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Current affairs on 28 April 2017

Cassini spacecraft completed its final flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan

  1. Cassini the spacecraft of U.S. space agency NASA that completed its final flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan on 26 April 2017 before starting its plunge into the planet to bring an end to its 20- year-long journey.
  2. This was the Cassini-Huygens joint mission that was launched from Earth on 15 October 1997 through Titan IVB/Centaur. It entered Saturn’s orbit on 1 July 2004.
  3. Huygens separated from the orbiter and landed on Saturn’s moon Titan on 14 January 2005, However, Cassini continued its probe of Saturn.
  4. Since 30 November 2016, due to the spacecraft’s dwindling fuel resources for further orbital corrections, Cassini entered the final phase of the project.

Belgium opens honorary consulate

  1. Belgium has become the first country to open an honorary consulate office in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City).
  2. The consulate was inaugurated by Belgian Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Pieter De Crem.
  3. GIFT is a central business district (CBD) located between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar in the state of Gujarat.

Miss Teen Universe 2017 announced 

  1. Srishti Kaur has been crowned Miss Teen Universe 2017.
  2. In addition, she also bagged an award for the best national costume. Her costume featured a peacock, the Indian national bird.
  3. Miss Teen Universe pageant was started six years ago. The pageant is organized by the Miss Universe organisation for teens aged 15 to 19.

Current affairs on 26 April 2017

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi chosen to test the world’s first malaria vaccine

  1. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi - three African countries have been chosen to test the world’s first malaria vaccine, as announced by the WHO on 24 April 2017 because all 3 nations have strong prevention and vaccination programs but continue to have high numbers of malaria cases.
  2. The test will start from next year (2018) and has partial effectiveness, has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives if used with existing measures.
  3. The malaria vaccine has been developed by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, and the $49 million for the first phase of the pilot is being funded by the global vaccine alliance GAVI, UNITAID and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Posted on: 26th April 2017 Read complete Article →

Social activist Prafulla Samantra won Goldman Environmental Prize

  1. Social activist Prafulla Samantra became the sixth Indian to be bestowed with the Goldman Environmental Prize - is often called ‘Green Nobel’, as was announced on 23 April 2017 in San Francisco.
  2. Goldman Environmental Prize was first instituted in 1990 and since then five Indians – Medha Patkar, M.C. Mehta, Rasheeda Bi, Champaran Shukla and Ramesh Agrawal – have won the prize. Samantra will be the sixth to win the prestigious prize.
  3. Samantra was one of the key leaders responsible for rallying tribes, indigenous to Odisha’s Niyamgiri region, and using legal provisions to thwart mining-to-metals conglomerate, Vedanta. The company has been forced to suspend plans to mine bauxite.
  4. He also led a 12-year long legal battle that affirmed the indigenous Dongria Kondh’s land rights and protected the Niyamgiri Hills from a massive, open-pit aluminum ore mine.

Current affairs on 25 April 2017

Rashtirya Janata Party created by Six Madhesi parties of Nepal

  1. Six Madhesi parties of Nepal on 20 April 2017 merged to form Rashtirya Janata Party (RJP) as single political entity to fight jointly in the upcoming local elections on 14 May 2017.
  2. These six parties are – Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Sadbhawana Party, Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party, Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum- Ganatantrik and Nepal Sadbhawana Party.
Posted on: 25th April 2017 Read complete Article →

Cuba and Morocco reestablished diplomatic ties

  1. After King Mohammed’s private visit to Cuba, Cuba and Morocco have signed an agreement to re-establish diplomatic ties after a time period of 37 years.
  2. Morocco lowered its ties with Cuba in 1980 after Fidel Castro officially recognised Western Sahara as the independent Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.

Current affairs on 24 April 2017

Italian mayor wins Unesco Peace Prize

  1. The UNESCO has awarded its Peace Prize to Giuseppina (Giusi) Nicolini, the mayor of the Italian island of Lampedusa.
  2. She was awarded for her commitment to saving the lives of migrants and refugees as Lampedusa is the first European landfall for people fleeing war and economic hardship in Africa and the Middle East.
Posted on: 24th April 2017 Read complete Article →

RBI signed MoU with the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan

The Reserve Bank of India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information” with the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan.

Current affairs on 20 April 2017

Australian Government started visa programme - ‘Visa 457’

  1. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on 18 April 2017 announced the decision to abolish ‘Visa 457’ programme and thus bring cheers to foreign workers. Visa used by over 95,000 temporary foreign workers (majority of them Indians), that was abolished by the Australian Government on 18 April 2017
  2. ‘Visa 457’ is the name of the Australian visa programme that allowed businesses to employ foreign workers for a period up to four years in skilled jobs where there is a shortage of Australian workers. 
Posted on: 20th April 2017 Read complete Article →
Posted on: 20th April 2017 Read complete Article →
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