Current Affairs – April 29-30, 2018

International Jazz Day: 30 April

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by the UNESCO Director-General and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration.

Vesak Day or Buddha Purnima: 30 April

Vesak“, the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a 2500 years ago, that the Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha in his eightieth year passed away. The General Assembly, by its resolution 54/115 of 1999, recognized internationally the Day of Vesak to acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity. This day is commemorated annually at the UN Headquarters and other UN offices, in consultation with the relevant UN offices and with permanent missions, which also wish to be consulted.

Prime Minister Modi wraps up two-day China visit

Prime Minister Modi wrapped up his two-day visit to China with both the countries underlining the importance of maintaining peace and tranquility in all areas of their border region in the larger interest of the overall development of bilateral relations. The two neighboring Asian giants resolved to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the vexed boundary question.

All Indian villages now have access to the power supply: PM Modi

Manipur’s Leisang village became the last non-electrified inhabited village to join India’s mainline supply network at 5.30pm on Saturday, an important milestone in the country’s journey towards universal electricity access. This means that all 597,464 inhabited villages in the country now have access to power, fulfilling a promise the PM had made on August 15, 2015, when he announced that all unelectrified villages would get power over the next 1,000 days. Having fulfilled that promise, the PM took to Twitter in a big way. “28th April 2018 will be remembered as a historic day in the development journey of India. Yesterday, we fulfilled a commitment due to which the lives of several Indians will be transformed forever. I am delighted that every single village of India now has access to electricity,” he said in a series of tweets.

International Buddhist Conference concluded in Lumbini

In his concluding remarks, Prime Minister of Nepal K. P. Sharma Oli said that Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, is a fountain of light that candles Buddha’s quest for enlightenment. He said that deliberations on Gautama Buddha’s immortal teachings have great relevance in the contemporary world. PM Oli also said that messages of Buddha always guide in pursuant to peace, tolerance, and harmony. Participants from more than 20 countries including India attended the two-day conference. It was organized as part of 2562nd Buddha Jayanti celebrations. The basic objective of the conference was to disseminate teachings of Gautam Buddha and spread the messages of nonviolence, brotherhood, coexistence, love, and peace to the international community.

Gujarati writer Sitanshu Yashaschandra to be conferred Saraswati Samman

Gujarati poet, playwright and academic Sitanshu Yashaschandra has been selected for the 2017 Saraswati Samman for his collection of verses titled Vakhar. The award, now in its 27th year, is presented by the KK Birla Foundation, a literary and cultural organization that also gives the Vyas Samman for Hindi, and Bihari Puraskar for Hindi and Rajasthani writers of Rajasthan. Born in 1941 in Gujarat’s Bhuj, Yashaschandra has three poetry collections — Odysseusnu Halesu, Jatayu, and Vakhar — to his credit. He has penned 10 plays and three books on critical analysis. He is also a recipient of the Padma Shri and the Sahitya Akademi Award.

Paytm introduces ‘Tap Card’ offline payments solution

One97 Communications Limited, the owner of digital payment major, Paytm, announced the launch of its offline payments solution – the Paytm Tap Card, in line with the company’s vision to provide seamless payments solutions for non-internet customers. This card uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to enable safe and convenient digital payments, completely offline at Paytm-issued NFC PoS terminals in under a second. To make payments, users can add money from their Paytm account by scanning the QR code on the Tap Card and by authenticating it at any of the add value machines (AVM).

Andhra Govt holds Cyber Security Summit in Visakhapatnam

The Andhra Pradesh government and MasterCard, along with Fintech valley, held the Andhra Pradesh Cyber Security Summit in Visakhapatnam on 27th April. State IT Minister, Nara Lokesh also participated in the summit, which provided a platform for top cyber security experts to share strategies and solutions to combat the growing cyber threat in India and globally. “We have 500 of the brightest minds of the world coming to Visakhapatnam. We believe cybersecurity will play a big role, not only in protecting the national assets but also in creating jobs,” Lokesh said. The summit was a part of the MoU between Andhra Pradesh government and MasterCard to implement the best practices for cybersecurity.

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) remained stationery in March 2018

The All-India CPI-IW for March 2018 remained stationery at 287 (two hundred and eighty-seven). On 1-month percentage change, it remained static between February and March 2018 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.36% between the corresponding months of previous year. The year-on-year inflation based on CPI-IW stood at 4.36% for March 2018 as compared to 4.74% for the previous month and 2.61% during the corresponding month of the previous year. The Labour Bureau has been compiling and maintaining three different series of Consumer Price Index numbers viz. (i) Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100.

India likely to clock 7.5 pc growth in FY19: Deutsche Bank

The Indian economy is witnessing a “cyclical upswing” and the country is likely to clock a GDP growth of 7.5% this financial year, says a Deutsche Bank research report. “Our current growth forecast for 2018-19 is 7.5% (RBI estimate is 7.4%), which will mark an improvement from the 6.7% likely outturn in 2017-18,” the global financial services major said. The Reserve Bank expects India’s economic growth rate to strengthen to 7.4% in the current fiscal, from 6.6% in 2017-18, on account of revival in investment activity.

Sumit, Nikhat, Himanshu strike gold at Belgrade International Boxing

Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Nikhat Zareen (51kg) were among the three gold-medallists in India’s stupendous campaign at the 56th Belgrade International Boxing Tournament in Serbia. India ended the tournament with three gold, five silver and five bronze medals in all. Continuing his fine comeback from a wrist injury, Sumit, an Asian silver-medallist, defeated Ecuador’s Castillo Torres in a unanimous 5-0 verdict to claim the top honors on 28th April night. Former junior world champion Nikhat, also returning to action after recovering from a shoulder injury, notched up a 5-0 win over Greece’s Koutsoeorgopoulou Aikaterini to pick up a morale-boosting gold. Also claiming a gold was Himanshu Sharma (49kg), who defeated Algeria’s Mohammed Touareg 5-0 in his final bout.

Rampant Nadal cruises to 11th Barcelona title

Rafael Nadal won his 11th Barcelona title on 29th April when he breezed past Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1 in the final. It was world number one Nadal’s 55th career clay-court title while he also extended his winning streak on the surface to 46 consecutive sets. The 31-year-old Spaniard won his 11th Monte Carlo Masters last weekend also without dropping a set.

Learn Two a Day:

Rudrasagar lake: Tripura
Sathyamangalam Tiger reserve: Tamil Nadu

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