Following is the 27 April 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. Foreigners can now travel to Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur without permit.
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.
These were out of bounds for them without a special permit.
2. 23rd meeting of Western Zonal Council.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the 23rd meeting of Western Zonal Council at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
During the last 3 years or so, two Council meetings and 3 Standing Committee meetings of the Western Zonal Council were held.
Zonal Councils were set up under the States Reorganization Act, 1956 to foster Inter-State co-operation and co-ordination among the States.
3. Government approves pacts for supply of iron.
The Cabinet approved a long-term agreement for export of iron to Japan and South Korea through state-owned trading firm MMTC.
The range of quantity of iron ore to be exported would be 3.8 million tonnes per annum to 5.5 million tonnes per annum.
MMTC will be supplying iron ore of grade 64 Fe, or high-grade content, to Japanese and Korean steel mills from Bailadila mines in Chhattisgarh.
4. 1st Solar microgrid commissioned in Gujarat.
Swedish-Swiss multinational giant ABB announced it has commissioned India’s first industrial solar microgrid at its Vadodara manufacturing facility in Gujarat.
Microgrids with integrated battery energy storage allow cutting down of planned and unplanned power outages.
A key benefit is a reduction in overall operational costs and reduced electricity bills.
5. India to get database on disasters by 2020.
India will get a national database on disasters, which includes information on deaths, people affected and economic losses, by 2020.
As India is a signatory to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, it has become imperative for the country to have a database ready by 2020.
A baseline, using data from 2005-15, will be developed in order to track improvements in disaster management.
6. AIIMS sets up India’s first Virtual Bronchoscopy Navigation (VBN) system.
In a first in the country, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences set up Virtual Bronchoscopy Navigation (VBN) system.
VBN is a facility for diagnosis and treatment of patients with small tumour-like spots in lungs.
Very few countries like China, Singapore besides the US and Europe have this facility.
7. Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) grants first license for Liquid Chlorine.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) granted First Licence to M/s Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd for Liquid Chlorine on All India basis.
This is the First Licence granted on All India basis. The license has been made operative with effect from 12th April, 2018 for a period of one year.
This product is in liquid form and stored in metal containers and used in paper, pulp, textile bleaching.
8. CSIR wins National Intellectual Property Award 2018.
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was awarded the National Intellectual Property Award.
It is for being the top research and development organisation for patents and commercialisation.
9. Maharashta signed MoU with British Council.
The Maharashtra government signed an MoU with the British Council to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation.
With this MoU, the British Council hopes to expand its existing work in the state.
The areas of potential collaboration include developing further initiatives to improve English teaching and enhance employability skills in schools and training institutes.
10. Mumbai to host food archaeology conference.
Mumbai is hosting a conference that will look at food from point of views of history, archaeology and sociology.
Titled “ArchaeoBroma”, the conference, to be held on May 5 and 6, is being touted as India’s first-ever national meet on “food as culture”.
It will be organised by the India Study Centre Trust and the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies of the University of Mumbai.
11. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh launched portal to export seeds.
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh launched a portal to facilitate export-import of seeds and planting material.
A seed import-export portal has been developed for making the trade process easy.
With the launch of this portal, all organisations importing-exporting seeds will not be required to submit their applications in 20 copies.
12. India-Nepal Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting began in Kathmandu.
India-Nepal Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting on trade, transit and cooperation to control unauthorised trade in Kathmandu started on 26th April.
The meeting provides a regular platform to review the implementation of past trade and transit agreements.
Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) also deliberate upon day-to-day problems in regulation of Nepalese traffic-in-transit and issue of Indian investments in Nepal.
13. Inter-Korean Summit: Kim Jong Un crosses over to South Korea for first time.
In a historic first, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed the border that separates the two Koreas at the demilitarized zone (DMZ).
To enter South Korea, becoming the first North Korean leader to step into South Korean territory since 1953.
14. NSE launches E-Gsec platform for bringing Retail Participation in Government Securities.
National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) has announced the launch of its “e – Gsec” platform for facilitating the non-competitive bidding in Government of India Dated Securities (G-Sec) and Treasury Bills (T-Bills).
This will allow retail investors to invest in Government Securities and hold them in existing demat accounts.
The non-competitive bidding facility was introduced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to encourage retail participation in the primary market for Government Securities.
15. Christine appointed as envoy on Myanmar by UN.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Christine Schraner Burgener of Switzerland as his new special envoy on Myanmar.
Burgener was the Ambassador of Switzerland to Germany since 2015.
From 2009 to 2015, she served as Ambassador to Thailand and led efforts to mediate between the two sides in the violence that erupted in Thailand in 2010.
16. World Bank loan for Biopharma Mission.
The government has secured a loan of about Rs. 1,600 crore from the World Bank to develop new vaccines, medical devices and medicines.
The money will be disbursed over five years and is part of the Department of Biotechnology-led National Biopharma Mission.
The goal is to have 6 to 10 new products in the next five years and it will create a slew of jobs.
17. Microsoft is India’s Most Attractive Employer: Randstad Survey.
Technology giant Microsoft India declared the most attractive employer brand, followed by e-commerce giant Amazon India.
The winners were named by HR service provider Randstad’s Employer Brand Research (REBR) 2018.
Sector-wise, Tata Consultancy Services is most favored in IT, while Larsen & Toubro tops Infrastructure & Construction and Hindustan Unilever emerges the winner in FMCG.
18. Pakistani Playwright Madeeha Guahar Passes away.
Renowned Pakistani playwright and director Madeeha Gauhar died of cancer at the age of 62.
In 2006, Gauhar became the first Pakistani woman to be honoured with the prestigious Prince Claus Award for her leadership of Ajoka.
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