Day 2018 is ‘Riding New Waves in Liver Diagnosis, Staging & Treatment’. According to WHO, liver diseases are the 10th most common cause of death in India.
Indian animation expert Bhimsain passed away
Indian animation pioneer and multiple National Award winner Bhimsain Khurana has passed away.It was his pioneering work in animation and films like Dooriyan (1979) and Gharaonda (1977) that came to define him. He is credited for the first Indian computer-generated animation series Lok Gatha (1992) that alone won him three national awards.
India and UK signed 10 agreements
India & UK have signed 10 agreements in several sectors including cyber-relationship, rejuvenation of Ganga & skill development.The two countries have agreed to an overarching cyber-relationship framework that enables development of a common & shared understanding of the international cyber activity. Both the nations also signed MoU on Skill Development, Vocational education and Training.
Naidu launched cashless health scheme
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has launched a health scheme of the Assam government that offers free medical care of up to 2 lakh rupees.The cashless scheme Atal Amrit Abhiyan offers free medical care of up to Rs. 2 lakh for every individual from Below and Above Poverty Line families. The scheme will cover 92% of Assam’s population with annual income below 5 lakh rupees.
Karan Johar to get a statue at Madame Tussauds
Karan Johar has become the first Indian filmmaker to have his wax statue at the Madame Tussauds museum in London.His wax figure will not just be launched in one city but will simultaneously head out on tour across Asia. Since his debut as a director in ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, Karan has managed a career that goes well beyond just filmmaking.
SA opened 1st movie theater in 35 yrs
Saudi Arabia has opened its first movie theater in 35 yrs, with “Black Panther” the first movie shown publicly in the kingdom in decades.Movie was shown at a new cinema theater built by AMC Entertainment in King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh.The kingdom banned cinemas in early 1980s under pressure from Islamists as Saudi society turned towards a particularly severe form of religion
Committee for higher defence management
To improve higher defence management, govt has constituted a committee headed by NSA Ajit Doval.Committee will prepare a draft national security strategy, work on defence diplomacy issues & improving defence manufacturing in India. It will have Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee, 3 service chiefs, secretaries of ministries of defence, expenditure & foreign affairs as its members.
Key Accord Against Cyber Attacks
Top 34 global technology & securities firms, led by Microsoft, have signed a “Cybersecurity Tech Accord” to defend people from malicious attacks by cybercriminals & nation-states.The accord is a public commitment among 34 global companies to improve the security, stability and resilience of cyberspace. The economic losses due to cyber attacks are expected to reach $8 trillion by 2022.
Dilip Chenoy new Secretary General of FICCI
Director General of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Dilip Chenoy, has been appointed as the Secretary General of the industry body.The decision came after incumbent Secretary General, Sanjaya Baru decided to step down from his position. A media advisor to former PM Manmohan Singh, Baru was appointed as the Secretary General of FICCI in September last year.
Taiwan to open trade office in India
A new office of Taiwan External Trade Development Council in India will be inaugurated in New Delhi next month.As Taiwan & India do not have diplomatic relationship, the trade office is expected to provide services to Indian & Taiwanese firms to expand business.The New Delhi office is TAITRA’s 4th such office in India, following establishment of 3 other offices in Mumbai, Chennai & Kolkata
India, US set up task force on natural gas
India &US have decided to set up a joint task force on natural gas that is aimed at increasing share of gas in India’s primary energy mix.Task force provides a team of US & Indian industry experts with a mandate to propose, develop, & convey innovative policy recommendations to Govt of India. The work of task force is expected to advance strategic & economic interests of both the countries
Amazon launched ‘Internet’
Amazon has launched an Android web browser app called ‘Internet’ for emerging markets.The browser doesn’t occupy much storage space on a user’s device & does not collect private data like other browsers. The app is only available to users in India for the time being & is supported on devices running Android 5.0 or higher
First rapper to win Pulitzer Prize for music
Kendrick Lamar has become the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.Lamar won the Pulitzer for his 2017 album “DAMN” & was also the first music winner in the history of the Pulitzers to come from outside of the world of classical or jazz. Lamar’s fusion of jazz, poetry and blues with social themes and love songs has made him one of the most innovative rappers of his generation.
Maharashtra now an open defecation-free state
Maharashtra has declared itself an open defecation free state, having provided access to toilets to all its residents.In October 2017, the state declared its urban areas as ODF and now, rural Maharashtra has followed suit. In a period of just 3.5 years, the state government provided toilets to 55% of the homes that did not have one.
SBI India’s most trusted bank
According to the TRA Brand Trust Report 2018, State Bank of India is the most trusted bank (both public and private sector) in the country.SBI topped the chart of BFSI super-category despite seeing a dip in its overall brand trust index rankings from 13th in 2017 to 21st this year. The leader among the private banks is ICICI Bank, rising nine ranks in overall ranking.
India to host GITC
India will host the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities this year, which is expected to be attended by people from 24 Asia-Pacific countries.India is hosting the event along with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of Korea. Event will be held in New Delhi from Nov 8 to 11. GITC is an annual event & has been held in Asia-Pacific countries like Korea & China in the past.
RBI imposed restrictions on City Co-operative
RBI has placed restrictions on business activities of City Co-operative Bank till such time as its financial position improves.Customers of the bank will not be allowed to withdraw more than Rs 1000 of the total balance held in their accounts. Bank will have to take prior approval from RBI before it can disburse loan, make any investment, borrow funds or accept new deposit.

20-4-18
The impeachment motion against CJI
Opposition parties led by Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad have submitted an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu.Around 60 opposition leaders signed the motion, while TMC and DMK MPs refrained from it. The move comes after CJI-led Supreme Court bench dismissed petitions seeking a probe into Judge BH Loya’s death.
New partnership announced between India-UK
The British government announced a new trade partnership between India-UK.India would be investing more than 1 billion pounds in UK which will aid in creating 5,750 British jobs. The new partnership was announced after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had talks with the British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Scientists in Spain create a new record
Researchers based out in Spain cramp down light to lesser than a nanometer,that is, a space of 1 atom.The team did so by squeezing plasmons into a gap between graphene and metal. This is the smallest confinement done till date. This work was performed in collaboration with MIT (USA) and University of Minho (Portugal).
Jim Bridenstine to be the new NASA chief
US Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump-nominated Representative Jim Bridenstine to serve as NASA’s 13th administrator.His confirmation following a vote in the Senate ends the longest span of time that NASA has operated without a permanent leader. Bridenstine, a pilot in US Navy Reserve currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee & Science, Space & Technology Committee.
India, Eritrea to sign MoU
To facilitate a structured dialogue for strengthening bilateral cooperation among themselves, India & Eritrea will sign a MoU on Foreign Office Consultations.India & Eritrea enjoy cordial relations in political, commercial, education and other areas. Over the years, India has provided Eritrea with capacity building assistance in legislative drafting, technical scholarships & food aid.
Yes Bank got RBI’s nod to open offices
Yes Bank has received the Reserve Bank of India’s approval to open two representative offices in London and Singapore.The opening of these new offices will help in further diversification and expansion of financial services to the NRI diaspora. Yes Bank opened its first representative office in Abu Dhabi in April 2015.
Syria returned prestigious Legion d’honneur
Syria has returned to France the prestigious Legion d’honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad.President Assad was decorated with the highest class of the award, the Grand Croix, in 2001 after he took power following the death of his father. France recently joined the US and Britain in bombing Syrian targets over an alleged chemical weapons attack.
Standard Chartered ties up with Zoho
Standard Chartered Bank has announced an alliance with Zoho to offer solutions to enhance corporate banking experience.Bank’s business account holders can now pay their suppliers & automate reconciliation right from Zoho Books. The collaboration with Zoho offers clients a revolutionary experience, enabling them to interact seamlessly, resulting in simpler reconciliation & faster payments.
Chhattisgarh to Distribute Free Smartphones
Chhattisgarh govt. will start distributing smartphones to over 50 lakh people for free from May under the Sanchar Kranti Yojana.Under the scheme, 40 lakh phones will be given to women heads of households in villages having population of more than 1,000. Smartphones will help to apprise people with the government’s welfare schemes and about the processes to avail benefits.
States to allow private licence for taxis
Centre has asked states to allow drivers to use private licence for driving taxis and light vehicles for commercial purposes.However, commercial driving licences would be required for trucks, buses, heavy commercial vehicles and other medium.Exemption from obtaining the endorsement for commercial vehicles would apply to motor cycles and light motor vehicles like taxis, e-rickshaw/e-cart.
SBI allows cash withdrawl at PoS Terminals
To beat the cash crunch, SBI is allowing debit cardholders withdraw money from its Point of Sale terminals without any charges.According to RBI, a customer can withdraw Rs 1,000 in tier 1 & 2 cities, whereas Rs 2,000 can be withdrawn in tier 3 to tier 6 cities per day per card. SBI has over 6 lakh PoS machines of which nearly 5 lakh machines are enabled to dispense cash to its customers.
Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting begins
The two-day 25th Commonwealth heads of Govt meeting began in London.The Summit focuses on peace, prosperity, security, trade and investment. Discussions on strengthening cooperation in the fight against global terrorism & cyber crime are expected. It is after 20 years that the UK is hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting. PM Narendra Modi is attending the summit for the first time.
Maruti Alto retained best selling PV model tag
Maruti Suzuki India’s entry-level hatchback Alto has retained its status as the best selling passenger vehicle in India in 2017-18The Alto retained its number one position by selling 258,539 units in 2017-18 as against 241,635 units in the previous financial year. Maruti continued its dominance with seven of its models featuring in the top ten list.
India to bid for 2026 Youth Olympics
Indian Olympic Association has decided to bid for 2026 Youth Olympics as well as the 2032 Summer Olympics.The bidding process for 2026 Youth Olympics is likely to start in early part of 2020. Besides India, Thailand has also expressed interest to host the 2026 Youth Olympics. IOC chief Thomas Bach, who is on a 2 day visit to India, said India has the capability to host big Olympic events.
Tata Sons appoints new Group Chief HR Officer
Tata Sons has appointed long-time group employee Nupur Mallick as its new Group Chief Human Resource Officer.Currently, Mallick is director, Human Resources for Tata Consultancy Services in the UK and Ireland. She will take over from S. Padmanabhan who will continue to be executive chairman of Tata Business Excellence Group and head, Sustainability Group.
Cuba gets its first non-Castro President
Cuba has selected First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba.Miguel is the first leader outside the Castro dynasty to lead the country since the 1959 revolution. Raul Castro will remain head of the Communist party, designated by the constitution as “the superior guiding force of society and the state”.
Delhi to host third annual 5G India Congress
The 3rd edition of the Annual 5G India Congress 2018 will be held on April 20 in New Delhi.5G Indian Congress 2018 will focus more on understanding and analysing current Network infrastructure and its developments, 5G market condition and requirements. The Indian Government has plans to roll out 5G by 2020. 5G will enable individuals, govts & companies to remain in sync in real time.
Spielberg becomes 1st director to gross $10b
Three-time Oscar winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has become the first director to gross more than $10 billion at the box office.Spielberg’s latest film ‘Ready Player One’ has helped him achieve this milestone. Spielberg is unlikely to lose the top spot any time soon as his closest rivals – Peter Jackson, Michael Bay and James Cameron all are currently around the $6 billion figure.
New draft coast regulation rules
Environment Ministry has framed new rules governing country’s coastline in which it has proposed expanding land area for development activities & tourism infrastructure.Draft proposes a No Development Zone of 20m to be stipulated for all islands close to main land coast. It also proposes temporary tourism facilities such as shacks, toilet blocks, change rooms, and others at beaches.
India: World’s 2nd largest unbanked population
According to World Bank, India has 19 crore adults without a bank account, making it the world’s 2nd largest unbanked population.India’s adult population with a bank account has more than doubled to 80% since 2011. Jan-Dhan Yojana has brought an additional 310 million Indians into formal banking system by March 2018. China has world’s largest unbanked population, followed by India & Pak.

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