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The Bengaluru Police have launched 51 'Pink Hoysalas', the new patrol vehicles, to direct complaints related to women and child safety. The Pink Hoysalas will work based on accusations registered through the Suraksha App or intimation to the police control room number and will have at least three women police personnel. The City police currently have 221 regular Hoysalas. All that a citizen in distress has to do is press the app's button five times and an intimation along with location will be sent to the nearest response team. The Suraksha app will send out signals to the command centre which will dispatch police teams for help. Karnataka Chief Minister:- Siddaramaiah Home Minister:- Dr G Parameshwara

The first rail freight service from the UK to China will depart on a 7,500-mile journey from Essex today. Thirty containers will carry British goods including whisky, soft drinks, vitamins and pharmaceuticals. The train will travel over 7,500 miles to reach Yiwu, a famed wholesale market town in the eastern province of Zhejiang, 17 days later.  The train will pass through seven countries -  France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan  - before arriving on April 27. UK Prime Minister:- Theresa May China Prime Minister:- Li Keqiang

Indian boxer K Shyam Kumar clinched a gold medal  in the 49- kilogram category at the Thailand International Tournament in Bangkok. Shyam, who won a gold at the 2015 edition of the event, was to take on Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the final. Earlier, Rohit Tokas (64kg) had lost in the semi-finals to settle for bronze medal. Incidentally, Rohit had won a bronze medal in the 2015 edition as well. India thus finished the tournament with two medals.  

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 26 projects worth Rs 2,154.28 crore under the Centre’s ‘Namami Gange’ programme, aiming to reduce the river’s pollution load. As part of the projects, the NMCG will set up sewage treatment plants (STPs) and develop sewage network in four Ganga basin states: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Delhi. It will create sewage treatment capacity of 188 million litres daily (MLD), setting up 13 new STPs in the states. The NMCG will rehabilitate three existing STPs of 596 MLD-capacity in Delhi, Haridwar (Uttarakhand) and Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh). Five STPs of 30 MLD-capacity will be upgraded in Uttarakhand. In addition to this, the authority has decided to create sewage network of 145.05 kms in length through five projects in Delhi, Haridwar and Bihar’s Patna.

The Assam government has announced a draft population policy. It suggested denial of government jobs to people with more than two children. The policy also suggested making education up to university level free for all girls in the state. The proposal also prevents people with a history of child marriage from entering government service. The proposed population policy will also push for increasing the legal age of marriage from 18 years for girls and 21 years for boys. The policy will also seek stringent laws to prevent violence and sexual abuse of women. Assam will become the second state in the country after Rajasthan to have rules separate from the national population policy of 2000. Assam Health Minister (also the education minister) : Himanta Biswa Sarma Capital of Assam : Dispur

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organisation for all retail payment systems in the country, has disbursed over Rs. 245 crore worth of prize money to about 18 lakh winners under the NITI Aayog’s Lucky Draw schemes for consumers and merchants which are Lucky Grahak Yojna (LGY) and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojna (DVY). This initiative was announced to encourage people to carry out more digital transactions. There are three mega prizes for consumers worth Rs. 1 crore, Rs. 50 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh. For merchants too there would be three mega prizes worth Rs. 50 lakh, Rs. 25 lakh and Rs. 12 lakh. It will be declared in the 100th Mega draw. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Karnataka had emerged as the top five states /Union Territories with the maximum number of winners, while salaried professionals, students, businessmen, housewives and people working in the agriculture sector were the top winners. The two schemes are:- Lucky Grahak Yojna (LGY) and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojna (DVY). They were launched on December 25, 2016 and will remain open till April 14, 2017. The schemes are aimed at incentivising both consumers and merchants to promote digital payments. There are 15,000 daily winners qualifying for total prize money of Rs. 1.5 crore. In additional to this there are over 14,000 weekly winners qualifying for total prize money of over Rs. 8.3 crore every week. About NPCI:- National Payments Corporation of India NPCI headquarter : Mumbai NPCI founded in: 2008 Key person: M. Balachandran About NITI Aayog:- Full form: National Institution for Transforming India Formation : 1 January 2015 Chairman: Narendra Modi

Canara Bank, a public sector bank, has embarked upon an ambitious project of upgrading the bandwidth at all its branches to 2 Mbps in partnership with BSNL. The bandwidth upgradation activity shall be completed in three months. About Canara Bank:- Canara Bank is an Indian state-owned bank headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka. Headquarters: Karnataka CEO: Rakesh Sharma (Sep 2015–) Founder: Ammembal Subba Rao Pai Founded: 1906 Nationalized in: 1969 slogan :  'Together we Can'. About BSNL:- Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is an Indian state-owned telecommunications company. Headquarters: New Delhi CEO: Shri Anupam Shrivastava (15 Jan 2015–) Founder: Government of India Founded: 15 September 2000

The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) is produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and measures the factors and policies that make a country a viable place to invest within the Travel and Tourism sector. India has improved its travel and tourism industry exponentially. It jumped to the 40th position globally, from its previous rank of 52. The top 10 countries are:- 1) Spain, 2) France, 3) Germany, 4) Japan, 5) UK, 6) US, 7) Australia, 8) Italy, 9) Canada and 10) Switzerland

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claimed victory in the Chinese GP ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel & Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. It is Hamilton's fifth Chinese GP win. Vettel recovered from a mishap-filled start to finish in second place. Verstappen improved from 16th position on the starting grid to finish in third place. Ricciardo ended up in fourth position, followed by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in fifth and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas in sixth.

Bihar-origin Asha Khemka, who arrived in the United Kingdom with her family in 1978 without English language skills and went on to change the lives of thousands as an educationist, was on named “Asian Businesswoman of the Year” at an event in Birmingham. Khemka was honoured with one of the UK’s top civilian awards - Dame, the female equivalent of knighthood – in 2014 and has since won several accolades for her work in education in Nottingham. She has received accolades such as ‘Asian Women of Achievement’, ‘National Jewel Award,’ ‘Business Women of the Midlands’ and ‘Inspirational Women of the Year.’ “Asian Businesswoman of the Year” award was conferred on her at the 5th Annual Asian Business Awards Midlands.

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