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Current affairs on 24 April 2017

India's first village of books

  1. India’s first village of books will open on May 4 in Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra.
  2. The Maharashtra government has got 75-odd artists to paint the walls of the 25 premises that include 3 temples, 2 schools, 7 houses and several lodges and homestays spread on a stretch of 2 km in Bhilar village at Pustakanche Gaon (village of books).

Super Earth (Planet) discovered in habitable zone

  1. Astronomers have discovered another planet (Super Earth), called LHS1140b, which is expected to be present in the Goldilocks Zone (which is know as to a habitable zone where the temperature is neither too high nor too low.).
  2. The planet is found to be rocky, like the Earth but is over 6 times as massive as Earth and about 1.5-times larger and falls under the category of ‘Super Earth’.

Red beacons on government vehicles will go away 

  1. From 1 MAy 2017, the Union cabinet on 19 April 2017 decided to put an end to the practice of using red beacons atop vehicles in the country and from 1 May 2017 neither state nor central government can nominate any official to use it.
  2. Under this decisionit, all government vehicles, including President, Prime minister, Chief Ministers, central and state ministers, judges of the Supreme Court and high courts or any other VIP, will be barred from using them. 
  3. The government also decided to make amendments to the rules governing the use of blue beacons.
  4. However, Red beacons can only be used by vehicles like ambulances, fire tenders and police cars, but only in cases of emergency as notified by the government.

NSCI Safety Awards – 2016 announced 

  1. Government framed the National Policy on Occupational Safety, Health and Environment in 2009 and as per Minister of State (IC) for Labour & Employment, it has awarded NSCI Safety Awards 2016 to 70 Organisations at a function held in New Delhi.
  2. National Safety Council is a self-supporting non- profit autonomous society coming under the purview of Ministry of Labour and Employment.

Aamir Khan, Kapil Dev to get Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards

  1. Aamir Khan and Kapil Dev will receive the 75th Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards, at a ceremony on 24 April 2017 organised by Master Dinanath Smruti Pratishthan and Hridayesh Arts.
  2. Khan will be honoured with the Vishesh Puraskar for Best Film ‘Dangal’, while Dev for his outstanding contribution to Indian Cricket.

Navy’s missile destroyer dedicated to Chennai

  1. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister dedicated the Indian Navy’s indigenously designed ‘P15A Guided Missile Destroyer’, INS Chennai that is one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India to the city Chennai.
  2. INS Chennai is commanded by captain C. R. Praveen Nair and has 45 officers. The ship was commissioned by ex-Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar in 2016.

Current affairs on 20 April 2017

HRD Minister launched RUSA Portal, Mobile App

  1. Human Resource and Development Minister has launched the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) portal and mobile app in New Delhi which is one-stop for States’ Higher Education Plans, the decision of the States’ Higher Education Councils and details of the resources.
  2. The mobile application will ensure that all projects under RUSA are tracked for 24x7.
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UN to issue stamps for Yoga Day

  1. United Nations will issue special stamps commemorating the International Yoga Day on June 21 this year.
  2. The special sheet consists of stamps with images of the sacred Indian sound “Om” and various yogic postures.

Petrol pumps to be closed on Sundays

  1. In a decision that was made in view of the Prime Minister’s call during his recent “mann ki baat” programme to conserve oil to save the environment, from 14 May 2017, all petrol pumps in eight states will be closed on Sundays.
  2. Nearly 20,000 outlets in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana would be shut for 24 hours on Sundays.

Large asteroid to passed Earth

  1. J025, an asteroid more than a quarter mile wide will pass close to Earth. It was discovered in May 2014, will be the largest asteroid to come this near to the planet since 2004.
  2. The approach of J025 will be the asteroid’s closest for next 500 years.
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