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TNPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS ENGLISH APRIL 2017 by www.tnpsc.academy An Online FREE TNPSC Academy for all

TNPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS ENGLISH

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APRIL 2017 by www.tnpsc.academy

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www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC current affairs April 2017 Topic : Political Science – General Administration, Govt

www.tnpsc.academy TNPSC current affairs April 2017

Topic : Political Science General Administration, Govt Welfare Oriented Schemes and their Utilities

Project Saksham

The Government has approved the Project Saksham to bolster the information technology network for the new GST regime.

About this Scheme:

Project Saksham is the name given to CBEC‘s IT Infrastructure Project.

This IT Infrastructure project will enable not just the implementation of Goods and Services tax (GST) but also support all existing services in Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax.

In addition, it will also enable extension of the Indian Customs Single Window Interface for Facilitating Trade (SWIFT) and other taxpayer-friendly initiatives under Digital Indian and Ease of Doing Business of CBEC.

It will enable setting up of an information exchange mechanism with GSTN through the use of pre-agreed Application Programming Interface (API) or other secure methods of message exchange.

Topic : History Profile of States, National

Hyderabad get 1 GBPS internet speed

Internet Service Provider (ISP) ACT Fibernet has announced the launch of 1Gbps (gigabits per second) wired broadband internet services in Hyderabad.

Fibernet making this City into India‘s first ―Giga City.

Topic : History Latest Diary of Events

El Salvador - first nation to ban on metal mining

El Salvador has made history after becoming the first country in the world to ban metal mining.

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metal mining El Salvador has made history after becoming the first country in the world to
Key facts: El Salvador is the most densely populated country in Latin America. In this

Key facts:

El Salvador is the most densely populated country in Latin America.

In this country, rainfall is plentiful; holding on to the water is a major issue because of unsustainable farming practices and inadequate industrial controls that have led to widespread soil erosion and the almost total destruction of its forests.

More than 90% of El Salvador‘s surface waters are estimated to be polluted by toxic chemicals, heavy metals and waste matter.

The water crisis has steadily deepened since the pro-business Arena Party granted an array of permits for mineral exploration.

Topic : History Awards and Honours

AP Chief Minister selected for India and US Business Council Award

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu selected for India and US Business Council Award for ―Transformative Chief Minister‖.

He will receive the award in California on May 2017.

Topic : History Persons in News, New Appointments, Who is who?

First Transgender Sub inspector of police in India

K Prithika Yashini became the first transgender Sub inspector of police, joined the police service in

Dharmapuri.

About her:

K Prithika Yashini, aged around 25 years, is the first transgender person to become a police official in

India

In terms of judgement of the Madras High Court delivered on 6 November 2015, directions were given to the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) to appoint K Prithika Yashini as a sub-inspector of police as she is "entitled to get the job".

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to appoint K Prithika Yashini as a sub-inspector of police as she is "entitled to get
The judgement further directed the TNUSRB to include transgender people as a "third category", apart

The judgement further directed the TNUSRB to include transgender people as a "third category", apart from the usual category of "male" and "female".

Topic : Political Science General Administration, Profile of States, National

Tamil Nadu replaces Ration card with Smart card

Ration cards in Tamil Nadu are all replaced with Smart Card to transform fully digital India.

Consumers can continue to buy commodities at PDS outlets by using their existing ration cards till such time they received the smart cards.

Topic : Political Science General Administration, Govt Welfare Oriented Schemes and Their Utilities

Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana

Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana was launched by the government.

It was launched in District Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

Aim of the Scheme:

The Scheme aims at providing Senior Citizens, belonging to BPL category and suffering from any of the age related disability/infirmity with such assisted-living devices which can restore near normalcy in their bodily functions, overcoming the disability/infirmity manifested.

Background:

The proposal for formulation of a Scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-Living Devices for Senior Citizens belonging to BPL Category was announced in the Budget 2015-16.

Topic : Political Science General Administration, Govt Welfare Oriented Schemes and Their Utilities

PowerTex India

The Government has launched PowerTex India, a comprehensive scheme for power loom sector development.

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India The Government has launched PowerTex India, a comprehensive scheme for power loom sector development .
The comprehensive scheme has the following components: In-situ Upgradation of Plain Powerlooms. Group Workshed Scheme

The comprehensive scheme has the following components:

In-situ Upgradation of Plain Powerlooms.

Group Workshed Scheme (GWS).

Yarn Bank Scheme.

Common Facility Centre (CFC).

Pradhan Mantri Credit Scheme for Powerloom Weavers.

Solar Energy Scheme for Power looms.

Topic : History Latest Diary of Events, Places in News

Chennai-Nashri tunnel

Chennai-Nashri tunnel, a 10.9 km road tunnel which will shorten the driving time between Jammu and Srinagar by two hours, was inaugurated.

The two-lane Chennai-Nashri tunnel will be Asia‘s longest, which will cut the distance between Jammu and Srinagar to around 250km from the current 350km.

(For more read our Earlier Current Affairs from Daily Current Affairs in March).

Topic : Political Science – India’s Foreign Policy

India and Malaysia signed 7 agreements

India and Malaysia have signed seven MoU during Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak visit to India.

An agreement was signed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Malaysian Minister of Transport Sri Liow Tiong Lai to boost air services between the two countries.

Agreements between India and Malaysia:

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Sri Liow Tiong Lai to boost air services between the two countries. Agreements between India and
Air Service Agreement between India and Malaysia Proposed development of a urea and ammonia manufacturing

Air Service Agreement between India and Malaysia

Proposed development of a urea and ammonia manufacturing plant in Malaysia.

Cooperation in the field of sports through the exchange of sportspersons, etc.

And other related field of Human Resource Fund, Educational, Palm Oil, fourth generation technology park at AP.

Topic : History Sports and Honours

PV Sindu won India Open Super Series 2017

PV Sindhu won the India Open title after beating Olympic champion Carolina Marin.

The tournament took place in Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi, India.

Topic: History India and its Neighbours

SASEC‘s 7 th Member Myanmar

Myanmar has become the seventh member of the South Asia Sub regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) partnership.

About SASEC:

SASEC countries Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

These countries are coordinate the planning of projects and activities to increase economic growth by building transport connectivity, facilitating faster and more efficient trade, and promoting cross-border power trade.

About Myanmar partnership:

South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) programme of Asian Development Bank (ADB) is expanding towards the East with Myanmar formally becoming the seventh member of the Corporation in 2017.

Road corridors in Myanmar provide the key links between South Asia and Southeast Asia.

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Corporation in 2017. Road corridors in Myanmar provide the key links between South Asia and Southeast
Ports in Myanmar will provide additional gateways to the landlocked North Eastern region of India.

Ports in Myanmar will provide additional gateways to the landlocked North Eastern region of India.

Topic : History New Appointments, Who is Who?, Persons in News

New Chief Justice of Madras High Court

Justice Indira Banerjee, a sitting judge of the Delhi High Court, has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of the Madras High Court.

She will sworn in as Chief Justice on April 5.

Indira Banerjee will succeed Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, who was elected to the Supreme Court on February 18.

About her:

She was born on September 24, 1957.

She enrolled as an advocate in 1985 and practiced both in original and appellate sides of Calcutta High Court.

She is the 2nd woman to hold the post after Kanta Kumari Bhatnagar.

She was appointed as permanent judge of the Calcutta High Court on February 5, 2002 and was transferred to Delhi High Court on August 8, 2016.

Topic : Science Science and Technology, Space

Cassini‘s Grand Finale

On April 4, NASA will hold a press conference to unveil the beginning of Cassini‘s last mission segment, called the Grand Finale.

About Cassini:

Cassini is an unmanned spacecraft sent to study Saturn by the NASA.

After spending nearly two decades in space, NASA‘s Cassini is ready for its final mission (Grand Finale).

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spending nearly two decades in space, NASA‘s Cassini is ready for its final mission (Grand Finale)
When was Cassini launched? Cassini was launched on October 15, 1997. After taking on a

When was Cassini launched?

Cassini was launched on October 15, 1997.

After taking on a voyage passing through the flybys of Earth, Venus and Jupited, Cassini began orbiting Saturn since June 2004, studying the planet, its rings and its moons.

What does this final mission involve?

Cassini will explore areas of Saturn that have been untouched up until this point.

It will get the closest look ever at Saturn‘s outer rings.

Key facts:

Cassini discovered previously unknown moons in orbit within the planet's rings. These include Methone, Pallene, Polydeuces, Daphnis, Anthe and Aegaeon.

One of its most important discovery was Enceladus a frozen moon that shoots out icy jets as it gets warped by Saturn‘s gravity.

Topic : History – India’s Cultural Panorama

Padayani Dance

Padayani festival was recently celebrated in Kerala.

About the festival:

Padayani is a traditional folk dance and a ritual art from the central portion of the Indian state of Kerala.

A ceremonial dance involving masks, it is an ancient ritual performed in Bhagavati temples.

The dance is performed in honor of Bhadrakaali.

Padayani is regarded as a remnant of the Dravidian forms of worship that existed before the advent of Brahmanism.

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is regarded as a remnant of the Dravidian forms of worship that existed before the advent
Topic : Science - Latest Discoveries in Science and Technology New tree-living crab species found

Topic : Science - Latest Discoveries in Science and Technology

New tree-living crab species found in Kerala

Scientists have discovered a new species of long legged, tree-dwelling crabs in Western Ghats of Kerala.

This is the first report of its kind to offer a record of an arboreal crab a species that lives in trees.

About this species:

The new species named Kani maranjandu after the Kani tribe in Kerala, are substantially different from other congeners.

The characteristic traits of the crab include the structure of its hard upper shell, its male abdominal structure and reproductive parts and diagnostic elongated walking legs.

Topic : History Latest Diary of Events

Doctors artwork finds place in Guinness Book

A fingerprint painting, created by a group of Indian doctors as a symbolic representation to end frequent attacks against the fraternity, has found place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world‘s largest such artwork.

469.75m painting was made up of 15 lakh finger impressions of doctors from different parts of the country, collected over a period of four months.

This painting is titled ―Ray of Hope‖.

The record title is in the name of Dr Naveen Koval, an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Kannur Medical College, Kerala, who conceptualised the work and Indian medical association.

Topic : History Latest Diary of Events, Appointments

MS Dhoni named CEO of Gulf Oil for one day

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Topic : History – Latest Diary of Events, Appointments MS Dhoni named CEO of Gulf Oil
The former Indian cricket team skipper MS Dhoni became an acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The former Indian cricket team skipper MS Dhoni became an acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gulf Oil India just for a day.

He took charge of Gulf Oil India at the Mumbai head office.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also named as the brand ambassador for Gulf Oil in the year 2011.

Topic : History Sports and Honours

Brianna Lyston won 200m race in 23.72 seconds Successor of USAIN BOLT

Brianna Lyston (Jamaican female athlete) has won the 200m race in the Caribbean nation.

She completed the race in 23.72 seconds, almost within two seconds of the senior world record set by Florence Griffith-Joyner at the 1988 Olympics.

Topic : India’s Foreign Policy, India and its Neighbours

MoU between India and Bangladesh

The Union Cabinet has approved MoU between India and Bangladesh for fairway development of Ashuganj-Zakiganj stretch of Kushiyara river and Sirajganj-Daikhawa stretch of Jamuna river in the Indo-Bangladesh protocol route.

Benefits of this MoU:

The MoU will considerably reduce the logistics cost of cargo movement to North Eastern India.

It will also reduce the congestion through the Siliguri Chicken‘s Neck corridor.

Background:

The Kushiyara River is a distributary river in Bangladesh and Assam, India.

It forms on the IndiaBangladesh border as a branch of the Barak River, when the Barak separates into the Kushiyara and Surma.

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Bangladesh border as a branch of the Barak River , when the Barak separates into the
The Jamuna River is the main distributary channel of the Brahmaputra River as it flows

The Jamuna River is the main distributary channel of the Brahmaputra River as it flows from India to Bangladesh.

Topic : India’s Foreign Policy, India and its Neighbours

MoU between India and Bangladesh

The Union Cabinet has approved MoU on passenger cruise services on the coastal and protocol routes between India and Bangladesh.

This is benefits for starting regular movement of passengers and tourists in water crafts between the two countries.

The operationalization of this MoU will promote people to people contact and cooperation between the two countries in respect of economic, social and cultural advancement.

It will also generate employment opportunities for the people of India and Bangladesh.

Topic : Latest Diary of Events

National Maritime Day Apr 6, 2017

54 th National Maritime Day was observed on April 5 th .

In India, April 5 is marked as the National Maritime Day commemorating the first voyage of the SS

Loyalty, the first ship of Scindia Steam Navigation Company towards United Kingdom on this day in

1919.

Topic : Sports and Honours

Wisden‘s King of the Willow Virat Kohli

India‘s Virat Kohli was named Wisden‘s Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016.

Kohli was additionally declared Wisden India Almanack‘s Cricketer of the Year for the second time in its 2017 edition.

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declared Wisden India Almanack‘s Cricketer of the Year for the second time in its 2017 edition.
Topic : Latest Diary of Events International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP)

Topic : Latest Diary of Events

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) Apr 6, 2017

6 April was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly.

On this occasion, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) launches the digital campaign #WePlayTogether to encourage organizations and individuals.

Topic : Latest Diary of Events

World Health Day April 07, 2017

The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Theme 2017: ―Depression: let‘s talk‖.

Key facts:

Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries.

At worst, depression can lead to self-inflicted injury and suicide.

World Health Day is celebrated to a better understanding of depression which can be prevented and treated will help reduce the stigma associated with the illness, and lead to more people seeking help.

Topic : General Administration, Public Awareness

Union Cabinet approved four GST Bills

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the following four GST related bills:

The Central Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The CGST Bill)

The Integrated Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The IGST Bill)

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and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The CGST Bill) The Integrated Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017
The Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The UTGST Bill) The Goods and

The Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The UTGST Bill)

The Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to the States) Bill 2017 (The Compensation Bill)

Key features:

The CGST Bill makes provisions for levy and collection of tax on intra-state supply of goods or services for both by the Central Government.

On the other hand, IGST Bill makes provisions for levy and collection of tax on inter-state supply of goods or services or both by the Central Government.

The UTGST Bill makes provisions for levy on collection of tax on intra-UT supply of goods and services in the Union Territories without legislature.

The Compensation Bill provides for compensation to the states for loss of revenue arising on account of implementation of the goods and services tax.

Topic : Sports and Honours

BWF Rankings - P V Sindhu reached World No.2

P V Sindhu achieved a career best world number two ranking in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings.

The 21-year-old shuttler from Hyderabad became only the second Indian woman after Saina Nehwal.

Sindhu had recently won the India Open title after defeating Carolina Marin.

Topic : Awards and Honours, Latest Diary of Events

National Film Awards 2016

The 64 th National Film Awards 2016 were announced today.

The Most Film Friendly State award which was introduced as a new category was announced by Shri Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, a popular Director in Telugu film industry.

The National Film Awards would be presented by Hon‘ble President of India on May 3 rd , 2017.

Award Films from Tamil Nadu:

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would be presented by Hon‘ble President of India on May 3 r d , 2017. Award
Best Tamil Film : Joker Best Lyrics : Dharma Durai for the ―Endha Pakkam song‖

Best Tamil Film : Joker

Best Lyrics : Dharma Durai for the ―Endha Pakkam song‖

Best Production Design : 24

Best Cinematography : 24

Best Male Playback Singer : Sundharayyar for ―Jasmine song‖ from Joker film

Topic : National News

North India to get its first DNA bank for wild animals

Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) is planning to set up a DNA bank for wild animals, the first of its kind in North India.

Scientists have so far collected samples of 140 species.

A DNA bank exists in Hyderabad at present.

What is use of DNA bank for?

Through the DNA bank, scientists at IVRI‘s Centre for Wildlife will be able to tell the name and schedule of the species if they get only a part of the meat, hair, blood, skin or bone of any animal.

The move will help clamp down on wildlife poaching and smuggling, and also aid in research on wildlife species.

Topic : World Organizations

India jumps 12 spots in WEF‘s global travel & tourism ranking

The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 has been released by the World Economic Forum.

The report ranks 136 countries across 14 dimensions, revealing how well countries could deliver sustainable economic and societal benefits through their travel and tourism sector.

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Performance of India: India is ranked 40 among 136 countries. India is one of the

Performance of India:

India is ranked 40 among 136 countries. India is one of the countries that improved the most as it gained 12 places in Asia. India has seen continued growth in international arrivals over the past 15 years, reaching the 8 million mark in 2015.

About the index:

The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index measures the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country‖.

The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index enables all stakeholders to work together to improve the industry‘s competitiveness in their national economies.

Global scenario:

In the global ranking Spain, France and Germany were ranked at the top three positions, making them the most tourism friendly economies.

Topic : Profile of States, Latest Diary of Events

Guinness world record by Family court judge

Tej Bahadur Singh, the principal judge of a family court in Muzaffarnagar has set a Guinness World Record by disposing of as many as 6,065 cases in 327 working days.

The judge said that his move was aimed to reduce the number of pending cases in the court and provide justice to the litigants.

Topic : Sports and Honours

Boxer Shyam Kumar won Gold medal in Thailand International

Indian boxer K Shyam Kumar won a gold medal in the 49- kilogram category at the Thailand International Tournament in Bangkok.

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Kumar won a gold medal in the 49- kilogram category at the Thailand International Tournament in
Shyam already won the gold at the 2015 edition of this game. Key facts: Hasanboy

Shyam already won the gold at the 2015 edition of this game.

Key facts:

Hasanboy Dusmatov was injured earlier, who has final match with Shyam kumar in this edition.

He declared as gold medalist after the Olympic Champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan couldn‘t make the event due to his injury.

Topic : Books and Authors

Book on Draupadi by M Veerappa Moily

A book written by senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily was released by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan on April 7.

The book traces the life journey of Draupadi from her birth to her marriage with the Pandavas.

Topic : Awards and Honours

NTR National Awards announced by Andhra Pradesh Government

Andhra Pradesh Government announced the NTR National Award for the years 2012 and 2013 at the Film Development Corporation office in Hyderabad.

Popular playback singer, actor and music director S.P. Balasubramanyam has selected for the NTR National Award for 2012.

Hema Malini will receive the same for 2013.

About NTR National Award:

an Indian

Film Actor, director, producer, and politician N.T. Rama Rao who also served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

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as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The NTR National Award is an honorary Nandi Award
The NTR National Award is an annual Government award to recognize people for their lifetime

The NTR National Award is an annual Government award to recognize people for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the Cinema of India.

Topic : India’s Foreign Policy

Indo - Mongolian Joint Exercise : Nomadic Elephant

Twelfth joint military Exercise of Indian and Mongolian armies is named as ―Nomadic Elephant‖ is being conducted at Vairengte, Mizoram from 05 April 2017 till 18 April 2017.

Nomadic Elephant is aimed at training the troops in Counter Insurgency & Counter Terrorism Operations under the United Nations mandate.

Topic : Defense, National Security and Terrorism, Profile of States

Tu-142M anti-submarine aircraft

Navy‘s flagship anti-submarine aircraft Tu-142M will be turned into a museum.

The aircraft will be given to the Andhra Pradesh government to be converted into a museum and kept on the Beach Road close to the Submarine Kursura in Visakhaptnam.

Topic : Latest Diary of Events

World Homeopathy Day April 10

World Homoeopathy Day is being observed on 10 April 2017.

It commemorates the 262nd birth anniversary of the founder of Homoeopathy, Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician.

Topic : Awards and Honours

Asian Business woman of the year

An Indian-origin educationist in the UK, has been named the Asian Business woman of the Year in an award ceremony in Birmingham.

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in the UK, has been named the Asian Business woman of the Year in an award
65-year-old Dame Asha Khemka , Principal and CEO of West Nottinghamshire College, was honoured for

65-year-old Dame Asha Khemka, Principal and CEO of West Nottinghamshire College, was honoured for her efforts in the field of education and skills at the Asian Business Awards ceremony

About her:

Born in Bihars Sitamarhi district, Dame Khemka left school after passing her exams at the age of 13.

She taught herself English by watching childrens TV shows and talking to other young mothers.

She went on to acquire a business degree from Cardiff University before becoming a lecturer and eventually taking over as principal and CEO of West Nottinghamshire College, one of the largest in the UK.

In 2013, she was awarded a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, one of Britain`s highest civilian awards.

Topic : New Appointments, Persons in News

Malala to become youngest United Nations Messenger of Peace

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has selected Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai to be a UN messenger of peace.

Also, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced that she would focus on promoting girls‘ education worldwide.

Topic : India and its neighbours, Latest Diary of Events

First ‗Silk Road‘ train started journey from Britain to China

The first rail freight service from Britain to China was recently started journey from Britain.

Thirty containers filled with UK-produced goods have set off on the 7,500-mile journey from Stanford-le- Hope in Essex which will take 18 days.

The service is part of China‘s One Belt, One Road programme of reviving the Ancient Silk Road trading routes with the West.

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China‘s One Belt, One Road programme of reviving the Ancient Silk Road trading routes with the
Topic : Latest Historical Events, National News Digital Exbition – Swachhagraha - 100 years of

Topic : Latest Historical Events, National News

Digital Exbition Swachhagraha - 100 years of Champaran Satyagraha

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated an exhibition Swachhagraha Bapu Ko Karyanjali – Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshani‖ in the New Delhi.

This exhibition is organized for mark the 100 years of Mahatma Gandhis first experiment of Satyagraha in Champaran.

He also launched an Online Interactive Quiz - Karyanjali at the event which is being organized by the National Archives of India (NAI).

Key facts:

Champaran Satyagraha was a historic mass movement which had a phenomenal impact and appealed to the countrymen to become 'Swachhagrahis' and create a Swachh Bharat.

About Champaran Satyagraha:

Gandhi had arrived in Champaran, a district in Bihar, in 1917 to take up the cause of the farmers who were forced to grow indigo, instead of food crops, by the British.

Champaran Satyagraha was the first non-violence action initiated by Gandhi, who during his stay in Bihar.

The Champaran Satyagraha changed the dynamics of Indian politics, launching Gandhi Ji to the forefront of India‘s freedom struggle.

Topic : New Appointments, Who is Who, Persons in News

India‘s Ambassador to Germany – Mukta Dutta Tomar

Mukta Dutta Tomar has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany.

She is presently Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.

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the Federal Republic of Germany. She is presently Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Topic: India’s Foreign Policy, Pacts India & Australia Signed 6 Agreements India and Australia signed

Topic: India’s Foreign Policy, Pacts

India & Australia Signed 6 Agreements

India and Australia signed 6 agreements to boost the bilateral cooperation between the two nations on 10th April 2017.

The signed agreements include cooperation in combating international terrorism and trans-national organised crime.

These agreements were signed during Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls four-day visit to India from 9th April to 12th April 2017.

The six agreements are below

MoU on cooperation in combatting international terrorism and trans-national organised crime.

MoU to promote and develop cooperation in civil aviation security.

MoU on cooperation in the fields of environment, climate and wildlife.

MoU on cooperation in sports.

MoU on cooperation in the field of health and medicines.

Topic : Latest Court Verdicts, Persons in News

Former Indian Navy officer - Kulbhushan Jadhav sentenced to death by Pakistan

Kulbhushan Yadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a military court of Pakistan on 10th April 2017.

He was accused of espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi of Pakistan.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan in a release said Jadhav was arrested on 3rd March 2016 in Balochistan‘s Mashkel area for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against the country.

Key facts:

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Mashkel area for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against the country. Key facts: 20
Yadav joined the Indian National Defence Academy in 1987 and was commissioned in the engineering

Yadav joined the Indian National Defence Academy in 1987 and was commissioned in the engineering branch of Indian Navy in 1991.

Yadhav was arrested by the Pakistani authorities allegedly for being associated with the freedom fighters in Balochistan.

Allegations were that he was an active Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent. However, India denied such charges against him.

Reports showed that Union Government says that Jadhav was a small businessman and owns a cargo business in Chabahar, Iran. He has nothing to do with RAW and was abducted from Iran.

Topic : Public Awareness, General Administration

HIV/AIDS Bill passed in Parliament

The Lok Sabha has passed the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017, which will strengthen the rights of the people infected with the disease.

Rajya Sabha has already passed the Bill.

Key facts:

Role of courts:

Cases relating to HIV positive persons shall be disposed off by the court on a priority basis.

When passing any order with regard to a maintenance application filed by an HIV infected or affected person, the court shall take into account the medical expenses incurred by the applicant.

Topic : Profile of States, Places in News

Haldia Port cleanest in India

The Haldia port of West Bengal has declared as the cleanest in a country by the Ministry.

It is the first-ever ranking of all major Indian ports on sanitation parameters.

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a country by the Ministry. It is the first-ever ranking of all major Indian ports on
Vizagapattinam port came second in this ranking. Key facts: The ranking of all 13 Indian

Vizagapattinam port came second in this ranking.

Key facts:

The ranking of all 13 Indian ports was conducted by the Quality Council of India (QCI).

The ranking was based on the efforts made by these ports to address waste generating sources with respect to port operation, office area, township area and the response to incoming ships.

Topic : Govt., Welfare Oriented Schemes and their Utilities, Public Awareness

URJA MITRA

URJA MITRA App was launched recently by the Ministry of Power, empowers citizens by real time information sharing on power supply.

The app provides for State Power Distribution utilities to circularize power usage information to urban/rural power consumers across India through SMS notifications.

Topic : Govt., Welfare Oriented Schemes and their Utilities, Public Awareness

Web Portal ―Nakshe‖ – SOI

The Survey of India (SOI) has launched new web portal called Nakshe to make open series maps available to Indians for free.

The portal was launched by Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan on the occasion of 250th anniversary of SOI.

Key features:

It will offer free download of 3,000 Topographic maps or Open Series Maps (OSM) in a pdf format on 1:50,000 scale through Aaadhar enabled user authentication process.

Topographic maps or OSM comprise natural and man-made geographical features including terrain or topography.

About SOI:

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SOI is the principal mapping agency of the country. It comes under the Department of

SOI is the principal mapping agency of the country.

It comes under the Department of Science & Technology.

SOI has surveyed and mapped each and every part of the country and these maps have played valuable role in nation building.

Topic : World Organization, India’s Foreign Policy

G20 Digital Ministerial Meet

The G20 Digital Ministerial Meeting was held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

It concluded with adaptation of declaration on Shaping Digitalisation for an Interconnected World.

About G20:

Its members include Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, India, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Turkey, South Africa, UK, US and EU.

The ministerial conference was held according to the G20 Task Force on the digital economy established in G20 summit held in Hangzhou, China in 2016.

Topic : Awards and Honours

President of India presents National Geoscience Awards 2016

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Geoscience Awards - 2016 on April 12, 2017 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

In this, Dr. Abhishek Saha, NIO from Goa got the Young Scientist award for the year 2016.

About these Awards:

The National Geoscience Awards, instituted by the Ministry of Mines, to honour the contributions and years of dedicated work of geo-scientists.

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by the Ministry of Mines, to honour the contributions and years of dedicated work of geo-scientists.
Over the last five decades, these Awards have emerged as the most coveted recognition in

Over the last five decades, these Awards have emerged as the most coveted recognition in the field of geosciences.

They have encouraged scientists to achieve higher levels of excellence.

Topic : World Organization, India’s Foreign Policy

India-Australia launch Sports Partnership in Mumbai

India and Australia launched Sports partnership in Mumbai aimed at increasing cooperation in sports.

The Partnership, which was launched by the Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Mr. Vijay Goel and the visiting Australian Prime Minister Mr. Malcolm Turnbull, in the presence of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Key facts:

It will advance India Australia cooperation in four areas:

Athlete and coach training and development

Sport science

Sport governance and integrity

Grassroots participation.

Topic : New inventions on Science and Technology

BRABO – India‘s First ever industrial articulated Robot

TAL Manufacturing Solutions of Tata Motors, on 11 April 2017 launched India‘s first industrial- articulated robot and it is named as ―BRABO‖.

About BRABO:

BRABO is meant to complement the human workforce and perform repetitive, high volume, dangerous and time-consuming tasks from raw material handling to packaging of finished products.

This is the first time that an industrial robot has been designed and manufactured in India.

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products. This is the first time that an industrial robot has been designed and manufactured in
It is expected to increase productivity by 15-30%, with a payback period of 15 to

It is expected to increase productivity by 15-30%, with a payback period of 15 to 18 months.

Topic : New Appointments, Persons in News

IBBI New Member

Mukulita Vijayawargiya appointed as full Time Member of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) in New Delhi on 13th April 2017.

Key facts:

Vijayawargiya has an experience of 35 years in various fields of law.

She has been associated with drafting of more than 100 legislative proposals in the legislative department.

She was a member of Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee (BLRC) earlier.

She played an important role in drafting the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 as an additional Secretary in the Legislative Department of the Union Ministry of Law & Justice.

She has also served as a member of Indian Legal Service.

Topic : Latest Historical Events

Ambedkar Jayanthi April 14 Water Day

The 126th birth anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar, also known as Ambedkar Jayanti, was observed across the India on 14th April 2017.

He was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Modern Buddhist Movement and also known as the Father and Architect of the Indian Constitution.

Water Day:

India will observe the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar on April 14 as "Water Day" to sensitize people on managing the precious natural resource.

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as " W a t e r D a y " to sensitize people on managing
Apart from being instrumental in framing the Constitution, Ambedkar was also responsible for an all-

Apart from being instrumental in framing the Constitution, Ambedkar was also responsible for an all- India policy on managing water resources.

Topic : India and its Neighbours

Operation Meghdoot April 13

Operation Meghdoot the code-name for an Indian Armed Forces operation, was launched 33 years ago on April 13 th .

Key facts:

It was launched in 1984, when Pakistan started permitting mountain climbing into Siachen Glacier because of which India had to keep a close watch on Siachen.

The operation was launched to capture the Siachen Glacier in the Jammu and Kashmir. The military action resulted in gaining control over the worlds highest battlefield.

About Siachen:

Siachen Glacier is 76.4 km long and covers about 10,000 sq km uninhabited terrain. It lies in the Karakoram Range in the North West India.

Topic : Profile of States, Govt., Welfare Oriented Schemes and their Utilities

Operation Durga launched by the Haryana Government

Haryana government has launched Operation Durga to ensure women safety in the state.

Under this operation, the 'Flying Squad' is patrolling those areas where anti-social elements are committing crimes against women. The team is formed by Chief Minister of Haryana Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar.

Topic : Awards and Honours, Profile of States

Krishi Karman Award for Himachal Pradesh

The Union Ministry of Agriculture has selected Himachal Pradesh for the Krishi Karman Award 2015-16 for best in increase in food grains.

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Himachal Pradesh for the Krishi Karman Award 2 0 1 5 - 1 6 for best
Besides, the department has done considerable work in promoting poly-house cultivation, crop diversification, micro

Besides, the department has done considerable work in promoting poly-house cultivation, crop diversification, micro irrigation, organic farming and soil health management.

The state was also conferred the Krishi Karman Award for 2011-12 for increase in wheat production and in 2014-15 for increasing food grains production.

About the Award:

Krishi Karman awards were instituted in the year 2010-11 to reward the best performing States in foodgrains and individual crops of Rice, Wheat, Pulses and Coarse Cereals.

Krishi Karman awards are given to Best performer States for raising country's food grain production.

Topic: India and its Neighbour Countries

Nepal, China hold first ever military exercise

Nepal and China are planning to hold the first-ever joint military exercise- Sagarmatha Friendship- 2017, with a special focus on combating terror and disaster management.

The military exercise will also focus on common interests like disaster management.

Sagarmatha is the Nepali name of Mount Everest, the world‘s highest peak, that is bordering between Nepal and China.

Topic : Profile of States, Govt., Oriented Welfare Oriented Schemes and their Utilities

Ammaku Vandanam scheme

Andhra Pradesh government launched a unique programme to pay tribute to mothers in the government- run schools in from this year.

The scheme is named as ―Ammaku Vandhanam‖.

About this Ammaku Vandanam:

Under this scheme, ―mother worshipthe school children will take the blessings of their mothers and may also do ‗paada pooja‘ (washing her feet).

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children will take the blessings of their mothers and may also do ‗paada pooja‘ (washing her
The government also decided to implement the programme in 5,000 high schools across the state.

The government also decided to implement the programme in 5,000 high schools across the state.

Topic : Sports and Honours

Pankaj Advani has now won a record six Asian Billiards Championship titles

Pankaj Advani defeated Sourav Kothari in the Asian Billiards Championship final and won his seventh Asian title.

The 16-time world champion got the better of Kothari in an entertaining final that ended 6-3 in Advani‘s favour.

It was his sixth Asian Billiards Championship titiles.

Topic : General Administration, Public Awareness, Profile of States

Polythene Bags Banned in Madhya Pradesh from May 1

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a total ban on polythene bags in the state from May 1.

Key facts:

Bengaluru, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Himanchal Pradesh, Goa and West Bengal.

These states were plastics banned states in India.

Topic : India’s Cultural Panorama

Rongali Bihu 2017 started in Assam

Bohag Bihu, also known as Rangoli Bihu or Haat Bihu is a seven-day long festival as per the traditional Assamese New year Calendar and starts from 15th April 2017 and goes on to 21st April 2017.

Each of the seven days of the Bohag Bihu is called as Chot Bihu, Goru Bihu, Manuh Bihu, Kutum Bihu, Senehi Bihu, Mela Bihu and Chera Bihu.

Key facts:

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M a n u h B i h u , K u t u m Bihu,
Each festival historically recognizes a different agricultural cycle of the paddy crops. Bihu Festival is

Each festival historically recognizes a different agricultural cycle of the paddy crops.

Bihu Festival is celebrated in three times in a year with different farming phases.

These are Bohag Bihu, Kongali Bihu, and Magh Bihu.

Topic : New Economy policy and Government sector

India‘s First Private Railway Station

The first time in Indian Railways' history, Habibganj station in Bhopal has been handed over to a private firm to be operated by it.

The station building will be developed in line with airport terminals and that trains at the station will still be run by the Railways.

Private Sector Name:

This private sector is formed by a consortium of Bansal Construction Works and Prakash Asphalting and Toll Highways has together.

And this special company named ―Bansal Pathways Habibagnj Private Ltd‖.

Topic : Public Awareness and General Administration

Third Gender formed by the SC

The Supreme Court created the "Third gender" status for hijras or transgenders.

Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender.

Key facts:

The third gender people will be considered as OBCs.

The SC asked the Centre to treat transgender as socially and economically backward.

The apex court said that transgenders will be allowed admission in educational institutions and given employment on the basis that they belonged to the third gender category.

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educational institutions and given employment on the basis that they belonged to the third gender category.
Topic : Awards and Honours Cartier Women‘s Initiative Award for Indian Engineer Trupti Jain An

Topic : Awards and Honours

Cartier Women‘s Initiative Award for Indian Engineer Trupti Jain

An Indian environmental engineer Trupti Jain has won this year‘s ―Cartier Women‘s Initiative Awards‖ for the Asia-Pacific Laureate.

She was awarded for providing women working on farms with water management solutions and protecting small farmers against droughts and flash floods.

Topic : Awards and Honours

Aerospace Engineer Leadership Award for Arvind Sinha

An Indian-born aeronautics engineer Arvind Sinha from Australia has been honoured with the ‗World‘s Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Leadership Award‘ by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International.

Key facts:

AHS selected Lt Col Dr Arvind Sinha (retd) for his contribution in vertical flight technology.

Sinha, who received the award recently in the US, was also bestowed the title of AHS Honorary Fellow in May 2016.

He is working on Australian Army and Navy Aviation platform and systems technologies.

He is an expert in Tactical Aerospace systems, covering helicopters and unmanned aircrafts.

Topic : Latest Diary of Events

Tropical cyclone ―Maarutha‖ formed in Bay of Bengal

The depression over East-central Bay of Bengal has turned into the tropical cyclone 'Maarutha'.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice.

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and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution
Topic : Govt Welfare Oriented Schemes and their Utilities SAUNI project – Phase I part

Topic : Govt Welfare Oriented Schemes and their Utilities

SAUNI project Phase I part 2 - launched by PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated phase-I of the Link-II pipeline canal of the ambitious Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) Yojana in Botad district of Gujarat.

This will be the second milestone in the Rs 12,000 crore project to pump Narmada water in 115 dams of arid Saurashtra region after the PM dedicated to public phase-I of the Link-I canal in August 2016.

What is the SAUNI Yojana?

The project is not a part of the Narmada project but is based on it. 1 MAFT (million acre feet) flood water has been allotted to Saurashtra by the state government and this water will be pumped to major reservoirs in the region under the SAUNI Yojna.

Unlike traditional irrigation projects, SAUNI is technically a ‗linking‘ project, where the water will be filled in irrigation dams that are already equipped with canal network.

This network of canals will then help channel water into farms. Also, SAUNI project involves making pipe canals instead of the conventional open canals.

The pipelines in the SAUNI project are underground, which means that no land needs to be acquired.

Topic: India’s Foreign Policy

Canberra keen on joining naval exercises

Canberra, Capital city of Australia is keen on joining the Malabar trilateral naval exercises among India, Japan and the U.S.

This Malabar trilateral naval exercises is scheduled in july for the upcoming edition.

Background:

Australia had been a part of the exercises in 2007. But a sharp response from China, which saw the joint exercises as a coalition against it, put an end to the quadrilateral format.

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from China, which saw the joint exercises as a coalition against it, put an end to
About Malabar exercise: The annual Malabar series began in 1992 and includes diverse activities, ranging

About Malabar exercise:

The annual Malabar series began in 1992 and includes diverse activities, ranging from fighter combat operations from aircraft carriers through Maritime Interdiction Operations Exercises.

Topic : Govt Welfare Oriented Schemes and their Utilities

Country‘s first Vistadome coach inaugurated in Visakhapatnam

Union Railway minister Suresh Babhu launched the country‘s first ever Vistadome coach services on Visakhapatnam-Araku route. Features of the coaches include glass roof, LED lights, revolving seats and GPS-based info system.

Topic : Terms in News, Latest Diary of Events

Terms in News Khurki and Teenkathiya systems

Khurki:

Under Khurki system, the British planters used to pay some money to the farmers (Raiyyat) by mortgaging their lands and houses and compelling them to sow indigo.

Teenkathiya:

The British administration and Jamindar had established ―Teen Kahitya‖ system under which teen katha land out of one bigha was reserved for indigo (Neel) farming.

The farmers had to bear the cost of indigo farming and the British planters used to keep the yields without compensating the farmers.

Topic : Defense and National Security

Naval ship INS Chennai dedicated to Chennai

Naval ship ‗INS Chennai‘ was formally dedicated to the city today in the presence of Chief Minister K Palaniswami. It was named after the city, the ship is commanded by captain C R Praveen Nair and has 45 officers.

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It was named after the city, the ship is commanded by captain C R Praveen Nair
Topic : Profile of States, National News, Places in News Gorakhpur and Agra Airports name

Topic : Profile of States, National News, Places in News

Gorakhpur and Agra Airports name changed

The UP government changed the name of Gorakhpur and Agra Airports.

And also the name of the department of welfare of the differently abled was changed.

Changed names:

The Gorakhpur Airforce Station has been renamed as Mahayogi Goraknath Airport after the founder of the Nath monastic movement.

The Agra Airport will be renamed after Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay airport.

The Department of Disabled Welfare will now be known as 'Divyang Jan Vikas Empowerment'.

Topic : Awards and Honours

Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize 2016

Sahitya Akademi announced the Translation Prize 2016 to English language to Sri Aniruddan Vasudevan for his book.

He was selected for his book ―One part Woman‖ translation of Sri Perumal Murugan‘s Tamil Novel ―Maadhorubagan‖.

Key facts:

The above translation prize winner along with the other winners in 23 languages will be presented at the special function to be held in june 2017.

Topic : Sports and Honours

Boston Marathon completed by visually impaired Indian runner Sagar Baheti

Sagar Baheti from Bangalore, has become the first visually impaired Indian runner to complete the historic Boston Marathon.

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o r e , has become the first visually impaired Indian runner to complete the historic
B o s t o n M a r a t h o n i

Boston Marathon is the world's oldest, most competitive and the hardest marathon to qualify for.

Key facts:

31-year-old Baheti became the first visually impaired Indian to participate in the famous marathon.

Baheti completed the approximately 42.16 km distance in just over four hours.

Topic : General Administration, National News

The Government decides to do away with beacons for all categories of vehicles

With a view to strengthening healthy democratic values in the country, the Central Government has decided to do away with beacons of all categories of vehicles in the country.

Background:

These amendments in this regard will be made in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989.

Its abolition would mean that neither the Centre nor the States would have any dignitary that governments can nominate for the usage of red beacons.

Exceptions:

Beacons, however, will be allowed on vehicles concerned with emergency and relief services, ambulance, fire service etc.

Topic : Science and Technology, Latest Historical Events

Looking back at first Indian ‗space baby‘ – Aryabhata Day April 19

India‘s first satellite baby Aryabhatawas launched successfully by a Russian rocket on 19 th April 42 years ago in 1975.

About Aryabhata:

Aryabhata is the first Indian spacecraft that was also built in the country.

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ago in 1975. About Aryabhata: Aryabhata is the first Indian spacecraft that was also built in
It is named after the 5th century astronomer, the experimental spacecraft did not last its

It is named after the 5th century astronomer, the experimental spacecraft did not last its design life of six months in space.

It was meant to study distant celestial bodies that emit X-rays, Sun and Earth‘s ionosphere.

ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) which has built nearly 90 bigger and far more sophisticated spacecraft since then proudly observes April 19 every year as Aryabhata Day or Technology Day.

Topic : Sports, World Organization

Video gaming to be included in 2022 Asian Games

Competitive video games will become a medal sport for the first time ever at the 2022 Asian Games.

This game will perform as a demonstration event at the 2018 edition of the next Asian Games, to be held in Indonesia.

The official inclusion as a medal sport will be in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

Topic : Science and Technology, Latest Historical Events

Mongolia launched its first Satellite

Mongol Sat-I was launched by the Mongolia.

Mongolia launched its first satellite, part of its efforts to make use of new technology to diversify its resource-dependent economy.

The satellite was launched in partnership with Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS), a telecoms and broadcast provider for the region.

Topic : Awards and Honours, Profile of States, National News

Krishi Karman Awards 2015-2016

Tripura, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu selected for the Krishi Karman Awards 2015-16 in April 2017.

In addition to that, Meghalaya was chosen for commendation prize for total food grain production.

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to that, M e g h a l a y a was chosen for commendation prize
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Tamil Nadu:

Tamil Nadu has been chosen for the prestigious award in large category (production more than 10 million tonnes).

The state produced 130 lakh tonnes of food grains in 2015-16,that is the highest in the last five years.

The state had already awarded thrice in 2011-12 for highest food grains production, in 2013-14 for highest pulses production and in 2014-15 for highest coarse cereals production.

About the Award:

Krishi Karman awards were instituted in the year 2010-11 to reward the best performing States in food grains and individual crops of Rice, Wheat, Pulses and Coarse Cereals.

Krishi Karman awards are given to Best performer States for raising country's food grain production.

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The Civil Services Day is organized on 21st April every year, when civil servants re-dedicate themselves to the cause of the citizens and renew their commitment to public service.

This day coincides with the date on which SardarVallabhbhai Patel had addressed the first batch of

probationers at the All India Administrative Service Training School at Metcalfe House, New Delhi in

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Topic : Profile of States, National News, Places in News

GMR Hyderabad Airport got carbon neutrality certificate

The GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited has received the Carbon Neutrality (Level 3+) Certificate from the Airports Council International (ACI).

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The certification comes under ACI‘s Airport Car Accreditation Programme. This is the industry standard for

The certification comes under ACI‘s Airport Car Accreditation Programme.

This is the industry standard for assessment of an airport‘s efforts to manage and reduce carbon emissions.

About ACI:

Airports Council International (ACI) is the only global trade representative of the world‘s airport authorities.

Established in 1991, ACI represents airports‘ interests with governments and international organizations, develops standards, policies and recommended practices for airports.

And it provides information and training opportunities to raise the standards around the world.

Topic : Awards and Honours

UNESCO‘s Peace Prize for a Italian island Mayor

The mayor of Lampedusa, the Italian island selected for the first time, UNESCO‘s Peace prize.

Mayor Giusi Nicolini was awarded the prize together with French NGO SOS Mediterrannee, for their work in saving the lives of refugees and migrants and for welcoming them with dignity.

The peace prize, also known as the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, named after the first president of Ivory Coast.

It has been awarded by UNESCO each year since 1989, to recognize individuals and groups who ―safeguard, maintain, and seek peace‖.

Topic : Latest Diary of Events

Mahatma Gandhi stamps sale at auction in the United Kingdom

Resembling the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi with 4 stamps, an auction had been held in the United Kingdom.

The sale has collected the amount of £500,000.

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4 stamps , an auction had been held in the United Kingdom. The sale has collected
The block of four was sold to a private collector investor in Australia for the

The block of four was sold to a private collector investor in Australia for the highest price ever paid for Indian stamps.

Key facts:

The Indian stamps were particularly rare due to the fact they were in a set of four.

Presently, only 13 of the 1948 Gandhi 10 rupee purple brown and Lake service stamps are in circulation.

These thirteen stamps include the strip of four and a block of four in the Royal Philatelic collection owned by Queen Elizabeth II.

Royal Philatelic collection is believed to be the world‘s largest and most valuable private stamp collection.

Topic : National Defense, Navy and Terrorism

Indian Navy test-fires BrahMos missile

Indian Navy successfully test fired BrahMos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile from a ship.

This variant of Long Range BrahMos Missile was fired from Indian Naval Ship Teg, a Guided Missile Frigate, on a target on land.

Key facts:

BrahMos Missile has been jointly developed by India and Russia, and its Anti Ship variant has already been inducted into Indian Navy.

These Land Attack variant of BrahMos Missile provides all details to the Indian Naval Ships.

This missile has the capability to precisely destroyed the selected targets deep inland, far away from coast, from stand-off ranges at sea.

Topic : Latest Diary of Events

Earth Day April 22

Earth Day 2017 is being celebrated around the world on April 22.

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Diary of Events Earth Day – April 22 Earth Day 2017 is being celebrated around the
This year‘s campaign is dedicated to an ambitious goal – to achieve global climate and

This year‘s campaign is dedicated to an ambitious goal to achieve global climate and environmental literacy in the space of three years, by Earth Day 2020.

Key facts:

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. It was made into an international day in 1990 and now is celebrated by over 193 countries every year.

The aim of the day is to bring attention to environmental issues to spark changes that will result in a healthy, sustainable environment. This includes addressing climate change and finding ways to protect the planet for future generations.

Topic : World Organizations, India’s Foreign Policy

BRICS Film Festival hosted by China in June

The 2017 BRICS Film Festival will be held in Chengdu, southwest China‘s Sichuan Province from June 23 to 27.

There will be 30 films from BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) screened during the festival.

Key facts:

The feature film consisting of five 18-minute shorts on the same theme. The emotions from all five stories can be shared by anyone in any country.

The film would be a successful demonstration of the deep communication and cooperation in the film industry among BRICS countries. The first BRICS Film Festival was held in New Delhi, India, last September.

Topic : Awards and Honours

Quality Mark Award Scheme for Dairy Cooperatives NDDB

As part of the innovative initiatives under the ―White Revolution‖ umbrella Schemes, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has supported the National Dairy Development Board(NDDB) developed initiative of Quality MarkAward Scheme for dairy Cooperatives.

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Quality Mark Award is initiated to promote and encourage enhancement of safety, quality and hygiene

Quality Mark Award is initiated to promote and encourage enhancement of safety, quality and hygiene of milk and milk products manufactured by dairy cooperatives.

Key facts:

The Quality Mark‖ Award Scheme has been initiated to increase confidence in the consumers for the quality of milk being marketed by them.

And by ensuring availability of safe and good quality milk and milk products.

Topic : New inventions on Science and Technology

3D-printing conquers glass

Scientists have developed a new way of 3D-print objects using glass, an advance that could be used to make very small optical components for complex computers.

The process is known as Stereolithography.

Stereolithography is a form of 3D-printing technology used for creating models, prototypes, patterns and production parts in a layer by layer fashion using photopolymerisation.

Topic : Latest Diary of Events

Panchayati Raj Diwas

National Panchayati Raj Day is the national day of India celebrated by Ministry of Panchayati Raj on 24 April annually.

This date marks a defining moment in the history of decentralization of political power to the grassroots level.

The Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24th April, 1993 has institutionalized Panchayati Raj through the village, Intermediate and District level Panchayats.

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Topic : National News, Latest Diary of Events India becomes no 2 LPG importer India

Topic : National News, Latest Diary of Events

India becomes no 2 LPG importer

India has replaced Japan as world‘s number two importer of liquefied petroleum gas or LPG.

Japan recorded a drop of 3.2% in LPG imports during the period under review to 10.6 million tonnes.

China continues to occupy numero uno position as world‘s largest LPG importer.

Topic : Sports and Honours

Aditi Ashok & SSP Chawrasia won Golf Industry Awards

SSP Chawrasia and Aditi Ashok were among the winners at the second Golf Industry Association (GIA) Awards.

Key facts:

Aditi, who finished second in the Ladies European Tour (LET). Aditi Ashok (born 29 March 1998) is an Indian professional golfer who took part in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Chawrasia, who successfully defended his Indian Open title earlier this year and had two victories of on tour last year.

Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia, also known as "Chipputtsia", and "Chow" is an Indian professional golfer.

And he had won eight titles on the Indian Tour, including two wins at the Indian Open.

Topic : National, Latest Diary of Events

Coffee scented stamps released in Bengaluru

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha released coffee scented postage stamps at the General Post Office, Bengaluru.

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The stamps, which are being printed at the India Security Press , will be priced

The stamps, which are being printed at the India Security Press, will be priced at Rs. 100.

Key facts:

In 2006, India introduced its first aromatic stamp, with a Rs. 15 sandalwood-scented stamp where 30 lakh of these sold out within two weeks.

In 2007, rose-scented stamps were released in four varieties of flower- Jawahar, Neelam, Delhi Princess and Bhim- each priced at Rs. five and a jasmine fragrance in 2008.

Topic : Latest Diary of Events

The Paths We Walk

A Documentary Photo exhibition called The Paths We Walkwas inaugurated in New Delhi.

Key facts:

The exhibition has been organized by the National Trust under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in collaboration with Society for Child Development.

The Documentary photo exhibition is intended to tackle negative myths of disability and employment of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disability and Multiple Disabilities.

The month of April is celebrated across the World as the World Autism Awareness Month.

The National Trust has been organizing conferences and events during the months to create awareness and celebrate diversity.

Topic : General Administration, Govt., Welfare Oriented Schemes and their Utilities

Solve a problem, win ₹1 crore

The Centre is set to launch a scheme for students from higher educational institutions to volunteer to offer innovative and practical solutions to problems facing the country,

And get them rewarded for their efforts.

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innovative and practical solutions to problems facing the country, And get them rewarded for their efforts.
Key facts: The scheme will be called IDEAS, or Innovations for Development of Efficient and

Key facts:

The scheme will be called IDEAS, or Innovations for Development of Efficient and Affordable Systems.

It is an initiative to challenge young minds with problems of society in general, to come up with innovative, original, practical and economical solutions.

Topic : Latest Diary of Events, Records and Honours

Astronaut Peggy Whitson Spent Most Days In Space

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has officially set the U.S. record for most cumulative days in space.

She set the record by surpassing the astronaut Jeff Williams‘ record of 534 days.

Whitson also is the first woman to command the space station; she has commanded it twice.

She also holds the record for most spacewalks by a female astronaut.

Topic : Awards and Honours

PC Chandra Puraskaar 2017 for Nobel laureate

Nobel laureate and social activist Kailash Satyarthi has been presented the P.C. Chandra Purashkar (award) for his global crusade against child slavery and exploitative child labour.

Topic : Awards and Honours

Veteran actor K. Viswanath wins Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2016

Filmmaker and actor Kasinadhuni Viswanath, has won the Dadasaheb Phalke award for the year 2016 for his outstanding contribution to the film industry.

He was best known for his award-winning movies in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.

He won the Padma Shri in 1992 and the Andhra Pradesh goverment has honoured him with 20 Nandi awards.

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Hindi. He won the Padma Shri in 1992 and the Andhra Pradesh goverment has honoured him
Topic : Awards and Honours Newton film won the best film honor at Hong Kong

Topic : Awards and Honours

Newton film won the best film honor at Hong Kong International Film Festival

Bollywood film, ―Newton‖ has won the best film honor at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

The leading cast in the film is Mr. Raj Kumar Rao. Amit Masurkar has directed this movie as a complete political satire.

Topic : Latest Diary of Events

Australia to import Indian mangoes for first time

Indian mangoes will be imported to Australia for the first time after protocols were revised to allow the Asian-grown fruit into the local economy.

The fruit would be allowed into Australia as long as they were treated with irradiation before leaving India.

This meant that Australians would be able to enjoy the fruit long after the local season ended.

Topic : Latest Diary of Events

India is now 5th largest military spender

The report ―Trends in world Military expenditure, 2016‖ released Swedish think-tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

This report ranks countries based on their military spending.

About India:

India is now the world‘s fifth largest spender on defence for 2016 after having moved up from the 7th place following its largest annual military spending increase since 2009.

Key facts:

Our neighbor China is the second largest spender.

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annual military spending increase since 2009. Key facts: Our neighbor China is the second largest spender.
The US is the top spender at $611 billion. Russia is third at $69.2 billion

The US is the top spender at $611 billion. Russia is third at $69.2 billion and Saudi Arabia fourth at $ 63.7 billion.

Topic : New Terminology, Profile of States, National News

Northeast India‘s largest IT hub - Tripura

Northeast India‘s sixth and largest Information Technology (IT) hub was recently inaugurated in Tripura.

This IT hub would help to create employment opportunities for the IT educated youths and to further extend the e-governance to the door step of people.

Topic : Defense, National and Terrorism

VARUNA 15 - Indo-French Naval Exercise

The Fourteenth edition of Indo-French naval exercise (VARUNA) started with the arrival of four French naval ships at Goa.

Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat, destroyer Mumbai, stealth frigate Tarkash, guided missile frigate Gomati, replenishment tanker Deepak, submarine Shankul and a few Fast Attack Craft are participating from the Indian side.

This Exercise VARUNA includes the entire maritime operations from Aircraft Carrier Operations, Anti- Submarines Warfare Exercises and Maritime Interdiction Operations to multi-ship replenishment exercise.

Topic : Sports and Medals

101-year-old won sprinting gold medal at the World Masters Games in Auckland

During the World Masters Games at Auckland, 101 year old Indian Sprinter Man Kaur won the Gold medal in One woman 100m race.

Man Kaur crossed the line in 1min 14.58sec. It is almost 1min 4sec short of the women's world record for the distance.

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the line in 1min 14.58sec. It is almost 1min 4sec short of the women's world record
Topic : Govt., Welfare Oriented Schemes and their Utilities, General Administration PM will Flag-off First

Topic : Govt., Welfare Oriented Schemes and their Utilities, General Administration

PM will Flag-off First UDAN Flight under RCS

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will flag off the first UDAN flight under RCS on Shimla- Delhi sector on 27th April, 2017.

Simultaneously, Prime Minister will also flag off the inaugural UDAN flights on Kadapa Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad sectors.

Key facts:

The Ministry of Civil Aviation is committed to providing air connectivity to currently underserved and unserved airports.

To make air travel accessible to citizens in regionally important cities, the Ministry launched ‗Ude Deshka Aam Naagrik‘ (UDAN) Regional Connectivity Scheme in October, 2016.

UDAN Scheme:

In this scheme, the flight will be priced at cost of rupees 2,500 for 1 hour flying in regional areas.

It also provides connectivity to un-served and under-served airports of the country.

The scheme should be operate for period of 10 years.

It will based on marketing mechanism.

This is a first-of-its-kind scheme globally to stimulate regional connectivity through a market-based mechanism.

Topic : Sports and Medals

US Open Karate Championship - 16 medals for India

India won three Gold, two Silver and 11 Bronze medals at the US Open Karate Championship held in Las Vegas.

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won three Gold, two Silver and 11 Bronze medals at the US Open Karate Championship held
Key facts: Shaifali Agarwal, Abhishek Sengupta won a gold medal, a silver in two different

Key facts:

Shaifali Agarwal, Abhishek Sengupta won a gold medal, a silver in two different individual events.

India also won a gold medal in the team event.

The other Indian team were Abhishek Sengupta, Rantej Singh, Harcharan Singh Chowhan and Shaifali Agarwal were trained under Sensei Kalsi.

Topic : Profile of States, National News, Mass media Communication

Haryana's Ballabhgarh renamed as Balramgarh

Haryana Government announced that Ballabhgarh would be renamed as Balramgarh.

And also announced a number of projects for the development of Ballabhgarh and NIT Faridabad Assembly constituencies.

The government had earlier renamed Gurgaon as Gurugram and Mewat as Nuh.

Topic : Latest Diary of Events

India‘s Srishti Kaur won Miss Teen Universe pageant

Srishti Kaur from India has been selected as Miss Teen Universe 2017, among 25 other contestants from around the world in the annual beauty pageant.

Samantha Pierre from Canada and Ary Trava from Mexico were the runners-up in this event.

Topic : India and its Neighbour countries

China‘s first home built Aircraft Carrier launched

China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier into the open water in Dailan, a port city in China‘s Liaoning Province.

Key facts:

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aircraft carrier into the open water in Dailan, a port city in China‘s Liaoning Province. Key
This new carrier aircraft will have a displacement of 50,000 tonnes, which means that this

This new carrier aircraft will have a displacement of 50,000 tonnes, which means that this Type 001-A will be mid-sized carrieer.

This is significantly smaller than the super-carriers operated by the U.S. which are above 70,000 tonnes.

Topic : Latest Diary of Events

18 th World Road Meeting (WRM 2017) hosted by India

The International Road Federation (IRF) announced that India will host the 18 th World Road Meeting (WRM 2017).

This meeting will be held on November 13, 2017.

The Theme of World Road Meeting (WRM 2017) : ―Safe Roads and Smart Mobility : The Engines of Economic Growth‖.

Key facts:

The WRM will provide an important platform for potential investors to partner and participate in the immmense opportunities that are made available in India.

In addition, it will also provide a platform for sharing cutting edge research, best practices and experiences from around the globe.

Topic : Awards and Honours

Indian City got Pierre L‘enfant International Planning excellence award-2017

Bhubaneswar has become the first Indian city to won the Pierre L‘enfant International Planning excellence award given by the American Planning Association (APA).

Smart city Bhubaneswar has been chosen for the award for its good and advanced town planning and engaging its residents in the planning process.

Key facts:

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award for its good and advanced town planning and engaging its residents in the planning process.
Pierre "Peter" Charles L'Enfant was a French-born American architect and civil engineer. He was best

Pierre "Peter" Charles L'Enfant was a French-born American architect and civil engineer.

He was best known for designing the layout of the streets of Washington.

The American Planning Association (APA) has created an award named in L'Enfant's honor which recognizes excellence in international planning.

Topic : Defense, National Security

Agni III Ballistic Missile test fired

India successfully test fired the 3,000-kilometer range Agni-III ballistic missile from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.

The missile has a strike range of 3000 km to 5000 km and is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads upto 1.5 tonnes.

Topic : Profile of States, General Administration, Latest Diary of Events

Fifteen public holidays cancelled by the Uttar Pradesh Government

The Uttar Pradesh government cancelled 15 public holidays in educational institutions that
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commemorated the birth and death anniversaries of eminent personalities.

The decision was taken by the state‘s cabinet during its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi

Adityanath.

Topic : Awards and Honours

Indian businessman won Queen's Enterprise Award

Indian businessman's food processing plant in Britain has won the Queen's Enterprise Award 2017 for its exceptional contribution to the UK's trade, industry and economy.

Yusuff Ali M.A. is an Indian businessman from Nattika in Thrissur district of Kerala.

He is the Managing Director of Abu Dhabi-headquartered EMKE LuLu Group of companies

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district of Kerala. He is the Managing Director of Abu Dhabi-headquartered EMKE LuLu Group of companies
About this Award: The Queen's Award for Enterprise is conferred annually by Queen Elizabeth II

About this Award:

The Queen's Award for Enterprise is conferred annually by Queen Elizabeth II on her birthday.

This awards given in the recognition of businesses that display great enterprise across the fields of innovation, international trade, promoting opportunity through social mobility and sustainable development.

Topic : Awards and Honours

Vani Jairam - Ghantasala national award

Playback singer Vani Jairam was selected for the Ghantasala national award instituted by the Ghantasala National Art Academy

She is known in the North as Meerabai for her rendition of songs sung by the medieval poet in praise of Lord Krishna.

About this award:

The award was instituted in the memory of the legendary singer Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao who ruled the cinema for over three decades the Telugu world.

Topic : India’s Foreign Policy

India & Cyprus signed four agreements

India and Cyprus signed four agreements during delegation-level talks headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

Agreements signed between two countries:

Co-operation in the field of Executive programme on Culture, Education and Scientific Research for the year 2017 2020.

Co-operation in the field of Agriculture for the period 2017-2018.

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Research for the year 2017 – 2020. Co-operation in the field of Agriculture for the period
Co-operation in the area of Merchant shipping . Co-operation in the area of boost air

Co-operation in the area of Merchant shipping.

Co-operation in the area of boost air services between the two countries.

Some special events:

Ansastasiades confered Cyprus‘s highest civilian honour, the Grand Collar of the Order of Makarios III, on President Pranab Mukherjee.

Topic : New inventions on Science and Technology

A safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed the nickel-zinc (Ni-Zn) batteries.

These batteries are made up of three-dimensional Zn ―sponge.

These batteries replaces the normally or traditionally used powdered zinc anode or positively charged electrode in the batteries.

Background:

Previous zinc-based rechargeable batteries suffer from a major drawback.

Repeated cycles of charging and discharging cause zinc atoms to pile up on one of the electrodes.

That causes the growth of ―dendrites,‖ tiny zinc spears that can pierce other parts of the battery, causing it to short-circuit and fail.

Benefits of Ni-Zn batteries:

With Zn, the battery provides an energy content and rechargeability.

Zinc-nickel battery provides nearly the same electrical jolt, but not the fire risk of Li-ion cells.

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Zinc-nickel battery provides nearly the same electrical jolt, but not the fire risk of Li-ion cells.
Topic : National, Profile of State, Latest Diary of Events First-ever athletics meet for transgender

Topic : National, Profile of State, Latest Diary of Events

First-ever athletics meet for transgender persons in India

The first ever Athletics meet for Transgender persons organized by the Kerala government at Trivandrum‘s Central Stadium.

The first-of-its-kind tournament saw them taking part in popular track and field events such as sprint, relay race, shot put and long jump.

Topic : Sports and Medals

India won 6 medals in 2nd leg of Asian Grand Prix Atheletics Meet

India won six medals in the second leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet in Jiaxing, China.

Key facts:

Neena Varakil won the Gold Medal in women‘s long jump.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the Silver Medal.

Manpreet Kaur won the Silver Medal in women‘s Shot put.

Dutee Chand won the Silver Medal in Women‘s 100 metre Race.

Tintu Luka won the Silver Medal in the Women‘s 800 metre race.

Om Prakash Karhana won the Bronze Medal in Men‘s Shot put.

India had won seven medals, including a gold and 4 silver in the first leg.

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Medal in Men‘s Shot put. India had won seven medals, including a gold and 4 silver
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