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# Government Approved Death Penalty For Rapists
Centre has approved an ordinance to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to provide for death penalty for rape of children below the age of 12.The move comes in the wake of public outrage over the Kathua rape & murder case where the victim was a minor.Cabinet also decided to raise the minimum jail term for rapists to 10 years if the victims are over 16 yrs old.
# 2% quota for Sports persons in govt jobs
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced 2% reservation in state government jobs for sportspersons.Rao extended this sporting gesture while felicitating a group of 18 members, who participated in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast.Currently 2% seats in educational institutions were reserved for sportspersons.
# Ambani in World’s Greatest Leaders’ list
Richest Indian Mukesh Ambani has been named by Fortune magazine as the World’s Greatest Leaders of 2018.Ambani was ranked No.24 behind likes of South Korean President Mon Jae-in, Chinese vice premier Liu He and French President Emmanuel Macron.Ambani’s ‘Jio-fication’ in less than two years has brought mobile data to the masses and has completely upended the country’s telecom market.
# Madras HC introduces e-court fee payment
The Madras High Court has become the first court in south India and eighth in the country to introduce e-court fee payment facility.People would now be able to pay the court fees from anywhere, including from home using this application through the InternetThe facility introduced at the Madras High Court would be extended to all the district courts too in a phased manner.
# Iraq resumes payments of Gulf War reparations
Iraq has resumed paying Kuwait compensation for the destruction of Kuwaiti oil fields and facilities during the 1990-91 Gulf War with the disbursal of $90 million.The payment had been suspended since October 2014 because of security and budgetary problems that the Iraqi government faced in its fight against Islamic State.Iraq still has to pay a remaining amount of nearly $4.5 billion.
# National Civil Service Day celebrated
Civil Services Day is organized on April 21 every year, when civil servants re-dedicate themselves to the cause of the citizens.It was on this date in 1947 that the 1stHome Minister of Independent India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressed probationers of Administrative Services Officers.This year observance of the day focussed on Evolving Strategies for Transforming Aspirational Districts
# Central Project Monitoring Unit for e-Vidhan
Union Minister Vijay Goel inaugurated the new office of Central Project Monitoring Unit for the e-Vidhan project of the Govt at the Parliament House Annexe.It was done as a part of Swachhata Pakhwada being observed by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs from 16th to 30th April, 2018.e-Vidhan is a mission mode project to digitize & make functioning of State Legislatures in India paperless.
# India, Finland settle Nokia tax row
India and Finland have reached an accord on the tax dispute with Nokia under the Mutual Agreement Procedure.The resolution covering the disputes pertaining to Nokia India as well as Nokia Corp brings to an end one of the biggest tax disputes involving multinational companies.This paves the way for sale of Nokia’s Chennai plant, which has been shuttered since November 2014.
# Deposits in Jan Dhan account cross Rs 80,000cr
Total deposits in Jan Dhan accounts has crossed Rs 80,000 crore mark with more people joining the flagship financial inclusion programme.The deposits, which have been steadily rising since March 2017, were at Rs 80,545.70 crore on April 11, 2018.Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana accounts had come into focus during the demonetisation period when the deposits witnessed a meteoric rise.
# Barcelona won fourth Copa del Rey in a row
Barcelona became the first team in 85 years to win four straight Copa del Rey titles after defeating Sevilla 5-0 in the final.Luis Suarez scored twice, and Lionel Meseks to confiscate properties of economic offenders like Nirav Modi who have left the country to avoid facing criminal prosecution.Only those cases where amount involved is more than Rs.100cr will be covered under this ordinance.
# Verne Troyer passed away
Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Power films and one of the shortest men in the world, has died.He also played the banker goblin Griphook in 2001′s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and appeared on dozens of TV shows.Troyer was born in 1969 with achondroplasia, a genetic condition that kept him less than 3 feet tall.
# Forest cover in India grew by over 6,700 sq km
According to the Forest Survey of India, Forest cover has increased by 6,778 sq km in the country during the last two years.States like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala have made a significant contribution.The total forest and tree cover in India, according to the current assessment is 8,02,088 sq km, which is 24.39% of the country’s geographic area.
# Cabinet approved restructured scheme
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan aimed at building infrastructure & stepping up initiatives for e-governance.The scheme will extend to all states & UTs & will include institutions of rural local govt in non-Part IX areas, where panchayats do not exist.PM Modi will launch the scheme on National Panchayati Raj Day on April 24.
# India to join countries having Sex Offender DB
India will join a club of 8 countries with a sexual offender database to monitor and track those convicted of such crimes.National Crime Records Bureau will maintain a national database and profile of sexual offenders.This data will be regularly shared with states and Union Territories for tracking, monitoring and investigation, including verification of antecedents by police.
# Indian airports got its 1st woman firefighter
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has appointed its first woman firefighter, Taniya Sanyal.Taniya is currently undergoing training in Delhi and will be appointed for AAI’s eastern region airports.Considered a profession only for men, AAI till recently did not have recruitment norms for women firefighters.AAI is facing a shortage of firefighters due to expansion & new airports coming up.
# World Bank approved $13bn increase in capital
World Bank Group has endorsed a package of measures that include a $13 billion increase in paid-in capital.The package approved by Development Committee of Board of Governors consists of $7.5bn paid-in capital for IBRD & $5.5bn paid-in capital for IFC.World Bank Group will now be able to support drivers of long-term sustainable growth, including investments in human capital & resilience.
# ICICI Bank launched digital form
ICICI Bank has introduced a ‘digital form’ which will help open current accounts in a few hours in comparison to an industry average of a few days.Bank officials would now be able to capture information about customer & business digitally & verify KYC documents in real-time.Digital forms are expected to help bank secure more clients & help increase bank’s market share.
# World Earth Day 2018
World Earth Day is celebrated every year across the world on 22nd of April to increase awareness among people about the environment safety.The day was proposed at the UNESCO conference in 1969 and the first Earth Day celebrations took place in 1970.The campaign theme for this year is End Plastic Pollution.Earth Day is regarded as the largest secular observance in the world.
# World’s oldest person Nabi Tajima died
The world’s oldest person Nabi Tajima has died in Japan at the age of 117.Tajima was born on August 4, 1900, and had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren.She became the world’s oldest person seven months ago after the death in September of Violet Brown in Jamaica.
# Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018
Cabinet has approved promulgation of an ordinance that will empower govt to attach properties both within the country & overseas of fugitive economic offenders.