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April 12, 2017

12th April 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (12th April 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 12th April 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (12th April) is the International Day of Human Space Flight / Cosmonautics Day / International Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics.
    • This day is observed to commemorate the date of the first human space flight in the history of mankind. 
    • On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet Union (USSR) cosmonaut undertook first successful first human space flight
  • The G7 group of nations has rejected UK and US' calls for sanctions against Russia over its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Under a new "extreme vetting" policy being considered by the US administration, British tourists may have to hand over personal information, including social media passwords and mobile phone contacts or be denied entry. 
  • China has remained the world's biggest executioner, however, the true extent of the use of the death penalty in China is unknown as this data is considered a state secret, human rights organisation Amnesty International announced today. 
    • The rest of the countries reportedly accounted for at least 1,032 executions last year. 
    • Note : Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Pakistan were other top executioners.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India and Georgia have singed a Joint Statement on the launching of the Joint Feasibility Study on the Free Trade Agreement between both countries. 
    • The statement was signed by Union Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Georgia’s Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Gakharia.
National Current Affairs
  • Aiming to strengthen the rights of the people infected with HIV, Lok Sabha has passed the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017
    • The bill ensures equal rights to people affected by HIV and AIDS in getting treatment, admissions in educational institutions and jobs.
    • Union Health Minister - JP Nadda
  • The Maharashtra government has agreed to provide land at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) for the first underground station of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train
    • The train would start underground from BKC, travel 21 km in a tunnel passing through the sea, and emerge over the ground at Thane.
    • It would have 12 stations, eight in Gujarat and remaining in Maharashtra.
  • The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet today imposed a ban on using polythene carry bags in the state with effect from May 1.
  • The Union Government has reduced the number of centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) from 66 to 28 umbrella schemes, effective from the financial year 2016-17. 
    • Note : These schemes were reduced based on the recommendation of the sub-group of Chief Ministers on rationalisation of centrally sponsored schemes.
  • The UP Cabinet has decided that villages in the state will get 18-hour power supply, Power Minister Shrikant Sharma announced today. 
  • 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. 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The government has announced that the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has tied up with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to issue Permanent Account Number and Tax Deduction Account Number in a day. 
    • This has been done to improve the ease of doing business. 
    • The CBDT has also introduced electronic PAN cards which will be sent by email to applicants.
  • The prices of petrol and diesel in India will change every day in sync with international rates from May 1. 
    • The government-owned fuel retailers will launch a pilot project for daily price revision in Puducherry, Vishakhapatnam, Udaipur, Jamshedpur and Chandigarh before extending it to all over India. 
    • Note : The fuel retailers currently revise rates on 1st and 16th of every month.
Awards & Honors
  • Veteran actor Dilip Kumar has been honoured with the Living Legend Lifetime Award by the Punjab Association today. 
  • The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee conferred the National Geoscience Awards - 2016 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
    • The National Geoscience Awards, previously known as the National Mineral Awards, was instituted by the Ministry of Mines in 1966, to honour individuals and teams of scientists for their extraordinary achievements and outstanding contributions in fundamental, applied geosciences, mining and allied fields.
    • These Awards include one Award for Excellence, one Young Scientist Award and nineteen individual and/or team awards in 16 fields of geosciences. 
    • Note : This year, 27 geoscientists are receiving these awards.
  • Former Union Minister and Congress leader Akhilesh Das Gupta (56) today. 
    • He was the son of freedom fighter and former Uttar Pradesh CM Babu Banarasi Das. 
    • A Rajya Sabha MP for 18 years from 1996 to 2014, he was the serving chief of the Badminton Association of India.
  • The Chairman of Dainik Bhaskar group Ramesh Chandra Agarwal passed away today.
    • He had more than 42 years of experience in the publishing and newspaper business and had been engaged in the running of the organization for over four decades.
    • He was also the Chairman of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry – Madhya Pradesh.
    • He had been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Life time Achievement Award in Journalism. 
    • He was ranked 95 on the Forbes list of India’s Richest in 2012.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh is among the 8 Ambassadors for the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts on June 1 in England. 
    • The cricketers will make promotional appearances during the ICC Champions Trophy tour, besides analysing the tournament matches.
    • The eight Ambassadors between them have played 1,774 ODIs, scoring 51,906 runs with 48 centuries, and taking 838 wickets.
  • 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.
    • The club also approved two umpiring signals which will be used to send off misbehaving players. 
      • To send off a player temporarily, the umpire will raise both hands with fingers spread and palms point towards scorers. 
      • To permanently remove a player, the umpire will point their index finger with their arm outstretched to the side.
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