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National – Across the India:
1. The term India Pride Project (IPP) was in news in the fourth week of April 2016. It is an initiative by two NRIs who seek to bring back the lost artefacts to India.
Through the initiative, they seek to answer that India was looted of more artefacts in the post-colonial era than under the British or Mughals.
The India Pride Project is a small, but brave attempt to bring this loot back into the places where they belong in India.
In simple terms India Pride Project’s mission is to restore the Nation’s pride through restoring its culture.
1. Ace tennis player Rafael Nadal (World No 5) from Spain has won the 2016 Barcelona Open title of Tennis.
It was Nadal’s overall 9th Barcelona Open title and 69th win from 101 finals on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour.
He also has now won his first 10 matches of the European clay-court 2016 season.
2. French pair of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic won women’s doubles final of the Stuttgart Grand Prix tournament.
3. Russian pair Anastasia Bryzgalova and Alexander Krushelnitskiy claimed the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship title with a 7-5 victory over China at Karlstad, Sweden.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso has appointed Mouamba Clement as the new Prime Minister of the central African country.
With this appointment, Clement will be responsible for forming a new government in accordance with the 2015 constitution in consultation with the President.
Bills – New & Amendments:
1. The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on 14 April 2016 notified the Scheduled Castes (SC) and the Scheduled Tribes (ST) (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Rules, 2016.
The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 was amended by Parliament in 2016.
These rules will speed up the process of dispensation of justice to victims of atrocities.
Science & Technology:
1. Japan successfully tested the maiden flight of its first domestically developed single-pilot stealth fighter jet X-2.
With this Japan becomes fourth country in the world to have indigenous full-size stealth combat aircraft.
Other three countries viz. United States, Russia and China have successfully developed and flown manned stealth jets.
1. World Malaria Day (WMD) is being observed annually on 25th April across the world to recognize the global efforts to control preventable vector borne disease malaria.
2016 Theme: “End Malaria For Good”. It reflects the vision of a malaria-free world set out in the Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030.
The strategy was adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2015.
It aims to dramatically lower the global malaria burden over the next 15 years and is aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Goals of the strategy are-
Reduce rate of new malaria cases by at least 90%
Reduce malaria death rates by at least 90%
Eliminate malaria in at least 35 countries
Prevent a resurgence of malaria in all countries that are malaria-free.
2. Every year April 24 is being observed as National Panchayati Raj (PR) Diwas across India.
Significance of the day: It marks the passing of the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24 April 1993.
Significance of Amendment Act: It had led a defining moment in the history of India which helped in decentralization of political power to the grassroots level.
3. The World Book and Copyright Day was celebrated on 23 April 2016 across the world.
The events on this day are organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright.
The day was first celebrated on 23 April 1995.