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April 22, 2018

22nd April 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (22nd 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 22nd April 2018

International Current Affairs
  • 48th International Earth Day is being observed today.
    • The world's first ever Earth Day was celebrated on 22nd April 1970, in the United States of America to increase public awareness about environmental problems. 
    • It was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson, as a reaction to a massive oil spill in California in 1969.  
    • The aim of the day is to bring attention to environmental issues to spark changes that will result in a healthy, sustainable environment. 
    • Theme of International Earth Day 2018 : "End Plastic Pollution"
  • In a bid to strengthen cooperation along economic lines, India participated at the BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Washington DC.
    • During this meeting, India has pressed the BRICS Nations to set up an independent credit rating agency of the five-member group.  
    • BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa
National Current Affairs
  • President Ram Nath Kovind today signed the ordinance allowing courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children 12 years of age or younger
    • The Union Cabinet had approved the ordinance yesterday, following widespread protests against the Unnao and Kathua rape cases. 
  • The cabinet has approved restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) aimed at making rural local bodies self-sustainable, financially stable and more efficient.
  • The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to roll out ‘Integrated initiative for prevention & control of viral hepatitis’ under National Health Mission (NHM) for prevention and control of viral hepatitis. 
    • The initiative will have budgetary support of more than Rs. 517 crore for three years. 
    • Important Note ; India is committed to eliminating the viral hepatitis by 2030.
  • The 1st International SME (Small, Medium Enterprises) convention started at New Delhi today. 
    • One hundred and fifty participants from 31 countries and 400 entrepreneurs from India are participating in the four day convention.
    • Aim of this Convention : To provide platform to allow Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur (E2E) exchange of ideas, free and fair business discussions, mutual sizing of opportunities and ways to address them.
New Appointments
  • The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has appointed its 1st woman firefighter, Taniya Sanyal
    • Sanyal has been appointed to AAI’s eastern region airports that include Kolkata, Patna, and Ranchi, among others.
    • Note : Considered a profession only for men, AAI till recently did not have recruitment norms for women firefighters.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the promulgation of the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, which will empower authorities to seize assets of economic offenders who flee India.
    • The ordinance is aimed at forcing offenders to return to India to face prosecution.  
  • The total deposits in accounts opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana has crossed ₹80,000 crore mark as on 11th April 2018. 
    • Further, the number of account holders has increased to 31.45 crore from 26.5 crore at the beginning of 2017 with Uttar Pradesh having the highest number of account holders.
  • Private sector lender HDFC Bank has reported a 20.2% year-on-year increase in profit to ₹4,799 crore for the March quarter. 
    • The bank's net interest income during the quarter rose by 17.7% year-on-year to ₹10,657.7 crore. 
  • India and Finland have reached an agreement on the tax dispute with Nokia under Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) system
    • This involves payment of Rs 1,600 crore, a sum that was deposited with government by Nokia in March 2018.
  • Nabi Tajima (117), the world's oldest person and the last known to be born in the 19th century, has passed away.
    • She became the world's oldest person in September last year following the death of Jamaica's Violet Brown.
  • Actor Verne Troyer (49), who starred in the Austin Powers movies as 'Mini-Me' and a Harry Potter movie as Griphook, died today.
MOUs & Agreements
  • Hydro power major Sutlej Jal Vidut Nigam (SJVN) Limited has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Power for generating 9200 million units for the year 2018-19.
Awards & Honors
  • Shahid Kapoor was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award for his performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial 'Padmaavat'.  
    • Here are some Important Names in Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2018 Winners : 
    • Best actor (male) : Shahid Kapoor
    • Best actor people’s choice award : Ranveer Singh
    • Entertainer of the year : Kartik Aryan
    • Best actress (critics) : Aditi Rao Hydari
    • Lifetime achievement award : Simi Garewal
    • Pride of Indian cinema : Sanjay Dutt
    • Best director : Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Parag Pathak has been awarded the John Bates Clark Medal for 2018, granted annually to the best economist under the age of 40. 
    • He was awarded for his work on market design and education policy
  • American NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled during the US national anthem as a protest against racial inequality, was honoured by Amnesty International with their Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018.
  • The Indian government has released a Commemorative Stamp to honour Indian women's cricket team fast bowler Jhulan Goswami for becoming the first woman cricketer to take 200 wickets in ODIs
Sports Current Affairs
  • Barcelona thrashed Sevilla 5-0 to lift their fourth straight and 30th overall Copa del Rey title, an annual football cup competition for Spanish football teams.
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