Current Affairs Update – 14 April, 2017

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the important Current Affairs of 14 April, 2017. These are important for the upcoming SBI PO mains, BOB Manipal 2017, NICL AO 2017 and NIACL Assistant 2017.



Current Affairs at a Glance - 14 April, 2017
  1. Prime Minister Modi on 14 April 2017, the 126th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, launched BHIM-Aadhaaar app for merchants in Nagpur. In addition to this, he also launched cash back and referral bonus schemes for BHIM and declared about 75 townships spread all over India as ‘less-cash townships’.
  2. Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, on 13 April 2017 launched Aadhaar Seeding Application. The Application aims efficient service delivery and widening the reach of Employees Provident Fund (EPF) benefits.
  3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14 April 2017 dedicated various units of the thermal power plants at Koradi, Chandrapur and Parli of Maharashtra to the nation. The total capacity of these plants is 3230 Mega Watts.
  4. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) was signed to further the active technical cooperation programme between the two countries.
  5. On the lines of the Anti-Romeo Squad of Uttar Pradesh, the Haryana Government on 13 April 2017 launched 'Operation Durga' to ensure women safety in the state.
  6. Lucknow Apr 13 (PTI) Senior counsel Raghvendra Singh has been appointed as the new advocate general of Uttar Pradesh.
  7. Mukulita Vijayawargiya has been appointed as Whole Time Member of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI).
  8. The United States on 13 April 2017 dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb GBU-43/B ever deployed in combat on an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan. The bomb was dropped at around 7 PM local time in Afghanistan.





Financial and Banking News –

PM Narendra Modi launches BHIM-Aadhaar Pay app

  • Prime Minister Modi on 14 April 2017, the 126th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, launched BHIM-Aadhaaar app for merchants in Nagpur. In addition to this, he also launched cash back and referral bonus schemes for BHIM and declared about 75 townships spread all over India as ‘less-cash townships’.
  • The initiatives were launched with an aim to further the digital payments revolution in India. It also seeks to reinforce the vision of Baba Saheb for social empowerment of all through financial inclusion.
  • BHIM-Aadhaar, the merchant interface of the BHIM App will pave the way for making digital payments by using the Aadhaar platform.
  • This will enable every Indian citizen to pay digitally using their biometric data like their thumb imprint on a merchants’ biometric-enabled device which could be smart phone having a biometric reader.
  • Any citizen without access to smart phones, the internet, debit or credit cards will be able to transact digitally through the BHIM Aadhaar platform.
  • Besides, the Prime Minister also launched two new initiative schemes and they are BHIM - Cashback and Referral bonus. These schemes have an outlay of Rs 495 rupees for a period of six months. These schemes will provide a major impetus to the digital payment revolution in India.
  • Referral bonus scheme: Under the scheme both the existing user who refers BHIM and the new user who adopts BHIM would get a cash bonus credited directly to their account. Per referral, the government will deposit Rs 10 to the account holder. The scheme will run until 14 October 2017.
  • Cashback scheme: Under the scheme, the merchants will get a cash back on every transaction using BHIM.


Union Government launches Aadhaar Seeding Application

  • Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, on 13 April 2017 launched Aadhaar Seeding Application.
  • The Application aims efficient service delivery and widening the reach of Employees Provident Fund (EPF) benefits.
  • The Application was launched at the 217th special meeting of the Central Board of Employees Provident Fund (CBEPF/EPFO) in New Delhi.
  • The Aadhaar Seeding Application is developed by the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation with support of the Common Service Centers (CSC) and CDAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing).
  • The Application is developed in pursuance of the government’s policy for optimum use of information technology for efficient service delivery and widening the reach of benefits to people.
  • With the implementation of the Application, Provident Fund member or pensioner can walk in any of the field offices of EPFO or CSC outlets with UAN and Aadhaar and seed the Aadhaar with the UAN.


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PM Modi inaugurates new units in Koradi thermal power station in Nagpur

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14 April 2017 dedicated various units of the thermal power plants at Koradi, Chandrapur and Parli of Maharashtra to the nation. The total capacity of these plants is 3230 Mega Watts.
  • Three super-critical units 660 MW each at Koradi
  • Two of 500 MW each at Chandrapur
  • One of 250 MW at Parli
  • The power station was inaugurated during Modi’s day-long visit to Nagpur.
  • Immediately after arrival at airport, he proceeded to sacred Deekshabhoomi and paid rich tributes to the Architect of Indian Constitution Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar at the Central Memorial on his birth anniversary.


India and France sign MoU on Civil Aviation

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) was signed to further the active technical cooperation programme between the two countries.
  • Providing for exchanges of officials and the sharing of technical know-how, the agreement will be beneficial for the long-term enhancement of skills and expertise.
  • The MoU was signed by Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, and AK Dutta, Member (ANS) of the Airports Authority of India.
  • Originally initiated in 2010, the renewal of the Indo-French cooperation agreement under this MoU comes at a crucial time when the Indian aviation industry is booming, requiring a highly skilled workforce. Several teams of Indian officials have already visited Toulouse and Paris, in France, under this technical cooperation programme.
  • This MoU is also beneficial for imparting training of engineers, technicians, managers etc. In a reflection of the rich and decades-old history of active collaboration, recently a new Master’s programme in Airport Management was conducted jointly by French and Indian training institutes in Hyderabad. The third intake of Indian students for this course has just started, taking the total number of trainees to over 100.


News related to India and states –

Haryana government launches Operation Durga for women's safety

  • On the lines of the Anti-Romeo Squad of Uttar Pradesh, the Haryana Government on 13 April 2017 launched 'Operation Durga' to ensure women safety in the state.
  • On the first day of its launch itself, the police teams nabbed 72 people from all the districts for allegedly indulging in crimes against women including eve teasing.
  • The Flying Squad of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar formed twenty-four teams for carrying out the Operation Durga.
  • The teams comprise woman personnel, including nine Sub- inspectors of Police, 14 Assistant Sub-inspectors, six Head Constables and 13 constables, besides other police officers from each district.
  • The teams will visit public places such as schools, colleges, bus stands and railway stations.


Appointments –

Raghvendra Singh appointed as new Advocate General of UP

  • Lucknow Apr 13 (PTI) Senior counsel Raghvendra Singh has been appointed as the new advocate general of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Governor Ram Naik has appointed Raghvendra Singh as the new Advocate General of the state on the advice of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who called on him this evening, a Raj Bhawan spokesperson said today.
  • The Governor has accepted the resignation of Vijay Bahadur Singh, who was appointed during the Samajwadi Party dispensation, as the Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh, the spokesperson said.
  • Earlier in the day, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court directed the chief secretary of the state to inform the court by April 20 the name of the Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh, during the hearing of a case.
  • The order was passed by a division bench of Justices Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and Sanjay Harkauli in a case challenging validity of a state law, in which earlier the court had issued notice to the AG for assistance.


M Vijayawargiya is Whole Time Member, IBBI

  • Mukulita Vijayawargiya has been appointed as Whole Time Member of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI), Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
  • She will look after the Administrative Law Wing along with Information Technology, Limited Insolvency Examination, National Insolvency Examination, Finance and Accounts and Communication.
  • Vijayawargiya was earlier serving as a member of Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee (BLRC). She played a key role in drafting the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 as Additional Secretary in the Legislative Department, Ministry of Law & Justice.
  • She has also served as a member of Indian Legal Service and has been associated with drafting/vetting of more than 100 legislative proposals in the legislative department.
  • Further she has been a visiting scholar in Japan and Australia and published a number of articles in various journals and is co-author of two books.


World –

US drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan

  • The United States on 13 April 2017 dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat on an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan. The bomb was dropped at around 7 PM local time in Afghanistan.
  • Adam Stump, the spokesman of the Pentagon stated, “a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed Mother of All Bombs, was dropped on a tunnel complex of ISIS-Khorasan, a regional affiliate of the terror group, in Achin district of Afghanistan's Nanagarh province.”
  • The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by the Air Force Special Operations Command.
  • President Donald Trump praised the military for the bombing run and called it a successful mission.
  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated that the US took all precautions necessary to prevent civilian casualties and collateral damage as a result of the operation.


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