English Current Affairs 27-04-2018
-> Google on Friday celebrated with a doodle the life and work of Mahadevi Varma, an influential Hindi poet, essayist, and freedom fighter.
-> The Centre on Friday moved an application in the Supreme Court for a two-week extension in time to frame the Cauvery water-sharing ‘scheme’.
-> Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given in-principle approval for the diversion of 77 hectares of forest land for the Rs 1.08 lakh crore bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmadabad.
-> The Madras High Court on Friday rejected Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Nalini’s plea for premature release.
-> The Aadhaar numbers of over 89 lakh persons enrolled in the MGNREGA scheme in Andhra Pradesh have been made available in the public domain by the State government.
-> Senior advocate Indu Malhotra was administered the oath of office as a Supreme Court judge by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, making her the first woman lawyer to enter the top judiciary directly.
-> India-Nepal Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting on trade, transit and cooperation to Control Unauthorized Trade started in Kathmandu, Nepal. The main focus of the two-day meeting will be on further strengthening trade and investment ties between both the countries.
-> India agreed for the most revered Buddhist relics from Sarnath to be taken to Sri Lanka for public exposition on the occasion of Vesak festival. It will be on public display at Temple Trees in Colombo for four days.
-> Pakistani foreign minister Asif disqualified by court for holding UAE work permit. Mr. Asif is one of top leaders of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and his disqualification is considered as another huge blow to the party.
-> US Senate approved former CIA director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, after a bruising battle by Democrats against President Donald Trump’s nominee.
-> Technology giant Microsoft India declared the most attractive employer brand, followed by e-commerce giant Amazon India.
-> National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) announced the launch of its “e – Gsec” platform for facilitating the non-competitive bidding in Government of India Dated Securities (G-Sec) and Treasury Bills (T-Bills).
-> United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Christine Schraner Burgener, a Swiss diplomat with conflict resolution experience in Southeast Asia, as his special envoy for Myanmar.
-> According to the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development NABARD provided an assistance of Rs 10,012 crore to Uttar Pradesh during 2017-18 to facilitate overall development with special focus on agricultural credit.
-> The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Thursday that India will open its World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.
-> Rahul Dravid has been recommended for the Dronacharya award, while India captain Virat Kohli is nominated for the second time for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.