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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Ganga Cleanliness Pledge Day to be observed on May 2

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) will observe 'Ganga Cleanliness Pledge Day' on 02nd May 2017 at various places in the river's basin states to spread awareness and ensure public participation in the programme. The events will be organized in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Hardoi, Bithoor and Vidhur Kuti; Uttarakhand's Srinagar and Devprayag; Patna and Bhagalpur in Bihar; Sahibganj (Jharkhand) and Kolkata (West Bengal).

Former minister Ashwani Kumar to get Japan Imperial Decoration

Former Union minister Ashwani Kumar has been selected by Japan for this year's Spring Imperial Decorations, for his contribution to the strengthening of bilateral ties and promotion of friendship between the two countries. The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, the highest category of decorations among the Orders of the Rising Sun, is conferred in recognition of distinguished accomplishments of individuals.

India to give Rs 35 cr to Bangladesh under 'Muktijodha scholarship' scheme

India will give Rs 35 crore to children of freedom fighters in Bangladesh in the next five years under the new 'Muktijodha scholarship' scheme. India initiated the Muktijodha Scholarship Scheme in 2006 for descendants of the 1971 Freedom Fighters. Until now, more than 10,000 scholarships worth Tk150 million have been disbursed.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Jehan Daruvala becomes 1st Indian to take pole in FIA F3 European Championship

Jehan Daruvala, in his rookie season at the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, is already making waves. The 18-year-old product of Force India Academy, became the first Indian to take pole in the F3 European series, securing the top spot on the starting grid for Race 1 of the second round of the championship in Monza, Italy. However, he was unable to translate that into a race victory, and finished the hard-fought race in second place, behind his Carlin Racing teammate Lando Norris of the UK.

Indian Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik wins gold medal in Moscow competition

Internationally renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik from Odisha won the jury prize gold medal at the 10th Moscow Sand art Championship.

Kerala organises first ever transgender athletic meet

Kerala has organized the country's first transgender one-day athletic meet at Thiruvananthapuram in which 132 participants from 12 districts participated. Kerala Sports Minister A. C. Moideen has inaugurated the event at the Central Stadium. Member of Parliament A Sampath and Member Legislative Assembly V S Sivakumar were also present during the inaugural function.

India's 1st book village to come up in Maharashtra

A village in Maharashtra famous for its strawberries is soon going offer more - rare Marathi books and magazines. From May 4, Bhilar will become India’s first ‘book village’ where tourists and locals can come and read books, magazines, newspapers stacked at 25 premises. Near the popular the British-era hill station of Mahabaleshwar, Bhilar already attracts a large number of tourists, who come to taste the locally produced strawberries.

Govt launches Test & Treat policy for HIV patients

Union Health Minister JP Nadda has launched the Test and Treat policy for providing treatment to patients suffering from Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Launching the policy at a function in New Delhi, Mr. Nadda stated, under it, the government will provide Anti- Retroviral Therapy (ART) treatment to the patients free of cost. It is a centrally sponsored scheme and people suffering from HIV will benefit from it. Under the scheme, a person detected HIV positive will be provided ART treatment. 

Friday, 28 April 2017

Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme passes away

American Director Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director behind classics like The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, died in New York.

India wins 6 medals in 2nd leg of Asian Grand Prix Atheletics Meet

India won six medals in the second leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet in Jiaxing, China. This included the gold medal bagged by Neena Varakil in women’s long jump. Neena produced the best jump of 6.37 meters in the sixth and final round.

India and Cyprus sign 4 agreements

India and Cyprus have signed four agreements after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

Bhubaneswar becomes 1st Indian city to win Pierre L’enfant Awards-2017

Odisha’s capital city, Bhubaneswar has become, the first Indian city that has won Pierre L’enfant Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards-2017. This award is instituted by the American Planning Association.

Indian cultural center in Egypt holds seminar to deepen ties

Indian cultural center in Egypt, serving as India's window to reach out to Egyptians, has organized a seminar aimed at maintaining and strengthening bilateral relations.

T Krishnakumar is Coca-Cola India’s new chief

Beverage major Coca-Cola Company announced key leadership changes for its India & South West Asia business and Hindustan Coca-Cola Bottling (HCCB) operations.

Important facts related to Electronic Voting Machine (EVM)

In a huge political upheaval in the country, EVMs were the only things blamed for the defeat. Every party, except the winners, have raised a lot of questions on the sanctity of these machines. Lots of Accusations have been made recently on EVM tampering including elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. EVMs play a vital role in the fate of a candidate and also voters who cast their vote with the hope that it will bring the change that they seek in the country. So it becomes important to retain the faith of voters in the voting system of the country. Though the Election Commission of India has ensured the citizen of India that EVMs are tamper-proof and cent percent reliable. So due to the news on EVMs popping out everyday from everywhere including political parties and the Parliament of India, EVMs might become a hot topic for descriptive papers in NICL AO, Bank Of Baroda PO, SBI PO, Dena Bank PO and other government examinations. So, here are some important facts related to the EVMs that may come handy while writing an Essay on EVMs or who knows, they may ask it on General Awareness section as well.

ISRO Develops "Solar Calculator" Android App

An android App 'Solar Calculator' for the computation of solar energy potential has been developed by Space Applications Centre (SAC), ISRO, Ahmedabad at the behest of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India.

Haryana's Ballabhgarh renamed as Balramgarh

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced the renaming of Ballabgarh town in Faridabad as Balramgarh.

AIIMS becomes India's first public hospital for eye tumors

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is India's first public hospital to start plaque brachytherapy facility for the treatment of eye tumors.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Nita Ambani made member of IOC’s Olympic Channel Commission

India’s first woman International Olympic Committee member Nita Ambani has made it to two important commissions of the global sports governing body, including the prestigious Olympic channel.

India successfully test-fires Agni-III ballistic missile

India successfully carried out a fresh user trial of 3,000-kilometer range Agni-III ballistic missile from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.

YES BANK awarded Golden Peacock Award 2017

India’s fifth largest private sector Bank, the YES BANK has won the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock Innovative Product/Service Award 2017’ (in Financial sector Banking).

Veteran Actor Vinod Khanna passes away at 70

Veteran actor Vinod Khanna passed away in Mumbai. He was battling with cancer for many years. He was an active politician, and Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur, Punjab.

e-SOT and e-PRAN card launched for Atal Pension Yojana subscribers

With a view to digitally empower the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers and improve the quality of service, the facility of online viewing of the statement of the transaction (e-SOT) and also the e- Permanent Retirement Account Number (e-PRAN card) have been launched.

Srishti Kaur crowned Miss Teen Universe 2017

Srishti Kaur was crowned Miss Teen Universe 2017 after beating 25 contestants from around the world at the annual beauty pageant. The event was held in Managua, the capital of Central American country Nicaragua.

Centre Takes 10 New Swachh Iconic Places under Swachh Bharat Mission Phase II

The 2nd quarterly review meeting on the Swachh Iconic Places (SIP), an initiative of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation under Swachh Bharat Mission, was held recently at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, in Katra, Jammu & Kashmir.

NASA launches super balloon from New Zealand

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand. The mission is designed to run 100 or more days floating at 110,000 feet (33.5 km) about the globe in the southern hemisphere's mid-latitude band.

India to host 18th World Road Meeting

India is set to host the 18th World Road Meeting (WRM 2017) on November 13, 2017 as per the International Road Federation (IRF). The WRM is the biggest global platform for road engineers, safety and transport experts and companies engaged in road safety products.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

India, Armenia sign 3 agreements

India and Armenia have signed three agreements after Vice President Hamid Ansari held a bilateral meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan in Yerevan, Armenia.

Belgium, first to open honorary consulate in GIFT City, Gujarat

Belgium has become the first country to open an honorary consulate office in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City). Besides the Belgian Embassy in New Delhi, two Consulates-General in Mumbai and Chennai, and an honorary consulate in Kolkata, Belgium has expanded its diplomatic representation in India with this new office in Gandhinagar.

India and Sri Lanka sign MoU on economic co-operation

India and Sri Lanka have signed an MoU on economic co-operation.

Youngest Indian chancellor bags Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Foundation award

The youngest chancellor of any university in the nation, Dileep K Nair has bagged Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Foundation award for excellent performance in the field of education in Trivendurum, Kerala.

Northeast India's largest IT hub opens in Tripura

Northeast India's largest Information Technology (IT) hub was inaugurated at Agartala to boost employment and e-governance besides to export software technology. The Hub was set up at a cost of Rs. 50 crore. The Chief Minister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar inaugurated the IT hub.

Yes Bank ties up with

Private sector lender Yes Bank announced the alliance with under which the bank will offer conditionally approved loans to the latter’s existing customers.

World Intellectual Property Day – 26 April

Every April 26, World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

White House names Randolph Ailes as new Director of Secret Service

The White House has named a retired Marine major general Randolph Ailes as the new Director of the Secret Service. Ailes was in the Marine Corps for 35 years.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

India, France carry out joint naval exercise 'Varuna'

The Indian Navy has begun a joint maritime exercise with the French Navy at the Mediterranean Sea to further deepen combat coordination between the two navies.

India’s first sea ropeway to link Mumbai and Elephanta island

India’s first and longest ropeway to connect Mumbai with the famous Elephanta Island in the Arabian Sea is planned to be constructed by the Mumbai Port Trust, according to the official report.

India replaces Japan as no. 2 LPG importer

India has replaced Japan as world's number two importer of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).  The result is an outcome of the rigorous effort of Nation's call for a 'safer kitchen'.

SBI, CREDAI ink MoU for concessional loan for housing projects

State Bank of India and real estate developers’ body CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly conduct various initiatives towards development of the realty sector. The MoU will be in force for a period of 3 years.

Veteran actor Kasinathuni Viswanath wins Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2016

Renowned Director and actor Kasinathuni Viswanath has won the Dadasaheb Phalke award for the year 2016 for his outstanding contribution to the film industry. He will be the 48th recipient of the award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema, which consists of a golden lotus, a cash prize of Rs10 lakh and a shawl.

India becomes world's fifth largest military spender

India's military expenditure grew around 8.5 percent in 2016, making it the world's fifth largest spender at $55.9 billion, figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Top environmental activist Prafulla Samantara selected for Goldman Environmental Prize from Asia region

Top environmental activist Prafulla Samantara of Odisha has been selected for Goldman Environmental Prize 2017 (also called as Green Nobel) from Asia region for championing the cause of State’s Dongria Kondh tribals and safeguarding their land and culture.

Indian shot putter Manpreet Kaur bags Gold at Asian Grand Prix Meet in China

Indian shot putter Manpreet Kaur has clinched a gold in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet in Jinhua, China.

World Malaria Day: 25 April

World Malaria Day is observed globally on 25th of April every year. It is organized by World Health Organization (WHO).

Monday, 24 April 2017

Maharashtra govt signs MoU with Railways to expand green cover

In a bid to expand the green cover, the Maharashtra government recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Railways, under which trees will be planted on the land adjacent to the railway tracks in the state.

China, Iran sign first agreement on reconfiguration of Arak reactor

China and Iran have signed the first agreement on the reconfiguration of Iran's Arak reactor. The deal was concluded between the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and a Chinese company at the official ceremony in the Austrian capital Vienna.

Moushumi Chatterjee gets BFJA lifetime achievement award

Veteran actress Moushumi Chatterjee has received the lifetime achievement award, at the 80th Bengal Film Journalists' Association (BFJA) awards.

Haryana launches mobile app 'Kilkari' to create awareness among pregnant women

The National Health Mission (NHM) in Haryana launched a mobile-based application named 'Kilkari' to create awareness among pregnant women, parents and health workers on the importance of ante and post natal care, institutional delivery, and immunization.

Aditi Ashok, SSP Chawrasia win Golf Industry Awards

SSP Chawrasia and Aditi Ashok were among the winners at the second Golf Industry Association (GIA) Awards 2017Aditi, who finished second in the Ladies European Tour (LET) order of merit in 2016 with the help of two victories, bagged Outstanding Achievement as a Player award.

Cricket removed from 2018 Asian Games programme

One of the sports to miss out from the programme list of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang is cricket.