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Veteran actress Saira Banu and actor Jackie Shroff have been named for the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement and Raj Kapoor Special Contribution annual awards, respectively, by the Maharashtra government, Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde. Well-known Marathi film industry personalities Vikram Gokhale and Arun Nalawade have been named for the coveted V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement and V. Shantaram Special Contribution annual awards. Both the lifetime achievement awards carry a citation and cash of Rs 500,000 each, while both the special contribution awards carry a citation and Rs 300,000 in cash.

UNESCO’s Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize goes to the European NGO (migrant rescue association) SOS Mediterranee and Lampedusa Mayor Giuseppina Nicolini for their work to save the lives of refugees and migrants. UNESCO’s Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize, created in 1989 Previous Awardees are - Nelson Mandela, Israel’s Shimon Peres and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, King Juan Carlos of Spain and former US president Jimmy Carter.

Laos's National Assembly appointed Communist Party chief Bounnhang Vorachit as the country's new president and named foreign minister Thongloun Sisoulith as prime minister. The National Assembly  approved Bounnhang Vorachit as president, with more than two-thirds of the votes.

The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has selected Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Tripura for the Krishi Karman awards for their record performance in the production of food grains during 2015-16. Apart from these states, Meghalaya would get commendation prize for total food grain production and would be given a cash award of Rs 1 crore. Tamil Nadu has been chosen in large category (production more than 10 million tonnes), Himachal Pradesh in medium category (1 to 10 million tonnes) Tripura in small category (less than 1 million tonnes) . Tripura has been selected for the Krishi Karman Award 2015-16 for a commendable increase in food grain production in small category states.The state produced 825,000 tonnes of food grain in 2016. The state would also receive a cash award of Rs five crore.

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank joined forces with other international organizations to cooperate on tax issues and develop new tools and standards for taxing multinational enterprises. The new group, which will also include the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), will especially focus on building effective tax systems in developing countries and avoid tax base erosion, the partners . The effort was announced just weeks after the release of the so-called "Panama Papers" stirred outrage at the widespread use of tax haven countries and shell companies by wealthy global elites and corporations to hide assets and avoid paying taxes.

One of the sports to miss out from the programme list of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang is cricket. Apart from cricket, skateboarding, sambo and surfing are among the other sports which have been removed from the programme in order to reduce the burden on Indonesian organisers. This  measure was taken as a part of the series of changes aimed at reducing the total number of events from 493 to 431.

India has won elections to two subsidiary bodies of a UN organ focussed on social and economic issues.  India, along with 12 other members, was elected to the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The country garnered the most number of votes in the Asian group, with 49 out of 50 members of ECOSOC voting in its favour. "India tops Asian group again in UN elections. 49 of 50 members of Economic & Social Council vote India to Committee for Program & Coordination,” India, along with 19 other nations, was also elected by acclamation to the International Narcotics Control Board.for a four-year term beginning January next year.

Britain's Olympic high jump silver medallist Germaine Mason  died after a motorcyle crash in Jamaica Mason was born in Jamaica but represented Britain in the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. He won a silver medal in the high jump, with a personal best of 2.34 meters.

The government has extended the deadline till April 30 for those who are yet to pay 25% of their undisclosed income as interest-free deposits under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) scheme. Scheme started on December 17, 2016 and closed on March 31, 2017. It was the second income disclosure scheme announced by the government after the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in November. Under the scheme, a 50% tax was levied on the undisclosed income while another 25% of the undisclosed income was to be deposited in interest-free Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme (PMGKDS) for four years.

Nine-year-old Elinor from the West Midlands. have been chosen as mascots for the upcoming IAAF World Championships and World Para Athletics . Hero the Hedgehog' and 'Whizbee the Bee' were chosen from over 4,000 entries in a competition. They are endangered species and are survivors. Bees are really important because they make the world go around and hedgehogs are determined and brave.

PM Narendra Modi and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma are two Indians named in TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People list  Modi achieved this feat for the third time in the last four years, having featured on the list in 2014 and 2015. Vijay Shekhar Sharma featured in  'Titans' list  which includes Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Master card unveiled a payment card in South Africa featuring a biometric fingerprint scanner. Instead of a card user entering in their four-digit personal identification number (PIN), the payment card features a small biometric area designed to verify the user's fingerprint. Fingerprint recognition is widely considered as a safer and more efficient way of payment .

Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been disqualified from running in next month's presidential election The decision taken by Guardian Council,with vetting candidates for the May 19 election. Ahmadinejad face election , as an unexpected candidate. Ahmadinejad left office in August 2013 after two turbulent four-year terms, leaving the country divided domestically, isolated internationally and struggling economically.

U.S. President Donald Trump will order the Treasury on Friday to find and reduce tax burdens and review post-financial crisis reforms that banks and insurance companies  have said hinder their ability to do business. Trump will sign at the Treasury Department, issue two memoranda asking for reviews of two parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law - the Orderly Liquidation Authority that sets out how big banks can wind down during a crisis and the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) Treasury Secretary - Steven Mnuchin , House of Representatives - Speaker Paul Ryan.

On the occasion of 11th Civil Services Day , Prime Minister Narendra Modi will honour bureaucrats for Excellence in Public Administration  Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be the chief guest at the inaugural session on April 20, according to an official release today. The PM's awards for excellence will be based primarily on excellence in implementation of five priority programmes --Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), e-National Agriculture Market (eNAM) and Standup India, Startup India.

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