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In the presence of the legendary songstress Lata Mangeshkar, Aamir Khan was presented the prestigious Vishesh Puraskar award for his film Dangal. He was honoured by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Cricket legend Kapil Dev and veteran actor Vyjayanthimala Bali were also honoured in the function. The Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards, which marked the 75th death anniversary of Lata Mangeshkar's father, recognised eminent personalities in various fields.

India's largest e-commerce company Flipkart has completed ten years in the strong e-commerce market in India since its inception in 2007. The online shopping giant as part of its ten-year celebrations launched a scheme Big10 under which it gave its employees chance to be CEO for one day.  Kalyan Krishnamurthy, the Chief Executive Officer of Flipkart, gave his job for a day to Padmini Pagadala who works as a designer in the online marketplace.

Versatile playback singer Vani Jairam was presented the Ghantasala national award instituted by the Ghantasala National Art Academy . She received award from Andhra Pradesh High Court Judge A. Ramalingeswara Rao. She is known in the North as Meerabai for her rendition of songs sung by the medieval poet in praise of Lord Krishna.

The Indian Navy has begun a joint maritime exercise with the French Navy at the Mediterranean Sea to further deepen combat coordination between the two navies. Guided missile destroyer INS Mumbai, stealth frigate INS Trishul and fleet tanker INS Aditya are taking part in the 'Varuna' exercise which will continue till April 30. The 'Varuna' series of exercises began in 2000 and have grown into an institutionalized form of interaction between the two navies.

Saudi Arabia has been elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women The Middle Eastern kingdom was one of 12 new countries elected to the UN body in a secret ballot. It will serve a four-year term beginning next year, according to a statement from the UN Economic and Social Council. The role of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women is to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.

 Jharkhand government website made Aadhaar details of more than 10 lakh people public.  Union Ministry of Water and Sanitation's website has now made Aadhaar numbers public. The Aadhaar numbers that went public belonged to the beneficiaries of the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin. The details were removed from the website after the news of the breach emerged.

The app was created by the Space Application Center facility (SAC) of ISRO in Ahmedabad.    Solar Calculator app can accurately calculate all the benefits of installing solar panels in different parts of the country. Satellite data (Kalpana- 1, INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR) which offers monthly minimum and maximum temperature to calculate the realistic solar potential.

Northeast India's sixth and largest Information Technology (IT) hub was inaugurated here on Monday to boost employment and e-governance besides to export software technology. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, accompanied by IT and Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty and Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Director General Omkar Rai inaugurated the IT hub, set up at a cost of Rs 50 crore  IT hub would help to create employment opportunities for the IT educated youths and to further extend the e-governance to the door step of people.

India’s first and longest ropeway to connect Mumbai with the famous Elephanta Island in the Arabian Sea is planned to be constructed by the Mumbai Port Trust. The 8-km ropeway will begin from Sewri in Mumbai’s east coast and end at Raigad district’s Elephanta Island, globally renowned for Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It will be India’s first ropeway across the sea.

"SBI and CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate and work towards the development of the real estate sector, specifically through the affordable housing and green housing projects. The MoU will be in force for a period of 3 years. For consumers, SBI has launched an exclusive tailor made scheme for affordable housing, 'SBI Hamara Ghar', which will ease the process and enable maximum number of consumers to avail home loan for these projects.

Bihar Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council on Monday unanimously adopted the Bihar Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill, 2017 along with Bihar Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2017. With the passage of the bills, Bihar has become the second state, after Telangana, to ratify the legal framework for the rollout of the GST in the state. Chief minister Nitish Kumar was present in the assembly when commercial taxes minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav moved two GST-related bills.

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced today that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a WHO-coordinated pilot implementation programme that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018.  The injectable vaccine, RTS,S, was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum. RTS,S will be assessed in the pilot programme as a complementary malaria control tool that could potentially be added to the core package of WHO-recommended measures for malaria prevention.

Renowned Director and actor Kasinathuni Viswanath has won the Dadasaheb Phalke award for the year 2016 for his outstanding contribution to the film industry. He will be the 48th recipient of the award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema, which consists of a golden lotus, a cash prize of Rs10 lakh and a shawl. President Pranab Mukherjee will confer the award on him at a ceremony on May 3, 2017, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The recommendation of the Dadasaheb Phalke award committee to recognize the 87-year-old film industry icon was approved by Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.

Cuba and Morocco have signed an agreement to re- establish diplomatic ties after a time period of 37 years. The decision to re - establish diplomatic ties has been made couple of weeks after King Mohammed's private visit to cuba. Morocco severed its ties with cuba in 1980 after Fidel Castro officially recognised Western Sahara as the independent Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.

India's military expenditure grew around 8.5 percent in 2016, making it the world's fifth largest spender at $55.9 billion, figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The USA  remains the world's largest military spender registering a growth of 1.7 per cent between 2015 and 2016 to $611 billion. China is second on the list spending $215 billion, an increase of 5.4 percent. Russia increased its spending by 5.9 percent to $69.2 billion, making it the third largest spender.

State - run C- DOT has developed the public data office which can be installed at any neighbourhood shop or even on push carts to provide low cost Wi - Fi powered data packs to public. It creates Wi - Fi hotspots using 2G, 3G,or 4G signals and connects up to 100 mobile . C - DOT excepts it to be released within 2 - 3 months.

The Marylebone Cricket Club has offered honorary life membership to Sandhya Agarwal, Former captain of the Indian Women's Test team. A resident of Indore,  Agarwal has played 13 Tests and 21 ODIs from the year 1984 to 1995. Presently, she is the chairperson of girl's U - 19 and senior women's team of MPCA. Marylebone Cricket Club is the world’s most active cricket club, the owner of Lord’s Ground and the guardian of the laws of the game. Founded in 1787, it has been recognised as the sole authority on the laws of cricket since its foundation. MCC has awarded honorary life membership to many finest cricketers.

Indian shot putter Manpreet Kaur has clinched a gold in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet in Jinhua, China. Manpreet came up with the best throw of 18.86 meter, which was nearly one meter more than her earlier national record of 17.96 meters that she had set in 2015. With the performance, Manpreet also qualified for the IAAF World Championships to be held in August 2017 in London. India ended the one-day event with seven medals - 1 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze.

The Maharashtra government recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Railways, under which trees will be planted on the land adjacent to the railway tracks in the state. The government is committed to plant 4 crore trees on July 1, 2017. The state Forest department had planted 2 crore 83 lakh trees across the state on July 1, 2016, a feat recognised by the Limca Book of world records. More About Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao - Governor of Maharashtra. Devendra Fadnavis - Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

World Malaria Day is observed globally on 25th of April every year. It is organized by World Health Organization (WHO). Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria. It is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. This year’s global theme for World Malaria Day is ' "A Push for Prevention." Dr. Margaret Chan is the Director-General of WHO.

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has supported the National Dairy Development Board developed Initative of "Quality Mark" Award scheme for dairy Cooperatives. The NDDB in the process of registering the quality mark logo under Trademarks Act ,1998  Since, formation of the foundary on 6th January ,2016 NDDB has received 53 applications for the award of the Quality Mark.

Nirjuli village - 1 in Papum Pare district was declared as the first digital village of Arunchal Pradesh. Digital village aims at cashless transcations even in sabji mandis to make payment through mobile. The state government also promised to promote V set linked customer service point (CSP) for digitalisation.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS) is India's First public hospital to start plaque brachytherapy facility for the treatment of eye tumours. The facility is a form of local radiation delivered to the eye through a radioactive device which is attached to the eye for a temporary period of time.  Rajendra Prasad Centre for Opthalmic Sciences will treat children suffering from a type of cancer called Retinoblastoma and adults who suffer from melanoma. More About AIIMS The All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are a group of autonomous public medical colleges of higher education. These institutes have been declared by Act of Parliament as institutions of national importance. AIIMS New Delhi, the fore-runner parent excellence institution, was established in 1956.

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