National

NATIONAL

Cabinet Approvals On a Single Post of Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General in the office

  • Cabinet approves creation of a single post of Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General in the office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India
  • Cabinet approves the Continuation of Phase 4 of (GSLV) Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved extension of duration of New Urea Policy-2015 (from 1st of April, 2019) for existing gas-based urea unit.

Cabinet Approval With Foreign Countries

  • Cabinet approves pact between India and Denmark in the field of Renewable energy
  • Cabinet approves MoU between India and Republic of Korea to issue jointly Postage Stamp
  • Cabinet apprised about MoU between India and Brazilin the area of Biotechnology
  • Cabinet approves MoU between India and Bolivia in the field of Geology and Mineral Resources
  • Cabinet approves MoU between India and Cambodia in the field of Communications
  • Cabinet approves MoU between India and Bolivia in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy.

The 4th Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Congress 2019 started in New Delhi

The 4th Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific  Congress 2019 organised by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and co-hosted by South Delhi Municipal Corporation started in New Delhi.It will conclude on 17th April 2019.

i. It offers a lot of innovative solutions that build resilience to climate change at the sub-national level.
ii. Local governments in the Asia Pacific region is the main target of the event.
iii.The RCAP 2019 is a platform for discussing the opportunities and mechanisms of executing the  Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
iv. Representatives from UNEP, UNDP, UN-HABITAT, UNESCAP, UNISDR, UNIDO   being joined in the event.
v. The proposed themes that have been recognised for RCAP 2019 are:

  • Integrated climate resilience planning to manage risks and vulnerabilities
  • Good governance and resilience
  • Nature based solutions to adaptation
  • Climate knowledge brokering
  • Opportunities for regional networking and collaboration
  • Sustainable infrastructure development and green growth
  • Urban nexus
  • Financing mechanisms for Asian cities

About Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific:
♦ It was launched in 2010.
♦ The first three editions conducted in  Bangkok, Thailand in February 2015,  Malaysia in March 2016 and in Vietnam in December 2017.

International

INTERNATIONAL

India’s First Foreign Interactive Bird Park launched by EsselWorld in Mumbai

India’s first exotic Bird Park ‘EsselWorld Bird Park’ was launched by EsselWorld Leisure Pvt. Ltd., the family entertainment arm of the $6-billion Essel Group in Mumbai.

i.The Park is spread over 1.4 acres of land and surrounded by flora and fauna.
ii. It is home to over 500 exotic birds from more than 60 species of flying, terrestrial and aquatic birds and has 200 species of special plants and trees for the birds.
iii. The star attractions at the Bird Park are the African Grey Parrot, Blue Gold Macaw, Cockatiel, Rainbow Lorikeet, Toucan, Black Lory, Violet Turaco and many other varieties of bird.
iv. EsselWorld is the largest amusement park in the country and Water Kingdom Park in Mumbai is one of the largest Theme Water Parks in Asia.

India join hands with Japan and UAE to set up two projects in Africa

India joined hands with Japan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to implement two projectsin Africa as it seeks to extend its footprint on the continent as a counter to China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
i. India will build a cancer hospital in Kenya in collaboration with Japan and will to set up an information and communications technology (ICT) center in Ethiopia in partnership with the UAE.
ii. Through this partnership, India has undertaken many projects like the ambitious Pan African e-network project on tele-education and tele-medicine which provides “integrated” satellite, fiber optics and wireless network between educational and medical institutes in Africa and India.
About Japan
♦ Capital: Tokyo
♦ Currency: Japanese yen
♦ Prime Minister: Shinzo Abe
About United Arab Emirates (UAE)
♦ Capital: Abu Dhabi
♦ Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham
♦ President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
♦ Prime Minister: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Banking&Finance

BANKING & FINANCE

A unique proposition to pay electricity bill on EMIs launched by Bajaj Finserv 

A unique proposition to pay electricity bill on EMIs has been launched by Bajaj Finserv through its lending arm Bajaj Finance Ltd. through the campaign of #BijliOnEMI.
i. Customers can avail an Insta Credit loan in their Bajaj Finserv Wallet to pay their electricity bills on EMI.
ii. In the year 2018, Bajaj Finance Ltd. financed the purchase of over 12 lakh air conditioners in the country. Observing the purchase trend, Bajaj Finance Ltd launched this campaign.
iii. Customers buying air conditioners of Rs 20,000 and above will be eligible for Rs 5000 Insta Credit loan and for the air conditioners above Rs 40,000 will receive Rs 7000 Insta Credit loan to their Wallet.
iv. The Wallet facilitates the customer to access the EMI network card digitally, like tracking loan-related details online, transacting securely with EMIs on purchases, etc. Also, customer can pay bills, book tickets and transfer funds easily and seamlessly.
About Bajaj Finserv Ltd.
♦ Headquarters: Pune
♦ Founder: Jamnalal Bajaj

Sports

SPORTS

Golfer Tiger Woods clinched his fifth green jacket and 15th major title

Golfer Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters and 15th major title at Augusta National Golf Club. It was the, 43 year old American golfer’s first major title victory in 11 years and his first Master’s win since 2005.
i. All-time leader, Jack Nicklaus is just three major titles ahead of the former world No.1.
ii. Woods, 43, won 14 majors before his 33. And gained the Masters in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005.
iii. In the 18th green,  Woods ended with a two-under-par 70 to win on 13 under, one clear of fellow Brooks Koepka, Americans Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele.
About Tiger Woods:
♦ Full Name:  Eldrick Tont Tiger Woods
♦ Born:  30 December 1975 (age 43 years), Cypress, California, United States
♦ U.S. Open  ( won) :  2000, 2002, 2008
♦ The Open Championship( won):  2000, 2005, 2006
♦ PGA Championship(won) :  1999, 2000, 2006, 2007

Mumbai Shuttler Dani clinches Dutch International badminton title 2019

India’s Harsheel Dani, a former junior national champion, defeated Mads Christophersen of Denmark, world no 149, to clinch the 20th Victor Dutch International Badminton title in Wateringen, The Netherlands with a 15-21, 21-12, 21-13 victory in a 47 minute clash.

i. It was the second win for Dani opposite Christophersen. In the Czech Open in 2017, Dani had beaten him.
ii.The 22 year old won the Ghana international crown in 2018 second Karvy All India junior-ranking badminton tournament in 2012.
iii. Dani, ranked 111 in the world,  represented Mumbai Masters in 2016 Premier Badminton League.
About  Victor Dutch International:
i.The Victor Dutch International is the Netherlands’ second biggest badminton event Prize money of $ 10.000.
ii.It is a part of the Badminton Europe Elite Circuit.

Japan’s Kento Momota clinched Singapore Open Badminton title 2019

Kento Momota of Japan defeated Anthony Ginting to win the Men’s Singles title in Singapore Open Badminton title by rally for a thrilling 10-21, 21-19, 21-13 victory at Singapore Indoor stadium in Singapore. The tournament was held from 9th to 14th April, 2019 and had a total purse of $355,000.
Highlights:
i. Tai Tzu-ying claimed her second title victory at Singapore Open. India’s P.V. Sindhu was  defeated in semi final by Nozomi Okuhara.
ii. Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan have clinched their first World Tour title in nine months in Men’s doubles.
iii. Mayu Matsumoto & Wakana Nagahara clinched women’s doubles title, it is their first title since the French Open last year.
iv. Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand has clinched the Mens doubles title in just 33 minutes.This is their biggest title of their career.

EventWinnersRunners
Men’s SinglesKento Momota(Japan)Anthony Sinisuka Ginting(Indonesia)
Women’s SinglesTai Tzu-ying(Taiwan)Nozomi Okuhara(Japan)
Men’s DoublesTakeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda(Japan)Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan(Indonesia)
Women’s DoublesMayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara(Japan)Kim Hye Jeong and Kong Hee Yong(South Korea)
Mixed DoublesDechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai(Thailand)Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing(Malaysia)

Garin becomes first Chilean ATP champion title in 10 years

Chilean professional tennis player Christian Garin (22) won his first ATP title in 10 years in the final of the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston. He beat Norway’s Casper Ruud.

i. He became the first Chilean to win an ATP Tour title since Fernando Gonzalez in 2009.
ii. He reached the final by defeating American Sam Querrey.
iii. This Championship is an annual ATP Tour tennis tournament which was started in 1910 and is the last remaining ATP World Tour-level tournament in the United States to be played on clay courts.
About Chile
♦ Capital: Santiago
♦ Currency: Chilean peso

Miscellaneous

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Chennai Central missed the chance of having the title of world’s longest railway station name by an alphabet

Chennai Central Railway station in Tamil Nadu, officially known as Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M.G. Ramachandran Central Railway Station with its 57-character count missed the chance of having the title of world’s longest railway station name by an alphabet.
i. The title was won by Llanfairpwll railway station in Wales, also known for its 58 letters long name ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch’.
ii. Although, the erstwhile Chennai Central railway station which was renamed after the legendary actor-turned-politician Dr. M.G. Ramachandran is still the longest railway station name in India.

Jailed Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to receive 2019 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize 2019

Reuters journalists, Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone have been selected for UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize 2019 are being conferred as praise to their commitment, courage and resistance to freedom of expression.

i. Currently, they are serving seven-year prison sentences in Myanmar since 12 December 2017 under the Official Secrets Actfor,while working for the Reuters,they illegally collected classified military records that revealed extrajudicial assassinations of Rohingya Muslims by the army in Rakhine State.
ii. The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize will be given on May 2 as part of the observance of World Press Freedom Day (3 May) in Ethiopia.
About UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize :
i. The award is a tribute to Colombian journalist Guillermo Cano Isaza. On 17 December 1986, he was killed in front of the offices of his newspaper El Espectador in Bogota, Colombia.
ii. The prize honours an institution or person who has made a notable contribution to the defence and promotion of press freedom.
iii. The Prize was founded on the initiative of UNESCO’s Executive Board and is awarded by the DG of the Organization, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, on 3 May.
About  Reuters :
♦ Parent organization:  Thomson Reuters Corporation
♦ CEO:  James C. Smith
♦ Headquarters:  Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom
♦ Founder:  Paul Reuter
♦ Founded:  October 1851

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

‘Nirbhay’ – India’s Sub Sonic Cruise Missile successfully test fired off Odisha coast

‘Nirbhay’long range sub sonic cruise missile indigenously designed and developed by Bengaluru – based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a lab under Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).The missile test fired from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha.
Specifications of Missile:
i. The missile is nuclear capable, can be equipped with 300kg warhead.
ii. It can strike land targets at a distance up to 1000 km at an altitude as low as 100 metre so that missile can avoid detection by enemy radar.
iii. It has an ability to reach speed of 0.6-0.7 Mach and can be deployed from multiple platforms.The missile weighs 1,500 kg, width of 0.52 meters and has a wingspan of 2.7 metre.
♦ Capital: Bhubaneswar
♦ Governor: Ganeshi Lal
♦ Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik
♦ Important National Parks/Wildlife Sanctuaries: Similipal National Park, Bhitarkanika National Park, Karlapat Wild Life Sanctuary.
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
♦ Headquarter: New Delhi
♦ Chairman : Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy

China develops world’s first armed amphibious drone boat ‘Marine Lizard’

The world’s first armed amphibious drone boat (named ‘Marine Lizard‘ and  guided by China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System) which could be used in land and sea assault operations, has been successfully tested by China. It also possesses the capability of forming a combat triad with aerial drones and other drone ships.

i. The drone ship has been built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).
ii. Marine Lizard has passed the delivery checks and left factory on 8 April, 2019 in Wuhan (the capital of Central China’s Hubei Province).
iii. The drone ship has a

maximum operation range of 1,200 kms and can be remotely controlled with the help of satellites.

Thought of the day.

“You may not always be able to control what life puts in your path,but I believe you can always control who you are. ”

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