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April 25, 2017

24th April 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (24th April 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 24th April 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (24th April) is World Day For Animals In Laboratories (also known as World Lab Animal Day).
    • This day was established in 1979 by the British National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS).
    • The date 24th April was chosen to observe this day, as it marked the birthday of former NAVS president Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding.
    • Theme of the Year 2017 : Vivisectors and Animals
  • Today is Pinhole Photography day.
  • India has become the world's fifth-largest military spender, witnessing a growth of around 8.5% in expenditure in 2016. According to the figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, India's defence expenditure stood at ₹3.6 lakh crore in 2016. 
    • Top 5 Largest Military Spenders in the World :
      • US 
      • China
      • Russia
      • Saudi Arabia
      • India
  • Saudi Arabia has been appointed to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, an agency which promotes gender equality and women empowerment. 
    • Note : Recently, Saudi was also elected by secret ballot to the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
  • Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued a royal decree today restoring financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel
    • Saudi had cut ministers' salaries by 20% and scaled back financial perks for public sector employees last year to save money at a time of low oil prices. 
  • Afghanistan's Defence Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim have resigned from their positions after over 140 soldiers were killed last week in the deadliest ever attack by Taliban on a military base. 
National Current Affairs
  • Today (24th April) is National Panchayati Raj Day.
    • This date marks a defining moment in the history of decentralization of political power to the grassroots level.
    • Note : The Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24th April, 1993 has institutionalized Panchayati Raj through the village, Intermediate and District level Panchayats.
  • Bihar Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council today unanimously adopted the Bihar Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill, 2017 along with Bihar Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2017
    • Important Note : With the passage of the bills, Bihar has become the second state, after Telangana, to ratify the legal framework for the rollout of the GST in the state.
  • Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and MoS for Communications Manoj Sinha released coffee scented postage stamps at the General Post Office in Bengaluru
    • The stamps, which are being printed at the India Security Press, will be priced at ₹100. 
    • Important Note : India introduced its first aromatic stamp, a ₹15 sandalwood scented stamp, in 2006.
  • The Indian Railways will launch a double-decker train in July for overnight journeys on high-demand routes including Delhi-Lucknow,.
    • The Utkrisht Double-Decker AC Yatri (Uday) Express will feature food and drink vending machines, LCD screens, Wi-Fi speaker systems and 120 seats in each of its coaches. 
Science & Technology
  • Astronaut Peggy Whitson today broke the record for most cumulative days spent in space by an American astronaut, surpassing Jeff Williams' record of 534 days, NASA announced. 
Books & Authors
  • Chetan Bhagat's novel 'Five Point Someone' has been included in the new syllabus for the academic session starting July in Delhi University
    • The 'Popular Fiction' paper will be offered to second-year undergraduate students as an elective. 
    • Note : JK Rowling's 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and Louisa May Alcott's 'Little Women' will also be included in the syllabus.
New Appointments
  • Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's son Prince Khaled bin Salman  has been appointed as the country's ambassador to the US
Awards & Honors
  • Filmmaker-actor K Viswanath (87) will be conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2016.
    • The award, which recognises outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema, includes a Swarn Kamal and ₹10 lakh cash prize. 
    • The five-time National Film Awards winner is known for films like Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam, Swathimutyam.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Younis Khan became the first Pakistani batsman and the 13th overall to score 10,000 Test runs after reaching the landmark in the first Test against the West Indies today.
  • Malikaa Marathe, a 13-year-old national tennis champion who almost lost sight in her right eye when she was four, has become India's top-ranked player in the All India Tennis Association's (AITA) Under-14 category. 
    • Marathe wore an eye patch on her good eye for four years so as to force the defected eye to start functioning again.
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