English Current Affairs 18-04-2018
-> The Bombay High Court on Wednesday barred Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) from using water from Pavana dam for maintaining Pune ground for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 matches till further orders.
-> Third edition of the Annual 5G India Congress 2018 will be held on April 20 at Le Meridian Hotel, New Delhi.5G Indian Congress 2018 will focus more on understanding and analysing current Network infrastructure and its developments.
-> Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities (GITC), 2018” will be held in New Delhi during 8th to 11th November, 2018. GITC is being held every year in Asia- Pacific region and such events were held in the past in countries like Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam etc.
-> The 1st regional workshop on star rating of garbage- free cities, organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in collaboration with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) was inaugurated in New Delhi.
-> Sushma Swaraj and Shri Prakash Javadekar launched ‘Study in India’ portal. The Study in India is aimed at making India a preferred destination for the foreign students to pursue their education.
-> Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures (TLMAL) on Wednesday inaugurated Indias first metal-to-metal bonding facility at Adibatla, Hyderabad.
-> M Venkaiah Naidu launched a health scheme of the Assam government named Atal Amrit Abhiyan that offers free medical care of up to Rs.2 lakh for every individual from Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families.
-> Three-time Oscar winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has created history by becoming the first director whose films have globally taken in over $10 billion. His latest film Ready Player One has helped the 71- year-old achieve this milestone.
-> Indian Prime Minister Modi is in Sweden, where he will meet with the five Nordic prime ministers for the first India-Nordic Summit.
-> Tech giant Google is set to launch a new security layer for its mailing service Gmail that will help users to purge a mail or text after a period of time. The ‘confidential mode’ will enable users to set a passcode to open emails, which will be generated through text message
-> The Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) has postponed launch of India’s second lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ from April 2018 to October-November 2018
-> According to the annual State of Global Air Report, published the Health Effects Institute (HEI), more than 95% of the world’s population is breathing unhealthy air and the poorest nations are the hardest hit.
-> Top 34 global technology and securities firms, led by Microsoft and Facebook, have signed a Cybersecurity Tech Accord to defend people from malicious attacks by cyber-criminals and nation-states.
-> The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) has projected India to grow at 7.4% in 2018 and 7.8% in 2019.
-> April 18 is observed as International Day for Monuments and Sites, also called World Heritage Day. Theme for 2018 is “Heritage for Generations”
-> Lieutenant General PP Malhotra assumed charge as Director General of National Cadet Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed youth organization in the world.
Science and Technology
-> Indian scientist have formulated worlds first ayurvedic drug to cure dengue which is likely to be available in market from 2019