Latest Current Affairs of 17th April 2018

Nadda reviews status of Leprosy and TB in the country :- Health Minister J P Nadda has directed officials to create a comprehensive strategy for addressing incidence and prevalence of leprosy to eliminate the disease at district level.

FIR against Karnataka Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao :- An FIR has been registered against Congress’ Karnataka Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao for his remarks on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

PM holds roundtable with top Swedish CEOs, asks them to invest in India :- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited top Swedish firms to invest in India and said stronger bilateral business relations would augur well for the people of the two countries.

Farm sector needs innovative practices for sustenance: Naidu :- Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said the farm sector in Assam needs innovative practices for sustenance and called upon farmers to take up allied activities such as poultry, dairy and fisheries.

BJP demands apology from Sonia, Rahul :- The BJP has said Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi should apologise for defaming Hindus globally and cited a telegram sourced from Wikileaks to back its demand.

Decide school safety guidelines in 3 months, SC to Centre :- The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to decide in three months on demands for framing of safety guidelines for all schools, as sought by the father of a 7 year-old boy who was killed in a Gurgaon school, and some lawyers.

Divest AI, but let it be with Indian player: RSS chief :- RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said Air India should be owned by an Indian player who can run it efficiently, amid the government initiating the disinvestment process for the debt-laden national carrier.

Gadkari announces a new highway alignment between Delhi and Mumbai :- Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has announced development of a new highway alignment between Delhi and Mumbai.

Supreme Court quashes NGT order on ‘silence zone’ at Amarnath shrine :- The Supreme Court has set aside an order of the National Green Tribunal that declared a silence zone in front of the Shivalinga at the Amarnath cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir.

PM: Huge potential for cooperation in defence :- India and Sweden today discussed ways for Sweden to become partner in India’s development story.

New York Times, New Yorker win Pulitzer for #MeToo watershed :- The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for explosive reporting that brought down Harvey Weinstein and spawned a cultural watershed on the issue of sexual harassment.

Nepal: Minor explosion hit Indian Embassy camp office in Biratnagar :- A minor explosion hit an Indian Embassy camp office in Nepal’s Biratnagar last night.

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.

Manoj Sinha launches DARPAN-PLI App :- Minister of State for Communication Manoj Sinha has launched DARPAN-Postal Life Insurance App, in New Delhi.

No shortage of currency: RBI :- The Reserve Bank of India has clarified that there is sufficient cash in RBI vaults and currency chests.

GoM finalises new model for GST return filing :- A ministerial panel, chaired by Sushil Modi, worked out a new simplified model for GST return filing as per which credit could be given on a provisional basis once the supplier uploads the sales invoice.

Working on different areas to boost exports: Prabhu :- Commerce and Industry minister Suresh Prabhu has said his ministry is working on different areas such as improving standards of products and identifying new markets and goods to promote the country’s exports.

FM Arun Jaitley reviews currency situation in the country :- Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday called the cash crunch in the country as a ‘temporary shortage’ and assured that the situation is being tackled quickly.

World Bank forecasts 7.3 pc growth for India this year :- The World Bank has forecast a growth rate of 7 point 3 per cent for India this year and 7 point 5 per cent for 2019 and 2020.

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