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The 64th National Film Awards saw the best of Indian cinema being honoured. There were 344 feature films in 26 languages from which the awards were chosen this year. Feature Films Awards: Best Actor: Akshay Kumar (Rustom) Best Actress: Surabhi Lakshmi (Minnaminungu) Best Director: Rajesh Mapuskar (Ventilator) Best Film on Social Issues: Pink Best Supporting Actor: Manoj Joshi (Dashkriya) Best Supporting Actress: Zaira Wasim (Dangal) Best Debut Film of a Director: Deep Chaudari (Alifa) Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Sathamanam Bhavathi Best Stunt Choreography - Peter Hein (Pulimurugan) Best Children's Film - Dhanak (Hindi) Best Child Artist - Adhish Praveen (Kunju Daivam), Saj (Noor Islam), Manohara (Railway Children) Best Male Playback Singer: Sundara Iyer (Joker) Best Female Playback Singer: Iman Chakraborty (Praktan) Best Screenplay (original): Syam Pushkaran (Maheshinte Prathikaaram) Best Screenplay (adapted): Sanjay Krishnaji Patel (Dashakriya) Best Editing: Rameshwar S Bhagat (Ventilator) Best Special Effect Award: Shivaay Best Sound Designer: Jayadevan (Kaadu Pookkunna Neram) Best Production Design: 24 Best Costume Designer: Sachin (Cycle) Best Environmental film including agriculture: The Tiger Who Crossed The Line Best Make-up Artist: MK Ramakrishna Best Music Direction: Babu Padmanabha (Allama)

Israel has signed a USD 2 billion contract with India to supply it with missile defence systems, the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (ISI) said. This contract is for supplying advanced medium-range surface-to-air missile systems (MRSAM) to India. MRSAM's current version is operational with the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Israel Defence Forces (IDF).  India is one of the largest importer of arms, with a 14% share in global imports between 2011 and 2015, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. After Russia and the United States, Israel is the largest source of key defense equipment for India as well as in other areas, such as agriculture and water management. IAI Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Joseph Weiss Isreal President: Reuven Rivlin

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu will host a three-day National Children’s Film Festival (NCFF) in Visakhapatnam on 7 April, 2017. It is the largest film festival for children in the country giving the audience quality and wholesome entertainment. The aim of the film festival is to expose children to quality cinema and to introduce novel elements beyond films. Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI) is set to host National Childrens Film Festival (NCFF).

World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO, provides us with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme of 2017 World Health Day campaign is "depression". About World Health Organization:- The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland Founded: 7 April 1948 Head: Margaret Chan Parent organization: United Nations

South African cricketer AB de Villiers launched his own mobile app 'AB 17'. Available on both Android and iOS, the app enables fans to interact with the cricketer, besides giving them updates. It has been developed in collaboration with a US-based company - FanHero and makes ABD the first South African sportsperson to have a personalised fan engagement application.

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has announced his retirement from Test cricket. The 43-year-old, who has been captain of the Pakistan Test team since 2010, has said that the upcoming three-Test series against the West Indies will be his final assignment. In 2016, Misbah also became the first Pakistani to play 50 matches as Test captain in a Test series against New Zealand.

Adding to the kitty of Rs 40,000 crore, National Infrastructure and Investment Fund (NIIF), India and the UK agreed to set up £240 million (approximately Rs 2,000 crore) fund to finance green energy. The fund will help boost India’s rapidly growing energy sector. Both countries will contribute £120 million each to the fund. The fund ultimately aims at raising £500 million. The Green Growth Equity Fund will be a sub-fund of NIIF. Indian Union Finance Minister: Arun Jaitley About UK:- Capital of the United Kingdom (UK) is London Prime Minister is Theresa May Currency of UK is Pound.

Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Ltd becomes the seventh entity to receive a final licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to set up a payments bank, according to a stock exchange notification. Among payment bank licence holders, two entities namely Airtel Payments Bank and India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) have started operations so far. While Airtel is offering 7.25% interest on its savings account, IPPB is offering three types of accounts where interest rates will vary from 4.5-5.5%. Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank is a 51:49 joint venture (JV) between Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd (ABNL) and telecom major Idea Cellular. Idea Cellular Chief Corporate Affairs Officer: Rajat Mukarji Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd Head: Kumar Mangalam Birla

The Keibul Lamjao National Park, placed in the Loktak Lake in Manipur, India, is known as the single floating national park in the world. The region is defined by 'phumdis', a Manipuri word relating to floating mats of soil and vegetation. Among various animal species, the park is a roof to the brow-antlered deer, which is regionally known as the 'Sangai'. The park which was initially declared to be a sanctuary in 1966, was subsequently declared to be a national park in 1977 through a gazette notification. Area: 40 km2 (15 sq mi) Established : 28 March 1977.

India's travel and tourism sector ranks 7th in the world in terms of its total contribution to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a new report of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), 2016. According to data, the travel and tourism sector generated Rs 14.1 trillion (USD208.9 billion) in 2016, which is world's 7th largest in terms of absolute size the sum is equivalent to 9.6% of India's GDP. The USA topped the list followed by China and Germany at the second and third position, respectively. The sector also generated 40.3 million jobs in 2016, which ranks India second in the world in terms of total employment supported by Travel & Tourism. WTTC data suggests that visitor exports will grow by 5.4% in 2017.

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