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English Current Affairs 16-04-2018


National News

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi left on a five-day visit to Sweden and the UK. The visit to the two nations aims at enhancing bilateral cooperation in key areas like trade, investments and Science & technology.

 Recent National Institute of Virology (NIV) study has found that Indian Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits dengue and chikungunya is easily susceptible to zika virus.

 The biannual Army Commanders’ Conference shall commence on 16 April 2018. The opening address will be given by Hon’ble Minister of State for Defence, Shri Subhash Ramrao Bhamre.

 Himachal Pradesh celebrated its 71st foundation day with much fanfare and gaiety. Several cultural events were organized across the state. It may be recalled that the hill state came into existence after the merger of 30 odd princely states in 1948.

International News

 Pakistan successfully test fired Babur Weapon System-1 (B), an enhanced version of indigenously-built Babur cruise missile. The cruise missile is important part of pakistans strategic deterrence.

 India has sought China’s assistance to speed up the Bengaluru-Chennai railway corridor besides redevelopment of Agra and Jhansi railway stations. A proposal was made for increasing the speed of the corridor to 150 kmph.

 India is coordinating with China and other Asian countries to raise voice against Asian premium charged by Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries(OPEC).

 Turkey’s Prime Minister has warned Greece to refrain from “provocations” after a Greek flag was hoisted on a disputed, uninhabited islet in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast.

Science & Technology

 Chinese scientists have developed a new device of 3D hollow-cone structure that can greatly increase the solar-thermal conversion efficiency.

Awards

 Veteran actor Dharmendra and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani will be conferred with the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement and Raj Kapoor Special Contribution awards, respectively.

Sports

 The concluding ceremony of the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast Australia, on 15 April 2018. Australia remained on the top of Medal table with 198 medals followed by England with 136 and India got third position with 66 medals.

 Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated compatriot PV Sindhu 21-18, 23-21 in women’s singles final to clinch a gold medal in women’s badminton singles final at the 21st Commonwealth Games.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal remained in the number one spot in the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals world singles rankings released on Monday with 8,770 points.

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