Weekly Current Affairs One Liners

Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (16 April - 22 April) 2018: Download Now

The one liner of the week is a recap of the important happenings that occurred Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (16 April - 22 April) 2018: Download Now

Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (16 April - 22 April) 2018: Download Now



The important happenings of the week covered in this segment include the Apr 22: World Earth Day: 'End Plastic PollutionIndian Army signed a MoU with Axis Bank on Defence Salary Package2018 Pulitzer Prizes etc.


BANKING & ECONOMY
  • The country’s largest lender, the State Bank of India (SBI) has allowed withdrawing cash from the bank’s point of sale (PoS) devices available with merchants in a bid to ease the cash crunch.
  • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has extended the total credit support of Rs 14,690 crore to Rajasthan for 2017-18.
  • According to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) for Apr 2018,
  • India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the worth of the economy, clocked in at $2.6 trillion for 2017.
  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) introduced updated ‘QR code’ for offline Aadhaar verification to strengthen its privacy measures during usage.
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) projected India to grow at 7.4% in 2018 and 7.8% in 2019.
  • The Union Finance Ministry will come out with Rs. 10,000 crore follow-on fund offer of Bharat-22 exchange traded fund (ETF) as it looks to dilute stake in Coal India Limited (CIL) to meet the minimum public holding norm.
  • According to the World Bank twice-a-year South Asia Economic Focus report, India's growth rate has been projected at 7.3% in 2018 and 7.5% for 2019 and 2020.
  • Indian Army signed a Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) with Axis Bank on Defence Salary Package.
  • The Ministry of Finance under Union Govt in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has launched first tranche of sovereign gold bonds (SGBs) for current fiscal (FY 2018-19).
  • The E-Way Bill system for Intra-State movement of goods has been rolled out in five more states Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Ministry of Finance has signed loan agreement with World Bank for IBRD loan of US $48 million for Meghalaya Community – Led Landscapes Management Project (MCLLMP).
  • The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has expected India's gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at 7.3-7.7 per cent during the 2018-19 financial year.
  • The govt has raised the authorized capital of NABARD by six times from 50 billion to Rs 300 billion to help it increase its lending to the rural economy.

NATIONAL NEWS
  • The Group of Ministers (GoM), constituted by Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, proposed "One Nation One Tax policy" for seamless movement of commercial vehicles across the country.
  • GoM meeting, headed by Rajasthan transport minister Yoonus Khan, held in Guwahati, Assam.
  • India will host the 2018 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities (GITC), to be held in New Delhi from Nov 08 to 11.
  • The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has launched the integration of e-SANAD portal and NAD – National Academic Depository in a bid to make education system in India more transparent.
  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) published new draft rules to make mandatory for automobile manufacturers to provide high security registration plates (HSRP) to all new vehicles from Jan 01, 2019.
  • The first International SME (Small, Medium Enterprises) convention has been organised by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises in New Delhi from Apr 22 to 24, 2018.
  • The Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) in collaboration with Ministry of External Affairs approved the 'Study in India' programme to attract foreign students to pursue higher education in India.
  • The first meeting of National Council on India’s Nutrition Challenges under POSHAN Abhiyaan held in New Delhi.
  • The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) released the draft of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) proposing multiple strategies to reduce air pollution.
  • The Union Ministry of Communications launched DARPAN-PLI application for seamless collection of premium for Postal Life Insurance (PLI) and Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI) policies.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the first Health and Wellness Centre in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh to mark the launch of Ayushman Bharat Yojana- National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).
  • The Ministry of Commerce and Industry launched FIEO GlobalLinker, a digital platform for MSME exporters to digitise their businesses and join global community of growing businesses.
  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) unveiled beta version of portal (www.tariff.trai.gov.in) to enable consumers see tariffs of different TSPs (telecom service providers) and different Licensed Service Areas (LSAs) at single place.
  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued its first official forecast for 2018 southwest monsoon rains in New Delhi.
  • India is coordinating with China and other Asian countries to raise voice against Asian premium charged by Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
  • The Union Govt has launched "Gram Swaraj Abhiyan- Special Interventions", an high-intensity outreach programme to deliver welfare schemes to select villages which need particular attention on the occasion of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti (Apr 14).
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) launched web-based application e-FRRO (e-Foreigners Regional Registration Office) to allow foreign tourists and travelers to avail paperless and cashless visa-related services.
  • The Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan launched ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’ to provide free LPG gas connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).

STATE NEWS
  • The regional conference on “Urban Development: Technological Solutions and Governance Challenges” held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani launched the digital platform ‘Pocket Cop Project’ to ensure that the police force of the state is equipped with modern day technology.
  • The '2018 Group of Ministers (GoM) meeting' under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways held in Guwahati, Assam.
  • The Islands Tourism Festival inaugurated by Chief Secretary of Andaman & Nicobar Administration Anindo Mazumdar at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar.
  • Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik has thrown open the much-awaited bridge built over the Ib river in Sambalpur district to the public.
  • The first regional conference of eastern states on Water Resources held in Kolkata, West Bengal to address outstanding water resources issues.
  • The Haryana govt has decided to introduce Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) and revise the syllabus and workload in 11 subjects at the under-graduation level in state universities keeping with global scenario.
  • The India-Wiesbaden Conference 2018 held in New Delhi with the title ‘Securing Global Supply Chains  through Government-Industry  Partnerships  towards  Effective  Implementation  of  UNSC Resolution 1540’.
  • Himachal Pradesh celebrated its 71st foundation day with much fanfare and gaiety on Apr 15, 2018.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • The meeting of the Council of foreign ministers of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is going to be held in Beijing, China.
  • The 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2018) held in London, United Kingdom with the theme 'Towards a Common Future'.
  • The Malaria Summit held in London, United Kingdom to make game-changing commitments towards beating malaria.
  • The NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Services Companies) and TechUK have jointly launched new UK-India Tech Alliance.
  • The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) designated 14 new sites as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).
  • The 29th Arab League Summit 2018 held in Dahran, Saudi Arabia to promote Arab joint action to address challenges facing the nation.
  • The famous Bisket Jatra is being celebrated in Bhaktapur and other parts of Kathmandu valley, Nepal.
  • The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved use of Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology, world’s first contact lens that automatically darkens when exposed to bright light.
  • The US Department of Treasury included India in the monitoring list of its major trading partners that merit close attention to their currency practices and macroeconomic policies.
  • The United States Trade Representative (USTR) formally announced that it is reviewing eligibility of India, Indonesia and Kazakhstan in Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) based on concerns about countries’ compliance with program.

SCIENCE & DEFENCE
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a new planet-hunting spacecraft onboard of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Carnival, Florida, US.
  • The Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) postponed the launch of India’s second lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ from Apr 2018 to Oct-Nov 2018.
  • Pakistan has successfully tested fired Babur Weapon System-1 (B), an enhanced version of indigenously-built Babur cruise missile.

APPROVALS & MOUS
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved restructured Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA).
  • The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare decided to roll out 'Integrated initiative for prevention & control of viral hepatitis' under National Health Mission (NHM) for prevention and control of viral hepatitis.
  • The Union Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has inaugurated new office of Central Project Monitoring Unit for e-Vidhan project of Govt at Parliament House Annexe.
  • India  and  Finland  have  reached  to  an  agreement  on  the  tax  dispute  with  Nokia  under  Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) system.
  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved promulgation of Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance to provide death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years.
  • India pressed the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations on the sidelines of the first meeting of BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governor to set up an independent credit rating agency of the five-member group.
  • The hydro power major, Sutlej Jal Vidut Nigam (SJVN) Limited signed an MoU with Ministry of Power for generating 9200 million units for the year 2018-19.
  • The Law Commission of India (LCI) recommended declaring Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as a public body.
  • The Union Govt formed Defence Planning Committee (DPC), a new integrated institutional mechanism that will drive country’s military and security strategy and guide defence equipment acquisitions.

APPOINTMENTS
  • President of the Indian Women’s Press Corps(IWPC): T K Rajalakshmi
  • Director General of National Cadet Corps (NCC): PP Malhotra

AWARDS
  • Karan Johar becomes the first-ever Bollywood filmmaker to get a place at the famous Madame Tussauds.
  • The chairman of Bennett, Coleman & Co, Indu Jain has been conferred with the All India Management Association’s (AIMA’s) annual award for lifetime contribution to media.
  • Madhya Pradesh bagged the Most Film Friendly Award given by the central govt for its efforts to ease filming in the state by creating a well-structured website, film friendly infrastructure and more.
  • Aditi Rao Hydari will be receiving Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award 2018 for the Best Leading Lady (Critics Award) for her memorable performance in Bhoomi.
  • The New York Times and The New Yorker have jointly won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for explosive reporting that brought down Harvey Weinstein and spawned a cultural watershed on the issue of sexual harassment.
  • The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded by Pulitzer Prize Board for Journalism work during 2017 calendar year.
  • Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting won by Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato of Reuters.
  • An American rapper and songwriter, Kendrick Lamar has become the first non-classical or jazz artist to win Pulitzer Prize for his album ‘D.A.M.N.’ in the music category.
  • Veteran Marathi actor Vijay Chavhan will be conferred with the prestigious V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement award.
  • Actor-director Mrinal Kulkarni will be conferred with V Shantaram Special Contribution awards.
  • Veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra will be conferred with the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement of the Maharashtra Govt.
  • Renowned filmmaker, Rajkumar Hirani will be conferred with Raj Kapoor Special Contribution awards of the Maharashtra Govt.

SPORTS
  • Bengaluru FC won the first edition of Indian Super Cup Football tournament.
  • The Chinese dragon 'Son of Dreams' has been declared the official mascot of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.
  • An Australian racing driver, Daniel Ricciardo won the 2018 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix tournament at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China.
  • Yuki Bhambri from India won the 2018 Santaizi ATP Challenger tennis tournament by defeating his compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan in the final of the event by 6-3 6-4 in Taipei, Taiwan.

IMPORTANT DAYS
  • Apr 22: World Earth Day: 'End Plastic Pollution'       
  • Apr 21: World Creativity and Innovation Day: ‘Feel Satisfied, You Made (And Make) A Difference’          
  • Apr 21: Civil Services Day: 'Evolving Strategies for Transforming Aspirational Districts'
  • Apr 19: World Liver Day: 'Riding New Waves in Liver Diagnosis, Staging & Treatment'      
  • Apr 18: World Heritage Day: "Heritage for Generations"     
  • Apr 18: World Haemophilia Day: "Sharing Knowledge Makes Us Stronger"

OBITUARY
  • World’s biggest Dance Music Star - Tim Bergling     
  • World’s oldest Japanese Supercentenarian - Nabi Tajima        
  • The veteran Journalist - TVR Shenoy
  • Veteran Filmmaker and Animation Pioneer  - Bhimsain
  • Former US First Lady - Barbara Bush
  • The veteran Journalist - Surendra Nihal Singh



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