Daily Current Affairs Updates – 20th April 2017

Daily Current Affairs Updates – 20th April 2017:
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United Nations Chinese Day 2017 observed

The United Nations Chinese Day 2017 was observed globally on 20 April 2017. The Day is observed every year to promote the use of Chinese language in the United Nations. The first United Nations Chinese Day was held on 12 November 2010 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Chinese language is one of the oldest languages in the world.
United Nations Chinese Day 2017 : April 20
Home Minister asks civil servants to use technology for improved service delivery
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked civil servants to interpret and implement rules and regulations with an open and progressive mindset. Addressing the11th Civil Services Day function in New Delhi today, Mr Singh said, decisions should be taken on the basis of national interest and in the interest of the people. He said, while making the rules it should be kept in mind that people are helped by these rules and regulations and not hindered by it. He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision is focused on development and good governance and with the help of technology civil servants can improve service delivery mechanism.
UP Govt decides to change sugarcane price fixation policy from next crushing season

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to change its sugarcane price fixation policy from next crushing season. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced it yesterday after meeting with representatives of sugarcane millers. He directed the officials to follow the Maharashtra and Karnataka government’s pricing policies of sugarcane and implement the good and pro farmers points of their policies. Mr Adityanath said, the farmers of both the states are getting reasonable prices of their product due to the policies adopted by the state governments. He asked the millers to insure the payments to the sugarcane farmers within 14 days.
CM:Yogi Adityanath
Capital: Lucknow
Venkaiah Naidu seeks cooperation of states for ensuring houses to all in urban areas

Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu today said National Urban Rental Housing Policy has been formulated and it will be taken for Cabinet approval soon. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Mr Naidu said owning a pucca house is a fundamental aspiration for all citizens of the country and the government is committed to fulfill it. Mr Naidu said, ensuring a task of house for all in urban areas is a challenge and states should cooperate with Centre in this connection. He said, government has approved financing of construction of 17.73 lakh affordable houses in 2,008 cities and towns.
Urban Development Minister: Venkaiah Naidu
Maharashtra government sends three Marathi films to Cannes, again

The Maharashtra government has entered three Marathi films for screening at Cannes 2017, one of the biggest film festivals in the world.The films have been chosen to promote Marathi Cinema internationally and to open the doors of the global market for Marathi filmmakers.The Cannes film festival will be held from 17 May to 26 May 2017. It is the biggest film market in the world with more than 12000 participants and the showcase of over 1400 films.
State : Maharashtra
Capital : Mumbai
Chief Minister : Devendra Fadnavis
Governor : C Vidyasagar Rao
Amazon launches Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote in India

Global e-commerce major Amazon on 19 April 2017 launched the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote in India.Fire TV Stick is the powerful streaming media device that plugs into an HD Television and lets customers access thousands of movies, TV shows, apps and games.The device will be available on Amazon India and selected retailers like Reliance Digital and Croma. It will compete with devices like Google Chromecast, Amkette’s EvoTV and Apple TV.
Organisation: Amazon
CEO: Jeff Bezos
Headquarters: Seattle, Washington, United States
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate UN Vesak Day in Sri Lanka

Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Sri Lanka’s Minister for Justice and Buddhasasana, announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the UN Vesak Day. PM Modi will ina
]ugurate UN Vesak Day on 12 May 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.In addition, Modi will also hold meetings with the Sri Lankan leadership. The two nations will discuss key issues, including the Palk Bay fisheries conflict, apart from finalising development cooperation agreements. It will be Modi’s second official visit to Sri Lanka. In March 2015, he made the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the island nation in nearly three decades.
Country: Sri Lanka.
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
President: Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe
NGT slams Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over Yamuna damage

National Green Tribunal today slammed the Art of Living over its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar statement blaming the Centre and the green panel for damage to the Yamuna floodplains. Describing the statement as shocking, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said, Art of Living founder has no sense of responsibility. The observations came after petitioner informed the bench about Ravi Shankar’s recent statement blaming the government and the NGT for permitting his NGO to hold the World Culture Festival on the floodplains of river Yamuna.
NGT Chairperson: Justice Swatanter Kumar

UK Parliament votes in favour of PM Theresa May’s call for early general election

The UK Parliament has overwhelmingly voted in favour of Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for an early general election. The Parliament yesterday voted 522 to 13 in favour of the election, to take place on June 8th. On Tuesday, Ms May had called for a snap election in a surprise announcement. She had said, holding an election in June, rather than as scheduled in 2020, will give the country certainty and stability as it negotiates its departure from the European Union.
United Kingdom
Capital: London
Prime minister: Theresa May
Currency: Pound sterling
Landslide kills at least 17 in Colombia landslides

In Colombia, at least 17 people were killed and more than two dozen injured after heavy rains caused landslides in the city of Manizales. The Mayor of Manizales city, Jose Octavio Cardona said thirty homes collapsed in different sectors of the city yesterday. Dozens of hillsides gave way in Manizales after the city received the equivalent of a full month’s rain in the span of five hours.
Country: Colombia.
Capital: Bogotá
Currency: Colombian peso
President: Juan Manuel Santos
Pakistan passes bill on compulsory Quran teaching in schools

Pakistan’s National Assembly has passed a bill endorsing compulsory Quran education for all Muslim students studying in government schools from class 1 to 12, according to reports. The legislation is seen as a step to reduce dependency on madrasas where children are just taught the Quran. However, the bill requires President Mamnoon Hussain’s signature to become a law.
Country: Pakistan
Capital: Islamabad
Currency: Pakistani rupee
President: Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister: Nawaz Sharif
Wildlife trafficking threatens 30% world natural Heritage Sites: WWF

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on 18 April 2017 published a report, which revealed that poaching, illegal logging and fishing in nearly 30% of World Heritage sites are driving endangered species to the brink of extinction.The report urges for additional and immediate measures to halt the worrying trend in illegal trafficking for international trade of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)-listed species in the world’s most ecologically important places.
Organisation: World Wide Fund for Nature
CEO: Marco Lambertini
Headquarters: Gland, Switzerland
Sagar Baheti becomes India’s first visually impaired runner to complete Boston Marathon

India’s Sagar Baheti on 17 April 2017 became the first visually impaired Indian runner to complete the historic Boston Marathon.Supported by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI), Baheti completed a distance of 42.16 kilometres in just over four hours.The 31-year old runner finished the 121st Boston Marathon as one of 30000 runners.Baheti is a businessman by profession. In 2013, he was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, a type of macular degeneration that eventually leads to blindness.
MABVI: Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
UN to issue 10 stamps of ‘asanas’ on International Yoga Day

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue a set of stamps showing 10 yoga asanas (poses) to commemorate the International Day of Yoga on June 21 in New York. The stamps, to be issued only in $1.15 denomination each, depict a different yoga poses next to a large ‘Om’ in Devanagari script.
UNPA: United Nations Postal Administration

Britain will lose more from Brexit than EU, Foreign policy chief says

European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini says, Britain will lose more than the European Union (EU) from its decision to leave the bloc. Speaking to students at the elite Tsinghua University in Beijing she said Britain will have to dismantle their belonging to a community and EU will lose an important member state. She said all member states are important, equally, because one can be contributing more on some policies than others.

Pak SC to deliver verdict on Panama case involving PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s Supreme Court will deliver its verdict today on the Panama Papers case, involving Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif and his children. The court had, in February, reserved its verdict in the case, after both the defence and prosecution completed their arguments. PML-N leadership held meetings yesterday to chalk out a strategy in the wake of the verdict. A party leader said, the option of early election is being discussed by the leadership in case of adverse verdict affecting Prime Minister Sharif.
TRAI invites comments on ease of doing business in broadcasting sector

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has invited comments from stakeholders on ease of doing business in the broadcasting sector. TRAI, in a release said, the comments, which can be sent till 8th of next month, will help in identifying issues related to ease of doing business before going for an elaborate consultation later. The telecom regulator said, a number of steps have already been taken for ease of doing business in the broadcasting sector.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI)
Chairman-R. S. Sharma
Secretary-Sudhir Gupta
Headquarters-New Delhi
Myntra acquires Bengaluru-based logistics startup InLogg

Online fashion retailer Myntra on Wednesday acquired Bengaluru-based logistics startup InLogg for an undisclosed amount. As a part of the acquisition, InLogg’s team has joined Myntra. Founded in 2015, InLogg offers a technology platform that provides end-to-end logistics solutions for the e-commerce sector. This is the fourth technology-led acquisition for Myntra.
Finance Ministry approves 8.65% interest rate on EPF for 2016-17: Labour Minister

Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya today said that the Finance Ministry has approved 8(point)65 per cent interest rate on EPF for 2016-17. He said, the government will immediately issue the notification and credit the rate of interest to over four crore subscribers. The ratification of the 8.65 per cent on EPF will enable the retirement fund body EPFO to credit this rate of return into the accounts of the subscribers. The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation trustees had approved 8.65 per cent rate on EPF in December last year.
Labour Minister :Bandaru Dattatreya
Cabinet approves direct foreign borrowing by state entities

The Cabinet approved policy guidelines to allow ‘financially sound’ state government entities to borrow directly from international agencies for vital infrastructure projects. At present, all foreign assistance is received by the Centre, including that meant for the states. While the state would furnish guarantees for such loans, the Centre would provide the counter-guarantees.

Govt further extends deadline for deposits under PMGKY to April 30

Government has extended the last date to make deposits under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna (PMGKY) to 30th of this month for those availing the scheme and have already paid tax, surcharge and penalties. The scheme, which opened in December last year, provided last chance to holders of undisclosed income to come clean by paying tax and penalty.
PMGKY: Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna
Govt relaxes curb on export of organic farm produce

The government has relaxed restrictions on exports of certain organic agricultural and processed products like wheat, non-basmati rice to boost their overseas shipments. In a notification, Directorate General of Foreign Trade said, export of organic agricultural and organic processed products like wheat, non-basmati rice, edible oils, sugar have been exempted from existing quantitative ceilings. It has also increased the annual quantitative ceiling on export of organic pulses and lentils from existing 10,000 tonnes to 50,000 tonnes per annum.
Saira Banu, Jackie Shroff gets Raj Kapoor awards

Veteran actress Saira Banu and actor Jackie Shroff were named for the prestigious Raj Kapoor awards of the Maharashtra Government. The names of the duo were announced by the State Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde in Mumbai.

Vasudevan’s One Part woman wins Sahitya Akademi Award for translation of Mathorubhagan

One Part Woman, a translation work of Perumal Murugan’s controversial Tamil novel Maadhorubaagan, by Aniruddhan Vasudevan was chosen for 2016 Sahitya Akademi’s award for translation in English.The translation work by Aniruddhan Vasudevan and published by Penguin and has already won the Canada Ilakkiya Thotta Virudhu award.

Victoria Beckham appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Victoria Beckham was appointed the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the fashion industry.Prince William presented the honour to the pop singer turned fashion designer at the Buckingham Palace in London.She is an internationally recognised style icon and fashion designer. The Victoria Beckham label was named designer brand of the year in the UK in 2011.

Australia picks pace quartet for Champions Trophy

Australia has picked four fast bowlers – Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins in its 15-man Champions Trophy squad. It has, however, dropped all-rounder James Faulkner, the man-of-the match from its triumph in the 2015 World Cup final against New Zealand. Australian selector Trevor Hohns referred to the four quicks as a “fast-bowling artillery” and “a very exciting proposition for Australian cricket.
Kashyap crashes out in prequarters of China Masters

Former Commonwealth Games champion shuttler Parupalli Kashyap fought hard before going down in the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals of China Masters Grand Prix Gold, in Changzhou today. Kashyap lost 10-21 22-20 13-21 to former World No. 6 and third seed Qiao Bin of China in a contest which lasted an hour and 16 minutes at the Olympic sports center. Harsheel Dani remains the sole Indian in fray in the tournament and will play another Chinese Sun Feixiang in the pre-quarterfinals of the men’s singles event later in the day.

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