Current Affairs – April 15, 2018

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On Ambedkar Jayanti, PM inaugurates first Health and Wellness Centre to mark the launch of Ayushman Bharat, in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh

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On the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti on 14th April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a Health and Wellness Centre, to mark the launch of the Union Government’s ambitious Health Assurance Programme – Ayushman Bharat. The Centre was inaugurated at Jangla Development Hub, in the aspirational district of Bijapur in Chhattisgarh. In the course of over one hour, the Prime Minister interacted with a number of people and was briefed on several development initiatives at the development hub. At the inauguration of the Health and Wellness Centre, he interacted with ASHA workers. He visited a model Anganwadi Centre and interacted with Anganwadi workers and beneficiary children of Poshan Abhiyan. He visited a Haat Bazaar Health Kiosk and interacted with health workers. He inaugurated a bank branch at Jangla and distributed loan sanction letters under the Mudra Scheme to select beneficiaries. He also interacted with Rural BPO employees.

Narendra Modi to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 20 April

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PM Narendra Modi will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a stopover in Berlin on 20 April after concluding his visits to Sweden and the United Kingdom, the external affairs ministry said on April 14. It will be the first meeting between the two leaders since Merkel began her fourth term as German chancellor on 14 March. The ministry said Modi will make the stopover in Berlin following a suggestion by Merkel. During his visit, PM will meet Chancellor Merkel and the two leaders will exchange views on a number of bilateral, regional and global issues,” it said. Modi will begin a 5-day visit to Sweden and the UK from 16 April with an aim to boost bilateral cooperation in key areas, including trade and investment.

Maharashtra’s tribal village gets electricity after 70 years of independence

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A Remote tribal village in Amravati’s Bulumgavhan in Maharashtra got electrified after 70 years of independence. The initiative has been taken under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – ‘Saubhagya‘. According to reports, around 105 homes have received electricity in the village. One of the villagers said, “It was difficult when there was no electricity, our children could not study after it turned dark. We are very happy now.” The village sets an ideal example of collective efforts of the Government administration and villagers. With the population of just over 500, nearest town from the village is at the distance of 112 Km.

Pilicode becomes India’s first filament bulb-free panchayat

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Pilicode panchayat in Kasaragod, Kerala which won the State Energy Conservation award last year, has added yet another feather in its cap by becoming the first village panchayat in the country that has completely abandoned filament bulbs, and this declaration was made by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The panchayat achieved this rare distinction by replacing all the filament bulbs by LED bulbs under its unique project ‘Oorjayanam’, which aims to make the panchayat energy efficient, and this has evinced the interest of the district administration, which wants to introduce it in other parts of the district as well. If we are able to save one unit of electricity, we will be able to save one kilogram of coal, and this way we can also reduce environmental pollution caused by burning fuels like coal and petroleum said Pinarayi Vijayan.

The U.S. adds India to currency watch list with China

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The U.S. Treasury added India to its watch list of countries with potentially questionable foreign exchange policies, joining China and four others, according to a report issued on 14th April. Treasury said the “monitoring list” includes those “major trading partners that merit close attention to their currency practices.” In addition to India, the semi-annual report to Congress names five countries that continue on the list from October: China, Germany, Japan, Korea and Switzerland. Countries remain on the list for two report cycles “to help ensure that any improvement in performance versus the criteria is durable and is not due to temporary factors.” While no major trading partner was found to be manipulating its currency, five of those on the list meet two of the three criteria, while China is included because “it constitutes a disproportionate share of the overall U.S. trade deficit.”

Aramco is world’s most profitable oil company

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Saudi Aramco is the world’s most profitable oil company, Bloomberg reported on April 13, but its huge earnings and cash flows may still fail to justify its desired $2 trillion valuations. Financial performance at Aramco has long been one of the best-kept secrets in the oil industry but as the company prepares for a long-awaited initial public offering (IPO) this year or next it needs to tell investors what it earns and how it operates. Bloomberg news agency cited company accounts as saying Aramco had net income of $33.8 billion in the first six months of 2017 and cash flows of $52.1 billion.

India at Gold Coast CWG: All Day 10 Results

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Mary Kom became India’s first woman boxer to claim a CWG gold before men joined the gold rush through Gaurav Solanki and Vikas Krishan while wrestlers also reigned supreme at the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games 2018. Neeraj Chopra also scripted history by becoming the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal.
Here is the list of India’s results on Day 10:
TT (women’s gold medal match) – Manika Batra – Gold
Shooting (men’s 50m rifle 3 positions finals) – Sanjeev Rajput – Gold
Athletics (men’s javelin throw final) – Neera Chopra – Gold
Boxing (women’s 45-48kg final) – MC Mary Kom – Gold
Wrestling (women’s 50kg) – Vinesh Phogat – Gold
Boxing (men’s 52kg final) – Gaurav Solanki – Gold
Boxing (men’s 75kg final) – Vikas Krishan – Gold
Wrestling (men’s 125kg final) – Sumit – Gold
Boxing (men’s 60kg final) – Manish Kaushik – Silver
Boxing (men’s 46-49kg final) – Amit Phangal – Silver
Squash (mixed doubles gold medal match) – Dipika Pallikal Karthik/Saurav Ghosal – Silver
TT (men’s doubles gold medal match) – Achantha Sharath/Sathiyan Gnanasekaran – Silver
Boxing (men’s +91kg final) – Satish Kumar – Silver
Wrestling (women’s 62kg) – Sakshi Malik – Bronze
Wrestling (men’s 86kg) – Somveer – Bronze
Badminton (women’s doubles bronze match) – N Sikki Reddy/Ashwini Ponnappa – Bronze
TT (men’s doubles bronze match) – Harmeet Desai/Sanil Shetty – Bronze
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