Current Affairs This Week (16-04-2017)

  • Sisi declares three-month state of emergency in Egypt
    President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency in Egypt following twin church bombings that killed dozens of people in two cities.
  • MP govt starts ambitious ‘Deendayal Rasoi Yojana’
    Madhya Pradesh government kick-started its ambitious ‘Deendayal Rasoi Yojana’ under which subsidised meals will be available at Rs 5 per plate to people, especially the economically disadvantaged sections of society.
  • World Homoeopathy Day
    Minister of State (Independent Charge), for AYUSH Sh. Shripad Yesso Naik, inaugurated the National Convention on World Homoeopathy Day on 10 April 2017 at New Delhi.
  • Kristin Davis appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced the appointment of internationally acclaimed actress and philanthropist Kristin Davis as its Goodwill Ambassador.
  • Indians become biggest migrant group in Australia
    Indians have emerged as the fastest growing migrant group in the Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria, recording a growth of 2.3% in the last ten years, according to latest census figures.
  • Malvika Sinha appointed RBI Executive Director
    As Executive Director, she will look after foreign exchange department, department of government and bank accounts and internal debt management wing, RBI said in a release.
  • ‘Asian Businesswoman of the Year’
    Bihar-origin Asha Khemka, who arrived in the UK with her family in 1978 without English skills and went on to change the lives of thousands as an educationist, was named “Asian Businesswoman of the Year” at an event in Birmingham.
  • Lewis Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix
    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dominated the Chinese Grand Prix to take his first win of the year and move into a share of the championship lead.
    Vettel finished second.
  • Davis Cup: India seal 4-1 win over Uzbekistan
    India sealed a 4-1 win against Uzbekistan in the second round of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie in Bangalore to advance to the World Group playoff.
  • India, Australia sign various pacts
    India and Australia sought to provide a boost to trade and security ties in a meeting between PM Narendra Modi and his visiting Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull even as the much-awaited free trade agreement remained elusive.
  • 12th Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant
    12th “iteration of Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant is ongoing at Vairengte. Vairengte in Mizoram houses the elite Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School of the Indian Army.
  • “Nakshe” Portal launched by Dr. Harsh Vardhan
    A new web portal “nakshe” was launched by the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi, on the occasion of 250th anniversary of Survey of India(SoI).
  • Ajit Kumar, Shabri Bhattasali named new CBDT members
    Senior bureaucrats Ajit Kumar Srivastava and Shabri Bhattasali were appointed members of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex policy making body of the Income Tax department.
  • ‘Hope in a challenged democracy; An Indian narrative’
    The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has received the first copy of the Book titled ‘Hope in a challenged democracy; An Indian narrative’ authored by Shri Ashwini Kumar, from the former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.
  • G-7 foreign ministers meeting held in Lucca, Italy
    A meeting held once a year between the seven most industrialised countries of the world with the participation of the European Union, the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting usually deals with the most urging problems in the international agenda.
  • G20 Digital Ministerial Meeting held in Germany
    G20 cooperation on the Digital Economy has become a special priority, subsequent to the adoption of Digital Economy Development and Cooperation Initiative in the 2016 Hangzhou Summit, under the Chinese Presidency.
  • Sunita Sharma, B Venugopal appointed MDs in LIC
    Sunita Sharma and B Venugopal were appointed as Managing Directors in Life Insurance Corporation of India. They have been appointed to the posts for a period of five years.
  • Pulitzer’s Prize 2017: Winners List
    Public Service: The staff of the New York Daily News and ProPublica.Breaking News Reporting: The staff of East Bay Times. Investigative Reporting: Eric Eyre, the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
  • First Ever Ranking of Ports on Sanitation
    For the first time ever, the twelve major ports under the Ministry of Shipping have been ranked on sanitation parameters, based on the efforts undertaken by them to counter waste generating sources.
  • India lift Asian School Hockey Championship
    Alishan Mohammad and Pratap Lakra scored a brace each as India emerged champion at the 5th Asian School Hockey Championship with a convincing 5-1 win over Malaysia in the final.
  • Asha Parekh’s autobiography ‘The Hit Girl’
    Authored by celebrated film critic and author Khalid Mohamed, the book covers the life and times of an actress who ruled the hearts of many in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017
    Parliament has passed the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017. It is the first national HIV law in South Asia.
  • India, Georgia sign Joint Statement to launch JFS
    India and Georgia have singed a Joint Statement on the launching of the Joint Feasibility Study(JFS) on the Free Trade Agreement between both countries.
  • Align pay in PSBs to that in CPSEs: BBB
    The Bank Board Bureau (BBB) has recommended that Government should bring in reforms in the compensation process in public sector banks (PSBs) on the lines of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).
  • Malala Yousafzai made youngest UN Messenger of Peace
    United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio has bestowed the highest honour UN Messenger of Peace upon Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. She was described as a symbol of the most important thing in the world-education for all.
  • First UK rail freight service to China to depart
    The first rail freight service from UK to China departed from Essex. The train service was launched as part of China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative
  • Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016: Key Provisions
    The Lok Sabha has passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016 by a voice vote to give more thrust to road safety, controlling pollution and accidents.
  • exhibition marking 100 years of Champaran
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated an exhibition titled “Swachhagraha – Bapu Ko Karyanjali – Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshani” in New Delhi mark the 100 years (centenary year) of Champaran Satyagraha.
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