Daily Current Affairs 13 April 2018

Daily Current Affairs 13 April 2018
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# World’s first long-distance electric bus line

The world’s first long-distance electric bus line was inaugurated in Paris on 12th April.The bus will cover the 160 kilometers between Paris and Amiens in northern France in just over 2 hours.The bus can travel as far as 250 kilometers on one 5-hour battery charge. It emits no pollutants at all and creates less noise than conventional buses.

# UN launches road safety trust fund

The United Nations took a major step to address the tragedy of road accidents by launching the UN Road Safety Trust Fund.The trust fund will support efforts along with the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety.The UN General Assembly – the UN body with universal membership of all 193 Member States – adopted a resolution on road safety on 13th April.

# 5,000MW solar park to come up in Dholera

Gujarat Government approved setting up a 5000 MW capacity solar park at the Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR), which would be the largest such entity in the world after its completion.The solar power generation project would be set up in 11,000 hectares of land.The project will contribute significantly in achieving the target of producing 175 gigawatt of electricity by 2022.

# Jayant Sinha to head task force for UAV tech

The Government has formed a task force under the Chairmanship of MoS Civil Avaition Jayant Sinha for fast-tracking the roll-out of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology.The Task Force will focus on R&D, acquisition and commercialisation, regulatory framework and preference for Make in India.The task force will submit its report within 6 months of its constitution.

# Siddharth Won Shorenstein Journalism Award

Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of The Wire, has won the Shorenstein Journalism Award.The award, given annually by Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.The award honours journalists who have “produced outstanding reporting on Asia and contributed significantly to Western understanding of the region”.

# AIIB decides to invest in India

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a $140 million loan for enhancing rural connectivity in Madhya Pradesh.The project, co-financed with the World Bank, aims to improve the rural road connectivity and management for residents of about 5,640 villages.The project will benefit around 1.5 million rural residents through improved livelihood, education and mobility.

# NBCC ties up with Skill Development Institute

NBCC (India) Ltd under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs signed MoU with the Skill Development Institute Bhubaneswar, for the construction of the institute.This will facilitate empowering the youth in Odisha with relevant skill sets and train them in various disciplines.NBCC has pledged to impart training to 40,000 workers (including both onsite and offsite) in the next five years.

# India pips Germany to be No. 4 car market

India has become the fourth-largest passenger vehicle (PV) market globally for the first time ever, unseating Germany, in January and February 2018.With sales of 5,60,806 units in the first two months of calendar 2018, India overtook Germany’s tally of 5,31,100 units.India is behind China, US and Japan.Germany in the 5th position, followed by Brazil and France

# NASA to study affect of phytoplankton

NASA is conducting a study of the world’s largest phytoplankton bloom in the North Atlantic to see how the tiny sea creatures influence the climate in every season.The name of the mission is The North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES).NAAMES will study how phytoplanktons give rise to small organic particles that leave the ocean and end up in the atmosphere.

# Boeing signs deal with HAL, Mahindra

Boeing India has signed an agreement with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, and Mahindra Defence Systems at the Defence Expo 2018 to manufacture Super Hornet fighter aircraft in India.The companies will manufacture F/A-18 Super Hornet for India’s armed forces.The F/A-18 Super Hornet will deliver on India’s need for a carrier- and land- based multi-role fighter jets.

# 2nd magnetic field created by Earth found

The European Space Agency has created the most detailed map ever of the elusive oceanic magnetism generated by Earth’s lithosphere.While Earth’s magnetic field is majorly generated within the outer core, a small fraction comes from magnetised rocks in the crust and the upper mantle.This lithospheric magnetic field is 20,000 times weaker than global magnetic field at satellite altitude.

# Discus thrower Seema Punia won silver medal

India’s Seema Punia bagged her fourth successive medal at the Commonwealth Games by winning silver in women’s discus throw final with a throw of 60.41m in Gold Coast.The 34-year-old has now won three silver medals (2006, 2014 and 2018) and one bronze (2010) at the Games.Another Indian athlete Navjeet Dhillon won bronze in the same event.

# Kiran won bronze medal at CWG

Indian wrestler Kiran bagged a bronze medal in the women’s Freestyle 76 kg event after finishing off Mauritius’ Katouskia Pariadhaven 10-0 in the first round itself at the Commonwealth Games.Earlier in the day, Indian wrestlers had won two medals – one silver medal through Babita Phogat and a gold medal through Rahul Aware.

# Sushil Kumar won his 3rd straight CWG gold

Indian wrestler and Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar bagged his third straight Commonwealth Games gold medal after winning the men’s Freestyle 74 kg event.The 34-year-old wrestler won the final 10-0, having dominated all previous opponents with scorelines of 11-0, 10-0, and 4-0.Sushil has a silver and a bronze in Olympics and was crowned world champion in 2010.

# Rahul won India’s 1st wrestling gold at CWG

Rahul Aware bagged India’s first wrestling gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018.He beat Canada’s Steven Takahashi in the final of men’s Freestyle 57 kg event.Before the final, the 26-year-old had claimed two dominating victories with the scorelines 11-0 and 10-0, while he defeated Pakistan’s Muhammad Bilal 12-8 in the semi-final.

# Anish became India’s youngest gold medalist

Fifteen-year-old shooter Anish Bhanwala became India’s youngest gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games, winning the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Finals with a record score at Gold Coast.India’s Neeraj Kumar stood fifth at the event.Anish, who is participating in his first Commonwealth Games, won gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney earlier this year.

# Tejaswini won gold at CWG

Tejaswini Sawant won India its fifth shooting gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, winning the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Finals in Gold Coast.This was 37-year-old Tejaswini’s second medal at the 2018 edition, after winning silver at the women’s 50m Rifle Prone.India’s Anjum Moudgil won silver at the event, after having topped qualification.

# Bhanu appointed Banks Board Bureau chairman

The government appointed Bhanu Pratap Sharma as the new Chairman of Banks Board Bureau, which primarily recommends senior executive appointments in state-run banks.Sharma will replace former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai, whose term ended on March 31.Notably, Sharma is the former Secretary of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

# Startups with up to ₹10 cr to get concession

The government has allowed startups to avail tax concession if total investment including funding from angel investors does not exceed ₹10 crore.Several startups and investors had raised concerns over the ‘angel tax’ saying it could discourage investments.The tax was levied on capital raised by startups in excess of the fair market value of their shares.

# Retail inflation falls to 5-month low

India’s retail inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) eased to a 5-month low of 4.28% in March, government data showed.Further, the food inflation for the month stood at 2.81%, compared to 3.26% in February.Notably, this is the third straight month where inflation softened after hitting a 17-month high in December.

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