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April 13, 2018

13th April 2018 Events - Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (13th April 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 13th April 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced that the country will be scrapping reservation in government jobs.
    • This move came after students and job-seekers came out in protest against the 56% reservation for special groups. 
  • The Pakistan Supreme Court today disqualified corruption-accused former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office for life, as he found guilty of corruption in the Panama Papers case.
National Current Affairs
  • The 99th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre is being observed today.
    • The massacre took place in Amritsar on this day (13th April) in the year 1919, wherein thousands of people in a public protest meeting were fired upon under the command of Brigadier-General Dyer. 
    • While British officials declared 379 deaths in the massacre, the Indian National Congress estimated over 1,000 deaths. 
New Appointments
  • The government has appointed Bhanu Pratap Sharma as the new Chairman of Banks Board Bureau (BBB). 
    • He will replace Vinod Rai, whose term ended on March 31. 
  • German automaker Volkswagen has appointed VW brand head Herbert Diess as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
    • He will replace Matthias Mueller.
  • India's largest FMCG company Hindustan Unilever has appointed CEO and MD Sanjiv Mehta as its new Chairman
    • He will replace Harish Manwani, who will retire at the end of June after serving as the Non-Executive Chairman for 13 years.
Science & Technology
  • China is going to send seeds of Potato, a Flowering Plant, and Silkworm Eggs with its lunar probe later this year to conduct the first biological experiment on the Moon. 
Awards & Honors
  • The winners of 65th National Awards were announced today. 
    • 19-year-old Riddhi Sen was named the Best Actor for the Bengali film 'Nagarkirtan'.
    • Actress Sridevi was posthumously named the Best Actress for the film 'Mom'.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Wrestler Bajrang Punia won his 1st Commonwealth Games Gold medal in the men's freestyle 65 kg final today.
  • Mausam Khatri won Silver Medal in the men's freestyle 97kg final to give India its 39th medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018. 
  • India's Seema Punia bagged her 4th successive medal at the Commonwealth Games by winning Silver in women's discus throw final with a throw of 60.41m.
    • She has now won 3 silver medals (2006, 2014 and 2018) and one bronze (2010) at the Games. 
  • 19-year-old Naman Tanwar won India its 1st boxing medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, winning a bronze in the men's 91 kg category today.
  • Tejaswini Sawant won India its 5th shooting gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, winning the women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions Finals today.
  • 15-year-old shooter Anish Bhanwala became India's youngest gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games, winning the men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Finals with a record score at Gold Coast today.
  • India will join Russia among the nations that will lose weightlifting spots at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the number of doping violations registered against the nation's athletes. 
    • The new rules state that the countries with 10-19 doping violations from 2008 to 2020, which includes India, will be limited to two men and two women at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj has become the 1st-ever woman to smash 50 fifties in ODI cricket, achieving the feat against England today. 
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