National News Daily Current Affairs Update – 22 April 2016
ExamPariksha publishes relevant fact based Current Affairs daily to cover all important happening and developments in the National sphere in this section. Usually examiners ask GA GK questions in personal interviews focussing on recent events to check how informed you are, is an attempt to cover all important topics for such scenarios also.
- The 8th International Seminar on Wheat and Wheat Products is scheduled to be held in Panaji, Goa, on July 17-18. The theme for 2016’s seminar is : ‘New Ideas and Innovation for Growth‘.
- Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee has been conferred with the Order of Arts and Letters, one of France’s top honours. This honour has come in recognition of Bhattacharjee’s remarkable work for promoting peace, solidarity, culture, education, and development.
- The Commerce and Industry Ministry has launched its ‘Twitter Seva’ service to address issues and grievances of startups, exporters and importers and other stakeholders. People can now tweet with #mociseva to raise a query, that will reportedly be responded within 48 to 72 working hours. Issues related to Make in India, Startup India, FDI and intellectual property rights will be addressed here.
- A Nanosatellite named PISAT, developed by 250 students of PES University in Bengaluru will soon be launched by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The satellite will take high resolution pictures of Earth from space. It will revolve around Earth at a distance of 680-720 km. PES students and professors will control it from a commanding station established in the university campus.
- According to the Oil Ministry officials, Over one crore LPG consumers have given up their cooking gas subsidies since Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Give-it-Up’ campaign in March 2015. The campaign urged those who can afford the market price to give up the subsidy, so that the scheme could target the needy.
- Wax figures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been installed at the Madame Tussauds museums in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
- Amitav Banerji, an Indian diplomat in the UK, has been conferred with Commander of the Order of Merit, one of the highest awards of Cyprus for his work in a number of senior roles within the Commonwealth Secretariat for over two decades.
- ‘Shloka Beti Garden’ in Udaipur, an initiative by Devendra Agrawal, founder of the NGO ‘Maa Bhagwati Vikas Sansthan‘, will allow parents and relatives to mark the birth of a girl child by planting a sapling. Note : The garden has been touted as India’s first park for the girl child.
International News Daily Current Affairs Update – 22 April 2016
Questions about International Relations (IR) are often asked in interviews, written exams conducted by various recruiters. The following international news has important daily current affairs which you must know as an aspirant for exams conducted by UPSC and State PSCs.
- China’s mainland population has reached 1.373 billion at the beginning of November, up 33.77 million since the last census has been held in 2010. China’s population will peak at about 1.45 billion by 2050 where every third one will be more than 60, with a shrinking proportion of working adults to support them.
- The United States’ Treasury Secretary has announced that anti-slavery activist of the 1800s, Harriet Tubman, will appear on a US banknote, in a historic first time for a woman. Tubman was born a slave, who helped numerous slaves escape. Harriet Tubman will appear on the front of the new $20 dollar bill, while former US President Andrew Jackson will appear on the back.
- The US Air Force has set a new world speed record for a vehicle aided by Magnetic Levitation (maglev). This vehicle has been powered along a 2,100-foot long track, with an acceleration close to 928 feet per second. They broke the milestone twice – first clocking around 826 kmph and then topping 1018 kmph a few days later.
- The People magazine has named Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston as ‘World’s Most Beautiful Woman’ for 2016.
- In a sign of suddenly accelerated contact between India and China, President Pranab Mukherjee is set to visit Beijing. The President will also travel to Singapore on the same visit is expected to be in China in May last week, and will travel to Beijing and the South Eastern Chinese business hub of Guangzhou, also known for its Buddhist connection to India.
- Britain has celebrated the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II with lighting, fireworks, and gun salutes.
- Environmentalist RK Pachauri, accused of sexual harassment by his former women colleagues, has stepped down as a member of the Governing Council of TERI.
- Europe has become the world’s first region to wipe out Malaria, a mosquito-borne vetor disease with zero cases reported in the year 2015. This has been revealed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its World Malaria Report 2015. Note that: A Particular region or country is declared Malaria free by WHO after it has zero locally acquired malaria cases for at least three consecutive years.
Economics News Daily Current Affairs Update – 22 April 2016
- Google India has emerged as the most attractive employer in the country for the second consecutive year, followed by Mercedes-Benz, according to a survey by human resource consulting firm Randstad.
- Facebook Messenger has globally launched its free group calling feature on both Android and iOS. Users can tap on the ‘phone’ icon in group conversations to initiate a group call, and then manage individual participants on the next screen. The maximum participant limit is 50.
- In an attempt to show the minimal environmental impact of coal mining operations, Western Coalfields, a unit of Coal India, has created a 15-acre eco-park between the Saoner and Gondegaon mines in Maharashtra. Tourists can now visit the insides of the Saoner coal mine and see the operations at the Gondegaon opencast mine from a distance.
- Satellite communication provider TechnoSatComm has announced that it has secured a 10-year contract by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to provide free Wi-Fi to Delhi Metro commuters.
Sports News Daily Current Affairs Update – 22 April 2016
- The Olympic torch for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games has been lit at an ancient Greek site. The torch will be taken by various runners on an international relay which will be culminated at the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.
- Spanish football club Barcelona has unveiled plans for the new version of its Camp Nou stadium, which will be named the Nou Camp Nou.
- BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has confirmed that, India will play their first day-night Test against New Zealand later this year.
- Former WWF wrestler and American entertainer Joan Marie Laurer, popularly known as Chyna, passed away at age of 45 years. Chyna, who has been billed as the “Ninth Wonder of the World”, is the, Only female player to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship, as well as the Only female wrestler to participate in the King of the Ring and Royal Rumble events.
- English director Guy Hamilton, best known for directing four ‘James Bond’ movies, has passed away at age of 93 years. The ‘James Bond’ films directed by him include, ‘Live and Let Die’ (1973) and ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ (1974).
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