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Daily Update On Current Affairs - April 22, 2017

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April 21- Civil Services Day

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated 11th Civil Services Day programme. The Civil Services Day function is organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. In this edition, awards will be given to five priority schemes, namely, “Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana”, “Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana”, “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana”, “Start Up India/Stand Up India” and “e-National Agriculture Market (e-NAM)”. Totally, 10 districts would be awarded this year under the five priority schemes. The awards will be given in three groups. The first group comprises of eight North-Eastern States and the three Hill States of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The second group consists of the seven Union Territories and the third constitutes rest of the 18 states. Besides, two awards would be given to Central/State organisations under Innovation category. Under this category, innovative work carried out by the Central/State Government organisations in defined themes such as environment conservation, disaster management, water conservation, energy, education, health, women and child-centric initiatives etc. would be taken into cognizance. 

Indian Navy Successfully Test Fires Land Attack Version Of Supersonic Cruise Missile, Brahmos

The Indian Navy today successfully test-fired the land attack version of the supersonic cruise missile, Brahmos. The long-range missile was fired from Indian Navy's ship Teg on a target on land.
Jointly developed by India and Russia, the Brahmos Missile and its anti-ship variant has already been inducted into the Navy. A majority of the frontline ships of Indian Navy are capable of firing this missile. Land Attack variant of Brahmos Missile provides Indian Naval Ships with the capability to precisely neutralise selected targets deep inland, far away from the coast, from stand-off ranges at sea. With this successful test-fire India is now in the club of select few nations having this capability.  

Doctors Asked To Prescribe Generic Drugs

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has asked its members to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push for generic drugs. Welcoming Prime Minister's move, IMA Secretary General Dr RN Tandon said, the association has written to its 3 lakh members to support it whole-heartedly. Briefing reporters in New Delhi today, he also called for stronger laws against spurious and sub-standard medicines in the country. Dr Tandon said, the motive of IMA is to make available generic medicines at the modest prices to the public and it is working for the promotion of drugs in the National List of essential Medicines which are price capped and cheaper.

Apex Court Refuses To Pass An Order For Reclaiming Kohinoor From The United Kingdom Or To Stop It From Being Auctioned

The Supreme Court said it could not pass an order for reclaiming the Kohinoor from the United Kingdom or to stop it from being auctioned. Disposing of a plea seeking directions to bring the treasured diamond back to India, a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said it could not ask a foreign government not to auction a property. The court made it clear that it could not pass an order with regard to a property which was in another country. The apex court referred to an affidavit filed by the Centre and said, the Government of India continues to explore ways and means with the UK government on the issue.

China Announces Names For Six Places In Arunachal Pradesh

China has unilaterally announced ‘standardised’ names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh. It is felt that Chinese move comes as a retaliation against Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh. Experts feel that China’s announcement is aimed at reaffirming its territorial sovereignty over the region. According to the Chinese foreign ministry, change of names was a legitimate action carried out in line with Chinese law. China has named the six places in Arunachal Pradesh with Roman alphabet as Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri. The name Wo’gyainling is likely to be given to the Ugyen Ling monastery (birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama), Qoidêngarbo Ri is likely to be the name given to Choten Karpo Ri, Mainquka is likely to be Mechuka in West Siang district and Bümo La is likely to be Bumla. During the visit of Dalai Lama, Union minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, had categorically asserted that Arunachal Pradesh is an inseparable and integral part of India.

Pakistan Leases Gwadar Port To A State-Run Chinese Firm For 40 Years

Pakistan has leased the operations of its strategic Gwadar port to a State-run Chinese firm, the China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC) for a period of 40 years. COPHC is slated to carry out all the developmental work on the port situated in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. COPHC took over the operations of the port in 2013. Previously, the control of the Gwadar port was with Singapore’s PSA (Port of Singapore Authority) International. As per the contract, 91% share of revenue collection from gross revenue of terminal and marine operations as well as 85% share from gross revenue of free zone operation will go to the COPHC. The provinces will not be given any share in the revenue collection.

Arun Jaitely Raises H1B Visa Issues With USA

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raised the issue of recent executive orders on H-1B visa regime with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Washington DC. Mr Jaitely outlined the significant contributions, the skilled Indian professionals have made to the US economy and expressed the hope that the US administration will take this aspect into consideration while taking any decision. US President Donald Trump had recently signed an executive order for tightening the rules of the H-1B visa programme to ensure that the visas are given to what he called the most-skilled or highest paid petitioners. Mr Jaitley is on a five-day visit to the United States to attend the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund as well as deliberations of G20 nations.

Rio Olympics Silver Medallist P.V.Sindhu Moves To No. 3 In World Ranking

Ace shuttler PV Sindhu has been ranked No. 3 in the latest BWF ranking. Sindhu who was at No.5 climbed up two places on the basis of making it to the quarter-finals of the recently-concluded Singapore Open Super Series. Sindhu’s career best is when she reached World No. 2 two weeks ago. As per the latest BWF ranking, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal has been ranked eighth. Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth have been placed at 21st and 22nd positions respectively.

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