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April 24, 2019

24th April 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (24th April 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 24th April 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Today (24th April) is World Day For Animals In Laboratories (also known as World Lab Animal Day).
    • This day was established in 1979 by the British National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS).
    • The date 24th April was chosen to observe this day, as it marked the birthday of former NAVS president Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding.
  • Today is Pinhole Photography day.
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived today in Russia by train for his 1st meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 
    • Kim will meet Putin in Vladivostok, located a few hours from the Russian-North Korean border by rail, tomorrow.
  • US President Donald Trump has accepted Queen Elizabeth's invitation to make a state visit to the UK from June 3-5. 
    • Trump will also hold a meeting with UK PM Theresa May. 
    • Trump's state visit is an "opportunity to strengthen our already close relationship and to discuss how we can build on these ties in the years ahead", May said.
  • Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari has left on a 9-day state visit to China
    • During the visit she will attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.
National Current Affairs
  • Today (24th April) is National Panchayati Raj Day.
    • This date marks a defining moment in the history of decentralization of political power to the grassroots level.
    • Note : The Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24th April, 1993 has institutionalized Panchayati Raj through the village, Intermediate and District level Panchayats.
  • The Union home ministry, in an attempt to improve investigations into cases of rape and sexual assault, has distributed more than 3,100 special kits for collecting blood and semen samples in addition to other evidence in different states and Union Territories (UT).
    • These Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits (SAECK) or Rape investigation kits have been specially designed to conduct instant medico-legal investigation and gather crucial evidence in such cases. 
    • These specialised kits primarily comprise of essential items that will help collect evidence like blood and semen samples in sexual assault and rape cases, which in turn would help the prosecution build a foolproof case against the accused in terms of concrete evidence.
  • The Madras High Court today lifted its ban on the downloads of video-sharing app TikTok after the company said there's technology in place to ensure nude/obscene content is not uploaded.
    • Apple and Google last week removed TikTok from their India app stores following instructions from the government.
  • As many as 21 Opposition parties have filed a review petition in the Supreme Court asking it to order the Election Commission to verify at least 50% of the EVMs using the VVPAT machines.
  • Government’s Think tank Niti Ayog has agreed to the proposal of the Dental Council of India which had sought to allow Dentists to practice as General Physicians after a bridge course.
    • The proposal was in the backdrop of the call by the Prime Minister’s office to explore unconventional methods to address the shortage of doctors in the country, particularly in rural areas.
Science & Technology
  • The world's 1st-ever malaria vaccine was launched in a pilot project in Africa's Malawi today. 
    • "30 years in the making, 'RTS,S' is to date the only vaccine that has demonstrated it can significantly reduce malaria in children...Ghana and Kenya will introduce it in coming weeks," WHO stated. 
    • Note : About 93% of the world's malaria-related deaths in 2017 occurred in Africa.
  • The UK has broken its own record for the longest period without generating electricity from coal, which lasted 90 hours and 45 minutes and is the longest since Industrial Revolution. 
    • During this period, electricity was generated by 42% Gas and 23% Nuclear Energy among others.
    • Note : The previous record, set in 2018, stood at over 76 hours.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Based on the recommendation of 2nd Narasimham Committee, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has divested its entire stake in National Housing Bank (NHB) and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
  • The government today extended the ban on import of milk and milk products, including chocolate, from China
    • The order follows food regulator FSSAI's recommendation that the ban should be extended till laboratories at ports are "suitably upgraded" for testing presence of toxic chemical melamine. 
    • The ban was first imposed in September 2008 and extended subsequently from time to time.
People in News
  • Puranik Yogendra has become the 1st Indian-origin person to win an election in Japan, having gotten elected to Tokyo's Edogawa Ward assembly. 
    • The 41-year-old, who's originally from Pune, went to Japan in the 1990s to pursue further studies and also worked there before joining politics. 
Awards & Honors
  • Indonesia has released a Ramayana-themed commemorative stamp to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic ties with India
    • The stamp features a scene in which Jatayu fought to save Sita. 
    • India's bilateral ties with Indonesia have been shaped as much by history, culture and geopolitical realities as by the visionary leadership, a text alongside the stamp read.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he would name a new community in the Golan Heights after US President Donald Trump, who officially recognised the disputed area as Israeli territory last month. "
  • Nobel Prize announcements for 2019 will take place in the month of October.
    • The Nobel Prize is issued in the fields of Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Literature, and Peace every year.
    • The winner of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel will also be announced. 
    • There are 301 candidates for the award in these fields, of which 223 are individuals and 78 are organizations. 
    • The Nobel Peace Prize awardee will be named on October 11.

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