Following is the 20 April 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. Chhattisgarh to Distribute Free Smartphones.
Chhattisgarh govt. will start distributing smartphones to over 50 lakh people for free from May under the Sanchar Kranti Yojana.
Under the scheme, 40 lakh phones will be given to women heads of households in villages having population of more than 1,000.
Smartphones will help to apprise people with the government’s welfare schemes and about the processes to avail benefits.
2. States to allow private licence for taxis.
Centre has asked states to allow drivers to use private licence for driving taxis and light vehicles for commercial purposes.
However, commercial driving licences would be required for trucks, buses, heavy commercial vehicles and other medium.
Exemption from obtaining the endorsement for commercial vehicles would apply to motor cycles and light motor vehicles like taxis, e-rickshaw/e-cart.
3. Delhi to host third annual 5G India Congress.
The 3rd edition of the Annual 5G India Congress 2018 will be held on April 20 in New Delhi.
5G Indian Congress 2018 will focus more on understanding and analysing current Network infrastructure and its developments, 5G market condition and requirements.
The Indian Government has plans to roll out 5G by 2020.
5G will enable individuals, govts & companies to remain in sync in real time.
4. New draft coast regulation rules.
Environment Ministry has framed new rules governing country’s coastline in which it has proposed expanding land area for development activities & tourism infrastructure.
Draft proposes a No Development Zone of 20m to be stipulated for all islands close to main land coast.
It also proposes temporary tourism facilities such as shacks, toilet blocks, change rooms, and others at beaches.
5. India’s growth rate highest among BRICS nations: KPMG Report.
India has been recording the highest growth rate amongst the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) economies, as per report of KPMG titled “India Soars Higher”.
6. India has second largest unbanked population: World Bank.
The Global Findex Report released by World Bank, about 190 million Indian adults still don’t have a bank account.
Second only to China, despite the account ownership more than doubling from 35 per cent in 2011 to 80 per cent in 2017.
7. ‘Winning Like Sachin: Think & Succeed Like Tendulkar’ authored by Devendra Prabhudesai.
The anecdote finds a mention in a new book, winning like Sachin: Think & Succeed like Tendulkar, authored by Devendra Prabhudesai.
Published by Rupa Publications, the book offers insights into the winning attributes and lessons from the cricketing icons life.
8. New partnership announced between India-UK.
The British government announced a new trade partnership between India-UK.
India would be investing more than 1 billion pounds in UK which will aid in creating 5,750 British jobs.
The new partnership was announced after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had talks with the British Prime Minister Theresa May.
9. Scientists in Spain create a new record.
Researchers based out in Spain cramp down light to lesser than a nanometer,that is, a space of 1 atom
The team did so by squeezing plasmons into a gap between graphene and metal.
This is the smallest confinement done till date.
This work was performed in collaboration with MIT (USA) and University of Minho (Portugal).
10. Swaziland King changes his country’s name to ‘Kingdom of eSwatini’.
Swaziland’s King Mswati III, Africa’s last absolute monarch officially changed the name of his country to the ‘Kingdom of eSwatini’.
Accordingly, the country, a member of the Commonwealth, will now be known by its historic name of eSwatini, a Swazi language name that stands for ‘place of the Swazi’.
11. Syria returned prestigious Legion d’honneur.
Syria has returned to France the prestigious Legion d’honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad.
President Assad was decorated with the highest class of the award, the Grand Croix, in 2001 after he took power following the death of his father.
France recently joined the US and Britain in bombing Syrian targets over an alleged chemical weapons attack.
12. US senate narrowly confirms Trump’s new NASA Chief.
Jim Bridenstine, was confirmed on a 50-49 vote and will become the 13th administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
seven months after Trump named him to lead the agency.
Jim Bridenstine is a congressman from Oklahoma.
Jim Bridenstine also is US Navy veteran, and former pilot.
13. Tata Sons appoints new Group Chief HR Officer.
Tata Sons has appointed long-time group employee Nupur Mallick as its new Group Chief Human Resource Officer.
Currently, Mallick is director, Human Resources for Tata Consultancy Services in the UK and Ireland.
She will take over from S. Padmanabhan who will continue to be executive chairman of Tata Business Excellence Group and head, Sustainability Group.
14. Cuba gets its first non-Castro President.
Cuba has selected First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba.
Miguel is the first leader outside the Castro dynasty to lead the country since the 1959 revolution.
Raul Castro will remain head of the Communist party, designated by the constitution as “the superior guiding force of society and the state”.
15. SBI allows cash withdrawl at Point of Sale terminals without any charges.
To beat the cash crunch, SBI is allowing debit cardholders withdraw money from its Point of Sale terminals without any charges.
According to RBI, a customer can withdraw Rs 1,000 in tier 1 & 2 cities, whereas Rs 2,000 can be withdrawn in tier 3 to tier 6 cities per day per card.
SBI has over 6 lakh PoS machines of which nearly 5 lakh machines are enabled to dispense cash to its customers.
16. Yes Bank got RBI’s nod to open offices.
Yes Bank has received the Reserve Bank of India’s approval to open two representative offices in London and Singapore.
The opening of these new offices will help in further diversification and expansion of financial services to the NRI diaspora.
Yes Bank opened its first representative office in Abu Dhabi in April 2015.
17. Standard Chartered ties up with Zoho.
Standard Chartered Bank has announced an alliance with Zoho to offer solutions to enhance corporate banking experience.
Bank’s business account holders can now pay their suppliers & automate reconciliation right from Zoho Books.
The collaboration with Zoho offers clients a revolutionary experience, enabling them to interact seamlessly, resulting in simpler reconciliation & faster payments.
18. Maruti Alto retained best selling PV model tag.
Maruti Suzuki India’s entry-level hatchback Alto has retained its status as the best selling passenger vehicle in India in 2017-18
The Alto retained its number one position by selling 258,539 units in 2017-18 as against 241,635 units in the previous financial year.
Maruti continued its dominance with seven of its models featuring in the top ten list.
19. India to bid for 2026 Youth Olympics.
Indian Olympic Association has decided to bid for 2026 Youth Olympics as well as the 2032 Summer Olympics.
The bidding process for 2026 Youth Olympics is likely to start in early part of 2020.
Besides India, Thailand has also expressed interest to host the 2026 Youth Olympics.
IOC chief Thomas Bach, who is on a 2 day visit to India, said India has the capability to host big Olympic events.
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