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May 02, 2017

April 2017 Current Affairs Highlights (One-Liners)

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Friends, here are the Major Current Affairs Highlights of April 2017. These one-liners cover all important International, National, MOUs, Indexes, Banking, Technology, Books & Authors, Committees and Sports affairs of April month (from 1st to 30th April 2017). We will  provide the pdf version soon, but we advise you to write these on your own so that you wont forget them again. All the Best and Happy Reading :)

April 2017 Current Affairs Highlights (One-Liners) 

  • 12th edition Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant 2017 was recently held at Vairengte in Mizoram.
  • 1st rail freight service from United Kingdom to China departed from Essex. The train service
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    was launched as part of China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative that aims to revive the ancient Silk Road trading routes with the West dating back more than 2,000 years.
  • 2017 National conference on Communicating India was recently held in New Delhi.
  • 47th International Earth Day was observed on 22nd April 2017 with the Theme “Environmental and Climate Literacy”.
  • 5 Associate banks and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank merged with the State Bank of India (SBI) on 1st April 2017.
  • 70th "Himachal Day" was observed on 15th April 2017.
  • A 9-storey Sumi Baptist Church, one of Asia's largest, was dedicated in Nagaland's Zunheboto town.
  • A MoU has been signed between India and South Korea for defence industry cooperation in shipbuilding.
  • A new Japanese law that defines cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin, Ripple, Litecoin and others, as a legal payment method has come into force in Japan.
  • A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between BBNL, Department of Posts and BSNL to provide broadband connectivity of BharatNet to Post Offices in rural areas. 
  • Aditya Birla Group has recently announced that it has received licence from the Reserve Bank of India to start its payments bank. Headed by Kumar Mangalam Birla, Aditya Birla Nuvo had set up a joint venture with telecom major Idea called Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank.
  • American financial services corporation Mastercard has created a credit card with a built-in fingerprint scanner, allowing its users to make payments by scanning their fingerprint instead of providing a PIN or a signature.
  • Andhra Pradesh government is going to construct a 125-foot tall bronze statue of BR Ambedkar in its upcoming capital Amaravati.
  •  Assam has decided to install CCTV cameras inside examination halls to keep a check on rampant cheating during board exams. 
  • Astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the record for most cumulative days spent in space by an American astronaut, surpassing Jeff Williams' record of 534 days, NASA announced.
  • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was a four day visit to India.
  • Ban on cash transactions in excess of ₹2 lakh will not be applicable to withdrawals from banks and post office savings accounts, the Income Tax department has recently announced.
  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was on a four-day visit to India.
  • Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar Jr and US' four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles have been named in TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2017.
  • Belgium has become the first country to open an honorary consulate office in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City), Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  • Bengaluru Police have launched 51 'Pink Hoysalas', the new patrol vehicles, to address complaints related to women and child safety.
  • Bhilar, a hamlet in Satara district of Maharashtra is all set to become India’s first ‘book village’.
  • British boxer Anthony Joshua defeated his Ukrainian rival Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to be crowned the IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight champion.
  • Chetan Bhagat's novel 'Five Point Someone' has been included in the new syllabus for the academic session starting July in Delhi University.
  • China has announced plans to build a new city, a special economic zone, in Hebei province to decongest its capital Beijing.
  • China is going to launch a network of 156 minisatellites to facilitate global broadband coverage and commercial space development.
  • China will begin construction of a permanent manned space station in 2019.
  • Compensation of bank management will soon be based on the performance of their banks, according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
  • Cricket is among the 62 sports excluded from the 2018 Asian Games to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Cuba and Morocco has signed an agreement to re-establish diplomatic ties after a time period of 37 years.
  • Delhi's Connaught Place is the world's 9th most expensive office location with annual rentals at ₹6,877 per sq ft, according to American property consultant CBRE. Hong Kong is the world's most expensive office market with annual rentals at ₹17,197 per sq ft.
  • Delhi's Teen Murti Marg is set to be renamed after Israeli city Haifa ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Jewish nation.
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST) has launched Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) programme dealing with self-driven cars, autonomous unmanned vehicles and aircraft navigation systems.
  • 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.
  • Ferrari's Formula One racer Sebastian Vettel pipped British rival, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton to win the Bahrain Grand Prix.
  • FIFA President Gianni Infantino has confirmed that Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
  • For the first time in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, the None Of The Above (NOTA) option was made available during polling.
  • Former Indian captain MS Dhoni was appointed as the CEO of Gulf Oil India for a day, as he wanted to understand how a corporate CEO works.
  • Four stands at Kolkata's Eden Gardens stadium were named after Indian Army martyrs.
  • G20 Digital Ministerial Meeting on Digital Economy was recently held at Dusseldorf, Germany.
  • Germany has become the 1st NATO member to launch a "self-contained" cyber command unit designed to shield IT and weapons systems from growing attacks.
  • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced the state's Sex ratio at birth touched 950 girls to 1,000 boys in March, crossing the mark for the first time in the state.
  • Haryana emerged champion beating Kerala at the National Youth Athletics Meet.
  • Haryana government will provide a one-time grant of ₹21,000 to all those families whose third girl child was born after August 24, 2015, under the Aapki Beti, Hamari Beti scheme.
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched website 'Bharat Ke Veer' (www.bharatkeveer.gov.in) to facilitate monetary contribution to martyred CRPF jawans' families.
  • 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.
  • Iceland is set to become the first country in the world to neutralise gender pay gap.
  • In a first, the Uttarakhand Forest Department has deployed 3 drones for real-time monitoring of the forest fires.
  • 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.
  • India and Georgia have singed a Joint Statement on the launching of the Joint Feasibility Study on the Free Trade Agreement between both countries.
  • India has become the world's fifth-largest military spender, witnessing a growth of around 8.5% in expenditure in 2016. US topped the list.
  • India has become world’s second largest LPG importer, a position that was previously occupied by Japan. China remains as the world’s top importer.
  • India has inked a two billion dollar defence deal with Israel and the later will supply advanced medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, designed to destroy hostile aircraft, missiles and drones.
  • India has jumped 12 places to the 40th rank in the World Economic Forum Global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017. This list was topped by Spain.
  • India has signed a joint statement with Russia takeover full operational control of Unit 1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP).
  • India slipped three places to be placed 136th among 180 countries in the 2017 world press freedom rankings. This list was topped by Norway.
  • India successfully test-fired its surface-to-surface intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) Agni-III from a defence test facility off Odisha coast.
  • India won a total of 11 medals, including three gold, two silver, and six bronze, at the recently-concluded US Open Karate Championship in Las Vegas.
  • India, world’s 3rd largest energy consumer has joined International Energy Association (IAE) as associate member.
  • 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. 
  • India’s National Maritime Day was observed on 5th April 2017 with the Theme “Connecting India through Shipping”.
  • Indian boxer K Shyam Kumar won a Gold medal at the Thailand International Tournament.
  • Indian cueist Pankaj Advani won Silver at the Asian Snooker Championship, losing the final to China's Lv Haotian in Doha. 
  • Indian Navy successfully conducted the first test fire of the land-attack variant of the BrahMos supersonic missile. The missile, with a 400 km range, was launched at sea off the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
  • Indian shot putter Manpreet Kaur became world number one after winning the Gold medal at the Asian Grand Prix in China.
  • Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth defeated 24-year-old compatriot Kidambi Srikanth to lift his maiden Super Series title at the Singapore Open.
  • India's 18-year-old car racer Jehan Daruvala became the first Indian racer to occupy pole position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in the qualifying session for Round 2 in Monza. Bollywood actress Gul Panag has became India's first woman to drive a Formula E car after driving the racing car in Barcelona, Spain. 
  • India's 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev will get his own wax statue at the upcoming Madame Tussauds museum in Delhi.
  • India's 1st electric taxi trial would be launched in Nagpur from 24th May 2017.
  • India's women's T20I team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been named Player of the Year by Australia's Women's Big Bash League team Sydney Thunder.
  • International Day for Monuments and Sites was observed on 18th April 2017 with the Theme "Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism".
  • Japanese Volleyball Association is using robot volleyball players to help out the national team players with training and drills.
  • 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.
  • K Prithika Yashini (26), scripted history when she took charge as sub-inspector in Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu.
  • Kazakhstan has opened its honorary consulate in Chennai.
  • Kerala organised India's first transgender one-day athletic meet in Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Kerala's Kochi is set to get a Blind Football Academy (BFA), the first ever academy for differently-abled footballers in the country.
  • Madhya Pradesh Government has launched Deendayal Antyodaya Rasoi Yojana, a populist subsidised meal scheme for poor in the state. With this, Madhya Pradesh becomes 3rd state in the country to launch populist subsidised meal scheme. Other 2 states are Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.
  • Maharashtra is set to become the first state to launch a special awareness drive to ensure that transgenders in the state register as voters. The state branch of the Election Commission of India (ECI) launched the drive on April 15, celebrated as Third Gender Day.
  • Malaysia Airlines has become the world's first airline which will track its fights with the help of satellites by 2018.
  • Malaysia has passed a law that offers stronger legal protections for children against sexual offenses but stops short of criminalising child marriages.
  • Malaysian PM Mohd Najib Tun Razak has announced the launch of multiple-entry e-visas, allowing Indians to fly to Malaysia and visit South Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia using just one visa.
  • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was on a six-day visit to India.
  • Marylebone Cricket Club, cricket's rule-making body, approved new rules including giving umpires the power to eject misbehaving players, alongside using bails tethered to the stumps to protect wicketkeepers from eye injuries.
  • Mercedes' British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton defeated Ferrari's four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel to lift his fifth title at the Chinese Grand Prix.
  • Mongolia launched its first satellite called Mongol Sat-1. The 1,227-MHz satellite will help the landlocked country expand its telecoms and broadband services.
  • Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries surpassed IT giant Tata Consultancy Services in intraday trade to reclaim its tag of India's most valued company.
  • NASA's Cassini spacecraft, launched in 1997, has became the first man-made object to go beyond Saturn's innermost rings towards the planet.
  • Naval Ship ‘INS Chennai’, a ‘P15A Guided Missile Destroyer’, was dedicated to Chennai in the presence of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu K. Palaniswami and the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral HCS Bisht.
  • Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari was on a five-day visit to India.
  • North Korea has agreed to a visit by Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, a UN expert on the rights of people with disabilities, the United Nations announced.
  • Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has announced he will retire from Test cricket after the completion of upcoming Test series against West Indies.
  • Pakistan is going to export donkeys to China under its Donkey Development Programme, in a bid to attract Chinese investors in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
  • Pakistan's former captain Younis Khan announced that he will retire from Test cricket after the completion of the Test series against West Indies, bringing an end to his 17-year-long Test career.
  • Pakistan's National Assembly has passed a bill endorsing compulsory Quran education for all Muslim students studying in government schools from class 1 to 12.
  • Paris has banned all sexist and discriminatory ads from its billboards.
  • Poland has assured India of its support to New Delhi's bid for membership in the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and a permanent seat in the expanded UN Security Council.
  • President of India Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Mental Healthcare Act. Suicide attempts by a mentally ill person will not be punishable under this new law.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has given his approval to a Parliamentary panel's recommendation to make Hindi compulsory till Class 10 in CBSE-affiliated schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made 56 foreign visits since taking the office in May 2014.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently launched BHIM-Aadhaar platform, the merchant interface of the BHIM App, that will allow people to make payments through the fingerprint scanner.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's longest road tunnel – the Chenani-Nashri tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme for regional flight connectivity by flagging off the inaugural flight from Shimla to Delhi.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that women do not have to change their maiden names on passport after marriage.
  • Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to be the Chief Guest for UN Vesak Day 2017 celebrations to be held in Sri Lanka from 12th to 14th May 2017.
  • Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh prohibited the inscription of names of any government functionaries, including ministers and MLAs, on foundation stones and inaugural plaques.
  • Rafael Nadal became the first player in the Open Era (since 1968) to win a singles tournament on 10 different occasions, winning his 10th Monte-Carlo Masters final.
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that for the first time in Indian Railways' history, Habibganj station in Bhopal has been handed over to a private firm to be operated by it.
  • Rajasthan government has imposed 10% surcharge on stamp duty for the conservation and propagation of cows in the state.
  • Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas won the Men's doubles final at the Monte Carlo Masters to register their first ATP World Tour title as a team.
  • Ruhaan Alva, a 10-year-old boy from Bengaluru has won the Easykart Championship, a go-karting tournament, in Lonato, Italy.
  • Russia has sought India's EVM technology for 2018 presidential elections.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that allows the transfer of cash from Russia to Ukraine only through companies controlled by the Russian Central Bank.
  • Saudi Arabia has been appointed to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, an agency which promotes gender equality and women empowerment.
  • Saudi Arabia's Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan has announced that citizens would not pay taxes on income and Saudi companies would not see their profits taxed under new economic reforms.
  • 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.
  • Spinner Rashid Khan became the first cricketer from Afghanistan to play in an Indian Premier League match, after featuring for the Sunrisers Hyderabad against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the season opener.
  • Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe was on a four-day visit to India.
  • Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan will become 1st Sri Lankan cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, with his formal induction set to be held during June's ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
  • State-run lender State Bank of India (SBI) surpassed energy firm ONGC to become the country’s most valuable public sector unit (PSU), in terms of market valuation.
  • 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.
  • Switzerland's Roger Federer defeated Spanish rival Rafael Nadal in straight sets to clinch his third Miami Open title and his first since 2006.
  • Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a new military-backed constitution that strengthens the army's grip over the government and puts the country on the path to polls in 2018, four years after the military seized control.
  • The 1st ever joint military exercise between Nepal and China named ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2017’ was recently held.
  • The 7th Junior National Hockey Championship was recently held at Bhopal.
  • The Andhra Pradesh government is going to introduce a new programme titled 'Ammaku Vandanam' in schools to pay tribute to mothers. Under this programme, students will take the blessings of their mother and also wash their feet.
  • The board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cleared a proposal to introduce banknotes of ₹200 denomination.
  • The Cabinet approved policy guidelines to allow 'financially sound' state government entities to borrow directly from international agencies for vital infrastructure projects.
  • The Cabinet decided to ban the use of Red Beacons on the vehicles of government officials, starting 1st May 2017.
  • The Central government has recently launched 'Nakshe', a dedicated web portal allowing Indians to download accurate Indian maps prepared by the Survey of India.
  • The French government has announced the closure of its oldest nuclear power plant at Fessenheim by April 2020, once a new generation reactor in Flamanville is operational.
  • 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.
  • The government of Japan has approved using Adolf Hitler's autobiography 'Mein Kampf' (My Struggle), as teaching material in schools for educational purposes.
  • The Home Ministry is going to raise an all-woman India Reserve Battalion (IRB) in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The Indian football team jumped 31 places to reach the 101st rank, its best in 20 years, in the latest FIFA rankings.
  • The Indian Institute of Science Bangalore has been declared as India's best university in 'India Rankings 2017' released by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. 
  • The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is going to build a new oil terminal at Motihari (Bihar) to supply fuel to Nepal via the planned pipeline up to Amlekganj in Nepal.
  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has granted affiliation to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), ending a long-standing impasse between the two bodies.
  • The International Road federation (IRF) has named India to be the host of the 18th World Road Meeting (WRM 2017) which is scheduled to be held on November 13, 2017. Theme of WRM 2017 : ‘Safe Roads and Smart Mobility: The Engines of Economic Growth’.
  • The Keibul Lamjao National Park, located in the Loktak Lake in Manipur, India, is known as the only floating national park in the world.
  • The Lok Sabha recently passed the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016, which will impose stiffer penalties for traffic rules violations.
  • The Madhya Pradesh government will start a one-year diploma course on Hindu priesthood called 'Purohityam’ from July this year.
  • The Maharashtra Assembly passed a bill to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to legalise bullock cart races in the state.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs has made a provision enabling people to apply online for passports in Hindi.
  • The National Basketball Association (NBA) has launched the first NBA Basketball School in Mumbai.
  • The National Mission for Clean Ganga will observe 'Ganga Cleanliness Pledge Day' on 2nd May 2017 at various places in the river's basin states to spread awareness and ensure public participation in the programme.
  • The prices of petrol and diesel in India will change every day in sync with international rates from May 1. 
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to slash clearance time for National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) in an attempt to enhance efficiency of the electronic payment system and add to customer convenience.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kept the repo rate unchanged at 6.25% in its first bi-monthly monetary policy of this fiscal on 6th April 2017.
  • 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 Supreme Court 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 in its latest ruling has set 25% of the net salary as the maintenance to be paid by a husband to his estranged wife.
  • The Supreme Court directed the Centre to include Urdu as a medium in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test from academic session 2018-19 onwards.
  • The Telangana Cabinet has 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.
  • The Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation in Kerala has started an initiative wherein cloth sanitary napkin vending machines will be set up in public spaces such as public toilets, railway stations and schools.
  • The UK passport could turn Dark Blue again after Brexit under a nearly ₹4,000 crore redesigning contract.
  • The Union Agriculture Ministry has joined hands with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), a wing of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for geo-tagging agricultural assets.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved setting up an independent regulator Rail Development Authority (RDA), that will recommend passenger fares for Indian Railways.
  • The Union Ministry of Food Processing is going to launch Scheme for Agro-Marine Produce Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters (SAMPADA) for food processing sector. The scheme will integrate current and new schemes aimed at reducing food wastage and doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
  • The Union Ministry of Power has launched URJA MITRA app for empowering citizens by real time information sharing on power supply.
  • The Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has launched Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana in Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh. The Scheme aims at providing physical aids and assisted-living devices for senior citizens belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) category. It is the first-of-its-kind Central Sector Scheme (CCS) in India, to be fully funded by the Union Government.
  • The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue a set of stamps showing 10 yoga asanas (poses) to commemorate the International Day of Yoga on June 21 in New York.
  • The UP government renamed the Agra and Gorakhpur airports in the Cabinet meet. While Gorakhpur airport is renamed as Mahayogi Gorakhnath Airport after the founder of the Nath monastic movement, Agra airport is named after RSS ideologue Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
  • The US has ruled that being an entry-level computer programmer will no longer qualify as a specialist profession, which is a requirement for applying for an H-1B work visa.
  • 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 Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad has decided to initiate a 'Ghar Wapsi' (Home Coming) campaign for de-radicalisation of misguided youth of the state.
  • The Uttar Pradesh government has signed “Power for All” pact with the Centre to provide 24×7 power supply to all the households in the State.
  • The Uttarakhand High Court has declared the "rivers, streams, rivulets, lakes, air, meadows, dales, jungles, forests wetlands, grasslands, springs, and waterfalls" in the state as living entities.
  • The World Bank has approved $37.5 crore loan for capacity augmentation of National Waterway-1 (NW-1) on the river Ganga under the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP).
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in the first-ever malaria vaccination programme from 2018.
  • To mark the 100-year anniversary of Satyagrah movement, led by Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated an exhibition ”swachagraha” Bapu Ko Karyanjali” – A Mission, An Exhibition, at the National Archives of India, Janpath, New Delhi.
  • To mark the Golden Jubilee Year of Bangladesh's independence in 2021, India and Bangladesh have agreed to jointly produce a documentary film on the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
  • Top-ranked T20I all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been appointed Captain of Bangladesh's T20I team.
  • Turkish President Recep Erdo─čan has declared victory in referendum on transforming the country's governance from a parliamentary system to an executive presidency.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on a visit to India.
  • Union Health Minister JP Nadda has launched the Test and Treat policy for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) patients. As per this new policy, anyone who is tested and found positive will get the necessary treatment free of cost.
  • United Nations' Mine Awareness Day (International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action) was observed on 4th April 2017 with the Theme "Needs driven. People Centred".
  • United States and China have agreed to pursue a ‘100-day plan’ aimed at reducing the US trade deficit with China.
  • Uruguay will become the first country in the world to allow pharmacies to sell recreational marijuana, starting July.
  • US President Donald Trump has signed the US instrument of ratification for Montenegro's membership to NATO.
  • Utkala Dibasa (Odisha Day) was observed on 1st April 2017.
  • Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has announced that there will be no holiday in the state schools on birth anniversaries of great personalities.
  • Workers' Memorial Day / World Day for Safety and Health at Work was observed on 28th April 2017 with the Theme 'Good health and safety for all workers whoever they are'.
  • World Autism Awareness Day was observed on 2nd April 2017 with the Theme "Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination".
  • World Cup-winning coach Dav Whatmore took charge as the head coach of Kerala's state cricket team.
  • World Day For Animals In Laboratories (also known as World Lab Animal Day) was observed on 24th April 2017 with the Theme 'Vivisectors and Animals'.
  • World Health Day, a global health awareness day, was observed on 7th April 2016 with the Theme “Depression: Let’s talk”.
  • World Hemophilia Day was observed on 17th April 2017 with the Theme 'Hear Their Voices'
  • World Intellectual Property Day was observed on 26th April 2017 with the Theme 'Innovation – Improving Lives'.
  • World Malaria Day was observed on 25th April 2017 with the Theme 'End Malaria For Good'
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