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International Current Affairs
Here we are providing very important current affairs of international category for 10th April 2017.
- Today (10th April) is World Homoeopathy Day.
- This day is observed every year to pay tribute to Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, founder and father of Homeopathy System of Medicine.
- On this occasion, AYUSH Ministry, had organised International Convention on World Homoeopathy Day with theme “Enhancing Quality Research in Homoeopathy through scientific evidence and rich clinical experiences”.
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrived Delhi today on a four-day India visit.
- During this visit, he will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on ways to boost ties in key areas including defence, security, energy and trade.
- The two countries are likely to sign a number of MoUs covering a range of areas including defence and security, environment, renewable energy, sports and trade.
- Note : It will be Turnbull’s first visit to the country after assuming office in 2015.
- Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi has declared the country a ‘war zone‘ and instructed the army to prepare a new offensive against the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants.
- Note : Al-Shabaab has denounced Abdullahi as an “apostate” and warned Somalis against supporting him.
- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today declared a 3-month state of emergency in the country following twin church bombings that killed at least 44 and injured over 100 people on Sunday.
- The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the church bombings.
- Note : The bombings come weeks ahead of Pope Francis’ two-day Egypt visit starting April 28.
National Current Affairs
The National Current Affairs as on 10th April 2017 are as follows:
- The Bengaluru Police have launched 51 ‘Pink Hoysalas‘, the new patrol vehicles, to address complaints related to women and child safety.
- The Pink Hoysalas will function based on complaints registered through the Suraksha App or intimation to the police control room number and will have at least three women police personnel.
- Note : The city police currently have 221 regular Hoysalas.
- The Uttar Pradesh government led by CM Yogi Adityanath has started work on setting up six AIIMS and 25 new medical colleges.
- This was one of the promises the BJP had made for the Assembly polls.
- The Assam government’s draft population policy proposes that people with more than two children should be denied government jobs.
- The two-child norm would also be applicable for all candidates in elections conducted by the state election commission.
- The draft also proposed that all girls in the state be given free education up to university level.
- Andhra Pradesh government is going to construct a 125-foot tall bronze statue of BR Ambedkar in its upcoming capital Amaravati.
- The foundation for the statue is expected to be laid on April 14, the occasion of Ambedkar’s birth anniversary.
- Nearly ₹100 crore has reportedly been allocated by the state for the statue’s construction.
- Home Minister Rajnath Singh today launched website ‘Bharat Ke Veer‘ (www.bharatkeveer.gov.in) to facilitate monetary contribution to martyred CRPF jawans’ families.
- The initiative is actor Akshay Kumar’s brainchild, and it is available both as a web portal and mobile application.
- The funds would be managed by a committee of eminent persons and officials, who would disburse it on a need basis.
- To mark the 100-year anniversary of Satyagrah movement, led by Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated an exhibition ”swachagraha” Bapu Ko Karyanjali” – A Mission, An Exhibition, at the National Archives of India, Janpath, New Delhi.
- He has also launched an ‘Online Interactive Quiz’ at the event which is being organised by the National Archives of India.
- The quiz will continue for 30 months till October, 2019.
MOUs & Agreements
- The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Patanjali Ayurved have decided to sign a memorandum of understanding to market herbal products developed by the DRDO’s Life Sciences wing.
- India and Australia today inked Six agreements in areas including combating terrorism, civil aviation security, sports, health and medicine and satellite navigation.
- The MoUs were signed after the delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.
New Appointments list as on 10th April 2017 are as follows:
- Indian-origin Anuja Ravindra Dhir has become the first non-white circuit judge at the Old Bailey, the central criminal court of England and Wales.
- Currently also the youngest judge at the court, Anuja was called to the bar in 1989.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
- Saudi Arabia’s Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan today announced that citizens would not pay taxes on income and Saudi companies would not see their profits taxed under new economic reforms.
- He further said a value-added tax planned for 2018 would “not be raised above 5% before 2020“.
- His statement comes amid concerns that people would be taxed as part of the reforms.
- A Central Bank of India customer has won a ₹1 crore mega prize under the government’s lucky draw scheme to popularise digital payments for making a digital transaction worth ₹1,590.
- The draw has a second prize of ₹50 lakh, and third prize of ₹25 lakh.
- The winners’ names were not declared yet as the draw only displayed their transaction numbers.
Science & Technology
- Japan-based researchers are planning to be the first to successfully drill into Earth’s mantle, beneath the crust.
- Japan’s deep-sea drilling vessel will drop down 4 km in the Pacific and bore through 6 km of the ocean floor, researchers said.
- The project to study oceanic crust and probe microbial life’s extent inside the Earth is planned to start by 2030.
Books & Authors
- To mark 100 years of his Satyagrah movement, three old and seminal publications on Mahatma Gandhi, were today relaunched by the government of India in a “restored” format.
- Minister for Information & Broadcasting, M Venkaiah Naidu released these publications.
- The 3 publication are :
- ‘Gandhi in Champaran (1957)’
- ‘Romain Rolland and Gandhi Correspondence (1976)’
- ‘Eight-volume biography of Gandhi (1951)’
- These were authored by D G Tendulkar.
Sports Current Affairs
All Sports Updates as on 10th April 2017 are as follows:
- World Cup-winning coach Dav Whatmore took charge as the head coach of Kerala’s state cricket team today.
- Whatmore, who led Sri Lanka to their 1996 World Cup title, has coached four international teams.
- Indian team was crowned champions of the Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 today after defeating Chile on penalties in the tournament final in Canada.
- Indian goalkeeper Savita Punia was adjudged the Goalkeeper of the Tournament.