18 April 2017 Current Affairs : World Heritage Day, Numaligarh refinery, Australia Malabar naval excercise

///18 April 2017 Current Affairs : World Heritage Day, Numaligarh refinery, Australia Malabar naval excercise

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 – 18 April 2017

■ India is observing the International Day for Monuments and Sites, also known as World Heritage day today. ‘Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism’ is the theme for 2017, and has been chosen in relation to the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

  • Every year on 18 April, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) celebrates the International Day for Monuments and Sites, whose establishment was approved by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983.


■The Telangana government has constituted a Food Commission in tune with the National Food Security Act. This Commission will ensure the supply of essential commodities and will have controlling powers.

■ The public sector Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) located near Kaziranga National Park in upper Assam will get a regular supply of imported crude oil, for which it has signed a pact with Indian Oil Corp Ltd (IOCL) and Pradip Port Trust to meet its additional demand in the wake of its imminent expansion.

  • Note that: The petroleum and natural gas ministry recently approved raising Numaligarh Refinery’s refining capacity from the existing 3 million tonnes per annum to 9 million tonnes per annum.


International Current Affairs Capsule – 18 April 2017

■ Australia as requested Observer status in the Malabar trilateral naval exercises among India, Japan and the U.S., at the upcoming edition, which is scheduled for July.

Note that: Australia had been earlier a part of the exercises in 2007. But a sharp response from China, which saw the joint exercises as a coalition against it, put an end to the quadrilateral format.


About Malabar exercise: The Malabar drills, began in 1992 as a bilateral naval exercise between India and the U.S., has since grown in scope and complexity. In 2015, it was expanded into a trilateral format with the inclusion of Japan.

■ The National Security Adviser of USA HR McMaster has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reviewed bilateral ties and the situation in the South Asian region. McMaster and Indian NSA, Ajit Doval earlier held detailed discussions on Indo-US relations especially the security aspect of the ties.


■ The government of Japan has approved using Adolf Hitler’s autobiography ‘Mein Kampf’ (My Struggle), as teaching material in schools for educational purposes. However, the government has warned that if the book will be used in a way that promotes racial discrimination then that would be considered inappropriate and will lead to a strict response from the regulators.


Chinese oil imports have surged to an all-time high last month, overtaking the United States as the world’s biggest buyer of crude. The increase in oil imports is being attributed to purchases by independent domestic refiners, who have received new import quotas in January.


Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 18 April 2017

■ The Supreme Court has ordered the initiation process to sell Maharashtra-based luxury township of Aamby Valley to recover the dues owed by the Sahara Group to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). 

  • The court has appointed the official liquidator of the Bombay High Court as the agency responsible to value the 10,000-acre property and auction it.
  • The SC Bench has also asked the liquidator to prepare a valuation report and submit by April 27 — the date of the next hearing.

■ The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has dismissed the waiver application filed by former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry’s family firms on the eligibility criteria of 10% shareholding, which are required under the Companies Act for moving its petition. Since the NCLT Bench refused to grant the waiver, the company’s petition for alleged mismanagement and oppression of minority shareholders is now automatically rejected.


Sports News Current Affairs – 18 April 2017

■ Indian Olympians, gymnast Dipa Karmakar and wrestler Sakshi Malik have been included in Forbes’ ’30 Under 30′ Asia 2017 list.

  • Note that:  Karmakar is India’s only female Olympic gymnast. Sakshi Malik won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympic Games.
  • This list also features 25-year-old Sharath Gayakwad, India’s first Paralympic swimmer and Arjuna award winner.


“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”

Q1.  Which state government has recently launched ‘unemployment allowance scheme’?

  • A) Andhra Pradesh
  • B) Madhya Pradesh
  • C) Himachal Pradesh
  • D) Uttar Pradesh


Q2. Who has won the 2017 Men’s singles Singapore Open Badminton title?

  • A) N S Reddy
  • B) Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
  • C) Sai Praneeth Bhamidipati
  • D) Kidambi Srikanth


Q3.  The Government has launched RUSA portal to act as a one-stop for States’ Higher Education Plans. What does ‘RUSA’ stands for?

  • A) Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan
  • B) Rashtriya Uttam Shiksha Abhiyan
  • C) Rashtriya Unmukht Shiksha Abhiyan
  • D) Rashtriya Unnatsheel Shiksha Abhiyan


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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