Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the important Current Affairs of 26th April, 2016. These are important for the upcoming SBI Clerk 2016.
Union Government launched Sahapedia, India's first online interactive portal
- The Union Government on 23 April 2016 launched Sahapedia.org, India's first online interactive portal on the cultural heritage of the country.
- Sahapedia is a collection of resources on the diverse heritage of India. It is non-profit society, led by former TCS chairman S. Ramadorai, who is the head of the National Skill Development Agency.
- The online portal aims at educating the people of India about its various traditions, visual arts, performing arts, literature and languages. The portal is accessible to all and is a strong initiative towards the digitisation and research on the traditional art forms of India and their importance in the modern era.
Indo-Mongolia Joint Military Exercise, Nomadic Elephant – 2016, commenced
- The 11th Indo-Mongolia joint training Exercise, titled ‘Nomadic Elephant - 2016’ commenced on 25 April 2016 in Mongolia. The exercise aims at promoting military associations between India and Mongolia will culminate on 8 May 2016.
- The aim of this exercise is to develop synergy and inter operability between the two armies to fight in Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism environment under the United Nation mandate.
Key highlights of Nomadic Elephant - 2016 Exercise
- A platoon of the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army along with a team of two observers will be taking part in the event.
- From the Mongolian Armed Forces, a total of 60 personnel will take part in the exercise.
Madhya Pradesh, ICMR and Sun Pharma joined hands for research in preventive health
- Government of Madhya Pradesh, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Sun Pharma on 25 April 2016 entered into an agreement for research and innovation in preventive health.
- This agreement for Malaria Free India and other innovation in preventive health was announced by Union Health Minister JP Nadda in New Delhi at a function on the occasion of World Malaria Day.
Key highlights of the collaboration
- A malaria elimination demonstration project titled Malaria Free India will be established to support the national framework for elimination of malaria in India.
- The demonstration project will be launched in one of the most malaria endemic districts of Madhya Pradesh and implemented in a phased manner, beginning with Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh before December 2016.
INS Karmuk Corvette participated in Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT)
- Indian Missile Corvette, INS Karmuk along with a Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft participated in the 22nd Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) on 25 April 2016 in the Andaman Sea.
- India’s indigenously built Missile Corvette is based at the Andaman and Nicobar Command.
India to host 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships
- The Judo Federation of India (JFI) on 25 April 2016 announced that India has been allotted the Commonwealth Judo Championships 2018.
- The Commonwealth Judo Championships was allotted to India, by the Commonwealth Judo Congress held on 23 April 2016 at Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
- This will be the first time that Commonwealth Judo Championships will be held in India. The Championships will be held in Jaipur. However, the dates are yet to be finalized.
Riyad Mahrez became first African footballer to win PFA Player of the Year
- Riyad Mahrez on 24 April 2016 became the first African footballer to win the Professional Footballers Association’s (PFA) Player of the Year award for the 2015–16 season. The footballer received the award at the Professional Footballers’ Association awards ceremony organised in London.
- With the award, Mahrez also became the second non-European, after Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, to grab the award.
- On the other hand, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli was named Young Player of the Year.
Union Government to provide 1 lakh Rupees per month to Rio-bound athletes
- Union Sports Ministry on 25 April 2016 announced to provide one lakh rupees per month as out of pocket allowance to the sports persons under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme.
- This allowance will help the sports persons in their preparation for the Olympics and Paralympics Games at Rio de Janeiro, which is set to start in August 2016.
- 77 Indian athletes in eight disciplines have qualified for the Olympics till date and many more are likely to qualify in the next two months.
- Target Olympic Podium scheme is a sports ministry initiative under which Olympic medal prospects are funded by the government for top class training as part of their preparations for the Games.
Jeje Lalpekhlua named FPAI Player of the Year
- Professional football club Mohun Bagan and India striker Jeje Lalpekhlua on 25 April 2016 won the Football Players’ Association of India (FPAI) Indian Player of the Year award at its annual awards function held in Mumbai.
- Lalpekhlua received the highest number of votes from fellow professional footballers to finish on top in the shortlist which included India captain Sunil Chhetri, Bikash Jairu, David Lalrinmuana and Dhanachandra Singh.
- Nigerian striker Ranti Martins, who played for East Bengal in the I-League, was named the Foreign Player of the Year.
- The Manipur-born Udanta Singh of I-League champion Bengaluru FC bagged the Young Player of the Year award. Bengaluru FC’s coach Ashley Westwood won the Coach of the Year award.
- Debjit Majumder was named the Fans’ Player of the Year.
BPCL got environmental clearance for 694 crore rupees LPG project in West Bengal
- Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) on 25 April 2016 got green nod for its 694-crore rupees project at Haldia Dock Complex in West Bengal. This is the project of developing LPG import terminal as well as storage, bottling and bulk distribution facilities.
- The proposed project aims to boost supply and help achieve the government’s target of making LPG available to each household by 2018.
- The domestic production of LPG is around 12.38 million metric tonne per annum (mmtpa) which is much lower than the estimated demand of 18.65 mmtpa in 2016.
Ashok Lavasa to be next expenditure secretary
- The government initiated a major senior bureaucratic reshuffle when it announced 13 new appointments on Tuesday, including that of Environment Secretary Ashok Lavasa as Expenditure Secretary due to the retirement of Finance Secretary Ratan Watal.
- Lavasa, a 1980 batch IAS officer from the Haryana cadre, will take over the expenditure department from Watal, a 1978 batch Andhra Pradesh cadre officer, who retires on Saturday. Lavasa will be replaced at environment by Ajay Narayan Jha, a 1982 batch Manipur cadre officer, currently special secretary in the expenditure department.
- Watal has been expenditure secretary since December 2013 and became finance secretary in August last year. He was due to retire on February 29 but as the government was in the middle of the budget-making process for 2016-17, his tenure was extended by two months.
World Intellectual Property Day 2016 observed globally
- The World Intellectual Property Day 2016 was on 26 April 2016 observed across the world with the theme Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined.
- On this day, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) works together with various government agencies, non-government organizations, community groups and individuals to hold different events and activities to promote World Intellectual Property Day.
- The day is celebrated to spread awareness about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.
Saudi Arabia unveiled Vision 2030 cutting reliance on oil
- The Cabinet of Saudi Arabia kingdom on 25 April 2016 approved the Vision 2030, a broad-based economic reform plan. The Vision charts out the roadmap for diversifying the Saudi economy in next 14 years and to ensure that Saudi Arabia can live without oil by 2020.
- Vision 2030 envisages forming public investment fund, boosting affordable housing and giving expats long-term residence among others.
Three pillars of Vision 2030
- Saudi Arabia’s status as the heart of the Arab and Islamic worlds
- Determination to become a global investment powerhouse
- Transforming unique strategic location into a global hub connecting three continents, Asia, Europe and Africa
Thailand former Prime Minister Banharn Silpa-archa died
- The former prime minister of Thailand, Banharn Silpa-archa was died on 23 April 2016 in Bangkok. He was 83.
- His scandal-ridden tenure a Prime Minister preceded the Thailand’s economic collapse in the 1990s.