Latest Current Affairs 25th April 2018

PM Modi reviews progress of government projects through PRAGATI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired his 25th interaction through PRAGATI – the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation.

Data breach: Govt sends second notice to Cambridge Analytica, Facebook:The government on Wednesday served second set of notices to Cambridge Analytica and Facebook over the recent data breach after finding discrepancies between the earlier responses given by the two companies. The companies have been asked to reply to the additional queries by May 10.

PM Modi releases commemorative postage stamp on Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday released a commemorative postage stamp on former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Late Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna.

DMRC to hike parking charges from May 1:Get ready to shell out more for parking at the DMRC parking lots from May 1, with the fares witnessing a 50 per cent increase across different slabs, a move that comes months after the metro fare hike.

PM: Govt acts against rape, but make sons more responsible:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said sons have to be made more responsible for a safe environment for daughters and asserted that the promulgation of an ordinance on rape showed the Centre acted on people’s outrage on sexual crimes against minors.

Major success to security forces against Naxals, J&K terrorists:In the space of just two days, the country has seen two major positive markers on the internal security front. The elimination of 37 naxals over the course of two day in Garhchiroli and the removal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Meghalaya after 27 years apart from 8 police stations in Arunachal indicate that the Modi govt is living up to its promises on the internal security front.

Political temperatures on the rise in poll-bound Karnataka:Campaigning has picked up in poll bound Karnataka after the last date of filing nominations. Political bigwigs are addressing rallies and PM Modi will be interacting with BJP candidates and office bearers in the state through the Namo App on Thursday.

Nepal: 3rd anniversary of devastating earthquake observed:In Nepal the 3rd anniversary of devastating earthquake of 2015 is being observed today.

India, Mongolia to enhance bilateral trade, investments:India and Mongolia on Wednesday discussed economic cooperation in areas such as infrastructure development, energy, services and IT and agreed to explore possibility of launching direct air connectivity between New Delhi and the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar.

US lawmakers and IT industry against ending work permit to H-4 visa holders :Influential lawmakers and representative of the American IT industry, including Facebook, have opposed the Trump administration’s proposed plan to withdraw work permits to H-4 visa holders, who are spouses of H-1B visa holders.

Indonesia: 10 killed, dozens injured in illegal oil well fire:At least 10 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a fire at an illegal oil well in Indonesia’s Aceh province, authorities said on Wednesday.

ED gets cracking after fugitive economic offenders ordinance comes into force:The Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018 has come into force after getting Presidential assent. The Enforcement Directorate is getting ready to tighten noose against all those who fled the country after defrauding people and defaulting on bank loans.

Cabinet approves MoU between India, African nation in medicinal plants sector:The government gave an ex-post facto approval for an agreement signed between India and an African island nation, Sao Tome and Principe on Wednesday, to increase cooperation in the field of medicinal Plants.

Govt approves pacts for supply of iron ore to Japan, South Korea through MMTC:The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a long-term agreement for export of iron to Japan and South Korea through state-owned trading firm MMTC, an official release today said.

48th Foundation Day of HUDCO celebrated today:The Minister of Housing & Urban Development Hardeep Singh inaugurated the 47th Foundation Day of Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) today.

CCEA approves restructured bamboo mission with outlay of Rs 1,290 cr:The government on Wednesday approved a restructured National Bamboo Mission (NBM) with an outlay of Rs 1,290 crore for two years, a move aimed at benefiting one lakh farmers, said an official release.

Govt hikes raw jute MSP by Rs 200 to Rs 3,700/quintal for 2018-19:The government on Wednesday increased the minimum support price (MSP) of raw jute by Rs 200 per quintal to Rs 3,700 per quintal for the 2018-19 crop season, an official release said.

Indus Towers, Bharti Infratel to merge; to create listed pan-India tower juggernaut:Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone Group today announced an agreement for merger of Indus Towers and Bharti Infratel to create the largest mobile tower operator in the world outside China with over 163,000 towers across 22 telecom service areas.

Saina, Srikanth, Sindhu enter second round of Asia Championship:After stupendous success at the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games, top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth made positive starts to their campaign at the Asia Badminton Championship in Wuhan (China) on Wednesday.

Gautam Gambhir steps down as Delhi Daredevils’ captain:Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday stepped down as captain of perennial IPL laggards Delhi Daredevils, saying he just wasn’t good enough for the job. India batsman Shreyas Iyer was announced as the new skipper at the franchise’s press conference which was also attended by coach Ricky Ponting and team CEO Hemant Dua.

Jeremy win silver & bronze at Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting C’ship:India’s Jeremy Lalrinnunga (56 kg) registered his best total of 250 kg to win the silver in Youth section and bronze medal in Junior section at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship at Urgench, Uzbekistan.

Sunrisers trump Mumbai Indians in low-scoring game :Sunrisers Hyderabad produced a stunning bowling performance under pressure as they defeneded a small total of 118 to beat holders Mumbai Indians by 31 runs in a low-scoring but engrossing IPL match in Mumbai on Tuesday.

BAFTA 2019 to air on February 10:The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the dates for its next year’s ceremony.

Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman among honorees at Time’s ‘100 most influential’ gala:Entertainment’s brightest stars mixed with political and social activists and business titans on Tuesday at the Time magazine gala to honor its list of the 100 most influential people.

Scientists develop new method to 3D print food:Scientists have developed a new technique to 3D print food that can allow users to cook according to their preferences.

Cyberbullying may double risk of self-harm, suicidal behaviour:Children and youngsters who face cyberbullying are more than twice as likely to self-harm and enact suicidal behaviour, a new study has found.

Glow-in-the-dark contact lenses can fight blindness:Scientists have developed glow-in-the-dark contact lenses that can painlessly fight blindness caused by diabetes.

Drinking may increase mouth bacteria linked to cancer, heart disease:Drinking one or more alcoholic drinks per day may cause overabundance of mouth bacteria linked to gum disease, some cancers, and heart disease, a study warns.

Skipping breakfast may cause weight gain, obesity: study:People who skip breakfast are more likely to gain weight and have larger waists, according to a study.

Dark chocolates can reduce stress, boost immunity:Chocoholics, rejoice! Eating dark chocolates can reduce stress levels, as well as boost mood, memory and immunity, scientists say.

Newspaper op-eds can change people’s opinions:Opinion pieces in newspapers can be effective in changing people’s minds about the issues of the day, a study has found.

First polar bear born in the tropics dies at 27:Singapore on Wednesday mourned the death of the first polar bear born and bred in the tropical island city, put down by wildlife authorities after a five-year battle with health difficulties stemming from old age.

China’s Lisu community aims to preserve their crossbow culture:Deep in the mountains that align the Chinese-Myanmar border, a 26-year-old Lisu villager, surnamed Zhang, sharpens his crossbow’s arrows to prepare for a hunt.

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