Daily Current Affairs 14 April 2018

Daily Current Affairs 14 April 2018
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# 1st ever all-Indian badminton CWG final

PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal won their respective semi-finals on Saturday to set up the first-ever all-Indian women’s badminton singles’ final at the Commonwealth Games.CWG 2010 gold medalist Saina defeated Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour 21-14, 18-21, 21-17 while CWG 2014 bronze medalist Sindhu beat Canada’s Michelle Li in straight sets.The women’s singles final will take place on Sunday.

# Neeraj Chopra won javelin throw gold at CWG

Neeraj Chopra became the first-ever Indian to win gold in javelin throw at the Commonwealth Games.The 20-year-old junior world record holder hurled the javelin to a distance of 86.47m to bag India’s 21st gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018.The medal was India’s first gold and overall third in athletics at CWG 2018.

# Indian economy to grow 7.3%: ADB

India’s economic growth will rise to 7.3% this fiscal and further to 7.6% in the next financial year, retaining the fastest-growing Asian economy tag, on back of GST and banking reforms.In its Asian Development Outlook, 2018, Manila-based ADB said, “risks to trade are high”.Indian economy grew 6.6% in the last fiscal as it battled the lingering effects of demonetisation in 2016.

# India’s Industrial Output Slowed to 7.1%

India’s factory output remained strong in February, suggesting a rosier outlook for the economy.The index of industrial production rose 7.1% in February over the year, compared with a revised 7.4% growth in the previous month, according to data from the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.A Bloomberg poll of economists had projected a 6.8 percent rise.

# 65th National Film Awards list

The 65th National Film Awards were announced in Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.Best Hindi Film – NewtonBest Actor – Riddhi Sen for ‘Nagar Kirtan’.Best Actress – Sridevi for ‘Mom’.Best Director – Jayaraj for ‘Bhayanakam’.Best Film – Village Rockstars (Assamese).Best Action Direction – ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’.

# Vinod Khanna awarded Dadasaheb Phalke award

Veteran Hindi film actor Shri Vinod Khanna was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema.This was announced during the 65th National Film Awards.The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema.

# NGT panel to inspect lakes in Bengaluru

Following orders from the National Green Tribunal, a committee constituted by the tribunal is set to carry out an inspection, of the Bellandur, Agara & Varthur lakes in Bengaluru.The bench is headed by NGT Acting Chairperson Jawad Rahim.Committee shall inform the tribunal of the extent of hydrophytes in the lakes, along with the incidents of fire that have taken place till April 10, 2018.

# India, U.K. in talks over education

India and the United Kingdom are holding talks to seal an agreement on mutual recognition of educational qualifications.It is likely to feature in official discussions during the upcoming London visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.India last month signed an agreement on mutual recognition of educational degrees with France, during the visit of President Emmanuel Macron to Delhi.

# Sridevi won best actress award

Sridevi has posthumously conferred with the Best Actress Award for her last film Mom at the 65 National Awards.Mrs. Sridevi died on February 24 this year in Dubai.The actress, whose work spanned 50 years, had roles in over 300 films in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

# India celebrated Ambedkar Jayanti

India celebrates 14th April as Ambedkar Jayanti. This is Ambedkar’s 127th birth anniversary.BR Ambedkar is known as “The Father of the Constitution of India”.He was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement.

# US, UK, France launch air strikes in Syria

The US has launched air strikes in Syria along with the UK and France, in response to the chemical attack that killed dozens of people last week.Explosions were reported in Syria’s capital Damascus, moments after US President Donald Trump announced the military action.The US intends to “sustai

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n [the strikes] until Syrian regime stops its use of chemical weapons”.

# Boxer Gaurav Solanki won CWG flyweight gold

Gaurav Solanki has become the second Indian male boxer after Suranjoy Singh (2010) to win gold in the flyweight category (52kg) at the Commonwealth Games.Solanki achieved the feat after defeating Northern Ireland’s Brendan Irvine in the final at Gold Coast.The gold was India’s 2nd in boxing and 20th overall at CWG 2018.

# Modi inaugurated Ambedkar memorial

PM Narendra Modi took the metro during rush hour on his way to inaugurate Dr Ambedkar National Memorial on the eve of the Dalit icon’s birth anniversary.The memorial, which is in the shape of a book, has a museum dedicated to Dr Ambedkar’s life.It also has a meditation hall, a Bodhi Tree, and a musical fountain.

# Wrestler Mausam won silver medal at CWG 2018

Mausam Khatri bagged silver after losing to South Africa’s Martin Erasmus in the men’s freestyle 97kg final to give India its 39th medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018.Mausam, a two-time Commonwealth Championship winner, was featuring in his maiden CWG.India has now bagged three gold, three silver and two bronze medals in wrestling at CWG 2018.

# Manika Batra-Mouma Das settle for silver

India registered their best-ever finish in the women’s table tennis doubles event at Commonwealth Games by clinching silver in Gold Coast.Manika Batra and Mouma Das lost to Singapore’s Tianwei Feng and Mengyu Yu 0-3 as Singapore won their fifth successive CWG gold in the event.India’s previous best performance was a bronze-medal finish in the 2010 edition.

# Amit Panghal won silver medal in boxing

Boxer Amit Panghal clinched silver in the men’s 46-49kg event to take India’s medal tally in boxing at the CWG 2018 to five.The 22-year-old, making his debut at the CWG, is among six Indian boxers who made it to the final in their respective categories.Earlier, Mary Kom clinched India’s first boxing gold at CWG 2018.

# Pooja Dhanda won silver at CWG 2018

Wrestler Pooja Dhanda won silver in the women’s freestyle 57 kg event in the Commonwealth Games on Friday, giving India its sixth medal.India had earlier won two golds and a silver in shooting, another gold in wrestling and a bronze in boxing.India is third in the overall standings with 37 medals, which includes 17 gold medals.

# Naman won India’s 1st boxing medal at CWG

Nineteen-year-old Naman Tanwar won India its first boxing medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, winning a bronze in the men’s 91 kg category.Naman lost out to Australia’s Jason Whateley in the semifinal of the event to secure the bronze.India has won a total of 35 medals, including 16 golds, 8 silver and 11 bronze medals.

# Mary Kom won boxing gold at CWG

Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom has become the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.Mary Kom achieved the feat after defeating Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the 45-48kg category final at Gold Coast.The 35-year-old boxer from Manipur is participating in her maiden Commonwealth Games.

# Bajrang won his 1st CWG gold

Wrestler Bajrang Punia won his first Commonwealth Games gold medal, defeating Wales’ Kane Charig by technical superiority in the men’s freestyle 65 kg final in Gold Coast.This is India’s fifth medal in wrestling in this edition, with Rahul Aware and Sushil Kumar registering gold wins earlier.Bajrang had won a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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