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Daily Current Affairs, 8 April 2018



1.   From Karnal on Apr 30 Gobardhan Yojna’ to be launched.
A. From Haryana’s Karnal on April 30 a central government scheme for managing and converting cattle dung and solid waste into manure and biogas, Gobardhan Yojna, will be launched nationally.
B. For Galvanising Organic Bio Agro Resources Gobar is an acronym.
C. The government aims to ensure cleanliness in villages and generate energy by converting cattle dung and solid agricultural waste into compost and biogas through the scheme.
D. Funds in the ratio of 60:40 would be provided by the central and state governments.


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2.   On Ambedkar Jayanti Gram Swaraj Abhiyan would be organised.
A. On the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti a “Gram Swaraj Abhiyan” would be organised starting from 14th April to 5th May, 2018 announced by Prime Minister.
B. For reaching out to poor households, spreading awareness about government welfare schemes and other people centric initiatives this Abhiyan is being undertaken.
C. Universal coverage under seven welfare programmes including Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in 21058 identified villages with large number of underprivileged households across the country has been contemplated during the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, as a special initiative.
D. To saturate these villages with the benefits of seven welfare programmes highest importance is given.


3.   In New Delhi 4th National Workshop for Training on Autism Started.

A. INCLEN and ISAA for Diagnosis and Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children– the three day National Workshop for Training of Master Trainers on AutismTools has started in VigyanBhawan,New Delhi.

B. In presence of Dr. K.  K. Pandey, Chairman, National Trust, ShriMukesh Jain, JS & CEO, National Trust, and various stake holders associated, Smt. Shakuntala D.Gamlin, the Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), inaugurated the workshop

C. National Trust under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in collaboration with AIIMS, New Delhi organised the workshop.

D. To make Doctors from across the country aware about Autism Tools is the objective of the workshop to describe the diagnostic criteria as well as to clinically evaluate a child with suspected autism spectrum disorder using Autism Tools.


 Economy and Banking

4.   Data Sciences Lab to be set up by RBI

A. It has decided to set up Data Sciences Lab to improve its forecasting, surveillance and early warning detection abilities which will aid policy formulation said RBI in its release.

B. As well as lateral, who are trained inter alia in Computer Science, Data Analytics, Statistics, Economics, Econometrics and/or Finance the lab will constitute of experts and budding analysts, internal.


5.   Govt changes its nominee on the Bank Board: ICICI Bank.

A. With effect from April 5 the Centre has replaced its nominee on ICICI Bank’s Board.

B. Amit Agrawal is replaced by Lok Ranjan, a joint secretary at Department of Financial Services in the Finance Ministry.

C. When this private sector lender is facing a controversy over alleged irregularities in grant of Rs 3,250 crore loan to Videocon group this move comes at a time.


Business News

6.   To offer PIS services Federal Bank ties up with Fortune Wealth.

A. With Fortune Wealth Management Company Ltd for providing Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS) services to NRIs, federal Bank Ltd has entered into a partnership.

B. To invest in Indian equity markets on repatriable and non-repatriable basis will be enabled for non-resident Indian clients by this.

C. Through PIS the partnership will also facilitate NRI investment in India’s vibrant equity markets.



7.   Most successful player in Davis Cup: Leander Paes.

A. A new world record created by India’s Leander Paes by becoming the most successful doubles player in Davis Cup history by winning his 43rd such match.

B. China’s Mao-Xin Gong & Di Wu beated by Paes and Bopanna to create history

C. With Italian great Nicola Pietrangeli Paes was tied on 42 wins for a long time.


8.   India’s youngest weightlifting medallist: Deepak Lather.

A. To win a Commonwealth Games medal after he won the bronze medal in men’s 69kg weight category at CWG 2018 in Gold Coast Deepak Lather became India’s youngest weightlifter.

B. To finish third the 18-year-old lifted a total of 295kg (136kg+159kg).

C. The bronze medal in the Commonwealth Championships in Gold Coast last year had won by Deepak.

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