Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (02 April - 08 April) 2018: Download Now

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The important happenings of the week covered in this segment include the Uttarakhand’s second Mega Food Park, Steel Users Federation of India (SUFI), India overtook Japan, Atal Pension Yojana (APY), Sportsperson of the Year: Mithali Raj, 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games   etc.

BANKING & ECONOMY
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has projected the GDP growth to 7.4 per cent in 2018-19 from 6.6 per cent in 2017-18.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has switched back to gross domestic product (GDP) model from the gross value added (GVA) methodology to provide its estimate of economic activity in the country.
  • A joint venture between Reliance Industries and the State Bank of India, Jio Payments Bank Ltd. has commenced operations as a payments bank with effect from Apr 3, 2018.
  • H. Srikrishnan has been appointed as MD and CEO of Jio Payments Bank.
  • India’s largest private sector lender, ICICI Bank has become the first Indian bank to go live on SWIFT’s(Society for World Interbank Financial Telecommunication System) Global Payment Innovation (GPI).
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) constituted an inter-departmental group to study and provide guidance on feasibility to introduce fiat digital currency backed by it.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deferred adoption of Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) by commercial banks for year (till Apr 2019) due to unpreparedness of banks to migrate to the new accounting system.
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) constituted 5-member working group (committee) to examine taxation aspects related to High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) who are migrating abroad to other jurisdictions.
  • The Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) relaxed algorithm trading norms at commodity derivatives exchanges.
  • The market regulator, SEBI has raised limit of trading using algorithm trading process up to 100 orders per second by user from the existing limit of 20 orders per second.
  • SoftBank has signed a $930-million deal with China's energy conglomerate Golden Concord (GCL) to produce and sell solar equipment in India.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has thrown a lifeline to banks that posted huge treasury losses in the third quarter and faced the prospect of posting losses in the fourth quarter too.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has changed the methodology used by debt market players for the valuation of the prices of securities to prevent the possibility of manipulation in the prices of securities, especially govt securities (G-Secs), on the last trading day of a quarter.
  • The Markets regulator, Sebi has decided to double the investment limit by angel funds in venture capital undertakings to Rs 10 crore.
  • The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has celebrated its foundation day this year on Apr 02, 2018.
  • Jana Small Finance Bank (formerly Janalakshmi Financial Services, India's leading micro-finance company) announced the commencement of its banking operations with the motto 'Likho Apni Kahaani'.
  • The Central Bureau of Excise and Customs (CBEC) under Finance Ministry imposed 10% duty on imports of key smartphone components such as populated printed circuit boards (PCBs), camera modules and connectors.
  • According to Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), the subscriber base of Atal Pension Yojana (APY) stood at 97.05 lakh at end of 2017-18 fiscal.
  • The e-way Bill System for Inter-State movement of goods across the country has been introduced from Apr 1, 2018 in which the businesses and transporters moving goods worth over Rs. 50,000 from one state to another have to carry an electronic or e-way bill.

NATIONAL NEWS
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has embarked on three-nation official state visit to African countries of Equatorial Guinea, Swaziland and Zambia from Apr 7 to 12, 2018.
  • The Union govt has banned imports of hormone oxytocin to stop its misuse in livestock industry, where it causes hormonal imbalances and shortens the lives of milch animals.
  • The Global Logistics Summit, a platform to hold discussions with global experts, academics, govt officials and private sector and industry representatives held in New Delhi.
  • Union Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal has launched the UTTAM App for Coal Quality Monitoring'UTTAM' - 'Unlocking Transparency by Third Party Assessment of Mined Coal'
  • According to Steel Users Federation of India (SUFI), India overtook Japan to become world’s second largest producer of crude steel in Feb 2018.
  • China is the largest producer of crude steel in the world
  • According to recently published Internet Security Threat Report by security solutions provider Symantec, India has emerged as the third most vulnerable country in terms of risk of cyber threats, such as malware, spam and ransomware in 2017.
  • The Ministry of Commerce and Industry have launched digital initiatives of Export Inspection Council
  • (EIC) for ease of export to boost to India’s potential for agricultural and food export.
  • According to monthly survey of  Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI),
  • India’s manufacturing sector activity fell to five-month low at 51.0 in Mar 2018.
  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development has constituted a High Powered Committee to examine the entire system of conducting Class X and Class XII examination conducted by the CBSE with a view to preventing leakages.
  • Vinay Sheel Oberoi will be the Chairperson of the 7 member High Power Committee.
  • The Union Govt notified inclusion of 120 castes/communities, their synonyms and sub-castes in the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for different States/UTs in the last three years.
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) entered into 14 Unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (UAPA) and 2 Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (BAPA) in Mar 2018.
  • The trial run of the first container train between Kolkata and Dhaka has been flagged off in Kolkata.
  • The Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bengaluru has been adjudged as overall best Indian university in National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2018 or NIRF-3 released by Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • The crucial dialogue between the three leading democratic powers viz. India, Japan and the USA of the Indo-Pacific region held in New Delhi.
  • The foundation stone of the Proposed Naitwar Mori Hydro Electric Project (NMHEP) was laid on with an estimated project cost at  . 648.33 crore.
  • According to index of eight core industries released by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, eight core infrastructure sectors grew by 5.3% in Feb 2018.
  • According to recently published global study, India is among the countries which are at greatest risk of food insecurity due to weather extremes caused by climate change.
  • According to report released by global startup ecosystem map Startup-blink, India has been ranked at 37th out of 125 countries in global startup ecosystem in 2017 in which United States topped.
  • According to the data provided by Indian Cellular Association, India replaced Vietnam to become the second largest producer of mobile phones in 2017. (China ranked one)
  • The 114th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) between India and Pakistan held in New Delhi.

STATE NEWS
  • The Uttar Pradesh Govt launched the Ganga Hariteema Yojana (also known as Ganga Greenery scheme) in 27 districts of the state located on the bank of river Ganga.
  • The Union Govt, Maharashtra Govt have signed US $420 million loan agreement with World Bank for Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture to help small and marginal farmers in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra.
  • The Union Govt is going to launch a central govt scheme, GOBAR-dhan Yojna nationally from Karnal district of Haryana by the end of Apr 2018. GOBAR - Galvanising Organic Bio Agro Resources.
  • Tamil Nadu Govt launched i-lingual ‘Uzhavan’ (farmer) mobile application in a bid to use technology for benefit of farmers.
  • Madhubani railway station in Bihar got complete makeover with Mithila paintings.
  • Uttarakhand’s second Mega Food Park- Himalayan Mega Food Park Private Ltd inaugurated at Mahuakhera Ganj in Kashipur in Udham Singh Nagar district.
  • The two-day Assam Spring Festival held at Manas National Park in Assam.
  • Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu has inaugurated the first flight under UDAN scheme from Delhi to Pathankot at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.
  • As  per  latest  survey  conducted  by  the  Airports  Authority  of  India  (AAI)  across  53  airports,  the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) has been declared as the cleanest and best-maintained airport in the country under the 1.5 million to 5 million passenger handling airport category.
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated a 10.30-km-long Hindon Elevated Road, touted to be the longest of its kind in the country, connecting UP Gate and Rajnagar Extension.
  • Asia's largest startup ecosystem congregation, Huddle Kerala held in Kerala at Kovalam.
  • Multi Modal Logistics Park has been inaugurated at Balli Station near Madgaon in Goa.
  • West Bengal govt launched a scheme called “Rupashree” in order to ensure safe future for young women.
  • Delhi has become the first city in India to supply ultra-clean Bharat Stage (BS) VI grade fuel (both petrol and diesel) with an aim to combat the rising levels of air pollution in Delhi-NCR region.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • The Soft Drinks Industry Levy, also known as soft drinks sugar tax or sin tax or sugar tax came into force in United Kingdom to combat obesity and sugar related disease in the country.
  • The Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), often called Summer Davos, is going to be held at Boao, a coastal town in the southern island province of Hainan, China with the theme ‘Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity'.
  • The presidents of Iran, Turkey and Russia met for their second tripartite summit in less than six months, aiming to speed the peace process for Syria and bolster their influence in the country.
  • The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Mid-Term Ministerial Conference 2018 is going held in Baku, Azerbaijan with the theme 'Promoting International Peace and Security for Sustainable Development'.
  • The 7th Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS-2018) held in Moscow, Russia.
  • Nepal has launched its first accessible trekking trail for differently abled and elders in Pokhara city as a part of three-day international conference on "Accessible Tourism".

SCIENCE & DEFENCE
  • Linguist from University of Hyderabad have discovered two endangered languages Walmiki and Malhar, which are predominantly spoken in remote regions of Odisha.
  • Indian Navy has conducted multi-agency humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) exercise named 'Chakravat' meaning ‘cyclone’ with coordination of Kerala Govt off Kochi Coast.
  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) has carried out one of its biggest combat exercises named 'Gaganshakti 2018' to check its operational preparedness with a focus on dealing with any possible security challenges from China and Pakistan.
  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia concluded joint military exercise 'Desert Tiger 5' aimed at sharing expertise and enhancing joint military actions in Dubai, UAE.
  • The RH-300 MKII sounding rocket developed by IRSO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) launched from Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  • The fourth of eight Mark IV LCU vessels L54, built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata has been formally handed over to Indian Navy at GRSE, Kolkata.
  • The Indian Railways inducted three 09-3x Dynamic Tamping Express machines for improved mechanised Track Maintenanc.
  • The Indian Coast Guard and the South Korea Coast Guard hold a joint exercise, named Sahyog - Hyeoblyeog 2018 off Chennai coast.
  • NASA successfully conducted Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) to test supersonic parachute that will help its space exploration missions to land on Mars.
  • Researchers have discovered new grass-like plant species named Fimbristylis agasthyamalaensis in Ponmudi hills within the Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot.
  • South Korea and the United States kicked off their annual joint military exercises after they were delayed about a month for the Winter Olympics and to help create conditions for a resumption of talks between North and South Korea.
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has lost contact with India’s most powerful communication satellite, GSAT-6A in less than 48 hours after it was launched.
  • China’s out-of-control space lab, Tiangong-1 has re-entered Earth’s atmosphere, landing in middle of the
  • South Pacific Ocean near world’s 'spacecraft cemetery or graveyard'.
  • Pakistan successfully test-fired its indigenously designed and built nuclear-capable, submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM) Babur III.

APPROVALS & MOUS
  • Digital payments company PayPal and exporters’ body the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) has tied up to promote exports, leveraging the technology platform.
  • Online travel portal MakeMyTrip has partnered with Flipkart to allow customers to book domestic flight tickets and other travel services directly through the e-commerce firm's portal.
  • The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has constituted a 10-member committee to regulate online portals, including news websites, entertainment sites and media aggregators.
  • The Union Cabinet approved the introduction of Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018 in Parliament for better protection and promotion of human rights in the country.
  • The Union Cabinet has been apprised of MoU signed between India and Canada to foster cross-border partnerships focused on research excellence and industry-academic collaboration.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved Revised Cost Estimates (RCE) of scheme of Updation of National Register of Citizens (NRC), 1951 in Assam.
  • The Union Cabinet approved an MoU signed between India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Technical Cooperation in Rail Sector.
  • The Union Cabinet gave its approval for rightsizing Competition Commission of India (CCI) from one Chairperson and six Members (totalling seven) to one Chairperson and three Members (totalling four).
  • The Union Cabinet approved signing of Cooperation Arrangement between India and Afghanistan for cooperation in the field of food safety and related areas.
  • The Union Cabinet approved closure of Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) Burn Standard Company Ltd (BSCL) under Ministry of Railways.
  • The Union Cabinet gave its ex-post facto approval to MoU between India and Iran on establishment of an expert group on trade remedy measures. 
  • Indian Army has signed an MoU with HDFC Bank on the Defence Salary Package.
  • Ride-hailer Ola, has acquired Mumbai-based Ridlr, an end-to-end public transport ticketing and commuting app.
  • Rivigo, a homegrown logistics start-up that owns as well as acts as an aggregator of trucks, has tied up with YES Bank, IDFC and 10 other financial institutions to make cheaper funds available to truck owners and operators on its platform. Deepak Garg is the founder and CEO of Rivigo.
  • Ministry of Tourism in close collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had launched Adopt a Heritage Project.

APPOINTMENTS
  • Whole-time member of SEBI: Santosh Kumar Mohanty    
  • MD & CEO of SBI Life Insurance: Appoints Sanjeev Nautiyal
  • Ambassador of India to the Republic of Serbia: Subrata Bhattacharjee    
  • President of Badminton Association of India (BAI): Himanta Biswa Sarma
  • Head of UN political affairs: Rosemary DiCarlo       
  • Protem Chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi: M.L. Srivastava
  • ‘Sportsperson of the Year’: Mithali Raj         
  • President of Nasscom: Debjani Ghosh
  • Director General Border Roads: Lt Gen Harpal Singh         
  • Deputy Collector at Andhra Pradesh: Srikanth (shuttler)
  • Re-elected President of Egypt: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
  • Joint Secretary of 15th Finance Commission: Ravi Kota
  • DG of National Testing Agency: Vineet Joshi           

AWARDS
  • Lyricist and director Sreekumaran Thampi has been selected for the J.C. Daniel Award, the Kerala govt’s highest honor for lifetime contribution to Malayalam cinema.

SPORTS
  • Star weightlifter, Mirabai Chanu won the first gold for India at the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games with a power-packed performance in the women's 48 kilogram category in Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu delivered India its second gold medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast City, Australia by dominating the women’s 53kg event at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.
  • Teenager Deepak Lather became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a Commonwealth Games medal, clinching a bronze in the men’s 69kg category.
  • Weightlifter Venkat Rahul Ragala claimed India’s fourth Gold medal in 85-kg category at 21st Commonwealth Games with a total lift of 338 Kg in Gold Coast.
  • Indian skipper, Mithali Raj etched her name in record books after becoming the most capped player in women’s ODI cricket.
  • Indian women’s cricket team captain, Mithali Raj has been adjudged ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ at the Telangana Sports Journalists Association annual awards for 2017 in Hyderabad.
  • John Isner, an American professional tennis player, won the 2018 men’s singles Miami Open tennis tournament.
  • Sloane Stephens, a US professional tennis player, won the 2018 women’s singles Miami Open tennis tournament by defeating Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in the final by 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.
  • Kerala lifted their sixth Santosh Trophy Football title by beating defending champions and 32-time winners Bengal via penalty shootout at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

IMPORTANT DAYS
  • Apr 07: World Health Day: "Universal health coverage: everyone,everywhere"                
  • Apr 05: National Maritime Day 'Indian Shipping - An Ocean of opportunity'
  • Apr 02: World Autism Awareness Day "Empowering Women and Girls with Autism"        

OBITUARY
  • Supreme Court lawyer: Niranjan Thomas Alva
  • National award winning Assamese film-maker: Munin Barua
  • Yesteryear Bollywood actor: Actor Raj Kishore
  • Noted television producer and writer: Steven Bochco
  • Veteran Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Leader: S. Madhavan
  • Former Chief Minister of Manipur: Raj Kumar Dorendra Singh


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