12 April 2017 Current Affairs : Kerala Malayalam mandatory, “Nakshe” portal, Nomadic Elephant

///12 April 2017 Current Affairs : Kerala Malayalam mandatory, “Nakshe” portal, Nomadic Elephant

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 – 12 April 2017

■ The Supreme Court has said that power distribution firms cannot raise preset power tariffs even if fuel becomes costlier due to changes in laws overseas. The court has set aside rulings by the appellate tribunal and has also asked the electricity regulator to reconsider the matter in light of government’s revised coal allotment and power tariff guidelines.

Note that: Tata Power’s wholly owned subsidiary Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd and Adani Power had moved the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) seeking higher tariff on the grounds that their input costs had gone up due to rupee devaluation and higher coal import prices.

■ The Lok Sabha has passed the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016, which will impose stiffer penalties for traffic rules violations.

  • It proposes a three-year jail term for parents of minors who are caught driving and causing fatal accidents, and a ten-fold increase in compensation for families of accident victims.
  • It also seeks to impose stricter penalties for  drunken driving to ₹10,000 from the current ₹2,000.
  • The bill also seeks to make issuance of driving licenses online.

■ During his visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the Dalai Lama has released a book titled “Ocean and Blue Mountains”. This book has been published by the department of Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs. The books is about the special bond shared by the Dalai Lama (Ocean) and the people of Arunachal Pradesh (Blue Mountain).

■ Pakistan military court has awarded death sentence to alleged Indian spy, Kulbhushan Jadhav who was arrested last year in March, “for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan”.

  • He is a former naval officer, who reportedly became a businessman after taking retirement from the Navy and travelled across the world.
  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has accused Pakistan of attempting a pre-planned murder of Jadhav and asserted India will do whatever it takes to ensure his release.

■ In order to stop food wastage, the Centre is planning to fix the quantity of portions of the food served by restaurants and hotels across the nation. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, food and public distribution is drafting a questionnaire for eateries to explain what dish sizes they should serve.

Kerala government has promulgated an ordinance making it mandatory for
all state schools, both private and government schools, to teach Malayalam till class 10.

■The Central government has launched ‘Nakshe’, a dedicated web portal for citizens to download accurate Indian maps prepared by the Survey of India. All users however, need to give their Aadhaar number to access the free maps. Users will be able to download three maps per Aadhaar card per day.

■ PM Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull have inaugurated the world’s most advanced TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre located at Gurugram. This is a joint venture between TERI and Deakin University, Australia for supporting and nurturing innovative ideas for
existing problems of Indian agriculture among other sectors.


International Current Affairs Capsule – 12 April 2017

■The 12th edition Indo-Mongolian Joint Military ExerciseNomadic Elephant 2017 is being held at Vairengte in Mizoram to promote military associations between India and Mongolia.

Colson Whitehead’s speculative history novel “The Underground Railroad” has been  honored with the prestegious Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for 2017.

■ In order to take agitating Madhesi parties on board before May 14 local elections, the Nepal government led by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has presented a new constitution amendment bill in the Parliament. 

  • It aims to address some of the key demands raised by United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF).
  • Note that: Madhesi leaders are demanding more representation and re-demarcation of provincial boundaries ahead of local polls.

■ The French government has announced that it will be closing down its oldest nuclear power plant at Fessenheim by April 2020, once a new generation
reactor in Flamanville is operational. This was a 2012 electoral promise made by French President Francois Hollande.

■  The first rail freight service from United Kingdom to China has departed
from Essex in UK. Earlier this year, the first freight train from China to UK had arrived in London. Note that : The train service was launched as part of China’s
ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative which aims to revive the ancient Silk Road trading routes with the West dating back more than 2,000 years.


Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 12 April 2017

■ Enforcement Directorate has moved the special PMLA court in Mumbai seeking non bailable warrant against the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik after he has evaded the agency since last year.


Sports News Current Affairs – 12 April 2017

■  Ruhaan Alva, a 10-year-old boy from Bengaluru has won the Easykart Championship, a go-karting tournament, held in Lonato, Italy.


“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”

Q1. Who is the author of the book “Gandhi in Champaran” which was in news recently?

  • A) DG Tendulkar
  • B) Gopalkrishan Gandhi
  • C) S Ganesan
  • D) Mahadev Desai

Q2.Which company has become the official Innovation Partner for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy 2017?

  • A) Reliance
  • B) IBM
  • C) Micromax
  • D) Intel

Q3.Which country has executed most people in 2016, as per Amnesty International Global Report ‘Death Sentences & Executions 2016’?

  • A) Pakistan
  • B) Iran
  • C) China
  • D) Saudi Arabia


Answer these questions in the comments below. Discuss your thoughts on the news and issues mentioned in today’s current affairs post. Have a good day!

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  • Jahir usain

    1. DG. Tendulkar
    2. Intel
    3. China