Daily Current Affairs 23 April 2018

Daily Current Affairs 23 April 2018
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# Ex-foreign secretary Jaishankar to join Tata

Tata Sons has announced appointment of S Jaishankar as the Tata Group’s President, Global Corporate Affairs.Jaishankar joined the IFS in 1977 holding key roles during his career including stints as High Commissioner to Singapore, Ambassador to China and US.Jaishankar will work with Tata Companies to help them strengthen their business presence in their respective geographies globally.

# Books On Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Movement

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has released 3 books based on Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran movement of 1917.He released the books titled – ‘Mister M K Gandhi Ki Champaran Diary’, ‘Champaran Andolan 1917’ and ‘Pir Muhammad Munis: Kalam Ka Satyagrahi’.Champaran movement is acknowledged as the first Satyagraha movement inspired by Mahatma Gandhi.

# India topped the remittances chart for 2017

According to World Bank, India has retained its position as the top remittances receiving country with its diaspora sending about USD 69 billion back home in 2017.Remittances to India picked up sharply by 9.9% to USD 69 billion in 2017, reversing the previous year’s dip.Remittance inflows improved in all regions and top remittance recipients were India with followed by China & Philippines.

# Mohamed Salah crowned PFA Player of the Year

Liverpool and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah was named Player of the Year by England’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).Salah was rewarded for his performances which have yielded 41 goals in all competitions since joining from AS Roma last year.Salah has become the first person in Premier League history to claim three Player of the Month awards in the same season.

# Paytm Payments Bank registers 100M KYC wallets

Paytm Payments Bank claims that it now has over 100 million KYC -registered wallets which includes both complete & minimum KYC.This development comes even as there have been indications in digital payments industry of a sharp fall in mobile-wallet users as customer authentication did not take off.Paytm Payments Bank is owned 51% by Paytm founder Vijay Sharma & 49% by One97 Communications.

# Indeed inked pact with TASK

Global job site Indeed has announced its collaboration with Telangana Academy for Skill & Knowledge to support skill development of youth in Telangana.TASK was established by govt of Telangana to enable a platform b/w govt, academia & industry to enhance employability of youth.Through this MoU, Indeed will offer TASK students the chance to attend lectures & career development workshops.

# World’s first female foreign ministers meeting

Canada and the European Union will host the world’s first female foreign ministers’ meeting in September.Female foreign ministers from about 30 countries will be invited to the gathering, which is aimed at deepening global discussion on women’s empowerment.The meeting will be held for 2 days starting on September 21st in Canada.

# Road safety week 2018

With the objective to sensitise people about road safety, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is organizing the 29th edition of Road Safety Week from 23rd to 30th April.During the week, creating awareness about various causes of road accidents & measures to prevent them will be highlighted through various activities.1.5 lakh persons in India are killed in road crashes every year.

# Mario Benitez elected as Paraguay’s president

Conservative former senator Mario Abdo Benítez has been elected as the president of Paraguay.Benitez garnered 46.44% of the vote, compared with 42.74% for his main rival Efrain Alegre.He is the son of the late private secretary of dictator Alfredo Stroessner, who ruled Paraguay for 35 years.

# Axis Bank picks Egon Zehnder to find new CEO

Axis Bank has appointed global recruitment firm Egon Zehnder to find a successor for MD and CEO Shikha Sharma.In December 2017, the bank’s board had approved the reappointment of Ms. Sharma for three years, but early this month she said that she would step down in December 2018.Axis Bank is the third largest private-sector banks in India.

# World Book And Copyright Day 2018

World Book and Copyright Day is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by UNESCO, to promote reading, publishing and copyright.The World Book Capital for World Book and Copyright Day 2018 will be the city of Athens, Greece.The 2018 edition is entitled “READING, it’s my right!”, and it will be an opportunity to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

# Naidu rejects impeachment notice against CJI

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has rejected the notice given by opposition parties for impeachment of CJI Dipak Misra citing lack of substantial merit in it.This is the first time ever that an impeachment notice has been filed against a sitting CJI.The rejection of the notice comes a day after he held the consultations with such experts to determine the maintainability of the motion

# India’s best Gram Panchayat

West Bengal’s Digambarpur Gram Panchayat has bagged the Centre’s award for the best Gram Panchayat in the country.Of the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country, the central government had selected 1000 and watched their function.The state of West Bengal is also in the top in generating rural employment across states.

# India’s first cashless island

Manipur’s Karang has become the first cashless island of the country.Karang, a remote region was cut-off from the (Bishnupur) district due to insurgency for a long time.Incentives were provided for training towards digital payments and five POS machines were installed on the island.An online channel was launched to create awareness about the digital payments.

# Yechury gets 2nd term as CPM general secretary

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) has re-elected senior party leader Sitaram Yechury for his second term as general secretary.Yechury had taken over as general secretary of the CPI(M) from Prakash Karat in the 21st party congress.The CPI-M’s constitution allows an individual to be elected for a maximum of three terms, each consisting of three years.

# Isro to launch slew of military satellites

Indian Space Research Organisation is gearing up to launch a slew of important satellites in the coming months.Some of these satellites are significant as they will help military keep an eye on our neighbours & safeguard our land & sea borders.ISRO will launch a dedicated satellite, Gsat-7A, for Indian Air Force & an advanced remote sensing satellite, Risat-2A, for surveillance purpose.

# India won 10 gold medals

India has won 10 gold medals at 8th South Asian Judo Championship in Lalitpur, Nepal.Indian women grabbed all 7 gold while men won 3 out of total 7 gold medals in the individual category.Besides host Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka had participated in the 3 day championship.

# France approved controversial immigration bill

French National Assembly has passed a new immigration law that tightens the rules around asylum.Bill shortens asylum application deadlines, doubles time for which illegal migrants can be detained & 1 year prison sentence for entering France illegally.France received a record 100,000 asylum applications last year.

# Navy Chief to attend Naval Symposium in Iran

Indian Navy Chief, Admiral Sunil Lanba has began his visit to Iran to attend the 6th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium.IONS which was conceived by Indian Navy in 2008 aims to enhance maritime cooperation among navies of littoral states of Indian Ocean RegionNaval Chief’s visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations b/w India & Iran and explore new avenues for cooperation

# Rafael Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters Title

World Number 1 Rafael Nadal defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori by 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final to win his 31st Masters title.Nadal also became the first man in the Open era to win the same title 11 times.It gave him a 76th title overall and ensured the Spaniard keeps his top ranking ahead of Roger Federer.World No. 36 Nishikori was chasing his first ever Masters title.

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