|1. 4 April: International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.|
|A. On 4 April International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is observed all over the world.|
|B. To create awareness about the threat of mines, unexploded grenades and other explosive hazards this day is observed.|
|C. ‘Advancing Protection, Peace and Development’ is the theme for International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 2018.
|2. First India-Bangladesh container train trial run flagged off.|
|A. First container train between India and Bangladesh trial run was flagged off from Kolkata city.|
|B. Loaded with almost 1,200 tonnes of de-oiled cake, used as a raw material for animal feed the train left for Bangladesh with 60 containers.|
|C. Through Sealdah, Naihati, Ranaghat and Gede in India and Darsana and Ishurdi in Bangladesh it will pass before reaching Bangabandhu West station, 117 kilometres off capital city of Dhaka.
Banking & Economy
|3. To acquire IL&FS arm IndusInd Bank gets RBI nod.|
|A. It has received RBI’s approval to buy the securities services arm of IL&FS said Private sector lender IndusInd Bank.|
|B. The bank entered an agreement with Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services, the promoter shareholder of IL&FS Securities Services Ltd (ISSL) in March 2017 to acquire 100 per cent stake in ISSL.
|4. First branch in Chennai set up by Doha Bank.|
|A. The first branch in the Chennai has set up by Qatar-based Doha Bank taking the total number of branches in the country to three, a top official said.|
|B. In Mumbai, Kochi and Chennai, respectively Doha Bank currently has a branch.|
|C. Bank’s growing customer base in India offering a host of services including corporate, retail, treasury, trade, finance and foreign exchange services the Chennai branch will assist.|
|5. India’s FY19 GDP growth to 7.4%
|A. To 7.4% from 7.1% earlier India Ratings and Research has revised its FY19 GDP growth forecast.|
|B. Such as automobiles, cargo handled at major ports FY19 growth will continue to be driven by consumption and associated sectors as per the report.|
|6. WhatsApp for basic services to use by IndusInd Bank.|
|A. To start using WhatsApp enterprise solution to provide basic banking services to customers IndusInd Bank has become the first lender.|
|B. Customers can check their balance, obtain a mini statement, check reward points as well as update Aadhaar by Using the widely-used messaging service.
|7. As BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma Elected.
|A. During its annual general body meeting in Goa Assam Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was unanimously elected the Badminton Association of India (BAI) President.|
|B. As the Secretary General Ajay Kumar Singhania was elected while former Tamil Nadu Badminton Association president and former Union minister Anbumani Ramadoss was elected treasurer.|
|C. As the interim BAI President last year after the demise of Akhilesh Das Gupta Sarma had taken over.|
|D. He will serve for four years.
|8. High Powered Committee constituted to examine the entire system of conducting Class X and Class XII exam.|
|A. To examine the entire system of conducting Class X and Class XII examination conducted by the CBSE the Ministry of Human Resource Development has constituted a High Powered Committee with a view to prevent leakages.|
|B. Chairperson of the 7 member High Power Committee will be Shri Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Retd. Secretary (Higher Education), MHRD.|
|C. Shri Pavnesh Kumar, Prof. J.S. Rajput, Prof. Vasudha Kamat, Prof. Krishna Mohan Tripathy, Senior representative of DG, NIC and Joint Secretary (SE-II) are the other members of the committee.|
|D. By on or before 31.05.2018 the High-Powered Committee will submit its report.
|9. New MD & CEO got SBI Life.
|A. Sanjeev Nautiyal as its new Managing Director and CEO has appointed by SBI Life Insurance.|
|B. Arijit Basu was replaced by him, who takes over a key role in the State Bank of India Group.|
|C. With State Bank of India in 1985 as a probationary officer in the bank’s Lucknow Circle, Nautiyal started his career.
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