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April 27, 2017

27th April 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (27th April 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 27th April 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (27th April) is International Guide Dogs Day
  • India slipped three places to be placed 136th among 180 countries in the 2017 world press freedom rankings
    • India was just three places above Pakistan and a rank below Palestine.
    • Top 10 Countries in the List
      • Norway
      • Sweden
      • Finland
      • Denmark
      • Netherlands
      • Costa Rica
      • Switzerland
      • Jamaica
      • Balgium
      • Iceland

MOUs & Agreements
  • India and Sri Lanka today signed an MoU on economic cooperation in the presence of PM Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe. 
    • The MoU proposes Indian investment in a port, oil tank farm, highway and railway projects in Sri Lanka.

National Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme for regional flight connectivity by flagging off the inaugural flight from Shimla to Delhi. 
    • Under UDAN, government will connect small towns by air with 50% plane seats' fare capped at ₹2,500 for a one-hour journey of 500 kilometres. 
    • UDAN will connect over 45 unserved and under-served airports.
  • The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad has decided to initiate a 'Ghar Wapsi' (Home Coming) campaign for de-radicalisation of misguided youth of the state.

New Appointments
  • The Centre today appointed RK Pachnanda as the new Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force chief
    • He is a 1983 batch Indian Police Service officer of West Bengal cadre and had earlier served as the Director General of National Disaster Response Force. 
  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) today appointed Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar as its new chief.
    • Note : The CRPF had been functioning without a full-time chief for nearly two months. 
  • Nita Ambani has been made a member of International Olympic Committee's Olympic Channel Commission, which handles IOC's digital platform. 
    • Besides the Olympic Channel, she has also been made a member of IOC's Olympic Education Commission. 
    • Note : In August last year, Nita became IOC's first Indian woman member after being elected at the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro.

Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon put into circulation new ₹5 coins to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Allahabad High Court and New ₹10 coins to commemorate the 125th year of National Archives of India. 
    • The RBI said the existing coins in this denomination shall also continue to be legal tender.
  • Digital payments startup Paytm has partnered with metal refinery MMTC-PAMP to launch a 'Digital Gold' feature to allow users to buy and sell gold digitally.
    • Paytm claims users will be able to purchase 24K 999.9 Gold starting from ₹1. 
    • The gold can be home delivered in the form of minted coins or be stored in MMTC-PAMP's vaults.
  • The Centre has sanctioned construction of over one lakh more houses for the urban poor with an investment of ₹4,200 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).  
    • Note : With this, the Centre has now approved construction of over 18.75 lakh houses for Economically Weaker Sections in 2,151 cities and towns across the country since June 2015.

Sports Current Affairs
  • FIFA President Gianni Infantino has confirmed that Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 
    • The technology will be used only for decisions involving goals, penalty kicks, red cards and mistaken identity. Video assistance was introduced for the first time in a FIFA competition at the Club World Cup in Japan last December.
  • Hyderabad-born wicketkeeper-batsman Ibrahim Khaleel has been included in the USA squad for the ICC Division Three World Cricket League tournament which will be held in Uganda in May.
  • Sujal Kahar, a 12-year-old football enthusiast and goalkeeper from Mumbai, has been shortlisted to represent India at the global Football For Friendship (F4F) social programme
    • It will be held in Russia's St Petersburg in July. 
    • Note : India will join the F4F programme for the first time and will participate alongside over 60 other countries.

Deaths
  • Veteran actor Vinod Khanna (70), who was reportedly suffering from cancer, passed away today.
    • Khanna was also the sitting Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur for the Bharatiya Janata Party. 
    • The actor, who appeared in films including 'Amar Akbar Anthony' and 'The Burning Train', is also a recipient of the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Hollywood director Jonathan Demme (73), best known for directing the 1991 Oscar-winning film 'The Silence of the Lambs', passed away today. 
    • Other films directed by him include 'Swing Shift' (1984), 'Something Wild' (1986) and 'Married to the Mob' (1988).

Careers
  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today declared the results of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2017 on its official website. 
    • Rajasthan's Kalpit Veerwal emerged as the topper, scoring 360 out of 360 marks in the examination.
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