Current Affairs This Week (02-04-2017)

  • Kanha tiger reserve : first in India get official mascot
    Kanha in Madhya Pradesh became first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot named Bhoorsingh the Barasingha, to create a better connect with its visitors, especially the younger generation
  • Vanita Gupta appointed president of ‘Leadership Conference’
    Indian-American Vanita Gupta, who headed civil rights division in the Dpt of Justice in the Obama Administration, has been appointed as president and CEO of ‘The Leadership Conference’, becoming the first woman to head the organisation.
  • 3rd G20 Framework Working Group meeting held in Varanasi
    Around 70 financial and economic policy mandarins from 32 countries are brainstorming on the state of global economy with the hard turn on protectionism and climate change.
  • S.V Sunil named Asian Hockey Player of Year
    India forward SV Sunil was named the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Player of the Year for 2016. On the other hand, Harmanpreet Singh was chosen as the Promising Player of the Year in the continental body’s annual awards.
  • Central Board of Excise and Customs chief
    Senior bureaucrat Vanaja N Sarna was appointed as chairperson of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). Sarna, a 1980 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), is at present member in the CBEC.
  • ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ Festival
    The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ festival in Guwahati. The five day long festival is being organized by the Govt of Assam with aim to strengthen the bonds among communities of Assam.
  • India becomes associate member of IEA
    India has joined the International Energy Agency as an associate member, a development that the IEA makes the prestigious Paris-based body more relevant and reflects the country’s move to the centre stage of the global energy dialogue.
  • Nomura names Prabhat Awasthi as new India Head
    Global investment bank Nomura has appointed Prabhat Awasthi as its new India head. Awasthi, who is currently Head of Equities, India, will replace Vikas Sharma as the country head from April 1.
  • 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
    Special Olympics Team India Competing against 2700 athletes from 107 countries won 37 gold, 10 silver and 26 bronze medals and secured 5th position in the overall medal tally.
  • 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium
    The iconic Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata has been named as the venue for the final of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be held in India from October 6-28.
  • Anupam Kher receives Kala Ratan Award
    Veteran actor Anupam Kher was honoured with the Kala Ratan Award by Vice President Hamid Ansari. Anupam Kher was also honoured with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.
  • International Diamond Conference held in Mumbai
    The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC) organised International Diamond Conference at Mumbai. The theme of this session was ‘Mines to Market 2017’.
  • Army Releases Book titled ‘Home of the Brave’
    Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat released the book ‘Home of the Brave’ on the history of Indian Army’s Counter Insurgency Force, the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), in New Delhi.
  • Jeff Bezos – Now the World’s Second Richest Person
    Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has become the world’s second-richest person, adding $1.5 billion to his net worth at $75.6 billion, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index.
  • Sima Kamil – First woman to head major Pakistani bank
    Sima Kamil is appointed as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the United Bank Limited (UBL), one of the Pakistan largest banks.
  • General title of Nepal Army
    Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat was conferred the title of honorary general of the Nepal Army by Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
  • Scientists switch on the world’s largest artificial sun
    Scientists from the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) have switched on world’s largest artificial sun – a device developed to help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuels.
  • Earth Hour observed across the World
    The eleventh edition of the Earth Hour was observed across the world to take a global call on climate change. To mark this day, cities worldwide turned their lights off from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time.
  • West Bengal wins 2017 Santosh Trophy
    West Bengal won the 2017 Santosh Trophy of football by defeating Goa by 1-0 goals. It was 71st edition of Santosh Trophy and overall record 32nd win of West Bengal.
  • 4 ISRO team joined 36-ISEA
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has joined the 36th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (36-ISEA) organised by the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR).
  • Shekatkar Committee recommendations to reform military
    The Union Defence Ministry has approved most of the proposals of a committee of experts, headed by Lt. Gen. D.B. Shekatkar (Retd) to bring host of reforms in the military and improve financial management.
  • TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft
    The Indian Navy has de-inducted TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft after 29 years of dedicated service to the nation and 30,000 hours of accident-free flying.
  • 101 cold chain projects to boost food processing sector
    The Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (FPI) has sanctioned 101 projects across the country. These projects will leverage a total investment of Rs. 3,100 crore for creation of modern infrastructure for the food processing sector.
  • India, Nepal renew petroleum supply agreement
    India and Nepal have signed an agreement to renew supply of petroleum to Nepal for a period of five years. Under it IOC will supply about 1.3 million tonnes of fuel annually to Nepal with a promise to double the volume by 2020.
  • Parliament Passes Mental Health Bill, 2016
    The Parliament has passed the Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016 that decriminalizes suicide attempt by mentally ill people and guarantees the right to better healthcare for people with mental illness.
  • IAF launches Aviation Turbine Fuel Digital Issue and Payment
    Indian Air force has formally launched web based e-billing system Aviation Turbine Fuel Digital Issue and Payment (ATF DIP).
  • Indian Navy inducts surveillance ship INLCU L51
    It was commissioned at a ceremony held in Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Command of Navy INLCU L51 is the first of the eight ships of the LCU Mk IV Class.
  • Odisha adopt SHG based financial inclusion model
    Odisha became the first state in the country to adopt Self Help Groups (SHG) based model for financial inclusion model to extend banking services in the unbanked areas through SGHs.
  • UN appoints David Beasley to head World Food Programme
    United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres has appointed David Beasley as head of the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP). Beasley will replace Etharin Cousin, who has been the WFP executive director since 2012.
  • India becomes net exporter of power for the first time
    According to Central Electricity Authority (CEA), under Union Power Ministry, India for the first time has become a net exporter of electricity. India exported around 5,798 million units of electricity to Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar.
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