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Top 10 Daily Current Affairs : 18 April 2017

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18 April 2017

The Southwest Monsoon will be “normal” this year, a news which will augur well for the farming community and the economy.India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General K.J. Ramesh said there would be good distribution of rainfall across the country.“The country will receive 96 per cent of Long Period Average (LPA),”... Read More

category: Persons

18 April 2017

The Woman and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has sought a change in rules that require father’s name to be mandatorily mentioned for getting caste certificates, in case of children raised by single or separated mothers. Gandhi’s move comes days within her approaching HRD minister Prakash Javadekar with a request to... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

18 April 2017

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday will leave on a five-day visit to the United States to participate in the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF as well as deliberations of G20 nations.The official delegation, led by Mr. Jaitley, includes among others, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das and Chief Economic Advisor Arvind... Read More

category: Awards and Honours

18 April 2017

The Haryana government on Tuesday exempted solar equipment and parts used in installation of solar power projects from value added tax (VAT). A decision to this effect was taken by the Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in Chandigarh.At present, VAT of five per cent plus surcharge is levied on... Read More

category: Awards and Honours

18 April 2017

Businessman Vijay Mallya was arrested today morning in London, according to sources. Mr. Mallya is due to appear in Westminister Magistrates court.The British authorities had recently started the legal process to extradite Mr.Mallya to India. However, it is not certain if the legal process would culminate in his return to India to face charges as... Read More


18 April 2017

Australia on Tuesday abolished a visa programme used by over 95,000 temporary foreign workers, majority of them Indians, to tackle the growing unemployment in the country. The programme will be replaced by another visa programme, with new restrictions.The programme, known as 457 visa, allows business to employ foreign workers for a period up to... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

18 April 2017

Prince William has brought Lady Gaga on board with in his efforts to persuade people to be more open about their mental health and crush the stigma associated with the issue.The heir to the throne released a video on Tuesday in which he speaks with the pop superstar in a FaceTime call from his home in London to her’s in Los Angeles.Prince... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

18 April 2017

WhatsApp may finally make it less painful to change your number.Since WhatsApp is tied to your phone number, changing numbers can be a huge hassle. Users do everything from add dozens of friends to a new group chat announcing the change in number to using the app's broadcast feature.Now, the Facebook-owned company is reportedly testing a new... Read More

category: Banking & Finance

18 April 2017

Railways has undertaken a massive exercise of imparting training to over 500 railwaymen on high-speed rail technology in China and Japan, ahead of running trains at speed ranging from 160 to 200 kmph in select corridors in the country. Railways has firmed up plans for running trains at higher speed of 160 kmph in the busy trunk routes of... Read More

category: Awards and Honours

18 April 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would tighten the process of issuing the H-1B visas and seek a review of the system for creating an “entirely new structure” for awarding these visas, the most sought-after by Indian IT firms and professionals.Mr. Trump is scheduled to travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin,... Read More

category: Persons

18 April 2017

Union Minister for Urban Development  M Venkaiah Naidu has termed reservation on the basis of religion as unconstitutional, saying it is not in the interest of the country. “Reservation on the basis of religion is not in the interest of the country. It is unconstitutional,” he told reporters on Monday in response to... Read More

category: Persons

18 April 2017

NSE Nifty reclaims the psychological 9,200-mark and BSE benchmark Sensex soared about 267 points in early trade on Tuesday, triggered by across-the-board buying amid mixed overseas cues.Investors appeared optimistic ahead of quarterly earnings of some key companies, including IT major TCS which is scheduled to release its results later in the... Read More

category: Banking & Finance

18 April 2017

In a bid to avoid suicide attempts , Delhi and Chennai Metro Rail systems have decided to install platform screen doors (PSD) in underground stations.These doors are synchronised to open along with the train doors, thereby blocking access to the tracks for commuters.While in Delhi Metro with over 150 stations, PSDs are being set up only in... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

18 April 2017

Infosys Ltd, despite a relatively good performance over the past two years, is battling perceptions of under-performance because of its inability to keep pace with its ambitious target of more than doubling its revenue to $20 billion by March 2021.This target appears to have done more harm than good: analysts continue to rate the company using it... Read More

category: Sports

18 April 2017

A top ranking leader of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist [CPI-Maoist], Narayan Sanyal passed away late on Monday night in a south Kolkata hospital. He was in his early 80s and was suffering from cancer.Sanyal was the Polit Bureau member of the CPI-Maoist at the time of his arrest in 2005 and perhaps the second most important leader... Read More

category: International

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