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April 08, 2015

8th April 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave on a 9-day visit to France, Germany and Canada tomorrow.
    • Main Focus of this Visit : To invite investments, particularly in infrastructure and defence sectors, besides cooperation in nuclear and a variety of other areas
    • In the first leg of the tour, Modi will travel to France where economy, defence and energy will be high on the agenda of his talks with President Francois Hollande. 
      • Prime Minister of France : Manuel Valls 
    • From France, Modi will travel to Germany where again business and technology will be the focus with intent of attracting participation in 'Make in India'.
      • He will also unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Hannover.
      • Prime Minister of Germany : Angela Merkel
    • In the third and last leg of the tour, he will travel to Canada, marking the first standalone visit by an Indian Prime Minister in over 42 years.
      • The last such visit took place in 1973.
      • Prime Minister of Canada : Stephen Harper
  • 5th meeting of SAARC Health Ministers was held in New Delhi today.
    • Key issues discussed in the meeting were, HIV/AIDS & prevention of communicable and NCD.
    • SAARC Ministers pledge to make region polio free; committed for HIV/AIDS free region by 2030
    • This meeting was chaired by : Union Ministeter of Health & Family Welfare : J. P. Nadda
    • Other Participants of the meeting are,
      • Mr. Firozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health, Government of Afghanistan
      • Mr. Zahid Maleque, MP, State Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh
      • Mr. Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, Minister of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan
      • Mr. Ahmed Zuhoor, Minister of Health, Government of Maldives
      • Mr. Khaga Raj Adhikari, Minister of Health & Population, Government of Nepal
      • Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar, Federal Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Government of Pakistan
      • Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health & Indigenous Medicine, Government of Sri Lanka
      • Important Note : The 4th meeting of the SAARC Health Ministers was held at Maldives in April 2012.
Business & Economy
  • PM Modi launches MUDRA Bank under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, to provide credit to
    small entrepreneurs.
    • This bank which will provide credit of up to Rs 10 lakh to small entrepreneurs and act as a regulator for 'Micro-Finance Institutions' (MFIs).
    • MUDRA - Micro Units Development Refinance Agency
  • The government today approved three highway projects worth Rs 9,500 crore in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, including those connecting Varanasi -- the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Snapdeal has acquired mobile recharge platform Freecharge in a deal that is billed as the largest Indian buy out so far in the consumer Internet space
    • The company did not disclose the deal size, which according to sources could be over $400 million in cash and stock.
    • With this acquisition, Snapdeal can offer a wide range of products and services, including financial services, mobile recharge and utility payments with a growing user base of over 40 million.
New Appointments
  • Sumit Mazumder, CMD, TIL Limited, has been elected president of CII for the year 2015-16. 
    • He succeeds Ajay Shriram. 
    • Naushad Forbes, director, Forbes Marshall, has become the president-designate of CII for 2015-16. 
    • Shobana Kamineni, executive vice-chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited, has been elected vice-president of CII for the year 2015-16. 
    • CII : Confederation of Indian Industry
Awards & Honors
  • President of India Pranab Mukherjee confered Padma Vibhushan, country's second highest civilian honour on Amitabh Bachchan at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
    • Amitabh Bachahan received the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Bhushan in 2001.
    • Shia leader Prince Karim Aga Khan, legal luminary K K Venugopal, Dharmadhikari of Karnataka's Shri Manjunatha Swamy temple Dharmasthala Veerendra Heggade, nuclear scientist M Ramaswamy Srinivasan were also given Padma Vibhushan today.
  • Eighth edition of Indian Premier League Twenty-20 cricket tournament (IPL) icks off with dazzling opening ceremony.
    • Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders playing against Mumbai Indians.
  • Gujarat cricket team won the 2014-15 Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy by defeating Punjab by two wickets.
    • Last time winner : Baroda

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