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April 16, 2017

16th April 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (16th April 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 16th April 2017

International Current Affairs
  • In order to spread awareness about the Sikh identity and culture, 'Turban Day' was organised at New York's Times Square by the non-profit group The Sikhs of New York. 
    • Note : The New York authorities had earlier declared April 15, 2017 as 'Turban Day'.
  • A Russian legislative committee for security has recommended a bill to the Parliament
    banning all people who work for Russian Interior Ministry, including all police, from traveling abroad for recreational and personal reasons. 
    • The bill, which was initially drafted in late 2015, also forbids Russian citizens from entering police service if they have residence permits issued by foreign countries.
  • North Korea today held a military parade to mark the 105th birth anniversary of its founding President Kim Il-sung and displayed its submarine-based ballistic missiles for the first time among other new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
    • It also warned the US of toughest counteraction against its "military hysteria" as it deployed a navy strike group towards the region.
National Current Affairs
  • The Telangana Cabinet today cleared Telangana State Reservation Bill 2017 that provides 12% reservation to Muslims and 10% reservation to Scheduled Tribes, depending on their population in the state. 
    • Note : The existing reservation for Muslims is 4% and for Scheduled Tribes is 6%.
  • The Supreme Court collegium has cleared over 48 names for the appointment of judges in high courts
    • The collegium has reportedly recommended 14 names for Bombay High Court, 9 for Punjab and Haryana High Court, 6 each for high courts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Patna
    • 4 and 3 names have been cleared for Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir respectively.
  • To rectify the poor gender balance, the Joint Admissions Board of the IITs has approved additional seats for women candidates from 2018
    • The "supernumerary" seats would be hiked every year until the enrolment of females touched 20%.
  • Juvenile Justice Board today ordered the Delhi government to issue a notification to ban the sale of whiteners, thinners and vulcanised solutions to children below the age of 18 years to check drug abuse. 
    • The board further asked the government to assign one de-addiction centre per district, observing that the existing centres in the national capital region are overcrowded.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Spanish clothing brand Zara's Co-founder Amancio Ortega has surpassed Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to become the world's second-richest person with a net worth of $77.5 billion. 
    • Bezos is now the world's third-richest person with a net worth of $76 billion.
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today flagged off the trial run of the new 'vistadome' railway coaches between Visakhapatnam and Araku. 
    • The new coaches are equipped with a glass roof which can be made transparent to enjoy outside view.
Awards & Honors
  • Gurmehar Kaur, a Delhi University student, who was allegedly threatened for protesting against ABVP on social media, has been felicitated with Punjabi Icon award.
  • Mahavir Singh Phogat, father of wrestler Geeta Phogat was awarded FICCI's gender parity award for his contribution in harnessing his daughters' talent.
Science & Technology
  • The Ministry of Earth Sciences today announced that 31 new seismological observatories would be set up in India by the year-end to boost earthquake information gathering capability. 
    • The goal is to reduce the time taken to give details of an earthquake from 5 to 3-4 minutes, the ministry added. 
    • Note : The National Seismological Network currently comprises 84 laboratories across the country.
  • March 2017 was the second warmest March in 137 years of record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by NASA. 
    • Note : March 2016 was the hottest on record, being 0.15ÂșC warmer than this year's March, according to the report.  
  • A deep depression in Bay of Bengal has intensified into a tropical cyclone named Maarutha
    • This cyclone is expected to hit Myanmar on 17 April 2017 and bring heavy rains in parts of that country. 
    • Important Note : Tropical Cyclone Maarutha is the first named storm of 2017 Northern Hemisphere tropical cyclone season.
  • The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that it along with the US Air Force successfully field-tested a modernised gravity nuclear bomb B61-12 on March 14 at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. 
    • The test was intended to evaluate the weapon's "non-nuclear functions" and the aircraft's capability to deliver the weapon, NNSA said.
Deaths
  • The world's oldest person Emma Morano (117) has died in her home in Verbania, a town on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. 
    • Emma Morano was born on November 29th, 1899. 
    • She was also believed to have been the last surviving person in the world who was born in the 1800s.
  • Acto Clifton James (96) who was famous for his role as Sheriff J W Pepper in JamesBond films, passed away.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth defeated 24-year-old compatriot Kidambi Srikanth to lift his maiden Super Series title at the Singapore Open today. 
    • Note : India became only the fourth nation in badminton to have two of their shuttlers playing in a Super Series final.
  • Pullela Gopichand's daughter, Gayatri Gopichand, won the Under-15 women's singles title and the Under-15 women's doubles title alongside partner Samiya Farouqui at the Pembangunan Jaya Raya International Junior Grand Prix tournament in Jakarta.
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