English Current Affairs 28-04-2018
-> Durishetty Anudeep, a native of Chittapur village near Metpally town in Jagityal district of Telangana, has emerged topper in the Civil Services examination this year.
-> Over 50 from Tamil Nadu clear UPSC exam. V. Keerti Vasan, a civil engineer from Dharmapuri, secured the 29th rank emerging the topper among the candidates from Tamil Nadu.
-> The Centre will amend the POCSO Act to provide death sentence for rape of boys under the age of 12, after the ordinance promulgated by President Ram Nath Kovind provided the same punishment for rape of girls in this age bracket.
-> Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh launched a portal to facilitate import-export of seeds and planting material. The portal is geared towards making the entire trade related processing, easy and fast.
-> Union Ministry of Tourism launched a 360° Virtual Reality (VR) experience video on Incredible India launched this video in collaboration with Google India.
-> Union Minister Manoj Sinha said that, the Telecom Commission has approved a comprehensive strategy to implement BharatNet in the North East region.
-> Shirui Lily Festival 2018 is being held in Ukhrul district of Manipur from 24th to 28th April, 2018. The festival commemorates the significance of Manipur’s state flower, the Shirui Lily.
-> Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to introduce free Heli-ambulance services in order to help patients in the far flung and inaccessible areas of the State.
-> Former footballer Bhaichung Bhutia launched his political party named “Hamro Sikkim” at the Press Club of India, New Delhi.
-> Maharashtra government announced the launch of ‘Startup Week 2018’ from 25th June to 29th June 2018, with an aim to promote entrepreneurial eco-system.
-> The Government of Kazakhstan has launched a 72-hour-long transit visa free regime for Indian citizens from 17th April 2018 to 31st December 2018.
-> Online search engine Google is the most trusted Internet brand in India, followed by Facebook, as per the TRA Brand Trust Report 2018.
-> Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have decided to issue strategic guidance to their respective militaries to strengthen communications and to build trust and understanding.
-> Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has granted first licence for Liquid Chlorine on All India basis to M/s Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd. Liquid chlorine is primarily used in paper, pulp, textile bleaching, water sterilization and manufacture of chemicals.
-> Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Research & Development (R&D) centre in Faridabad, Haryana has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF), Haryana.
-> National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) signed an agreement with Macquarie for road projects under the highway monetisation initiative.
-> Dalmia Bharat Limited has signed a MoU with the Tourism Ministry to take up Red Fort and Gandikota Fort (Andhra Pradesh) under the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project.
-> Nadiya Shafi, a video reporter from Srinagar, has received 2018’s ‘Martha Farrell Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment’, with a cash prize of Rs 1.50 lakh.
-> Council of scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was awarded the National Intellectual Property (IP) Award 2018 in the category ‘Top R&D Institution/Organization for Patents and Commercialization’.
-> Moglix, a B2B commerce company, announced that it has won 11th edition of SAP ACE Awards 2018 in Sourcing Excellence category
-> Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent charge) Ministry of Labour & Employment presented the National Safety Council’s (NSCI) Safety Awards’ for 2017 at New Delhi.
-> Haryana State Government has appointed international female shooter Gauri Sheoran as the brand ambassador for its two health-related programmes viz. measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign and Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK).
-> ‘Fejervarya goemchi’, a large-sized brown frog, measuring 41 to 46mm, has been discovered in Goa
-> Top Indian shuttlers, including P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, qualified for the prestigious badminton World Championships to be held in Nanjing, China, from July 30 to August 5.