·This day is an initiative of the White
Ribbon Alliance of India.
·The initiative was taken to enforce that
women must have the availability and adequate access to care during pregnancy,
childbirth and postnatal services.
is the first country in the world to
have officially declared National Safe Motherhood Day.
2018 – “Respectful maternity care”.
Jayanti 2018 - 127th birth anniversary
·Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known
as Babasaheb was born on April 14, 1891 in town and military cantonment of Mhow
in the central provinces (now in Madhya Pradesh).
·Ambedkar was the first Law Minister in
·Ambedkar is the first Indian to pursue a
doctorate degree in Economics abroad. He is also the first Ph.D in Economics
and the first double doctorate holder in Economics in South Asia.
·In 1990, he was honoured with the Bharat
Haemophilia Day 2018 – 17th April
·Every April 17 World Haemophilia Day is recognised worldwide to increase
awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders.
·World Haemophilia Day was started in
1989 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) which chose to bring the
community together on April 17 in honour of WFH founder FrankSchnabel’s
·In 2018 the theme is “Sharing Knowledge Makes Us Stronger”.
Heritage Day – 18th April
·World Heritage Day is an annual event
celebrated on 18 April every year.
·It aims to preserve the human heritage
and recognize the efforts of all the relevant organizations in the field.
the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) announced, 18 April as the "World Heritage Day",
approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983, with an aim to enhance
awareness of the importance of cultural heritage of humankind, and redouble
efforts to protect and conserve the human heritage.
·The 2018theme - “Heritage for Generations”.
Liver Day 2018 – 19th April
·World Liver Day, commemorated on April
19 every year, is about building awareness and understanding how important the
liver is for our body and how liver diseases can be managed effectively.
·According to WHO, liver disease is the 10th
most common cause of death in India.
·This year, the theme2018 is ‘Riding
New Waves in Liver Diagnosis, Staging & Treatment’.
·The liver is the 2nd largest organ.
·It fights infections, removes toxins,
controls cholesterol, regulates blood sugar, make proteins and releases bile to
·The foods that can help combat liver
diseases: Garlic, Carrot, Apple.
Services Day – 21st April
·The Civil Services Day is organized on
21st April every year, when civil servants re-dedicate themselves to
the cause of the citizens and renew their commitment to public service.
·This day coincides with the date on
which Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had addressed the first batch of probationers at
the All India Administrative Service Training School at Metcalfe House, New
Delhi in 1947.
·The Vice President released a book on
this day ‘Emulating Excellence- Takeaways
Public e-library opens in Berhampur
·Odisha Public e-library set up by
Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC)
and Odisha Society of America (OSA) has started functioning from the Town Hall.
a first, Kerala issues protocol to confirm brain death
·The Kerala government has issued
protocols to be followed to confirm brain death cases with an aim to make organ
transplants more transparent in the state.
·"It is for the first time that a
state in the country is putting in place the Standard Operating Procedures
(SOPs) to confirm brain death cases".
·As per the new guidelines, 3 stages of
procedures have to be followed-- precautions to be taken before tests to
determine brain death, analysis of reflective actions of brain and Apnea Test (an important component of
brain death assessment).
·The norms are applicable to both government and private run hospitals in the state.
to start free chemotherapy units in 10 district hospitals
·The government of Maharashtra announced
that cancer patients would be provided free chemotherapy treatment at district
hospitals with the first phase of the plan starting in June.
sale of 14 steroid creams banned by Health Ministry
·To prevent the indiscriminate sale of
ointments containing steroids and antibiotics without prescription, the Union
Health Ministry has banned over-the-counter sale of 14 such products.
·Some ointments that have been banned are
alclometasone, beclomethasone, desonide
and fluocinonide among others.
wins Rs 1,081 cr contract for Kudankulam Nuclear Power Proj
·Reliance Infrastructure Ltd (RInfra) has
won a Rs 1,081 crore contract from Nuclear
Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) for works pertaining to two units of the
Kudankulam project in Tamil Nadu.
launches India's most powerful electric locomotive in Bihar
·P.M Modi unveils India's first 12,000
horsepower electric locomotive from Bihar's Madhepura locomotive factory.
·Developed at Madhepura's Electric
Locomotive Factory, the all-electric high-speed train is the first big
Make-in-India project completed by Alstom of France.
to be recognised as independent gender category in PAN form
·The government has amended Income Tax
rules that will now allow transgenders to be recognised as an independent
category of applicants for obtaining a Permanent Account Number (PAN) for their
·The notification, issued under sections
139A and 295 of the Income Tax Act, specifies the new application process for
obtaining a PAN number by an individual.
·PAN is a 10-digit unique alphanumeric
number alloted by the IT department to individuals and entities.
3-Nation Visit: India, Swaziland sign 2 agreements
·India and Swaziland have signed two
agreements in the field of Health and
Medicine and Visa department.
·One of the agreement deals with granting
of the visa waiver for the diplomats and officials holding relevant passports
while the other is to ensure cooperation in the field of health and medicine.
govt comes up with Water ATM policy for urban areas
government has come up with Water ATM Policy to provide clean drinking water to
people at public places in cities.
own GPS: Isro successfully launches IRNSS-1I navigation satellite
·The Indian Space Research Organisation
(Isro) successfully launched the IRNSS-1I navigation satellite aboard the
·The rocket was launched from First Launch
Pad (FLP) of SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.
·ISRO Chairman - K Sivan.
Morocco sign pact to promote mineral exploration
·India has inked a pact with Morocco
under which focus would be laid on evaluation of potential mineral resources
and promoting exploration and mining through participation of both public and
largest solar park to come up in Gujarat
·Gujarat C.M Vijay Rupani approved
setting up a 5,000 MW capacity solar park at the Dholera Special Investment
Region (SIR), which would be the largest such entity in the world after its
·The proposed solar power generation
project would be set up in 11,000 hectares of land with an investment of Rs
Timor Leste sign MoU to cooperate in healthcare
·India and Timor Leste have signed a MoU
in the field of public health to extend affordable healthcare to the people of
the Southeast Asian nation.
·Timor Leste Capital: Dili
·Currencies: US Dollar, Indonesian rupiah, East Timor centavo coins.
·Official languages: Portuguese, Tetun.
installs India’s first 5G lab
·IIT-Delhi has set up a radio lab with an
array of antennas for “standardisation, research and manufacturing” of 5G
·“In an effort to establish India as a
key global player in the standardisation, research and development and
manufacturing of 5G equipment, a Massive MIMO radio laboratory has been set up
at IIT Delhi and will be inaugurated on April 13.
Western Command celebrates 14th Raising Day
·Tributes were paid to the martyrs of
Indian Army at a solemn ceremony at 'Prerna Sthal' here to mark 14th
raising day of South Western Army Command.
·He said that South Western Command, the
7th and the youngest command of the Indian Army, turned 14 on 15 April, 2018.
marks 71st foundation day, awards best performers
·Himachal Pradesh C.M Jai Ram Thakur
hoisted the Indian national at the Ridge Maidan to mark the state's 71st
·Alpine skier Aanchal Thakur from Manali was awarded Himachal Gaurav Puruskar for being the only
Indian who has won a medal in skiing.
Highest-Paying Indian City in 2018: Survey
·The IT capital of India, Bengaluru, pays the highest with an
average annual Cost to Company (CTC) for talent across all levels and functions
at Rs 10.8 lakh, followed by Pune at Rs 10.3 lakh, NCR (National
Capital Region) at Rs 9.9 lakh and Mumbai at Rs 9.2 lakh.
unveils beta site for comparison of telcos’ tariffs
·The Telecom Regulatory Authority of
India (TRAI) unveiled the beta version of a portal that aims to bring on one
platform, the tariffs offered by telecom operators in different service areas.
·At present, the operators offer
information on various tariffs on their own websites. TRAI noted that the new
platform would not only benefit the consumers but also help other stakeholders
do a comparative analysis.
·The Ministry of Environment, Forest and
Climate Change has notified the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules
·The amended Rules lay down that the
phasing out of Multilayered Plastic (MLP) is now applicable to MLP, which are
non-recyclable, or non-energy recoverable, or with no alternate use.
2nd longest river bridge opened
·The much-awaited bridge built over the Ibriver
in Sambalpur district was thrown open to the public by Odisha’s C.M Naveen
·The 2.5-km-long bridge, which is the
State’s 2nd longest bridge, has been built in 3 years at a cost of Rs. 117.50 crore.
·The bridge has helped establish direct
road connectivity between Sambalpur and Brajarajnagar and the distance has now
been reduced by 50 km.
to host India-Wiesbaden Conference
·The Ministry of External Affairs, New
Delhi, in cooperation with the Government of Germany and the United Nations
Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is hosting the India-Wiesbaden
Conference 2018, in New-Delhi.
·The title of the Conference is ‘Securing
Global Supply Chains through Government-Industry Partnerships towards Effective
Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1540’.
14 Newest Agricultural Heritage Sites FAO added
·Since 2016, 14 new sites have been
designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, including the
first ones in Europe.
sites added to 2018
in Southern Mountainous and Hilly Areas, China
Yellow River Old Course Ancient Mulberry Grove System, China 2018.
Wasabi Cultivation in Shizuoka, Japan 2018.
Agro-sylvo-pastoral System, Portugal 2018.
Sinha launches DARPAN-PLI App
·Minister of State for Communication Manoj Sinha has launched DARPAN-Postal
Life Insurance App, in New Delhi.
·The DARPAN-PLI App will help in
collection of premium for postal life insurance and rural postal life insurance
policies at branch post offices anywhere in India, with online updation of the
of MoU between the GIFAS (France) and the SIDM (India)
·The Society of Indian Defence
Manufacturers (SIDM) and the
Groupement des Industries Françaises Aeronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS) signed a MoU on the sidelines of
a major industrial mission in India in the field of aerospace and defence
organised by GIFAS with the support of SIDM.
·The cooperation will focus on 5 axes of
common interest that are:
development of business opportunities between members of GIFAS and SIDM
and human capital development
Industry Policy and Business Environment
e-way bill in 6 more states
·6 more states, including Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, will roll out the intra-state e-way bill system
from April 20.
·As on April 15, e-way bill system for
intra-state movement of goods has been rolled out in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.
has highest rate of crime against SC/STs, Bengal lowest: NCRB data
reports the highest rate of crimes against Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe
population, while West Bengal reports the lowest, according to latest data
released by National Crime Records Bureau.
·For crimes against SCs specifically, Madhya
Pradesh is highest at 43.4%, and WestBengal is lowest at 6%.
·For crimes against the ST population specifically, Rajasthan is the highest at 12.9%, with
Bengal being the lowest at 1.6%.
Ministry Sets up four Technology Centres for North East: Giriraj Singh
·Various issues facing entrepreneurs and
Startups in North East States of India like accessing credit, handholding for
setting up businesses, accessing markets in India and abroad and R&D for
refinement of art based products manufactured in the North East were discussed.
·For this technology centres are being
established in Imphal, Dimapur, Tinsukia and Agartala.
Indian filmmaker at Madame Tussauds: Karan Johar
Johar has become the first-ever Bollywood filmmaker to
get a place at the famous Madame Tussauds.
·The 45-year-old filmmaker often referred
as KJo, is a celebrated Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume
designer, actor, and television personality.
introduces new QR code for offline Aadhaar verification
·To shield the crucial information and
add an extra level of privacy to Aadhaar against any sort of tampering, the
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced an updated
digitally signed 'QR code' on e-Aadhaar that will now contain the photograph of
the Aadhaar user with other non-sensitive details like name, address and birth
Bhushan Pandey, CEO of Aadhaar-issuing body UIDAI.
·A QR code is a machine-readable barcode
label typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the
camera on a smartphone.
to host India Skills Kerala 2018
·Kerala will host the India Skills Kerala
2018 – in Kochi, as part of the World Skills India 2018.
·The event is aimed at identifying and
training talents to get medals at the World Skills Competition Kazan 2019.
launches Pocket Cop, 4,900 cops get smartphones
·Taking a techno-savvy approach, the
Gujarat police unveiled the Pocket Cop project, which will enable quicker
verification of passport applicants, and search of accused persons, among
·Under the project, smartphones with data
connectivity will be given to 4,900 police personnel, including every police
station in-charge, investigating officer, PCR van, and those involved in
tops the 3G and 4G download speed chart, says report
·Bharti Airtel topped the charts on 3G and 4G download speed, bettering
rival Reliance Jio Infocomm, while
the latter emerged as the best 4G service provider in the country.
·London-based OpenSignal, a company that specialises in wireless coverage
mapping, said in a report.
govt to distribute free smartphones to over 50 lakh people
·The BJP government in Chhattisgarh will
start distributing smartphones to over 50 lakh people for free from May under
the Sanchar Kranti Yojana (SKY.
·Under the scheme, 40 lakh phones will be
given to women heads of households in villages having population of more than
1,000 while five lakh phones will be given to women heads belonging to poor
families living in urban areas.
Irani launches GNFC’s Neem project in UP
·State-run Gujarat Narmada Valley
Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GNFC) started its socio-economic Neem
Project, inaugurated by Union Minister Smriti Irani Kathaura – Jagdishpur in
·GNFC intends to collect 8,000 to 10,000
MT Neem seeds from the State.
emerges as top city for office expansion: CBRE
·In India, Bangalore has emerged as the most preferred city for office
expansion, according to a survey by real estate consulting firm, CBRE South
·CBRE India head (GWS and asset
services), Rajesh Pandit, said with each year, the country further establishes
itself as one of the world’s most attractive markets for expanding occupiers.
CHESS to study interstellar clouds
·NASA is launching a sounding rocketCHESS on June 27 to study vast
interstellar clouds and know about the earliest stages of star formation.
·CHESS will train its eye at Beta Scorpii
— a hot, brightly shining star in the Scorpius constellation well-positioned
for the instrument to probe the material between the star and our own solar
on Foreign Office Consultations between lndia and Eritrea
·A MoU on Foreign Office Consultations
between the Government of Republic of India
and the Government of the State of Eritrea
·From the Indian side, the MoU will be
signed by T. S. Tirumurti, Secretary(ER) and from the Eritrean side by H. E.
Mr. Alem Tsehaye Woldemariam, Ambassador of Eritrea in New Delhi.
cr project bagged by ITDC for developing infrastructure in AP
·India Tourism Development Corporation
(ITDC) signed a MoU with Hyderabad based firm M/s Suraas Impex Pvt. Ltd. for
developing a Mega Tourism Destination project at Bhairav Lanka in Kakinada,
East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs. 550
absent from Malaria Summit in London'
·India was conspicuous by its absence
from the Malaria Summit in London alongside the 25th Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) despite having the third largest malaria
cases in the world after Congo and Nigeria, those campaigning against the
first long-distance electric bus line to begin in Paris
·The world's first long-distance electric
bus line was inaugurated in Paris.
·The service will link the French capital
to the northern city of Amiens, a 160km journey which will take a little over
·With a maximum range of 250 kilometres
(155 miles), the batteries can be fully charged in 5 hours or even just two
with the use of a "super-charger".
launches road safety trust fund
·Citing tragic road accidents in India
and Canada, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed termed traffic deaths
an urgent global concern as the world body launched a trust fund aimed at
spurring action to help save lives in road accidents.
·UNECE head - Olga Algayerova
Nigeria hold military summit in Abuja
·Military top brass from across Africa
kicked off a conference co-hosted by the United States aimed at boosting
cooperation between countries fighting extremist groups.
·The African Land Forces Summit brings
together "land force chiefs from
across Africa for candid dialogue" to improve security.
·Military leaders from almost every
country on the continent -- including Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya and Rwanda
-- were in Nigeria's capital of Abuja to exchange notes on threats in Africa,
from Al-Shabaab in the east to Boko Haram in the west.
to launch new weather satellite
·China will launch a new meteorological
satellite in the first half this year to further boost its weather forecasting
capabilities, according to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
09 satellite, the last in the Fengyun-II series, will be able to collect
meteorological, maritime, and hydrological data to help weather forecast in
China and neighbouring regions.
·The satellite will be launched from
Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
and Road Initiative: China, Singapore sign MoU to strengthen cooperation
·Singapore and China signed a fresh MoU,
in a bid to intensify co-operation between the two countries in foreign markets
along the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
·The BRI mega-project is a plan to
connect around 68 countries across Europe, Asia and Africa through a
network of infrastructures such as roads, railways, ports and industrial hubs
to recreate the ancient Silk Road network of trade routes connecting the East
and the West, with China at the centre of trade and economic affairs.
Conference on Human Rights in South Asia
·The conference is organized by the
National Human Rights Commission of Nepal.
of conference is "Identifying Challenges, Assessing Progress,
Moving Forward: Addressing Impunity and Realizing Human Rights in South Asia".
among world’s top 20 busiest airports
the country’s busiest airport for passenger traffic, grew by 14.1% year over
year, pushing it up from the 22nd to the 16th busiest
airport in the world”.
·In terms of rate of growth IGI was
followed by China’s Guangzhou airport at 10.3 % and Indonesia’s Jakarta
airport at 8.3%.
Airport in the United States with
104 million passengers secured the top spot, followed by Beijing at the 2nd position and Dubai at the 3rd.
Ends Reservation in Government Jobs
·Bangladesh P.M Sheikh Hasina announced
she will be abolishing the quota system
for government jobs.
·According to the Bangladesh government's
existing quota system, 56% of jobs in the public sector are reserved for
children of freedom fighters, women, ethnic minorities, people with
disabilities and citizens of some backward districts. The protesters have been
demanding the quota to be reduced to 10%.
·The protesting students and job-seekers
also demanded that a job applicant should not be given privilege of a quota
more than once.
announces GSP eligibility review of India
·Based on the market access concerns it
has with India, the US announced eligibility review of India for the
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).
·Simultaneously, the US also announced
eligibility review of other two countries - Indonesia and Kazakhstan,
which it said was based on concerns about the countries’ compliance with the
·The GSP is the largest and oldest US
trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by
allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary
approves plan for new equal pay law
·The UAE Cabinet has approved the
issuance of legislation to ensure equal pay for men and women working in the
·According to state news agency WAM, the
Law on Equal Wages and Salaries for Men and Women will ensure that women have
equal opportunities as partners in the UAE’s development, and to further
empower women to lead future national strategies and ambitious projects.
Jatra being celebrated in Nepal
·In Nepal the famous Bisket Jatra is
being celebrated in Bhaktapur and other parts of Kathmandu valley. The nine day
annual festival marks beginning of Nepali new year.
·It is believed that the festival started
during Malla dynasty.
wins elections to key UN subsidiary bodies
has won an election to a crucial non-governmental organisation committee in the
UN after garnering the highest number of votes besides getting elected by
acclamation to other subsidiary bodies in five separate polls.
·India’s Permanent Representative to the
UN Ambassador SyedAkbaruddin.
·India topped the election to the
Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations.
King of Swaziland renames the country 'the Kingdom of eSwatini'
·The King announced he was officially
renaming Swaziland to the Kingdom ofeSwatini at Golden Jubilee
independence celebrations which corresponded with his 50th birthday.
·Swaziland was known as the Kingdom of
eSwatini prior to being colonised by the British.
opens WTC in Delhi to boost ties with India
·With an aim to strengthen trade ties
with India, Taipei World Trade Centre (TWTC) launched its office in Delhi,
ahead of Taiwan’s first ever expo that will showcase cutting-edge technology
and smart city solutions in Delhi.
·James C.F Huang,
Arabia unveils 1st new cinema in 35 years
·Saudi Arabia unveiled its first cinema
in over 35 years with a private screening of the blockbuster Black Panther, the first in a series of
trial runs before movie theaters open to the wider public.
Zealand bans all new offshore oil exploration
·New Zealand P.M Jacinda Ardern announced a ban on all new offshore oil exploration,
describing her decision as a transition towards a zero-carbon economy.
Bank approves $55mn for Bangladesh project
·The World Bank has approved $55 million
to expand the use of clean renewable energy in rural areas of Bangladesh where
grid electricity cannot reach easily.
·The additional financing to the Second
Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development (RERED II) Project will
install 1,000 solar irrigation pumps, 30 solar mini-grids and about 4 million
improved cooking stoves in rural areas.
Sharif barred from holding office for life by Pakistan’s SC
·Pakistan’s Supreme Court issued a
lifetime ban on politicians holding office after legal disqualification — a
ruling that will bar former Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif from ever holding an elected position following a corruption probe
against the ex-premier last year.
returns Légion d'honneur award to France
·Syria has returned to France the
prestigious Légion d'honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad, saying he
would not wear the award of a country that was a "slave" to America.
·France recently joined the US and
Britain in bombing Syrian targets over an alleged chemical weapons attack.
Charles to succeed Queen as Commonwealth head
·Prince Charles was approved as the
successor to Queen Elizabeth as head
of the Commonwealth at a meeting of the group’s heads of government in Windsor.
BANKING & BUSINESS
to invest Rs 80 bn in hydropower project of Nepal
·The State Bank of India will be
investing a total of Rs 80 billion in the Arun
III hydropower project of Nepal, which has 900 megawatts (MW)
electricity production capacities.
crisis: 11 public sector banks under RBI scanner
·11 public sector banks are under the
radar of the RBI over the issue of non-performing assets.
·These banks have been brought under the
central bank’s Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework with an aim to check
·PCA, which stands for Prompt Corrective
Action, generally restricts lending activities of the banks, according to the
report. Banks under this framework are restricted from opening new branches,
staff recruitment and increasing the size of their loan book depending on the
risk thresholds set in PCA rules. Apart from these, banks are directed to
disburse loans only to those companies whose borrowing is above investment
·The 11 banks on the RBI’s watch-list
include Allahabad Bank, United Bank of
India, Corporation Bank, IDBI Bank, UCO Bank, Bank of India, Central Bank of
India, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Dena Bank, Bank of
·5 banks which could be brought under the
PCA are Andhra Bank, Punjab National
Bank, Canara Bank, Union Bank and Punjab
& Sind Bank.
launches UK subsidiary with £225 m
·The SBI has announced the launch of its
UK subsidiary, SBI (UK) Limited, with an initial capital commitment of £225 million from its parent entity.
·SBI becomes the 1st foreign
bank in the UK to ring fence its retail division from its wholesale business.
to invest Rs 80 billion in hydropower project of Nepal
·The State Bank of India (SBI) will be
investing a total of Rs 80 billion in the Arun
III hydropower project of Nepal, which has 900 megawatts (MW) electricity
·With the completion of the project,
Nepal will get 21.9% of the total electricity produced in a year i.e., 197 MW
electricity with 86 crore unit for free in a year.
to expand its long-term lending to Rs 80,000 cr in FY19
·Development finance institution Nabard
said it aims to increase its long-term on-lending or refinance portfolio to
about Rs 80,000 crore in the current
fiscal as part of its effort to improve the rural economy.
·The institutions on-lending in 2017-18
was Rs 65,000 crore.
·Nabard Chairman H K Bhanwala.
·Nabard spent Rs 293.79 crore under the Financial Inclusion Fund (FIF) towards a
host of initiatives like financial literacy camps, demonstration of banking
technology through ATM vans, centres for financial literacy and various other
types of capacity building projects.
slaps Rs 3 cr fine on IDBI Bank
·Reserve Bank of India has imposed a
penalty of Rs 3 crore on the IDBI bank for non-compliance to the Income
Recognition and Asset Classification (IRAC)
to invest $140 million to improve rural connectivity in MP
·The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
(AIIB) has decided to invest $140
million to develop, improve and manage rural roads in Madhya Pradesh.
·The project also aims to improve
durability and accessibility, and enhance resilience to climate change of the
gravel surfaced rural road while building the state government’s capacity to
manage its rural road network and road safety.
·A comprehensive road safety program and
developing of road safety management capacity with road accident data
management system are also among the works.
raises Nabard's authorised capital to Rs 300 bn to aid rural economy
·As part of the drive to double income of
farmers by 2022, the government has raised the authorised capital of Nabard by
six times to Rs 300billion to help it increase its lending
to the rural economy.
·Nabard was set up in 1982 to promote sustainable and
equitable agriculture and rural development through participative financial and
non-financial interventions, innovations, technology and institutional
development for securing prosperity.
·Nabard is the main agency for
implementing RIFD scheme.
launches products to mark foundation day
·State-run Punjab National Bank (PNB)
launched new products such as pre-approved credit card and UPI solution to mark
its 124th foundation day.
Mehta - MD and CEO, of the bank.
Bank become India’s 2nd most valuable lender
Mahindra Bank, once known for broking and deal
making, surpassed the country’s largest state-run commercial lender SBI in market value for the first time
to become the 2nd-most valuable bank in India after HDFC Bank.
approves Rs 14,690 cr funding to Rajasthan
·National Bank for Agriculture and Rural
Development (NABARD) has extended
total credit support of Rs 14,690 crore
to Rajasthan for 2017-18.
allows cash withdrawal from PoS devices
·In a bid to ease the cash crunch, SBI
has decided to allow depositors to withdraw cash from its point of sale (PoS)
devices available with merchants.
·According to guidelines issued by the
RBI, customers can withdraw up to 1,000
per day per card in Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities, and 2,000 per card per day in Tier-3 to Tier-6 cities.
Mercantile Coop Bank bags Banco Award
·Kutch-based Bhuj Mercantile Cooperative
Bank has bagged the prestigious Banco Award for best performing cooperative
·The bank was adjudged best among the
1500 cooperative banks from across the country.
India's most trusted bank, ICICI tops in private sector
Brand Trust Report 2018 said the State Bank of India was the most-trusted
bank (both public and private sector) in the country and ICICIBank topped the
chart among the private ones.
Bank gets RBI nod to open 2 global representative offices
·Private sector lender YES Bank has got
approval from the RBI to open two international representative offices.
·The new offices will come up in London and Singapore as part of the bank’s international expansion to provide
services to the NRI (non resident Indian) population.
announces mega partnership with Myntra
·Zoom, part of the Times Network,
announced one of the biggest-ever brand partnerships in the television history
in India, with the country's leading online fashion e-tailer, Myntra.
Narayanan, CEO of Myntra and Jabong.
Sodexo join hands to accelerate digital transformation
·Reliance Jio and Sodexo, announced a
partnership to accelerate India's digital transformation.
·Jio Money, the Prepaid Payment
Instrument (PPI) wallet offered by Jio Payments Bank Ltd., has enabled
integration of Sodexo Meal Cards with the Jio Money account of its users to
allow mobile-based payments via Sodexo Meal Card.
Gehlot appointed member of Congress central election panel
·Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot has been appointed a
member of the party’s central election committee, the apex body for selection
of candidates during elections.
Ranjan takes over as CISF DG
·Bihar-cadre IPS officer Rajesh Ranjan took over as the new
Director General (DG) of the CISF, which guards a majority of the country's
civil airports and other vital installations.
·The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF),
raised in 1969, works under the command of the Union Home Ministry and also
secures nuclear and aerospace installations in the country.
professor Balram Bhargava appointed DG of ICMR
·AIIMS professor Balram Bhargava appointed the Director General of Indian Council of
Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary of the Department of Health Research.
·The Delhi-based ICMR is one of the
oldest medical research bodies in the world.
Ki-moon elected BFA chairman
·BOAO, Hainan Former United Nations (UN)
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was
elected chairman of Boao Forum for Asia
·The Board of Directors Meeting of the
Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) is held in Boao, south China's Hainan Province.
Premji appointed Nasscom Chairman
·Nasscom has appointed Rishad Premji, Chief Strategy Officer
and Member of the Board, Wipro, as its Chairman for 2018-19.
·Premji succeeds Raman Roy, Chairman and Managing Director, Quatrro Global Services.
Chafekar is new Flag Officer of ICG West
·Inspector General Vijay Chafekar has taken over as the new Flag Officer, Indian Coast
Guard (West Region) from IG K.R.
·The ICG (West) comprises a critical area
that extends to the outer limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone from the coasts
of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala,
Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep.
·An alumnus of the Joint Services Staff
College, New Port, US, IG Chafekar is a recipient of Tatrakshak Medal and the
President's Tatrakshak Medal.
Gen PP Malhotra takes over as DG NCC
·Lieutenant General PP Malhotra assumed charge as Director General of National Cadet
Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed
youth organization in the world.
Rajalakshmi elected IWPC president
·Senior journalist T K Rajalakshmi was
elected the new president of the Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC), while Jyoti Malhotra and Shobhna
Jain were declared vice-presidents
of the media body.
·According to IWPC, Shalini Bhardwaj was elected joint
secretary and Preeti Mehra, its treasurer.
Chenoy takes over as FICCI Secretary General
·Dilip Chenoy was appointed as the
Secretary General of industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce
and Industry (FICCI) from succeeding
Ambassador of India to Egypt
Kulshreshth, presently Ambassador of India to the
Republic of Turkey, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to
the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Ambassador of lndia to Turkey
Bhattacharya, presently Ambassador of India to the
Arab Republic of Egypt has been appointed as the next Ambassador of lndia to the
Republic of Turkey.
Indian ambassador to Nicaragua
·Indian Ambassador to Panama Ravi Thapar has been given the additional
charge of envoy to Nicaragua.
Bank appoints lead managers for proposed IPO
Shekhar Ghosh has been re-appointed as managing
director and CEO of Bandhan Bank for a period of three years from July 10,
finally has a permanent administrator
·The US Senate has confirmed President
Donald Trump-nominated Representative JimBridenstine to lead the US space
Bridenstine is the 13th Administrator
for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Díaz-Canel, Cuba’s New President
·Cuba has confirmed that Miguel Diaz-Canel, a Communist Party
loyalist, is to replace RaulCastro as president – bringing an end
to the 59-year era of rule under the Castro brothers, though almost certainly
not their influence or power.
GDP to grow 7.3% this fiscal, 7.6% in next: ADB
·The Asian Development Bank has said,
India's economic growth is set to rise to 7.3%
this fiscal and further to 7.6% in
the next financial year, on back of GST and banking reforms.
·ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada.
economy has recovered from the impact of demonetisation - World Bank
·The World Bank said that India’s economy
has recovered from the impact of demonetisation and the introduction of the
Goods and Services Tax regime, and would grow at 7.3% in 2018 and 7.5% in 2019.
pegs India growth at 7.4% for FY19
·India’s economy is forecast to grow 7.4%
in the current fiscal from 6.7% in FY18 and accelerate further in FY20 to 7.8%,
shows the IMF’s latest forecast.
is world’s 6th largest economy at $2.6 trillion, says IMF
·India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP),
the worth of the economy, clocked in at $2.6
trillion for 2017, according to the database of the International Monetary
Fund’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) for April 2018.
·India is now the world’s 6th largest
economy, displacing France. The 5
economies ahead are the U S, China, Japan, Germany and UK.
National Film Awards
·Amit Masurkar’s Newton, which was India’s pick for the Oscars this year, won the
Best Hindi Film honour at the 65th
National Film Awards.
also won the Best Malayalam Film, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor
·Actor Sridevi posthumously won the Best Actress award at the 65th
National Film Awards for her film Mom.
Rahman won the award for Best Music Direction and Songs
for Kaatru Veliyidai.
·Best Action Film went to Baahubali.
to receive Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement award
·Veteran actorDharmendra and filmmakerRajkumar Hirani will be conferred with the prestigious Raj Kapoor
Lifetime Achievement and Raj Kapoor Special Contribution awards, respectively.
·Veteran Marathi actor Vijay Chavhan will receive the V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement award,
while actor-director Mrinal Kulkarni
has been named for V Shantaram Special Contribution awards.
of Thrones to receive Special BAFTA recognition
·The production team responsible for the
epic locales in fantasy drama Game of Thrones will be given the BAFTA Special
Award at this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards.
Rao Hydari to receive Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 'Bhoomi'
·Aditi Rao Hydari added another trophy to
her achievements as she will receive Dada Saheb Phalke excellence award 2018
for the Best Leading Lady (Critics Award) for her memorable performance in
wins Most Film Friendly Award
Pradesh has bagged the Most Film Friendly Award given by
the central government for its efforts to ease filming in the state by creating
a well-structured website, film friendly infrastructure and more.
Kapoor felicitated with Indian Brand Builder by AAAI
Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES BANK,
India’s 4th largest private sector Bank was recognized by Advertising
Agencies Association of India (AAAI)
as an Outstanding Contributor to the Media and Communication Industry and
Indian Brand Builder at the13th edition of Goafest 2018.
chairman gets lifetime contribution to media award
chairman of Bennett, Coleman & Co, India’s largest media house, which
publishes newspapers and magazines, received the All India Management
Association’s (AIMA’s) annual award
for lifetime contribution to media.
Minister JP Nadda gives away Kayakalp awards
·The award is given by the Ministry to
those best performing public health facilities which demonstrate high level of
cleanliness, hygiene and infection control.
·On the basis of numbers of patients and
bed occupancy, the awards have been listed in two categories. In the 1st
category, AIIMS, New Delhi received the first prize worth
Rs. 2.50cr, while PGI Chandigarh won the 2nd
prize worth Rs.1.50cr.
·In the 2nd category, North
Eastern Indira Gandhi regional Institute
of Health and Medical Science, Shillong was adjudged the winner with a
prize money worth Rs. 1.50 crore.
prize went to AIIMS, Bhubhaneswar with a prize money worth 1 crore.
Badminton Star Kidambi Srikanth becomes World No.1
·Indian badminton star Kidambi Srikanth became world No. 1 in
the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, replacing Denmark'sViktor Axelsen.
·Srikanth bagged the mixed team gold in
the ongoing Gold Coast Games and continues to feature in the men's singles
format in that event.
·Srikanth becomes only the 2nd
Indian after Saina Nehwal, who
achieved the feat in 2015, to top the rankings and the first Indian male to do
Kumar wins gold, wrestlers shine for India
Aware opened India’s wrestling gold medal account at the
21st Commonwealth Games defeated Canada’s Steven Takahashi.
·BabitaPhogat (53kg) settled for silver, while debutant Kiran happily flaunted a hard-earned bronze.
Singh claims gold in women’s double trap shooting
Singh held her nerve and produced some excellent shooting
to win the women’s double trap gold medal in the 21st Commonwealth
Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
highlights at the Commonwealth Games 2018
·India finished 3rd in the medals tally at the Commonwealth Games 2018
with 66 medals (26Gold, 20Silver
·Only Australia with 198 medals and England
with 136 were ahead.
·India's 26 Golds was also 3rd, behind Australia (80) and England (45).
Batra made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win an individual table tennis Gold at the
·India's maximum medals came from shooting (16), followed by wrestling
(12) and weightlifting (9).
·The 10-member Indian table tennis team
secured 8 (3 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze) medals, which turned out to be their
best-ever medal haul in the history of the Games.
·Teenager Deepak Lather from Haryana became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a Commonwealth
Games medal, clinching a Bronze in
the men’s 69kg category.
·Indian shooterAnish Bhanwala, aged 15, created
history by becoming the country’s youngest ever Gold medal winner in the
Commonwealth Games, in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol.
Chopra from Haryana became the 1st Indian javelin
thrower to claim a Gold
medal at the Games.
Nehwal became the first Indian to win two singles Golds at the Games after defeating PV
·WeightlifterMirabai Chanu, who claimed India's
first Gold, in the Women's 48 kg,
broke three Games records in the ‘snatch’ section, the ‘clean and jerk’ and the
overall Games record.
Pune swimmer double crosses Bangla Channel, sets world record
·Pune-based 17-year-old swimmer Sampanna Ramesh Shelar has set a world
record to double cross the Bangla Channel.
·Shelar, is the first person to swim to
and fro from Saint Martin's Island Jetty to Teknaf in Bangladesh also known as
the Bangla Channel.
ranks 10th on new Commonwealth innovation index
was ranked 10th on a new
Commonwealth Innovation Index, topped by the UK, Singapore and Canada.
Srikanth falls four places, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal steady
·India's historic glory atop on the men's
singles rankings was shortlived as ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth dropped four places to settle for the 5th position as per the
latest list issued by BWF.
Sindhu and Saina
Nehwal are however steady at the positions 3rd and 12th
·It was only a week ago that Srikanth had
scripted history by becoming the first Indian male shuttler to rise to Word No.
1 in new BWF rankings era.
F1 Chinese Grand Prix
driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia celebrates after winning the
Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, east China.
·Daniel Ricciardo claimed the title of
the event in 1 hour, 35 minutes and 36.380 seconds.
Basketball World Cup 2019 unveils official mascot
of Dreams was unveiled as official Mascot of the FIBA
Basketball World Cup 2019.
tops FIFA rankings
stayed at the top of the FIFA rankings despite losing to No. 2 Brazil.
rose two places to No. 3, while Portugal
and Argentina each dropped one to
Nos. 4 and 5 after losing friendlies.
·No. 70Saudi Arabia is the lowest ranked
World Cup team.
Kohli, Mithali Raj named as Wisden’s cricketers of the year
Kohli and Mithali
Raj have been named among Wisden’s leading cricketers of the year.
Surendra Nihal Singh
·Veteran journalist S Nihal Singh passed away following illness.
·He was awarded the prestigious International Editor of the Year Award
in New York for opposing the Emergency imposed by former P.M Indira Gandhi.
Pierce Bush, the fiercely loyal wife of one U.S.
president and mother of another who was a champion of literacy and admired
public figure in her own right, died.
·Veteran journalist T V R Shenoy passed
away in Mangaluru, where he had been admitted following multiple health
Delhi HC Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar
·Human rights activist and former Chief
Justice of the Delhi High Court Justice RajinderSachar passed away at a New Delhi
·Pandit Vinay Chandra Maudgalya wrote the famous patriotic song celebrating
the unity in diversity that is India — “Hind
desh ke niwaasi sabhi jan ek hain, rang roop vesh bhasha chaahe anek hain”
(Indians are one despite the heterogeneity of colour, look and language).
·The first film he made independently —
The Climb (1971) — won the Silver Hugo
award at the Chicago Film Festival.
Sudan’s army chief General James Ajongo died in Cairo after a short illness at the age of 64.
Kaumudi chief editor M.S. Ravi dead
·Chief Editor of Kerala Kaumudi M.S. Ravi, 68, died.
·Mr. Ravi was the fourth son of Kerala
Kaumudi founder editor K. Sukumaran and Madhavi Sukumaran.