05 April 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

05 April 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

05 April 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

Mirabai claims India's first gold of 21st CWG

  • India’s weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (23-year) has won the gold medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
  • Chanu (Hailing from Manipur) won the coveted yellow metal in the 48 kg category with a total lift of 196 kg.
  • The silver in the event went to Marie Ranaivosova (Mauritius), while the bronze was taken by Dinusha Gomes (Sri Lanka).
  • She becomes the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018.
  • In 2018, she was awarded the Padma Shri.

Gururaja wins the silver medal in 56kg men’s weightlifting

  • In the 56 kilograms category, India’s Weightlifter P Gururaja (25-year) lifted a total weight of 249 kg to finish Silver Medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
  • The gold medal went to Izahar Ahmad (Malaysia) who lifted a total weight of 261kg.
  • The bronze medal went to Sri Lanka’s Chaturanga Lakmal.
  • Gururaja (Hailing from Karnataka) is employed with the Indian Air Force.

Important Dates

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.
  • In 2018, the theme of the occasion is 'Indian Shipping - An Ocean of opportunity'.
  • 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.
  • India has about 7516 km (Mainland: 5422.6 km and Island Territories: 2094 km) of coastline serviced by a total of 182 ports.


Malayalam actor Kollam Ajith passes away

  • Malayalam actor Kollam Ajith (56-year) passed away at a private hospital.
  • Ajith acted in over 500 movies.
  • He was known for his villain roles in Malayalam movies.

National Affairs

Election Commission to set up 450 Pink polling booths in Karnataka

  • The Election Commission has decided to set up 450 Sakhi Pink booths during the Karnataka Assembly elections to empower and encourage women voters.
  • The booths will be managed completely by female staff including presiding officer, polling officer, micro observers and security personnel.
  • Pink booths will be opened in areas where the female population is more than male voters.

Salman Khan convicted in blackbuck poaching case

  • Jodhpur court has convicted Actor Salman Khan in the 1998 black buck poaching case, but acquitted co-actors Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre.
  • Salman has been held guilty of killing two blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur in October 1998 during the shooting of a movie.
  • Salman was facing charges under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act.

International Affairs

Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe wins no-confidence motion against him

  • Sri Lankan Prime Minister ‘Ranil Wickremesinghe’ (leader of the United National Party) comfortably won the no-confidence motion against him in voting held in Parliament.
  • In the Parliament (225-member), 122 members voted against the motion, while 76 voted in favor.
  • The motion was brought by the Opposition group accusing the Prime Minister’s party of involvement in the bond scam.
  • The prime minister is the second in the order of precedence after the president and head of the cabinet of ministers.
  • The prime minister would be a member of the constitutional council, national security council and the senior most member cabinet of ministers.

Sierra Leone declares opposition leader the new president

  • Sierra Leone’s opposition candidate and former military junta leader Julius Maada Bio takes his oath as the country’s new President in the capital Freetown.
  • Bio won Saturday's runoff vote with 51.8% of valid votes cast.
  • Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean, known for the white-sand beaches lining the Freetown Peninsula.

Banking & Finance

Doha Bank sets up the first branch in Chennai

  • Qatar-based Doha Bank’s CEO R Seetharaman has inaugurated the first branch of Doha bank in Chennai.
  • Now, the total number of branches in the country to three (earlier Mumbai, Kochi).
  • The Chennai branch will assist the bank's growing customer base in India offering a host of services including corporate, retail, treasury, trade, finance and foreign exchange services.
  • Doha Bank is one of the largest commercial banks in the State of Qatar.
  • It has been consistently registering a strong growth during the last decade with participative leadership philosophy.

National Appointments

Himanta Biswa Sarma Elected BAI President

  • Assam Health and Education Minister ‘Himanta Biswa Sarma’ has been unanimously elected the Badminton Association of India (BAI) President for four years in the annual general body meeting in Goa.
  • Sarma had taken over as the interim BAI President last year after the demise of Akhilesh Das Gupta.
  • Badminton Association of India (BAI) is the governing body of badminton in India formed in 1934.
  • It has been holding national-level tournaments in India since 1936.
  • It is headquartered in Lucknow, India.

SBI Life Insurance appoints Sanjeev Nautiyal as new MD & CEO

  • SBI Life Insurance has appointed Sanjeev Nautiyal (Probationary officer-1985) as its new Managing Director (MD) and Chief executive officer (CEO).
  • Nautiyal replaces Arijit Basu, who takes over a key role in the State Bank of India Group.
  • Mr.  Nautiyal graduate in arts & master’s in business administration.
  • Nautiyal is a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers (C.A.I.I.B).
  • SBI Life Insurance is a joint venture life insurance company between State Bank of India (70.1%), and BNP Paribas Cardif (26%).
  • BNP Paribas is a French multinational bank and financial services company with global headquarters in Paris.
  • Other investors are Value Line Pte. Ltd. and MacRitchie Investments Pte. Ltd., holding 1.95% of the total capital each.

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