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April 21, 2018

21st April 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (21st April 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 21st April 2018

International Current Affairs
  • The Romanian government has adopted a memorandum to shift its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
    • If approved by President Klaus Iohannis, Romania will become the 3rd nation after the US and Guatemala to open an embassy in Jerusalem.
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced that he has suspended all missile tests and will shut down a nuclear test site.
    • This announcement comes as North Korea prepares for historic talks with South Korea and the US.
National Current Affairs
  • The Centre today approved the ordinance prescribing Death penalty to those convicted of raping children aged below 12 years
    • Currently, the maximum punishment for the crime is life imprisonment, while the minimum is a seven-year jail term.
New Appointments
  • Britain's Prince Charles was appointed as the successor to his mother Queen Elizabeth II as the head of the Commonwealth after all 53 nations agreed on his name. 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has revised its Know Your Customer (KYC) guidelines, making Aadhaar key to conducting customer due diligence by banks and finance companies. 
  • Pension regulator Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has made bank account details and mobile number compulsory for subscribers of the National Pension Scheme
    • It has also made Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and Central Registry of Securitisation Asset Reconstruction and Security Interest mandatory for new and existing subscribers. 
  • A London-based startup, Pigzbe, has launched a hardware wallet for children to store its cryptocurrency called 'Wollo', to teach them about money.
    • The hardware interacts with Pigzbe's app which features games revolving around saving and spending the digital currency.
  • Axis Bank has appointed executive search firm Egon Zehnder to help it find a successor to the current MD and CEO Shikha Sharma
    • This comes after the bank's board accepted Sharma's request to step down at the end of 2018.
  • Turkey-born scientist Nerses Krikorian (97), who worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which developed the atomic bomb, has passed away.
    • In his over four-decade-long career, he worked with uranium in the Manhattan Project and also helped develop a nuclear-thermal rocket.
  • Swedish DJ Avicii (28) one of the world's biggest dance music stars has passed away.
    • Avicii's club anthems include Wake Me Up, Levels, and recently, Lonely Together with Rita Ora.
  • Former chief justice of Delhi High Court and activist Rajinder Singh Sachar (94), who brought to the fore the socio-economic and educational conditions of the Muslim community, passed away.
Recent Committees in News
  • To prevent sexual harassment against women at the workplace, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has formed a 4-member internal complaints committee
    • Members of this Committee :
      • Karina Kripalani
      • Saba Karim
      • Rupawati Rao 
      • Veena Gowda
Sports Current Affairs
  • The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has recommended Manika Batra for the prestigious Arjuna Award
    • Important Note : Manika is India's only quadruple medallist at the Commonwealth Games 2018.
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