Latest Current Affairs of April 2017

The slogan of the World Masters Games held in Auckland from April 21 to April 30, 2017For the love of sport
The noted playback singer who has been awarded the Ghantasala National Award instituted by the Ghantasala National Art AcademyVani Jairam
The Bollywood actor who has been awarded the 75th Dinanath Mangeshkar Award for his film DangalAamir Khan
The social activist from Odisha who has been chosen for the Goldman Environmental Prize 2017 along with 5 other recipients (He led a historic 12-year legal battle for the indigenous Dongria Kondh’s land rights and protected the Niyamgiri Hills from a massive, open-pit aluminum ore mine)Prafulla Samantara
The renowned director and film actor who has been chosen to be awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2016K. Viswanath
The 101-year old woman from Chandigarh who has won the 100 metres at the World Masters Games 2017 being held in Auckland, New ZealandMan Kaur
The joint naval exercise being carried out by the Indian and French navies in the Mediterranean Sea from 24 to 30 April 2017Exercise Varuna
The place in Madhya Pradesh where a massive explosion in a kerosene fair price shop killed 13 people and injured several othersChhindwara
The Mayor of Italian island Lampedusa who has been awarded the Félix Houphouët Boigny Peace Prize (UNESCO Peace Prize) jointly with nongovernmental organization SOS Méditerranée (France) for their work to save the lives of refugees and migrants and welcome them with dignityGiuseppina Nicolini
The Tamil author whose book Mathorubhagan (One Part Woman) translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan has been awarded Sahitya Akademi’s award for translation in EnglishPerumal Murugan
The theme of Civil Service Day, 2017 held on 21 April 2017Making New India
The Bangalore based athlete who has become the first visually impaired Indian athlete to complete the Boston marathonSagar Baheti
The new name of domestic airport at Agra in Uttar PradeshPt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Airport
The new name of domestic airport at Gorakhpur in Uttar PradeshMahayogi Gorakhnath Airport
The renowned historian and archaeologist who has been conferred the Paduru Gururaja Bhat Memorial Award 2017 by the Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation D.V. Sadananda GowdaA.V. Narasimha Murthi
The Indian Institute of Technology which has decided to introduce Vaastu Shastra to its first and second-year undergraduate architecture studentsIIT, Kharagpur
The Indian badminton player who has won the Singapore Open Super Series 2017 men's singles title defeating Kidambi Srikanth in the finalsB Sai Praneeth
The route on which the Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu las launched Vistadome coaches with glass ceiling, rotating seats, LED lighting and a GPS-based passenger information system (built by Integral Coach Factory, Chennai)Visakhapatnam to Araku
Italian supercentenarian and world's oldest living person who passed away on 15 April at the age of 117 years 137 daysEmma Morano
The Indian dhow (a type of sailing vessel) which was hijacked by Somali pirates on 01 April and later released along with its crew was namedAl-Kausar
The State which has launched Operation Durga, a compaign to protect the safety of womenHaryana
The African nation which has declared a three-month emergency after attacks on churches resulted in the death of several peopleEgypt
The States which have declared imposing prohibition of liquor in a phased manner recentlyMadhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
The first ever micro-drama festival held in India organised by theatre group Vriksh in New Delhi was namedThespis
The American novelist who has been awarded Pulitzer Prize 2017 in the fiction category for his novel The Underground RailroadColson Whitehead
The web portal launched by Survey of India to enable free download of maps in pdf format in 1 : 50,000 scalenakshe (soinakshe.uk.gov.in)
The web portal and mobile app inaugurated by Shri Rajnath Singh on the occasion of Valour Day of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) with an objective to enable willing donors to contribute towards the family of a braveheart who sacrificed his/her life in line of duty is namedBharat ke Veer (bharathkeveer.gov.in)
The exhibition inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to mark 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first experiment of Satyagraha in Champaran is namedSwachhagraha – Bapu Ko Karyanjali – Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshani
The Nobel Peace Prize winner from Pakistan who has been chosen to be the youngest UN Messenger of PeaceMalala Yousafzai
The venue of 3-day National Children's Film Festival being held from April 07 to April 09Visakhapatnam
The twelfth edition of Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise being conducted at Vairengte in Manipur from 05 April 2017 to 18 April 2017Nomadic Elephant
The scheme set up in 2012 by the Central Govt to address the social security-related issues of the Emigration Check Required (ECR)-category which has been closed by the Union CabinetMahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana
The Australian cricketer who has been named Wisden's Leading Woman Cricketer in the World for 2016Ellyse Perry
The Indian cricketer who has been named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016 becoming the third Indian to be so named after Virender Sehwag and Sachin TendulkarVirat Kohli
The Pakistani cricketer and captain of its test team who has announced his decision to retire from international cricket after the current tour of West Indies which concludes in May 2017Misbah-ul-Haq
The Russian city in which a terrorist strike at a metro station left 11 people and several others injuredSt. Petersburg
The Hindustani vocalist of Jaipur Gharana, Padma Vibhusan (2002), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1985), who passed away on 03 April 2017Kishori Amonkar
The Swedish-Eritrean journalist, currently in prison in Eritrea, who has been chosen for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2017Dawit Isaak
The country which has become the seventh member of South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Program (Headquarters: Manila, Philippines)Myanmar
The badminton player from Denmark who has won the India Open Super Series badminton tournament 2017 men's single title defeating Chou Tien-chen of Chinese Taipei in the finalsViktor Axelsen
The Indian badminton player who has won the India Open Super Series badminton tournament 2017 women's singles title defeating Carolina Marin of Spain in the finalsP.V. Sindhu
The country which has recognised cryptocurrency Bitcoin as legal payment method with effect from 01 April 2017Japan

64th National Film Awards 2016

#Name of the AwardName of the FilmAwardees
1.Best Feature FilmKaasav (Marathi)Producer: Sumittra Bhave, Sunil Sukthankar & Mohan Aghase
Director: Sumittra Bhave, Sunil Sukthankar & Mohan Aghase
2.Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a DirectorAlifa (Bengali)Producer: Amaan Ahmed
Director: Deep Choudhury
3.Best Popular FilmSathamanam Bhavathi (Telugu)Producer: V. Venkata Ramana Reddy
Director: Satish Vagesna
4.Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National IntegrationDikchow Banat Palaax (Assamese)Producer: Canvascope
Director: Sanjib Sabha Pandit
5.Best Film on Social IssuesPink (Hindi)Producer: Rashmi Sharma Films
Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
6.Best Film on Environment Conservation/PreservationLoktak Lairembee (Manipuri)Director & Producer: Haoban Paban Kumar
7.Best Children's FilmDhanak (Hindi)Producer: Dhrishyam Films
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
8.Best Animation FilmMahayodha Rama (Hindi)Producer: Contiloe Pictures Pvt Ltd
Director: Rohit Vaid
9.Best DirectionVentilator (Marathi)Director: Rajesh Mapuskar
10.Best ActorRustom (Hindi)Akshay Kumar
11.Best ActressMinnaminungu-The FireflySurabhi C.M.
12.Best Supporting ActorDashakriya (Marathi)Manoj Joshi
13.Best Supporting ActressDangal (Hindi)Zaira Wasim
14.Best Child Artist(a) Kunju Daivam (Malayalam)
(b) Sahej Pathar Gappo (Bengali)
(c) Railway Children (Kannada)
(a) Adish Praveen
(b) Nur Islam and Samiul Alam
(c) Manohar K.
15.Best Male Playback SingerFilm : Joker (Tamil); Song: Jasmine ESundharayyar
16.Best Female Playback SingerFilm: Praktan (Bengali); Song: Tumi Jake Bhalo BashoIman Chakraborty
17.Best Book on CinemaLata: Sur GathaAuthor: Yatindra Mishra
18.Most Film Friendly StateUttar Pradesh

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


Important Days of April

World Autism Awareness Day: 01 April 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2008

International Mine Awareness Day: 04 April 2017

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Needs Driven. People Centred

First Observed in: 2006

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace: 06 April 2017

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2014

World Health Day: 07 April 2017

Designated by: World Health Organisation

Theme: Depression: Let's Talk

First Observed in: 1950

International Day of Human Space Flight: 12 April 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2011

World Haemophilia Day: 17 April 2017

Designated by: World Federation of Haemophilia

Theme: Hear their voices

First Observed in: 1989

International Day for Monuments and Sites (World Heritage Day): 18 April 2017

Designated by: UNESCO

Theme: Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism

First Observed in: 1983

International Mother Earth Day: 22 April 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Environmental & Climate Literacy

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 2017

Designated by: UN Dept of Public Information

First Observed in: 2010

Significance: Birthday of William Shakespeare

World Malaria Day: 25 April 2017

Designated by: World Health Organisation

First Observed in: 2007

Significance: Malaria Prevention: Let's close the gap


Books in News

Gandhi in Champaran - DG Tendulkar

The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

The Flaming Tresses of Draupadi - Veerappa Moily

Abbreviations in News

SAUNI: Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation


Maharashtra Government Film Awards 2017

Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award: Saira Banu

Raj Kapoor Special Contribution Award: Jackie Shroff

V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award: Vikram Gokhale

V Shantaram Special Contribution Award: Arun Nalawade


GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast

Commonly known as: Mother of All Bombs

Features: It is termed as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in the American arsenal. The bomb is designed to be delivered by a C-130 Hercules

Made by: Air Force Research Laboratory

Used by: United States Air Force

Weight: 9800 kg

Used for the first time on: 13 April 2017

Used on: Islamic State of Iraq and Levant's Khorasan cave complex in Achin District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan


India Rankings 2017

The second edition ranking of Indian instituttions was released by HRD Ministry on 03 April 2017. the following are the first ranked institutions in each category.

Overall

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Management

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

University

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

Colleges

Miranda House, New Delhi

Pharmacy

Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi


Chenani Nashri Tunnel

Inaugurated by the PM Shri Narendra Modi on 02 April 2017.

Length of the tunnel: 9.28 km

Work on the tunnel began in: 2011

Highway on which the tunnel is located: NH 44

Reduces the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by: 30 km




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Current Affairs Questions

1. Bhoorsingh the Barasingha is the official mascot of which tiger reserve?

  1. Ranthambore
  2. Kanha
  3. Corbett
  4. Sundarbans

2. In which colour are monuments and important buildings across the world lighted to mark World Autism Awareness Day?

  1. Blue
  2. Green
  3. Red
  4. Pink

3. Which Indian cricketer is among the 8 players chosen to be ambassadors of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to be held in June 2017?

  1. Ashish Nehra
  2. Harbhajan Singh
  3. Yuvraj Singh
  4. Shikhar Diwan

4. With which company was the merger of Cairn India approved by National Company Law Tribunal?

  1. Vedanta Resources
  2. Reliance Industries
  3. Essar Oil
  4. Petronet LNG

5. In how many cities is the daily revision of prices of petrol and diesel to be implemented from 01 May 2017 by the state owned oil companies?

  1. Two
  2. Three
  3. Four
  4. Five

6. On which day is the Himachal Day celebrated?

  1. January 25
  2. February 15
  3. April 15
  4. April 25

7. In which colour are monuments and important buildings across the world lighted to mark World Haemophilia Day?

  1. Blue
  2. Green
  3. Red
  4. Pink

8. Which Indian leader was pictured on 4 postage stamps of 1948 which sold for a record 5,00,000 pounds at an auction in UK?

  1. Rabindranath Tagore
  2. Mahatma Gandhi
  3. CV Raman
  4. BR Ambedkar

9. In which city is Bellandur Lake located?

  1. Bengaluru
  2. Hyderabad
  3. Bhopal
  4. Cuttack

10. Which Indian entrepreneur has featured in TIME magazine list of 100 most influential people of 2017?

  1. Mukesh Ambani
  2. Sachin Bansal
  3. Amitabh Bachchan
  4. Vijay Shekhar Sharma

11. What is the price of coffee scented stamps released by the India Post in Bengaluru recently?

  1. Rs. 10
  2. Rs. 5
  3. Rs. 50
  4. Rs. 100

12. In which city is the English and Foreign Languages University located?

  1. Hyderabad
  2. Nagpur
  3. Pune
  4. Bengaluru