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# India, World Bank sign agreement
The World Bank signed a loan agreement with India for IBRD credit of $125 million for the “Innovate in India for Inclusiveness Project”.The objectives of the project are to nurture indigenous innovation, foster local product development.The project would support consortia of the public, private, and the academic institutions to overcome the key market failures.
# World Malaria Day observed on 25th April
World Malaria Day is observed on April 25 every year to recognise the global effort to control malaria and also to spread awareness about the around the world.The theme for this year’s Malaria Day is ‘Ready to beat Malaria’.It was in May 2007 that the 60th session of the World Health Assembly decided to establish the World Malaria Day.
# Giant Mosquito Found In China
Scientists have discovered a giant mosquito from the ‘Holorusia mikado’ species with a wingspan of 11.15 cm in China.First found in Japan, the Holorusia mikado species normally has a wingspan of about 8 cm.These mosquitoes do not feed on blood & the adults have a lifespan of only a few days and mainly feed on nectar.
# Dalmia Bharat Adopts Red Fort, Delhi
Dalmia Bharat Limited has signed a MoU with Ministry of Tourism for adoption of Red Fort monument under the “Adopt a Heritage” project.The adoption will enable to construct, landscape, illuminate and maintain activities related to provision and development of tourist amenities.The Adopt a Heritage Scheme was launched by President Ram Nath Kovind on World Tourism Day on 27th September 2017.
# M-Awas for allotment of Govt. homes
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C) launched a Mobile App (m-Awas) for allotment of Government accommodations in General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA).The application has been developed by NIC.The dedicated application of online allotment i.e. e-Awas will support this App.The app is user friendly and can be made operative from an android mobile phone.
# Kerala CM launched Pravasi Pension Scheme
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched Pravasi pension scheme.The scheme gives those hailing from Kerala but living outside the state or country, a pension of 2,000 a month.People over the age of 60 years are eligible for the pension.The scheme is not applicable for state and central government employees.
# Ramsar tag likely for Sunderbans
The Sunderban Reserve Forest, spread of 4,260 sq. km. with over 2,000 sq. km. of mangrove forests and creeks, is likely to be declared a Ramsar Site soon.The Indian Sunderbans, with mangrove forests, comprise almost 43% of the mangrove cover in India.There are currently 26 sites in India recognised as Ramsar wetland sites of international importance.
# EAM to attend India-Mongolia Joint Committee
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will co-chair the 6th round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee meeting with her Mongolian counterpart in Ulaanbaatar.The meeting will discuss trade, economic, cultural and scientific co-operation.Mrs Swaraj became the first Indian External Affairs Minister to visit the Mongolia in 42 years.
# Govt to relax Restricted Area Permit regime
The Restricted Area Permit regime in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep will be relaxed for tourism promotion.This was decided during the third meeting of Island Development Agency chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.The Island Development Agency reviewed the progress made towards preparation of Development Plans for identified Islands.
# Secure India Conclave underway in New Delhi
The two-day Secure India Conclave got underway in New Delhi on 24th April.The conclave is being organised by Global Counter Terrorism keeping in view Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of New India : Secure India 2018.The event presents a unique encapsulation of prevalent issues in India’s internal security.
# Dakota DC-3 aircraft to be inducted into IAF
Dakota DC-3 aircraft of 1940’s vintage would be inducted shortly into the Vintage Aircraft Flight of the Indian Air Force (IAF).Built in 1944, the aircraft served in the military with the RAF and was also operated by various civil airlines.In 1988, a large fleet of Dakota DC-3 served in the Indian Air Force. It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time.
# ‘Sagar Kavach’ began in Kerala
A two-day coastal security exercise ‘Sagar Kavach’ began on 24th April to strengthen and assess the loopholes in the coastal security mechanism along Kerala shores.The Coast Guard, the Navy, Coastal Police and Marine Enforcement wing are participating in the exercise.3 ships of the navy, 10 of Coastguard, four fishing boats, besides 20 coastal police stations are taking part in the drill.
# NSE launched e-Gsec platform
The National Stock Exchange announced the launch of its e-Gsec platform.The platform will allow retail investors to invest in government securities and hold them in existing demat accounts.The government issues securities to borrow money from the market.The Union budget 2016-17 had announced that RBI will facilitate retail participation in the primary markets through stock exchanges.
# India to host Asian Weightlifting C’ships
Indian will host the prestigious Asian Weightlifting Championship in 2019.The Championship was awarded to India at the Executive Board Meeting and Congress of the Asian Weightlifting Federation held on April 22 at Urgench, Uzbekistan.The last edition of the Asian Championship was held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from April 23-29.
# Bangladesh, Nepal launched trial bus service
Bangladesh and Nepal have launched a trial bus service between their capitals through India.The proposed commercial bus service comes under the purview of BBIN (Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal) Motor Vehicles Agreement.Currently, passengers use the Lalmonirhat-Burimari-Changrabandha-Siliguri route to go to Kathmandu.
# India signed pact with World Bank for MP roads
India has signed a USD 210 million loan agreement with the World Bank to improve rural connectivity in Madhya Pradesh.The project will cover 10,510 km stretch of rural roads in Madhya Pradesh that fall under the Chief Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (CMGSY) programme.The project is expected to improve the durability, resilience and safety of the gravel surfaced rural roads.
# Rivzi gets silver at ISSF World Cup
Shahzar Rizvi on 24th April clinched India’s first medal at the ISSF World Cup, winning a silver in the 10m air pistol event.Rizvi had won the gold medal in the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico in March.Russia clinched the gold medal while the bronze went to Bulgaria.
# Egyptian journalist gets press freedom prize
Egyptian photo journalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid won the 2018 Press Freedom Prize awarded by the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO on 23rd April.The prize, the Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize, will be awarded on May 2 to mark World Press Freedom Day.The $25,000 World Press Freedom Prize was established in 1997 to honor Guillermo Cano Isaza who was a journalist.
# Western Ghats reveal smallest land fern
Indian researchers have discovered the world’s smallest land fern hiding in the Ahwa forests of the Western Ghats in Gujarat’s Dang district.The fingernail-sized fern belongs to a group known as the adder’s-tongue ferns.The size of the new Malvi’s adder’s-tongue fern ‘Ophioglossum malviae’ is just one centimetre.
# New system to measure air quality
India is tying up with the United States and Finland to develop a pollution-forecast system.The system will help anticipate particulate matter (PM) levels at least two days in advance and at a greater resolution than what is possible now.The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) will be coordinating this exercise and the plan is to have a system in place by winter.