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Current affairs on 20 April 2017

UP airport to be named after Gorakhnath

  1. UP state cabinet has decided to name an upcoming airport terminal at Gorakhpur Air Force station after Mahayogi Gorakhnath, who is known as the founder of the Nath monastic movement.
  2. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and five-time MP from Gorakhpur ss the head priest of the Gorakhnath Math.

WB Govt brings Social Security Yojana

  1. West Bengal Government has introduced the Social Security Yojana by converging five separate beneficiary schemes for workers in the unorganised sectors and for self-employed people.
  2. Around 5 crore people will benefit from the Yojana, with around 1 crore getting direct benefits.
  3. The State Government has started another scheme – State Nutrition Mission.

India's first privately run railway station

  1. In the History of Indian railway, for the first time Habibganj station in Bhopal has been handed over to the private firm to be operated by it, however railway Minister Suresh Prabhu clarified that trains at the station will still be run by the Railways.
  2. The station building will be developed in line with airport terminals.

Current affairs on 18 April 2017

Himachal Pradesh bags Krishi Karman Award 2015-16

  1. Agriculture ministry has selected Himachal Pradesh for the third time  for the Krishi Karman Award 2015-16 for the commendable increase in food grains production. 
  2. The award would carry a trophy, citation and cash prize. State has won the award previously in 2011-12 for the increase in wheat production and in 2014-15 for increasing food grains production.
Posted on: 18th April 2017 Read complete Article →

Colson Whitehead wins Pulitzer prize 

The literary blockbuster novel 'The Underground Railroad' authored by Colson Whitehead, which depicts the journey of a young woman escaping from slavery via a fantastical train system has won the Pulitzer prize for fiction.  


Haldia Port Tops on Sanitation Parameters

  1. In a Sanitation survey that was done on the twelve major ports under the Ministry of Shipping, Haldia Port in West Bengal became the top in the First-Ever Ranking of Ports on Sanitation Parameters. 
  2. The exercise was undertaken during the ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ observed from the 16th to 31st of March 2017.

UP government Centre sign MoU for 'Power for All' scheme

  1. Uttar Pradesh government with the aim ensure 24-hour quality power supply in the state by October 2018 and electric connection to every house and agriculture field by 2019 has signed a MoU with  Centre under the scheme for the 'Power for All' scheme in the state.  
  2. The project will cost above rupees 40 thousand crore out of which 20 thousand crore will be spent till 2018.


India's first-ever micro-drama festival held in Delhi

  1. India's first ever micro-drama festival, named Thespis, was held recently in New Delhi. The longest play of the festival ran for not more than 10 minutes and the shortest one lasted for only 42 seconds.  
  2. The festival was organized by theater group 'Vriksh'. The inaugural play of the festival was titled 'Chamaeleonidae'.

Jharkhand police initiates Tare Zameen Par programme

  1. In order to restore the confidence in the state police force and to encourage children to lead happy lives, Jharkhand Police has initiated 'Tare Zameen Par programme' to enlighten children in Naxal-affected areas in the Palamau district of Jharkhand. 
  2.  As a part of the programme, the state police appealed the locals to donate bags, shoes, books and clothes to improve the basic amenities of the children in the Naxal-affected areas.

Women can retain maiden names in passports

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that women are free to retain their maiden names in their passports now after the marriage. 
  2. In order to make women as centre of the developmental schemes as the government is working in different ways to empower them through various schemes like Mudra and Ujjwala.
Posted on: 18th April 2017 Read complete Article →
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