Daily Current Affairs Update –19th April 2017

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National – Across the India:



1. Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) will start functioning in Madhya Pradesh from August this year.


Vellore Institute of Technology


  The foundation stone for the new campus, at Kothri Kalan on Bhopal-Indore Highway in Sehore district, was laid by the MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan last year.




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2. The Supreme Court has granted an exemption to six categories of disabled people from standing when the national anthem is played before the screening of a film in theatres.


  The six categories include people suffering from cerebral palsy, Parkinson disease, muscular dystrophy and other categories of disability.


  In addition, the Court has also issued the notice to the union government on the plea seeking Vande Mataram to be made mandatory in schools.




3. The Department of Telecommunications announced that the mobile subscribers cannot pay more than Rs 20,000 in one tranche to buy a service or download content by using their pre-paid account balance or through post-paid bills.


Department of Telecommunication


  The system is helpful for those subscribers who do not have access to debit, credit cards or net banking system.




4. The Union Cabinet have cleared purchase of VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines as requested by the Election Commission.


  Over 16 lakh VVPATs would be required, at an estimated cost of 3,174 crores, to cover all polling stations in the next Lok Sabha polls.




5. An Air India flight Boeing 777-300 ER (New Delhi-New York) with around 300 passengers on-board was grounded due to hydraulic failure in one of the aircraft engines.


Air India flight


6. As per the Rule 108, the Central government has decided to abolish the use of red beacons on any vehicle other than ambulances, police vehicles and fire brigade vehicles.


  This will cover all dignitaries including the Prime Minister.



7. The National Green Tribunal has directed an immediate and complete shutdown of all industries around Bengaluru’s Bellandur Lake.


National Green Tribunal


It also banned dumping of any kind of municipal solid waste around the lake and announced an environment compensation of Rs 5 lakh on anyone found dumping waste in and around the lake.




8. The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) has predicted a normal monsoon this year with a rainfall of 96% of the long-period average (LPA).


 Rainfall between 96% and 104% of LPA is considered as normal. The country had to suffer back-to-back droughts in 2014 and 2015.




International – Across the Globe:



1. The UN Postal Administration (UNPA) is issuing a set of stamps showing 10 yoga ‘asanas’ to commemorate the International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2017 in New York.


Stamps showing Aasans


 The 10 stamps of $1.15 denomination each depict a different yoga pose next to a large ‘Om’ in Devanagri script.


 However, the yoga stamps would be issued only in the US dollar denomination in New York.




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Sports & Athletics:



1. Sagar Baheti has become the first visually impaired Indian runner to complete the historic 121st Boston Marathon.


Sagar Baheti


 He completed a distance of 42.16 km distance in just over four hours.




Appointments & Resignations:



1. B.N. Mohapatra has been appointed as the new Financial Commissioner (FC) (Railways) and ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India.




 Prior to this posting, he was posted as Additional Member/ Finance.




Economics & Banking GK:



1. International Monetary Fund has retained its India growth forecast for FY18 at 7.2 per cent and FY19 at 7.7 per cent, well ahead of its forecast for China.


 International Monetary Fund


 The IMF has also predicted that the global economy would grow at 3.5% in 2017, up from 3.1 % last year, and 3.6% in 2018.




2. The Reserve Bank of India has opened a new ombudsman office in Jammu as part of its efforts to expand banking grievances complaint cells across the country.


 Earlier, the banking services related complaints from entire Jammu & Kashmir used to fall under the jurisdiction of New Delhi-I banking ombudsman office.




2. State Bank of India (SBI) surpassed ONGC to become the country’s most valued state-owned firm in terms of market valuation.


State Bank of India


 At the end of trade, the market cap of SBI stood at Rs 2,35,307.51 crore.


 This is about Rs 2,961.79 crore more than that of PSU energy major ONGC’s Rs 2,32,345.72 crore.




Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):



1. The Rajasthan government has signed a MoU with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited to resume the big infra project.


Rajasthan government signed MoU with HPCL


 The reworked agreement would bring down the state’s financial burden from Rs 56,000 crore to about Rs 16,000 crore, saving the exchequer about Rs 40,000 crore.


 This agreement brings the state’s monetary support slightly down to Rs 3,738 crore.




2. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed MoU with the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan for information sharing.


 The objective of such pacts is to promote greater co- operation and share supervisory information.




Science & Technology:



1. Tata Motors has unveiled India’s first conceptualized, designed and manufactured articulated industrial robot called BRABO stands for Bravo Robot.




 The robot has been developed indigenously for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in India.


 The robot is primarily developed to complement the human workforce and repeatedly perform high volume, dangerous and time-consuming tasks ranging from the handling of raw materials to packaging of finished products.




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