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This post covers relevant news from national dailies and government releases for aspirants of examinations like UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc. It is highly useful for both, revision and awareness purposes.

National Important Current Affairs – 10 April 2019

  • The Ordnance Factory Board has delivered the first six indigenously built ‘Dhanush’ artillery guns to the Army. Dhanush is the indigenously upgraded gun of the Swedish Bofors gun procured in the 1980s, hence being called ‘Desi-Bofors‘.

Dhanush is the first indigenously built 155 x 45 (millimeter) calibre long-range artillery gun with strike range of 38 kilometers. Further, these guns are compatible with all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) 155 mm ammunition system.

Dhanush is a versatile weapon that can operate in all climatic conditions. The self-propulsion unit allows the gun to negotiate and deploy itself in mountainous terrain with ease. The gun is fitted with an inertial navigation system with global positioning system- (GPS) based gun recording and auto-playing, an enhanced tactical computer for onboard ballistic computations, an onboard muzzle velocity recording, an automated gun sighting system equipped with the camera, thermal imaging and laser range finder.

Note that: Dhanush artillery gun is a joint effort by the OFB, the Army, Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO), Directorate General Quality Assurance, PSUs Bharat Electronics Limited, SAIL and private firms.

  • Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Bhima Mandavi and four security personnel were killed when their convoy was attacked by suspected Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district. The attack in Dantewada of the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency comes two days before the first phase of the Lok Sabha election begins in the State. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said the incident occurred at Shyamagiri hills.

Note that: The Election Commission said the first phase of polling in the State would be held as per schedule.

 

International Current Affairs Capsule – 10 April 2019

  • The United States led by President Donald Trump has designated Iran’s elite military force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as a terrorist organisation. This move could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy within the Middle East. It will have implications, as of:
  1. The terror designation comes with sanctions, which include freeze of some assets and a ban on Americans doing business with the group.

  2. This measure will criminalize contact with the Guards and enable the prosecutors to bring charges to those that bring material support to the IRGC.

  3. The designation puts further distance between Trump’s policies toward Iran and those of European allies who remain a part of the nuclear deal.

Note that: The move continues the administration’s aggressive posture toward Iran, which includes the 2018 U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

  • London has become the world’s first city to launch a 24×7 Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), inside which vehicles will have to meet emission standards or face a penal charge. Mayor Sadiq Khan had announced his plan back in November of 2017.

Vehicles which aren’t compliant will have to pay £12.50 for entering the area each day, in addition to the congestion charge, in an attempt to tackle air pollution and congestion. The announcement of the planned ULEZ follows the City’s Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) which was introduced in October for deterring older and the most-polluting vehicles by imposing a £10 Emissions Surcharge per day on entering the inner city.

 

Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 10 April 2019

  • The Reserve Bank of India came up with guidelines for banks to set up new currency chests, which includes minimum area of 1500 square feet for a strong room. The RBI said that the new chests should have a processing capacity of 6.6 lakh pieces of banknotes per day.

It added that for those situated in the inaccessible places, capacity should be 2.1 lakh pieces of banknotes per day.

Note that:  Currency chest is the place where the currency is stored. These chests act as the distributives of RBI cash and allows RBI to take back mutilated notes. 

 

  • Markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has streamlined the procedure for issuing certified copies of orders and circulars to the parties involved and other applicants. For the parties involved in the proceedings certified copies of the orders passed by SEBI will be provided without charging any fee.

However, for additional certified copies of the order, the applicants will have to pay fees. The regulator has also spelt out the procedure for issuing certified copies to applicants who are not directly related to the particular proceeding.

  • Facebook-owned WhatsApp will now comply with RBI norms to store user payment data in servers located within India.

This comes days after the RBI revealed WhatsApp’s UPI-based payments service ‘WhatsApp Pay’ was still stuck in beta mode for not complying with the data localisation norms. WhatsApp Pay is designed to run on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) created by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

Note that : The Indian government had come out with the said norms in April 2018.

Sports Current Affairs – 10 April 2019

  • Hockey India has named Australia’s Graham Reid as the new chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team. The decorated player and celebrated coach will fill the position which has been lying vacant for nearly three months since the unceremonious sacking of Harendra Singh in January following a quarter-final exit at the World Cup in 2018.

 

“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims – 10 April 2019 “

Q1. Justice Pradeep Nandrajog was recently sworn in as Chief Justice of the _ ?

  • A) Bombay HC
  • B) Punjab & Haryana HC
  • C) Allahabad HC
  • D) Delhi HC

Q2. Who has received an honorary doctorate in Philanthropy by The University of Law, London?

  • A) Aamir Khan
  • B) Priyanka Chopra
  • C) Shah Rukh Khan
  • D) Salman Khan

Q3. Who has been appointed British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s Special Envoy on Media Freedom?

  • A) Vikram Kirloskar
  • B) Pardeep Nandrajog
  • C) Amal Clooney
  • D) Daphne Caruana

Q4.With reference to Harappan civilization, consider the following statements:

1. The citadels were inhabited by the common people.
2. The Great Bath was used for ritual bathing and it was made up of stone

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  • A) 1 only
  • B) 2 only
  • C) Both 1 and 2
  • D) Neither 1 nor 2

Q5. The Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank), sometimes seen in the news, was set up in ______.

  • A) 1980
  • B) 1982
  • C) 1984
  • D) 1986

Answer these questions in the comments below. We encourage you to discuss your thoughts on the news and issues mentioned in today’s current affairs post. The idea is to promote healthy discussions on interesting issues to make preparation fun. Have a good day!