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National – Across the India:
1. Prime Minister has launched BHIM-Aadhaar platform from Nagpur.
It will help people to pay digitally using their biometric data like thumb imprint on a merchant’s biometric-enabled device like a smart phone or a biometric reader.
2. Harisal village in Maharashtra was adopted by Microsoft to be developed as India’s first ideal digital village.
Underpinned by public health initiatives of the state government, the village is now in the reckoning for the Prime Minister’s Award for excellence in Public Administration.
3. India Licensing Expo 2017 is scheduled to be held on 20th & 21st August 2017 in Mumbai.
The expo will be organized by License India, India’s first licensing media Services Company and supported by Franchise India.
It will collate opportunities, knowledge and recognitions under one roof.
4. Punjab government has prohibited the inclusion of names of the government functionaries, including ministers and MLAs, on foundation stones and inaugural plaques.
The order has clarified that henceforth all projects and programmes, including those inaugurated by the CM, would be dedicated to the people of Punjab.
5. The government called off talks between the India & Pakistan on maritime security which was scheduled for 17th April 2017.
The reason behind the cancellation was the issue of death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, by a Pakistani military court.
6. Prime Minister has launched 81 cashless/less cash townships across 12 states in Nagpur.
The 81 townships included 56 in Gujarat and 25 in 11 states including Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.
The model of cashless/less cash township was developed by Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd (GNFC) across these States under the auspices of NITI Aayog.
7. Himachal Pradesh celebrated 70th Himachal Day function in Chamba.
Himachal Pradesh came into existence by merging 30 odd princely states in 1948.
International – Across the Globe:
1. GBU-43, nicknamed as the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) has been dropped by the United States over an ISIS complex in Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border.
The bomb was dropped using a Lockheed MC-130 transport plane.
The bomb has been dropped to destroy a system of tunnels and caves used by the ISIS fighters.
Sports & Athletics:
1. Mann Kaur, a 101-year-old great-grandmother, will represent India at the World Masters Games, considered as the Olympics for veterans in Auckland from 21st April 2017.
Kaur will compete in the 100-metre, 200-metre, shot put and javelin events in the 100-plus category.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) has launched a web portal for insurers – irda.gov.in, that will allow them to register and sell policies online.
Earlier, IRDAI had issued guidelines on e-commerce for the insurance sector.
2. The Bank Boards Bureau (BBB) has drawn up an elaborate Governance, Reward and Accountability Framework (GRAF).
The GRAF seeks to ensure that corporate governance at PSBs is in keeping with various pieces of legislation, including the Companies Act, 2013, Banking Regulation Act, 1949, and SEBI Regulations, 2015.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
1. The Indian Academy of Highway Engineers signed MoU with University of New South Wales (UNSW) to set up a Centre for Advanced Transportation Technology and Systems (CATTS).
It aims to influence and adopt global innovation into the transportation sector.
2. The Uttar Pradesh government has signed Power for All pact with the Centre to provide 24×7 power supply to all the households in the State
As a part of this pact, 10,000 energy efficiency solar- panel pumps will be distributed through Centre’s undertaking, Energy Efficiency Services (EESL).
In addition, it has been agreed to distribute energy efficient bulbs, tube lights and fans at cheaper rates.
Science & Technology:
1. Scientists at CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) have developed a robotic platform, Seabed Resident Event Profiler (SREP).
It is capable of being stationed at any water depth from 0-200 metres to track the oceanic processes.
The robot has been designed to regularly record the water column information at every 10 to 25 cm during every profile four times a day.
Recent Notable Deaths:
1. Former Jammu and Kashmir governor Girish Chandra Saxena has died after a brief illness.
He took charge as the Jammu and Kashmir Governor for the first time on 26th May 1990 and continued in the post till 13th March 1993.
He was re-appointed in 1998.
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