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DAILY GK - APRIL 2016 -- 201 TO 250 -- BANKERSADDA.


201. Forbes Releases First Ever ‘Global Game Changers’ List, Three Indians Make the Cut
i. Forbes in its inaugural edition of Global Game Changers List launched this year has ranked some of the biggest names in business.

ii. This year list features 30 of the most powerful business leaders worldwide, chosen from Forbes Releases First Everfor-profit companies worth at least $1 billion, which have showed growth, innovation and global footprint.
iii. Topped by Mark Benioff of and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook (ranked 30).
iv. Three Indians have been featured in the list, they are Rahul Bhatia of InterGlobe Enterprises, Cyrus Poonawalla of Serum Institute of India, and Sunny Varkey of GEMS Education at 3, 23 and 26 positions respectively.
v. Rahul Bhatia (Ranked 3), The founder of the Inter Globe Enterprises, Bhatia has brought the discounted airline model to the developing world, extended it and made it profitable. Gurgaon based IndiGo’s no-frill airline is the largest and most profitable carrier in India.

202. T N Ninan gets Mumbai Press Club’s lifetime achievement award
i. The Mumbai Press Club on Friday selected T N Ninan, Chairman and Editorial Director of Business Standard, for this year's 'RedInk Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism'.

ii. The award will be presented to Ninan by the Governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao on April 26 in New Delhi.
iii. The Award recognises Ninan's extensive contribution to business journalism through good editorial leadership which he provided over the years to a host of publications, says a release issued here by the Mumbai Press Club.
iv. The 'RedInk Journalist of the Year' Award would be given to NDTV India's senior Executive Editor Ravish Kumar for his consistent and good reporting on politics and issues that concern the common man.
v. The RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism are given in 10 categories for meritorious work in TV, print and digital formats. The categories are Politics, Crime, Health & Wellness, Business, Environment, Human Rights, Photography, Science & Innovation, Entertainment & Lifestyle and Sports.

203. Konkani museum to be set up in Mangaluru
i. Mandd Sobhan, a Konkani cultural organisation, will set up a Konkani museum in Mangaluru.

ii. Addressing presspersons in Mangaluru on Monday, Eric Ozario, Gurkar (chief) of the organisation, said that this anthropological museum will showcase the unique, rich and diverse Konkani culture of the Konkani-speaking people from all regions, religions and dialects.
iii. He said the museum, which is estimated to cost around ₹30 crore, will be set up on an area of one acre at Shaktinagar area in Mangaluru.
iv. The Karnataka Budget for 2016-17 has allocated ₹2.5 crore for the project. The state government has assured to allocate another ₹2.5 crore in the next financial year, Ozario said.
v. The organisation will seek funding support from the Central government for the museum. In addition to this, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) will also be approached for the funding support, he said. Efforts will be made to complete the work on the building in three years. The Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, will lay the foundation stone for the project in Mangaluru on April 21, he said.

204. Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath retires from ODIs, T20Is
i. Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath has retired from 50-over and Twenty20 internationals in order to carry on playing test matches. 

ii. The 38-year-old took 74 wickets in 71 one-day internationals and another 18 in 17 T20 matches for the island nation, shouldered the burden of the slow bowling attack following the retirement of spin great Muttiah Muralitharan in 2011.
iii. Arguably the left-arm spinner’s best effort came at the 2014 World Twenty20, where he took five wickets for just three runs as Sri Lanka successfully defended a 120-run target in a must-win match against New Zealand en route to the title
iv. He has the record of best bowling figures in Tests by a left-arm spinner. 
v. In April 2016, Herath announced his retirement from One Day International and Twenty20 International cricket to focus on Test cricket.

205. Nico Rosberg wins Chinese GP for sixth straight Formula 1 victory 
i. Nico Rosberg claimed a dominant win in an action-packed Formula One Chinese Grand Prix to extend his championship lead over Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton, who battled up to seventh with some feisty driving after starting last.

ii. Rosberg crossed the line a mammoth 37.7 seconds ahead of German compatriot Sebastian Vettel, who recovered after colliding with his Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen at the first corner, to claim his third win from three races this season. 
iii. Daniil Kvyat finished third to score Red Bull their first podium finish since September's Singapore Grand Prix but the Russian had to defend himself after the race when an angry Vettel blamed him for the collision between the Ferraris.

206. Australia Won 2016 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup By Defeating India
i. Australia has won the 25th edition of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup by defeating India in the final held in Ipoh, Malaysia. 

ii. Australia notched up a thumping 4-0 victory over India. This was the 9th title for Australia at this tournament. The country has last won it in the year 2014.
iii. Apart from Australia, India has last won this tournament in the year 2010. That was the fifth title of India in which India was jointly declared winners with South Korea. 
iv. The Australian team took off though Craig's field goals in the 25th and 35th minutes. Gohdes made it 3-0 in the 43rd minute and scored the fourth in the 57th minute. The result meant Australia lifted the trophy with an all-win record.
v. The New Zealand team who was the winner of 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup has acquired the third place in the 25th edition of the tournament.

207. Maneka launches Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme in 61 more districts
i. The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme was launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 22nd January 2015 and has completed one year of implementation.

ii. On completion of its first year, the BBBP scheme is being expanded in additional 61 districts across 11 States/UTs with low Child Sex Ratio.
iii. The WCD Minister Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launch the Beti Bachao, Beti Padho scheme in additional 61 districts.
iv. This Scheme launched by the Ministry at a high level conference at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi to be attended by Principal Secretaries, Departments of WCD/Social Welfare, Education and Health, Deputy Commissioners/Collectors and District Magistrates from the new 61 BBBP Districts.
v. The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme is designed to address the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio and related issues of disempowerment of women through a life cycle continuum. Initially launched in select 100 districts (low on CSR), the key elements of the scheme include awareness and advocacy campaign, multi-sectoral action in select 100 districts (low on CSR) and effective enforcement of Pre-Conception & Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act.

208. India's Ad Growth Rate To Be The Fastest In 2016 : Report
i. According to agency Carat, India's 2016 advertising growth rate will be the fastest at 12%, which is ahead of global average of 4.5%. 

ii. The agency Carat is the part of the Dentsu Aegis Network. It urge the marketers of India to promote their goods and services, that is expected to propel the country’s advertising growth rate by a significant margin in 2016.
iii. It has also better India’s performance last year, when the advertising growth rate was 11%. 
iv. The report release by the agency says that India's ad growth rate will also be ahead of most other markets including the US (4.7 per cent), the UK (6.2 per cent), Russia (0.2 per cent), China (5.8 per cent), Japan (1.8 per cent), and Brazil (6.8 per cent).
v. The report also mentioned that the the size of advertising market in India is very small. It is around 50,000 crore only, which is very lower in terms of global. So, while a higher rate of growth is in part due to a small base, the agency stated that advisers in India are spending more on brand promotions as they seek to induce top recall in a competitive market. 

209. Inflation negative for 17th month; at —0.85% in March
i. Continuing the deflationary trend for 17th month, WPI inflation was at (—)0.85 per cent in March but may inch up gradually in the coming months on growing pressure on food and vegetable prices. 

ii. Wholesale Price Index-based inflation rate in March was marginally higher at (—)0.91 per cent in February. 
iii. In March last year, it was (—)2.33%.
iv. This is the 17th straight month since November 2014 when deflationary pressure persisted. Food inflation stood at 3.73 per cent in March compared with 3.35 per cent in February, showed official data. Inflation rate for vegetables came in at (—)2.26 per cent in March, while for cereals and pulses it was at 2.47 per cent and 34.45 per cent respectively.
v. India Ratings said that although prices of oil and manufactured items are expected to remain benign and keep the pressure on WPI inflation low, the same cannot be said about food inflation over the next few months despite the prediction of an above than normal monsoon.

210. PM Modi inaugurates superspeciality hospital in Katra
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in Katra belt of Reasi district.

ii. The 230-bed hospital has been set up by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board with an investment of about Rs 300 crore at Kakryal near Katra.
iii. At the inauguration, the Prime Minister was flanked by Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Union Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and Health Minister Bali Bhagat.
iv. The hospital has more than 20 different streams of medicine and surgery, including cardiology, cardio-thoracic surgery, neurology, neuro surgery, nephrology etc.
v. Among the many novel features of the hospital project is the provision for rain water harvesting, solar energy utilisation, incineration of waste material, generators for power backup, and two sewage treatment plants, shopping complex, parking facility and various other required ancillary services.

211. Maneka Gandhi to inaugurate conference of north-east states on child adoption
i. The Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi inaugurated the Regional Conference of North Eastern States on Child Adoption in Shillong, Meghalaya. 

ii. The Conference was organized by the Central Adoption Resource Authority(CARA) of the WCD Ministry. 
iii. Ministers In-charge of Social Welfare and Women & Child Development in the North Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura participated in the conference. 
iv. Smt Maneka Gandhi said that this reform process has culminated in the enactment of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. The new Act lays down timelines for the Child Welfare Committees and Adoption Agencies for various stages of adoption. 
v. The Act provides for mandatory registration of Childcare Institutions and linkage with CARA, so that each child becomes ‘adoptable’.

212. India, Afghanistan And Iran Finalize Draft Of Chabahar Trilateral Agreement
i. India, Afghanistan and Iran have finalized draft of the Chabahar Trilateral Agreement on Transport and Transit Corridors. 

ii. The agreement was finalized at the 2nd meeting of experts from the three counties in New Delhi. The agreement will be signed after completing necessary internal procedures in the three countries.
iii. This was a very tight matter for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s diplomacy as it involved two rival Islamic nations, both rich in energy resources. 
iv. The Agreement envisions trilateral cooperation for providing alternative access to seas to Afghanistan, inter alia for Afghanistan’s trade with India. 
v. When this agreement will come into force it will facilitate better regional connectivity including between India and connections to Afghanistan and Central Asia. It will enhance the utilization of the Chabahar port and will also contribute to economic growth of landlocked Afghanistan. 

213. India Sign MoU With Mauritius For Cooperation In Traditional Medicine And Homoeopathy 
i. India and Mauritius have signed an MoU on cooperation in the field of traditional system of medicine and Homoeopathy. 

ii. The MoU was signed during the recent visit of Minster of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health and Family Welfare Shripad Yesso Naik to Mauritius. 
iii. It also aims at promotion and popularization of the various Indian traditional systems which fall under AYUSH.
iv. The MoU will help to promote cooperation in the field of traditional system of health and medicine between the countries. 
v. It will also envisage the exchange of experts and supply of traditional medicinal substance because both the countries share a common culture with respect to the Ayurvedic system of medicine.

214. India To Purchase 145 M777 Howitzers For US$ 750 Million 
i. India is likely to buy 145 M777 Howitzers for $750 million to equip its Mountain Strike Corps. 

ii. The decision to buy ultra-light Howitzers produced by BAE Systems under the ‘Make In India’ program was discussed at a meeting on April 12 between Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and his US counterpart Ashton Carter.
iii. The artillery gun programme to equip the Mountain Strike Corps is being finalized as India and the US are in agreement on its “make in India” component. 
iv. The initial price notified by the US in 2012 was $694 million. The manufacturer has been seeking 10 per cent hike on the four-year-old price. The negotiation price is about $750 million. The tender will be for associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support. 
v. The Army intends to use the howitzers to modernize its forces and enhance its ability to operate in hazardous conditions. In India, the BAE Systems had tied up Mahindra as its business partner for its proposed in-country assembly, integration and test (AIT) facility for the M777 Howitzer.

215. Petroleum Minister Visit To Bangladesh
i. Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan is on a three day visit to Bangladesh from 17th to 19th of April, 2016. 

ii. The visit is to take stock of the ambitious agenda set for the India-Bangladesh Hydrocarbon Sector during the visit of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in June 2015.
iii. During the meeting with his counterpart, Shri Pradhan discussed issues on the bilateral Hydrocarbon Sector between the two countries. He also discussed modalities for sustainable supply of High Speed Diesel from Siliguri Marketing Terminal of Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) to Parbatipur Depot of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC). 
iv. He also included the setting up of LPG import terminal at Chittagong by IOCL and the Indo-Bangla Friendship Pipeline.
v. Today Mr. Pradhan will  travel to Chittagong for a day visit where he is scheduled to witness the award of contract by Eastern Refineries Ltd to Engineers India Ltd for its expansion of its refinery by 3 MMTPA.

216. Culture & Tourism Minister releases commemorative and circulation coin on Tatya Tope
i. Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma released a memorial Coin of Rs. 200/- and a Circulation Coin of Rs. 10/- on Tatya Tope on the occasion of his Martyr Day in New Delhi. 

ii. One of the most outstanding leaders of India’s First War of Independence, Tatya Tope was a patriot of the highest order. 
iii. He was captured by the British Forces on 07 April, 1859 and after a hurried trial for waging war against the East India Company, he was hanged to death on 18 April 1859 at Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh. 
iv. Ministry of Culture has been celebrating the 200th Birth Anniversary of Tatya Tope during 2015-16 in association with State Government of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh respectively. 
v. The Government of India is also considering creation of infrastructure in the memory of Tatya Tope by constructing a Memorial at Yeola, Nasik, Maharashtra and a War Museum at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in association with the respective State Governments. 

217. FICCI Ladies Org Plans To Set Up Centres In Gujarat
i. FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO) has planed to set up two Mahila Huts in Gujarat. 
ii. These centres will help in the upliftment of women belonging to all sections of the society through education and training.

iii. FLO is the women wing of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) which encourages and facilitate women to showcase their talents, skills, experiences and energies across sectors. 
iv. The organization Chairperson Roopa Patel said that the company plans to setup the 'Mahila Hut' at Vadodara and Ahmedabad in Gujarat. For the project the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has already agreed to give a plot to FLO for setting up a hut and the work will begin soon.
v. These huts will focus on empowering the girl-child and women at the grass-root level through education and training. The project will also provide the quality training programme for women in non-traditional jobs and support young women entrepreneurs through skill development.

218. PM’s awards for excellence in Public Administration On Civil Services Day function 
i. The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will confer PM’s awards for excellence in Public Administration to civil servants on April 21, 2016. 

ii. PM Awards for Excellence in Public Administration have been instituted with a view to acknowledge, recognize and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by officers of the Central and State Governments for the welfare of common citizen. 
iii. The Civil Services Day function will be organised at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on April 20- 21, 2016 by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. 
iv. A new category of Excellence in implementing a Priority Programme which includes Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY), Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), Swachh Vidyalaya and Soil Health Card Scheme has been added to the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration. 
v. A total of ten districts will be awarded the Prime Minister’s Awards this year under the four Priority Programmes. These awards will be given in three Groups, - the first group consists of eight North-Eastern States and the three Hill States of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The remaining 18 States constitute the second Group while the third Group comprises of the seven Union Territories. Eight awards will be given to the first and second Group under the four Priority Progammes and two awards will be given for Programmes - PMJDY and Swachh Vidyalaya for the third Group comprising seven Union Territories. 

219. President of India presents Hindi Sevi Samman Awards 
i. The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the Hindi Sevi Samman Awards for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 today (April 19, 2016) at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan in presence of Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Human Resource Development and other dignitaries.

ii. These Awards were instituted by Central Hindi Institute, Agra in 1989.  
iii. 14 scholars receive this award in seven different categories every year for their contribution in the field of Hindi language and literature.

220. 14th meeting of Foreign Ministers of Russia, India and China held in Moscow
i. The 14th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation, the Republic of India and the People's Republic of China was held on 18 April 2016 in Moscow, Russian Federation.

ii. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Union Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of India Sushma Swaraj, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China Wang Yi took part in the meeting.
iii. The Ministers discussed various aspects of trilateral cooperation on global and regional issues, the progress in strengthening the international legal framework underlying the modern world order, and the neutralisation of common challenges.
iv. The exchange of views confirmed the three countries’ identical or similar approaches to the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, including Syria, the prospects for promoting the Middle Eastern settlement, and the situation in Afghanistan and Ukraine.
v. They focused on stepping up efforts to combat international terrorism and the global drug threat. They also discussed on creating a new security and cooperation architecture in the Asia-Pacific region.

221. Novak And Serena Bag Top Honours At Laureus World Sports Awards
i. Tennis stars, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have walked away with their third 'Sportsman and sportswoman of the Year' Laureus World Sports Awards respectively.

ii. Both the players, who are the at the top of the Tennis rankings have won three Grand Slams last year.
iii. In the other categories, American golf star Jordan Spieth, who was also nominated in the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ category, won the ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ award. 
iv. Paralympic swimmer Daniel Dias of Brazil was given disabled sportsperson of the year award. He won the award for the third time while the New Zealand's Rugby World Cup-winning team, All Blacks was adjudged team of the year, with their captain Dan Carter bagging the comeback of the year award.
v. A special spirit of sport award was given posthumously to Johan Cruyff. He was given the award for helping to deliver sport-related projects for underprivileged children around the world. The Netherlands football legend died of cancer last month aged 68.

223. 2016 Pulitzer Prizes Announced 
i. The 2016 Pulitzer Prizes were announced on 18th April in the US. It is an award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. 

ii. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City.
iii. The prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. 
iv. In this award, twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a US $10,000 cash award and the one winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.
v. To see the list of some winners plz Click Here

224. India ranked at 133 on World Press Freedom Index
i. India ranks an abysmally low at 133 among 180 countries in the latest annual World Press Freedom Index which says Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems "indifferent" to the threats against journalists. 

ii. The 2016 'World Press Freedom Index' released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is led by Finland, which retained its top spot for the sixth consecutive year, followed by the Netherlands and Norway. 
iii. India jumped three spots from the 136th position it had in 2015. 
iv. Among India's neighbouring countries, Pakistan ranks 147, Sri Lanka (141), Afghanistan (120), Bangladesh (144), Nepal (105) and Bhutan (94). China is ranked 176. The United States is ranked 44th and Russia is placed at the 148th place. 
v. Among the lowest ranked countries were Syria, at 177th place out of 180, just above North Korea (179th) and last placed Eritrea. Published annually by RSF since 2002, the World Press Freedom Index is based on an evaluation of media freedom that measures pluralism, media independence, the quality of the legal framework and the safety of journalists in 180 countries.

225. MoU between India and Bhutan on Technical Cooperation 
i. The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Bhutan on technical cooperation in the field of capacity building, benchmarking and bilateral exchange in infrastructure engineering. 

ii. India and Bhutan have had a long standing diplomatic, economic and cultural relations with each other. The India-Bhutan friendship treaty signed in New Delhi in February, 2007 also strengthens the mutual relations. 
iii. The Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi made a state visit to Bhutan in June 2014. The visit reinforced the tradition of regular high level exchanges between the two countries. 
iv. During the Indian Prime Ministers' visit, the two sides agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation in areas relating to their national interest. 
v. The MoU is in furtherance of Article 2,7 and 8 of the India-Bhutan friendship treaty. The MoU will provide an Umbrella for educational, scientific & technical research and environment protection which are also stated aim of the India-Bhutan foundation established in August 2003. 

226. Cabinet Approves Signing The Paris Agreement
i. The Union Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has given its approval for the signing of the Paris Agreement adopted at the 21st Conference of Parties held at Paris in December last year. 

ii. The Paris Agreement recognizes the importance of sustainable lifestyles and sustainable patterns of consumption with developed countries taking the lead and notes the importance of 'climate justice’ in its preamble.
iii. The agreement will be signed by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr. Prakash Javadekar on behalf of India on 22nd of April 2016 at the high level signature ceremony convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. 
iv. The Paris Agreement on climate change is a milestone in global climate cooperation. It is meant to enhance the implementation of the Convention and recognizes the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities in the light of different national circumstances.
v. The objective of the Agreement further ensures that it is not mitigation-centric and includes other important elements such as adaptation, loss and damage, finance, technology, capacity building and transparency of action and support. 

227. Compat sets aside Rs 258-crore fine on Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet
i. The Competition Appellate Tribunal (Compat) stayed penalties totalling Rs 256 crore imposed by Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Jet Airways, IndiGo and SpiceJet for fuel surcharge collusion.

ii. The competition watchdog had in November last year imposed penalties to the tune of Rs 151 crore on Jet Airways, Rs 63 crore on IndiGo and Rs 42 crore on Spice Jet, finding the airlines guilty of colluding in fixing of fuel surcharge for cargo transportation. 
iii. The matter has been sent back to the CCI on technical grounds and COMPAT has given the airlines one more chance to defend themselves before the final order is passed.
iv. In its order, the CCI had said that conduct of these companies undermined economic development of the country and was detrimental to consumers' interest. 
v. The CCI had acted in a matter which was filed by Express Industry Council of India under the Competition Act against Jet Airways, InterGlobe Aviation, Spice Jet, Air India and Go Airlines alleging anti-competitive agreements.

228. Lanka to sign MoU with Japan, India for collaboration in science, technology
i. A Sri Lankan university will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan and India tomorrow on trilateral collaboration in science and technology.

ii. Sri Lanka's University of Sri Jayewardenepura will sign the MoU with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST) and Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI) of Japan and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of Ministry of Science and Technology, India, reports Lanka Page.
iii. The MoU will be signed by Dr Yoshihiro, OHMIYA, Director, Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI), Advanced Industrial Science (AIST) and Prof. Sampath Amarathunga, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
iv. The MoU signing ceremony will be followed by a half day symposium with the Japanese and Indian delegates, academics and local industrialists.
v. This initiative is the result of the long lasting academic collaborations of Prof. Ranil de Silva with Dr. Sunil Kaul, Chief Senior Research Scientist, AIST, which had paved the way towards the advancement in science and technology between Japan, India and Sri Lanka

229. RBL becomes first private sector bank to open dedicated branch for startups
i. The RBL Bank (formerly Ratnakar Bank) became the first private sector bank in India to open dedicated branch for startups. 

ii. The dedicated branch was inaugurated at Koramangala, Bengaluru by Nandan Nilekani, noted entrepreneur and former chairman of UIDAI.
iii. The first exclusive bank branch for start-ups will offer a bouquet of banking products to service the end-to-end needs of the emerging entrepreneurial eco-system. 
iv. The branch will assist entrepreneurs in setting up new enterprises or companies. It will offer them host of banking products including, foreign exchange services, remittances and cash management. 
v. The Branch will also provide a range of value added services including legal and tax formalities, registration etc. through its affiliates and partners. 

230. Panasonic, US-based AES to install energy storage project in Haryana
i. Panasonic India and AES India Private Limited has announced an agreement to construct a 10 MW energy storage array at Panasonic's Technopark manufacturing facility in Jhajjar, Haryana.

ii. This joint project is the first large-scale battery-based energy storage project in India.
iii. The storage will provide daily reliability and back-up to the manufacturing facility, while demonstrating grid stability and renewable integration services in the region.
iv. The project combines Panasonic’s capabilities as India’s leading lithium-ion battery supplier with AES Energy Storage’s Advancion® platform.
v. While AES operates 116 MW of energy storage projects around the globe, this project signifies AES’ entry into the commercial and industrial energy storage market.

231. Affordable plotted housing policy notified in Haryana
i. The Haryana Government has notified its Affordable Plotted Housing Policy 2016 for low and medium potential towns under the Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojna. 

ii. This policy will enable the creation of additional affordable housing stock in the low and medium potential towns of the state. All projects are being required to be completed within seven years from the date of granting the license.
iii. The Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojna aims at developing 'high density plotted colonies' in low and medium potential towns where small plots are made available through a liberal policy framework. 
iv. The policy mandates 30 % of the net planned area under the residential zone, inclusive of 20 % area limit for group housing projects, can be allowed for projects. 
v. The minimum and maximum net planned area for such projects would be five acres and 15 acres respectively. The maximum permissible area of a plot shall be 150 sq metres.

232. BCCI appoints Rahul Johri as its CEO
i. Board of Control for Cricket in India - BCCI today appointed Rahul Johri as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 

ii. Mr. Rahul Johri, was last serving as Discovery Networks - Asia Pacific's Executive Vice-President and General Manager for South Asia. He will take on his new role starting from 1st of June.
iii. The creation of the post of the CEO was a change recommended by the three-member Lodha panel in its report in January this year. iv. The panel had stressed the need for the BCCI to separate its governance and management duties, with the CEO taking charge of the management side.
v. Commenting on the appointment, BCCI President Shashank Manohar, said, Mr. Johri's vision, guidance and support will contribute towards the successful working of the BCCI. Meanwhile, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur also said, Mr. Johri's appointment would help strengthen the working of the board.

234. Barack Obama nominates Indian-American Geeta Pasi as US envoy to ChadUS President
i. Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American Geeta Pasi as the country’s next envoy to central African nation Chad.

ii. Ms. Pasi, who served as the United States Ambassador to Djibouti from 2011 to 2014, is a career member of the Foreign Service. 
iii. She is at present the Director of the Office of Career Development and Assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State.
iv. She had joined the US Foreign Service in 1988. Since then she has served at various posts in Cameroon, Ghana, India and Romania.
v. Announcement for Pasi's nomination as the next US envoy to the central African nation of Chad came along with several other appointments to key administration post.

235. William Bill Campbell, Silicon Valley Coach And Mentor Has Passed Away
i. The Silicon Valley coach and mentor William Bill Campbell has passed away. He was 75 year old and was suffering from cancer. 

ii. He was a legendary mentor to some of Silicon Valley’s most important entrepreneurs and executives including Steve Jobs and Larry Page.
iii. Mr. William, who had served as President, Chief Executive and Chairman of Financial software maker Intuit better known for his advising and tech leader quality. That activity earned him the nickname, “The Coach.” 
iv. The list of executives who worked with Campbell includes former EBay CEO John Donahoe, ex-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Google parent Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and many of the tech world's leading venture capitalists.
v. Mr. William initially joined the Columbia University in 1974 as a football head coach. Than after that he had joined The Apple company in 1983 as a marketing executive and was appointed to the Apple board in 1997. Than later he joined Intuit and served it until January 2016 as its chairman.

236. Renowned Hollywood Actress Doris Roberts Has Passed Away 
i. The five time Emmy award winning actress Doris Roberts has passed away. She was 90 year old. 

ii. She was renowned for playing meddling mother Marie Barone in US sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.
iii. Doris was born on 4th November 1925 in St. Louis, and grew up in New York, Us. She picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere“, making for a total of five wins overall.
iv. She was nominated for 11 Emmy awards including 7 for playing Marie Barone in Raymond, winning 4 for her work for that series from 1996 to 2005. 
v. In May 2005, Roberts received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the University of South Carolina. She was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 7, 2011. She was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 2003.

237. President Mukherjee inaugurates second edition of `Global Exhibition on Services' in Greater Noida 
i. The second edition of 'Global Exhibition on Services' was inaugurated in UP's Greater Noida at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida by President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

ii. Inaugurating the event, Mukherjee observed that services-sector had emerged today as an agent of change for the country and it was driving the Indian economy in an inclusive and equitable manner.
iii. According to him, services-sector is the 'sector of the current millennium' with its focus on generating employment, skill development, bringing in FDI, enhancing trade and boosting strategic partnerships.
iv. He lauded the expo as a much-needed forum to give global visibility to the need to encourage trade in services. 
v. The sector with its wide outreach can surpass geographical boundaries and unite nations through the common thread of offering skills and capabilities, he stated in a release.

238. Prime Minister confers awards for excellence in implementation of priority programmes 
i. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi conferred awards for excellence in implementation of priority programmes on the occasion of 10th Civil Services Day today.

ii. For the priority programme Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJSY), Nagaon, Assam was awarded in North East and Hill States category, Chandigarh in UTs and North 24 Parganas, West Bengal in Other States group. 
iii. Under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), West Sikkim and Bikaner, Rajasthan were awarded in North East & Hill states and Other States category respectively. 
iv. The Prime Minister congratulated the awardees for their successful initiatives and said that their success could prove inspirational for other civil servants. The Prime Minister noted that 74 success stories were shortlisted for consideration for awards this year, which represents a substantial jump over previous years. 
v. On the occasion, the Prime Minister also released two books namely: The Change Makers and Transforming India.

239. First Meeting of All India Handloom Board held
i. The first meeting of the recently constituted All India Handloom Board was held in New Delhi. 

ii. The Chairman and Union Textiles Minister, Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar gave an overview of the various initiatives being taken by the Government for the development of the sector.
iii. The Minister said on the occasion that they all are working with a vision to increase the wages of skilled handloom weavers to the level of Rs. 500/- per day.  
iv. He also stated that their major interventions will be to cover five lakh weavers in MUDRA Scheme in next three years and also to take up 300 more block level clusters for development.  
v. As per the officials, The Ministry are also aiming to enhance handloom exports from about Rs. 2,500 crore to Rs. 4,500 crore in next three years.

240. The Three day Curtain Raiser International Yoga Fest inaugurated by Shri Shripad Yesso Naik 
i. As per the Ayush Minister, National level event for celebration of International Yoga Day this year proposed to be held at Chandigarh. 

ii. The three day International Yoga Fest: A Curtain Raiser for International Day of Yoga-2016 was inaugurated by the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in New Delhi today. 
iii. The Yoga Festival has been organized by the Ministry of AYUSH to sensitize the masses regarding the celebration of International Day of Yoga. 
iv. Addressing the participants, Shri Shripad Naik said that Yoga is the greatest gift of this country to the entire mankind. Probably that is the reason why as many as 177 out of 193 UN Member States supported the idea of declaring 21st June as the International Day of Yoga , the Minister added. 
v. Dr. H. Nagendra, Chancellor, S-VYASA University, Bangalore and Chairperson of the Committee of Yoga Experts for International Yoga Day, highlighted the activities being planned for a grand celebration of the International Yoga Day and the efforts to introduce Yoga among youth and children with the help of Human Resource Development Ministry. 

241. HC revoked President's Rule in Uttarakhand
i. The Uttarakhand high court on revoke the imposition of President’ rule in the state and revived the Congress government headed by Harish Rawat, who has been asked to prove his majority on 29 April.
ii. Coming down heavily on the Centre for the 27 March proclamation under Article 356, a division bench of the high court headed by chief justice K.M. Joseph said the imposition of the President’s rule was contrary to the law laid down by the Supreme Court.
iii. Upholding the disqualification of nine  agitator Congress MLAs, the court said they have to pay the price of committing the “Constitutional sin” of defection by being disqualified. 
iv. The court said the fate of the rebel Congress MLAs was entirely irrelevant and extraneous to the imposition of President’s rule. 
v. Ordering restoration of the Rawat government, the court ordered the ousted chief minister to prove his government’s majority on the floor of the Assembly on 29 April.

242. IMF, WB, UN And OECD Form New Group To Stop Tax Erosion
i. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank has stated that they are going to join forces with other international organizations to cooperate on tax issues and develop new tools and standards to halt tax base erosion and evasion. 

ii. This new group will also include the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
iii. The new group will particularly focus on building effective tax systems in developing countries and avoid tax base erosion. 
iv. The decision was announced after the release of 'Panama Papers', which highlighted the widespread use of tax haven countries by wealthy individuals to avoid taxes. 
v. The group will help emerging marketing countries to develop policies for the "informal" sectors of their economies that operate in cash transactions outside the tax system. It also aims to provide "toolkits" to help developing countries implement measures developed under a previous G20/OECD tax effort, known as the "Base Erosion and Profit Shifting" project.

243. Accenture launches cyber centre in Bengaluru
i. Global professional services company Accenture on Thursday said it opened a cyber centre here to expand its global security presence and help organisations tackle complex security challenges.
ii. The new centre will be a hub for continuous, collaborative innovation, melding the combined brainpower of the clients.
iii. The state-of-the-art facility brings together interdisciplinary capabilities of innovation, incubation and development of new solutions along with managed delivery of cyber defence services.
iv. The cyber centre is the largest cybersecurity facility in the Accenture Global Delivery Network, which includes more than 50 facilities," it said, adding Accenture has grown its security presence in India for nearly five years and it is now one of the company's largest geographies globally.
v. Along with the cyber centre, Accenture has also launched its new cloud based security solution Cyber Defence Platform to deliver advanced threat detection, correlation, search and incident management capabilities.

244. ICC and Emirates Airline renewed deal for additional seven years
i. The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Emirates Airline on 19 April 2016 renewed their deal for an additional seven years. 

ii. With this, Emirates Airlines became the Global Partner for all ICC events from 2016-2023.
iii. The ICC and the Emirates relationship date back to 2002, when the award-winning airline came on board as a sponsor of the ICC. The partnership was strengthened with Emirates becoming the ICC’s official partner for the 2007-2015 events cycle.
iv. This new deal is an extension and expansion of previous partnership as Emirates will continue its sponsorship of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Match Referees. The Fly Emirates logo will be displayed prominently on the umpires’ clothing when they are officiating at all international cricket matches.
v. In the current cycle, the partnership promises to reach greater heights, as the ICC will stage an ICC World Twenty20 tournament in 2020, two ICC Champions Trophy and two ICC Cricket World Cups.

245. JK Tyres Acquired Cavendish Industries For Rs 2200 Crore
i. The leading Indian tyre manufactures JK Tyre has announced that it had completed the acquisition of tyre, tube and flap maker Cavendish Industries at an enterprise value of Rs.2,200 crore. 
ii. It is a unit of Kesoram Industries Ltd and Kesoram Industries is a B.K. Birla Group company.
iii. The Cavendish industries is located in Laksar near to Haridwar in Uttarakhand. 
iv. The deal will add a capacity to produce 10 million tyres a year. The agreement will also enable JK’s entry into the fast-growing two-wheeler and three-wheeler tyre market and will also boost its capacity to produce truck and bus radials.
v. The JK Tyre will fund the deal through a mix of internal accruals and debt raised by JK Group associates, such as Bengal & Assam Co. Ltd (the holding company) and Valiant Pacific LLC, a trading firm. JK Tyre will hold a 64 % stake in Cavendish, while the rest will be held by Bengal & Assam and Valiant.

246. Communist Laos appoints new President, Prime Minister
i. The National Assembly of Laos elected the chief of the ruling Communist Party, Bounnhang Vorachit, as president in a transition of power necessitated by the completion of the maximum permissible 10 years in office by outgoing president Choummaly Sayasone.

ii. Foreign minister Thongloun Sisoulith was elected prime minister. 
iii. Phankham Viphavanh was appointed vice president, along with three deputy prime ministers: Bounthong Chitmany, Sonexay Siphandone and Somdy Douangdy. 
iv. All were elected with two-thirds majorities by the National Assembly to serve a five-year term in office. 
v. Landlocked Laos has been exclusively ruled by the Communist Party since the end of the Vietnam War in 1973 and mirrors the communist government in Vietnam. 

247. Zee Media Corp Group CEO Bhaskar Das quits
i. Zee Media Corporation today said its Group CEO - News Cluster Bhaskar Das has quit following his transfer to another Essel Group entity. 
ii. Bhaskar Das, Group CEO - News Cluster of the company has been transferred to another entity forming part of Essel Group.
iii. He resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the company with effect from April 20, 2016. 
iv. Das, who was president of media group Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd (BCCL), had joined Subhash Chandra-led Essel Group as chief executive officer (CEO) in 2012. He was given the responsibility of driving the group's news business, including the digital properties. 
v. Zee Media Corporation is one of the largest news networks in the country with 10 news channels in six different languages, Mumbai edition of DNA newspaper and digital properties like zeenews.Com and dnaindia.Com.

248. Centre appoints Rubber Board chief
i. Senior IAS officer A Ajith Kumar appointed as Kerala-based Rubber Board's chairman, a post lying vacant for over a year and a half. 

ii. The appointment comes less than a month ahead of Assembly polls due in the southern state on May 16.
iii. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved the appointment of Kumar,a 1994 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre, to the post of chairman, Rubber Board, Kottayam, an order issued by Department of personnel and Training. 
iv. He has been appointed for a period up to May 31, 2018, which is the date of his superannuation.
v. The post has been lying vacant since August 2014. 

249. Indian diplomat Amitav Banerji honoured by Cyprus
i. Amitav Banerji, an Indian diplomat in the UK has been conferred with one of the highest awards of Cyprus for his work in a number of senior roles within the Commonwealth Secretariat for over two decades.

ii. Banerji, 63, was presented with his Commander of the Order of Merit at a ceremony at the Cyprus High Commission.
iii. Born in 1953, Banerji graduated from Georgetown University and went on to do his Masters from the Delhi School of Economics.
iv. He joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1975 and served in different capacities for 15 years, including postings to Pakistan, Spain and Malaysia. 
v. From August 1990 to May 2015, he served in a series of roles at the Commonwealth Secretariat including Head of the Secretary General’s Office and towards the last six years as Political Director.

250. Goa Appoints Justice P.K. Mishra As Lokayukta
i. Retired Justice P K Mishra would be most probably the Lokayukta for Goa.Goa government has recommended his name to Governor Mridula Sinha.

ii. According to the Chief Minister of Goa that in Lokayukta Act, the Governor is the final authority to appoint the Lokayukta on the advice tendered by the Chief Minister, in consultation with the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court and the Leader of the Opposition. 
iii. In October 2013, the first Goa Lokayukta, Justice (retd) B Sudarshan Reddy, had quit from his post citing personal reasons. He had assumed charge in March 2013.   
iv. His resignation left investigations of 21 cases, including the crucial illegal mining scam and the recruitment's in government department, pending before the ombudsman in the State.
v. Since then, government was dilly dallying over the appointment of his successor, claiming that no retired judge was available. And Justice Mishra, former chief justice of Patna high court, has served the state as the chairman of Goa Human Rights Commission. 

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