Daily Current Affairs 07 April 2018
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# RH300 sounding rocket launched
The RH300 sounding rocket, developed by Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre as part of a study to enrich available atmospheric data, was launched on 6th April from the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in Kerala.
This was the 21st launch of RH300 sounding rocket.
The RH-300 MKII sounding rocket is utilised to study the Equatorial and lower ionosphere regions of the atmosphere.
# TN Govt Launches “Uzhavan” App for Farmers
Tamil Nadu government has launched the bi-lingual “Uzhavan” (farmer) app that will allow ryots to have access to nine types of services.
The app can be used by farmers to get information on farm subsidies, book farm equipment and details about crop insurance.
The app is available in Tamil and English language & includes information on the availability of seeds and fertilisers at stores.
# FPI investment limit in Govt Securities hiked
The Reserve Bank of India, in consultation with the Government, hiked the foreign portfolio investors (FPI) investment limit in Central government securities (G-Sec).
FPIs will now be allowed to invest up to 5.5% of outstanding stock of G-secs in 2018-19 and 6% of outstanding stock of securities in 2019-20.
The central bank also set a 9% limit for FPI investment in corporate bonds.
# Paes becomes most successful doubles player
Leander Paes created a new world record by becoming the most successful doubles player in Davis Cup history after winning his 43rd such match.
Paes combined with Rohan Bopanna to create the new record.
He made his Davis Cup debut in 1990 alongside Zeeshan Ali.
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi weaved the longest unbeaten winning streak of 24 matches.
# Jammu gets its first tulip garden
Jammu got its first tulip garden at Sanasar in Ramban district of Jammu region.
This is the first tulip garden of Jammu region and second after the tulip garden of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.
The garden has been set up on half an acre area of land adjacent to the Sanasar lake.
# Govt. bans imports of hormone oxytocin
The Union government banned imports of the hormone oxytocin to stop its misuse in the livestock industry.
It causes hormonal imbalances and shortens the lives of milch animals.
Oxytocin is released naturally in the human body and is often called as “love hormone”.
The government has decided to rely on domestic production to satisfy requirements of the hormone.
# Chhattisgarh awarded ‘State of the Year’
Chhattisgarh bagged the ‘State of the Year’ Award under the ‘business leader” category as part of the India Business Leadership for the increase in business and services activities.
Union Information Technology and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad gave the award at India Business Leader Awards.
Chhattisgarh has been ranked 4th in World Bank’s list of ‘Ease of Doing Business’.
# IndusInd-Samsung tie up for ‘tap and pay’
IndusInd Bank announced a collaboration with Samsung Electronics to enable its MasterCard and Visa credit card customers to use ‘Samsung Pay’.
The Samsung Pay allows customers to simply tap and ‘pay on the go’ using their registered IndusInd Bank credit cards.
The platform works with patented Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology as well as Near Field Communication (NFC).
# Two new languages discovered
A professor of the University of Hyderabad has discovered two new languages- ‘Walmiki and Malhar’.
These languages are spoken in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
Walmiki is spoken in Koraput of Odisha and on the bordering districts of Andhra Pradesh.
The second language Malhar is spoken in a remote and isolated hamlet about 165 km away from Bhubaneswar.
# Shimla got its 1st grid-connected solar plant
Himachal Pradesh (HP) Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated the first grid-connected solar power plant in Shimla having a capacity of 35 KW, installed on the rooftop of the Department of Environment, Science and Technology.
The power generated by the solar plant would be consumed by the Department building.
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taking part in the exercise and will perform both the offensive and defensive roles.
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# Sathish Sivalingam won Gold medal at CWG 2018
Weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam won the gold medal by winning the men’s 77kg event at Commonwealth Games 2018.
In the previous Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Sathish had won gold. Hence he became the first ever male Indian weightlifter to win gold in two different editions of the Commonwealth Games.
In 2017, Sathish won gold at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.
# Tobacco products to show helpline number
All tobacco products will have a national toll-free number printed on them from September tto assist users to quit the addiction.
The toll-free number will help in creating awareness among tobacco users and give them access to counselling services to effect behaviour change.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has notified new sets of health warnings for all tobacco product packs.
# Sugar tax comes into force in UK
Britain rolled out a sugar tax on soft drinks in an attempt to tackle obesity and tooth decay in children.
All revenues raised through the tax will directly fund new sports facilities in schools as well as healthy breakfast clubs.
The other countries which have introduced such similar taxes are Mexico, France and Norway.
# Ganga Hariteema Yojana launched in UP
In Uttar Pradesh, “Ganga Hariteema Yojana” (Ganga Greenery Scheme) has been launched in 27 districts of the state located on the bank of river Ganga.
The objectives of the schemes include enhancing green cover in the catchment areas of the river Ganga and to control the land erosion.
Plantation will be carried out in one-kilometre areas from the banks of the river under the scheme.
# World Health Day observed on 7th April
The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of World Health Organization.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of World Health Day.
The theme for this year is “Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere” and the slogan is “Health for All”.
# Mahila Shakti Kendra to empower rural women
The government of India has approved a new scheme namely Mahila Shakti Kendra for 2017-18 up to 2019-20 to empower rural women through community participation.
The scheme is envisaged to work at various levels, and at the National level and State level.
Under the Scheme, State Resource Centre for Women is provided for all States/UTs & District Level Centre for Women to 640 districts.
# “Gram Swaraj Abhiyan” on Ambedkar Jayanti
The Prime Minister has announced that on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti a “Gram Swaraj Abhiyan” would be organised starting from 14th April to 5th May 2018.
This Abhiyan will reach out to poor households, spreading awareness about government welfare schemes and other initiatives.
Universal coverage under 7 welfare programmes in 21058 villages has been contemplated under this Abhiyan.
# Khadi Store Locator App launched
The Minister of State for MSME, Giriraj Singh launched a mobile phone application for locating 4,000 Khadi stores in the country.
There are more than 8,000 Khadi stores in India, the rest of stores will also be available on the store locator by the end of April.
The Khadi and Village Industries products are manufactured by about 7 lakh privately owned household units.
# Maharashtra govt & Centre signs MoU with WB
The Government of India, Government of Maharashtra and the World Bank signed a US$ 420 million project to help Small and Marginal farmers in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra.
The project will help in increasing climate resilient practices in agriculture.
The project will help the farmers in reducing risks of climate-related crop failure and increase their income.
# IAF to conduct biggest combat exercise
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is going to conduct its biggest ever combat exercise along Pakistan and China borders.
The exercise – Gagan Shakti, 2018- will take place from April 10 to 23.
For the first time, the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas will be