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April 10, 2017

10th April 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (10th April 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 10th April 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (10th April) is World Homoeopathy Day.
    • This day is observed every year to pay tribute to Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, founder and father of Homeopathy System of Medicine. 
    • On this occasion, AYUSH Ministry, had organised International Convention on World Homoeopathy Day with theme “Enhancing Quality Research in Homoeopathy through scientific evidence and rich clinical experiences”.
  • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrived Delhi today on a four-day India visit.
    • During this visit, he will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on ways to boost ties in key areas including defence, security, energy and trade.
    • The two countries are likely to sign a number of MoUs covering a range of areas including defence and security, environment, renewable energy, sports and trade.
    • Note : It will be Turnbull's first visit to the country after assuming office in 2015.
  • Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi has declared the country a 'war zone' and instructed the army to prepare a new offensive against the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants. 
    • Note : Al-Shabaab has denounced Abdullahi as an "apostate" and warned Somalis against supporting him.
  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today declared a 3-month state of emergency in the country following twin church bombings that killed at least 44 and injured over 100 people on Sunday. 
    • The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the church bombings. 
    • Note : The bombings come weeks ahead of Pope Francis' two-day Egypt visit starting April 28.
National Current Affairs
  • The Bengaluru Police have launched 51 'Pink Hoysalas', the new patrol vehicles, to address complaints related to women and child safety. 
    • The Pink Hoysalas will function based on complaints registered through the Suraksha App or intimation to the police control room number and will have at least three women police personnel. 
    • Note : The city police currently have 221 regular Hoysalas.
  • The Uttar Pradesh government led by CM Yogi Adityanath has started work on setting up six AIIMS and 25 new medical colleges
    • This was one of the promises the BJP had made for the Assembly polls. 
  • The Assam government's draft population policy proposes that people with more than two children should be denied government jobs
    • The two-child norm would also be applicable for all candidates in elections conducted by the state election commission. 
    • The draft also proposed that all girls in the state be given free education up to university level.
  • Andhra Pradesh government is going to construct a 125-foot tall bronze statue of BR Ambedkar in its upcoming capital Amaravati.
    • The foundation for the statue is expected to be laid on April 14, the occasion of Ambedkar's birth anniversary. 
    • Nearly ₹100 crore has reportedly been allocated by the state for the statue's construction.
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh today launched website 'Bharat Ke Veer' (www.bharatkeveer.gov.in) to facilitate monetary contribution to martyred CRPF jawans' families. 
    • The initiative is actor Akshay Kumar's brainchild, and it is available both as a web portal and mobile application. 
    • The funds would be managed by a committee of eminent persons and officials, who would disburse it on a need basis.
  • To mark the 100-year anniversary of Satyagrah movement, led by Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated an exhibition ”swachagraha” Bapu Ko Karyanjali” – A Mission, An Exhibition, at the National Archives of India, Janpath, New Delhi.
    • He has also launched an ‘Online Interactive Quiz’ at the event which is being organised by the National Archives of India. 
    • The quiz will continue for 30 months till October, 2019.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Saudi Arabia's Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan today announced that citizens would not pay taxes on income and Saudi companies would not see their profits taxed under new economic reforms. 
    • He further said a value-added tax planned for 2018 would "not be raised above 5% before 2020". 
    • His statement comes amid concerns that people would be taxed as part of the reforms.
  • A Central Bank of India customer has won a ₹1 crore mega prize under the government's lucky draw scheme to popularise digital payments for making a digital transaction worth ₹1,590. 
    • The draw has a second prize of ₹50 lakh, and third prize of ₹25 lakh. 
    • The winners' names were not declared yet as the draw only displayed their transaction numbers.
Science & Technology
  • Japan-based researchers are planning to be the first to successfully drill into Earth's mantle, beneath the crust. 
    • Japan's deep-sea drilling vessel will drop down 4 km in the Pacific and bore through 6 km of the ocean floor, researchers said. 
    • The project to study oceanic crust and probe microbial life's extent inside the Earth is planned to start by 2030.
Books & Authors
  • To mark 100 years of his Satyagrah movement, three old and seminal publications on Mahatma Gandhi, were today relaunched by the government of India in a "restored" format.
    • Minister for Information & Broadcasting, M Venkaiah Naidu released these publications.
    • The 3 publication are :
      • 'Gandhi in Champaran (1957)'
      • 'Romain Rolland and Gandhi Correspondence (1976)'
      • 'Eight-volume biography of Gandhi (1951)'
    • These were authored by D G Tendulkar.
New Appointments
  • Indian-origin Anuja Ravindra Dhir has become the first non-white circuit judge at the Old Bailey, the central criminal court of England and Wales. 
    • Currently also the youngest judge at the court, Anuja was called to the bar in 1989.
MOUs & Agreements
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Patanjali Ayurved have decided to sign a memorandum of understanding to market herbal products developed by the DRDO's Life Sciences wing.
  • India and Australia today inked Six agreements in areas including combating terrorism, civil aviation security, sports, health and medicine and satellite navigation
    • The MoUs were signed after the delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.
Sports Current Affairs
  • World Cup-winning coach Dav Whatmore took charge as the head coach of Kerala's state cricket team today. 
    • Whatmore, who led Sri Lanka to their 1996 World Cup title, has coached four international teams.
  • Indian team was crowned champions of the Women's Hockey World League Round 2 today after defeating Chile on penalties in the tournament final in Canada. 
    • Indian goalkeeper Savita Punia was adjudged the Goalkeeper of the Tournament.
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