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Latest Current Affairs of April 2018

The Supreme Court counsel who has become the first woman lawyer to be directly elevated as a Supreme Court judgeIndu Malhotra
The company which has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ministry of Tourism to adopt Red Fort and Gandikota Fort for a period of 5 years at a cost of Rs. 25 croresDalmia Bharat
Gujarati poet and playwright who has been chosen to be conferred the 2017 Saraswati Samman by KK Birla FoundationSitanshu Yashaschandra
The rank of India in the World Press Freedom Index 2018 which has Norway, Sweden and Netherlands at the top 3 positions138
The two-day coastal security exercise conducted by the Indian Navy off the coast of Kerala, Mahe and Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands to enhance and assess the threat from the sea was namedSagar Kavach
The Egyptian press photographer who has been chosen for the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2018Mahmoud Abu Zeid
The north-eastern State from where the Central Govt has withdrawn the AFSPA after 27 yearsMeghalaya
The place in Madhya Pradesh from where the Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi has launched Rashtriya Gram Swaraj AbhiyanRam Nagar in Mandla
The Indian company which has become the first to achieve 100 billion dollar market capitalisation TCS
The space telescope launched by NASA to search for exoplanets on April 18, 2018 atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral is namedTransiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
The country which has opened its first cinema after a gap of 35 years on April 18Saudi Arabia
The satellite launched by NASA on April 16 from Kwajalein Atoll in Marshall Islands to study the interstellar medium is namedCHESS 4 (Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph)
The team which has won the inaugural edition of India Super Cup 2018 football tournament defeating East Bengal in the finals at Kalinga Stadium, BhubaneshwarBengaluru FC
The sporting event which has been excluded from the Commonwealth Games of 2022 to be held in BirminghamShooting
The project launched by Dept of Posts for total digitisation of postal operations in the country is namedDARPAN (Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for a New India)
The place in Chhattisgarh from where the PM Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated a Health and Wellness Centre, to mark the launch of the Union Government’s Health Assurance Programme – Ayushman BharatBijapur
The veteran Bollywood actor (passed away on 27 Apr 17) who has been conferred the 49th Dadasaheb Phalke Award posthumouslyVinod Khanna
The Indian badminton player who has been ranked at No. 1 position by the World Badminton Federation (becoming the second Indian after Saina Nehwal to achieve the feat)Kidambi Srikanth
The 13-member task force set up by the Govt to prepare a road map for the implementation of unmanned aerial vehicle technology is headed byShri Jayant Sinha
The rank of India in the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom released by US based Heritage Foundation (the list is topped by Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand)130
The board member of Wipro Ltd who has been appointed the Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2018-19 Rishad Premji
The venue of 4-day biennial exhibition of weapons and military hardware DefExpo India-2018 held from 11 to 14 April 18Kancheepuram (Tamil Nadu)
The project launched by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to spread awareness about availing Vitamin D through natural sunlight (the project urges schools to shift their morning assembly to noon time, mainly between 11 am and 1 pm)Project Dhoop
The biggest ever country wide war exercise being conducted by the Indian Air Force from 08 to 22 April 2018 is namedGagan Shakti
The Indian State which has decided to provide free chemotherapy to cancer patients from June 2018 in 10 districts in the first phaseMaharashtra
The Indian tennis player who has become the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup (he recorded his 43rd win with Rohan Bopanna against China)Leander Paes
The mobile app launched by the Minister of Coal Shri Piyush Goyal for coal quality monitoring is namedUTTAM (Unlocking Transparency by Third Party Assessment of Mined Coal)
The joint anti-piracy exercise conducted by the Coast Guards of India and South Korea off Chennai coast is namedSAHYOG-HYEOBLYEOG 2018
The social media based remittance service launched by ICICI Bank for NRIs to transfer money using social media platforms is named Social Pay
The name given to the most distant star discovered by NASA at a distance of nine billion light yearsIcarus
The two endangered languages spoken in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha discovered by University of Hyderabad linguist Panchanan Mohanty Walmiki and Malhar
The theme of National Maritime Day being observed on 05 April 2018Indian Shipping - An Ocean of Opportunity
The committee formed by Govt of India (HRD Ministry) to examine the process by which the CBSE conducts examinations is headed by V S Oberoi
The former Managing Director of Intel South Asia who has been appointed the new President of NASSCOM (the first woman President of NASSCOM)Ms Debjani Ghosh
The scheme introduced by West Bengal for providing marriage assistance to girls from economically weaker families is namedRupashree
The out of control space station of China which burnt up on re-entry into earth's atmosphere and crashed into the Pacific Ocean was namedTiangong-1
The city which has become the first in the country to start selling BS-VI fuel (at present the cleanest fuel in the world)Delhi
The team which has won the 2017-18 Santosh Trophy defeating Bengal in the finals at Salt Lake Stadium in KolkataKerala
The place in Tamil Nadu where India's first insect museum was inaugurated by its Chief Minister EK PalaniswamiCoimbatore (TNAU)

65th National Film Awards 2017

#Name of the AwardName of the FilmAwardees
1.Best Feature FilmVillage Rockstars (Assamese)Producer and Director: Rima Das
2.Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a DirectorSinjar (Jasari)Producer: Shibu G Suseelan
Director: Pampally
3.Best Popular FilmBaahubali - The Conclusion (Telugu)Producer: Prasad Devineni
Director: SS Rajamouli
4.Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National IntegrationDhappa (Marathi)Producer: Sumatilal Popatlal
Director: Nipun Dharmadhikari
5.Best Film on Social IssuesAalorukkam (Malayalam)Producer: Jolly Lonappan
Director: VC Abhilash
6.Best Film on Environment Conservation/PreservationIrada (Hindi)Director: Aparnaa Singh
Producer: Irada Entertainment
7.Best Children's FilmMhorkya (Marathi)Producer: Kalyan Rajmogli Padal
Director: Amar Bharat Deokar
8.Best Hindi FilmNewtonProducer: Manish Mundra
Director: Amit V Masurkar
9.Best DirectionBhayanakam (Malayalam)Director: Jayaraj
10.Best ActorNagarkirtan (Bengali)Riddhi Sen
11.Best ActressMom (Hindi)Sridevi
12.Best Supporting ActorThondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (Malayalam)Fahad Fazil
13.Best Supporting ActressIrada (Hindi)Divya Dutta
14.Best Child ArtistVillage Rockstars (Assamese)Bhanita Das
15.Best Male Playback SingerFilm : Viswasapoorvam Mansoor (Malayalam); Song: Poy Maranja KalamKJ Yesudas
16.Best Female Playback SingerFilm: Kaatru Veliyidai (Tamil); Song: VaanShashaa Tirupati
17.Best Book on CinemaMatmagi Manipur - The first Manipuri feature filmAuthor: Bobby Wahengbam
18.Most Film Friendly StateMadhya Pradesh-

This is only a selective list of awards. For complete awards please visit Govt of India website

Launch of IRNSS-1I

Launched on: 12 April 2018

Launched from: Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota

Launch vehicle: PSLV-C41

Weighing 1425 kg, IRNSS-1I is the latest member of the ‘Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC)’ system. NavIC, also known as Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1500 km around the Indian mainland.

India's most powerful locomotive

Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi flagged off India's most powerful electric locomotive from Madhepura loco factory in Bihar.

  1. The engine has been built in collaboration with French firm Alstom under 'Make in India' initiative.
  2. This is India's first 12,000 horsepower (HP) electric locomotive. Prior to this, 6,000 HP locomotive was India's most powerful electric engine.
  3. Only Russia, China, Germany and Sweden have 12,000 HP locomotives.
  4. The locomotive with a maximum speed of 110 km per hour, will be mostly used for transportation of coal and iron ore.
  5. The foundation stone for the factory was laid in 2007 by the then Railway Minister Lalu Prasad.

Important Days of April

World Autism Awareness Day: 02 April 2018

Theme: Empowering Women and Girls with Autism

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2008

International Mine Awareness Day: 04 April 2018

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Advancing Protection, Peace and Development

First Observed in: 2006

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace: 06 April 2018

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2014

World Health Day: 07 April 2018

Designated by: World Health Organisation

Theme: Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere

First Observed in: 1950

International Day of Human Space Flight: 12 April 2018

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2011

World Haemophilia Day: 17 April 2018

Designated by: World Federation of Haemophilia

Theme: Sharing Knowledge Makes us Stronger

First Observed in: 1989

International Day for Monuments and Sites (World Heritage Day): 18 April 2018

Designated by: UNESCO

Theme: Cultural Heritage for Generations

First Observed in: 1983

International Mother Earth Day: 22 April 2018

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2010

Note: Earth Day was first observed in 1970 in the United States and it went global in 1990. The same day was adopted by the UN in 2009 as the International Mother Earth Day.

UN English Language Day: 23 April 2018

Designated by: UN Dept of Public Information

First Observed in: 2010

Significance: Birthday of William Shakespeare

World Malaria Day: 25 April 2018

Designated by: World Health Organisation

First Observed in: 2007

Theme: Malaria Prevention: Ready to beat malaria

World Intellectual Property Day: 26 April 2018

Designated by: World Intellectual Property Organisation

First Observed in: 2000

Theme: Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity

World Day for Safety and Health: 28 April 2018

Designated by: International Labour Organisation

First Observed in: 2003

Theme: Occupational safety health - Vulnerability of young workers

Film Awards by Maharashtra Govt

Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award: Dharmendra

Raj Kapoor Special Contribution Award: Raj Kumar Hirani

V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award: Vijay Chauhan

V Shantaram Special Contribution Award: Mrinal Kulkarni

Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018 for better protection and promotion of human rights in the country.

Salient Features:

  1. It proposes to include “National Commission for Protection of Child Rights” as deemed Member of the Commission;
  2. It proposes to add a woman Member in the composition of the Commission;
  3. It proposes to enlarge the scope of eligibility and scope of selection of Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission as well as the State Human Rights Commission;
  4. It proposes to incorporate a mechanism to look after the cases of human rights violation in the Union Territories.
  5. It proposes to amend the term of office of Chairperson and Members of National Human Rights Commission and State Human Rights Commission to make it in consonance with the terms of Chairperson and Members of other Commissions.

The amendment to the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 will make National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) more compliant with the Paris Principle concerning its autonomy, independence, pluralism and wide-ranging functions in order to effectively protect and promote human rights.

Commonwealth Games 2018

Venue: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

From 04 April to 15 April 2018

Motto: Share the Dream

Mascot :Borobi (Blue Koala)

Medals Tally

5New Zealand15161546

Venue of next Commonwealth Games: Birmingham (U.K.)

India's medals by sport

Table Tennis3238

Flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony: PV Sindhu

Flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony: Mary Kom

NIRF India Rankings 2018

Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar released ‘NIRF India Rankings 2018’ for Higher Education Institutions

In this third edition of India Rankings, a total of 2809 institutions participated in 9 categories. Collectively they have submitted 3954 distinct profiles, some in multiple disciplines/categories. This includes 301 Universities, 906 Engineering Institutions, 487 Management Institutions, 286 Pharmacy Institutions, 71 Law Institutions, 101 Medical Institutions, 59 Architecture Institutions and 1087 General Degree Colleges.

List of top ranking institute in each category is as follows:

  1. Overall: Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
  2. Management: Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
  3. University: Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
  4. College: Miranda House, Delhi
  5. Pharmacy: National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Mohali
  6. Medical: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  7. Architecture: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  8. Law: National Law School of India University, Bengaluru
  9. Engineering: Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Abbreviations in News

UTTAM: Unlocking Transparency by Third Party Assessment of Mined Coal

Books in News

Less - Andrew Sean Greer (Pulitzer Prize 2018 for fiction)

Cost of Living - Martyna Majok (Pulitzer Prize 2018 for Drama)

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Current Affairs Questions

1. Which is the largest producer of mobile phones in the world?

  1. India
  2. China
  3. Vietnam
  4. South Korea

2. In which country is the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant located?

  1. Turkey
  2. Japan
  3. Malaysia
  4. Italy

3. To which country does Masajo Nonaka, the world's oldest living person belong?

  1. South Korea
  2. China
  3. Japan
  4. Thailand

4. Former Prime Minster of which of the following countries has been disqualified by its Supreme Court from holding any public office for life?

  1. Pakistan
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Sri Lanka
  4. Myanmar

5. S Nihal Singh who passed away recently was a well-known -

  1. Painter
  2. Journalist
  3. Diplomat
  4. Film Director

6. Which of these banks recently became the second most valued bank at the Bombay Stock Exchange?

  1. Yes Bank
  2. ICICI Bank
  3. Punjab National Bank
  4. Kotak Mahindra Bank

7. How many countries were granted T20 International status by the International Cricket Council?

  1. 12
  2. 104
  3. 16
  4. 102

8. What kind of animal was Inuka which died recently at Singapore zoo?

  1. Lion
  2. Tortoise
  3. Polar Bear
  4. Platypus

9. Who is the longest serving Chief Minister of an Indian state till date?

  1. Jyoti Basi
  2. Manik Sarkar
  3. Pawan Chamling
  4. Gegonh Apang

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