Latest Current Affairs of 16th April 2018

CBI files charge sheet against Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi in IRCTC case:The CBI has filed a charge sheet against two companies and 12 people, including former railway minister Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav, for alleged irregularities in granting an operational contract of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm.

Centre notifies Plastic Waste Management:The Centre has notified the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules 2018.

Bundelkhand defence corridor put on fast track:Work on the defence corridor in Bundelkhand, one of the two that have been planned in India, has been put on the fast track. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath met defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Jhansi to take stock of the preliminary work that has been carried out in the region.

Court grants Karti Chidambaram interim bail till May 2:A Delhi court has granted Karti Chidambaram interim protection from arrest till the 2nd of next month in two cases filed by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Aircel-Maxis matter arising out of the 2G spectrum cases.

Possess strong character, uncompromising honesty and integrity: Naidu:Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has advised the management students to possess strong character, uncompromising honesty and integrity.

Govt’s new policy paying dividends in containing Left Wing Extremism: MHA:The Union Home Ministry has been implementing the ‘National Policy and Action Plan’ since 2015 to combat Left Wing Extremism (LWE). This envisages a multi-pronged strategy involving security and development related measures.

BJP releases second list of 82 candidates for Karnataka polls:The BJP has announced its candidates for 82 more seats for the Karnataka Assembly polls, taking to 154 the number of constituencies for which it has declared its nominees. Polls for the 224-member Assembly are scheduled for May 12.

IMD predicts normal monsoon this year:The India Meteorological Department has said the country is likely to witness a normal monsoon this year.

2007 Mecca Masjid blast case: Hyderabad court acquits all 10 accused:All ten accused in Mecca Masjid blast case have been acquitted by Nampally Court in Hyderabad today.

Kathua case: SC asks J-K govt to protect victim’s kin, lawyer:The Supreme Court has directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide security to the family of the eight-year-old Kathua gangrape and murder victim.

Exercise Gaganshakti-2018: IAF Army conduct Battalion level airborne assault:Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Army parachute brigade in a joint operation undertook a Battalion level airborne assault in the desert sector on Saturday night as part of air warriors’ pan-India ‘Gaganshakti’ exercise.

Karnataka polls: BJP CEC meet held to decide second list of candidates:BJP’s Central Election Committee meeting was held on Sunday to discuss the names of candidates for the forthcoming Karnataka Assembly .

Royal welcome awaits PM Modi during United Kingdom visit:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit United Kingdom from 17th to 20th April to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet.

Prime Minister Modi embarks on three-nation Europe visit:Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a five-day visit to Sweden and the UK with an aim to boost bilateral cooperation in key areas, including trade and investment.

Kathua rape case: BJP hits out at Rahul Gandhi for inaction against J&K Congress chief:Referring to the statements of Congress Jammu & Kashmir unit chief, Javadekar questioned that if Rahul Gandhi can take out a candle march over the incident why can’t he take action against his state unit chief.

Russia: Still hopes for dialogue with US despite Syria strikes:The Kremlin has said it still hopes for dialogue with Washington despite US-led strikes on Moscow’s ally Syria last week.

Nepal FM: PM Oli’s India visit strengthened bilateral ties:The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has said that Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s recent visit to India was highly successful in enhancing confidence and further strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.

Chemical arms probe in Syria stalled due to ‘security concerns’:Russia and Syria have stalled access to Douma by international experts seeking to probe an alleged poison gas attack there, citing security concerns.

France urges Russia to join peace push after Syria strike:France is urging Russia to join a push for a political solution in Syria after joint US, French and British attacks on Syrian chemical weapons sites.

Commonwealth summit opens in London:British Prime Minister Theresa May opened the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) in London on Monday, marking the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) with a message of using the organisation to challenge the forces of protectionism and promote greater trade.

Goa to be Developed as Cargo Hub: Suresh Prabhu:Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has said the Central government in the collaboration with state government and private partners is working on to promote Goa as a tourism destination as well as a cargo hub.

Smriti Irani inaugurates 7th edition of Home Expo India 2018:The 7th edition of Home Expo India 2018 began at the India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida.

Haryana to honour all 22 CWG medal winners from state:The Haryana government will honour all 22 medallists of the 21st Commonwealth Games from the state at a programme on April 26.

Yuki back in top-100 after more than 2 years:Yuki Bhambri broke back into the top-100 for the first time since February 2016 following his-title winning performance at the Taipei Challenger as he leapfrogged 22 places to a career-best rank of 83.

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore promises to build on CWG gains:Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore today lauded the Indian athletes’ performance at the Commonwealth Games and promised to build on the success in Gold Coast keeping the 2024 and 2028 Olympics in mind.

Gold Coast bids memorable farewell to CWG athletes:If the opening was about history and traditions, the signing off was all about celebration as Gold Coast threw a big party to mark the end of the 21st Commonwealth Games with the legendary boxer M C Mary Kom carrying the flag for India at the closing ceremony.

India wrap up CWG 2018 campaign with 66 medals:The exuberance of youth, the endurance of experience and a bit of usual drama that is signature Indian sports—the country’s Commonwealth Games campaign was all this and much more with a medal count that turned out to be the third best ever.

Remembering comic genius Charlie Chaplin on his 129th birth anniversary:Charlie Chaplin has been the definition and benchmark of comedy in our lives for a long time now. His great works has made the world laugh, cry and feel for more than a century and still continues to leave its charm.

India, France holding discussions for inter-planetary missions to Mars, Venus:Space agencies of India and France have been holding discussions to work on inter-planetary missions to Mars and Venus, a French source said.

ISRO carries out fourth and final orbit raising operation of IRNSS-1I:The fourth and the final orbit raising operation of April 12-launched IRNSS-1I satellite was successfully carried out at 9.05 pm on Sunday.

NASA set to launch exoplanet-hunting telescope atop Falcon 9 rocket:NASA is poised to launch a $337 million washing machine-sized spacecraft that aims to vastly expand mankind’s search for planets beyond our solar system, particularly closer, Earth-sized ones that might harbor life.

Augmented reality app can aid Parkinson’s patients overcome ‘freezing’:Scientists have developed an augmented reality app that can help patients of Parkinson’s disease overcome a symptom known as “freezing,” in which the legs temporarily refuse to follow the brain’s command to lift and move forward.

Maharashtra’s tribal village gets electricity after 70 years of independence:A Remote tribal village in Amravati’s Bulumgavhan in Maharashtra got electrified after 70 years of independence.

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