- World’s smallest land fern discovered in Western Ghats
Researchers have discovered the world’s smallest land fern named Malvi’s adder’s-tongue fern (Ophioglossum malviae) inAhwa forests of Western Ghats in Gujarat’s Dang district.
- Jnanpith winner Mahadevi Varma
Mahadevi Verma was a Hindi poet, freedom fighter, woman’s rights activist and educationist from India. She is widely regarded as the “modern Meera”.
- New frog species takes historical name of Goa
In the highland plateaus of the Western Ghats parts of Goa, scientists have identified a new species of frog called Fejervarya goemchi. The new species is named after the historical name of the state of Goa where the species is discovered
- Giant mosquito with 11.15 cm wingspan found in China
The mosquito belongs to the world’s largest mosquito species Holorusia mikado. This species mosquito was first found in Japan.
- 25 April: World Malaria Day
Recognise the global efforts to control preventable vector borne disease malaria. It also seeks to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for elimination and control of malaria.
- First license for Liquid Chlorine on all India basis
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has granted First Licence to Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd for Liquid Chlorine on all India basis as per Indian Standard (IS).
- Indu Malhotra as Supreme Court judge
Indu Malhotra was administered oath to the office by Chief Justice (CJI) Dipak Misra. With this, she became first woman Judge to be elevated directly from the Bar.
- 24 April: National Panchayati Raj Day
This day marks the passing of Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24 April 1993. The first National Panchayati Raj Day was celebrated in 2010.
- Jailed Egyptian photojournalist wins UN press freedom prize
The UNESCO has ignored warnings from Egypt and awarded the World Press Freedom prize to Egyptian photographer Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, who is in jail since he was arrested in Cairo in August 2013 for covering a demonstration at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square.AP
- Diu Smart City: 1st to run on 100% Renewable Energy
Diu Smart City has become the first city in India, that runs on 100% renewable energy during daytime setting a new benchmark for other cities to become clean and green.
- TCS becomes India’s first $100 billion IT company
With this, TCS joined the ranks of the world’s 100 most valued organizations and now ranks 97th. TCS has also overtaken outsourcing and consultancy giant Accenture which has market cap of $98.20 billion. TCS holds first position among most valuable international pure play technology services firms.
- HC introduces e-court fee payment
The Madras High Court became first court in south India and overall eighth in the country to introduce e-court fee payment facility. The new system will enable litigants who file cases in High Court to pay judicial stamp duty to government through e-stamps.
- April 22: Earth Day
Build support for environmental protection around world. It aims to encourage people to carry out activities that will benefit Earth, such as recycling more, using solar power or plant trees.
- Bacteria help remove sulphur from fossil fuels
Using novel bacterial strains, scientists have successfully removed sulphur from fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal. Sulphur is one of the major pollutants emitted during the combustion of fossil fuels.
- Ramsar tag likely for Sunderbans
The Sunderban Reserve Forest, spread of 4,260 sq. km. with over 2,000 sq. km. of mangrove forests and creeks, is likely to be declared a Ramsar Site soon. West Bengal government gave its approval to the State Forest Department to apply for recognition under the Ramsar Convention.
- April 21: Civil Services Day
The Civil Service Day is celebrated on 21 April every year. The purpose for this day is to rededicate and recommit themselves to the cause of the people. It is observed by all Civil Services.
- Cheap & light: 1st indigenous bulletproof vest
The Bhabha Atomic Reseach Centre (BARC) has developed a next-generation bulletproof jacket for the Indian armed forces, which is not only cheaper but also much lighter. Bhabha Kavach, named after nuclear physicist Dr. Homi J. Bhabha.
- World’s only ‘tropical polar bear’ dies
Singapore on Wednesday mourned the death of the first polar bear born and bred in the tropical island city, put down by wildlife authorities after a five-year battle with health difficulties stemming from old age.
- 1st-ever Mock Exercise on Bio-Disasters at Patna airport
The National Disaster Response Authority (NDMA) conducted its first ever mock exercise aimed at enhancing preparedness of Airport Emergency Handlers (AEHs) to respond to CBRN emergencies at airports.