Current Affairs of April 2016

The theme of World Malaria Day observed on 25 April 2016End Malaria for Good
The grandaughter of Mahatma Gandhi who has been decorated with one of France's top honour The Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution in promoting peace, solidarity, culture, education, and developmentTara Gandhi Bhattacharjee
The eleventh Indo-Mongolia joint training exercise being conducted in Mongolia from April 25 to May 08 is namedNomadic Elephant - 2016
The popular bollywood actor who has been appointed the goodwill brand ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent participating in Rio Olympics 2016Salman Khan
The hydro power project in Arunachal Pradesh, the work on which has been suspended by the National Green Tribunal in view of its effect on the habitat of the black-necked craneTawang Hydro Project
The executive vice-president and general manager for South Asia at Discovery Network who has been chosen to take over as the first CEO of Board of Control for Cricket in India from 01 June 2016Rahul Johri
The Government of India has released Commemorative Coin of Rs. 200/- and a Circulation Coin of Rs. 10/- on the occasion of martyr day (April 18) of this notable general of 1857 rebellion against the British Tatya Tope
The major exercise being conducted by the Indian Army in Mahajan field firing range of Rajasthan to evaluate the capability to strike, deep into the enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle environment is namedExercise Shatrujeet
The Indian gymnast from Agartala who has become the first female gymnast from India to qualify for the Olympic GamesDipa Karmakar
The South American nation which was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 16 April killing over 500 people and injuring thousands of other peopleEcuador
The country which has won the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament for the 9th time defeating India in the finalsAustralia
The Air Force base in West Bengal which has been named Air Force Station Arjan Singh after the former IAF chiefPanagarh
The venue of Maritime India Summit 2016 the maiden flagship initiative of Ministry of Shipping, Govt of India to provide a unique global platform for investors to explore potential business opportunities in the Indian Maritime SectorGoregaon, Mumbai
The acclaimed actress and former Miss World who has been awarded the Global Indian of the Year at the 'NRI Of The Year' award ceremony in MumbaiAishwarya Rai
The new name of Gurgaon, a city of HaryanaGurugram
The state which has become the first in the country to pass a land title bill allowing its residents living in urban areas, which are governed by the municipalities or state development authorities, to seek a certificate of ownership of their lands by paying a nominal fee to the state government. Rajasthan
The winners of Yonex Sunrise 80th National Badminton Champioship men's and women's singles titles respectivelySameer Verma and P.C. Thulasi
The British boxer who has won the IBF World Heavyweight title defeating Charles Martin of the United StatesAnthony Joshua
The temple in Kollam district of Kerala at which a fireworks mishap killed over a 100 people and injured hundreds of other peoplePuttingal Temple
The rank of India in the list of countries with highest military spending released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) for 2015Sixth
The train from Amritsar to New Delhi which has become the first train in India to be fitted with CCTV Surveillance CamerasShan-e-Punjab Express
The five-time World Chess champion who has been chosen to be honoured with the Hridaynath Mangeshkar AwardVishwanathan Anand
The theme of World Health Day 2016 observed on 07 April 2016Halt the Rise, Beat Diabetes
The Japanese badminton player who has won the Yonex Sunrise India Open badminton tournament men's singles defeating Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the finalsKento Momota
The Thai badminton player who has won the Yonex Sunrise India Open badminton tournament women's singles title defeating Li Xuerui of China in the finalsRatchanok Itanon
The venue of International Conference on the Zero held on 05 April 2016 with the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani unveiling a bust of mathematician-astronomer AryabhattaUNESCO HQs at Paris
The theme of India Water Week being observed in the country from 04 to 08 April 2016 with Israel as partner countryWater for all: Striving together
The multinational air exercise being conducted by the United States Air Force (USAF) from 28 April to to 13 May 2016 at Eielson AFB Alaska to which India has sent its contingent of Su-30 MKI, Jaguars, IL-78 tankers and C-17 strategic airlift aircraftExercise Red Flag
The Union Territory which has been declared kerosene-free from 01 April 16 with the stoppage of susbsidised kerosene to its residentsChandigarh
As per the notification of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, specified health warning on cigarette packs shall cover at least85% of principal display area
The venue of fourth Nuclear Security Summit held from 31 Mar to 01 Apr 2016, India represented by its Prime Minister Narendra ModiWashington D.C.



Nominations to Rajya Sabha

The President has nominated the following persons to the Rajya Sabha on 22.04.16

  1. Shri Swapan Das Gupta,
  2. Shri Navjot Singh Sidhu,
  3. Dr. Subramanian Swamy,
  4. Shri Narendra Jadhav,
  5. Sh. Suresh Gopi and
  6. Ms. Mary Kom

2016 Laureus World Sports Awards

  1. Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year - Novak Djokovic
  2. Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year - Serena Williams
  3. Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year - New Zealand Rugby Team
  4. Lifetime Achievement Award - Niki Lauda (Formula One)

Gram Uday se Bharat Uday Abhiyan (Village Self Governance Campaign)

Launched on 14th April 2016 from Mhow, Madhya Pradesh by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

To conclude on 24th April 2016 on Panchayati Raj Day.

The campaign aims to generate nation-wide efforts to increase social harmony across villages, strengthen Panchayati Raj, promote rural development, and foster farmers’ progress.

The Programme

14th April to 16th April 2016 - A ‘Social Harmony Programme’ will be conducted in all Gram Panchayats, supported collaboratively by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. In this programme, villagers will honour Dr. Ambedkar, and resolve to strengthen social harmony. Information regarding the various schemes of the government to foster social justice will be provided.

17th April to 20th April 2016 - ‘Village Farmer Assemblies’ will be organized in Gram Panchayats. In these assemblies, information regarding schemes regarding agriculture such as the Fasal Bima Yojna, Social Health Card etc. will be provided to farmers and their suggestions for bringing about improvements in agriculture will be solicited.

21st to 24th April 2016 - Gram Sabha meetings will be held across the country. On this day, there will be a Prabhat Pheri (or morning walk) in the village, a programme on sanitation, a cultural programme as well as a sports programme.

On 24th April 2016 i.e. National Panchayati Raj Day, Hon’ble Prime Minister will address all the Gram Sabhas of the country from Jamshedpur, which will be beamed to all the villages in the country, where villagers will gather together to listen to the Prime Minister’s address.


Femina Miss India 2016

  1. Femina Miss India World - Priyadarshini Chatterjee
  2. Femina Miss India International - Sushruthi Krishna
  3. Femina Miss India Supranational- Pankhuri Gidwani
  4. Femina Miss India Grand International - Roshmitha Harimurthy

SCOPE EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2013-14

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee gave away SCOPE Excellence Awards on the 7th Public Sector Day on 11 April 2016.

Institutional Category I (Maharatna/ Navratna PSEs)

Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited

Institutional Category II (Miniratna I & II PSEs)

SJVN Limited

THDC India Limited

Institutional Category III (Other Profit Making PSEs)

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd

NTPC-SAIL Power Company Pvt. Ltd (Commendation Certificate)

Special Institutional Category (Turnaround)

BEML Limited


Stand up India Scheme

  1. Launched by the Prime Minister on 05 April 2016.
  2. The Stand up India scheme has been launched to enable Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women entrepreneurs to access loans
  3. Under the scheme 1.25 lakh bank branches will provide loans up to Rs 1 crore.
  4. Each branch will be required to provide two such loans ranging from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore without collateral for setting up a new enterprise.
  5. There will be a Rs 10,000 crore refinance window through Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and the National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company Ltd (NCGTC) will create a corpus of Rs 5,000 crore.

National Institutional Ranking Framework - Rankings 2016

The HRD Ministry released the rankings of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy Institutes and Universities. The following are the top 3 in each category.

EngineeringManagementPharmacyUniversity
1. IIT, Madras1. IIM, Bangalore1. Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal1. Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
2. IIT, Bombay2. IIM, Ahmedabad2. University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh2. Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
3. IIT, Kharagpur3. IIM, Calcutta3. Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi3. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

2016 ICC World Twenty20

Teams: West Indies, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, New Zealand, India, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Hongkong, Scotland, Netherlands, Oman and Ireland

Winner: West Indies, Runner-up: England

Player of the series: Virat Kohli

Most runs in the series: Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) - 295 runs

Most wickets in the series: Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan) - 12 wickets

Venues: Dharamsala, Mohali, New Delhi, Kolkata, Nagpur, Mumbai, Bangalore

2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20

Teams: West Indies, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, India, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ireland

Winner: West Indies, Runner-up: Australia

Player of the series: Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)

Most runs in the series: Stafanie Taylor (West Indies) - 246 runs

Venues: Dharamsala, Mohali, New Delhi, Kolkata, Nagpur, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai


New Rates of P.O. Interest wef 01 Apr 2016

InstrumentOld rate of interestRate of interest w.e.f. 01.04.2016 to 30.6.2016
Savings Deposit4.04.0
1 Year Time Deposit8.47.1
2 Year Time Deposit8.47.2
3 Year Time Deposit8.47.4
5 Year Time Deposit8.57.9
5 Year Recurring Deposit8.47.4
5 Year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme9.38.6
5 year Monthly Income Account Scheme8.47.8
5 Year National Savings Certificate 8.58.1
Public Provident Fund Scheme 8.78.1
Kisan Vikas Patra8.77.8 (will mature in 110 months)
Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme9.28.6

ABBREVIATIONS IN NEWS

SVEEP : Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation

SAWEN : South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network


Current Affairs Questions

1. Recently, the accounts of Central Bank of which country were hacked to transfer millions of dollars to casinos in Philippines?

  1. Mauritius
  2. Myanmar
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Madives

2. The Prime Minister recently presented a replica of Cheraman Juma Masjid to the King of Saudi Arabia. The mosque is located in –

  1. Uttar Pradesh
  2. Kerala
  3. Maharashtra
  4. Jammu and Kashmir

3. What is the time taken by Gatimaan Express, India's fastest train travelling at 160 kmph to cover the distance from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Agra Cantt.?

  1. 100 minutes
  2. 110 minutes
  3. 115 minutes
  4. 120 minutes

4. April 5 is observed as Samta Diwas which is the birth anniversary of -

  1. Charan Singh
  2. Morarjee Desai
  3. Babu Jagjeevan Ram
  4. Kanshi Ram

5. Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson who resigned following accusation of financial wrongdoings by the Panama Papers was the Prime Minister of -

  1. Norway
  2. Iceland
  3. Sweden
  4. Finland

6. Shani Shingnapur temple which has recently allowed women devotees to enter the sanctum is located in which district of Maharashtra?

  1. Ahmadnagar
  2. Satara
  3. Aurangabad
  4. Solapur

7. Which country had denied entry to about 350 Indian passengers of the ship Komagatu Maru in 1914 which was forced to return to India?

  1. Japan
  2. United Kingdom
  3. The USA
  4. Canada

8. With which of the following sports is Vishnu Vardhan associated?

  1. Table Tennis
  2. Basketball
  3. Tennis
  4. Golf

9. The Temple of Hera is located in which country?

  1. Greece
  2. Turkey
  3. Syria
  4. Palestine

10. Which of the following countries recently tested its first stealth fighter called the X-2?

  1. France
  2. China
  3. Japan
  4. South Korea