Current Affairs Update – 21 April, 2017

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the important Current Affairs of 21 April, 2017. These are important for the upcoming SBI PO mains, BOB Manipal 2017, NICL AO 2017 and NIACL Assistant 2017.

Current Affairs at a Glance – 21 April, 2017

  1. General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re) has become the first
    re-insurer to open its IFSC Insurance Office (IIO)
    at India’s first
    International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at Gujarat International Finance
    Tec-City (GIFT City) here today.
  2. The governments of India and South Korea signed a
    Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 21 April 2017 to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in defence
    shipbuilding.
  3. To solve the problem of getting
    rid off fallen leaves, the Horticulture Department in Bengaluru has set up
    eight leaf composting machines in Cubbon
    Park. Another park, Lalbagh is also planning to compost
    leaf waste, as it is almost impossible to clear dry leaves spread across over
    200-300 acres of area.
  4. The Indian Navy’s hydrographic
    survey ship, INS Darshak, jointly
    with Sri Lankan Navy, is undertaking a hydrographic survey of Weligama Bay.
  5. J P Nadda, Union Minister of
    Health and Family Welfare, on 19 April 2017 announced the finalization of India’s comprehensive and multi-sectoral
    National Action Plan.
  6. Time Magazine on 20 April 2017
    released the annual list of 100 most influential people of 2017.  This year, only two Indians to feature on the
    list- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.
  7. The 91-year-old gynaecologist, Dr. Bhakti Yadav was presented with the
    Padma Shri award at her residence on 20 April 2017.
  8. Sulkhan Singh has been appointed Uttar Pradesh’s new Director General
    of Police (DGP)
    by the Yogi Adityanath government. Mr Singh, the 1980 batch
    IPS officer, will replace Javeed Ahmad, who has been made the chief of Provincial
    Armed Constabulary or PAC.
  9. Golfers Aditi Ashok, S.S.P Chawrasia and Ali Sher on 20 April 2017
    won the second edition of the Golf Industry Association (GIA) Awards 2017.
  10. The Olympic Council of Asia in
    April 2017 announced a partnership with Alisports to introduce esports as a demonstration sport at 2018
    Asian Games in Indonesia
    , with full-fledged inclusion in the official
    sporting programme at the Hangzhou Games in 2022.

Financial and Banking News –
GIC Re becomes first re-insurer to set up base in GIFT City
  • General Insurance Corporation of
    India (GIC Re) has become the first re-insurer to open its IFSC Insurance
    Office (IIO) at India’s first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at
    Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) here today.
  • Alice G Vaidyan, Chairman and
    Managing Director, GIC Re, said the company has decided to be a part of the
    country’s effort in building an offshore financial centre at GIFT City. GIC
    Re’s experience of working in other global IFSCs could be shared with GIFT IFSC,
    she added.
  • With a net worth of about Rs.
    40,000 crore and total assets of Rs.85,000 crore, as on December 31, 216, GIC
    Re ranks 14th among the reinsurers the world over, on the basis of the gross
    premium volumes (2016).

India, South Korea sign pact for defence shipbuilding

  • The governments of India and
    South Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 21 April 2017 to
    strengthen their bilateral cooperation in defence shipbuilding.
  • The agreement was signed between
    Ashok Kumar Gupta, Secretary (Defence Production) and Chang Myong Jin, Korea’s
    Minister of Defence Acquisition and Programme Administration in New Delhi.
  • According to the MoU, the two
    countries under the broader term of a special strategic partnership will be
    nominating one shipyard each for the project.
  • Commenting on the development,
    Ashok Kumar Gupta stated that India has already chosen Hindustan Shipyard
    Limited (HSL) for the purpose while South Korea is still to announce its
    nomination.

News related to India and states –
Cubbon Park, Lalbagh to take up leaf composting to clear dry leaves

  • To solve the problem of getting
    rid off fallen leaves, the Horticulture Department in Bengaluru has set up
    eight leaf composting machines in Cubbon Park.
  • Another park, Lalbagh is also
    planning to compost leaf waste, as it is almost impossible to clear dry leaves
    spread across over 200-300 acres of area.
  • The leaf composting machines
    promise quality compost within just four months.
  • The traditional methods
    undertaken by the park authorities up until now took at least one and half years
    to complete the same job.
  • The Horticulture Department has
    installed eight leaf composters in both Cubbon Park and Lalbagh, each having a
    capacity of 2,000 litres.
  • To begin, the department would be
    using smaller leaf composters, which would be able to presently clear only 5
    per cent of the leaf waste.

INS Darshak conducting joint hydrographic survey of Sri Lankan bay

  • The Indian Navy’s hydrographic
    survey ship, INS Darshak, jointly with Sri Lankan Navy, is undertaking a
    hydrographic survey of Weligama Bay.
  • The announcement was made by the
    Indian Navy on 20 April 2017 on a social media platform.
  • INS Darshak, which is on a
    two-month deployment in the Sri Lankan waters, jointly with the Sri Lankan Navy
    is surveying the bay, which was last studied in the year 1901.
  • The Eastern Naval Command’s (ENC)
    vessel had left for Sri Lanka on 3 March 2017. The vessel is also carrying an
    integral Chetak helicopter which would be extensively deployed during the
    course of the survey.

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India develops National Action Plan to combat Antimicrobial Resistance
  • J P Nadda, Union Minister of
    Health and Family Welfare, on 19 April 2017 announced the finalization of
    India’s comprehensive and multi-sectoral National Action Plan.
  • The announcement was made at the
    Inter-Ministerial Consultation on AMR containment held in New Delhi.
  • The National Action Plan aims to
    enhance awareness, strengthen surveillance, improve rational use of
    antibiotics, reduce infections and promote research. The plan highlights the
    need for tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) across multiple sectors such
    as human health, animal husbandry, agriculture and environment in consideration
    of the “One-Health Approach”.
  • Ram Vila Paswan, Minister of
    Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Anil Madhav Dave, Minister of
    Environment, Forest & Climate Change, and Anupriya Patel, MoS (Health &
    Family Welfare) also signed a ‘Delhi Declaration’ for collectively strategizing
    to contain AMR.

Lists –
TIME releases list of 100 Most Influential People of 2017

  • Time Magazine on 20 April 2017
    released the annual list of 100 most influential people of 2017.
  • This year’s list includes the
    names of Presidents and Prime Ministers, CEOs and celebrities for the power of
    their inventions, the scale of their ambitions, the genius of their solutions
    to problems that could not be solved before.
  • This year, only two Indians to
    feature on the list- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Paytm founder Vijay
    Shekhar Sharma.
  • Oscar winner Viola Davis, Grammy
    winner John Legend, actor Riz Ahmed, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and
    philanthropist Melinda Gates graced the five different covers of this year’s
    list of 100 most influential people.
  • US President Donald Trump,
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May
    featured on the new list of 100 most influential people by the magazine.
  • The list includes active
    opponents not only US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong
    Un but also the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte and his nemesis Senator
    Leila de Lima.
  • There are several people on the
    list whose influence is the subject of heated debate, from WikiLeaks founder
    Julian Assange to FBI Director James Comey to White House adviser Stephen
    Bannon.
  • PM Narendra Modi featured on the
    list as a political leader. He is described as a maestro of the art of
    political seduction, playing on the existential fears and cultural insecurities
    of people facing downward or blocked mobility.
  • Another Indian Vijay Shekhar
    Sharma, Paytm founder, also featured on the list. His venture Paytm witnessed a
    huge growth by the end of 2016 with 177 million users, compared with 122
    million at the beginning of the year.

Awards & Honors –
First female MBBS doctor from Indore presented with Padma Shri

  • The 91-year-old gynaecologist,
    Dr. Bhakti Yadav was presented with the Padma Shri award at her residence on 20
    April 2017.
  • The award was presented to her by
    district collector P Narahari in the presence of the state’s Finance Minister
    Jayant Malaiya and Mayor Malini Gaud, as she was unable to attend the function
    organised in New Delhi on 13 April where the President of India, Pranab
    Mukherjee had given away the prestigious civilian awards to the recipients.
  • The award aims to recognize her
    selfless service towards her patients, especially the ones from a poor
    background.
  • The nonagenarian doctor has been
    treating her patients for free since 1948.

Appointments –
Sulkhan Singh Appointed Uttar Pradesh’s New Director General Of Police
  • Sulkhan Singh has been appointed
    Uttar Pradesh’s new Director General of Police (DGP) by the Yogi Adityanath
    government. Mr Singh, the 1980 batch IPS officer, will replace Javeed Ahmad,
    who has been made the chief of Provincial Armed Constabulary or PAC.
  • Several top bureaucrats have been
    transferred in UP, of which 12 are IPS officers and seven IAS.
  • Earlier today, Uttar Pradesh
    Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the state police to change its work
    style in order to make the common people feel secure. He expressed unhappiness
    over the working of the anti-corruption wing of the state police and ordered
    its reorganisation.
  • On completing one month in office
    on Wednesday, Mr Adityanath, in a major rejig, moved 41 senior officers and
    brought in new faces to head four development authorities. It was the
    44-year-old leader’s second reshuffle since he resumed office.

Sports –
Golfers Aditi Ashok, SSP Chawrasia and Ali Sher win Golf Industry
Association Awards 2017
  • Golfers Aditi Ashok, S.S.P
    Chawrasia and Ali Sher on 20 April 2017 won the second edition of the Golf
    Industry Association (GIA) Awards 2017.
  • Aditi Ashok bagged the award for
    Outstanding Achievement. Aditi finished second in the Ladies European Tour
    (LET) order of merit in 2016.
  • SSP Chawrasia bagged the award
    for the Men’s Player of the Year (2016). He successfully defended his Indian
    Open title and had two victories on Golf Tour when he also won his first
    overseas title at the Resorts World Manila Masters.
  • While, Golfer Ali Sher was
    awarded for his outstanding playing career. His victory in the Indian Open back
    in 1991, was not only the first by an Indian professional golfer, but it
    completely changed the game in the country, with many Indian golfers tasting
    international success after him. He won an Arjuna Award in 1991 and then went
    on to win the Indian Open again in 1993.

Esports to be a medal event at 2022 Asian Games

  • The Olympic Council of Asia in
    April 2017 announced a partnership with Alisports to introduce esports as a
    demonstration sport at 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, with full-fledged
    inclusion in the official sporting programme at the Hangzhou Games in 2022.
  • Alisports is the sports arm of
    Chinese online retail giant Alibaba.
  • The decision signifies that
    esports are one step closer to being featured in the Olympic Games.
  • The Asian Games in 2022 will be
    the first time that esports competitors can receive medals at an officially
    recognized Olympic event.
  • Esports will also be as a
    demonstration sport at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in September
    2017. The Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will feature Fifa 2017, MOBA
    games and real-time action games like StarCraft or Civilization.

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