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Current Affairs - April 2016 - Current Affairs for TNPSC Exams

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TNPSC Current Affairs April 2016
Miscellaneous 
  • Important Days
    • April 2 - World Autism Day
    • April 5 - National Maritime Day
    • April 7 - World Health Day
    • April 11 - Indian Public Sector Day
    • April 18 - World Heritage Day.
    • April 19 - World Liver Day
    • April 22 - Earth Day
    • April 23 - World Book and Copyright Day
    • April 25 - World Malaria Day
    • April 26 - World Veterinary Day
  • Appointments
    • Kallol Roy - appointed as the new chairman of BHAVINI (Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited).
  • Complete Ban on Liquor in Bihar
    • The Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar declared Bihar as a Dry state from April 1 2016 onwards.
  • Awards
    • Viswanathan Anand - to be awarded Maharashtra's Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award.
    • Aishwarya Rai - Global Indian of the Year Award
    • The Associated Press - Pultizer Prize for Public Services.
  • King Abdulaziz Shah
    • It the highest Civilian Honour of Saudi Arabia conferred to PM Narendra Modi.
  • Gurgaon Renamed as Gurugram
    • Two districts of Haryana was renamed recently
    • The Gurgaon District was renamed as Gurugram
    • The Mewat District was renamed as Nuh.
  • Aadhaar Number Crosses 100 Crores
    • The Unique Identification Authority of India has generated over Aadhaar Card numbers.
    • The First Aadhaar was issued in the Year 2010.
  • Odd-Even Scheme Relaunched in Delhi.
    • The Delhi Government relaunched the Odd Even Scheme for Vehicle.
    • It will be in effect from 15th April 2016 to 30th April 2016.
  • Ambedkar Statue
    • The foundation stone for the 125 ft Ambedkar Statue was laid by Telangana CM in NTR Gardens.
  • Important Books
    • The Making of India: The Untold Story of British Enterprise - written by Kartar Lalvani
  • Shaktiman
    • Name of the Horse which lost its leg during a protest died.
  • Kachhabali Village
    • First village in Rajasthan to liquor free village after the referundum conducted to stop alcohol sale.
Polity
  • Appointments
    • Mehbooba Mufti - sworn in as the first women Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
    • Nooty Ramamohaba Rao - sworn in as the judge of the Madras High Court.
    • Permod Kohli - sworn in as the new chairman of CAT - Central Administrative Tribunal.
    • Sushila Karki - selected as the first female Chief Justice of Nepal.
  • COTPA Act
    • Cigarettes and Other tobacco Products (Prohibition) Act was passed in the year 2003.
  • Madhukar Gupta Committee
    • Ministry of Home affairs formed a committee under the head of Madhukar Gupta to  suggest ways to the security along the India Pak Border.
Economy
  • Stand Up India Scheme
    • This Scheme aims to promote Entrepreneurship among the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Women.
    • It provides loans to SC, ST and women to start new enterprise from 10 Lakhs to 1 Crore Rupees. 
  • Naura - 189th Member of IMF
    • Naura, an island country in pacific ocean became the 189th member of the International Monetary Fund.
    • Christine Lagarde - IMF's Chief.
  • Appointments
    • C P Gurnani - appointed as the Chairman of NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Company).
  • Portal for Startup India - www.startupindia.gov.in
    • Central Government launched the new website for the Startup India Programme.
Environment and Health
  • Madhya Pradesh
    • World's first White tiger safari was opened near to Mukundpur Zoological Park in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Phillipines
    • World's First Public Dengue Vaccination Programme was launched in Phillipines.
    • Vaccine - Dengvaxia
Science & Tech
  • KELT-4ab
    • It is a newly discovered planet with 3 stars KELT-A, KELT-B and KELT-C.
    • KELT-A, serves as its parent star.
  • Blue air
    • Also called as aerogel is the world's lightest synthetic material ever made.
    • It was developed by India's ISRO.
  • Garv
    • It is an app launched by Minitry of Power to monitor the Village electrification programme in real time basis.
  • India's Fastest Train - Gatimaan Express
    • The Gatimaan Express Train became the fastest train in India with the top speed of 160 kmph.
    • It runs between Delhi and Agra.
    • The second fastest train is the Satabdi express with top speed of 150 kmph which runs between New Delhi and Bhopal. 
  • Spear Phishing
    • In Spear Phishing the fraudsters will send you emails which seems mailed from a genuine source.
    • And get vital information from the user.
  • Potassium Chlorate
    • It was discovered by French Chemist Claude Louis Berthollet.
    • It is used in matchsticks.
    • The Matchstick head comprises of
      • Potassium Chlorate
      • Antimony Trisulphide and
      • Powdered Glass
  • Tim Cook - CEO of Apple
  • LIGO MOU with US [Very important for exam]
    • India signed a memorandum of understanding with US to set up a Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave observatory in India to detect Gravitational waves.
  • Param Kanchenjunga
    • It is the name of the super computer devoped by the National Institute of Technology Sikkim.
  • IRNSS-1G
    • The seventh series of the Indian regional Navigational sattelite system IRNSS 1-G is launched through the PSLV C-33 launch Vechile
Sports
  • Miami Open 2016 Results
    • Men's Singles - Novak Djokovic (Won) vs K Nishikori
    • Women's Singles - Vickoria Azarenka (Won) vs Svetlana Kuznetsova
  • Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2016
    • The 2016 edition of this hockey tournament to be held in Malaysia.
    • Australia won the cup by defeating India in the final.
  • Rahul Johri
    • Rahul johri was appointed as the First CEO of BCCI.
  • Laureus Awards
    • Novak Djokovic - Sportsman of the Year
    • Serena Williams - Sportswoman of the Year
  • ICC World T20 2016
    • Location: India
    • Men's Winner: West Indies against England
    • Women's Winner: West Indies against Australia
World
  • Simratpal Singh
    • He became the first Sikh soldier in US Army to get approval to wear turban while serving the army.
  • Najin Razak - Prime Minister of Malaysia.
  • Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson - Prime Minister of Iceland who resigned recently.
  • Zaha Hadid
    • Iraqi-British architect who passed away recently.
    • She was the first women architect to receive the Pritzker Prize.
  • China's First Yoga College - India-China Yoga College
    • It is located at Yunnan Minzu University in Kunming Province.
  • Operation Omari
    • The Taliban launched this Operation Omari to remove the present Afghan Government.
  • Komagata Maru Incident 
    • It happened in the year 1914.
    • The Canadian government refused to allow 352 passengers from the Komagata Maru Ship to enter their country. The ship later entered India where many were killed.
    • Recently Justin Trudeau said that Canada will offer formal apology for the tragedy.
  • China Lifted Ban on Playing Golf
    • Citing Golf as a game of millionaires Mao Zedong banned playing Golf.
    • President Xi Jinping lifted the ban recently.
  • Earthquake in Ecuador
    • Earthquake of magnitude 7.8 devastated Ecuador.
    • Over 253 people were died.
  • Sushma Swaraj Visited Iran
    • India's External Affairs minister went on official tour to Iran.
    • Iran President - Hassan Rauhani
  • Maldive President - Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
  • New Vietnam President - Tran Dai Quang
  • World Press Freedom Index 2016
    • India ranks 133 out of 180 Countries in the World Press Freedom Index 2016.
    • World Press Freedom Index is released by Reporters Without Borders.
    • Top 3 Countries
      1. Finland
      2. Netherlands
      3. Norway
  • El Hierro
    • It is a tiny island forming a part of Canary Islands of Spain.
    • Recently this Island met all its electricity needs from the renewable energy thereby making it the first Island to attain 100% self sufficiency in energy production by using renewable energy alone.
  • Huang Yu
    • A Chinese techie who was sentenced to death for leaking state secrets.
  • 4th Nuclear Security Summit - held in Washington.

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