English Current Affairs 24-04-2018
-> IT major Tech Mahindra has established Andhra Pradesh Cyber Security Operations Centre (APCSOC) in Vijayawada which is equipped with predictive threat analytics capabilities.
-> Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, will chair the first meeting of the think tank on the Framework for National Policy on E-commerce to be held on April 24th, 2018.
-> Diu Smart City has become the first city in India, that runs on 100% renewable energy during daytime setting a new benchmark for other cities to become clean and green. Diu had been importing 73% of its power from Gujarat until last year.
-> Delegates from 37 countries are participating in the first ever International SME Convention being held in New Delhi from 22nd to 24th April 2018.
-> Union Cabinet stated that India will now maintain a database of sexual offenders to monitor and track those individuals convicted of such crimes. It will be maintained by national crime records bureau
-> The Centre has revoked The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Meghalaya since April 1. Earlier the AFSPA was effective in 20 km area along the Assam-Meghalaya border
-> Sunderban reserve forest is likely to be declared a Ramsar site as west Bengal state government has given approval to its state forest department to apply for recognition under the Ramsar convention
-> Iran banned the use of bitcoin and crypto currencies by its bank and financial institution.
-> India and Finland have reached an agreement on the dispute between Indian income tax department and Finnish telecom firm Nokia under Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP)
Banking and Finance
-> Bank of India has entered into an agreement with National e-Governance Services Ltd (NeSL) for availing NeSL’s Information Utility (IU) service to expedite the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process.
-> India retained the top position as recipient of remittances with its diaspora sending about USD 69 billion back home last year, the World Bank said.
-> Taniya Sanyal from Kolkata has become the first woman firefighter appointed by Airports Authority of India (AAI)
-> Suresh Kumar took the additional charge as chairman and managing director of coal India limited
-> Former Indian foreign secretary S. Jaisankar was appointed as the new president of Tata sons global corporate affairs
Science & Technology
-> Researchers from Indian institute of technology (IIT) Roorkee have discovered a small molecule called “Pep-1” that exhibits good antiviral activity against chikungunya virus.
-> Scientist have successfully removed Sulphur from fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal bacterial strains
-> National Panchayati Raj Day is the national day of India celebrated by Ministry of Panchayati Raj on 24 April annually.