Latest Current Affairs of April 2016

The politician, economist and former IAS Officer who has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver by Japan for promoting economic, educational and cultural ties between India and JapanN.K. Singh
The 27th series of bilateral maritime exercise between the navies of India and Indonesia being held from 28 April to 19 May 16 is namedCORPAT
The dates by which the Govt has made it mandatory for all mobile phones sold in India to have an in-built panic button and GPS respectively01.01.2017 and 01.01.2018
The theme of World Malaria Day observed on 25 April 2016End Malaria for Good
The granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi who has been decorated with one of France's top honours, The Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution in promoting peace, solidarity, culture, education, and developmentTara Gandhi Bhattacharjee
The eleventh Indo-Mongolia joint training exercise being conducted in Mongolia from April 25 to May 08 is namedNomadic Elephant - 2016
The popular bollywood actor who has been appointed the goodwill brand ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent participating in Rio Olympics 2016Salman Khan
The hydro power project in Arunachal Pradesh, the work on which has been suspended by the National Green Tribunal in view of its effect on the habitat of the black-necked craneTawang Hydro Project
The executive vice-president and general manager for South Asia at Discovery Network who has been chosen to take over as the first CEO of Board of Control for Cricket in India from 01 June 2016Rahul Johri
The Government of India has released Commemorative Coin of Rs. 200/- and a Circulation Coin of Rs. 10/- on the occasion of martyr day (April 18) of this notable general of 1857 rebellion against the British Tatya Tope
The major exercise being conducted by the Indian Army in Mahajan field firing range of Rajasthan to evaluate the capability to strike deep into the enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle environment is namedExercise Shatrujeet
The Indian gymnast from Agartala who has become the first female gymnast from India to qualify for the Olympic GamesDipa Karmakar
The South American nation which was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 16 April killing over 500 people and injuring thousands of other peopleEcuador
The country which has won the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament for the 9th time defeating India in the finalsAustralia
The Air Force base in West Bengal which has been named Air Force Station Arjan Singh after the former IAF chiefPanagarh
The venue of Maritime India Summit 2016 the maiden flagship initiative of Ministry of Shipping, Govt of India to provide a unique global platform for investors to explore potential business opportunities in the Indian Maritime SectorGoregaon, Mumbai
The acclaimed actress and former Miss World who has been awarded the Global Indian of the Year at the 'NRI Of The Year' award ceremony in MumbaiAishwarya Rai
The new name of Gurgaon, a city of HaryanaGurugram
The state which has become the first in the country to pass a land title bill allowing its residents living in urban areas, which are governed by the municipalities or state development authorities, to seek a certificate of ownership of their lands by paying a nominal fee to the state government. Rajasthan
The winners of Yonex Sunrise 80th National Badminton Champioship men's and women's singles titles respectivelySameer Verma and P.C. Thulasi
The British boxer who has won the IBF World Heavyweight title defeating Charles Martin of the United StatesAnthony Joshua
The temple in Kollam district of Kerala at which a fireworks mishap killed over a 100 people and injured hundreds of other peoplePuttingal Temple
The rank of India in the list of countries with highest military spending released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) for 2015Sixth
The train from Amritsar to New Delhi which has become the first train in India to be fitted with CCTV Surveillance CamerasShan-e-Punjab Express
The five-time World Chess champion who has been chosen to be honoured with the Hridaynath Mangeshkar AwardVishwanathan Anand
The theme of World Health Day 2016 observed on 07 April 2016Halt the Rise, Beat Diabetes
The Japanese badminton player who has won the Yonex Sunrise India Open badminton tournament men's singles defeating Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the finalsKento Momota
The Thai badminton player who has won the Yonex Sunrise India Open badminton tournament women's singles title defeating Li Xuerui of China in the finalsRatchanok Itanon
The venue of International Conference on the Zero held on 05 April 2016 with the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani unveiling a bust of mathematician-astronomer AryabhattaUNESCO HQs at Paris
The theme of India Water Week being observed in the country from 04 to 08 April 2016 with Israel as partner countryWater for all: Striving together
The multinational air exercise being conducted by the United States Air Force (USAF) from 28 April to 13 May 2016 at Eielson AFB Alaska to which India has sent its contingent of Su-30 MKI, Jaguars, IL-78 tankers and C-17 strategic airlift aircraftExercise Red Flag
The Union Territory which has been declared kerosene-free from 01 April 16 with the stoppage of subsidised kerosene to its residentsChandigarh
As per the notification of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, specified health warning on cigarette packs shall cover at least85% of principal display area
The venue of fourth Nuclear Security Summit held from 31 Mar to 01 Apr 2016, India represented by its Prime Minister Narendra ModiWashington D.C.

Gram Uday se Bharat Uday Abhiyan (Village Self Governance Campaign)

Launched on 14th April 2016 from Mhow, Madhya Pradesh by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

To conclude on 24th April 2016 on Panchayati Raj Day.

The campaign aims to generate nation-wide efforts to increase social harmony across villages, strengthen Panchayati Raj, promote rural development, and foster farmers’ progress.

The Programme

14th April to 16th April 2016 - A ‘Social Harmony Programme’ will be conducted in all Gram Panchayats, supported collaboratively by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. In this programme, villagers will honour Dr. Ambedkar, and resolve to strengthen social harmony. Information regarding the various schemes of the government to foster social justice will be provided.

17th April to 20th April 2016 - ‘Village Farmer Assemblies’ will be organized in Gram Panchayats. In these assemblies, information regarding schemes regarding agriculture such as the Fasal Bima Yojna, Social Health Card etc. will be provided to farmers and their suggestions for bringing about improvements in agriculture will be solicited.

21st to 24th April 2016 - Gram Sabha meetings will be held across the country. On this day, there will be a Prabhat Pheri (or morning walk) in the village, a programme on sanitation, a cultural programme as well as a sports programme.

On 24th April 2016 i.e. National Panchayati Raj Day, Hon’ble Prime Minister will address all the Gram Sabhas of the country from Jamshedpur, which will be beamed to all the villages in the country, where villagers will gather together to listen to the Prime Minister’s address.

Nationwide Emergency Response System

The Nationwide Emergency Response System is a project that to establish a modern emergency response system by connecting police with the citizens. It includes integrating Police and other ER services such as Ambulance, Fire etc. The project includes establishment of an Integrated Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) platform for supporting Geographical Information System (GIS) based call taking and Geographical Positioning System (GPS) based Police vehicle dispatch to respond to emergency calls. The proposed system is to be implemented in 114 identified cities that include 54 cities having a population of more than four million, and 41 highly crime prone districts.

The project would be funded and implemented Centrally. The Centre would coordinate with States/UTs to roll out the proposed system. Vehicle dispatch system would be managed by States/UTs. Also, the present emergency contact services in the States/UTs would be utilized in parallel till the proposed system matures. An MoU has been signed by the Centre with three States so far.

Nominations to Rajya Sabha

The President has nominated the following persons to the Rajya Sabha on 22.04.16

  1. Shri Swapan Das Gupta,
  2. Shri Navjot Singh Sidhu,
  3. Dr. Subramanian Swamy,
  4. Shri Narendra Jadhav,
  5. Sh. Suresh Gopi and
  6. Ms. Mary Kom