Current Affairs Current Affairs April 2018

 India and the World Bank signed a $210 million loan agreement for the Madhya Pradesh Rural Connectivity Project. The Project is expected to improve the durability, resilience and safety of the gravel surfaced rural roads and enhance the capacity of the state to manage its rural roads network. The Project will cover 10,510 km stretch of rural roads in Madhya Pradesh that fall under the Chief Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (CMGSY) program.
Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

 Paytm Payments Bank now has over 100 million KYC wallets, against the constant campaigning done by the bank about the benefits of the Know Your Customer (KYC) system. The bank has introduced several options that include Paytm KYC centres and 'Paytm-Ka-ATM' outlets to offer more localised support. Customers can locate these through the 'Nearby' section on the Paytm app.
Source- ANI News

 The Madras High Court became the first court in south India and overall eighth in the country to introduce e-court fee payment facility. It was jointly launched by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Chief Justice Indira Banerjee. The new system will enable litigants who file cases in High Court to pay judicial stamp duty to the government through e-stamps, which can be purchased both online and offline. It will pave way for easier and secured way of paying stamp duty.
Source- ANI News

 India has retained its position as the top remittances receiving country with its diaspora sending about $69 billion back home in 2017, according to the report of the World Bank. Remittances to India picked up sharply by 9.9% to $69 billion in 2017, reversing the previous year’s dip. The World Bank said remittance inflows improved in all regions and the top remittance recipients were India with $69 billion, followed by China ($64 billion), the Philippines ($33 billion), Mexico ($31 billion), Nigeria ($22 billion), and Egypt ($20 billion).
Source- The Livemint

 Jailed Egyptian photographer Mahmoud Abu Zeid, popularly known as Shawkan won the 2018 Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO). Egypt’s Foreign Ministry strongly warned UNESCO against recognising Abu Zeid, claiming that he faced terror-related charges.
Source- DD News

 State-run Bank of India (BoI) has entered into an agreement with National E-Governance Services (NeSL) for information utility (IU) arrangement under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). As per the agreement, BoI will avail NeSL service to expedite corporate insolvency resolution process. Under the IBC 2016, IU is proposed to offer services for accepting electronic submission of financial information, recording the same safely and accurately, verifying and authenticating the financial information submitted by a person. 
Source- The Moneycontrol

 Richest Indian Mukesh Ambani (24th Rank) and human rights lawyer Indira Jaising (20th Rank) have been named by Fortune magazine as the World's Greatest Leaders of 2018. The Fortune's 2018 ranking of the 50 Greatest Leaders has architect Balkrishna Doshi. This year's list is topped by 'The Students' of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and other schools of US that witnessed gun violence. This year's list has the #MeToo Movement, which described the pervasiveness of sexual abuse, at No.3 behind Bill and Melinda Gates (2nd Rank). The list also includes Apple CEO Tim Cook, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and football coach Nick Saban. 
Source- The Fortune

 West Bengal government has given its approval to State Forest Department to apply for coveted Ramsar Site recognition under Ramsar Convention to Sunderban Reserve Forest. Now, State Forest Department through Central Government will apply to Ramsar Convention Secretariat. Once it is conferred Ramsar site status, Sundarbans Reserve Forest will be largest protected wetland in the country. There are currently 26 sites in India recognised as Ramsar wetland sites of international importance.
Important Facts About Sundarbans:
  • 1. Sundarbans is vast contiguous mangrove forest ecosystem in the coastal region of Bay of Bengal spread across India and Bangladesh.
  • 2. It covers approximately 10,000 square kilometres of area of which 60% is in Bangladesh and remaining in India. 
  • 3. It is located in the delta region of Padma, Meghna and Brahmaputra river basins. 
  • 4. It is the largest tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. 
  • 5. It was recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
  • 6. Sundarban forests are known for its self- Royal Bengal Tiger.
Source- The Hindu

  Iran has banned the use of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by its banks and financial institutions. As per the central bank of Iran, the ban was necessary since all cryptocurrencies have the capacity to be turned into a means for money-laundering and financing terrorism and in general can be turned into a means for transferring criminals' money.
Source- The Reuters

 Dadahaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2018 honoured the individuals from the entertainment industry for their outstanding contribution towards the growth and development of cinema and/or television.
Here's the complete list of the winners of the Dadahaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2018:
S.No. Category Winner
1. Best actor (male) Shahid Kapoor
2. Best actor people's choice award Ranveer Singh
3. Entertainer of the year Kartik Aryan
4. Best actress (critics) Aditi Rao Hydari
5. Lifetime achievement award Simi Garewal
6. Pride of Indian cinema Sanjay Dutt
7. Path-breaking producer of the year Anushka Sharma and Karnesh Sharma
8. Best director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
9. Outstanding performance male Raj Kumar Rao, Rana Daggubati
10. Outstanding performance female Tamannahh Bhatia, Kriti Sanon
11. Promising face of the year Aahana Kumra
12. Best actor (male) Marathi Vaibhav Tatwawaadi
13. Best actor (female) Marathi Pooja Sawant
14. Best fashion designer of the year Sanjukta Dutta
15. Socially conscious performance of the year Rani Mukherjee
16. Best comic role Tusshar Kapoor
17. Entertaining performance in reality show Bigg Boss Hina Khan
18. Best actress drama award Jennifer Winget
19. Best actor (male) Television Karan Patel
20. Best reality show judge Shilpa Shetty
21. Best talk show host Karan Johar
22. Best lyricist Manoj Muntashir
23. Best performance in a short film Divya Khosla Kumar
24. Iconic contribution towards music Hans Raj Hans
25. Comic performer of the year Sumona Chakraborty
26. Versatile singer Rani Hazarika
27. Social and business entrepreneur of the year Jaya Misra
Source- DNA India


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