Current Affairs Update – 25 April, 2017

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the important Current Affairs of 25 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 – 25 April, 2017

  1. Private sector lender Yes Bank today announced alliance with Paisabazaar.com under
    which the bank will offer conditionally approved loans to the latter’s existing
    customers.
  2. India on 24 April 2017 became
    the world’s fifth-largest military spender
    , as per the figures released by
    the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). India spent
    around USD 55.9 billion for its military in the year 2016. As per the data of
    SIPRI, the United States remains the world’s largest military spender followed
    by China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia at 2nd, 3rd and 4th position respectively.
    The other prominent military spenders are Japan, South Korea, and Australia.
  3. The Indian Navy on 24 April
    2017 began a joint maritime exercise Varuna
    with the French Navy at the Mediterranean Sea. The exercise will conclude on 30
    April 2017.
  4. Renowned filmmaker and actor Kasinathuni Viswanath on 24 April 2017
    won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2016. The award will be presented
    to him by President Pranab Mukherjee on 3 May 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
  5. Vani Jairam, the versatile playback singer
    in the South Indian film industry, was presented with the Ghantasala national award on 23 April 2017 at a function held in
    Andhra Pradesh.
  6. Superstar Aamir Khan was on 25
    April 2017 honoured with the 75th Master
    Dinanath Mangeshkar Award for his film Dangal
    , which was one of the biggest
    hits of 2016. The award was bestowed upon him by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
  7. Social activist Prafulla Samantra was on 24 April 2017
    selected for the Goldman Environmental
    Prize 2017 from Asia Region
    for his historic twelve year long legal battle
    that affirmed the land rights of indigenous Dongria Kondh and protected the
    Niyamgiri Hills from a massive aluminum ore mine.
  8. The Supreme Court (SC) on 24
    April 2017 directed the Kerala government to reinstate T.P. Senkumar as Director General of Police (DGP) of the state. The
    ruling was made by a bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta.
    The bench ruled that Senkumar was dealt unfairly and arbitrarily .
  9. Etihad Aviation Group on 24 April
    2017 appointed Robin Kamark as Chief
    Executive Officer (CEO)
    of Airline Equity Partners.
  10. Indian sprinter Man Kaur on 24 April 2017 clinched the
    100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games held in Auckland, New Zealand.
  11. Cuba and Morocco in the third week of April 2017 signed an
    agreement to re-establish diplomatic ties after a gap of 37 years.
  12. World Malaria Day
    (WMD) 2017
    was observed globally on 25 April 2017 with the theme Malaria prevention: let’s close the gap.

Banking News –
Yes Bank ties up with Paisabazaar.com

  • Private sector lender Yes Bank
    today announced alliance with Paisabazaar.com under which the bank will offer
    conditionally approved loans to the latter’s existing customers.
  • As part of the partnership, the
    bank will help Paisabazaar.com through its advanced analytics and data mining
    capabilities to offer customers of the financial marketplace with customised
    and conditionally approved offers across retail lending products, Yes Bank said
    in a statement.
  • The aim is to make the process of
    availing a loan easy and seamless and act as a one stop financial solution
    provider for all retail lending needs of the customer, it said.
  • Speaking about the partnership,
    Pralay Mondal, Senior Group President of the Yes Bank said since inception, the
    bank has been a pioneer in using technology and innovation to revolutionise the
    banking experience in India.

News related to India and states –
India becomes world’s fifth largest military spender

  • India on 24 April 2017 became the
    world’s fifth-largest military spender, as per the figures released by the
    Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). India spent around
    USD 55.9 billion for its military in the year 2016.
  • As per the data of SIPRI, the
    United States remains the world’s largest military spender followed by China,
    Russia, and Saudi Arabia at 2nd, 3rd and 4th position respectively. The other
    prominent military spenders are Japan, South Korea, and Australia.
  • Global military spending amounted
    to 2.2 per cent of the worldwide GDP.
  • Military spending as a share of
    GDP was highest in the Middle East and was the lowest in the Americas.
  • In Asia and Oceania, military
    expenditure increased by 4.6 per cent in 2016, which was the result of tensions
    in the region such claims of territorial rights made by various countries in
    the South China Sea.
  • The US is the top spender whose
    military expenditure grew 1.7 per cent between 2015 and 2016 to USD 611
    billion.
  • China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia
    stood at 2nd, 3rd and 4th position respectively in the top 5 list of military
    spenders.

Indo-French naval exercise Varuna commences

  • The Indian Navy on 24 April 2017
    began a joint maritime exercise Varuna with the French Navy at the
    Mediterranean Sea. The exercise will conclude on 30 April 2017.
  • The joint maritime exercise aims
    at deepening combat coordination between the two navies.
  • Guided missile destroyer INS
    Mumbai, stealth frigate INS Trishul and fleet tanker INS Aditya are taking part
    in the Varuna exercise.
  • The ships are part of the Indian
    Navy’s overseas deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and West Coast of Africa
    and they arrived at Toulon port on southern France’s Mediterranean coast.
  • The Varuna series of exercises
    began in 2000 and have evolved into an institutionalised form of interaction
    between the two navies.
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India teams up with other nations to protect ancient heritage from
terrorism
  • Ten nations from across the world
    came together on 24 April 2017 to form a group with the aim of protecting
    ancient heritage from extremism like that of the Islamic State, which led to
    the destruction of Syria’s ancient city, Palmyra.
  • The forum was launched in Athens,
    the capital city of Greece, by ministers and ambassadors from all the ten
    nations. The list includes India, Greece, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Bolivia, Peru,
    Italy, China and Mexico, all of which are home to some of the world’s greatest
    archaeological sites.
  • The group would mainly run joint
    projects to promote dialogue and culture in the face of fanaticism and
    terrorism. The project will be spearheaded by the Greek government along with
    China.

Awards & Honors –
Legendary filmmaker Kasinathuni Viswanath wins Dadasaheb Phalke Award
2016

  • Renowned filmmaker and actor
    Kasinathuni Viswanath on 24 April 2017 won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the
    year 2016. The award will be presented to him by President Pranab Mukherjee on
    3 May 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • With this, Viswanath became the
    48th recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest recognition in Indian
    cinema. As a presenter of classical and traditional art, music and dance, K
    Viswanath has been a guiding force in the Indian film industry.
  • He also received recognition for
    his contributions to filmmaking in the form of the Padma Shri Award in 1992 by
    the Union Government.
  • He has also been awarded with 5
    National Awards, 20 Nandi Awards (awarded by the State Government of Andhra
    Pradesh), 10 Filmfare Awards including Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • His National Award-winning film
    Swati Mutyam was India’s official entry to the 59th Academy Awards in the Best
    Foreign Film category.

Vani Jairam gets Ghantasala national award

  • Vani Jairam, the versatile
    playback singer in the South Indian film industry, was presented with the
    Ghantasala national award on 23 April 2017 at a function held in Andhra
    Pradesh. The award is instituted by the Ghantasala National Art Academy in
    Andhra Pradesh.
  • The 71-year-old singer received
    the award from A. Ramalingeswara Rao, a High court judge in Andhra Pradesh and
    R Ananda Bhaskar, Rajya Sabha member from the congress party.
  • Speaking on the honour, the
    singer stated that she valued the award the most, as it was instituted in the
    memory of the legendary singer Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao who ruled the Telugu
    film music industry for over three decades.
  • The singer also fondly recalled
    her memory of Ghatasalagaru when he had readily obliged to sing on her request
    during their first meeting at the All India Radio station.

Aamir Khan receives Dinanath Mangeshkar Award 2017

  • Superstar Aamir Khan was on 25
    April 2017 honoured with the 75th Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award for his film
    Dangal, which was one of the biggest hits of 2016. The award was bestowed upon him
    by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
  • By receiving the award, Aamir
    Khan broke his own record of not being part of any awards functions. He last
    attended an award show 16 years ago when Lagaan film was nominated in the Best
    Film category at the Academy Awards.
  • Legendary actress Vyjayanthimala
    Bali was also honoured with Master Dinanath Vishesh Puraskar for her
    achievements in Hindi cinema.
  • Mohan Wagh Award for best drama
    was presented to Sunil Barve for Amar Photo Studio Subak Sanstha.

Social activist Prafulla Samantra selected for Goldman Environmental
Prize 2017
  • Social activist Prafulla Samantra
    was on 24 April 2017 selected for the Goldman Environmental Prize 2017 from
    Asia Region for his historic twelve year long legal battle that affirmed the
    land rights of indigenous Dongria Kondh and protected the Niyamgiri Hills from
    a massive aluminum ore mine.
  • He was among the six winners of
    the Goldman Environmental Prize or Green Nobel Prize. The other five winners
    for this year are: Mark Lopez (United States); Uroš Macerl (Slovenia); Rodrigo
    Tot (Guatemala); Rodrigue Katembo (Democratic Republic of Congo); and Wendy
    Bowman (Australia).
  • Samantara is only the sixth
    Indian to win the prize after Medha Patkar, M.C. Mehta, Rasheeda Bi, Champaran
    Shukla and Ramesh Agrawal since 1990 when the award was first instituted.

GNFC wins Golden Globe Tigers award
  • State-owned Gujarat Narmada
    Valley Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd (GNFC) has won the prestigious Golden
    Globe Tigers Award for Excellence and Leadership in CSR in the category of
    ‘E-Payment Leadership’ for the implementation of digital transactions in its
    township at Bharuch, Gujarat.
  • The award recognises “Tigers” in
    marketing, branding CSR and social innovation, education and academic across
    leadership levels in an individual and organisation, the company said in a statement
    here.
  • This is the second award for GNFC
    in this category. A week ago, it had won the Golden Peacock Award in the
    category of Innovative Product/Service for its cashless innovation.
  • The Golden Globe Tigers Award was
    established by World CSR Institute. About 30 applications were shortlisted from
    which GNFC was selected as the winner.
  • GNFC emerged as the first
    fertiliser company in India to transition to a cashless economy successfully.
    Its township in Bharuch, Gujarat, became the first 100 per cent cashless
    township of India after demonetisation in November 2016.

Appointments –
SC directs Kerala government to reinstate TP Senkumar as DGP of Kerala

  • The Supreme Court (SC) on 24
    April 2017 directed the Kerala government to reinstate T.P. Senkumar as
    Director General of Police (DGP) of the state. The ruling was made by a bench
    of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta. The bench ruled that Senkumar
    was dealt unfairly and arbitrarily .
  • This ruling of Supreme Court came
    as a major setback for Left Democratic Front government led by Chief Minister
    Pinarayi Vijayan who transferred Senkumar to the Kerala Police Housing and
    Construction Ltd and instead appointed Lokanath Behara as the new DGP.
  • The court also set aside the
    rulings of the Central Administrative Tribunal and the Kerala High Court which
    were in favour of the Kerala Government.

Etihad appoints Robin Kamark as CEO of Airline Equity Partners
  • Etihad Aviation Group on 24 April
    2017 appointed Robin Kamark as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airline Equity
    Partners.
  • Kamark will take over the
    position from Bruno Matheu, who has held the role since May 2016.
  • Kamark will be responsible for
    leading and developing the Group’s minority equity investment strategy, which
    includes stakes in airberlin, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Air Serbia, Air
    Seychelles, Etihad Regional and Virgin Australia.

Sports –
Haryana beat Kerala to win team championship at National Youth
Athletics Meet
  • Haryana on 23 April 2017 defeated
    Kerala to win the team championship at the National Youth Athletics Meet.
  • The National Youth Athletics Meet
    concluded at G.M.C. Balayogi Stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana. The meet saw the
    participation of about 505 athletes.
  • Haryana defeated arch rivals
    Kerala after six years to grab the trophy.
  • Haryana emerged champions with
    overall 166.5 points including girls and boys performance. Kerala finished as
    runners-up managing 134.75 points.

101-year-old Man Kaur bags gold in 100m event at World Masters Games

  • Indian sprinter Man Kaur on 24
    April 2017 clinched the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games held in
    Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Kaur was the lone contender in
    the 100-years-and-over event, which she completed in a minute and 14 seconds.
    The 101-year old contestant was almost 1min 4sec short of the women’s world
    record for the distance.
  • The Chandigarh-based sprinter
    will also compete in the 200m race on 26 April 2017. She has also registered to
    take part in the shot put and javelin throw events.

World News –
Cuba and Morocco re-establish diplomatic ties after 37 years

  • Cuba and Morocco in the third
    week of April 2017 signed an agreement to re-establish diplomatic ties after a
    gap of 37 years.
  • The announcement was made by the
    Cuban Foreign Ministry.
  • The agreement, which states
    “Guided by the mutual will to develop friendly relations, the two
    governments agreed to reestablish ties as well as political, economic and
    cultural cooperation,” was signed by the two countries’ envoys to the
    United Nations in New York.
  • Morocco’s King Mohamed VI has
    already ordered the opening of an embassy in Havana. Cuba is one of the few
    Latin American countries where Rabat was not represented to date.
  • After Cuba’s diplomatic
    reestablishment with Morocco, South Korea, Somalia and Israel are the only
    remaining countries that do not have any ties with the Latin American nation.

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to take part in WHO malaria vaccine pilot
programme
  • The World Health Organization
    Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced on 24 April 2017 that Ghana,
    Kenya and Malawi will take part in a WHO-coordinated pilot implementation
    programme.
  • The programme will make the
    world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018.
  • The injectable vaccine, RTS,S,
    was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria
    caused by Plasmodium falciparum.
  • The vaccine will be assessed in
    the pilot programme as a complementary malaria control tool that could
    potentially be added to the core package of WHO-recommended measures for
    malaria prevention.

Days –
World Malaria Day 2017 observed globally
  • World Malaria Day (WMD) 2017 was
    observed globally on 25 April 2017 with the theme Malaria prevention: let’s
    close the gap. With this theme, WHO is calling the countries together for
    closing the gap in malaria prevention.
  • As per the World Malaria Report
    2016, the rate of new malaria cases fell by 21 per cent globally between 2010
    and 2015.
  • Malaria death rates fell by 29
    per cent in the same 5-year period.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, case incidence and death
    rates fell by 21 per cent and 31 per cent respectively.

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