Latest Current Affairs of 12th April 2018

Centre tells Supreme Court its verdict has diluted SC/ST Act:The Centre, on Thursday, told the Supreme Court that its recent judgement on the SC/ST Act has diluted the provisions of the law, resulting in great damage to the country.

Awaiting response from Hong Kong on Nirav Modi: Ministry of External Affairs:Earlier this week, China said that Hong Kong can accede to India’s request to arrest fugitive Indian diamond merchant Nirav Modi based on local laws and mutual judicial assistance agreements.

Energy sector key to India’s economic growth, says Sushma Swaraj:The External Affairs Minister also said that when India and France co-founded the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in 2016, both the countries wished to promote solar energy on a global scale.

President Kovind, Zambian Prez Edgar Chagwa Lungu lay foundation stone of Lusaka traffic Decongestion Project:The President said he was happy to note that the two countries are collaborating on projects that will benefit citizens of Zambia.

Verdict on SC/ST Act has diluted its provisions: Centre to SC:The centre stressed that separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary was “inviolable”.

Calcutta High Court stays West Bengal panchayat polls:In a setback to the West Bengal government, the Calcutta High Court has stayed the West Bengal panchayat polls process till further orders.

PM inaugurates India’s mega defence exhibition – DefExpo 2018:Prime Minister Modi recounted the many initiatives and reforms brought about in the Defence sector.

Govt to prevent any untoward incident on Ambedkar Jayanti:Union Home Ministry has asked State Governments to take all necessary precautionary measures to prevent any untoward incident in view of the forthcoming Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14.

Serving in rural areas must be made mandatory for Doctors: Vice President:The Vice President said that despite making rapid strides in the last two decades, continuing rise in communicable diseases and a spurt in non-communicable or “lifestyle” diseases pose greater challenge to the nation.

Indian Railways setting new Benchmarks in Environmental Management:As part of this partnership, CII is facilitating various railways’ production units, workshops and other units go the Green way and in the process equipping them to green the operations and practices.

PM Modi to launch health and wellness centre in Chhattisgarh:The Prime Minister’s visit to Bijapur will give wings to the aspirations of people in the remotest parts of India to become a rightful partner in India’s growth story.

PM Modi rejects allegations over 15th Finance Commission:PM Said that the allegations were being made by “vested” interests and the NDA government was committed to cooperative federalism.

PM inaugurates India’s mega defence exhibition – DefExpo 2018:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asserted that the days of policy paralysis in defence are over and the government will ensure defence requirements are met not only for the present but for future too.

PM interacts with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana:Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with over 100 MUDRA beneficiaries from across the country at his residence on completion of three years of Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.

President Kovind in Zambia, Both countries sign four agreements: India and Zambia sign four agreements including on double taxation avoidance and judicial cooperation during President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Lusaka; President addresses the Zambia-India Business Forum; Holds delegation-level talks with his Zambian counterpart Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

Parliament washout: PM, BJP MPs observe day-long Fast:Prime Minister Narendra Modi is observing a day-long fast today along with BJP MPs to protest the washout of the just concluded Budget Session of Parliament. The fast however will not affect PM’s daily routine.

Trump has not made a decision on possible action in Syria: White House:The White House has said that President Donald Trump has not laid out timetable for action in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria, despite his note on Twitter that missiles will be coming and Russia should get ready.

Algeria: 257 killed in military plane crash:At least 257 people killed as an Algerian military plane carrying soldiers, their families and some refugees crashes soon after takeoff into a field in northern Algeria; Local Defense Ministry says, those killed include 247 passengers and 10 crew.

India’s GDP to grow 7.3% this fiscal, 7.6% in next: ADB:The Asian Development Bank has said, India’s economic growth is set to rise to 7.3 per cent this fiscal and further to 7.6 percent in the next financial year, on back of GST and banking reforms.

Commonwealth Games 2018: Sushil Kumar claims third straight CWG Gold:The two-time Olympic medallist entered the CWG final for the third consecutive time and won in style.

CWG: India Vs. Australia in Women’s Hockey Semis: Indian women’s hockey team to take on Australia in semifinals at the Commonwealth Games at Australia’s Gold Coast; Indian wrestlers to start their medal hunt today; India at 3rd position in medal tally with 12 gold medals.

Padmashri Ileana Citaristi  to perform at Utkal Diwas celebrations in UAE:Padmashri Ileana Citaristi (Italian born Odissi dancer ) to perform at Utkal Diwas celebrations in UAE . Odisha Samaj UAE , in association with Indian Consulate in Dubai and Lasyakala is organizing Utsav 2018 – Utkal Divas Celebrations and the 10th edition of Aekalavya ( A tribute to Guru Shishya Parampara ).

ISRO’s Navigation Satellite successfully launched:ISRO successfully launches navigation satellite IRNSS-1I by PSLV-C41 from Sriharikota; Satellite to give alert messages to fishermen regarding bad weather, high waves or when they approach international maritime boundary line.

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