1st week of April 2017 Current Affairs (Eng)

Indian-American Vanita Gupta has been appointed as president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, becoming the first woman to head the prestigious organisation.

Information & Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu launched the online film certification system, e-cinepramaan, with an aim to censor corruption and promote clean cinema.

The International Hockey Federation and Government of Odisha officially confirmed that the Men’s Hockey World League Final 2017 and Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 will be held in Bhubaneswar.

Odisha became the first state in the country to carry financial inclusion and extend banking services to unbanked areas through Self Help Groups (SHGs). The state government signed an agreement with State Bank of India in this regard.

Renowned playwright and Sahitya Akademi Award winner Arun Sarma died.

Pakistan and South Africa signed the first MoU to strengthen defence ties, especially defence industrial production and exchange of military information and training of armed forces.

Sima Kamil, a veteran banker has been appointed President and CEO of the United Bank Limited (UBL), becoming the first woman to lead a major Pakistani bank in the conservative Muslim nation.

The ‘National Law Day Award-2016’ has been presented to senior IPS officer Manish Shankar Sharma for his contribution to combat crime including in the field of counter-terrorism strategies and tactics.

Kolkata will host India’s first ever FIFA Under-17 World Cup final on October 28, 2017.

Former world number one Rafael Nadal completed his career’s 1,000th match with a win over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Miami Open.

Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani has been inducted on the international advisory board of global think-tank Atlantic Council.

Indian Navy inducted its latest surveillance ship, INLCU L51 in the fleet.

President Pranab Mukherjee honoured the director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences Randeep Guleria, and chairman of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital D S Rana, along with 47 other doctors, with national awards for excellence in the field of medicine.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been bestowed with the Jain Swetambhar Terapanth Dharma Sangh Anuvrata Mahasamiti’s highest honor ‘Anuvrata Puraskar 2016’.

Airports Authority of India (AAI), Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Govt. of Jharkhand signed a tripartite MoU for development of Deoghar Airport in Deoghar district of Jharkhand.

IT major TCS partnered with Discovery Education, a digital education content provider, to launch an initiative to transform US education by embedding computational thinking and problem solving into core school subjects.

UK minister Priti Patel received Pravasi Bharatiya Samman 2017.

Former Punjab minister and senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader Gurdev Singh Badal passed away. He was 85.

US Senate approved Montenegro as the 29th member of NATO.

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will be conferred the honorary rank of General of the Nepal Army by country’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos has become the world’s second-richest person with a net worth of $75.6 billion.

The Lok Sabha passed all four GST related Bills.

Global financial services major Nomura appointed Prabhat Awasthi as the new head of its India operations.

Women employees will now be able to get paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, up from 12 weeks, as per a new law. President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017.

Srinath Narayanan from Chennai has become India’s 46th chess Grandmaster after defeating Spanish Grandmaster David Anton Guijarro at the Sharjah Masters.

Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched a new mobile app 8-11 to double its customer base.

Healthcare providers apex body NATHEALTH has elected Dr Lal PathLabs Chairman & MD Dr Arvind Lal as the President of the federation for 2017-18.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved USD 175 million loan to Power Grid Corporation to expand its solar energy transmission network in the country. Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved USD 175 million loan to Power Grid Corporation to expand its solar energy transmission network in the country.

Famous sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has written a book ‘Master on Masters’ on 12 Indian musicians.

United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres has appointed David Beasley as head of the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP).

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar released a book on education, ‘Deterioration in Higher Education’.

India became a member of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Association.

Senior bureaucrat V N Sarna has been appointed as chairperson of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).

SpaceX has launched its first recycled rocket, the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights.

India and South Korea agreed to deepen cooperation among their small and medium enterprises through technology transfer, joint ventures, business alliances and facilitation of mutual market access.

India signed the first loan agreement with the New Development Bank (NDB) for USD 350 million for development and upgradation of road project in Madhya Pradesh.

Telecom gear maker Ericsson has signed a MoU with IIT Delhi to jointly work on a programme for 5G technology development in India.

Ace forward SV Sunil and young dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh has been named as the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Player of the Year and Promising Player of the Year 2016 respectively.

Indian Navy has unveiled the Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) at Rajali Air Station in Tamil Nadu.

Union Minister of State for Communication (Independent Charge) Manoj Sinha released a postage stamp on ‘Cub Scouts’ in honor of 100 years of Cub Scouts in India and abroad.

The World Autism Awareness Day 2017 was observed across the world on 2 April 2017. The 2017 theme for the day is Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination.

Pakistani pacer Mohammad Irfan has been banned for one-year.

Sergeant Ali Javed made history by becoming the first Muslim to join the Emergency Service Unit of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

Julian Stanczak, an artist known worldwide for his brightly colored, geometric Op art, has died. He was 88.

Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu released the book titled “Indian Railway- The weaving of a National Tapestry” jointly authored by Bibek Debroy (Member, NITI Aayog) Shri Sanjay Chadha (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce) & Ms. Vidya Krishnamurthi.

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi launched his child rights campaign in Bangladesh.

South Korea, Japan and the US held a joint naval exercise.

The Madhya Pradesh government has launched an app ‘MP e-Nagarpalika’ to provide various municipal services online.

Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu defeated reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin to win her maiden India Open Super Series title.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s longest Chenani-Nashri Tunnel that links Kashmir Valley with Jammu by an all-weather route and reduces the distance by 31 kms. This tunnel is 9.2 km long.

India and Malaysia signed seven agreements, including in the areas of civil aviation and human resources development.

Noted author and filmmaker Ajey Jhankar passed away. He was 57.

Viktor Axelsen of Denmark defeated Chinese Taipei’s Tien Chen Chou to win the India Open Super Series badminton tournament men’s singles title.

Mizoram became the 27th state to join UDAY scheme.

Johanna Konta defeated Caroline Wozniacki to win the Miami Open -the biggest title won by a British woman in 40 years.

Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed sworn in as the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal to clinch his third Miami Open title.

Senior tennis player Leander Paes, along with his Canadian partner Adil Shamasdin, won the men’s doubles title of Leon Challenger Tennis Tournament.

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari released a book ‘The Great Deceit at Dawn’ by social activist Anushree Mukherjee based on the ups and downs in Indian politics after independence.

B P Kanungo took over as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar released the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), an ambitious project of HRD. This ranking has been released in five categories, covering the overall ranking, college, university, management and engineering category. Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru has topped in the ‘overall’ and ‘University’ categories.

Indian and Malaysian firms signed 31 pacts envisaging investments of about USD 36 billion in sectors including construction, pharma and education.

Renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar passed away. She was 84.

Canada’s prime minister has announced that Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai will address the country’s Parliament. Here, she will be awarded with the honorary citizenship of Canada.

Ravindra Jadeja has been voted as the best player of India’s home season in a poll conducted by ESPNCricinfo.

Long-serving national squash coach Cyrus Poncha has been chosen to receive the 2016 Asian Squash Federation ‘Coach of the Year’ award.

A two-week long multi-national military exercise ‘Shanti Prayas III’ of the armies from 28 countries, including India and the US, concluded in Nepal.

Microsoft India rolled out ‘Teach Your Children’ program under Microsoft Aspire School Program Suite for advancing its efforts to digitally transform education in the country.

Public sector Indian Bank has appointed Kishor Kharat as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

According to the CBRE’s Global Prime Office Rents report, Delhi’s Connaught Place is the world’s 9th most expensive office location. Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) is at 19th position while the central business district (CBD) of Nariman Point is at 30th place in this list.

According to KPMG’s India’s Annual Compensation Trends Survey, the projected increment for the 2017-18 is 9.7 per cent, a drop of 0.6 per cent from 2016-17.

Mahesh Kumar Jain took over as the new managing director and chief executive officer of IDBI Bank.

The Aditya Birla Group has received licence from the Reserve Bank of India to start payments bank.

Senior IPS officer Geetha Johri has been appointed Gujarat’s new DGP-in-charge, becoming the state’s first woman police chief.

Kenichi Yokoyama has taken over as the new Country Director of India Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Yokoyama has replaced M Teresa.

Mobile handset maker Gionee India announced its association with Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Kings XI Punjab has roped in bicycle maker Hero Cycles as principal sponsor.

Bangladesh cricket team’s limited overs captain Mashrafe Mortaza announced his retirement from T20 international cricket.

India has been ranked third for the third year in a row in a doping violation report published by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for 2015.

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