English Current Affairs 20-04-2018
-> Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the two-day Civil Services Day event in New Delhi on April 20.The day is celebrated for the civil servants to rededicate themselves to the cause of citizen and renew their commitments to public service and excellence in work.
-> Two day Regional Conference on “Urban Development: Technological Solutions and Governance Challenges” concluded in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
-> Vijay Goel launches Central Project Monitoring Unit for e-Vidhan project at Parliament House Annexe e-Vidhan is a mission mode project to digitize and make the functioning of State Legislatures in India paperless.
-> In Uttar Pradesh, Government has ordered all government hospitals and orphanages to establish SHISHU SWAGAT KENDRA- PALNA and put up cradles in front of their buildings so that parents can give up unwanted babies safely.
-> Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha has Inaugurated the newly created Parcel Directorate in the Department of Posts.
-> The BJP government in Chhattisgarh will start distributing smart phones to over 50 lakh people for free from May under the Sanchar Kranti Yojana (SKY), months ahead of assembly polls in the state.
-> Gujarat govt launches “Pocket Cop Project”,The project ‘Pocket Cop’ was launched by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar. This project come up with smart phones containing database of people with a criminal background would be distributed to 4900 police personnel in the state.
-> The opening of the first movie theater in Saudi Arabia has been highly anticipated across the country, after over 35 years of prohibition for religious reasons.
-> Prince Charles will be the next head of the Commonwealth, succeeding, his mother Queen Elizabeth. The Queen has been head of the Commonwealth since coming to the throne in 1952, but the position is not automatically held by the British monarch.
-> ‘Stranger Things’ star Millie Bobby Brown, 14, has become the youngest person to be named as one of the world’s 100 most influential people by TIME.
-> The Global Findex Report, 2017 released by the World Bank showed that number of account holders in the country has risen from 35 percent of the adults in 2011 and 53 percent in 2014 to 80 percent in 2017.
-> India has 19 crore adults without a bank account despite the success of the ambitious Jan Dhan Yojana, making it the world’s second largest unbanked population after that of China, the World Bank said.
-> Standard Chartered Bank has announced an alliance with Zoho, a software products company, to offer solutions to enhance corporate banking experience.
-> Vikram Raichura, CEO of Viva Connect along with Radhika Raichura, announced their new venture ‘INFIN8’. INFIN8 offers a quick and easy process of connecting potential borrowers with multiple lenders through both online (APP and Web) and offline.
-> The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects India to re-emerge as one of the fastest growing major economies in the 2018 – 2019 period, projecting the country’s growth rate at 7.4 percent in 2018.
-> Veteran filmmaker Rakesh Roshan will be felicitated with a Lifetime Achievement honour at the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards for his contribution as a producer, director, screenwriter, editor and actor in Hindi films.
-> VP Releases a Book titled ‘Bhavdiye’ based on Compilation of Letters written by Shri Kedar Nath Sahani. Shri Kedar Nath Sahani was a writer, freedom fighter, social reformer and an icon who inspired others all over his life.