English Current Affairs 26-04-2018
-> The Madras High Court became the first court in south India and overall eighth in the country to introduce e-court fee payment facility. It was jointly launched by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Chief Justice Indira Banerjee.
-> The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) under the NITI Aayog will launch the Atal New India Challenge on 26th April. It will be run in collaboration with five ministries
-> The Minister of Housing & Urban Development Hardeep Singh inaugurated the 48th Foundation Day of Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO).
-> The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved restructured National Bamboo Mission (NBM), a Centrally Sponsored Scheme under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) during remaining period of 14th Finance Commission (2018-20) with an outlay of Rs. 1290 crore.
-> Prime Minister Narendra Modi left on a three-day visit to China. Mr. Modi will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during an informal summit in Wuhan city. It is expected that the meeting between Mr Modi and Mr Xi will be a milestone in India-China relations.
-> The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between India and World Health Organisation (WHO) represented by its Regional Office for South-East Asia acting through its country office in India.
-> National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on technical knowledge sharing for establishing nationwide Time Stamping and Time Synchronization network (TSTSN) and traceability of Time signal to UTC NPL Time.
-> The Union Government has entered into agreement with World Bank for flexible financing arrangement to accelerate research towards early development for biopharmaceuticals under National Biopharma Mission.
-> Foreign tourists, except those from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan, would now be allowed to visit some of the most pristine locations of the country. The home ministry has decided to relax the six-decade-old Protected Area Permit regime.
-> Bilateral joint training exercise HARIMAU SHAKTI 2018 between India and Malaysia will be conducted in the dense forests of Sengai Perdik, Hulu Langat, Malaysia from 30 April 18 to 13 May 2018 as part of ongoing defence cooperation between both countries
-> Bangladesh is all set to become a member of the exclusive club of satellite-owning countries as its first commercial satellite “Bangabandhu-1” will likely be flying to space on May 7 from the US.
-> India slipped in the annual World Press Freedom Index 2018 for the second straight year, falling two places to rank 138th among 180 countries in the latest list.
-> Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said the government is likely to release the draft of new National Telecom Policy on May 1 to seek public comments.
Science & Technology
-> The Bhabha Atomic Reseach Centre (BARC) has developed a next-generation bulletproof jacket for the Indian armed forces, which is not only cheaper but also much lighter.
-> World’s only ‘tropical polar bear’ dies at 27 in Singapore zoo. Singapore mourned the death of polar bear.
-> Blistering knocks from M.S. Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu powered Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to an exciting five-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
-> Gautam Gambhir steps down as Delhi Daredevils captain, Shreyas Iyer to lead the team
-> Cristiana Ronaldo became the player with the most wins in Champions League history as Real Madrid claimed a 2-1 victory at Bayern Munich.
-> The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu released the Book ‘Smart Cities Unbundled’ authored by Dr. Sameer Sharma.