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April 11, 2016

10th April 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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National Affairs
  • Information and Broadcasting Ministry has formed a 3 Member Committee to oversee the guidelines set for government advertisements by the Supreme Court are followed.
    • This committee to be headed by : B BTandon (former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC))
    • The Chairman will be assisted by two members.
      • Rajat Sharma (TV journalist) 
      • Piyush Pandey (ad-man) 
    • Note : The committee was constituted based on the recommendation of the three-member selection committee comprising Press Council Chairman Justice C K Prasad.
  • Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom is on a two-day visit to India.
    • India and the Maldives commemorated 50 years of diplomatic relations last year and both countries have historically close relationship.
    • Important Points to Note : 
      • President Gayoom’s first visit after assumption of office was to India in January 2014. 
      • He was amongst the SAARC leaders who attended the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter is on a Three-day visit to India.
    • During his visit at the invitation of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Mr. Carter will be in Goa and Delhi.
    • Both countries will discuss further cooperation in Defence Technology and Trade Initiative.
  • Former Congress Minister C Silvera passed away.
    • Note : He was the only politician from Mizoram to be in the Union Council of Ministers. 
  • Egypt and Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement to set up a $16 billion investment fund during Saudi King Salman's four-day visit to Egypt. 
    • They also signed agreements create an economic free-zone for the development of Egypt's Sinai region. 
    • Earlier, King Salman had announced that a bridge will be built across the Red Sea to connect the two countries.
Awards & Honors

  • Priyadarshini Chatterjee from Guwahati was crowned the Miss India World 2016, at the 53rd edition of the beauty pageant held at the Yash Raj Studios on Saturday.
    • Sushruthi Krishna from Bengaluru and Pankhuri Gidwani from Uttar Pradesh became the first and second runners-up respectively. 
    • Note : Chatterjee will now represent India at the International platform of Miss World 2016.
  • Priyanka Chopra will receive the 'Best Actress of the Year' award by the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation for her performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Bajirao Mastani'. 
    • The award will be given to her on the occasion of 147th Dadasaheb Phalke Jayanti. 
    • The award ceremony will be held on April 24. 
    • Note : This is Priyanka's second award from the Foundation.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio was named the Best Male Actor for 'The Revenant' at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards held in California. 
    • Charlize Theron received the 'Best Female Performance' award for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. 
    • Chris Pratt won the 'Best Action Performance' award for 'Jurassic World
    • Ryan Reynold has won the "Best 'Comedic Performance' title" for the movie 'Deadpool'.
New Appointments
  • Domestic mobile manufacturer Lava International has announced Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni as its Brand Ambassador
  • Bihar CM Nitish Kumar became the new President of Janata Dal (United), replacing Sharad Yadav who held the position for over 10 years. 
  • Twitter is appointing PepsiCo’s chief financial officer Hugh Johnston to its board.
    • Note : Co-founder and managing director of website Martha Lane Fox will serve as a director.
Business & Economy
  • The Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) in Hyderabad, under the Department of Atomic Energy, has announced it has set a new world record with production of 1,503 tonnes of nuclear fuel in 2015-16. 
    • NFC had earlier become the world’s leading producer in 2014-15, with a 1,252 tonne-production. 
  • India beat ‎Canada‬ 3-1 in their third round-robin match of ‎Sultan AzlanShah Cup‬ at Ipoh in ‎Malaysia‬.
  • Anthony Joshua knocked out defending champion Charles Martin after one minute and 32 seconds of the second round to become the new International Boxing Federation world heavyweight champion
    • Joshua has now won all of his 16 fights via knock-outs.
  • In the first match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL), newcomers Rising Pune Supergiants defeated the defending champions Mumbai Indians by nine wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
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