English Current affairs 19-04-2018
-> The Union Government has formed Defence Planning Committee (DPC), a new integrated institutional mechanism that will drive country’s military and security strategy and guide defence equipment acquisitions.
-> The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced updated ‘QR code’ for offline Aadhaar verification to strengthen its privacy measures during usage.
-> India has won six elections to United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) bodies, five of them unanimously. In these polls, India won places on executive boards of four UN bodies, three commissions and committee.
-> The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released draft of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) proposing multiple strategies to reduce air pollution.
-> The much-awaited bridge ‘Ib Setu’ built over the Ib River in Sambalpur district was thrown open to the public by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The 5-km-long bridge, which is the State’s second longest bridge, has been built in three years at a cost of Rs. 117.50 crore.
-> According to latest data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Bihar has the highest rate of crimes against Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe population.
-> The government has ramped up printing of currency notes and is operating all the four presses 24×7 as ATMs running dry in many parts of the
-> The NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Services Companies) and Tech UK launched new UK-India Tech Alliance. The leading technology trade bodies of India and UK inked memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK.
-> The Jatra begins in It is believed that the festival started during Malla dynasty. In Nepal, the famous Bisket Jatra is being celebrated in Bhaktapur and other parts of Kathmandu valley. The nine-day annual festival marks beginning of Nepali New Year.
-> A top S. admiral has warned Congress against imposing any sanctions on countries like India and Indonesia for purchasing defence equipment from Russia.
-> FIFA has laid out plans to replace the Confederations Cup with an expanded Club World Cup that would only be held every four years from
-> SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar said today that the problem of cash crunch being faced by some states will be resolved by tomorrow as currency is being transported to areas which are facing the