Current Affairs Update – 29-30 April, 2017

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the important Current Affairs of 29 and 30 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 - 29-30 April, 2017
  1. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a circular to banks asking them to accept faded notes or those with ink marks or scribbles. In a Circular to banks, RBI said such banknotes have to be treated as "soiled notes" and dealt with according to the RBI's "clean note policy," which asks banks to not turn away customers with soiled notes and also refrain from recycling the soiled notes received by them over their counters.
  2. Global retail major Walmart has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Telangana government on Saturday to set up 10 stores in the State within next five years.
  3. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to launch five communication satellites by the end of 2017. The same was confirmed by the organisation’s chairman, A S Kiran Kumar on 27 April 2017.
  4. The Odisha government and Tata Trusts on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to reduce migration from the Western Odisha districts.
  5. The 101-year-old athlete, Mann Kaur, on 27 April 2017 became the oldest person to sky walk around Auckland’s famous landmark Sky Tower.
  6. The Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare 2017 was observed on 29 April 2017 by the United Nations (UN).





Financial News –

RBI Tells Banks Not To Reject Spoiled Or Scribbled Notes

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a circular to banks asking them to accept faded notes or those with ink marks or scribbles. In a Circular to banks, RBI said such banknotes have to be treated as "soiled notes" and dealt with according to the RBI's "clean note policy," which asks banks to not turn away customers with soiled notes and also refrain from recycling the soiled notes received by them over their counters.
  • The statement was issued after the central bank received complaints that many branches were not accepting banknotes, with anything written on them or those either smudged with colour or faded due to washing.
  • The central bank clarified that its instructions on scribbling on notes was a directive for staffers to not to write on banknotes. Bank branches have been rejecting such notes following rumours in social media that such notes were not acceptable.
  • In December 2013, RBI had issued a statement as part of its Clean Note Policy asking banks to exchange soiled notes of even non-customers and issue only good quality clean notes to the public.


Walmart signs MoU with Telangana State


  • Global retail major Walmart has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Telangana government on Saturday to set up 10 stores in the State within next five years.
  • The company plans to set up about five stores in Hyderabad while the remaining will come up in other major cities and towns of Telangana. It is looking at new stores in Karimnagar, Warangal and Nizamabad. The company will be making an investment of about $120 million (about Rs 800 crore) for its 10 stores.
  • This move is expected to generate 2,000 jobs in the State and will benefit 3 lakh kirana stores and re-sellers. Land has been finalised for the first store and the company is scouting for suitable land in other parts of Hyderabad and other cities.
  • This is part of the 50 new stores that the company is planning to develop in next five years. It already operates 21 stores in the country. The cash and carry stores of Walmart are aimed to help kiranas, farmers and small and medium enterprises.




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News related to India –


ISRO to improve India’s communication system by launching 5 satellites


  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to launch five communication satellites by the end of 2017. The same was confirmed by the organisation’s chairman, A S Kiran Kumar on 27 April 2017.
  • Kumar stated that the main aim behind the launch is to improve the communication system within the country. The specific use of the satellites would be to improve the number of available transponders for communications. The move is expected to significantly enhance India’s communication capability.
  • The announcement was made by the ISRO chief on the sidelines of a lecture that was organised on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the Osmania University in Hyderabad.
  • Kumar’s lecture at the University included an overview of the number of satellites launched by the space organisation and the purpose of each satellite in the areas of disaster management, weather forecasting, space exploration, education, agriculture and geo-spatial applications.
  • ISRO chief also revealed that India is the only country to achieve the feat of having a large number of satellites.

Odisha government and Tata Trusts sign MOU to reduce migration


  • The Odisha government and Tata Trusts on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to reduce migration from the Western Odisha districts.
  • A special action plan (SAP) has been prepared for intense action in 30 gram panchayats of two districts to curb migration and facilitate creation for opportunities of livelihood for migrant workers in the State.
  • Initially, the field for the implementation of the SAP prepared for this programme will be in Bolangir and Nuapada districts. It is expected that a fund flow of Rs 134 crore will help with implementation of the programme.
  • The special action plan will be scaled up and replicated in all other migration prone districts in a phased manner.

Sports –

101-year-old Mann Kaur becomes world’s oldest person to complete Auckland Sky Walk


  • The 101-year-old athlete, Mann Kaur, on 27 April 2017 became the oldest person to sky walk around Auckland’s famous landmark Sky Tower.
  • Having set a new world record on the field, Kaur stepped out 192 metres above Auckland city to achieve the feat.
  • The athlete from India held her 79-year-old son Gurdev Singh’s hand as she inched along the narrow platform towering high above the city centre.
  • On 26 April 2017, Kaur broke the Guinness World Record for javelin with a throw of 5 m 12 in her final competition at the Trusts Stadium in Waitakere, west Auckland.
  • Earlier on 24 April 2017, the athlete clinched the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games held in Auckland, New Zealand.

Days –

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare 2017 observed


  • The Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare 2017 was observed on 29 April 2017 by the United Nations (UN).
  • This commemoration will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, as well as to reaffirm the commitment of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the elimination of the threat of chemical weapons.
  • The Third Review Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Convention held in April 2013 in the Hague, the Netherlands, adopted a political declaration that confirms the unequivocal commitment of the States Parties to the global chemical weapons ban.







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