24th April Current Affairs 2019
Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams
Ministry of AYUSH signs MoU with CSIR for research and modern science
The Ministry of AYUSH signed MoU with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for cooperation in research and education in areas of traditional systems of medicine and its integration with modern science. The aim is to bring both Ministry of Ayush and CSIR together to pursue focused R&D efforts in the domain. Under the MoU, both organizations shall jointly endeavor to pursue:
R&D covering Fundamental research
- AYUSH specific diagnostic tools, linking microbiome, gene expression and Prakriti, multi- ingredient herbal formulations, including their standardization
- Exploring modern scientific methods for integration with traditional Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM)
- Linking disease signatures
- Furthering the collaboration in preserving and protecting traditional knowledge related to the Indian systems of healthcare, through the existing TKDL platform.
- Development of international standardized terminologies (disease-morbidity codes) in Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU), Database on Medicinal plants, Foods, etc.
Govt. increased the authorised capital of Allahabad Bank
The government has increased the authorized capital for the State-owned Allahabad Bank stated by Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 8,000 crore. The central government after consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) increased the authorized capital of the bank. The increase in authorized capital will help enable the bank to raise further fund up to a maximum ceiling of Rs 8,000 crore.
Deposits in Jan Dhan accounts are set to cross Rs 1 lakh crore mark
The total balance in the Jan Dhan accounts, which has been steadily rising, was at Rs 97,665.66 crore as on April 3, as per the latest government data. The total number of Jan Dhan accounts have crossed 35.39 crore. The deposits stood at Rs 96,107.35 crore on March 27 and Rs 95,382.14 crore in the week before. More than 27.89 crore account holders have been issued the Rupay debit cards.
Twitter appoints Manish Maheshwari as new India MD
Manish Maheshwari, who previously served as the CEO of Network18 Digital, takes over the new role from April 29. Prior to Network18, Maheshwari has worked with Flipkart, txtWeb, Intuit, McKinsey and P&G. Manish will be responsible for driving an integrated business strategy to accelerate Twitter’s audience and revenue growth in the country, overseeing Twitter India’s teams in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Bajrang Punia won gold at the Asian Wrestling Championships 2019.
World No.1 Bajrang Punia won India’s first gold medal in the 65 kg category at the Asian Wrestling Championships 2019 in Xi’an, China.
Bajrang defeated Sayatbek Okassov of Kazakhstan 12-7 in the final to bag the medal.
Meanwhile, Praveen Rana settled for silver and Satyavrat Kadian won bronze in 97 kg category.Apart from these two, in the women’s event, India’s top wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, Pooja Dhanda and Divya Kakran are also in contention.
IPL 2019 final shifted from Chennai to Hyderabad
The final of the Indian Premier League scheduled for May 12 has been moved to the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from Chennai after the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association failed to acquire approval from the local government to reopen three stands at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Money Loji launches App that offers loans for salaried professionals
A modern money lending platform named Money Loji launched an application which offers loan to salaried professionals within 5 minutes with flexible repayment options starting from 7 days to a maximum of 90 days.
It follows a three-step process which are an application, approval, and disbursement and the app requires the users to upload an identity proof, an address proof, last 3 months bank statement alongside the salary slips.
The eligibility criteria to avail this benefit are the minimum in-hand salary of Rs 20,000 per month and a minimum age of 23 years.It not only ensures security but also reduces the chances of data misuse backed by world-class security protocols to encrypt all the data.
India observes National Panchayati Raj Day on 24th April
The National Panchayati Raj Day is celebrated every year in India on 24th April. The Constitution of India recognizes Panchayats as ‘Institutions of self-government’. This day marks the passing of Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24 April 1993. The Amendment Act permits states to take steps to organize village panchayats and provide them with necessary powers and authority necessary to facilitate them to function as units of self-government.
BofAML in report notifies that RBI has Rs.3 lakh crore (43$ million) in excess reserves
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), the excess reserves that RBI holds could be up to Rs.3 lakh crore ($43 billion) or 1.5% of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product). This also includes the excess capital in contingency reserves and revaluation reserves. The Bimal Jalan committee on the appropriate capital reserves for RBI was likely to identify this excess buffer. The committee was set up in December-end with a 6-member panel headed by former RBI governor Jalan.
Indian Govt extended ban on import of milk products from China
The government extended the ban on import of milk and milk products (including chocolates, chocolate products, candies/ confectionary/ food preparations with milk or milk solids as an ingredient) from China. The order follows food regulator FSSAI’s recommendation that the ban should be extended till laboratories at ports are “suitably upgraded” for testing presence of toxic chemical melamine. Melamine is a toxic chemical used for making plastics and fertilisers.
Swacchta Pakhwada Awards 2019 awarded to All India Radio
All India Radio, Publication Division and Children’s Film Society of India were given Swacchta Pakhwada Awards-2019 in New Delhi. Secretary in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry Amit Khare gave away the awards. Director General of All India Radio F. Sheheryar and Director General (News) Ms. Ira Joshi received the Award for All India Radio.