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April 08, 2016

4th April 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today is United Nations' Mine Awareness Day (International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action).
    • 2016 Theme : “Mine Action is Humanitarian Action”

National Affairs
  • The HRD Ministry has announced IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore as the best engineering and management institutes respectively in India. 
    • While IIT Madras was followed by IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur, IIM-Ahmedabad and IIM-Calcutta followed IIM-Bangalore. 
    • IISc Bangalore was ranked the best Indian university on the list, while JNU and University of Hyderabad were ranked 3rd and 4th respectively.
    • Top 5 Universities :
      • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
      • Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
      • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
      • University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
      • Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam
  • The Tourism Ministry has sanctioned ₹20 crore for promoting tourism in Varanasi
    • Projects under this grant will include a sound and light show, a Buddha theme park in Sarnath and conservation of the temples of Gurudham and Markandey Mahadev.
    • The infrastructure projects were approved by the ministry's Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC).

  • India and Saudi Arabia have singed 5 agreements to boost the bilateral cooperation between the two nations.
  • They  are,
    • Agreement on Labour Co-operation : It was singed for recruitment of general category workers between the Ministry of Labour, Saudi Arabia and Ministry of External Affairs, India. 
    • Executive Program for Cooperation in the Field of Handicrafts : It was signed between Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and Export Promotion Council for Handicraft (EPCH). 
    • Framework for Investment Promotion Cooperation : It was signed between Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and Invest India. 
    • MoU in the Exchange of Intelligence related to Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing and Related Crimes : It was signed between Financial Intelligence Unit of India and Saudi Arabia concerning Cooperation.
    • Technical Cooperation Program : It was signed between Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

Science & Technology
  • India has decided not to take Russia's support in Chandrayaan II project.
    • The lunar exploration programme will be completely indigenous with 'minor' help from NASA. 
    • Note : Earlier in 2010, it was agreed that Russian Space Agency Roscosmos and ISRO would collaborate for the mission, consisting of a lunar lander, a rover and the launch vehicle.

Awards & Honors
  • Singer Taylor Swift bagged 4 awards at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards held in Los Angeles, including the 'Female Artist of the Year Award'.
    • Her album '1989' was named 'Best Album of the Year'
    • The award for the 'Song of the Year' was bagged by Adele for 'Hello'. 
    • Justin Bieber was named 'Male Artist of the Year'.

New Appointments
  • Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti took oath as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)
    • After prolonged uncertainty over the government formation, she will now be heading the coalition government with the BJP. 
    • Note : Mufti has taken charge as the 13th CM of the state.

  • Cyprian Kotut from Kenya has won the 40th edition of the 2016 Paris marathon in the men’s category. 
    • Note : The women’s title was won by Visiline Jepkesho (Kenya).
  • English Premier League club Chelsea have appointed Italian Antonio Conte as their new manager for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
  • Novak Djokovic won the Miami Open titile.
    • This is his 28th ATP Masters title.
    • With this he surpassed Rafael Nadal's record tally of 27. 
    • Note : This was Djokovic's fourth title of the year and overall his 63rd ATP title. 
  • The ICC has announced the team of the tournament for the World T20 2016
    • Virat Kohli was chosen as the captain, while Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Quinton de Kock formed the batting lineup. 
    • David Willey, Ashish Nehra, Samuel Badree and Mitchell Santner formed the bowling attack while Andre Russell and Shane Watson were included as all-rounders.
Note : Current Affairs of 5th to 8th April 2016 will be available soon....
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