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April 25, 2017

25th April 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (25th April 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 25th April 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (25th April) is World Malaria Day.
    • This day recognizes global efforts to control malaria.
    • Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria.
    • Important Note :
      • Wolrd Malaria Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns currently marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).
      • Remaining days are,
        • World Health Day,
        • World Blood Donor Day,
        • World Immunization Week,
        • World Tuberculosis Day,
        • World No Tobacco Day,
        • World Hepatitis Day and
        • World AIDS Day.
    • Theme for World Malaria Day 2017 : End Malaria For Good
  • World Penguin Day is being observed today. 
    • This day coincides with the annual northward migration of penguins, which happens each year around April 25, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). 
  • In a bid to fight fake news, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has announced the launch of an e-publication, Wikitribune
    • The site will have paid journalists working alongside voluntary contributors, who will together ensure that all news articles are supported by proper facts like full transcripts, video and audio of interviews.
National Current Affairs
  • In a first, the Uttarakhand Forest Department has deployed 3 drones for real-time monitoring of the forest fires
    • Important Point to Note : This is the first time that drones are used to monitor forest fires in India. 
  • Jharkhand has tagged over 12,000 cows with Aadhaar-like 12-digit unique identification (UID) number to prevent cattle smuggling, improve milk yield, and monitor their health.
    • The number contains details like age, breed, sex, lactation, height, colour, horn type, special mark and others.
    • The Centre has directed state officials to tag at least 18 lakh cattle in a year.
  • Northeast’s sixth and largest hub for information technology has been inaugurated in Agartala
    • The hub has been set up at a cost of Rs 50 crore to boost employment and e-governance besides export of software technology. 
    • The hub is expected to create more employment opportunities for the youths and extend the e-governance to cover all the people of the region. 
    • This would facilitate famous IT companies to set off their business and services and boost export of software technology. 
  • India’s first and longest ropeway (8 km) is planned to be constructed by the Mumbai Port Trust to link Mumbai with the famous Elephanta Island in the Arabian Sea. 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The government has predicted the country's wheat production would touch a record 98 million tonnes in the ongoing 2016-17 crop year ending June. 
    • It had earlier estimated the wheat output to be a record 96.64 MT as against last year's 92.29 MT.
  • The Supreme Court today held that the income earned by Formula One World Championship (FOWC) for conducting the Formula One car races in India is taxable
    • The Supreme Court ruled that FOWC has a permanent establishment for its business in India and hence it is liable to pay taxes from the income accrued.
Science & Technology
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in the first-ever malaria vaccination programme from 2018. 
    • The vaccine is given in four doses, once a month for three months and a fourth dose 18 months later. 
    • The pilot project will involve over 7,50,000 children aged 5-17 months to see if a full-scale, worldwide programme could be started.
  • ISRO's Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Centre has developed an android app for computing the solar energy potential of a place
    • ISRO said the app provides monthly and yearly solar potential and the minimum/maximum temperatures at any location. 
Awards & Honors
  • Political Comedy film ‘Newton’, directed by Amit Masurkar, has won the Jury Prize for Best Film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
    • Note : The Hong Kong International Film Festival was founded in 1976 and is Asia’s oldest international film festival. 
  • Aamir Khan attended his first award show in 15 years today, after receiving a special invite for the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards from Lata Mangeshkar. 
    • He was presented Vishesh Puraskar for 'Dangal' by RSS Chief Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat. 
  • Social activist Prafulla Samantra was announced one among six winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize for his “historic 12-year legal battle that affirmed the indigenous Dongria Kondh’s land rights and protected the Niyamgiri Hills from a massive, open-pit aluminum ore mine.”
    • The other five winners for this year are : 
      • Mark Lopez (United States)
      • UroŇ° Macerl (Slovenia)
      • Rodrigo Tot (Guatemala)
      • Rodrigue Katembo (Democratic Republic of Congo)
      • Wendy Bowman (Australia). 
    • Note : Samantara is only the sixth Indian to win the prize after Medha Patkar, M.C. Mehta, Rasheeda Bi, Champaran Shukla and Ramesh Agrawal since 1990 when the award was first instituted.
New Appointments
  • Flipkart today announced that one of its employees who works as a designer at the e-commerce startup, Padmini Pagadala, will be its CEO for a day
    • Flipkart had organised a competition for its employees to become a day's CEO to mark its 10th anniversary.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Haryana emerged champion beating Kerala at the National Youth Athletics Meet
    • Note : Kerala was at the top place for the last five years. 
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