This Daily Current Affair Capsule is a brief collection of important news from national dailies and government releases on PIB useful for UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etC) It covers national, international, economic, sports news.
National Important Current Affairs – 20 April 2017
■ Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is to inaugurate a two-day Civil Services Day function in New Delhi. The main event will be held tomorrow, on the occasion of Civil Services Day (21st April). Prime Minister Narendra Modi will confer the PM’s awards for Excellence in Public Administration to Districts and other Central and State organisations for effective implementation of Programmes and Innovation.
■ The UP government has renamed the Agra and Gorakhpur airports in the Cabinet meet. The Gorakhpur airport is renamed as Mahayogi Gorakhnath Airport after the founder of the Naath monastic movement. The Agra airport is named after RSS ideologue Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
- The Department of Disabled Welfare will now be called Divyang Jan Vikas Empowerment.
■ The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered an immediate and complete shutdown of all industries around Bengaluru’s Bellandur Lake where a mound of garbage was set on fire in February this year. Slamming the local civic bodies for inaction, a bench has banned dumping of any kind of municipal solid waste around the lake. The Tribunal under Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also has directed the state Government to clean the lake within one month.
- Note that: The Bellandur lake filled with sewage water and city waste emits toxic froth and fire causing severe environmental and health hazard.
■ President Pranab Mukherjee has given his approval to a Parliamentary panel’s recommendation to make Hindi compulsory till Class 10 in CBSE-affiliated schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas.
■ The Union Cabinet has decided to ban the use of Red Beacons on the vehicles of government officials and elected heads, starting from 1st May 2017. However, this order allows red beacons on vehicles belonging to the fire service, police, army and ambulances, to ensure easier passage through traffic.
- It is Noteworthy that, UP and Punjab governments had also passed similar orders recently.
■ In Uttarakhand, the National Disaster Management Authority, NDMA, will conduct its first mock-drill exercise on forest fire, in which fire officials from all the districts of state will participate.
The mock exercise of forest fire will cover all districts of Uttarakhand to ensure necessary arrangements during the drill. It may be recalled that Uttarakhand is prone to forest fire during the summer month which destroyes flora and fauna of the state.
■ The Union Cabinet has cleared the Election Commission’s proposal to procure new Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) equipped EVMs. The EC will buy 16 lakh VVPAT machines to conduct the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 20 April 2017
■ The UK Parliament has strongly voted in favour of Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for an early general election. The Parliament voted 522 to 13 in favour of the election, to take place on the 8th of June. British PM May had called for a snap election in June, rather than as scheduled in 2020, arguing that it will give the country certainty and stability as it negotiates its departure from the European Union.
- Note that: May’s Conservatives currently hold 330 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 20 April 2017
■ State-run lender State Bank of India (SBI) has surpassed energy firm ONGC to become the country’s most valuable public sector unit (PSU), in terms of market valuation. The market cap of SBI reached at ₹2.35 lakh crore, against ONGC’s ₹2.32 lakh crore.
■ Following PM Narendra Modi’s call to conserve oil, fuel outlets in 7 states and union territory Puducherry will be shut every Sunday starting May 14. This will affect 20,000 outlets in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry, Maharashtra, and Haryana.
■ The International Monetary Fund has trimmed India’s annual growth forecast by 0.4 percentage points to 7.2% for 2017, citing the impact of demonetisation of currency notes in 2016.
- The IMF has also predicted that the global economy would grow at 3.5% in 2017, which is up from 3.1 % last year, and 3.6% in 2018.
Sports News Current Affairs – 20 April 2017
■ India has won a total of 11 medals, including three gold, two silver, and six bronze, at the recently-concluded US Open Karate Championship held in Las Vegas.
“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”
Q1. Which country to host the 14th edition of United Nations International Day of Vesak – 2017?
- A) India
- B) Myanmar
- C) Nepal
- D) Sri Lanka
Q2. Who has become the India’s first visually impaired runner to compete the historic Boston Marathon?
- A) Devika Narain
- B) Vishnukant Sharma
- C) Sagar Baheti
- D) Nikunj Sen
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