Current Affairs – April 09, 2018

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Mantra Necessary For Sustainability: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said to the participants that all stakeholders must adhere to the “golden principle” of the 3Rs — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle — which will significantly help in waste management and sustainable development. The theme of the event at Indore is ‘Achieving Clean Water, Clean Land, and Clean Air through 3R and Resource Efficiency A 21st-Century Vision for Asia-Pacific Communities‘. It will be inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on April 10 and end on April 12.

University of Hyderabad professor discovers two new languages in Odisha Walmiki and Malhar

In a major finding, UoH professor Panchanan Mohanty claims to have discovered two new languages — Walmiki and Malhar. While Walmiki is spoken in the district of Koraput, Malhar is in use in a small remote hamlet about 165 km from Bhubaneswar. Both are spoken by extremely small groups of people. As of now, Malhar is found to be spoken by just 75 people whereas it is expected that there are 1,300 speakers of Walmiki, who claim their descent from the poet Valmiki.

8th Theatre Olympics concludes in Mumbai

After a glorious run of 51 days across 17 cities of India, the historic event 8th Theatre Olympics drew to a colorful close in Mumbai today. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma and eminent theatre and film personality Shri Nana Patekar were Guests of Honour.
Addressing the gathering, the Union Culture Minister said that the 8th Theatre Olympics aimed to showcase the rich heritage and culture across the length and breadth of the country. He expressed satisfaction at the success of the event, which he recalled witnessed 450 shows from more than 30 countries performed across 17 Indian cities. He said that given the immense diversity of the country, how India remains united is a matter of wonder for many other countries with limits rich heritage and culture.

Madhubani railway station gets a makeover with Mithila paintings

Once looked upon as a dirty railway station, Madhubani station in Bihar now sports a completely different look. The rich culture of the region — Mithila paintings — now adorn the walls of the railway station. Not just that, it has also now transformed as one of the cleanest stations. Divisional Railway Manager Samastipur R.K. Jain said that it is a unique initiative of the Indian Railways to experiment with local artists voluntarily painting the works in a short span of two months. More than 225 artists, 80 percent of them women, volunteered to paint the station free of cost.
Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar
Governor of Bihar Satya Pal Malik

Ganga Hariteema Yojana launched in 27 districts of Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh Government launched the Ganga Hariteema Yojana, also known as Ganga Greenery scheme, on April 7 in the 27 districts of Uttar Pradesh that are located on the bank of river Ganga. CM Yogi Adityanath launched the scheme at Allahabad in a function organized on the bank of Sangam, the confluence of rivers of Ganga, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati. The scheme aims to enhance the green cover in the catchment areas of the river Ganga and to control the land erosion. Under the scheme, the plantation will be carried out in one-kilometer areas from the banks of the river.

The “Desert Tiger 5” ends between UAE and Malaysian Armed Forces

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia concluded joint military exercise “Desert Tiger 5” aimed at sharing expertise and enhancing joint military actions in Dubai, UAE. The military exercise was implemented within the framework of UAE leadership’s continued desire to support and create unique partnerships between both countries in all areas.

RBI dumps GVA model, switches back to GDP to measure the economy

The Reserve Bank has switched back to the gross domestic product (GDP)-based measure to offer its growth estimates from the gross value added (GVA) methodology, citing global best practices. The government had started analyzing growth estimates using GVA methodology from January 2015 and had also changed the base year to 2018 from January. While GVA gives a picture of the state of economic activity from the producers’ side or supply side, the GDP model gives the picture from the consumers’ side or demand perspective.

Anushka Sharma to be honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award

Anushka Sharma, who recently wrapped up the Delhi schedule of her upcoming film opposite Varun Dhawan, will be bestowed with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards. Apart from acting, Anushka is one of the few actresses, who is also a successful Bollywood producer. Along with her brother Karnesh Sharma, she has backed films like the critically-acclaimed ‘NH10’, ‘Phillauri’ and the recently-released ‘Pari’. Anushka has always tried to make movies that are content-driven and those which promote fresh talent. No wonder, recognizing this contribution to Indian cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Foundation has decided to honor her with the award.

India at CWG 2018 Day 4: India beat Singapore in women’s Table Tennis to clinch gold

After India won it’s seventh gold via the women’s table tennis team beating Singapore 3-1, India experienced a super Sunday as the country added another six medals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. That took India’s medal tally to 12. The day started with two gold and a silver in weightlifting and shooting. In the 10m air pistol women’s event, India’s teen sensation Manu Bhaker shot gold while the experienced senior Heena Sindhu took the silver. In the men’s 10m air rifle final, India’s Ravi Kumar won the bronze. From the weightlifting arena, Punam Yadav took the gold in the 69kg category. Later, in the men’s 94kg category, Vikas Thakur won a bronze.

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