Following is the 28 April 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. POCSO Act to be made gender-neutral.
The Centre has proposed to amend the POCSO Act and make it gender-neutral.
In 2017, the government had instructed the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to look into the issue.
As of right now, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO) does not cover boys who suffer from sexual abuse.
2. Government collects Rs 7.41 trillion from GST.
Government has collected Rs 7.41 trillion in taxes in the first year of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) between August 2017 and March 2018
The revenues for four months have not been accounted for because of the mid-year rollout and an accounting lag.
Under GST, the tax levied on consumption of goods or rendering of service is split 50:50 between the Centre and the states.
3. Delhi govt to set up Rogi Kalyan Samiti.
Delhi government has decided to set up ‘Rogi Kalyan Samitis’ in each constituency and ‘Jan Swasthaya Samitis’ in dispensaries and clinics.
These Assembly Rogi Kalyan Samitis will play advisory role and will assist health facilities, develop and customize strategies.
‘Assembly Rogi Kalyan Samiti’ and ‘Jan Swasthaya Samiti’ will be provided Rs 3 lakh per annum as grand-in aid.
4. Former PM Manmohan Singh launches economist Rao’s book.
Former PM Manmohan Singh recently released a book by Economist C H. Hanumantha Rao.
The book is titled ‘My Journey from Marxism-Leninism to Nehruvian Socialism’.
C.H. Hanumantha Rao was the former Planning Commission and Finance Commission member.
5. Indian Culinary Institute inaugurated.
The Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) was inaugurated by Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons in Noida on April 27, 2018.
The institute will further government’s commitment to creating skilled manpower in the field of hospitality.
It will also help in promoting the research and development in Culinary Arts
Another ICI campus is being set up in Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati.
6. UNCCD workshop on land degradation.
A four-day Asia Pacific Regional Workshop of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was held in New Delhi.
The workshop was jointly held jointly hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and UNCCD Secretariat.
Its objective was to discuss on how to build the capacity of the Asia-Pacific Region to monitor and report on land degradation
7. Indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas fires air-to-air BVR missile.
Indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas has successfully fired an air-to-air beyond visual range (BVR) missile.
With this major milestone, Tejas has demonstrated its overall capability as an effective combat jet, and inched closer to receive final operational clearance.
Nirmala Sitharaman complimented the DRDO and other agencies involved in making Tejas a world-class aircraft.
8. The Defence Ministry approved procurement of NAG missile.
The Defence Ministry approved military procurement worth Rs. 3,687 crore.
It includes anti-tank guided missile NAG for the Army and long-range guns for the Navy.
The proposals were cleared at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
The DAC also approved the procurement of thirteen 127 mm caliber guns for the Navy.
9. Wuhan summit: India-China to collaborate in war-torn Afghanistan.
India and China have decided to launch together a launch joint economic project in war-torn Afghanistan.
This would be the first ever Sino-Indian joint initiative in a third country.
The two sides also decided give to momentum to economic partnership and joint global projects in health and disaster management
10. A historic event: North-South Korea meet.
In a historic turn of events, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 27, 2018 stepped into South Korean border for a day of talks with the Southern President Moon Jae-in.
Kim and Moon signed “Panmunjom Declaration,” named after the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.
Both leaders also agreed to work jointly for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
11. US senate approves Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State.
The US Senate voted to approve former CIA director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, after a bruising battle by Democrats against President Donald Trump’s nominee.
The approval came in time for Pompeo to lead the US delegation to NATO foreign minister talks in Brussels.
To arrange a summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the coming months.
12. 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.
13. IndiGo chief Aditya Ghosh resigns.
Aditya Ghosh resigned as the President and whole-time director of IndiGo.
Greg Taylor will be appointed as president and CEO of the company.
14. Rahul Bhatia as interim CEO of Indigo.
InterGlobe Aviation Ltd.’s director Rahul Bhatia has taken over as the interim chief executive officer after its president and director Aditya Ghosh unexpectedly resigned.
Indigo is jointly owned by Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal.
Indigo is the biggest airline in India and the biggest budget airline in Asia by market valuation.
15. Government to acquire RBI’s stake in NHB.
The government is all set to acquire the stake of Reserve Bank of India in housing finance regulator National Housing Bank (NHB),
RBI currently holds 100 percent stake in the NHB.
The Finance Bill 2018 has amended the National Housing Bank Act, 1987, for transferring RBI’s stake in the NHB to the government.
16. RBI eases rules for foreign investors.
RBI has removed the restriction that limited foreign investors to only investing in government and corporate bonds with tenures of three years or more.
This decision can bolster the domestic bond market.
The move comes after weak investor interest in two recent auctions that led to a spike in sovereign debt yields.
17. Axis Bank posts first loss since 1998.
Axis Bank has reported a net loss of Rs 21.88 billion for the quarter ended March 2018.
This is the first time the bank has posted quarterly loss since its listing in 1998.
The loss has been attributed to higher provisioning for bad loans.
The lender substantially raised its provisioning to cover for bad loans and contingencies during the quarter to Rs 71.79 billion.
18. Google ranked as most trusted internet brand in India: Report.
Online search engine Google is the most trusted Internet brand in India as per the TRA Brand Trust Report 2018. With 1.2 trillion searches per year, Google has become the first port of call for all things on the Internet.
Google was followed by Facebook, Amazon and eBay.
The biggest falls in trust were seen by Snapdeal, who fell by 142 ranks over last year.
The top trust gainers this year were Netflix (up 506 ranks over last year).
19. Tennis: Ankita Raina included in TOPS.
Tennis player Ankita Raina has been included in the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
She has displayed good form this season both in the Fed Cup and the professional circuit.
Ankita recently broke into the top-200, reaching a career-best 197 in the WTA rankings, becoming the third Indian to do so.
Before Ankita, Sania and Nirupama Vaidyanathan have made it to the top-200.
20. Archery World Cup: India shines.
India has won bronze in the compound mixed team event at the Archery World Cup.
Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam combined to beat the Turkish team of Yesim Bostan and Demir Elmaagacli by a score of 154-148.
This win is Verma’s seventh overall World Cup medal and India’s second bronze in compound archery at the World Cups since the start of 2017.
21. Bradley Cooper to receive 2018 American Cinematheque Award.
Four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper will receive the 32nd annual American Cinematheque Award.
The Hollywood organisation will honour Cooper for his achievements in film.
It include three consecutive Oscar nominations for his roles in 2012′s “Silver Linings Playbook” 2013′s “American Hustle,” and 2014′s “American Sniper.
22. Gujarati poet Sitanshu Yashaschandra chosen for 2017 Saraswati Samman.
Gujarati poet, playwright and academic Sitanshu Yashaschandra was selected for 2017 Saraswati Samman for his collection of verses (poetry) titled “Vakhar” published in 2009. It was 27 edition of the award.
23. Alfie Evans dies after court rejects appeal.
Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old British toddler whose grave illness drew international attention, has died.
Alfie had been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year.
A British court rejected an appeal by the parents on Wednesday to take their son to Italy.
The case has provoked strong feelings over whether judges, doctors or parents have the right to decide on a child’s life.
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