Following is the 25 April 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. M-Awas app for allotment of Government homes.
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).
The application has been developed by NIC.
The dedicated application of online allotment i.e. e-Awas will support this App.
The app is user friendly and can be made operative from an android mobile phone.
2. Government to relax Restricted Area Permit regime.
The Restricted Area Permit regime in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep will be relaxed for tourism promotion.
This was decided during the third meeting of Island Development Agency chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.
The Island Development Agency reviewed the progress made towards preparation of Development Plans for identified Islands.
3. Dalmia Bharat Limited has signed a MoU to Adopt Red Fort, Delhi.
Dalmia Bharat Limited has signed a MoU with Ministry of Tourism for adoption of Red Fort monument under the “Adopt a Heritage” project.
The adoption will enable to construct, landscape, illuminate and maintain activities related to provision and development of tourist amenities.
The Adopt a Heritage Scheme was launched by President Ram Nath Kovind on World Tourism Day on 27th September 2017.
4. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched Pravasi Pension Scheme.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched Pravasi pension scheme.
The scheme gives those hailing from Kerala but living outside the state or country, a pension of 2,000 a month.
People over the age of 60 years are eligible for the pension.
The scheme is not applicable for state and central government employees.
5. Secure India Conclave underway in New Delhi.
The two-day Secure India Conclave got underway in New Delhi on 24th April.
The conclave is being organised by Global Counter Terrorism keeping in view Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of New India : Secure India 2018.
The event presents a unique encapsulation of prevalent issues in India’s internal security.
6. Ramsar tag likely for Sunderbans.
The Sunderban Reserve Forest, spread of 4,260 sq. km. with over 2,000 sq. km. of mangrove forests and creeks, is likely to be declared a Ramsar Site soon.
The Indian Sunderbans, with mangrove forests, comprise almost 43% of the mangrove cover in India.
There are currently 26 sites in India recognised as Ramsar wetland sites of international importance.
7. Sagar Kavach: Coastal security exercise held in Kerala.
Two-day coastal security exercise ‘Sagar Kavach’ to strengthen and assess the loopholes in the coastal security mechanism was held along Kerala coast.
The exercise saw participation of Indian Coast Guard (ICG), Indian Navy, Coastal Police and Marine Enforcement wing and various other security stakeholders.
It saw participation of three ships of India Navy, 10 of ICG, four fishing boats, besides 20 coastal police stations from Vizhinjam to Kasaragod.
8. 6th Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)-2018.
The 6th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and Conclave of Chiefs held in Iran at Tehran.
The Chief of the Naval Staff is leading a four member Indian delegation for the event.
9. Dakota DC-3 aircraft to be inducted into Indian Air Force.
Dakota DC-3 aircraft of 1940’s vintage would be inducted shortly into the Vintage Aircraft Flight of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Built in 1944, the aircraft served in the military with the RAF and was also operated by various civil airlines.
In 1988, a large fleet of Dakota DC-3 served in the Indian Air Force. It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time.
10. 15th SCO Defence Ministers meeting held in Beijing.
India is participating in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Defence Ministers Meeting for the first time.
The 15th SCO Defence Ministers Meeting was held at Beijing in China.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman highlighted India’s keen interest in developing an expanded partnership with the broader Eurasian region.
11. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to attend India-Mongolia Joint Committee.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will co-chair the 6th round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee meeting with her Mongolian counterpart in Ulaanbaatar.
The meeting will discuss trade, economic, cultural and scientific co-operation.
Mrs Swaraj became the first Indian External Affairs Minister to visit the Mongolia in 42 years.
12. Bangladesh, Nepal launched trial bus service.
Bangladesh and Nepal have launched a trial bus service between their capitals through India.
The proposed commercial bus service comes under the purview of BBIN (Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal) Motor Vehicles Agreement.
Currently, passengers use the Lalmonirhat-Burimari-Changrabandha-Siliguri route to go to Kathmandu.
13. Iran bans Banks from using Cryptocurrencies.
Iran banned the use of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by its banks and financial institutions.
As per the central bank of Iran, the ban was necessary since all cryptocurrencies have the capacity to be turned into a means for money-laundering.
Also financing terrorism and in general can be turned into a means for transferring criminals’ money.
14. India, World Bank sign agreement.
The World Bank signed a loan agreement with India for IBRD credit of $125 million for the “Innovate in India for Inclusiveness Project”.
The objectives of the project are to nurture indigenous innovation, foster local product development.
The project would support consortia of the public, private, and the academic institutions to overcome the key market failures.
15. National Stock Exchange launched e-Gsec platform.
The National Stock Exchange announced the launch of its e-Gsec platform.
The platform will allow retail investors to invest in government securities and hold them in existing demat accounts.
The government issues securities to borrow money from the market.
The Union budget 2016-17 had announced that RBI will facilitate retail participation in the primary markets through stock exchanges.
16. India to host Asian Weightlifting Championships.
Indian will host the prestigious Asian Weightlifting Championship in 2019.
The Championship was awarded to India at the Executive Board Meeting and Congress of the Asian Weightlifting Federation held on April 22 at Urgench, Uzbekistan.
The last edition of the Asian Championship was held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from April 23-29.
17. Rivzi gets silver at ISSF World Cup.
Shahzar Rizvi on 24th April clinched India’s first medal at the ISSF World Cup, winning a silver in the 10m air pistol event.
Rizvi had won the gold medal in the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico in March.
Russia clinched the gold medal while the bronze went to Bulgaria.
18. Egyptian journalist gets press freedom prize.
Egyptian photo journalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid won the 2018 Press Freedom Prize awarded by the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO on 23rd April.
The prize, the Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize, will be awarded on May 2 to mark World Press Freedom Day.
The $25,000 World Press Freedom Prize was established in 1997 to honor Guillermo Cano Isaza who was a journalist.
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