Daily Current Affairs 08 April 2018
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# Tripura launches state version of PMKVY
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has launched the state component of Pradhanmantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) in Agartala.He has assured that the target to give training to more than 1 lakh 16,000 youths by 2020 will be achieved.Tripura is the first state in the country to implement pilot project for accreditation for skilled candidates.
# Foreign Secretary to visit B’desh
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale is expected to meet his Bangladeshi counterpart Mohammad Shahidul Haque in Dhaka and discuss ways to deepen bilateral ties.Mr Gokhale is also likely to meet Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali.This is Mr Gokhale’s first visit to Bangladesh after taking over as the Foreign Secretary.
# Mudra Yojana completes 3 years
PM expressed delight over the completion of three years of Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY)The scheme was introduced to cater to entrepreneurs who are either in their early stage or require lesser funds in order to get their business running.The PMMY was launched on April 8, 2015 with an aim to provide loans upto Rs 10 lakh to non-corporate, non-farm small or micro enterprises.
# Kerala to issue brain death certificate
Kerala has become the first state to adopt a standard operating procedure (SOP) for determining brain death cases.According to the SOP, a medical board comprising four doctors-at least one should be from the government service-will be authorised to declare a patient brain dead.To check any misuse, the SOP defines brain dead and state of coma in detail.
# First flight to Sun to launch in July
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe — humanity’s first mission to the Sun — is undergoing final preparations.The mission is scheduled for launch on July 31, 2018.Parker Solar will orbit directly through the solar atmosphere – the corona – closer to the surface than any human-made object has ever gone.
# Dadasaheb Excellence Award for Anushka
Anushka Sharma will be awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award 2018 for being a path-breaking producer.The 29-year-old actress has been appreciated for breaking new grounds as a film producer, along with her brother Karnesh Sharma.Three movies produced by Anushka, NH 10, Phillauri and Pari belonged to three different genres, thriller, romance and horror.
# India unwilling to participate in SAARC
Citing continuing support to cross-border terrorism from Pakistan, India said on Saturday it was difficult to proceed with the SAARC initiative under current circumstances.SAARC Summits are usually held biennially hosted by a member state in alphabetical order.The last SAARC Summit in 2014 was held in Kathmandu.
# Gobar-dhan Yojana to be launched
‘Gobar-dhan Yojana’, the central scheme for managing and converting cattle dung into manure and biogas, is about to be launched.The scheme will be launched at national level from Karnal in Haryana on April 30.Under this scheme, one village in every district of the country would be selected for its implementation.
# Trouble in Flipkart-Amazon merger
The possible coming together of online retailers Amazon and Flipkart is likely to face close scrutiny on competition issues.Engaged in intense competition, home-grown Flipkart and Amazon India are leading players in the Indian online retail market place.The combined market share of the two parties, which is around 80 percent is most likely to pose challenges to the deal.
# India’s forex reserves at all time high
The country’s foreign exchange reserves hit a life-time high of 424.361 billion US dollar.Previously, the reserves had touched a record high of 421.914 billion dollar on February 9, 2018.Gold reserves remained unchanged at 21.614 billion US dollar.
# India continues to shine in Commonwealth
India continued to bag gold medals in Commonwealth Games 2018, with weightlifter Punam Yadav and 16-year-old shooter Manu Bhaker winning a gold medal each.Yadav bagged hers in women’s 69kg weightlifting, while Bhaker’s came in 10-metre air pistol event.Shooter Heena Sidhu won the silv
er medal in the 10-m air pistol event at 21st Commonwealth Games being held in Gold Coast, Australia.
# India, Nepal for strong relations
India and Nepal have agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations in key areas of border security, connectivity, trade and agriculture.The two countries have agreed for a rail line that will connect the border city of Raxaul in India to Kathmandu in Nepal.The agreements were reached during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
# Indo-Korean joint exercise SAHYOG- HYEOBLYEOG
Indo-Korean joint anti-piracy, search & rescue exercise ‘SAHYOG- HYEOBLYEOG 2018’ was conducted off the Chennai coast.The joint exercise is a part of ongoing cooperative arrangements b/w the 2 coast guards for the past 12 yearsThe exercise aims to develop working level co-operation & enhance inter-operability in the fields of maritime search & rescue, anti-piracy operations.
# ICICI Bank gets Swift’s new payment service
ICICI Bank has become first Indian bank to go live on SWIFT’s Global Payment Innovation, an improved cross-border payments service.The service enables real-time payments tracking across correspondent banks & has a facility to track payments instructions across correspondent banks globally.The announcement of the service comes weeks after the discovery Rs 12,900-crore Nirav Modi scam at PNB
# Bayern Munich won Bundesliga title
German giants Bayern Munich win sixth successive Bundesliga title after hitting Augsburg 4-1 at the Augsburg Arena.The result also means that Bayern is the German league champion for the 28th time in its history.The result leaves Bayern 20 points clear with five league games left and underlined their absolute dominance of the Bundesliga.
# Ravi Kumar won a bronze medal
Indian shooter Ravi Kumar won the bronze medal in the men’s 10m air rifle event at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.Ravi acquired the third spot with a score of 224.1 after 22 shots.Australia’s Dane Sampson won the gold while Bangladesh’s Abdullah Hel Baki claimed silver.India are now third in the Games’ medal tally with 10 medals including 6 gold, 2 silver & 2 bronze
# Most Capped Women’s ODI Cricketer
Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj has become the most capped player in women’s One-Day International (ODI) cricket.She achieved the feat (192 matches) during the first ODI against the England women at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.Mithali surpassed England’s Charlotte Edwards, who retired in September 2017 with 191 ODIs under her belt.
# Kovind to hold talks with Guinean Prez
President Ram Nath Kovind will hold delegation-level talks with his Equatorial Guinean counterpart Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in capital Malabo.This is the first ever visit by an Indian President to Equatorial Guinea.Mr Kovind will also travel to Swaziland and Zambia, as part of his visit, which aims to further deepen India’s relations with the African nations.
# UK’s 1st permanent Middle East military base
U.K. has opened its first permanent military base in the Middle East in more than 4 decades in the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain.The £40m UK Naval Support facility ‘Jufair’ at Mina Salman will be staffed by up to 500 soldiers, sailors and airmen.Both the countries hope that this base will increase military cooperation between the Royal Navy and its Bahraini counterpart.
# Japan activated its 1st marine unit since WW2
Japan has activated its 1st marine unit since 2nd World War to counter invaders from occupying Japanese islands.The Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade is the latest component of a growing marine force that includes amphibious ships & assault vehicles.After WW2, a clause was written into Japan’s constitution which stated that armed forces with potential to wage war would not be maintained.