April 29, 2018

NATIONAL NEWS

  1. Pawan Chamling, Chief Minister of Sikkim, became the longest-serving Chief Minister in India
  • Surpassing the record of Jyoti Basu, who served as West Bengal CM from 1977 to 2000.
  • Chamling became the Chief Minister in 1994 and belongs to Sikkim Democratic Front which was formed by him in 1993.

 

  1. Delhi government will set up ‘Rogi Kalyan Samitis’ in each Assembly constituency and ‘Jan Swasthaya Samitis’ in state-run dispensaries, poly clinics and mohalla clinics
    • To provide support to the health institutions.
    • ‘Assembly Rogi Kalyan Samitis’ – an advisory role in assisting health facilities
    • The ‘Jan Swasthaya Samitis’ – set up as its sub-committee.
    • Each ‘Assembly Rogi Kalyan Samiti’ and ‘Jan Swasthaya Samiti’ will receive Rs 3 lakh as grand-in aid every year.

 

  1. Andhra Pradesh government started ‘Bhu Seva’ (land hub) project aimed at offering integrated services related with land.
    • Each land parcel will be given a Bhudhar Number
    • The Bhudhar Number is an 11 digit unique number for easy identification of details of land parcel
    • Andhra Pradesh is the first state in India to complete geotagging of each land parcel in the state

 

  1. Indian Government will soon launch a uniform and credible national-level disaster database on UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR’s) insistence to implement its commitment to the Sendai Framework.
    • Dynamic platform to obtain validated data on nationwide losses of properties and lives occurring due to disasters.
    • It will also help the central government to decide the quantum of future investments in critical infrastructure
    • According to UNISDR, India ranks among the top four countries in the world with highest number of reported disasters
  1. Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) inaugurated at Noida
    • The Noida campus is one of the two ICI campuses. The other one is developed at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
  1. ‘Odisha Skills 2018’, the state-level chapter of India Skill competition organised by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)inaugurated in Cuttack, Odisha.
  • Union Petroleum and Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also inaugurated a skill-cum-common facility centre for filigree craftsman of Cuttack.
  • A Pipe-Fitter-City Gas Distribution course will begin at the Skill Development Institute at Bhubaneswar from 9thMay 2018.

 

  1. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated the Kanda Pattan-Sarkaghat Water Supply Scheme at Cholthara in Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh.

 

8. As per a report by Deutsche Bank, Indian economy is likely to register Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 5 per cent in financial year 2018-19

 

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BANKING AND ECONOMY

  1. HDFC Bank has launched IRA (Intelligent Robotic Assistant) 2.0, the second version of its interactive humanoidat the Koramangala branch in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
    • Developed by HDFC Bank in collaboration with Invento Makerspaces and Senseforth Technologies.
    • Through voice based navigation, IRA will interact with customers, answer bank-related queries, frequently asked questions and will guide them inside the branch.
    • First Version of IRA was launched in January 2017 and is stationed at its Palarivattom branch in Kochi, Kerala

 

  1. HDFC Bank has also launched its virtual assistant ‘EVA’ (Electronic Virtual Assistant)on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
    • Information about bank’s product features, interest rates, fee and charges, credit card reward points/payment date/expiry date, branches address, IFSC, process to block/unblock cards and what to do if one forgets pin.

 

  1. As per NITI Aayog Chairman, Rajiv Kumar, Indian economy is expected to grow by at least 7.5 per cent in 2018-19.

 

  1. As per data provided by Union Finance Ministry, Government has collected Rs 7.41 trillion in taxes in the first year of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) ending March 31, 2018.

 

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APPOINTMENTS

  1. India’s largest bank, State Bank of India (SBI) has reshuffled the roles of its top management.
    • C Venkat Nageswar, who was in charge of global treasury operations will be the new MD & CEO of SBI Capital Markets.
    • Sanjeev Nautiyal has been appointed as CEO of SBI Life.

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

  1. 29thApril 2018 – International Dance Day

 

 

AWARDS

  1. Parijat Industries (India) Pvt Ltd, an Indian agrochemical company, has been conferred the “Sarvashrestha Suraksha Puraskar” gold award for the year
    • Presented by The NSCI (National Safety Council, India) for occupational safety, health and environment.

 

SPORTS

  1. 56thedition of Belgrade International Boxing Championship was held at Belgrade in Serbia
    • Indian boxers won three gold, five silver and five bronze medals at this championship
    • Sumit Sangawan – 91 Kg category – Gold
    • Nikhat Zareen – 51 Kg – Gold
    • Himanshu Sharma – 49Kg – Gold

 

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released ‘My Journey from Marxism-Leninism to Nehruvian Socialism’
    • Written by former Planning Commission and Finance Commission member C H Hanumantha Rao.