Daily Current Affairs 16th April, 2017

Daily Current Affairs 16th April, 2017 

INTERNATIONAL

Nepal President to arrive in India on five-day visit

  • Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari is arriving in New Delhi on a five-day visit to India.
  • This will be Bhandari’s first foreign trip after assuming the office in October 2015, following the promulgation of the new Constitution in Nepal.
  • A high-level delegation comprising several ministers and MPs accompanying her.

BRICS envoys on Middle East meet in India

  • Special Envoys of five BRICS member states who specialises on West Asian Affairs held a quiet meeting in Vishakhapatnam to assess current situation in the volatile region after use of chemical weapons in Syria and US retaliatory strike on the Syrian air base.
  • Condemning recent several attacks against some BRICS countries, including that in the Russia, the five envoys stressed that counter-terrorism measures should be undertaken on the firm basis of international law under the aegis of the UN and its Security Council.
  • This was the first meeting of the BRICS special envoys on the Middle East held in India and gained significance following growing instability in West Asia and North Africa.

NATIONAL

Maharashtra, the first state to stage special drive for transgenders to register as voters

  • Maharashtra has become the first state to launch a special awareness drive to ensure that transgenders in the state register as voters in greater numbers.
  • The state branch of the Election Commission of India (ECI)  launched the drive on April 15, celebrated as Third Gender Day. According to ECI officials, despite the approximate population of third genders in Maharashtra being pegged at more than 10 lakh, only about 1,700 are registered voters.

Bhopal to have India’s first privately run railway station

  • For the first time in Indian Railway history Habibganj station in Bhopal has been handed over to the private firm to be operated by it.
  • The station building will be developed in line with airport terminals. However, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu clarified that trains at the station will still be run by the Railways.

ECONOMY, BANKING AND FINANCE

Finance Ministry approves 8.65{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} interest rate on EPF

  • The Finance Ministry have permitted the Labour Ministry to go ahead with 8.65{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} rate of interest on Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) for 2016-17, which will benefit over four crores EPFO members.

Google launches Areo app

  • Google has launched a new food delivery and home services aggregator called Areo for the Indian market.
  • The app is available as a free download on the Google Play store and is currently operational in Bengaluru and Mumbai.

India’s economy will grow by 7.2{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} in 2017-18, predicts World Bank

  • India’s gross domestic product is expected to spike to 7.2{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} in the 2017-18 financial year from 6.8{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} the previous fiscal, according to a new World Bank report titled “Globalization Backlash”.
  • The international agency forecast that India’s economic growth will rise gradually to 7.7{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} in 2019-’20, underpinned by a recovery in private investments.

GOVERNANCE

Manipur CM launched DARPAN web applications to check corruption

  • Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh launched two web applications to check corruption and keep track of government activities.
  • The two web applications were Anti-Corruption Cell and Digital Application for Review by Public And Nation (DARPAN). The two web applications would monitor all government funded projects and ensure transparency and accountability.

Prakash Javadekar launched RUSA Portal, Mobile App

  • Human Resource and Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) portal and mobile app in New Delhi.
  • The portal is one-stop for States’ Higher Education Plans, the decision of the States’ Higher Education Councils and details of the resources. The mobile application will ensure that all projects under RUSA are tracked for 24×7.

AWARDS

Indian engineer Trupti Jain wins ‘Cartier Women’s Initiative award’

  • An Indian environmental engineer has won this year’s prestigious ‘Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards’ here for providing women working on farms with water management solutions and protecting small farmers against droughts and flash floods.
  • Trupti Jain, 46, was one among the six winners chosen for the Asia-Pacific laureate from a pool of nearly 1,900 applicants from over 120 countries and were selected by an independent international jury.
  • Each recipient receives a USD 100,000 prize money as well as a year of mentoring.

Hanchinal receives M.S. Swaminathan Award

  • The sixth prestigious M.S. Swaminathan Award for contribution in the field of agriculture given to R.R. Hanchinal, Chairperson of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Authority, the government of India.
  • He received the award for his contributions and sustained support to the areas of crop improvement for hot and very hot dry environments, seed production technology and intellectual protection rights in plant varieties.

OBITUARY

Computer pioneer Robert W Taylor dies aged 85

  • Robert W Taylor, who was instrumental in creating the internet and the modern personal computer, has died in California.
  • Mr Taylor funded researchers or led teams of scientists who are responsible for some of the most important technologies of the modern world.
  • They include the computer mouse and computers that use graphics such as icons and windows – the kind of command system that is universal on modern devices.

World’s oldest person Emma Morano dies aged 117

  • Emma Morano, an Italian woman believed to have been the oldest person alive and the last survivor of the 19th century died at the age of 117.
  • Morano, born on November 29, 1899, died at her home in Verbania, northern Italy.

BOOK RELEASE

Arjun Gaind launches his book on Punjab

  • Author Arjun Gaind launched his latest book, ‘Punjab: Building the Land Of Five Rivers’ in Mumbai.

SPORTS

Sai Praneeth wins Singapore open Badminton

  • Sai Praneeth has won the title match of Men’s singles at Singapore Open Badminton beating his compatriot Kidambi Srikanth.

Pankaj Advani won his sixth Asian Billiards title

  • Sixteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani has won his sixth Asian Billiards title and seventh overall Asian championship.
  • The ace cueist defeated his compatriot Sourav Kothari 6-3 in an entertaining final of the Asian Billiards Championship in Chandigarh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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