Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the important current affairs from 16th of April to 18th of April, 2016. These are very important for the upcoming SBI Clerk and NABARD Assistant Manager 2016 Exams.
PM Narendra Modi launched National Agriculture Market
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14 April 2016 launched the pilot of e-NAM, the e-trading platform for the National Agriculture Market, for the farmers. It was launched on 125th birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar.
- The initiative will usher in transparency which will greatly benefit the farmers. In the initial stage 21 mandis in 8 states have been linked to e-NAM and by September 2016 two hundred mandis will be included and by March 2018 five hundred eighty five mandis.
- With this, the farmers can sell or buy the agricultural products online using this portal.
Features of the Project
- This project will operate through an online portal which is being linked to the mandis of the States.
- Its software will be provided to all the willing states without cost.
- A knowledgeable person will be deployed for one year in every sharing mandi to facilitate the smooth functioning of the portal.
- Under this Project, Union Government is providing a grant of 30 lakh rupees to the proposed agriculture mandis of the states.
Google, RailTel launched free WiFi service at Bhubaneswar Railway station
- Google in collaboration with RailTel, the telecom arm of the Indian Railways, rolled out free Wi-Fi service at Bhubaneswar railway station on 17 April 2016.
- With this, Bhubaneswar railway station became the second station to be covered under the Google-RailTel Wi-Fi project. Free Wi-Fi by Google-RailTel took off at Mumbai Central in January 2016.
- This facility will enable passengers to stream high definition videos while waiting for their respective trains at the railway station.
- Besides Bhubaneswar, trials are going on at about 10 more stations which include Jaipur, Patna, Ranchi, Ernakulum, Allahabad, Lucknow and Guwahati. Wi-Fi services will be available on these stations in a short time.
Indian Railway used drone for the first time to inspect Dedicated Freight Corridor project
- Indian Railway on 17 April 2016 for the first time used an unmanned air vehicles or drones to inspect the ongoing work on the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) project.
- The drone was used for three days on a trial basis to monitor a total of 98 kilometers on the DFC. Out of this, it was used to monitor 42-km long track between Baghega to Srimadhopur in Rajasthan in the Western DFC and the 56-km long line between Durgawati and Sasaram in Bihar.
- The use of drone enabled Indian Railway officials to prepare the status report of the surveyed section of the DFC project quickly and easily.
- The drone was hired from a private operator and it cost 3000 rupees per km for undertaking the aerial survey. Currently about 170 projects, including doubling and laying of new lines, are being executed by railways.
Supercomputer 'Param Kanchenjunga' unveiled at Sikkim NIT
- Sikkim Governor Shrinvas Patil on 17 April 2016 formally unveiled Supercomputer named ‘Param Kanchenjunga’ at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Sikkim. It is named after Kangchenjunga Mountain (8586 m), the third highest mountain in the world.
- The Param Kanchenjunga is the most powerful and fastest among all available at the 31 National Institute of Technology's.
- It has been jointly developed by Pune-based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and the NIT Sikkim. The total cost of the Supercomputer is around three crore rupees.
Panagarh airbase renamed after former IAF chief Arjan Singh
- Panagarh Air Force Base of West Bengal was renamed as Air Force Station Arjan Singh on 16 April 2016. This can be termed as a rare honour to the nation’s oldest soldier Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh.
- Air Officer Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal C Harikumar unveiled the rechristening plaque at a ceremony held at the Panagarh Air Base. He announced that the crucial Air Force Base in the eastern theatre will now be called Air Force Station Arjan Singh.
- Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, 97, had led the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the 1965 India-Pakistan war.
Jharkhand Government launched Bhimrao Ambedkar Awas Yojana for widows
- Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on 14 April 2016 launched the Bhimrao Ambedkar Awas Yojana for widows.
- Its objective of the scheme is to create equality and harmony in society, ensuring all round development.
Salient Features of the Yojana
- The programme is with a budget allocation of 80 crore rupees and a target of 11000 units (houses) for widows was set in 2016-17 financial year.
- An amount of 75000 rupees would be granted to build a house in districts in hilly terrains and 70000 rupees in plains and the amount would be distributed among the beneficiaries in three installments in their bank accounts.
Geeta Johri appointed as first woman DGP of Gujarat
- Gujarat government on 15 April 2016 appointed Geeta Johri as the Director General of Police (DGP). The 1982-batch IPS officer Johri, who has the distinction of being Gujarat’s first women IPS officer, also became the first female DGP of Gujarat.
- She was elevated to the post after the state DGP PC Thakur was transferred to the centre as the Director General of Civil Defence and Home Guards on deputation.
Bimlendra Jha appointed as CEO of Tata Steel UK
- Tata Steel Europe has appointed Bimlendra Jha as Chief Executive Officer of Tata Steel UK which has been put on block.
- As Executive Chairman of Tata Steel Europe's Long Products Europe Business, Jha played a crucial role in finding a suitor for the long product division in Europe.
- In his new position, Jha will report to Hans Fischer, Chief Executive Officer of Tata Steel Europe and will be supported by a team of executives drawn across functions including operations, procurement, finance, human resources and commercial, said Tata Steel in a statement on Monday.
- Last week, Tata Steel signed an agreement with Greybull Capital to sell its struggling long product division.
- Koushik Chatterjee, Group Executive Director, Tata Steel said Jha’s experience in the process of divestment of Long Products division in Europe will be invaluable as Tata Steel Europe explores strategic alternatives for its operations in the UK.
C K Deshmukh appointed CVO in Indian Oil Corporation
- IAS officer C K Deshmukh was today appointed as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) in Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
- C K Deshmukh, a 1996 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, has been appointed to the post till May 23, 2017, the date on which she completes combined central deputation tenure of seven years, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said.
- The CVO acts as distant arm of Central Vigilance Commission to check corruption and strengthen anti-graft measures in an organisation.
Hari Phuyal appointed Nepal's Attorney General
- Advocate Hari Phuyal has been appointed as the new Attorney General of Nepal by President Bidya Devi Bhandari upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
- Phuyal was appointed as per Article 157.2 of the Constitution yesterday.
- The office was vacant since March 1, when the then Attorney General Hari Krishna Karki resigned from his position, reports Himalayan Times.
- The post of Attorney General is a coveted one and he works as the chief legal advisor to the government here.
Dipa Karmakar became first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics
- Indian artistic gymnast Dipa Karmakar on 17 April 2016 created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics.
- Karmakar booked a berth for the Rio Games after a strong performance at the final qualifying and test event. She earned a total score of 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying event to book a berth for artistic gymnastics in Rio Games to be held in August 2016.
- Karmakar has been listed as the 79th gymnast among individual qualifiers in the list of women’s artistic gymnast who have qualified for the Rio Olympics.
Australia won 2016 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
- Australia on 16 April 2016 defeated India 4-0 in the final to win the 25th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup held in Ipoh, Malaysia.
- This was the 9th title for the Aussies at this tournament having last won it in 2014.
- India last won the tournament in 2010, their fifth title, when they were jointly declared winners with South Korea.
- Thomas Craig and Matt Gohdes scored two goals each in open field play for Australia. The Aussies took off though Craig's field goals in the 25th and 35th minutes. Gohdes made it 3-0 in the 43rd minute and scored the fourth in the 57th minute.
Rafael Nadal defeated Gael Monfils to win Monte Carlo Masters title
- Rafael Nadal on 17 April 2016 defeated Frenchman Gael Monfils to grab the 2016 Monte Carlo Masters title.
- Nadal, appearing in his 100th Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour final, won 7-5 5-7 6-0 in 2 hours 46 minutes to claim his ninth title, but his first since 2012.
International Day for Monuments and Sites observed with theme The Heritage of Sport
- International Day for Monuments and Sites traditionally called World Heritage Day was observed across the world on 18 April 2016 with theme ‘The Heritage of Sport’.
- The theme was decided by the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in the backdrop of Rio Olympics 2016 that is to be hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016.
- World Heritage Day is observed to create awareness to protect and preserve the shared wealth of humankind and showcases the diversity of cultural heritage. It calls for collective efforts of the international community to preserve the valuable asset.
World Haemophilia Day 2016 observed globally with theme Treatment for all is the vision of all
- World Haemophilia Day was observed globally on 17 April 2016 with theme Treatment for all is the vision of all.
- The day aims at raising awareness about haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. The day also provides an opportunity to talk to the family and friends, colleagues, and caregivers to raise awareness and increase support for those living with an inherited bleeding disorder.
- Hemophilia Day was established in 1989 with the support of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH). The date of 17 April was chosen to honour Frank Schnabel, the founder of WFH, whose birthday falls on the same date.
Dell released list of Future Ready Economies Model; Delhi ranked 44th
- Dell on 15 April 2016 released its ranking of Future Ready Economies Model globally. As per the ranking, San Jose topped the list of 50 future-ready cities around the world that are embracing technology to adapt and thrive in an ever changing and globalised future.
- The national capital Delhi was ranked 44th in the list.
- The Future-Ready Economies Model scores large, high-growth global metropolitan areas based on attributes that enable people and organisations to access new tools and ideas that deliver better connectivity, better economic performance and a greater ability to attract talent.
- The rankings were compiled by IHS Economics based on proxy indicators that define the insights and criteria developed at the 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit: Enabling Economies for the Future, hosted by Harvard University and sponsored by Dell.
Hero Group co-founder Satyanand Munjal passed away
- Satyanand Munjal, co-founder of Hero Cycles group, passed away on 14 April 2016 at Model Town, Ludhiana. He was 99.
- He was popularly known as Mahatma Satyanand Munjal for being devoted to several social causes related to the Arya Samaj.
- Satyanand had co-founded Hero Group with his three brothers, Om Prakash Munjal, Brijmohan Lall Munjal and Dayanand Munjal. The brothers hailed from a small town called Kamalia, now in Pakistan.
- The philanthropist had served as a Co-Chairman and Managing Director (MD) of Hero Cycles Ltd.