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ALL CURRENT AFFAIRS 17 APRIL TO 30 APRIL 2018

17 APRIL

1.World Bank Fillip for natural resources of Meghalaya.
Signed a $48million loan agreement for revitalising natural resources in Meghalaya.
2.WPI Inflation eases to 2.47% in March.
Reason-falling prices of food items, especially vegetables and pulses.
3.Srinivasan Venkatkrishnan is the new CEO of Vedanta Resources.
4.Online fashion retailer Myntra acquired tech start-up “Witworks” , inducted the team into its innovation lab.
5.Actor Dharmendra and filmmaker Raj Kumar Hirani to be honoured with the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award.
6.India is going to host its second India Mobile Congress (IMC) between October 25-27 at the national capital.

18 April

1)IIT Madras to map Golconda’s Bagh-e-Naya Qila in Telangana.
ASI will be using Ground Penetrating Radar to map the area.
2)Panic button on phones set for another round of trial in UP in May.
3)India, Sweden agree upon ‘win-win’ joint action plan.
Initiative in defence, trade, smart cities, space and science, etc.
4)China to scrap ownership limits on foreign carmakers by 2022.
5)Higher growth rate of India:IMF
7.4%=2018, 7.8%=2019

6) Public Service Pulitzer goes to New York Times, New Yorker.
Awarded for their revelations of sexual harassment and abuse, in the spheres of Hollywood, politics and media.
7)UK becomes 62nd country to join International Solar Alliance (ISA).
8)18 year old Sampanna Ramesh Shelar became the first person to double cross Bangla Channel.
9)World Bank forecasted growth rate in India.
2018=7.3% 2019=7.5%
10)HDFC, India’s most valuable bank.
2nd=Kotak Mahindra

19th April

1) Chetan Bhagat seals deal with Amazon- Westland, Amazon owned Publishing Firm for 5 books.
2)Miguel Diaz-Canel new Cuban President.
Island’s first non-Castro leader since 1959 revolution.
3)Bihar, NE States new teams included in the Ranji Trophy.
4)TIME 100 Online Readers Poll 2018
South Korean pop group BTS=Person of the Year.
5)POSHAN Abhiyaan, first meeting held in New Delhi.
PM’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition, launched by PM in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan in March 2018.

20th April

1) Vehicle to come with high security plates Jan 1, 2019 onwards.
Vehicles fitted with tamper-proof High Security Registration Plates (HSRP)
2)NSA to head new defence panel named Defence Planning Committee.
3)Indians in the Time’s List of influential people (Top 100)
Deepika Padukone, Virat Kohli, Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal and India-born CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella.
4)India displaced France to become World’s sixth largest Economy: IMF
7)Karan Johan, first Indian filmmaker to have his wax statue at the Madame Tussauds Museum in London.
8)NASA’s TESS launched by SPACE-X.
It aims to scan 85% of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist.

21st April

1)CCI penalty on Eveready and NIPPO.
₹171 crore on Eveready Industries India Ltd. and over ₹42 crore on Indo National Ltd.(NIPPO)
2) World’s 2nd largest Unbanked population in India:Global Findex Database released by World Bank.
3)Mukesh Ambani ranked 24th in Fortune’s 2018 List of The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

4) Swaziland’s King Mswati ||| changed the name of the country to the ‘Kingdom of eSwatini’ to mark 50 years since Independence from Britain.
5)Table Tennis Federation of India recommended Manik Batra for Arjuna Award.
6)Indu Jain received the All India Management Association’s (AMA’s) annual Award for Lifetime contribution to media.
She is the Chairman of Bennett, Coleman and Co.

7) International SME Convention In New Delhi from April 22 to 24.
8) First Meeting of the BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors held in Washington DC, US.
9)Bangaluru FC defeated East Bengal to lift the Inaugural trophy of Super Cup 2018.

22nd April

1) Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance cleared in the Parliament.
The cases where the total value involved in such offences is Rs.100 crore or more, will come under the purview of this Bill.
2) Telangana government sanctioned 2% quota in goverment jobs for sportspersons.
3)Ramsar tag likely for sunderbans, the UNESCO World Heritage Site with 43% of India’s Mangrove.

4)NASA appointed its new Chief, Jim Bridenstine.
5)Prince Charles will be the next head of the Commonwealth, succeeding his mother Queen Elizabeth.
6)NASA launches CHESS Mission.
CHESS:Colorado High-Resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph.
Check out space between stars.

7)FIFA Basketball World Cup 2019:China
Official Mascot: Son Of Dreams.
8)22nd April:World Earth Day.
Theme:End Plastic Pollution.

23rd April

1)Airport Authority Of India (AAI) gets its first woman fire-fighter as Taniya Sanyal.
2)11th Monte Carlo title for Rafael Nadal defeating Kel Nishikori of Japan.
First player to win a tournament 11 times in the Open era.

3) Barcelona won its 4th title of Copa Del Ray.
Only team to won four Copa titles in a row since Athletic Bilbao from 1930-33.
4) India’s first cashless Island: Karang, Manipur
India’s best Gram Panchayat: Digambarpur, West Bengal

5) Government launches Central Project monitoring unit for e-Vidhan project at Parliament.
Project to digitize and make functioning of state legislature in India paperless.
6)23rd April: English Language Day
Celebrated by UN (one of the six official languages of UN).

24th April

1) Software major TCS now in $100 billion market capitalisation club.
2nd Indian company to crosa $100 bn mark after RIL, which touched the milestone in 2007.
2)PM to launch Gramin Swaraj Abhiyan from Madhya Pradesh today.
Launch in Mandla district of MP on the National Panchayati Raj Day.

3)GI Tag for Warangal’s Dhurries to Telangana
Dhurrie: thick flat-woven rug or carpet used traditionally as floor-coverings.
4)India highest recipient of remittances ($69bn), followed by China ($64bn) in 2017: World Bank

5)Former Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar joins TATA Sons Board as its President for Global Corporate Affairs.
6)Egyptian footballer Mhd. Salah crowned Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Player of the Year.
He plays for English Club Liverpool.

25th April

1)Two-day Summit on Cyber Security starts from 27 April at Andhra Pradesh.
Titled: “Responding to emergent global and local cyber threats”
2)Thrissur Pooram celebration in Kerala.
Annual Hindu Festival, held at Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur every year.
3)New System to measure air quality.
India, US, Finland develop a pollution forecast system that will anticipate particulate matter (PM) levels at least 2 days in advance.

4)India to host Asian Weightlifting, the qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2019.
5)First ever International SME Convention held in New Delhi.
Theme:”Business Beyond Borders”
6) World’s smallest land fern in Western Ghats
Name:Malvi’s adder’s-tongue fern
Found in the Ahwa forests of the Western Ghats jn Gujarat’s Dang district.
7)ISRO recalls it’s heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 from Kourou.
Reached French Guina in South America on March 30.
8)South Asian Seasonal Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF) meeting held in Pune.

26th April

1)Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has developed a next-generation bulletproof jacket which is not just cheaper but also light in weight (6.6kg) from its contemporary.
Name:BHABHA KAVACH
To be used by CRPF, ITBP, CISF.

2)Law Ministry cleared the name of Indu Malhotra, elevation of first woman lawyer to be Supreme Court Judge.

3)National Bamboo Mission extended till 2019-20
Expenditure of ₹1290 crore, bamboo was referred as Green Gold in the Budget.

4)Unnat Bharat Abhiyan-2:HRD Ministry
Students from 750 higher educational Institutions from across the country will adopt villages, build system in villages and provide solutions for their problems.

5)INUKA, first Polar Bear born in the tropics died at the age of 27 years.

6) Bharti Airtel approved the merger of its listed tower arm Bharti Infratel with privately-held Indus Towers.

27th April

1)PM okays diversion of 77 hectares of forestland for bullet train.
₹1.08 lakh crore bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

2)North Korean head Kim Jong-Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-In to meet at Military Demarcation line today.

3)Nominations for Awards by BCCI
Dhyanchand Award:Sunil Gavaskar
Dronacharya Award:Rahul Dravid
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna:Virat Kohli

4) Indian Footballer Legend Baichung Bhutia kicks off his “Hamro Sikkim Party”
Party based in his native state Sikkim

5)Atal New India Challenge: NITI Aayog
The Atal Innovation Mission under yhe NITI Aayog launched the challenge.
Applicants shall be awarded grants upto ₹1 crore.

6) Press Freedom Index: Reporters Without Borders.
India falls to 138 rank from 136 last year.
Norway toppee the list for second year in a row.
North Korea most repressive country.

7)SAGAR Kavach: Coastal Security Exercise held in Kerala.
Participation of Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy, Coastal Police and Marine Enforcement Wing.

8)”Harimau Shakti”:India-Malaysia Joint Exercise.
The Indian and Malaysian armies will hold a 2-week military exercise beginning April 30 in the dense forests of Sengai Perdik in Malaysia.

28th April

1)Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR )awarded National Intellectual Property Award 2018.
Category=”Top R&D Institution/Organisation for Patents and Commercialization”

2)All India Tennis Association (AITA) nominated country’s Top Singles Player Yuki Bhambri and Doubles Expert Rohan Bopanna for Arjuna Award.

3)Three new appointments of Ambassador of India.
Narinder Chauhan=Czech Republic
Krishan Kunar=Kingdom Of Norway
Rajiv Kumar Nagpal=Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

4) Maharastra government signed MOU with the British Council.
To strengthen educational and cultural cooperation between the two nations.
30,000 teachers will be trained in English Language.
Training funded by Tata Trusts, the Tata group’s philanthropic organization.

5)UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed Christine Burgener as hus special envoy for Mayanmar.

6)Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh released the Book: “My journey from Marxism-Leninism to Nehruvian Socialism’
Authored by CH Hanumantha Rao

29th April

1)No Australian presence in Naval drills.
‘Malabar’ naval exercises to go trilateral (India, US, Japan) this year without including the Australian Navy.
22nd edition at Guam between June 7 &15.

2)Anu Kumari new ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ ambassador in Sonipat, Haryana.

3)TEJAS successfully fires air-to-air missile.
Tejas is an indigenously developed light combat, single-seat, single-jet engine, multirole light fighter designed by Aeronautics Development Agency and HAL for the Indian Air Force and Navy.

4)Bronze medal for India in the Archery World Cup at Shanghai, China.
Abhishek Verma and V. Jyothi Surekha won the medal in mixed pair event.

5) Bronze medal for Saina Nehwal and H.S. Prannoy in Asia Badminton Championship at Wuhan, China.

30th April

1)All villages electrified: PM Modi
Leisang in Manipur’s Senapati District, last village to be electrified.
Yojna Concerned=Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna

2)Koreas unite behind one time-zone
N.Korea would move the country’s clock 30 minutes forward to unify the South’s time zone.

3)India, Pak to take part in war games.
Multi-nation counter-terror exercise in Russia in September under the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Name=Peace Mission

4)Sumit Sangwan(91kg) and Himanshu Sharma(49kg) won gold medals at the 56th Belgrade Int’l boxing tournament.

5)11th Barcelona title for Rafael Nadal.
Defeated Greek Stefano’s Tsitsipas in the final.

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