English Current Affairs 22-04-2018
-> The Punjab government led by CM Captain Amarinder Singh approved the extension of the facility of accidental insurance cover to nearly accredited 4200 media persons with yellow cards.
-> Petrol price today hit 74.40 a litre — the highest level under the BJP-led government, while diesel rates touched a record high of 65.65, renewing calls for cut in excise duty to ease burden on consumers.
-> The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) launched integration of e-SANAD portal and NAD – National Academic Depository in a bid to make education system in India more transparent.
-> The Maharashtra government has pulled 11 websites down after receiving complaints from the entertainment industry that pirated content was displayed.
-> Hydro power major Sutlej Jal Vidut Nigam (SJVN) Limited has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Power for generating 9200 million units for the year 2018-2019.
-> The first International SME (Small, Medium Enterprises) convention will be held in New Delhi from 22nd to 24th April, 2018.
-> The Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted by Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed One Nation One Tax policy for seamless movement of commercial vehicles across the country
-> Chairman & Managing Director, Shekhar Mittal said that Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) is planned to go public this year.
-> With an aim to strengthen trade ties with India, Taipei World Trade Centre (TWTC) launched its office in Delhi, ahead of Taiwan’s first-ever expo that will showcase cutting-edge technology and smart city solutions in Delhi in May 2018.
-> India has pressed the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations to set up an independent credit rating agency of the five-member group.
-> The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to roll out ‘Integrated initiative for prevention & control of viral hepatitis’ under National Health Mission
-> India and Finland have reached an agreement on the tax dispute with Nokia under the Mutual Agreement Procedure System (MAP). This involves payment of Rs 1,600 crores a sum.
Science & Technology
-> Scientists at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata, have been successful in designing DNA-based logic devices that would find application in DNA-based computation
-> Nabi Tajima world’s oldest person has died in southern Japan at the age of 117.