Current Affairs This Week (01-05-2016)

  • Rahul Johri will become BCCI’s first CEO
    The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the appointment of Rahul Johri as its first CEO. Johri was last working as Discovery Networks Asia Pacific’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager for South Asia.
  • RBL Bank opens dedicated branch for start-ups
    RBL Bank will be the first private sector Bank to open a specialized branch for start-ups offering a bouquet of banking products to service the end-to-end needs of the emerging entrepreneurial eco-system.
  • Indian-American Geeta Pasi As US Envoy To Chad
    US President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American Geeta Pasi, a career foreign service officer, as the country’s next envoy to Chad. Ms Pasi, served as US Ambassador to Djibouti.
  • 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards
    Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams claimed the top accolades at this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards.
    The tennis duo were named sportsman and sportswoman of the year at the Berlin ceremony for their 2015 achievements.
  • commemorative coins to mark Tatya Tope Martyrdom Day
    The NDA Government released a Rs.200 commemorative coin and a Rs.10 circulation coin on the occasion of the Martyrdom day of Tatya Tope, one of the outstanding Indian leaders of the 1857 revolt against the British.
  • The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners
    Awarded for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition in United States. Associated Press won for public service and Reuters and The New York Times shared the breaking news photography award.
  • Government merges Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan with Khelo India
    The Khelo India scheme is based on Gujarat’s model of Khel Mahakumbh. Two other sports project launched :Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS)National Sports Talent Search Scheme (N-STSS)
  • Cabinet approves signing the Paris Agreement
    The agreement intends to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to Paris Agreements well below 2 degree Celsius ambient temperature. (The Climate Change Conference COP-21 was held in Paris).
  • World Heritage Day – April 18 2016
    International Monuments and Sites Day also known as World Heritage Day is observed on April 18th every year. The 2016 theme for the International Day is: The Heritage of Sport.
  • Drones to inspect progress of mega rail projects
    Indian Railway has used drones for the first time, for a rail project. A drone is essentially a flying robot which can be remotely handled through software-controlled flight plans embedded in its systems working in conjunction with GPS.
  • Netaji’s driver becomes oldest human alive at 116 years
    Netaji’s Driver Colonel Nizamuddin becomes oldest human alive in the world at 116 years. In February this year, a Japanese man, who was believed to be the oldest man alive, passed away at the age of 114.
  • World’s largest ‘charkha’ at IGI airport
    World’s largest wooden Charkha (spinning wheel) proposed to be installed at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport here is ready for dispatch from a unit of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in Ahmedabad.
  • April 14 as ‘Bindeshwar Pathak Day’
    New York City declared this year’s April 14 as ‘Bindeshwar Pathak Day’ in recognition of the contributions made by the Indian social activist for improving the lives of people engaged in the ‘most dehumanising situation.
  • Mumbai Press Club’s lifetime achievement award
    T N Ninan gets Mumbai Press Club’s lifetime achievement award, 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.
  • India ranks 133rd in World Press Freedom Index 2016
    India ranks 133rd out of 180 countries listed in the World Press Freedom Index 2016, released by NGO Reporters Without Borders. Published annually, the rankings are based on freedom allowed to journalists in countries around the world.
  • Energy storage project in Haryana
    Panasonic along with US-based sustainable energy provider AES would install a joint project of 10 MW energy storage array at Jhajjar, Haryana.
    This is India’s first large-scale battery-based energy storage project.
  • China to launch ‘core module’ for space station
    China plans to have permanent manned space station in service by 2022
    and space telescope similar to Hubble.China will launch a ‘core module’ for its first space station some time around 2018.
  • Traces of Iron Isotopes of Supernova on Moon
    A discovery by scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) found traces of iron isotopes in samples from the moon, similar to those found on our ocean floor, leading them to believe that it came from the same supernova explosion.
  • Harriet Tubman, to be first African-American on US currency
    Former slave Harriet Tubman will replace the late US president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bank note. She will become not only the first woman on a US paper currency but also the first African-American to appear on a US currency.
  • ‘Silica Aerogel’ to keep soldiers warm in Siachen
    Scientists at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram indigenously manufactured the world’s lightest synthetic material called silica aerogel or blue air. It has excellent thermal resistance power.
  • Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee gets French honour
    Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee has been decorated with one of France’s top honour The Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution in promoting peace, solidarity, culture, education, and development.
  • International Mother Earth Day : April 22
    The International Mother Earth Day was on 22 April 2016 observed across the world with the theme ‘Trees for the Earth’. This year’s theme sets the goal of planting 7.8 billion trees over the next five years.
  • Narendra Modi’s wax statue for Madame Tussauds unveiled
    Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s wax statue installed at Singapore’s Madame Tussauds museum. Three of his wax statues have been installed in Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok and one of them will be put up in London.
  • IMF, World Bank, U.N, OECD form new group
    US based Financial Institutions International Monetary Fund and World Bank set to join with other International organizations to jointly work on tax related issues and develop new policies and standards to stop tax base erosion and evasion.
  • First-Ever Investment Framework for Nutrition
    Due to decline in the progress of Nutrition, World leading researchers and Economists in Nutrition fields have initiated researches on Nutrition and reiterate the Governments to invest in Nutrition to accelerate progress for Nutrition.
  • Bharulata set to Guinness record with 29-nation drive
    UK-based Indian Bharulata Kamble is all set to undertake a journey across 29 countries to create a world record for a solo woman driver completing a transcontinental car journey. The journey will begin from Luton in England.
  • India replaces China as top FDI destination in 2015
    According to FDI Intelligence Report India has replaced China as the top Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination by attracting $63 billion worth FDI projects. India was the highest ranked country by capital investment in 2015.
  • Indian Army conducts ‘Shatrujeet’ exercise in Rajasthan
    With about 30,000 soldiers, the Indian Army is conducting a major test ‘Shatrujeet’ by the elite STRIKE 1 in deserts of Rajasthan, where in the capability to Strike deep in enemy territory in an integrated Air-Land battle environment.
  • 6 Indians in TIME’s 100 most influential people
    RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, Sania Mirza, Priyanka Chopra, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and founders of Flipkart Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal have been named by Time magazine in its list of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’.
  • Chandigarh to host International Yoga Day event
    The first International Day of Yoga was observed the world over by millions on 6/2015. The national function on International Day of Yoga on June 21 this year would be held in Chandigarh.18 major yoga schools of country are participating.
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