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April 30, 2017

30th April 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (30th April 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 30th April 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit India today. 
    • He is expected to meet prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
    • The two leaders are expected to discuss India's Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership bid and methods to further strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism and trade.
    • Important Points to Note
      • Turkey is a member of the NSG and the two leaders are expected to have discussion on India's membership bid. 
        • Recep Tayyip last visited India in 2008 as Turkey's Prime Minister.
  • Mexico's Lower House of Congress today passed a bill to legalise the use of marijuana for medical and scientific needs
  • The 27 member countries of the European Union today unanimously agreed to the negotiating guidelines for Brexit talks with the UK in less than 15 minutes.
    • However, they suggested that they will demand Britain to agree on payments to the bloc before considering a new trade deal. 
    • EU-UK talks will begin after the country's general election on June 8.
  • Turkish authorities today blocked access to online encyclopedia Wikipedia without a court order.
    • Note : Turkey has temporarily blocked popular social media sites including Facebook in the past, in wake of mass protests or terror attacks.
National Current Affairs
  • In India, Anti-Child Labour Day is being observed today (April 30), a day before Labour Day (1st May).
    • Important Note : Don't be confused with World Day Against Child Labour which is observed on 12th June.
  • Starting May 1, prospective parents going for adoption would not be allowed to "pick and choose" but would only be given one option by the national adoption body. 
    • Till now, the government's adoption portal, CARINGS, referred up to three children to the prospective parents to choose from.
  • Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi today announced that all future elections, including that of Himachal Pradesh assembly, would be held with Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines
    • In paper trail machines, voters get a printed proof of the vote they cast.
  • The Delhi government has directed the city schools to install air purifiers to ensure that students don't face health hazards due to air pollution.
    • The government has also asked the schools to educate the students about the importance of improved air quality. 
  • 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. 
    • Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti will attend the events lined up in Vidhur Kuti, Srinagar and Devprayag that day.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Japan's SoftBank Group is going to put in $1.9 billion (₹12,000 crore) into Paytm's parent company One 97 Communications.
    • The funding is likely to value Paytm at $9 billion and SoftBank will pick up 20% stake in the payments firm.
Science & Technology
  • Technology major Apple has filed a patent for a method that would allow users to wirelessly charge their devices over Wi-Fi and other radio frequencies. 
  • Hindi internet users are expected to outnumber those accessing the web in English by 2021, a Google-KPMG report has claimed.
    • Hindi users are estimated to reach 20.1 crore as against the English userbase of 19.9 crore in 2021, it added. 
    • The report further estimated that 53.6 crore Indians would be using regional languages to access the web by 2021.
Awards & Honors
  • Japan has decided to confer former Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar with Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, the 3rd highest civilian honour for his contribution to strengthening bilateral relations with India. 
    • Note : Kumar had served as former PM Manmohan Singh's special envoy to Japan.
New Appointments
  • Beverages giant Coca-Cola today announced that it's President for India and Southwest Asia Business Unit Venkatesh Kini has quit after leading the operations for over three years.
    • TKK Krishnakumar will take over the position effective May 1.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Microsoft Co-founder and the world's richest person, Bill Gates today played a doubles match of tennis alongside Roger Federer against John Isner and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready for charity.
    • They won the match before Isner faced Federer one on one.
    • The event raised more than $2 million, which was donated to Roger Federer's foundation.
  • 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 at Wembley Stadium today.
  • Kerala's Kochi is set to get a Blind Football Academy (BFA), the first ever academy for differently-abled footballers in the country. 
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