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# SpaceX launched NASA’s planet-hunting TESS
NASA has blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft ‘TESS’ that aims to scan 85% of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist.TESS is expected to reveal 20,000 planets beyond our solar system, including more than 50 Earth-sized planets & up to 500 planets less than twice the size of Earth.Tess will survey more cosmic terrain than its predecessor, Nasa’s Kepler Space Telescope.
# India is world’s sixth largest economy: IMF
According to the database of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook for April 2018, India’s GDP clocked in at $2.6 trillion for 2017.India is now the world’s sixth largest economy, displacing France.The five economies ahead of India are the United States, China, Japan, Germany and United Kingdom.IMF expects India to grow at 7.4% in 2018 and 7.8% in 2019.
# Madhya Pradesh: Most film Friendly state
Madhya Pradesh has been announced as the Most Film Friendly State for its efforts towards easing filming in the state.MP has offered excellent on ground support, filmic infrastructure, an informative website and incentives for filmmaking.The jury for selecting the Most Film Friendly State Award 2017 was chaired by acclaimed filmmaker Ramesh Sippy.
# World Liver Day observed
World Liver Day is commemorated on 19th April every year to build awareness and understanding how important the liver is for our body.This year, the theme of World Liver Day 2018 is ‘Riding New Waves in Liver Diagnosis, Staging & Treatment’.According to WHO, liver diseases are the 10th most common cause of death in India.
# Indian animation expert Bhimsain passed away
Indian animation pioneer and multiple National Award winner Bhimsain Khurana has passed away.It was his pioneering work in animation and films like Dooriyan (1979) and Gharaonda (1977) that came to define him.He is credited for the first Indian computer-generated animation series Lok Gatha (1992) that alone won him three national awards.
# India and UK signed 10 agreements
India & UK have signed 10 agreements in several sectors including cyber-relationship, rejuvenation of Ganga & skill development.The two countries have agreed to an overarching cyber-relationship framework that enables development of a common & shared understanding of the international cyber activity.Both the nations also signed MoU on Skill Development, Vocational education and Training.
# Naidu launched cashless health scheme
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has launched a health scheme of the Assam government that offers free medical care of up to 2 lakh rupees.The cashless scheme Atal Amrit Abhiyan offers free medical care of up to Rs. 2 lakh for every individual from Below and Above Poverty Line families.The scheme will cover 92% of Assam’s population with annual income below 5 lakh rupees.
# Karan Johar to get a statue at Madame Tussauds
Karan Johar has become the first Indian filmmaker to have his wax statue at the Madame Tussauds museum in London.His wax figure will not just be launched in one city but will simultaneously head out on tour across Asia.Since his debut as a director in ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, Karan has managed a career that goes well beyond just filmmaking.
# SA opened 1st movie theater in 35 yrs
Saudi Arabia has opened its first movie theater in 35 yrs, with “Black Panther” the first movie shown publicly in the kingdom in decades.Movie was shown at a new cinema theater built by AMC Entertainment in King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh.The kingdom banned cinemas in early 1980s under pressure from Islamists as Saudi society turned towards a particularly severe form of religion
# Committee for higher defence management
To improve higher defence management, govt has constituted a committee headed by NSA Ajit Doval.Committee will prepare a draft national security strategy, work on defence diplomacy issues & improving defence manufacturing in India.It will have Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee, 3 service chiefs, secretaries of ministries of defence, expenditure & foreign affairs as its members.
# Key Accord Against Cyber Attacks
Top 34 global technology & securities firms, led by Microsoft, have signed a “Cybersecurity Tech Accord” to defend people from malicious attacks by cybercriminals & nation-states.The accord is a public commitment among 34 global companies to improve the security, stability and resilience of cyberspace.The economic losses due to cyber attacks are expected to reach $8 trillion by 2022.
# Dilip Chenoy new Secretary General of FICCI
Director General of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Dilip Chenoy, has been appointed as the Secretary General of the industry body.The decision came after incumbent Secretary General, Sanjaya Baru decided to step down from his position.A media advisor to former PM Manmohan Singh, Baru was appointed as the Secretary General of FICCI in September last year.
# Taiwan to open trade office in India
A new office of Taiwan External Trade Development Council in India will be inaugurated in New Delhi next month.As Taiwan & India do not have diplomatic relationship, the trade office is expected to provide services to Indian & Taiwanese firms to expand business.The New Delhi office is TAITRA’s 4th such office in India, following establishment of 3 other offices in Mumbai, Chennai & Kolkata
# India, US set up task force on natural gas
India & US have decided to set up a joint task force on natural gas that is aimed at increasing share of gas in India’s primary energy mix.Task force provides a team of US & Indian industry experts with a mandate to propose, develop, & convey innovative policy recommendations to Govt of India.The work of task force is expected to advance strategic & economic interests of both the countries
# Amazon launched ‘Internet’
Amazon has launched an Android web browser app called ‘Internet’ for emerging markets.The browser doesn’t occupy much storage space on a user’s device & does not collect private data like other browsers.The app is only available to users in India for the time being & is supported on devices running Android 5.0 or higher
# First rapper to win Pulitzer Prize for music
Kendrick Lamar has become the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.Lamar won the Pulitzer for his 2017 album “DAMN” & was also the first music winner in the history of the Pulitzers to come from outside of the world of classical or jazz.Lamar’s fusion of jazz, poetry and blues with social themes and love songs has made him one of the most innovative rappers of his generation.
# Maharashtra now an open defecation-free state
Maharashtra has declared itself an open defecation free state, having provided access to toilets to all its residents.In October 2017, the state declared its urban areas as ODF and now, rural Maharashtra has followed suit.In a period of just 3.5 years, the state government provided toilets to 55% of the homes that did not have one.
# SBI India’s most trusted bank
According to the TRA Brand Trust Report 2018, State Bank of India is the most trusted bank (both public and private sector) in the country.SBI topped the chart of BFSI super-category despite seeing a dip in its overall brand trust index rankings from 13th in 2017 to 21st this year.The leader among the private banks is ICICI Bank, rising nine ranks in overall ranking.
# India to host GITC
India will host the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities this year, which is expected to be attended by people from 24 Asia-Pacific countries.India is hosting the event along with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of Korea.Event will be held in New Delhi from Nov 8 to 11.GITC is an annual event & has been held in Asia-Pacific countries like Korea & China in the past.
# RBI imposed restrictions on City Co-operative
RBI has placed restrictions on business activities of City Co-operative Bank till such time as its financial position improves.Customers of the bank will not be allowed to withdraw more than Rs 1000 of the total balance held in their accounts.Bank will have to take prior approval from RBI before it can disburse loan, make any investment, borrow funds or accept new deposit.