Daily Current Affairs 25th April 2018

National News


1. Important Cabinet Approvals- 25th April 2018

Important Cabinet Approvals- 25th April 018
i. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given the following set of approvals. The important Cabinet Approvals are given as follows-
ii. The Cabinet has approved-

1. MoU between India and Sao Tome and Principe for Cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy.
2. The Memorandum of Agreement between India and World Health Organisation represented by its Regional Office for South-East Asia acting through its Country Office in India.
3. MoU on cooperation in the field of regulation of medical products for human use amongst the medicine regulatory agencies of the BRICS countries.
4. Long-Term Agreements for the supply of iron ore (lumps and fines) to Japan and South Korea through MMTC Limited.
5. Declaration of Scheduled Areas in respect of Rajasthan under Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India.
6. Restructured National Bamboo Mission- An outlay of Rs.1290 crore (with Rs. 950 crore as Central share) is provisioned for implementation of the Mission during the remaining period of 14th Finance Commission (2018-19 and 2019-20).
7. Minimum Support Prices for Raw Jute for 2018-19 season- The Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Fair Average Quality (FAQ) of Raw Jute has been increased to Rs.3700/- per quintal for 2018-19 season from Rs. 3500/- per quintal in the 2017-18 season.

2. India Signs Loan Agreement With World Bank for US$ 125 million
i. A Loan Agreement for IBRD credit of US$ 125 (equivalent) for the “Innovate in India for Inclusiveness Project” was signed with the World Bank in New Delhi.
ii. The Objectives of the project is to nurture indigenous innovation, foster local product development and accelerate commercialization process by bridging critical skill and infrastructure gaps to promote affordable and innovative healthcare products generation for inclusive development and increasing competitiveness in India.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for NABARD Grade-A Exam 2018-
  • President of the World Bank- Jim Yong Kim.
  • Headquarters of World Bank: Washington, DC.
  • IBRD stands for International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
3. India’s 1st e-Commerce Think Tank Meet Convened By Suresh Prabhu
i. Suresh Prabhu, the commerce and industry minister, held the first e-commerce think tank meeting in New Delhi. The minister chaired the meeting which aimed at framing a national policy on e-commerce.

ii. The setting up of this e-commerce think tank and the initiative taken by the ministry may well be interpreted as the government and its allied bodies beginning to understand the growth potential of the e-commerce industry in India.
4. m-Awas App for Allotment of GPRA Through ASA Launched
i. Hardeep Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C) launched a Mobile App (m-Awas) for allotment of Government accommodations in General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) in Delhi under the control of the Directorate of Estates.
ii. The application has been developed by NIC. A total number of 61,317 residential accommodations of various types are available in Delhi which are allotted to the eligible Central Government employees through Automated System of Allotment (ASA), by using login Id and password.

5. Foreigners Can Now Travel to Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur Without Permit

i. The Home Ministry has decided to relax the six-decade-old Protected Area Permit regime from Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur for five years. Foreign tourists, except those from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan, will now be allowed to visit some of the most pristine locations of the country which, so far, were out of bounds for them without a special permit.
ii. Under the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958, all areas falling between the Inner line and the International Border of some states were declared as protected areas.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for NABARD Grade-A Exam 2018-
  • Manipur CM- Nongthombam Biren Singh, Governor- Dr. Najma A. Heptulla.
  • Mizoram CM- Lal Thanhawla, Governor- Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma.
  • Nagaland CM- Neiphiu Rio, Governor- Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya.


International News


6. World Malaria Day: 25 April
i. World Malaria Day is observed on April 25 every year to recognise the global effort to control malaria and also to spread awareness about the around the world. The theme for this year’s Malaria Day is ‘Ready to beat Malaria’.
ii. The theme emphasises the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community that is uniting all around the world to curb the disease and working towards the common goal to making the world malaria free.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for NABARD Grade-A Exam 2018-
  • Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasites, which is spread to people through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito, also known as malaria vectors.
7. Sushma Swaraj Attends Meeting of India-Mongolia Joint Committee
i. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the 6th round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee meeting with her Mongolian counterpart Damdin Tsogtbaatar in Ulaanbaatar.

ii. The meeting discussed trade, economic, cultural and scientific co-operation. Mrs Swaraj became the first Indian External Affairs Minister to visit the nation in 42 years.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for NABARD Grade-A Exam 2018-
  • Mongolia Capital- Ulaanbaatar, Currency- Mongolian togrog, Prime Minister- Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh.
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