English Current Affair 29-04-2018
-> NDMA conducts its first-ever Mock Exercise on Bio-Disasters at Patna airport. During the course of this training, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) jointly conducted its first-ever full-scale Biological Management Emergency Exercise.
-> Swedish-Swiss multinational giant ABB announced commissioning of India’s first industrial solar microgrid at its factory in Vadodara, Gujarat.
-> A first of its kind Israeli Modern Art Exhibition was inaugurated in New Delhi on April 28, 2018. This exhibition titled ‘To the End of Land’ was organized by National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
-> Maharashtra State Government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the British Council to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation.
-> NITI Aayog and ITC Ltd will be collaborating in the area of agriculture and allied sectors with an objective to strengthen farming systems.
-> The environment ministry has banned plastics in all protected areas throughout India, declaring them “plastic free zones”.
-> Andhra Pradesh government and MasterCard, along with Fintech valley conducted the Andhra Pradesh Cyber Security Summit in Visakhapatnam.
-> All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) set up India’s first Virtual Bronchoscopy Navigation (VBN), an advanced facility for diagnosis and treatment of small tumour-like spots in lungs.
-> Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Union Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, approved Capital Acquisition Proposals of defence equipments/ammunition valued at over Rs 3687 crore.
-> Airports Authority of India (AAI) has signed its Annual Performance Contract (APC) for 2018-19 with Ministry of Civil Aviation.
-> Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held the first-ever informal summit in China’s Wuhan city on 27th and 28th April, 2018 to discuss measures for strengthening bilateral ties between both the countries.
-> India-Nepal Inter Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting on Trade, Transit and Cooperation to Control Unauthorized Trade was held in Kathmandu, Nepal
-> Paytm introduces ‘Tap Card’ offline payments solution. The Tap Card utilizes Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to enable safe and convenient digital payments, totally offline at Paytm-issued, NFC PoS terminals, within a second.
-> KK Birla Foundation has announced that, Gujarati poet Sitanshu Yashaschandra’s poetry collection “Vakhar” has been selected for the Saraswati Samman for 2017.
-> Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir has been shortlisted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s excellence award for promoting digital payments and cashless economy.
Science & technology
-> Brahmos, the fastest missile in the world co-developed by India and Russia, will be breaching the mach 7 barrier to be a ‘hypersonic’ system in the next decade
-> On 28th April 2018, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work was observed all over the world. The theme for 2018 is: Occupational safety health (OSH) vulnerability of young workers.
-> Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Nikhat Zareen (51kg) were among the three gold-medallists in India’s stupendous campaign at the 56th Belgrade International Boxing Tournament in Serbia.