GK Eduwrap – 20th April 2016

Eduwrap Daily 20th April

 

Grab your daily scoop of Current Affairs, from National to International, Sports, Business and Economics. Learn wisely and Gain better with Eduncle’s GK Eduwrap!

 

National – Across the India:

 

1. The Union Government has extended the Beti Bachao Beti Padho Scheme in additional 61 districts across 11 States and Union Territories with low Child Sex Ratio.

 

It was announced by the Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi while addressing the function in New Delhi.

It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2015 from Haryana in 100 districts of the country to address the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio.

 

International – Across the Globe:

 

1. The 14th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Russia, India and China (RIC) Forum have vowed to deepen cooperation in combating terrorism.

 

The meeting was held in Moscow, Russia and was attended Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Union Minister of Foreign Affairs Sushma Swaraj, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Wang Yi took.

RIC Forum is a trilateral grouping of Russia, India and China that has met annually since 2002. In recent years, the RIC has functioned as a complement to other frameworks involving three countries and including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

 

Sports:

 

1. India’s Durga Thakur has been promoted to international outdoor umpire by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

 

She was promoted following her good performance at the recently-held Hawke’s Bay Cup in Hastings, New Zealand.

She had started her career as an umpire from the third Hockey India (HI) Sub-Junior Men & Women National Championship (Finals) held in Bhopal in 2013.

 

Awards & Recognition:

 

1. World No 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic from Serbia has won the 2016 Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award.

 

He has won it for second time after winning it in 2012.

US tennis legend Serene Williams has won the 2016 Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award.

It was her fourth Laureus Awards after she won it in 2003, 2007 and 2010.

 

Appointments & Resignations:

 

1. Indian-American Geeta Pasi has been nimated as the country’s next envoy to central African nation Chad, by United States (US) President Barack Obama.

 

Ms. Pasi is a career member of the US Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counsellor.

She had served as the United States Ambassador to Djibouti from 2011 to 2014.

At present, she is the Director of the Office of Career Development and Assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State.

 

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):

 

1. The Ceasefire between the Centre and the NSCN-IM (National Socialist Council of Nagaland- Isak Muivah) has been extended till April 2017.

 

The ceasefire agreement was signed between the Union Government and GPRN/NSCN, one of the strongest factions of Nagaland.

The motive behind the extension is to boost to the Naga peace process and bring long lasting peace in Nagaland.

 

2. India and Mauritius have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote cooperation in traditional medicine and homeopathy.

 

The MoU envisages supply of traditional medicinal substances, exchange of experts, joint R&D and recognition of the traditional systems of health and medicine in both countries.

It also aims at promotion and popularisation of the various Indian traditional systems which fall under AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa & Homoeopathy).

 

Economics & Banking GK:

 

1. The RBL Bank (formerly Ratnakar Bank) became the first private sector bank in India to open dedicated branch for startups.

 

The dedicated branch was inaugurated at Koramangala, Bengaluru by Nandan Nilekani, noted entrepreneur and former chairman of UIDAI.

The RBL Bank is a scheduled commercial bank headquartered in the Kolhapur, Maharashtra.

 

Death:

 

1. Renowned Hollywood actress Doris Roberts passed away in Los Angeles in her sleep. She was 90.

 

She was best known for playing meddling mother Marie Barone in US sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005).

She had won five Emmy Awards during her acting career. Four of them were for her role in Raymond and the other was for her supporting role on the series St. Elsewhere.

 

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