Following is the 17 April 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. Bengaluru Highest Paying city for Talent.
The garden city of Bengaluru is found to be the highest paying city in the country.
With an average annual cost to company (CTC) for talent across all levels and functions standing at about Rs 11 lakh, according to Randstad Insights, the research and analysis division of Randstad India.
Pune stands second at around Rs 10 lakh, followed by Delhi NCR and Mumbai with an average annual CTC figure of a little under Rs 10 lakh and around Rs 9 lakh, respectively.
2. Kochi to host India Skills Kerala 2018.
Kerala will host the India Skills Kerala 2018 – in Kochi from April 28 to 30, as part of the World Skills India 2018.
The event is aimed at identifying and training talents to get medals at the World Skills Competition Kazan 2019.
The proposed India Skills Kerala 2018 is an avenue provided to the youngsters in the State to showcase their vocational skills.
3. Pilgrimage train flagged off from Sambalpur.
A special pilgrimage train for senior citizens, under the ‘Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana’, has been flagged off from Sambalpur station by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The train will take senior citizens to Shirdi, Nasik and Trimbakeshwar during the seven-day tour.
The Odisha government has signed an MoU with the IRCTC for the pilgrimage plan.
4. India-Wiesbaden Conference 2018 held in New Delhi.
The India-Wiesbaden Conference 2018 was held from April 16-17, 2018, in New Delhi.
The title of conference was ‘Securing Global Supply Chains through Government-Industry Partnerships towards Effective Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1540’.
5. India won elections to key UN subsidiary.
India has won an election to a crucial Non-Governmental Organisation committee in the UN.
The UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held elections to a number of its subsidiary bodies.
The ECOSOC focusses on advancing the three dimensions of sustainable development economic, social and environmental.
India topped the election to the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations.
6. US places India under watch list.
The US Treasury Department placed India under a watch list that monitors countries’ currency practices.
The department in its report observed that the foreign exchange policies of six countries were needed to be monitored.
Earlier, the department had five countries – China, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Switzerland – under this list. India is now the sixth country.
7. Asteroid 2018 GE3 makes surprise fly-by Earth.
A giant asteroid gave Earth a surprise close shave this week, flying by at a distance of 1,92,000 kilometres, just a day after astronomers discovered the object.
Designated 2018 GE3, made its closest approach to Earth at around 0641 GMT on April 15.
NASA estimated that the asteroid measures 48 to 110 meters wide.
8. World Bank to fund community-led landscapes Management Project.
A loan agreement worth USD 48 million for the “Meghalaya Community – Led Landscapes Management Project (MCLLMP)” was signed between India and the World Bank.
The objective of the project is to strengthen community-led landscapes management in selected landscapes in Meghalaya.
The project will help manage the depleting resources, by strengthening the communities and traditional institutions.
9. Bandhan Bank among top 50 Most Valuable Brand in India.
Kolkata-based Bandhan Bank Ltd became one of the top 50 most valuable publicly traded firms in India.
The market capitalization of Bandhan Bank was at Rs 64,000 crore, claiming 50th rank, according to BSE data.
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd is the most valuable company in India, followed by Reliance Industries Ltd and HDFC Bank Ltd.
10. Yes Bank launches overdraft facility for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)..
Yes Bank recently announced the launch of ‘YES GST’, an OD (over draft) facility for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
Through this first-of-its-kind, industry first initiative, an MSME can avail OD up to Rs. 1 crore, based on their annual turnover, backed by GST returns.
This OD facility can be availed by a MSME against mortgage of residential or commercial property.
11. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd joins Rs 1-trillion market capitalisation club.
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd entered the coveted Rs 1 trillion market capitalisation club, after its share price hit a fresh 52-week high on the BSE.
Following the jump in its m-cap, M&M has joined the ranks of Ultra Tech Cement, Power Grid Corporation, and IndusInd Bank.
The company’s market capitalisation (m-cap) jumped to Rs 1,01,829.91 crore.
12. Ola to introduce 10,000 EVs.
App-based cab aggregator Ola plans to introduce 10,000 e-rickshaws and electric autorickshaws in India in the next 12 months.
The ride-hailing company is in talks with state governments, OEM partners and electronic vehicle innovators to speed up the introduction of EVs in India.
Ola aims to bring one million electric vehicles on the road by 2021.
13. Tennis star Yuki Bhambri back in top-100.
Tennis star Yuki Bhambri today broke back into the top-100 for the first time since February 2016.
As per the latest rankings, he jumped 22 places to a career-best rank of 83.
This follows his title-winning performance at the Taipei Challenger.
This is the best rank an Indian has achieved in ATP singles chart since Somdev Devvarman touched a career-high 62 in July 2011.
14. Pulitzer Prizes 2018 Announced.
The Pulitzer Prizes for 2018 has been announced. Following are the winners of the Pulitzer Prize 2018.
Fiction: Andrew Sean Greer’s “Less” has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Greer’s novel tells the comic story of a middle-aged novelist.
Drama: Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok.
History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis (Liveright/W.W. Norton).
Biography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser (Metropolitan Books).
Poetry: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
15. Noted Artist Ram Kumar passes away.
Noted Indian painter Ram Kumar died in Delhi. The Padma Bhushan awardee from Shimla was 94.
He was honored with the Padma Shri by in 1972 and Kalidas Samman by the Madhya Pradesh government in 1986.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2010.
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