Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - April 18, 2017

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Government Launches Programme For Capacity Building Of Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) Of Panchayats

The Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj has launched a nationwide programme for capacity building of Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayats and a training program for Trainers of Women Panchayat leaders at Ranchi, Jharkhand. The Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched the programme representatives at the grassroots level in various fields like engineering (building of roads, drains, latrines etc.), finance, social development, education, health, and environment among others. In the first phase of the training, 40 master trainers of Jharkhand will be trained at the State Institute of Rural Development, Ranchi. In the second phase, around 3000 Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) will be imparted training by the master trainers at the districts of Simdega, Pakur and Chatra of Jharkhand. In subsequent phases, similar training modules will be organised in different states throughout the country with the help of National Institute of Rural Development, State Institutes of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Departments of the States. At present, there are around 13 lakhs EWRs in Panchayats throughout the country.

IIT Kharagpur Plans To Introduce Vastu Shashtra

IIT Kharagpur plans to introduce Vastu Shashtra to the architecture students from this year August. While the rudiments of Vastu Shastra will be introduced to the first and second-year undergraduate architecture students, detailed grounding on the subject will be imparted to the post graduate and research scholars in infrastructure. For the UG students, graded modules related to basic design and history of architecture will be taught. For the PG level, modules imparting solar principles, sacred diagrams, 9 circuit placements or the nabagraha mandal, sacred altars and design semiotics and semantics will be taught.

Telangana Increases Quota For Muslims

The Telangana legislature has passed the Telangana Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointments or Posts in the Services under the State) Bill, 2017, that seeks to raise substantially the reservation for backward Muslims and scheduled tribes. The new legislation will increase the reservation for socially and educationally backward Muslims from the existing 4% to 12% and for Scheduled Tribes from 6% to 10% taking the total quotas in government jobs and educational institutions in the state much beyond the 50 % ceiling set by the Supreme Court. The total quota in the state will now increase to 62%.

INS Chennai Dedicated To The Nation

The Indian Navy’s guided missile destroyer INS Chennai was dedicated today to the city whose name it bears. It was dedicated in accordance with the tradition of the Navy at a function onboard the ship by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswamy. In his address, he asked for ensuring the safety of the state fishermen mid-sea so that they could carry on with their traditional occupation peacefully.

Vistadome Coaches Flagged Off

The trial run of the glass-roofed coaches of the Vistadome Coaches was flagged off in the Araku Express from Vishakapatnam and Arakku on the 16th April 2017, by the Railway Minister Mr Suresh Prabhu. The coaches are designed for wide view for the passengers. Each coach costs Rs 1 crore to manufacture. It is equipped with LED lights, rotatable seats and GPS System. The coaches include infotainment system, lounge, wide side doors for the physically disabled and automatic sliding compartment door. The feature of the coach is that it has got an electronically controlled opalescence that will give the passengers a panoramic view of the scenery.

World Bank Expects India’s GDP To Grow At 7.2%

In a new World Bank report titled Globalization Backlash, the agency expects India’s gross domestic product to spike to 7.2% in the financial year 2017-18 from 6.8% the previous fiscal. It has also forecasted that the ‘fiscal, inflation and external conditions’ in the country to remain stable and India’s economic growth to rise gradually to 7.7% in 2019-20, “underpinned by a recovery in private investments”. The agency has stated that despite renewed weakness in private investment and sluggish external demand, India continued to grow robustly until ‘demonetisation’ slowed the growth, albeit modestly. It expects that inflation would stabilise with the support of favourable investment climate and structural reforms. The agency, however, has warned India against significant risks to its favourable growth outlook. Among them, it has underlined uncertainties in the external environment, not-so-clear picture of the impact of demonetisation on small and informal firms, obstacles to private investment and rapid hikes in the prices of oil and other commodities.

Supreme Court Directs Sale Of Sahara Group's 34-Thousand Crore Aamby Valley Properties At Lonavala

The Supreme Court today asked Bombay High Court's official liquidator to sell the 34,000 crore rupees worth of properties of the Aamby Valley owned by the Sahara Group. It directed Sahara chief Subrata Roy to personally appear before the court on 28th of this month. Taking strong note of non-submission of over 5,000 crore rupees by the Sahara group, the apex court also cautioned Roy from playing with the court's order. It said, non-compliance of its order will invite the wrath of the law.

Wholesale Inflation Falls To 5.7 Percent In March From 6.5 Percent In The Previous Month

Inflation, based on the wholesale price index, slipped to 5.7 per cent in March this year. Wholesale Inflation fell as inflation in manufactured goods eased, although food prices hardened. Wholesale Inflation or WPI had stood at 6.55 percent in February, and at minus 0.45 per cent in March last year. According to official data released today, food inflation rose to 3.12 percent in March, from 2.69 percent in February. This was mainly due to wholesale inflation in vegetables climbing to 5.7 percent. But fuel inflation declined to 18.16 percent in March, from 21.02 percent in February. Wholesale inflation in manufactured items dropped to 2.99 percent in March, from 3.66 percent in February.

Turkey Referendum: President Erdogan Wins Sweeping Powers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the referendum on granting him sweeping new powers by a clear majority. The “Yes” vote garnered by Erdogan was 51.36% and “No” was 48.64%. while the supporters of Erdogan has hailed the results, the two main opposition parties have challenged the results.

US Vice-President Mike Pence Says, America's Era Of Strategic Patience With North Korea Is Over

US Vice-President Mike Pence has said, America's era of strategic patience with North Korea is over. He made the remarks at a demilitarised zone, the area dividing the two Koreas, during a visit to South Korea to reaffirm ties. His visit comes amid escalated tensions on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US.

Mr Pence reached Seoul on 17th April 2017, hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch. US and South Korea today launched a joint air force military exercise to ensure readiness against North Korea. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged North Korea to comply with UN resolutions and abandon its nuclear and missile development. Addressing Parliament, Mr Abe said he would exchange views on North Korea with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a summit meeting later this month.

Hanchinal Receives 6th M.S. Swaminathan Award


The Chairperson of the Plants Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority, Rayapa Ramappa Hanchinal has won the prestigious 6th M.S. Swaminathan Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of Agriculture, especially seed production technology.

Gayathri Gopichand Wins Singles And Doubles Crown At Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix

Gayatri Gopichand, daughter of National Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, has bagged both the singles and doubles crown at the Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix in Jakarta. Gayatri defeated her doubles partner Samiya Farooqui to win the girls U-15 singles title. Gayatri and Samiya defeated Indonesian pair of Kelly Larissa and Shelandry Vyola to clinch the U-15 doubles title with a straight game win. Both Gayatri and Samiya train under Pullela Gopichand at his academy in Hyderabad.


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