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5th April: National Maritime Day


  • 5th April is being observed as National Maritime Day of India every year.
  • This day, the country renews its abiding faith in the importance of maritime zone as well as sea route for an all-round development of the nation.
  • The National Maritime Day was first celebrated on 5th April,1964.
  • On this day in 1919, navigation history was created when the first ship of The Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd."SS Loyalty" journeyed to the United Kingdom.

Note: India has about 7516 km (Mainland: 5422.6 km and Island Territories: 2094 km) of coastline serviced by a total of 182 ports.

National conference on Communicating India to be organized


  • Today, a national conference on communicating India has been inaugurated by the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore in new Delhi.
  • Telling the India's story to the world, Communicating, via Journalism and Dialogue with Diaspora are three main themes which are outlined for the conference.
  • The conference has been organized by ‘the Vivekananda International Foundation’ in collaboration with the India Media Centre, University of Westminster, London, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and the Indian Institute of Mass Communication with the association of Prasar Bharati.


‘Gunotsav’ program in Assam launched in 8 districts


  • The Gunotsav program has been launched in 8 districts of Assam to improve elementary education.
  • The districts include Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Barpeta and Kamrup Metro.
  • over 9 lakh students in 2,000 schools will be covered under the programme in the next 3 days in the first phase.


Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission to go paperless


  • The Union government has approved Rs 5.24 crore e-governance project for Himachal Pradesh (HP) under good governance and best practices in India.
  • The project approved by the department of electronics and information technology (DEIT), Union ministry of communications and IT.
  • Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) is all set to launch e-Governance Project to start paperless functioning, making it the first PSC of the country to do so.


Lenin Moreno wins Ecuador presidential election


  • Lenin Moreno has won the Presidential election after a tight contest with his right-wing opponent Guillermo Lasso.
  • According to the country's electoral council, Moreno pocketed 51.16% of valid votes versus 48.84% for conservative challenger Guillermo Lasso, with 99.65% of votes counted.


‘Amazon India’ launches ‘Classroom’ for new sellers


  • Amazon India has launched an initiative a virtual training programme "Amazon Classroom" to help teach them the nuances of online selling.
  • The program focusses on areas such as order processing, adding products and managing returns that are required to operate a successful online business.
  • New sellers can now perform demos of their seller account dashboard through interactive courses at their own pace.


Dawit Isaak awarded 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize


  • An imprisoned Eritrean-Swedish journalist ‘Dawit Isaakhas’ will receive the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
  • Isaak was chosen for the prestigious award in recognition of his courage, resistance, and commitment to freedom of expression.
  • The Prize will be awarded on 3 May 2017, World Press Freedom Day, to be hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, created in 1997.

Note:
The prize honors a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger.

Noted scriptwriter Ajey Jhankar passes away


  • Noted filmmaker and scriptwriter Ajey Jhankar (57-years) passed away in a private hospital.
  • Hollywood movie ‘Singularity’ by filmmakar, Roland Joffe was based on Jhankar’s novel ‘Drohparv'.
  • He was the writer of well-known Marathi novel 'Sarkarnama'.


NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics


  • The National Hockey League (NHL) will not take part in the ‘2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics’.
  • It would finalize its 2017-18 season schedule without a Winter Games break.
  • The NHL had participated in every Winter Olympics since the 1998 Nagano Winter Games.
  • The decision brings an end to years of tense bargaining between the International Olympic Committee, International Ice Hockey Federation and the NHL over the league's continuing participation in the Winter Games.

Note: The decision will impact almost every major hockey-playing nation with the Sweden, Finland, Russia, United States and Canadian teams almost entirely made up of NHL players.

Indian Premier League 10 to kick off today


  • Today, the Indian Premier League (10th) will begin with defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (defending champion) taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the season opener at the ‘Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium’ in Hyderabad.
  • Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has been appointed the interim captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
  • The IPL matches this time will be played over the course of 47 days at 10 different venues, with a total of 60 matches to be played between April 6 and May 21,

Note:
  • The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India contested during April and May of every year by franchise teams representing Indian cities.
  • The league was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007.

Teams of IPL 10:

  1. Delhi Daredevils
  2. Gujarat Lions
  3. Kings XI Punjab
  4. Kolkata Knight Riders
  5. Mumbai Indians
  6. Rising Pune Supergiant
  7. Royal Challengers Bangalore
  8. Sunrisers Hyderabad
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