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TNPSC English Current Affairs 04-04-2018


National News

Himachal Pradesh Health Minister Vipin Parmar launched Mother’s Absolute Affection (MAA) programme with an aim to promote breastfeeding. Objective of MAA programme is to create awareness among masses about the importance of breastfeeding.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development constituted a High Powered Committee to examine the entire system of conducting Class X and Class XII examination conducted by the CBSE with a view to preventing leakages. Mr. Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Retd. Secretary (Higher Education), MHRD will be the Chairperson of the 7 member High Power Committee.

Union Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu launched digital initiatives by Export Inspection Council (EIC) for ease of export at New Delhi. EIC is the official export certification body of Government of India and has launched this flagship project of Digital India Initiative to keep pace with changing dynamics of the world.

India – Japan – United States 9th Trilateral Meeting at Joint level was held in New Delhi on April 4, 2018. During the course of this meeting,  the officials discussed practical steps to enhance cooperation in the areas of counter-proliferation; connectivity and infrastructure development, counter-terrorism; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, maritime security and maritime domain awareness.

The UIDAI has unveiled the beta version of ‘Virtual ID’, which will soon be accepted by service providers in lieu of Aadhaar number. Virtual ID (VID), which an Aadhaar-card holder can generate from UIDAI’s website is a random 16-digit number mapped to a person’s Aadhaar number and biometrics.

International News

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched construction of Turkey’s first ever nuclear plant on the Mediterranean coast at Akkuyu. It is being built by Russia’s nuclear energy agency, Rosatom.

India ranked 37th in the global startup ecosystem in 2017, according to a report released by global startup ecosystem map Start up blink. The list, measuring startup ecosystem strength and activity, was topped by the United States followed by the United Kingdom.

Business 

The Reserve Bank has said that Jio Payments Bank has commences its banking services from April 3. Reliance Industries Ltd was one of the 11 applicants which were issued in-principle approval for setting up a payments bank in August 2015. Telecom major Bharti Airtel was the first to begin payment bank services in November 2016.

SoftBank Group Corp of Japan has planned to launch a $930 million Indian joint solar energy venture with GCL System Integration Technology Co, a Chinese firm, as part of its India solar investment roadmap. This joint venture will work on photovoltaic technology that is used in solar panels.

Appointments

M L Srivastava, Joint Secretary (Akademies) at the culture ministry has been appointed as the protem chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi. He will continue to hold the office till a regular chairman is appointed.

Himanta Biswa Sarma was elected as the President of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for the next 4 years. Himanta Biswa Sarma is a Cabinet Minister in Assam. He took charge as the interim President of BAI in 2017 following the death of former BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta.
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