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Daily Current Affairs, 9 April 2018


Visits by world president, prime minister

1.   Between both countries India visit further strengthened friendly relations: Nepal PM.
A. His India visit has further strengthened friendly relations between both the countries said by Prime Minister of Nepal K. P. Sharma Oli.
B. Oli said that discussion with Indian leaders was cordial and positive talking to media persons at Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu after returning from 3 day visit to India on Sunday.
C. Also to develop inland waterways and construct a rail line from Raxaul in India to Kathmandu in Nepal agreed both the countries.


Agreements, MoU

2.   Four agreements signed by India and Equatorial Guinea.
A. Four agreements including in the field of health signed by India and Equatorial Guinea.
B. Following delegation level talks the agreements were signed.
C. President Kovind had one on one talks with his Equatorial Guinea counterpart.
D. Equatorial Guinea in agriculture, mining, health, telecommunications and IT will be assisted by India.



3.   Joint military exercise concluded by UAE, Malaysia.
A.Desert Tiger 5” joint military exercise concluded by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia aimed at sharing expertise and enhancing joint military actions.
B. At raising the level of performance and combat efficiency and working together based on a strategy to improve the overall ability and combat readiness of the ground forces is also the aim of the drill.



National Affairs

4.   Mobile app for farmers launched by TN govt.
A. The Tamil Nadu Government has come out with a mobile application that will allow ryots to have access to nine types of services, including details about their crop insurance in a bid to use technology for farmers’ benefit.
B. The bi-lingual ‘Uzhavan’ (farmer) app has launched by Chief Minister K Palaniswami.
C. Farmers can use this app to get information on farm subsidies, book farm equipment and related infrastructure and get details on their crop insurance, besides receiving weather forecast for the next four days.



5.   In 27 districts of Uttar Pradesh Ganga Hariteema Yojana launched.
A. Ganga Hariteema Yojana, also known as Ganga Greenery scheme launched by the Uttar Pradesh Government in the 27 districts of Uttar Pradesh that are located on the bank of river Ganga.
B. The scheme is launched by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a function organised on the bank of Sangam, the confluence of rivers of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati.
C. Plantation will be carried out in one-kilometre areas from the banks of river under the scheme.
D. Under ‘One Person One Tree‘ slogan common people will also be encouraged for plantation on their private lands.



6.   In Manas National Park Assam’s Spring Festival begins.
A. At the Manas National Park the two-day Assam Spring Festival began where visitors will get to experience the state’s local food, music, handloom and handicrafts.
B. The National park which is also a tiger and rhino reserve covers five districts of Assam — Kokrajhar, Baksa, Chirang, Udalguri and Barpeta.


Economic and Banking

Business News

7.   A life-time high of $ 424.361 bn hit Country’s foreign exchange reserves.
A. After rising by 1.828 billion dollar in the week to March 30, the country’s foreign exchange reserves hit a life-time high of 424.361 billion US dollar said by the Reserve Bank in Mumbai.


8.   To measure economy RBI switches back to GDP scale.
A. To offer its growth estimates from the gross value added (GVA) methodology, citing global best practices The Reserve Bank switched back to the gross domestic product (GDP)-based measure.
B. Using GVA methodology from January 2015 the government had started analysing growth estimates and had also changed the base year to 2018 from January.
C. The switch to GDP is mainly to conform to international standards said Deputy Governor Viral Acharya.



9.   India’s women’s TT team clinches maiden Gold: CWG 2018.
A. Two matches won by Singles star Manika Batra as India’s women’s table tennis team upset favourites Singapore to clinch its maiden Gold medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast on Sunday.


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