General Awareness for MBA: 23rd to 29th 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 (23rd to 29th April). It will help you in your preparation for the competitive exams.

Created On: Apr 29, 2016 09:30 IST
Modified On: Apr 29, 2016 12:28 IST

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 (23rd to 29th April). It will help you in your preparation for the competitive exams.


1. In the last week of April, Nomura Research Institute (largest Japanese consulting and IT consulting firm) announced that India’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) would surpass the FDI of China in 2016.

Rationale for such announcement:

1. The gap in FDI inflows between the two nations has been narrowing due to ongoing reforms in India.

2. Net FDI inflows into India hit an all-time high in January 2016 at $3 billion.


FDI Inflow in India

2. Uber has entered into a partnership with Gujarat Tourism and FICCI in Ahmedabad city to facilitate training for Uber driver-partners. On March 30 2016 first training of this type took place with over 40 Uber driver-partners attending the session.

The training concentrated on the below mentioned topics for the drivers:

1. Safety and Regulations,

2. Interpersonal Skills With Co-Passengers,

3. Drivers etiquette,

4. Correct seating posture,

5. Proper attitude towards riders and customers,

6. do’s and don’ts while dealing with riders,

7. Taking proper care of the vehicle and himself (hygiene),

8. Precautions for lady passengers and

9. Management of emergency situations etc.

The training is designed and conducted by Ace Driving & Road Safety Education Pvt Ltd on areas of Safe Driving and Interpersonal Skills of the drivers, in order to improve the overall rider experience in Gujarat. All drivers who attend the training will be certified by FICCI and Gujarat Tourism under their program, it added.


1.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a 5 crore free LPG connections to BPL families. For this scheme the money has been derived from 1.13 crore cooking gas users who voluntarily giving up their subsidies. This scheme will be launched on May 01, 2016 and it is an ambitious Rs 8,000 crore plan.

The PM will launch Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh followed by a repeat function at Dahod in Gujarat on May 15.

Before launching this scheme, last year on March 27, Modi officially launched the 'Give-it-Up' campaign, urging the well-off population of India to surrender their LPG subsidy so that it can be transferred to fulfill the requirements of the needy. The aim was to make India self-reliant from energy imports by 10 per cent by 2022.

2. On 23 April 2016, the Union Government launched, India's first online interactive portal on the cultural heritage of the country. Sahapedia is a collection of resources on the diverse heritage of India. It is non-profit society, led by former TCS chairman S. Ramadorai, who is the head of the National Skill Development Agency.

The online portal aims to educate the people of India about its various traditions, visual arts, performing arts, literature and languages. The portal is accessible to all and is a strong initiative towards the digitisation and research on the traditional art forms of India and their importance in the modern era.

Highlights of Sahapedia

3. On 26 April 2016, Union Tourism Ministry launched NOC Online Application and Processing System (NOAPS) which is a Web Portal of National Monuments Authority. The Portal was developed by the technology and expertise of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

4. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has sanctioned a loan of Rs 1,000 crore to Haryana State Warehousing Corporation (HSWC). The loan has been granted to facilitate the purchase of wheat during the ongoing rabi marketing season. This loan will aid the corporation for payment of wheat purchased from farmers in various mandis/outlets in Haryana. The state government has authorised five agencies to procure wheat at minimum support price during the 2016-17 marketing season.


1. On 24 April 2016, Mouamba Clement (the former Congolese Finance Minister) has been appointed as the Prime Minister of Congo.

Mouamba Clement

He was appointed to the post by Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso. His major task would be to help in creating jobs for the youth, a majority of whom are struggling with under unemployment.

2.  Time Magazine has released a list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. From among Indians RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, tennis player Sania Mirza, actress Priyanka Chopra, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and founders of Flipkart, Binny Bansal andSachin Bansal have earned a name by the Time magazine.

Indian in the Times 100 list (2016)

S. No.

Famous Personality



Sunita Naraian



Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal



Raghuram Rajan



Sundar Pichai



Priyanka Chopra



Sania Mirza


The TIME 100 is not a ranking, but a combination of public figures from various different fields. The list includes the public figures who have had some kind of significant impact on the world.

Here we bring for you list of top 10 people from each field in Times 100 list






Aziz Ansari

Tim Cook

Kendrick Lamar

Kim Jong Un

Nicki Minaj

Caitlyn Jenner

Binny Bansal and Sachin

Gael García Bernal

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Lewis Hamilton

Laura Esserman and Shelley Hwang

Yuri Milner

Taraji P. Henson

Vladimir Putin

Usain Bolt

Palmer Luckey

Mohammed bin Nayef

Melissa McCarthy

Paul Ryan

Marilynne Robinson

Sunita Narain

Katie Ledecky

Elena Ferrante

Diana Natalicio

Karlie Kloss

Roy Choi

Dwayne Johnson

Riccardo Tisci

Lori Robinson

Jordan Spieth

Felix Kjellberg (a.k.a. PewDiePie)

Pope Francis

Ryan Coogler

Lester Holt

Alejandro González

Hope Jahren

Sundar Pichai

Ariana Grande

Queen Máxima


Dan Carder

Wang Jianlin

Idris Elba

Ted Cruz


Nadia Murad

Kathleen Kennedy

François Hollande

Tu Youyou

3. On 25 April 2016, the Cabinet of Saudi Arabia kingdom approved the Vision 2030. The Vision 2030 is a broad-based economic reform plan. It charts out the roadmap for diversifying the Saudi economy in next 14 years in order to ensure that Saudi Arabia can live without oil by 2020.

The three pillars of Vision 2030:

4. On 25th April 2016, World Malaria Day was observed across globe to create awareness among the people about this vector borne disease:

Theme for World Malaria Day 2016

End Malaria for Good

This year’s theme reflects the vision of a malaria-free world set out in the Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030. 


1. On 25 April 2016, Judo Federation of India (JFI) announced that India will be the host of the Commonwealth Judo Championships 2018. This event has been allotted to India by the Commonwealth Judo Congress held at Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

India will hold such an event for the first time in Jaipur. However, the dates are yet to be finalized. Last year the event took place in Glasgow, Scotland in the year 2014.

2. On 26 April 2016, International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in its board meeting due to the interference of the country’s government in the board. The suspension would stay until the CAN becomes free of government interference and is properly structured to explored the tremendous cricket talent and opportunities in Nepal.

3. In April 2016, Badminton ace Nandu Natekar became the first non-Cricketer to be inducted into the Legends Club founded by the late Cricket Club of India (CCI) president Raj Singh Dungarpur.


Nandu Natekar

Besides, CCI president Kekoo Nicholson said that the main gate of the club will be named after late Rajsingh Dungarpur.

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