21 April 2017 Current Affairs : Civil Services Day, Krishi Karman Awards , Muttiah Muralitharan, new blindness definition

///21 April 2017 Current Affairs : Civil Services Day, Krishi Karman Awards , Muttiah Muralitharan, new blindness definition

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 – 21 April 2017

■ Today is National Civil Services Day (21 April). This day coincides with the date on which Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had addressed the first batch of probationers at the All India Administrative Service Training School at Metcalfe House, New Delhi in 1947.

  • This year’s theme is ‘Making New India’.
  • The Civil Services Day function is being organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

■  The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has selected three States for Krishi Karman Awards 2015-16. Apart from these three states below, Meghalaya will get commendation prize for total food grain production and would be given a cash award of Rs 1 crore.

  1. Tamil Nadu : In large category (production more than 10 million tonnes)
  2. Himachal Pradesh : In Medium category (1 to 10 million tonnes)
  3. Tripura : In small category (less than 1 million tonnes). 

■ According to the new definition of blindness adopted by India, a person unable to count fingers from three metres will be considered ‘blind’ as against the earlier stipulation of six metres, used since 1976. This step is in line with WHO blindness criteria, is expected to decrease the number of people considered ‘blind’ from 1.20 crore (2007 survey) to 80 lakh.

■ The Supreme Court has announced that states can relax rules framed by the Centre under the special law meant to protect Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The apex court made the ruling while upholding a notification issued by the Bihar government, authorising all the senior police officers to investigate cases under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

Punjab government has doubled the quota for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in educational institutes from present 5% to 10%. However, this will not impact the quota for the Scheduled Castes, and the Scheduled Tribes.

■ The government has directed Internet service providers ISPs to block distribution and transmission of child sexual abuse content by 31st July.

  • Ministry of Electronics and IT has asked ISPs having cable landing station gateways, international long distance licences in India to adopt and implement Internet Watch Foundation resources on or before 31st July.
  • This directive has been issued after the recommendation of an inter-ministerial committee that was constituted to recommend solutions to address the issue of child sexual abuse material following a Supreme Court order.


International Current Affairs Capsule – 21 April 2017

■ The UNESCO has named Giuseppina Nicolini, the Mayor of Lampedusa (Italy) and the non-governmental organisation SOS Mediterranee (France) as the winners of Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize 2017.

  • They are being honored for their work to save the lives of refugees and migrants and welcome them with dignity.

■ India has contributed USD 2,50,000 to the UN Election Assistance Division to help other countries to hold elections and develop their electoral systems.  It is the second time that India has contributed USD 2,50,000 towards electoral assistance and capacity building. Note that : The first assistance was made in 2012.


Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 21 April 2017

■ The Cabinet has approved policy guidelines to allow ‘financially sound’ state government entities to borrow directly from international agencies for vital infrastructure projects.

  • Presently, all foreign assistance is received by the Centre, including that meant for the states.
  • While the state would furnish guarantees for such loans, the Centre would provide the counter-guarantees.

■ RBI Governor, Urjit Patel has been asked by a Parliamentary panel to appear before it on 25th of next month over the demonetisation issue.


Sports News Current Affairs – 21 April 2017

■ The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) will feature Video gaming as a full sport at the 2022 Asian Games.

■ Sri Lankan cricket spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan will become 1st Sri Lankan cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, with his formal induction set to be held during June’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Muralitharan’s career  spanned around 19 years. He is the highest wicket-taker in international cricket with 1,347 scalps in 495 matches.


“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”

Q1. Which state government will set up “Book Banks” in schools to provide old books to needy students?

  • A) Madhya Pradesh
  • B) Rajasthan
  • C) Punjab
  • D) Uttar Pradesh


Q2. Which airline will become the world’s first airline to adopt new satellite-based airplane tracking system?

  • A) Japan Airlines
  • B) Singapore Airlines
  • C) Asiana Airlines
  • D) Malaysia Airlines


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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