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National

NATIONAL

85% of Ujjwala beneficiaries still use solid fuels for Cooking

According to a new survey conducted by the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (r.i.c.e), 85% of the Ujjwala beneficiaries in rural BiharMadhya PradeshUttar Pradesh and Rajasthan still use solid fuels for cooking.
i. Cooking with Solid fuels can lead to infant deaths and harm child development, heart and lung disease among adults..
ii. Out of 85% of the surveyed households, 53% exclusively used the chulha, while 32% used both.
About Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
♦ Launched in 2016, it is a scheme of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. It aims to safeguard the health of women & children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel. The scheme provides free LPG connections to economically weaker families.

Biannual Army Commanders’ Conference began in New Delhi

The biannual Army Commanders’ Conference began in New Delhi for the planning and execution process of the Indian Army.

i. Some issues like the management of the extant security dynamicsmitigation of future security threats were discussed in this conference.
ii. Other issues, such as development of infrastructure for improvement of capacity along the Northern borders, review of strategic railway linesoptimization of a limited budget to ensure making up of critical insufficiency in ammunition and welfare of troops also discussed.
iii. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman delivered her opening address at the conference and the Chief of the Army Staff, Bipin Rawat, chaired the conference.

To spread peace and brotherhood, a music and poetry festival titled ‘Jashn-e-Ittihaad’ was held in New Delhi 

A music and poetry festival titled ‘Jashn-e-Ittihaad’ was held at the Jamia Milia Islamia central university in New Delhi to spread awareness about unity amongst the youth.

i. The festival was organized by Delhi-based entertainment company Question Associates Pvt Ltd.
ii. In this event, people enjoyed the soulful Hindi and Urdu poetry, music and performances that made them feel good as well as spread awareness about unity and integrity.
iii. Some great poets like Irshad Kamil and Waseem Barelvi participated in this festival.
About New Delhi
♦ Chief Minister:  Arvind Kejriwal
♦ Lt Governor: Anil Baijal
♦ Chief Justice: Rajendra Menon

International

INTERNATIONAL

Around 5000 Konyak women dance to set a Guinness World Record at Mon, Nagaland

In the programme organized at Mon (Nagaland) during the Aoleang Monyu festival (usually held between 1st April to 3rd April every year) around 5000 Konyak Naga women in their traditional attire attempted to set a Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Traditional Konyak Dance’.

i.The festival is celebrated for the arrival of Spring and for a good upcoming harvest.
ii.The theme of the Aoleang Monyu festival aka Mini Hornbill festival was ‘Empowering women for cultural heritage.
iii.Konyak Union in coordination with other organisations of the tribe, namely, Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (KNSK) and Konyak Students’ Union (KSU) organized the event.
iv.The objective of the event was to preserve the cultural heritage of the region and the people and to promote tourism.
Additional Information:
♦ Mon is a district in Nagaland in the North Eastern India.
♦ The Konyak people, known mainly for their tradition of head hunting, are the largest of 17 officially recognized tribes in Nagaland.
♦  The first 4 days of the Aoling festival are called:

  • Hoi Lah Nyih,
  • Yin Mok Pho Nyihand
  • Mok Shek Nyih
  • Lingnyu Nyih (is the 4th and the most important day of the Aoling festival as the tribals dance, sing and feast to symbolize their victory as head-hunters).

Banking&Finance

BANKING & FINANCE

NTPC Inked Term-Loan Agreement of Rs.2,000 crore with Canara Bank

National Thermal Power Corporation(NPTC) has signed a term- loan Pact of Rs.2,000 crore with Canara Bank. The Loan facility prolonged at an interest rate linked to 3-Month MCLR of Bank. The lent amount would be utilized to part finance company’s capital expenditure.
i. The tenure for the loan is 15 years .
ii. For part financing company’s capital expenditure, NPTC had inked a term-loan agreement for Rs.5,000 crorewith State Bank of India in February, 2019.
About NPTC:
♦ It is a State run power giant of Electricity included under the Companies Act 1956. 
♦ The headquarters is located at New Delhi.
♦ NPTC founded in November 1975
♦ Gurdeep Singh is the Chairman and Managing Director of NTPC Limited.
About Canara Bank:
♦ It is an Indian Government owned public sector bank established by Ammembal Subba Rao in 1906 at Mangalore.
♦ The Headquarters is situated at Bengaluru.

World Bank estimates India’s GDP grow to 7.5% in Fiscal Year 2019-20

The World Bank notified that India’s consistent hold in investment sector, mainly private-improved exportperformance and resilient consumption, has led its GDP growth forecast to mount to 7.5 per cent for fiscal year 2019-20.

The real GDP growth is estimated at 7.2 per cent in FY18/19. According to the latest World Bank’s report onSouth Asia, data for the first 3 quarters show that growth has been broad-based.

Industrial growth sped up to 7.9 per cent which means the services growth will decelerate. Agriculture growthremains at 4%.

The primary growth enhancer is the domestic consumption whereas gross fixed capital formation and exports contributed to growth.

Sports

SPORTS

An Overview 2019 Malaysia Open

The 2019 Malaysia Open, officially known as the CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open 2019, is a badminton tournament which takes place at Axiata Arena in Malaysia. It has a total purse of $700,000. This year, sports event was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 2nd to 7th April, 2019.  It was organized by the Badminton Association of Malaysia.
Highlights
i. Lin Dan of China has claimed title in Men’s Singles category by defeating China’s Chen Long, whereas Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei has claimed the title in Women’s singles by defeating Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.  ii.Ranked as No.1 in worldTai Tzu Ying will retire from Badminton after 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Complete list of winners is given below:

EVENTWINNERRUNNER UP
Men’s SinglesLin Dan (China)Chen Long (China)
Women’s SinglesTai Tzu-Ying (Chinese Taipei)Akane Yamaguchi (Japan)
Men’s DoublesLi Junhui and Liu Yuchen (China)Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda (Japan)
Women’s DoublesChen Qingchen and Jia Yifan (China)Du Yue and Li Yinhui (China)
Mixed DoublesZheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong (China)Wang Yilu and Huang Dongping (China)

About Malaysia:
♦ Capital: Kuala Lumpur
♦ Prime Minister: Mahathir Mohamad
♦ Currency: Ringgit

Miscellaneous

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Guwahati Railway station becomes the first to get ISO certification in India

The Guwahati Railway Station has become the first ever railway station in the Indian Railways to get an ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) certification from the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

i. It has been given this certificate for providing passenger amenities in a clean and green environment.
ii. ISO certification received by Guwahati Railway Station is ISO-14001, which is for Environment Management System as per international norms which were upgraded in 2015.
About Indian Railway
♦ Union Minister of Railway: Piyush Goyal
♦ Chairman of Railway Board: Vinod Kumar Yadav

Isaak Hayik, 73, set a new record as world’s oldest soccer player

73-year-old Israeli Isaak Hayik set a new world record as the world’s oldest person to play in a professional soccer match. He played a match for FC Ironi Or Yehuda against FC Maccabi Ramat Gan.

i. The previous record holder was 53 years old Uruguayan Robert Carmona who played a professional match in 2015.
ii. Hayik was born in Iraq and immigrated to Israel with his parents. He was officially recognized in an award ceremony attended by representatives from the Guinness World Record organization.
About Israel
♦ Prime ministerBenjamin Netanyahu
♦ CapitalJerusalem
♦ CurrencyIsraeli new shekel
♦ PresidentReuven Rivlin

 

APPOINTMENTS

Usha Padhee became the first woman CMD of Pawan Hans Ltd.

Odisha cadre IAS officer, Usha Padhee, has been given additional charge as the Chairman & Managing Director of Pawan Hans Ltd, helicopter services providing company. Currently , she is serving as the Joint Secretary of Department of Civil Aviation.Usha Padhee became the first woman CMD of Pawan Hans Ltd
i. With this appointment, she becomes the first woman CMD of the mini ratna-I category PSU (Public sector undertakings). She also served as the Director of the Pawan Hans Ltd and Additional Director at Delhi International Airport Limited.
ii. The post was vacant since the superannuation of then incumbent B P Sharma.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Scientists have discovered a mechanism named “death switch” in the plant’s immune system that may yield stronger crops

Scientists from Tsinghua University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Genetics and Development Biology have discovered a mechanism named “death switch” in the plant’s immune system that can keep the plant healthy. The research has been published in the journal named ‘Science’.
i. This new mechanism triggers infected cells to self-destruct and thus limiting the spread of the disease.
ii.  Also, this discovery gives the clues for cell death control, immunity for plants, and can lead to a new generation of disease-resistant crops that use significantly less pesticide and are more environmentally friendly.
About China
♦ CapitalBeijing
♦ CurrencyRenminbi
♦ PresidentXi Jinping

Thought of the day.

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment. ”

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