26th April Current Affairs 2019
Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams
Vedanta Ltd. gets approval for expansion of its plant in Rajasthan
Mining firm Vedanta Ltd. has received environment clearance for the expansion of its oil and gas operation in Rajasthan. This would entail the company an investment of Rs.12,000 crore. The proposal is to expand onshore oil and gas production from 3,00,000 BOPD (barrels oil per day) to 4,00,000 BOPD and 165 mmscfd (million standard cubic feed per day) to 750 mmscfd from the RJ-ON-90/1 block in Barmer and Jalore districts.
Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary won Gold in Shooting World Cup
India’s 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary and 17-year-old Manu Bhaker won gold in the 10m Air Pistol mixed team event at the ISSF World Cup 2019 in Beijing.
Bhaker and Chaudhary outshot Jiang Ranxin and Pang Wei of China 16-6 in the final.
This is the second consecutive gold for Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary at the ISSF World Cup as they had clinched a gold in the same category in the New Delhi edition of the shooting World Cup in February this year.
Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar bagged a gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event in the same tournament.
Govt. to include the regional language in the medicine labels
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently recommended that government procurement agencies should take necessary steps in the tendering process to include the regional language, along with English in the medicine labels. The aim is to curb fake, sub-standard and expired drugs. Initially, the proposal will be implemented for Iron tablets and polio drops as they are the drugs most commonly administered to children at government centres.
Microsoft became world’s third company to hit USD 1 trillion value
US tech giant Microsoft topped $1 trillion in market capitalisation for the first time after beating its quarterly earnings estimates.
The stock was last up 3.9% at $129.84 on Nasdaq, giving it a valuation of $996.16 billion.
Microsoft stock gained about 23% so far this year due to its flagship cloud product Azure, rivalling Amazon.
It’s the third company to achieve this milestone, following Apple, which hit the mark in August 2018, and Amazon, which earned that valuation in September 2018.
Indian Army to induct women as Jawans
The Indian Army has started the process of inducting women as jawans by starting their online registration for recruitment in the corps of military police. Until now women were being inducted only as officers and this is the first time they would be taken in as soldiers. Women will be inducted in a graded manner to eventually comprise 20% of the total Corps of Military Police and their role will range from probing crime cases to assisting the army in field operations wherever required.
Accordingly, the Army chalked out induction of approximately 800 women in military police with a yearly intake of 52 personnel per year. Currently, women were allowed in selected areas such as medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army.
Etihad Airways became 1st major airline to operate plastic-free flight
The UAE’s flag carrier Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the Gulf region to operate a flight EY484 without any single-use plastics on board, in a bid to raise awareness about pollution on Earth Day (April 22). Etihad identified that over 95 single-use plastic products are used across its aircraft cabins. As a result of planning the Earth Day flight EY484, Etihad additionally committed to remove up to 20% of the single-use plastic items on board by June 1.
SBI launched Indias First Green Car Loan at Lower Interest Rates.
In a first India’s largest bank State Bank of India (SBI) launched ‘Green Car Loan’ to encourage customers to buy electric vehicles (EVs) in the country. The interest rates on the loan will be 20 basis points (0.2 per cent) lower than SBI’s existing auto loans. Thus, the equated monthly instalment (EMI) per Rs 1 lakh will be lower at Rs 1,468 for 96 months (8 years) against Rs 1,622 for 84 months, based on the maximum tenor of existing schemes.
WHO issued first-ever screen time guidelines for children under 5
The UN health agency – World Health Organisation (WHO) has released new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary and sleep for children under 5 years of age.
It also issued its first-ever guidance for how much screen time children should be allowed – limited and none at all for one-year-olds.
Aegon Life Insurance collaborated with MobiKwik to launch a smart digital insurance product to enhance financial inclusion
Mobikwik, digital financial services company collaborated with the pioneer of digital insurance in India.
Aegon Life Insurance planned to launch a Rs 20 smart digital insurance product in order to protect its wallet users from death and accident-related disability cover for up to Rs 2 lakh. The main objective for this initiative is to improve the insurance penetration in India (this is currently at 3.7%) , that is to drive financial inclusion for the masses.
The company has created 3 variants of the amount assured between Rs. 1 lakh, Rs.1.5 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh at no extra cost and the policy can be availed at a premium of Rs 20, Rs 30 and Rs 40 respectively depending on the protection amount and this is issued instantly.
The insurance product launched is termed as the Aegon Life Group Term Plus Plan. It is available on MobiKwik App.
Rana Dasgupta received the 2019 Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize
Author Rana Dasgupta was awarded the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 for his 2010 novel Solo which is a tale of estrangement and the ultimate failure of material existence. It is the second edition of the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize. The Prize aims to revive poetry and books that can change lives. The prize consists of an amount of $10,000, a Tagore statue and a certificate for contribution to literature will be given to the awardee.
Two new bird species found on Indonesian islands
Zoologists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered two new bird species named as the Wakatobi white-eye and the Wangi-Wangi white-eye in the Wakatobi Archipelago of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Details of their discovery were published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. The discovery revealed the fact of how these species developed.
In the same journal, Alfred Wallace and Charles Darwin published their game-changing original ideas about speciation in 1858.
They also discovered that the White-eyes species are growing faster than any other bird. A team led by Professor Nicola Marples has been studying birds on Sulawesi Island since 1999.