Current Affairs – April 08, 2018

Nepal PM’s India visit

Hon’ble Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal, is on a State visit to India from April 6-8, 2018, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. On April 7, 2018, the two Prime Ministers comprehensively reviewed the entire spectrum of multifaceted ties between the two countries. They welcomed the growing partnership between the two governments, the private sector and at the people’s level.
The two Prime Ministers resolved to work together to take bilateral relations to newer heights on the basis of equality, mutual trust, respect, and benefit. The two Prime Ministers witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony of the Motihari-Amlekhgunj cross-border petroleum products pipeline at Motihari, India.
Three separate joint statements on the following key areas of mutual interest were issued today (links below):
· India-Nepal: New Partnership in Agriculture
· Expanding Rail Linkages: Connecting Raxaul in India to Kathmandu in Nepal
· New Connectivity between India and Nepal through Inland Waterways

Inauguration of PM Ujjwala Yojana In Delhi

To prevent pollution and facilitate the healthy atmosphere in the families of poor people Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi two years ago said Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development, Dharmendra Pradhan. On the sidelines of the inauguration of PM Ujjwala Yojana at Delhi Shri Pradhan asked the rich families to sacrifice Gas Subsidy so as to enable the poor families to get the gas connection.
Mr. Pradhan said that so for 9 crore people are having LPG gas connections. Out of the 3.5 crore people are the beneficiaries of PM Ujjwala Yojana. Mr. Pradhan told that it is the objective of the central government to give gas connections to 5 crore families by 2019 and 8 crore connections by 2020.

Gobar-Dhan Yojana’s national launch from Haryana on April 30

The Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources Dhan (GOBAR-DHAN) scheme was first announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during his budget speech on February 1. This scheme for managing and converting cattle dung into manure and biogas will be launched at the national level from Karnal in Haryana on April 30, a state government spokesman said. Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar will launch the scheme, which is aimed at keeping villages clean while increasing the income of farmers and cattle owners.
“With over 300 million cattle — said to be the highest in the world — nearly three million tonnes of cattle dung and urine is produced every day. A few European countries and China have made large-scale production of biogas by utilization of cattle dung,” the spokesman pointed out, adding that the central government wanted to convert this waste to energy. “The biogas produced will not only help in saving electricity but also provide the clean environment to people in rural areas,” he added. Under this scheme, one village in every district of the country would be selected for its implementation.

India bans imports of hormone oxytocin to halt misuse in livestock industry

India recently banned imports of the hormone oxytocin to stop its misuse in the livestock industry, where activists say it causes hormonal imbalances and shortens the lives of milch animals. Often called the “love hormone”, oxytocin is released naturally in human bonding activities such as sex, childbirth, and breastfeeding. The government also asked customs officials to step up vigilance against those likely to try and smuggle oxytocin into India, the customs agency said in a notice on its website.

India, World Bank sign 420 million project agreement to benefit farmers in Maharashtra

Union Government, Maharashtra Government and the World Bank on April 6, 2018, signed a USD 420 million project agreement to help small and marginal farmers in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra. The project will help in increasing the climate resilient practices in agriculture and ensuring that farming continues to remain a financially viable activity for them. The USD 420 million loan from World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) will have a 6 year grace period and a maturity of 24 years.

ISRO’s RH300 sounding rocket launched at Thumba to study Earth’s atmosphere

The RH300 sounding rocket, developed by Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre as part of a study to enrich available atmospheric data, was launched from the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station, Kerala. This was the 21st launch of RH300 sounding rocket, a release from VSSC said. The shores of Thumba reverberated with the thunderous boom of the rocket propulsion, as the sight of white and blue trail pattern formed by the TMA payload brought jubilation to the scientists and engineers who had gathered at Thumba station to watch the launch, a VSSC press release said. The study will enrich available atmospheric data and refine the models used for tropical weather prediction, it added.

India at CWG 2018
Day 3: Rahul, Sathish add two more gold

India began their Day 3 campaign with weightlifter Sathish Kumar Sivalingam winning gold in the men’s 77kg event. Sathish, who had also won a gold four years ago in Glasgow, lifted a combined effort of 317kg, to become the first male Indian weightlifter to bag back-to-back gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. And later in the day, Ragala Venkat Rahul handed India their fourth gold medal by lifting a total weight of 338kg (151+187) in the men’s 85kg weightlifting event.

India at CWG 2018
Day 4: Punam Yadav gives India fifth weightlifting gold

Weightlifter Punam Yadav has delivered India its fifth gold of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, beating all competitors in the women’s 69kg event. The lifter from Uttar Pradesh improved upon the bronze medal she won four years ago in Glasgow with a combined effort of 222 (100 in the snatch and 122 in clean and jerk) to take India’s overall medal tally at the Gold Coast Games to seven. At the Carrara Sports Club, the 22-year-old Punam lifted 95, 98 and 100 in the snatch, and then 118 and 122 in the clean & jerk to finish on 122.

India at CWG 2018
Day 4: On debut, teenaged Manu Bhaker shoots gold, Heena Sindhu silver

At her maiden Commonwealth Games, teenage shooting prodigy Manu Bhaker has underlined her immense potential by winning gold in the women’s 10m air pistol event at Gold Coast, Australia while the seasoned campaigner Heena Sidhu has taken silver. Bhaker’s final shot was 10.4, which confirmed her gold at the tender age of 16. Not one to be shaken, Heena held her composure to mound a stirring comeback with shots of 10.3 and 10.2 as the competition was eliminated one by one. A final run of 10.1, 10.1, 9.1 and 9.7 saw her finish second.

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