English Current Affairs 25-04-2018
-> Railways to hand over 113-year old Lord Curzon Bridge in Allahabad UP government. The construction of the 61-metre- long “Lord Curzon Bridge” that caters to both rail and vehicular traffic was sanctioned in 1901 as a state railway bridge.
-> Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, at a public meeting, in Mandla in Madhya Pradesh. He unveiled a Road Map for overall development of tribals during the next five years.
-> The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, chaired the third meeting of the Island Development Agency (IDA) in Delhi
-> The Union Government (Ministry of Finance) has signed a Loan Agreement with the World Bank for IBRD credit of US$ 125 (equivalent) for Innovate in India for Inclusiveness Project.
-> Sh. Hardeep Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C) launched a Mobile App (m-Awas) for allotment of Government accommodations in General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) in Delhi under the control of the Directorate of Estates.
-> The two-day Secure India Conclave got underway in New Delhi on April 24, 2018. The conclave is being organised by Global Counter Terrorism keeping in view Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of New India : Secure India 2018.
-> Meghalaya government has launched ‘Mission Lakadong‘ to achieve a five-fold increase in the production of lakadong turmeric, an organic variety of turmeric grown in Meghalaya
-> A two day coastal security exercise ‘Sagar Kavach’ began on April 24 along Kerala shores. It is to strengthen the coastal security mechanism which is held twice a year
-> India is participating in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Defence Ministers Meeting for the first time. The 15th SCO Defence Ministers Meeting was held at Beijing in China.
-> Six countries of the Union of South American Nation (UNASUR) have suspended their membership amid differences over who should the lead the group.
-> Indian External Affairs Minister led the delegation at the 6th joint committee for cooperation with Mongolian foreign minister
-> India is tying up with United States and Finland to create a pollution forecast system that will enable anticipation of particulate matter (PM) levels at least two days in advance with a better resolution.
-> India have clinched the title of team champion in the 8th series of South Asian Judo Championship held in Nepal.
-> India’s Jeremy Lalrinnunga won a silver and bronze medal at Asian youth and Junior weightlifting championship.
Science & Technology
-> Researchers have discovered the world’s smallest land fern named Malvi’s adder’s-tongue fern (Ophioglossum malviae) in Ahwa forests of Western Ghats in Gujarat’s dang district.
-> Scientists have discovered a giant mosquito with a wingspan of 11.15 centimetres in China’s Sichuan province. The mosquito belongs to the world’s largest mosquito species Holorusia mikado.
-> Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, is the recipient of the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
-> On 25th April world malaria day is observed every year. The theme for the day is “Ready to beat malaria“