Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the important Current Affairs of 27th April, 2016. These are important for the upcoming SBI Clerk 2016 Exam.
DBS unveils India’s first mobile-only bank ‘DigiBank’
- DBS Bank, Singapore’s largest bank, has unveiled digibank, India’s first mobile-only bank, targetting five million retail customers.
- The bank said Digibank brings together an entire suite of ground-breaking technology — from biometrics to artificial intelligence (AI) —for customers, breaking away from conventional banking norms with their onerous form-filling and cumbersome processes, to a paperless, signatureless and branchless bank.
- Account-opening can be done at an extensive network of outlets run by DBS’ partners which include over 500 cafes across India.
- Since there is no paperwork involved, customer authentication is done purely using the Aadhaar card, a biometrics-enabled ID which has been issued to over one billion Indians.
Panic Button and Global Positioning System in Mobile Phone Handsets Rules 2016 notified
- The Department of Telecommunications on 22 April 2016 notified the Panic Button and Global Positioning System in Mobile Phone Handsets Rules 2016.
- The Rules were issued under section 10 of the Indian Wireless Telegraph Act, 1933.
Highlights of the Mobile Phone Handsets Rules 2016
- Under these rules, all feature phones will have the facility of panic button configured to the numeric key 5 or 9.
- All the smart phones will have the panic button configured to three times short pressing of the on-off button.
- Further, with effect from 1 January 2018, all mobile phones will be required to have the facility of identifying the location through satellite based GPS.
Parliamentary panel headed by Divakar Reddy suggested fine, jail for celebrities of misleading ads
- Parliamentary Standing Committee’s report on the Consumer Protection Bill 2015 was tabled in Parliament on 26 April 2016.
- The committee headed by Telugu Desam Party MP J C Divakar Reddy in its report recommended holding celebrities accountable for misleading advertisements and stringent provisions including jail term up to five years and penalty up to 50 lakh rupees.
Highlights of the Recommendations
- It suggested legal teeth to Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) to curb misleading ads besides proposing severe penalties, jail and cancellation of license of those involved in food adulteration.
- Advocates empowering Department of Consumer Affairs to make laws to regulate e-commerce, direct selling and multi-level marketing where consumer complaints are on the rise.
- For first time offence, the offender may be penalised with either a fine of 10 lakh rupees or imprisonment up to two years or both.
- For second time offence, it recommends a fine of 50 lakh rupees and imprisonment of five years.
Shyam Benegal panel submitted report on Censor Board functioning
- The Shyam Benegal-headed committee constituted to revamp Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on 26 April 2016 submitted its report to Information & Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley.
- The committee has recommended that CBFC should only be a film certification body whose scope should be restricted to categorizing the suitability of the film to audience groups on the basis of age and maturity.
Objective of the Guidelines
a) Children and adults are protected from potentially harmful or unsuitable content
b) Audiences, particularly parents are empowered to make informed viewing decisions
c) Artistic expression and creative freedom are not unduly curbed in the process of classification of films
Union Tourism Ministry launched NOAPS web portal of National Monuments Authority
- Union Tourism Ministry on 26 April 2016 launched NOC Online Application and Processing System (NOAPS) Web Portal of National Monuments Authority.
- The Portal was developed through the technology and expertise of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), who are in the process of mapping of 3686 ASI protected monuments and sites.
Highlights of the Portal
- In the initial phase, the web portal integrates NMA’s portal with the online portal of local bodies of Delhi and Mumbai viz. NDMC, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and MCDs to facilitate single window clearance for construction on a common application form.
- The applicant need to fill up a single form which will be sent to the concerned agencies by the local body, from whom No Objection Certificate (NOC) is required.
Heart of Asia conference began in New Delhi
- The Heart of Asia (HoA) conference began on 26 April 2016 in New Delhi.
- The conference was attended by officials of a number of countries including Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry.
- Earlier, Pakistan hosted the fifth Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Islamabad on 9 December 2015.
Key elements of HoA
- To devise a sustained, incremental approach to implementation of the Confidence Building Measures (CBM) in Afghanistan. The officials are set to deliberate on them during the conference.
- The objective of the conference is to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan and to speed up its reconstruction with a focus on enhancing investment and connectivity to the country.
Naval Detachment Inaugurated at Androth Island of Lakshadweep
- A Naval Detachment (NAVDET) was on 26 April 2016 inaugurated at the Androth Island of Lakshadweep Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, AVSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command.
- The Officer-In-Charge of the Detachment is Lt Cdr Angom B Singh who will function under the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Lakshadweep and Minicoy Island).
- The setting up of this naval detachment will extend Indian naval presence at Androth Island.
Rajeev Sharma appointed PFC CMD
- Rajeev Sharma was today appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of Power Finance Corporation (PFC), a Navratna Public Sector Undertaking.
- Sharma is presently CMD of Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd.
- The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved appointment of Sharma to the post of CMD, PFC, for a period of five years from the date of assumption of charge, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said.
- He will take over the new responsibility from October 1, 2016 after incumbent M K Goel completes his tenure in September end, it said.
South Africa Government banned four federations to host International tournaments
- South Africa sports minister Fikile Mbalula on 25 April 2016 imposed the sanctions on Cricket South Africa (CSA) along with other three federations, which disallow them to host or bid for any major international tournaments.
- Along with Cricket South Africa (CSA), the same punishment was meted out to the rugby, athletics and netball federations, and the decision will be reviewed in 2017.
- The sanction effectively means CSA cannot lobby or express interest in any other tournaments until Mbalula clears them.
ICC suspended Cricket Association of Nepal
- International Cricket Council (ICC) in its board meeting on 26 April 2016 suspended the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in view of government interference in the board.
- The suspension would stay in place until such time as the CAN becomes free of government interference and is properly structured to begin exploiting the tremendous cricket talent and opportunities that exist in Nepal.
- It will only cut off ICC funding for the CAN but Nepal national teams can continue to feature in ICC events.
Nandu Natekar became first non-cricketer to become a member of CCI's Legend Club
- Badminton ace Nandu Natekar in April 2016 became the first non-Cricketer to be inducted into the Legends Club founded by the late Cricket Club of India (CCI) president Raj Singh Dungarpur.
- Natekar was inducted into the club along with 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, who became the sixth cricketer to be inducted in the club.
- The two, Nandu and Kapil were inducted into the Club’s legend group after consultation with the Cricket Club of India (CCI) president, Kekoo Nicholson.
Awards & Honors –
IIT scholar, K Ashok Kumar, won International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award
- K Ashok Kumar, a research scholar from IIT Kharagpur (KGP), won the prestigious International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award.
- Kumar, a research scholar at the department of agricultural and food engineering at the Bengal-based IIT, was recently awarded by the US-based International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI). The award carries a cash prize of 2000 US dollar and a recognition certificate.
- Ashok is pursuing his PhD on 'Comparative Assessment of Direct and Residual Effects of Organic and Inorganic Nutrient Management on Rice-Chickpea Production System in Lateritic Soil.'
- The objective of this research is to study the soil nutrient dynamics under organic and inorganic nutrient management to improve the crop yield and quality of rice-chickpea cropping system in lateritic soil.
World’s tiniest thermometer created
- Scientists have created the world’s tiniest thermometer that is 20,000 times smaller than a human hair, using DNA structures that can fold and unfold at specifically defined temperatures.
- The advance may significantly aid our understanding of natural and human designed nanotechnologies by enabling to measure temperature at the nanoscale, researchers said.
- Over 60 years ago, researchers discovered that the DNA molecules that encode our genetic information can unfold when heated.