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General Awareness for MBA: 15th to 22nd April

General awareness is a very important aspect for MBA aspirants. Thus, it is crucial that your GA quotient must be high before you appear in any MBA entrance exam. This article is aimed at enhancing your awareness about the current news and happenings that occurred globally in this week (15th to 22nd April). It will help you in your preparation for the competitive exams.

Apr 22, 2016 16:36 IST
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General awareness is a very important aspect for MBA aspirants. Thus, it is crucial that your GA quotient must be high before you appear in any MBA entrance exam. This article is aimed at enhancing your awareness about the current news and happenings that occurred globally in this week (15th to 22nd April). It will help you in your preparation for the competitive exams.

Economy:

1. On 20 April 2016, the Department of Disinvestment was renamed as Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM).

The DIPAM Department would run under Union Finance Ministry, and it will deal with all matters relating to management of central government investments in equity including disinvestment of equity in central public sector undertakings

2. On 17 April 2016, Indian Railways used drones (unmanned air vehicles or) to inspect the continuing work on the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) project. This achievement took place for the first time.

The drone was used for three days on a trial basis to monitor a total of 98 kilometers on the DFC. On the long track between Baghega to Srimadhopur in Rajasthan the drone was operation for 42-km and thereafter the 56-km long line between Durgawati and Sasaram in Bihar was also inspected by the Drone.

3. On 17 April 2016, Infosys co-founder launched a new app named ‘Itihaasa’. The application chronicles Indian IT journey since the 1950s. The app has a repository of 600 videos featuring 44 technology stalwarts.

Users can personalise stories on six dimensions - Time, People, Organisation, Policy, Technical Terms and Place. The app was developed in approximately eight months by a team sitting at IIIT-Bengaluru

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Itihaas App Chronicle

National

1. India has been ranked 133rd among 180 countries in the latest annual World Press Freedom Index. It is because the PFI claims Prime Minister Narendra Modi “indifferent” to the threats against journalists.

The PFI is compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) which is an NGO in Finland. India jumped three spots higher from the 136th position held by it in 2015.

Rank secured by other Neighboring Countries are given below:

Neighboring Country

Rank Secured

Pakistan

147

Sri Lanka

141

Afghanistan 

120

Bangladesh 

144

Nepal 

105

Bhutan 

94

China 

176

2. Twitter Seva service has been launched by the Union Commerce and Industry Ministry to address issues and grievances of startups, exporters and importers, and other stakeholders.

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Twitter Seva by GOI

Highlights of the App:

3. On 18th April 2016, NDA government released a Rs. 200/- coin and Rs.10 circulation coin on the occasion of the Martyrdom day of Tatya Tope.

The coin was issued by Union Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mahesh Sharma. 

4. Google has extended a free WiFi service to 10 railway Stations of India. This initiative aims to provide free internet services to 1.5 million people in the country. Google has tied up with Railtel to enable this strategic move and make it successful.

List of Railway Stations with free WiFi

  1. Pune
  2. Bhopal
  3. Bhubneshwar
  4. Raipur
  5. Ranchi
  6. Vijayawada
  7. Kacheguda (Hyderabad)
  8. Ernakulum Jn (Kochi)
  9. Vishakhapatnam

International

1. Idriss Deby (63 years) has won a fifth term in office in a lopsided first-round victory. In 2016 election, Idriss Deby secured the 61.56% of the vote in the first-round runoff. He hails from Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS) party.

The candidates in opposition were Saleh Kebzabo and Laokein Kourayo Mbaiherem. Here, we have presented the ministers who were standing for the candidature of president and the percentage of votes secured by them.

Ministers

Percentage of Votes Secured

Idriss Deby

61.56%

Saleh Kebzabo

12.80%

Laokein Kourayo Mbaiherem

10.60%.

2. A tiny South Pacific island nation ‘Nauru’ has eventually become the 189th member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.

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Nauru on the World Map

Nauru would be benefited in following manner after joining the membership of both the bodies:

3. On 20 April 2016, World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that European Region became the first in the world to have witnessed complete eradication of malaria. In their World Malaria Report 2015 the number of malaria cases fell from 90,712 to zero between 1995 and 2015.

This achievement was a result of the below listed efforts which were taken up in the European continent:

  1. Strong political commitment  
  2. Heightened detection
  3. Surveillance of malaria cases
  4. Integrated strategies for mosquito control
  5. Cross-border collaboration
  6. Efficient communication with people at risk of malaria

Sports

1. On 20th April 2016, Rahul Johri has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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Rahul Johri (CEO), BCCI

The change in the position of the CEO was recommended by the Lodha panel in its January 2016 report. As per the report it was recommended to separate the governance and management of the duties and CEO would oversee the management of BCCI.

2. Dipa Karmakar has become the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics.

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Dipa Karmakar

She secured a total score of 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying event and has made it to the artistic gymnastics in Rio Games to be held here in August. Dipa is 79th gymnast among the individuals who have qualified the list of women's artistic gymnast.

3. International Hockey Federation (FIH) has promoted India’s Durga Thakur to international outdoor umpire.

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Durga Thakur

This move came as a result of her excellent performance at recently-concluded Hawke's Bay Cup in Hastings, New Zealand.

4. On April 18, 2016, The Laureus World Sports Awards event was held in Berlin, Germany.

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Novak Djokovic “Sportsperson of the Year”

List of the award winners is as under:

Award Title

Sports-Person Awarded

Sportsman of the Year

Novak Djokovic (Tennis), Serbia

Sportswoman of the Year

Serena Williams (Tennis), United Statesc

Team of the Year

New Zealand National Rugby team

Comeback of the Year

Dan Carter (Rugby), New Zealand

Breakthrough of the Year

Jordan Spieth (Golf), United States

Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

Daniel Dias (Paralympic swimmer), Brazil

Lifetime Achievement Award

Niki Lauda (former Formula One racer), Austria

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