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ENGLISH CURRENT AFFAIRS ---5 APRIL 2018


President addresses the 34th Annual Session of FICCI
Women's Association
● President Shri Ramnath Kovind today addressed the 34th Annual Session of FICCI Women's Organization in New Delhi today (05th April, 2018).
● On this occasion the President said that half of our country is women.
● Women contribute to our economy by working in various ways in the workplace and at home.
● The President said that if more women become part of the labor force then both domestic income and our growth rate will accelerate.

Suresh Prabhu launches first flight from Delhi to Pathankot
● The first flight from Delhi to Pathankot was inaugurated today in a dignified presence of Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sapla, by the Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu in a function organized at Terminal 3 of IGI Airport, New Delhi.
● With this, the flight has now started operating at Pathankot Airport as 21st airport under RCS (Regional Connectivity Scheme).
● The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is the implementing agency of 'Flight'.

Piyush Goyal launched the Uttam App for Monitoring the Quality of Coal
● Union Minister for Railways and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal today launched the uttam app for monitoring the quality of coal.
● uttam means - To get transparency, the coal obtained by mining is evaluated by third party (Unlocking Transparency by Third Party Assessment of Mind Coal).
● Coal Ministry and Coal India Limited (CIL) have developed the uttam app.

56 new airports will start working in the next few years
● Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation has said that good logistics is important for dealing with business activities in countries like India and to be integrated with the domestic and world economy.
● Keeping this in mind, 56 new airports will start working in the next few years.
● Suresh Prabhu was addressing the two-day Global Logistics Summit in New Delhi today.

Organizing Sanitary Pakhwada 2018 in the Ministry of
Parliamentary Affairs from April 5
● Today, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs is celebrating Sanatana Pakhwada from April 5, under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
● Central Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Conservation and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal today held discussions with the MPs on the programs and activities to be organized during the cleanliness fortnight.
● In this meeting, the Minister of State for Rural Development, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav, Members of the Parliament and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs were present.

Prime Minister will inaugurate the International Energy Forum in New Delhi
● India will host the Ministerial meeting of the 16th International Energy Forum (IEF) held in New Delhi from 10 to 12 April 2018.
● Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate the meeting on April 11, 2018.
● Petroleum ministers from 42 countries will participate in the meeting.
● The IEF Ministerial Conference, which takes place twice a year, is the largest conference of energy ministers in the world to discuss issues related to global energy.

Samata Day was celebrated
● On the occasion of 111th birth anniversary of Babu Jagjivan Ram, a tribute ceremony was organized by Babuji Jagjivan Ram National Foundation on the occasion of Samata near Rajghat.
● Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment and Chairman of Babu Jagjivan Ram National Foundation, Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Ramdas Athawale, former Chairman of Lok Sabha, Smt. Meira Kumar and senior officials of the Ministry, members of Babuji's family and a large number of His followers paid homage to Babu Jagjivan Ram by visiting the Samata site. A.

Human Rights Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2018 has been approved
● For the better protection and promotion of human rights in the country on April 04, 2018, the Union Cabinet approved the Human Rights Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2018 under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
● In the bill, it is proposed to include the National Child Rights Protection Commission as an honorary member of the Commission.
● Bill proposes to add a woman member to the Commission's formation.

Extras got 20th aircraft
● Vistara got its 20th aircraft on Wednesday. Airbus A320 Neo is included in the company's fleet.
● After this aircraft, Vistara has completed the rule of at least 20 aircraft flying abroad.
● The company said that it has ordered two more A320 Neo aircraft to increase the number of aircraft in its fleet.

Defense Minister addresses seventh conference on international security
● Defense Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman is on a three-day trip to Russia from 03 to 5 April 2018 to participate in the 7th Moscow Conference on International Security.
● The Defense Minister addressed the second full session of the Conference on 'Global Security in a Polycentric World' on April 04.
● These included aspects related to defense, security and strategic scenario in the present world.

Meerabai Chanu won gold for India, made many records
● The 21st Commonwealth Games were started on April 04, 2018 in the Gold Coast city on the coast with a colorful opening ceremony in Australia.
● British Prince Charles participated in the inaugural ceremony and in his presence the Gold Coast welcomed players from 71 nations associated with the Commonwealth.
● The Indian team was led by Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu, who was the Indian flag bearer.

BCCI media rights achieved by Star Sports India
● Star Sports India has bought BCCI Media Rights for the next 5 years.
● Through the e-auction today, on the third day, Star accumulated the media rights of the Board by placing a large bid of record 6138.1 million rupees (about 94.4 million dollars).
● Now with Indian domestic cricket rights, Star has become a monopoly in cricket in the world in a way.
● He bought the IPL rights record for Rs. 16,347 crore.

RBI released the first bi-monthly monetary policy review 2018-19
● Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reviewed its first bi-monthly monetary policy for the fiscal year 2018-19 on 05 April 2018.
● RBI has not made any changes to the main interest rates.
● RBI has kept the repo rate at 6.0 percent as before.
● In the fourth review meeting, the six member monetary policy committee (MPC) of the RBI has not made any changes in the repo rate.

Ola offers 5 lakh travel insurance in one rupee
● Ola, a country-based company offering a ride-sharing service, announced on Thursday that the insurance program for passengers using their cab and auto service.
● Ola Ride Bookers can get a trip insurance of Rs 5 lakhs, which means travel insurance, if you spend a rupee for traveling in the city.
● At the same time, this insurance cover will be Rs 10 for the Ola rentals, while for the outside of the city, 15 rupees will be available for insurance.

Julius Maada Bio Sierra Leone elected new President
● Sierra Leone opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio has been elected the new President of the Western African country Sierra Leone.
● The National Election Commission announced the election of Bio on April 04, 2018.
● In the elections held on March 31, Bio of Sierra Leone People's Party won 51.81 percent of the votes.
● He won the victory by defeating former Foreign Minister and ruling All-Peoples Congress candidate Samura Kamara, who won 48.19 percent of the votes.

NASA successfully tested SuperSonic Mars landing parachute
● NASA successfully tested the supersonic parachute with the speed of sound in March 2018.
● Similar parachutes have to be used during Mars Mission 2020.
● The Advanced SuperSonic Parachute Infusion Research Experiment (Aspire) launched this parachute from a rocket from NASA's Valps Center on March 31, 2018.


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ENGLISH CURRENT AFFAIRS ---4 APRIL 2018


Inauguration of newly built temporary residence for lawmakers in Western Court Annexe
● Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the newly constructed temporary residence for MPs in Western Court Annexe in New Delhi.
● This building will provide temporary residence for MPs.
● On this occasion, the Prime Minister appreciated the efforts made by Lok Sabha Speaker Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan in fulfilling the project.

Cabinet clears cuts in Indian Competitiveness Commission
● Union Cabinet does not fill the existing two vacancies and an additional vacancy in the Indian Competitiveness Commission (CCI) by reducing its size from one president and six members (total seven) to one president and three members (four ) Have approved.
● One place is expected to be vacant in September, 2018, when the term of a current officer will be completed.
● With this proposal, the members of the Commission will be reduced in three terms, which fulfills the government's aim of maximum government-maximum rule.

Approval of closure of Central Public Establishment Burn Standard Company Limited
● Union Cabinet has approved the closure of the Public Enterprises Burn Standard Company Limited (BSCL) under the Ministry of Railways.
● This decision has been taken in the company of continuous falling physical and financial performance over the last 10 years and due to low probability of future resurgence.
● This will save the public money being used for losses in BSCL and it will be used for other development works.

India and Iran sanctioned memorandum of understanding to
set up an expert group on trade reform measures
● Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding between India and Iran to set up an expert group on trade reform measures to promote cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
● The signing of the MoU was signed during the visit of Iranian President to India on February 17, 2018.

Acceptance of cooperation between India and Afghanistan for cooperation in food security and related areas
● Union Cabinet has approved the signing of the Ministry of Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, Culture and Livestock for the Ministry of Food and related sectors for food security and related areas. 

 The areas of cooperation include the following: 

● Making arrangements for information and communication exchanges.
● Assistance in Technical Exchange on Marked Topics of Interest, especially Import Processes, Quality Control Operations, Sampling, Investigation, Packaging and Labeling.
● Organize joint seminars, workshops, visits, lectures and training programs etc.

Approval of TCL to eliminate the merger of additional land to HPIL
● Union Cabinet has approved the administrative control of the Public Works Department of the Department of Telecommunications, Hemisphere Properties India (HPIL), to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
● This sanction is given after giving security loan of Rs. 700 crores to the sanctioning company and Rs. 51 crores to the Government of India and the rest of the land is given after implementing the management plan for isolation.

Cabinet Approves Human Rights Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2018
● Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has given its approval to the Human Rights Protection (Amendment) Bill 2018 for better protection and promotion of human rights in the country.
● In the bill, it is proposed to include the National Child Rights Protection Commission as an honorary member of the Commission.
● Bill proposes to add a woman member to the Commission's formation.
● Bill proposes to increase the eligibility and selection criteria for the position of President of the National Human Rights Commission and the State Human Rights Commission.

National Social Assistance Program (NSAP) Performance
● Under the National Social Assistance Program, the government is committed to direct transfer of more than 30 million elderly, widows and divisor beneficiaries of the families below the poverty line.
● Under the National Social Assistance Program, cash transfers to families facing the shortages are an important part of overall social security, including food security and health insurance.

India is the second largest crude steel producer
● India has reached second place after China in crude steel production in February.
● This information was given by the Steel Users Federation of India (Sufi) on behalf of the World Steel Association.
● Behind Japan, India has become the world's second largest crude steel producer.
● China's share of total global production is more than 50 percent.

Setting up a high level committee to examine the examination
system of 10th and 12th
● On 04th April 2018, the Human Resource Development Ministry has constituted an empowered committee to look into the entire system of examining class X and XII classes by CBSE with the aim of preventing paper leak cases.
● This committee was formed with the aim of preventing cases of paper leaks.
● The committee has to ensure that the examination system can reach the examined lecturer without question paper.

New species of plants were discovered on Western Ghats
● A team of researchers has recently discovered a species plant called 'Fembristis' Agesthemensis'.
● This plant has been discovered from Agasthyamalai Bioreserve of Western Ghats.
● About this research, information was published in the Botanical Journal of Faytotexa in the April 2018 issue.

Turkey started construction of first nuclear plant
● Turkish President Rajab Tayeb Erdogan started construction work on the first nuclear plant of Turkey on April 3, 2018 with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
● It will be known as the Aquaculture Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) which is present in the province of Mersin.
● This launch program was addressed by the President of the two countries by video conferencing.
● The total cost of this energy plant is estimated to be $ 20 billion.

NASA's Hubble telescope discovered the star at the far distance in the universe
● NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has so far discovered the farthest star.
● The name of this magnificent star of blue in the middle of the universe is called 'Icarus'.
● This star is twice as hot with our sun.
● This star is so far away that its light took nine billion years to reach the Earth.
● This star will appear very blurred even from the world's largest telescope.

UP cabinet orders against arbitrary fee recovery
● The Uttar Pradesh government issued an order against the arbitrary fee collection in private school on 03 April 2018.
● In which operators must adhere to many rules. In violation of the school's cancellation, legal action will also be taken.
● In the meeting of the Cabinet, proposals of rules on arbitrary fees were introduced in private schools, which have been passed.

Russia tests 'Sarmat' missile
● The Russian army has successfully tested the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) 'Sarmat'.
● The 'Sarmat' missile was launched from Northwestern Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome (launch center).
● The 'Sarmat' missile will replace 'Voivoda' designed in the Soviet era.
● In a statement issued to President Vladimir Putin, it said that the weight of 'Saramat' is 200 metric tons and it can kill more than 'Voyvoda'.
● 'Saramat' can fly north or south pole in any corner of the world and can distinguish its goal from anywhere in the world.

Center launches digital initiative for ease of export
● Union Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu launched the Digital Initiative of Export Inspection Council (EIC) in New Delhi on April 03, 2018 for ease of export.
● It is expected that due to these digital initiatives, India's capacity will be greatly increased in the export sector of agriculture and food products.
● EIC is the official export certification body of the Government of India and it has launched this major project of Digital India initiative in line with the changing dimensions of the world.


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Suresh Prabhu launched Digital Initiative for ease of export
● Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu today launched Digital Initiatives of Export Inspection Council (EIC) in New Delhi for ease of export.
● On this occasion, the Minister said that due to these digital initiatives, India's capacity will be greatly increased in the export sector of agriculture and food products.
● EIC is the official export certification body of the Government of India and it has launched this major project of Digital India initiative in line with the changing dimensions of the world.

MoU between Indian Army and HDFC Bank
● A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Indian Army and HDFC Bank on April 3, 2018, on the subject of the Defense Pay package subject.
● The first MoU was signed between the Indian Army and HDFC in 2011 and this MoU was renewed on March 13, 2015.
● The present consent letter has been prepared keeping in mind the needs of military personnel, pensioners and families.
● The signature program was presided over by Chief Director (MP & PS) Lieutenant General S.K. K. Saini's

16 APAs signed by CBDT in March 2018
● The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) signed 14 bilateral advance pricing agreements and 2 bilateral advance pricing agreements (BAPA) during March 2018.
● 2 bilateral APAs have been done with the United States.
● With the signing of these advance pricing agreements (APAs), the total number of APA made by CBDT has increased to 219.
● It includes 199 unilateral APAs and 20 bilateral APAs.
● Overall 67 APAs (9 bilateral and 58 unilateral) have been signed during the financial year 2017-18.

Lack of foodgrains in India due to climate change
● Changes in weather due to climate change have increased the risk of food shortage in many countries of the world including India.
● This has been revealed in a study published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.
● According to the study, 122 developing countries of Asia, Africa and South America have been considered.
● UK researchers at the University of Ecuador have found out how climate change can further increase the risk of food insecurity in different countries.

Central government withdraw guidelines issued on Fake News
● The Central Government has withdrawn the Guidelines issued on 3 April 2018 on Fake News.
● According to the guidelines, on 02 April 2018, if a journalist is found to be making false reports or misbehaving, then his validity can be canceled permanently.
● According to the revised guidelines for the recognition of journalists, if the publication or broadcast of fake news is confirmed, the journalist's recognition will be suspended for six months for the first time, and for the second time, Will be suspended for
● The recognition of journalist will be canceled permanently for the third time in violation.

Jio Payment Bank started work
● Jio Payment Bank started its banking business from Wednesday.
● Reserve Bank of India gave this information
● Reliance Industries is among the 11 applicants who got the formal approval for setting up of payment bank in August 2015.
● It has been said in the notification of the Reserve Bank that the Jio Payment Bank has started operating as a Payment Bank from April 3, 2018.

UIDAI introduces virtual ID
● The Unique Identification Authority of India started the beta version of Virtual ID on Tuesday and informed that soon service providers will start accepting it instead of Aadhaar number.
● Base users can now create their own virtual IDs and can use it to update address.
● The Unique Identification Authority of India had announced this year virtual ID among the privacy concerns.

Amazon started out in India
● America's legendary e-commerce company Amazon has started retiring employees in India.
● In the same sequence, he showed about 60 people outside the road last week.
● Amazon is reviewing its business in various countries and under this same global restructuring, the company has also started sorting in India.
● One of the two staff aware of the tampering in Amazon said that in the coming days, the company can get rid of more employees as it has put 25 per cent employees in Performance Improvement Plan.

E-mandi project will be started soon in national capital Delhi
● The dynamics of Delhi's mandis have started to bring more facilities online by bringing them to the electronic platform.
● Right now, the whole plan is on paper only, but this year's budget has increased the apprehensions of its implementation due to the provision of e-mandi.
● In the first phase, Azadpur Mandi is planning to digitize and bring it to an interactive trading portal.

'NIRF India Rankings 2018' released for higher educational institutions
● Central Human Resource Development Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar released NIRF India Rankings 2018 in different categories on the basis of the performance of higher educational institutions during a program held in New Delhi today.
● Dr. Satyapal Singh, Minister of State for Human Resource Development released a report on NIRF ranking during the program and gave away prizes to 69 top institutes in 9 categories.

National Highways Build Up 20 Percent Increase
● Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga has said that during the year 2017-18, more than 9829 Kms long National Highways were constructed.
● It shows an increase of 20 percent compared to the 8231-km long national highways built during the previous year.
● During the financial year 2017-18, contracts of 17055 kms of roads were given, whereas last year 15 948 kms of roads were given contracts.

India can achieve the potential of Silicon Valley in 5 years: World Bank
● World Bank's India Head Junaid Kamal Ahmed has said that India can repeat the success of Silicon Valley in 5 years.
● He said on Tuesday on the issue of the World Bank report on invocation, "India has the capability to establish Silicon Valley in its own right but there is a need to expand the environment of the environment in the environment."
● He said that for this, India has to extend the ecosystem for the invention because it is moving towards becoming a middle income group.

Banks have to fund themselves in case of loan failure
● The central government is doing this final funding of Rs 20 lakh crore in government banks. The government has decided that major government banks will no longer be given the bailout package.
● Now in the worst case, banks will have to raise funds for themselves by selling non-core assets and merging with each other.
● India is the third largest economy in Asia.
● The total number of 21 public sector banks in the country is two-thirds of the country's banking sector.

IIT Delhi and DU join the top 200 institutions in the world
● In the top 200 universities of the world, only two institutes of the country, IIT Delhi and Delhi University have managed to make the place.
● This information has come out from a survey of industry organizations Assocham and Yes Institute.
● In this study, 49 of the US, 30 of the UK, 11 from Germany and 8-8 in China and Australia have got place.
● Meritorious talents go to developed countries for study and contribute to intellectual and economic values in other countries.

Sloane Stephens joins Top-10
● American tennis player Sloane Stephens joined the top-10 list of Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings released on Monday as well as winning the Miami Open title.
● Stephens has gained 3 places to be 9th in this ranking, while Romania's star player Simona Halep remains on top.

Roger Federer overtook Rafael Nadal on top
● Spain's veteran tennis player Rafael Nadal has taken the first place in the Tennis Professional Association Rankings (ATP) rankings issued on Monday, pushing Roger Federer of Switzerland.
● Federer had to face the brunt of losing 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 in the Miami Open round-of-64 in the hands of Thassi Kokkinakis of Australia.
● America's John Ishner, who won the title of Miami Open, has jumped 8 places and now he has moved to ninth place.


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ENGLISH CURRENT AFFAIRS ---2 APRIL 2018


The President received special edition of 'Think India' magazine centered on Deendayal Upadhyay
● President Shri Ram Nath Kovind received a special edition of 'Think India' magazine dedicated to philosopher-politician Deendayal Upadhyay in the Rashtrapati Bhavan today (April 2, 2018).
● Editor of Special Edition and Member of Parliament, Shri D.P. In the presence of Tripathi, Member of Parliament, Mr. Murli Manohar Joshi presented a copy of the special edition to the President.
● On this occasion Member of Parliament Mr. Shashi Tharoor, former Member of Parliament Mr. Pawan Verma and other dignitaries were present.

Former Guatemala dictator Euren Rios Montt passes away
● Former Guatemala dictator Euren Rios Montt of Guatemala died on 01 April 2018. He was 91 years old.
● They are facing lawsuits against Guatemala and governing the former Massacre between the year 1982 and the year 1983.
● They were accused of killing 1771 Swadeshi Eixil-Maya people during their small reign.
● He was sentenced to 80 years in a 2013 trial.

India Post Payment Bank becomes the largest payment bank in the country
● In India, the Post Office Payment Bank has started its services from 1st April, 2018. \
● It will be known as India Post Payment Bank and it will be the largest payment bank network in the country.
● This payment bank has been opened in all the post offices in the country and by this the various facilities will be provided to the citizens for free.
● There are 1.55 lakh post offices in the country, in which 650 payment banks will assist these post offices.

Scientists discovered a new organ 'interstitium' in the human body
● Scientists have discovered a new organ 'interstitium' in the human body.
● Scientists hope that with the help of this new discovery, cancer can be easily understood in the human body.
● The article about the new organ of human body has been published in the Scientific Reports Journal.
● It has also been said in research that this organ is present in every human body.

Ayurveda Future Group to launch personal care products
● Seeing the success of Patanjali Ayurveda, the Future Group is also preparing to enter the Ayurvedic Personal Care Products market.
● Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani told ET that he is also considering buying other companies to increase presence in this segment.
● Future Consumer will soon launch Ayurvedic Hair Oil and other beauty products.
● In FY08, the group's FMCG business is expected to reach Rs 3,500 crore, which was Rs 1,645 crore in 2017.


Total refund of Rs. 17,616 crores issued under GST
● In line with the commitment of the government to pay all outstanding GST refunds, the central indirect taxes and customs boards (CBIC) have successfully completed the Refund Pakkhada Co-Exclusive Mission from March 15, 2018 to March 31, 2018.
● During this period, all the regional constructions of the CBIC worked hard to provide refund relief to the exporters.
● A special refund cell built with experienced staff across the country was established.

E-way bill system was implemented in India
● The electronic bill (e-way bill) system introduced under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system has been implemented in the country from 01 April 2018.
● The Ministry of Finance has clarified that the validity period of e-bill will be counted from the transporter's side on the first day of filing of the returns in the GST form.
● At present, the e-way bill system has been implemented for transporting goods worth more than Rs. 50,000 from road, rail, air or waterways to one state.

SIDBI celebrated its establishment day with the launch of 'Prosperity - Virtual Assistant' and 'Trustworthy Kit'
● SIDBI celebrated its establishment day as a contact, dialogue, security and communication day.
● Mr. Mohammad Mustafa, Chairman and Managing Director, SIDBI, launched several initiatives from his bank
headquarters in Lucknow.
● He said that it is an opportunity to peep into its core and to renew its strategy for right direction and development.

World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated
● International Autism Awareness Day was observed on 02 April 2018 worldwide.
● The theme of this year - empower women and girls suffering from autism.
● This is an international day in which UN member states are encouraged to fight autism and to diagnose it.
● On this day steps are taken to improve the lives of the children and the elderly, who are autism and help them to live a meaningful life. Blue is considered a symbol of autism.

Ram Nath Kovind today gave Padma awards to 43 honored persons
● President Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented Padma awards to the second group of 43 persons at a function organized in Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
● The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh had organized a dinner in honor of the award winners yesterday.
● He said that the country is proud of all the recipients of the Padma Awards, because they have a significant contribution in the development of the country.
● While congratulating the winners, he said that his selfless service was recognized locally at this time.

'Roopshri Yojana' started in West Bengal
● The West Bengal Government has announced the launch of the Ruposhri Yojana after Kanyashree.
● The objective of this ambitious plan is to marry the women of financially vulnerable families.
● This scheme has come into effect from April 1, 2018.
● The beneficiaries of this scheme will get financial help of Rs. 25,000 each for marriage.
● This financial assistance will be given to the families whose annual income is up to 1.5 lakh rupees.

Santosh Trophy 2018: Kerala beat Bengal by winning the title
● Kerala won the title for Santosh Trophy by defeating last champion West Bengal 4-2 in the penalty shootout finals of the 72nd national football championship.
● After the scheduled and extra time both teams were equal to 2-2, after which the penalty shootout was taken for the result.
● This is the sixth Santosh Trophy title of Kerala which she won after 13 years.

NASA launches 'Insight Mission' for the study of Mars
● American Space Agency NASA launches mission to study the inner surface of Mars
● This will be NASA's first study campaign to be on the surface of Mars.
● Insight will be NASA's first mission after the Apollo mission sent to the moon.
● It's a program to send to Mars on May 5.
● It will set up the machine made to measure the earthquake on another planet's ground.

Pakistan test submarine cruise missile 'Babur'
● Pakistan successfully tested the cruise missile 'Babur', which was launched on 29 March 2018, from home-made Submarine-launched cruise missile. The missile capability of this missile is 450 kilometers.
● It is being seen as a historical step towards Pakistan towards strengthening the credible policy through indigenization and self-reliance.
● This missile was released from the dynamic platform underwater.
● The missile managed to break the target with accuracy at a fixed distance.

Egypt's President won again
● Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been elected for a second term with heavy votes. In the elections, he got a total of 97.08 percent of the votes.
● The National Electoral Authority announced the election of Al-CC on Monday.
● Although the victory of Al-CC was almost certain, because his opponent Musa Mustafa had already supported him.
● There is no longer any opposition in this country.

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Mandela passed away
● Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Mandela , the leader of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa , passed away on Monday at 81 years of age .
● In a statement issued by his spokesman Victor Dlamini, it was told that Winney, who has been sick for a long time, suffers in a hospital in Johannesburg.
● Winnie Mandela married Nelson Mandela 38 years ago.


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E-bill bills apply on April 1
● For the transportation of goods from one state to another, the electronic e-bill system has started from April 1.
● Karnataka is the only state that has implemented e-way bill system for freight transport within the state.
● Karnataka has been using the e-bill platform since September last year for inter-state freight traffic.
● The official of the goods and services tax network (GSTN) said that e-The Bill platform is working smoothly.


CEO Shikha Sharma should not be given the fourth term again: RBI
● The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked the Board of Axis Bank to reconsider the decision to give the CEO Shikha Sharma the fourth term of three years.
● Last year Shankha had offered the fourth term to the bank.
● This indicates that the CEO of RBI Bank can further extend the appointment to the bank.


CVC will take help of Aadhar to catch corrupt government employees
● The Central Vigilance Commission said on Sunday that since the Aadhaar is being made mandatory for all financial transactions and property deals, it can be effectively utilized for detecting the wealth collected by corrupt public servants.
● The CVC hoped that with the help of information available through Permanent Account Number and Aadhar card, it can be helpful to ascertain whether the financial transactions conducted by the card holder were done by earning honesty or not.


Diesel prices touches record mark
● Diesel was sold at Rs 73.73 a liter in Delhi and Rs 81.59 per liter in Mumbai on Sunday.
● Due to the strong global demand of crude and rising international crude prices, diesel prices have so far reached the highest level in the country.
● At the same time, the price of petrol has reached the highest level in the last four years.


Impeachment on CJI
● On Monday, the formal formal meeting of opposition parties on the proposal to bring impeachment against the country's chief justice.
● In this meeting in Parliament, the Opposition leaders will decide which steps should be taken to bring an impeachment motion in the Rajya Sabha against the Chief Justice in the Rajya Sabha.
● In the leadership of the Congress, 'unanimous thinking' opposition parties have signed MPs for impeachment motion.
● After this, it will be the first formal meeting of these leaders.


Corporate bond market went down
● Interest in borrowers is decreasing in issuing corporate bonds because the yield has increased.
● After the NDA government came to power, for the first time in the year 2018, the sale of bonds has dropped 10% on an annual basis.
● It also reveals the low interest of investors in corporate bonds.
● In the financial year 2017-18, the companies sold bonds worth Rs 5.75 lakh crore, while a year ago, they issued bonds of 6.41 lakh crore.


Lending growth of housing finance companies can be 20-23%: Iqra
● With the government's emphasis on Affordable Housing, Recovery in Real Estate Sector and stability in GST, the growth of housing finance companies in the new fiscal year can be solid.
● This estimate ratings and research firm IKEA have given in a report.
● According to the IKA report, in the last 12 months of December 2017, the housing loan had reached 17.9% of the gross level with a growth of 15.9 lakh crore, compared to 16% growth in the previous year.


Uber is getting ready for IPO
● Uber has sold its South East Asian business.
● There was a loss in it.
● Experts tracking the industry said that coming out of this business would help Uber to focus on India.
● Uber is considering introduction of an IPO in 2019, in such a situation it will be beneficial to introduce the prospect of growth in India in front of investors.

Maxis to donate 95 crores for Aircel employees' salaries
● The parent firm Maxis Communications is going to invest Rs 95 crore in bankrupt company Aircel .
● With this, more than 5,000 employees of Aircel will get salaries and the company will be able to run operational operations.
● To bring the company fund, Management Interim Residential Professional and Deloitte's Vijay Kumar V Iyer are working closely with Malaysian Maxis.
● An Indian businessman Anand Krishnan is the owner of Maxis on Maxis.


Renew power to buy Austro Energy at enterprise value of Rs 10,800 crores
● Renew Power Ventures of Sumanth Sinha has confirmed the deal to buy Austro Energy Private Limited at an enterprise value of Rs 10,800 crore.
● This is the biggest deal in the Renewable Sector.
● Consolidation is underway now in Renewable Energy Sector.
● With this deal Renew Power will become the largest renewable energy company in the country, which will have 4,300 MW commission and under-construction assets.


India becomes the second largest mobile producer in the world
● After China, India has become the second largest mobile producing country in the world.
● According to information shared with the Indian Cellular Association, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, India has left Vietnam behind handset production.


Uncontrolled Chinese satellite Tiangong-1 fell down in pacific ocean
● China's uncontrolled space station Tiangong-1 was destroyed on Monday after reaching the Earth's atmosphere in the South Pacific region.
● The Chinese Space Authority confirmed this.
● This vehicle came into the atmosphere of Earth at 8:20 in the morning and most of it was destroyed by burning.
● However, some parts of it will now fall to the ground, but according to Beijing, no part will be bigger.

Pakistan arrests 52 fishermen
● Pakistan recently arrested 52 Indian fishermen.
● He allegedly fired fishermen for his entry into the waterway and entered.
● This group of Indian fishermen was arrested on Thursday night by Pakistan Maritime Security Force.
● Apart from fishermen, 8 boats have also been seized by Pakistan.
● A judicial magistrate has sent 52 Indian fishermen to judicial remand.


Hand washing machine invented in Israel which will use moisture in the air
● One day Max Siemanowski of Israel saw that his son did not do a hanshaw after the water was over.
● Max came to realize that not many children in the world would be unable to handle a hand wash in the absence of water, while it could rescue from diseases.
● Last year, Max started a startup, under which a solar powered machine was made, which, by pulling water from the air moisture, mixed it with a sufficient quantity of soap and washed it.


Chhattisgarh, MP and Bengal ahead of top business ranking race
● Less than two months have passed for this year's coming of doing business rankings, and Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal are currently in the running for the top position.
● Nodal Agency of the program will issue final ranking in May on the basis of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion User Feedback.
● Statistics of the three states show that under this program, 100% of the Reforms Agenda required to be implemented has been implemented.


Contact with the GSAT-6A communication satellite stopped
● After the launch of the powerful communication satellite GSAT-6A Thursday, it is now a bad news.
● On Saturday, the Indian Space Research Organization lost contact with this communication satellite.
● It is believed to be a major setback for the armed forces along with scientists.
● The ambitious GSAT-6A , which strengthened communication services for the Indian Army, was launched from Sriharikota on Thursday evening, but this mission was shocked within 48 hours.


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