Daily Current Affairs (English) - 16.04.2018
PM Modi to embark on three-nation Europe visit in April
On the first leg of his visit, the Prime Minister will visit Sweden where he will attend the first-ever India-Nordic Summit at Stockholm. The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral discussions with his Swedish counterpart.
- Business and trade are high on agenda when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the Prime Minister of Sweden and other Nordic leaders in Stockholm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven are expected to discuss “innovation, sustainable development and how Swedish-Indian relations can be further strengthened” in Stockholm during two-day PM Modi’s visit.
- On the second leg of his three-nation visit, Prime Minister Modi will reach London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, besides exploring ways to further deepen ties between the two countries. PM Modi will also meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a stopover in Berlin on April 20 after concluding his visits to Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Hyderabad: 7-year-old boy climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro
A seven-year-old boy from Hyderabad scaled the highest peak in Africa, Uhuru peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
- Samanyu Pothuraju, along with his coach, unfurled the Tricolor at a height of 5,895 meters above the sea level on April 2.
- The trek began on March 29 when the team started from the base point. It took about five days for the team to reach the peak. Speaking with ANI, the boy said, “The day was rainy and the road was full of stones.
- I got afraid, I had leg pains, but I took rest and completed it.”
Sridevi, Vinod Khanna win National Film Awards posthumously
The 65th National Film Awards honoured two actors posthumously this year — Sridevi was conferred the Best Actress Award for her last film Mom, and Indian cinema’s highest honour, the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, was given to actor Vinod Khanna.
- Mr. Khanna passed away in April 2017 after a prolonged illness and Ms. Sridevi died in February 2018 in Dubai.
- Mr. Khanna became the 49th recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, and only the second actor to be named for the honour posthumously after Prithviraj Kapoor.
- The Best Actor Award went to Riddhi Sen for his performance in Kaushik Ganguly’s Bengali film Nagar Kirtan, which also won the Best Costume, Make-Up and Special Jury awards.
- Newton was named the Best Hindi Film, and a Special Mention went to its actor Pankaj Tripathi for his portrayal of a cynical CRPF officer.
Seven MoUs signed with Russian OEMs
Seven MoUs were signed at the Defence Expo 2018 by Indian private companies and Russian original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to manufacture and develop spares and sub-assemblies of identified Russian-origin platforms in use by the Indian armed forces.
- The delegations from the two sides deliberated on the need to improve after-sales support of Russian-origin platforms being used by the Indian forces.
- They also deliberated on facilitating domestic manufacturing of identified spare parts through collaborations between Indian vendors and Russian OEMs.
National Anti-Profiteering Authority
In a bid to ensure timely grievance redressal for consumers, the National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA) launched the “Anti Profiteering” online community in association with a citizen-engagement platform, LocalCircles. The platform, comprising over 60,000 active Indian citizens, was launched in a bid to help users report cases of profiteering at the earliest, thereby ensuring timely redressal of the same.
- Since the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July last year, thousands of consumers have reported cases of profiteering by sellers leading to their monthly household bills increasing.
- This was primarily because some sellers were charging GST over the maximum retail price (MRP) of products, while others were not passing on the benefits of Input Tax Credit to consumers, thereby indulging in illegal profiteering.
- With the online community operational, members can easily report cases of profiteering, thereby alerting the active citizens as well as the NAA of such malpractices.
Pilicode becomes India’s first filament bulb-free panchayat
Pilicode panchayat in Kasaragod, Kerala which won the State Energy Conservation award last year, has added yet another feather in its cap by becoming the first village panchayat in the country that has completely abandoned filament bulbs, and this declaration was made by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
- The panchayat achieved this rare distinction by replacing all the filament bulbs by LED bulbs under its unique project ‘Oorjayanam’, which aims to make the panchayat energy efficient, and this has evinced the interest of the district administration, which wants to introduce it in other parts of the district as well.
- If we are able to save one unit of electricity, we will be able to save one kilogram of coal, and this way we can also reduce environmental pollution caused by burning fuels like coal and petroleum said Pinarayi Vijayan.
Aramco is world’s most profitable oil company
- Saudi Aramco is the world’s most profitable oil company, Bloomberg reported on April 13, but its huge earnings and cash flows may still fail to justify its desired $2 trillion valuations.
- Financial performance at Aramco has long been one of the best-kept secrets in the oil industry but as the company prepares for a long-awaited initial public offering (IPO) this year or next it needs to tell investors what it earns and how it operates.
- Bloomberg news agency cited company accounts as saying Aramco had net income of $33.8 billion in the first six months of 2017 and cash flows of $52.1 billion.
Ukraine eyes Defence Corridors
Ukraine is keen to be a part of two Defence Corridors proposed by the Defence Ministry.
- Speaking on the sidelines of the Defence Expo 2018, Ukroboronprom director-general Pavlo Bukin said they had held discussions with Indian officials for a joint cooperation programme and modernisation of India’s military equipment.
- “We also discussed about bringing new battle tanks, upgrading the Antonov aircraft, and joint production of the new Antonov 178 in India. Also, cooperation in the Navy was discussed, including cooperation for development and modernisations of dockyards in India,” Mr. Bukin said.
- He said Ukraine would be able to substitute some of the Russian equipment that India uses at a cheaper price.
- He said that in the last decade, Ukraine defence exports to India was $2 billion.
India at Gold Coast CWG : All Day 10 Results
Mary Kom became India’s first woman boxer to claim a CWG gold before men joined the gold rush through Gaurav Solanki and Vikas Krishan while wrestlers also reigned supreme at the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games 2018. Neeraj Chopra also scripted history by becoming the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal.
India’s Results on Day 10
- TT (women’s gold medal match) – Manika Batra – Gold
- Shooting (men’s 50m rifle 3 positions finals) – Sanjeev Rajput – Gold
- Athletics (men’s javelin throw final) – Neera Chopra – Gold
- Boxing (women’s 45-48kg final) – MC Mary Kom – Gold
- Wrestling (women’s 50kg) – Vinesh Phogat – Gold
- Boxing (men’s 52kg final) – Gaurav Solanki – Gold
- Boxing (men’s 75kg final) – Vikas Krishan – Gold
- Wrestling (men’s 125kg final) – Sumit – Gold
- Boxing (men’s 60kg final) – Manish Kaushik – Silver
- Boxing (men’s 46-49kg final) – Amit Phangal – Silver
- Squash (mixed doubles gold medal match) – Dipika Pallikal Karthik/Saurav Ghosal – Silver
- TT (men’s doubles gold medal match) – Achantha Sharath/Sathiyan Gnanasekaran – Silver
- Boxing (men’s +91kg final) – Satish Kumar – Silver
- Wrestling (women’s 62kg) – Sakshi Malik – Bronze
- Wrestling (men’s 86kg) – Somveer – Bronze
- Badminton (women’s doubles bronze match) – N Sikki Reddy/Ashwini Ponnappa – Bronze
- TT (men’s doubles bronze match) – Harmeet Desai/Sanil Shetty – Bronze