Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the important Current Affairs of 13 April, 2016. These are important for the upcoming SBI Clerk and NABARD Assistant Manager exam 2016.
India, Germany join hands to clean river Ganga
- India today joined hands with Germany to attain "pristine" status of Ganga by adopting river basin management strategies used for cleansing rivers like Rhine and Danube of pollutants.
- Ministry of Water Resources and German International Cooperation (GIZ), owned by the German Federal Government, signed an agreement in this regard here today.
- The agreement was signed in the presence of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation secretary Shashi Shekhar and German Ambassador to India Dr Martin Ney.
- The objective of the agreement is to enable responsible stakeholders at national and state levels to apply integrated river basin management approach for Ganga's rejuvenation, the Ministry said in a statement.
- The agreement will be based on "Indo-German Knowledge Exchange" and practical experience on strategic river basin management issues, effective data management system and public engagement, it said.
- The project will closely cooperate with other national and international initiatives including Indo-German bilateral projects like 'Support to National Urban Sanitation Policy (SNUSP)' and 'Sustainable Environment-friendly Industrial Production' (SEIP).
Union Cabinet approved India to sign MoU with UAE to prevent and combat of Human Trafficking
- Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 13 April 2016 approved to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) on cooperation in preventing and combating of Human Trafficking.
- The MoU will strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two countries and increase the bilateral cooperation on the issues of prevention, rescue, recovery and repatriation related to human trafficking especially women and children expeditiously.
Haryana government decided to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram and Mewat as Nuh
- Haryana Government on 12 April 2016 decided to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram and Mewat as Nuh.
- Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has accorded approval to the proposal but this new decision will be placed before the Haryana cabinet before being sent to the Union Government.
- The decision to change the name of Gurgaon was taken on the basis of the representations received at several forums by the people of Gurgaon. The city’s name change stems from a proposal by the municipal corporation in 2012. A committee had been formed to address the issue.
Golden Tobacco Ltd became first company in India to implement 85% pictorial health warnings
- Golden Tobacco Ltd. in April 2016 became the first company in India to implement the Union Health Ministry’s Cigarettes Packaging Amendment Rules, 2014. As per it, both sides of the cigarette packs shall display specific health warnings in 85 percent of the area as against the present 40 percent.
- Now, the packets of several brands of the company, namely Brands Panama and Golden Gold Flake, manufactured from 1 April 2016 will carry larger images.
- Breaking the ranks, the company in a statement noted that the aim of implementing the order of carrying larger pictorial warning rule was to “create awareness about the serious and adverse health consequences of tobacco usage”.
Union Cabinet approved to adopt South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network
- Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 13 April 2016 approved India for adopting the Statute of the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) and India.
- It also approved India to become a formal member of SAWEN to strengthen ties with the member countries in controlling the trans-boundary wildlife crime through communication, coordination, collaboration, capacity building and cooperation in the region.
Awards & Honors –
Padma Sachdev selected for Saraswati Samman 2015
- Author and poet Padma Sachdev on 12 April 2016 was selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for 2015 for her autobiography titled Chitt-Chete, written in Dogri language.
- The book, published in 2007, links the personal trials and tribulations of the author with issues concerning society, nation and the world at large.
Viswanathan Anand conferred with Hridaynath Mangeskar Award 2016
- Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on 12 April 2016 conferred the Hridaynath Award on Chess wizard Viswanathan Anand in Mumbai.
- He was conferred the award during the celebrations of 25th anniversary of the Hridayesh Arts which gives the awards.
- He was chosen for the award for his contributions to the game of Chess in India by becoming five-time world chess champion.
- With this, he joined others personalities who have received the award like Lata Mangeshkar, Babasaheb Purandare, Asha Bhosle, Amitabh Bachchan, Hariprasad Chaurasia and AR Rahman.
International Day of Human Space Flight observed
- International Day of Human Space Flight was observed on 12 April 2016. The day is celebrated to commemorate Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s journey into outer space.
- The 55th anniversary of First Human Space Flight was commemorated at United Nations on 12 April 2016. Since Gagarin, 536 individuals have left Earth on a voyage into space.
- Gagarin on 12 April 1961 became the first human to leave Earth’s atmosphere and open the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity. He on 12 April 1961 completed an orbit of the Earth with Vostok spacecraft.
NRDC and Rainbow Agrilife India signed agreement for commercializing NEMHARI
- NEMHARI-A, a plant based Formulation for Management of Mulberry Root Knot Disease, was in news on 12 April 2016.
- It came in news after National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) entered into a license agreement with M/s Rainbow Agrilife India Private Limited, for commercialization of the plant.
- National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), under Ministry of Science & Technology, has been appointed as the nodal agency for commercialising the technical knowhow in India and abroad.
- NEMHARI is a plant that was developed at Central Sericulture Research and Training Institute (CSR&TI), Central Silk Board (CSB), Mysuru.
Meeran Borwankar appointed Director General of Bureau of Police Research & Development
- Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Meeran C Borwankar on 8 April 2016 was appointed the Director General (DG) of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D). BPR&D is a consultancy organisation under the Centre for modernisation of police forces.
- The Appointments Committee of Cabinet appointed Borwankar, a 1981 batch IPS officer, as the organisation’s DG till 30 September 2017, the date of her superannuation.
- At present, Borwankar is working in her cadre state Maharashtra. In her long career, she has also worked in Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).
England Cricketer James Taylor retired from International Cricket
- England and Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor on 12 April 2016 announced his retirement at the age of 26 due to ill health.
- He was diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) that needs an operation to his Heart.
- He played seven Test matches for England and the first was against South Africa at Headingley in 2012. He averaged 26 with top Test score was 76 against Pakistan in November 2015.
- He made his one-day international debut in 2011 against Ireland and played 27 ODIs with an average of 42.23. He scored seven fifties and one century (101) against Australia in September 2015.