Current Affairs Recap of the Week : 18 April – 23 April 2016

Apr 23, 2016 19:16 IST

Jagranosh.com brings for its readers the current affairs recap of the week covering important events of the national and international importance in bulleted forms which will be immense help for the aspirants of IAS/PCS, Bank, SSC, MBA and other exams.

• The new Agreement of World trade Organisation (WTO) that India ratified on 22 April 2016 - Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)

• The Country that signed a law that criminalizes doping and threatens drug cheats with prison sentences on 22 April 2016- Kenya

• President Pranab Mukherjee visited Manipur to attend the function of the day that is observed every year to pay tribute to the brave sons of the Manipur who made supreme sacrifice for their motherland on 22 April 2016- Khongjom Day

• The first Indian company to join a global energy campaign, EP100, led by an international non-profit group, The Climate Group on 22 April 2016 - Mahindra & Mahindra

• The historic agreement that Union government signed along with other 174 nations at a high-level ceremony hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on 22 April 2016 - Paris climate agreement

• President Pranab Mukherjee nominated of six eminent personalities to Rajya Sabha following a recommendation of the Union government on 22 April 2016. They are: Subramanian Swamy, Narendra Jadhav, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Suresh Gopi, Swapan Dasgupta, Mary Kom

• The bollywood actress who bagged the best actress in an international narrative feature honour at Tribeca Film Festival 2016 on 22 April 2015- Radhika Apte

• The country that successfully tested the flight of the first stealth fighter jet on 22 April 2016- Japan

• Union government constituted the inter-ministerial panel on 22 April 2016 to prepare a blueprint for doubling farmers' income by -2022

• The theme of International Mother Earth Day observed on 22 April 2016 is – Trees for the Earth

• For the first time, an African-American lady, will replace Andrew Jackson as the portrait gracing the US $20 bill – Harriet Tubman

• The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 21 April 2016 conferred the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration to civil servants on the occasion of - 10th Civil Services Day

• The service launched by Commerce and Industry Ministry to address issues and grievances of startups, exporters and importers, and other stakeholders is - Twitter Seva

• The famous comedian featured in the famous sitcom Dinnerladies, who passed away on 20 April 2016 is - Victoria Wood

• The Indian environmentalist and political activist included in the TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World is - Sunita Narain

• Name the person appointed as Lokayukta of Goa on 20 April 2016- Justice PK Mishra

• Name the music legend who died on 21 April 2016 and was known for his album Purple Rain- Prince Rogers Nelson

• Name the person elected as the President of Chad on 21 April 2016- Idriss Deby

• ISRO Scientists at Thiruvananthapuram indigenously manufactured the world's lightest synthetic material called -Silica Aerogel

• Pakistan and China signed an agreement on 20 April 2016 for the launch of a special satellite to monitor the development of -China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended the accreditation of the National Anti-Doping Laboratory on 21 April 2016 in- Beijing

• India's national carrier that featured in an official commemorative album launched to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday celebrations - Air India

• India needs to grow at this percentage to become ten trillion dollar economy and eliminate poverty by 2032 – 10 percent

• Union Government renamed the Department of Disinvestment on 20 April 2016 as -Department of Investment and Public Asset Management or DIPAM

• She is a granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and was conferred Order of Arts and Letters honour of France on 20 April 2016 - Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee

• The two countries that agreed to abide for peaceful negotiations to settle the problematic border issue and reach a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution on 20 April 2016- India and China

• The Uttarakhand Police horse that died on 20 April 2016 after being injured during a protest in Dehradun- Shaktiman

• The book that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama category is – Hamilton

• The novel that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction category is - The Sympathizer

• The news agency that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service is - Associated Press

• The Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing the Paris Agreement adopted at - Conference of Parties-21

• The centrally sponsored sports scheme merged with the Khelo India programme for development of sports is - Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan

• Discovery Networks Asia Pacific’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager for South Asia, who was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 20 April 2016 - Rahul Johri

• All-rounder cricketer of Hong Kong who was suspended from Cricket for two-and-a-half years by ICC for breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code - Irfan Ahmed

• The Union Cabinet on 20 April 2016 gave its approval for signing a MoU with Bhutan on technical cooperation in the field of capacity building as furtherance of Article 2, 7 and 8 of - India-Bhutan Friendship Treaty, 2007

• International organisations that on 19 April 2016 announced creation of platform for collaboration in Tax Matters to boost global cooperation in tax matters are - UN, IMF, World Bank and OECD

• The number of villages of Saurashtra and Kutch region declared as partially scarcity-hit by the Gujarat government - ‘468

• World Health Organization in its World Malaria Report 2015 said that a region has become the world’s first region to wipe out malaria with zero cases reported in 2015 – Europe

• Signalling a major social change, women were permitted entry to the 'garbha griha' of this temple in Maharashtra - Trimbakeshwar temple

• Scientists at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram indigenously manufactured the world's lightest synthetic material called - silica aerogel or blue air’ or frozen smoke’

• This bank on 19 April 2016 became the first private sector bank in India to open dedicated branch for start-ups - RBL Bank

• Justice PK Mishra, former Chief Justice of Patna High Court, was on 20 April 2016 appointed as the Lokayukta of this State – Goa

• The rank of India among 180 countries in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index that was released on 20 April 2016 – 133

• The country that topped the 2016 World Press Freedom Index that was released on 20 April 2016 – Finland

• The British boxer who announced his retirement from the sport on 18 April 2016 - Nick Blackwell

• England’s snooker great, who announced his retirement from the game on 17 April 2016 after 38-year career - Steve Davis

• The Haryana Government notified its Affordable Plotted Housing Policy 2016 on 1 April 2016 for low and medium potential towns is also known as - Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojna

• The country that unveiled S-300 missile system parts at army parade on 17 April 2016 – Iran

• Himachal High Court issued notices to the Union and state governments on 19 April 2016 on the issue of declaring this animal as vermin – Monkey

• Bimlendra Jha in April 2016 was appointed as the CEO of - Tata Steel UK

• AES India Private Limited signed an agreement with Panasonic India to construct a 10 MW energy storage project in - Jhajjar, Haryana

• The Making of India: The untold story of British Enterprises that discusses the British rule and its role in creating a unified India is authored by - Kartar Lalvani

• The tyre, tube and flap maker company that was acquired by JK Tyre and Industries Ltd is - Cavendish Industries

• US President Barack Obama on 19 April 2016 nominated an Indian-American as country's next envoy to Chad - Geeta Pasi

• The 106-carat diamond also known as Mountain of Light in Persian that came into news due to a hearing in Supreme Court of India - Kohinoor

• Union Government on 19 April 2016 extended the Beti Bachao Beti Padho (BBBP) Scheme in additional 61 districts across - 11 States and Union Territories

• The country that suspended "Business 20" an anti-corruption taskforce in 2016 after taking over the G20 presidency – China

• The country that has planned to extend the state of emergency in place since November terrorist attacks for a further period of two months to ensure security at the Euro 2016 soccer tournament – France

• Laos's National Assembly appointed Communist Party chief as the country's new President - Bounnhang Vorachit

• Laos's National Assembly appointed Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith as - Prime Minister of the country

• The country that declared two days of national mourning for 208 people killed in cross-border cattle raids – Ethiopia

• The state that launched its first all-women bus service on 19 April 2016 – Jammu & Kashmir

• The number of districts in which the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme was extended on 19 April 2016 – 61

• Manali’s district administration took the path of Delhi’s Odd-Even scheme to beat the traffic woes on this highway – Manali - Leh  Highway

• The states in which monkey-hunting tribes are found and were in news in April 2016 – Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka

• He won the Sportsman of the Year of the Laureus World Sports Award 2016 on 18 April 2016 – Novak Djokovic

• She won the Sportswoman of the Year of the Laureus World Sports Award 2016 on 18 April 2016 – Serena Williams

• Former Pakistan captain who was appointed as the chief selector of Pakistan’s cricket team - Inzamam-ul-Haq

• The South American country where a high-intensity earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale struck and killed at least 413 people - Ecuador

• The specialized agencies of the UN that announced to establish an alliance with an aim to make early childhood development (ECD) programme a global policy - World Bank and UNICEF

• State government that on 18 April 2016 decided to restrict digging of borewells beyond 200 feet – Maharashtra

• The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced a new annual global home and away league, involving world's leading hockey nations, to be launched in – 2019

• A special court issued a non-bailable warrant against this business tycoon in a money laundering case involving alleged defrauding of IDBI Bank of 950 crore rupees - Vijay Mallya

• The country that will host the 40th World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 15th General Assembly of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine in 2017 is – Bulgaria

• The country that overtook France to become the world's leading wine producer is – Italy

• The state that decided to make it mandatory to have a hologram on every alcohol bottle manufactured and sold in the state is- Maharashtra

• The 13th session of the Islamic Summit Conference was held in - Istanbul, Turkey

• He was Puerto Rican composer and singer who died in Colorado, United States of America on 16 April 2016- Ismael Quintana

• The 14th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Russia, India and China was held on 18 April 2016 in –Moscow

• The five time Emmy award winning actress who died on 17April 2016- Doris Roberts

• The country with which India signed MoU to promote cooperation in the field of Traditional Medicine and Homoeopathy- Mauritius 

• International Day for Monuments and Sites traditionally called World Heritage Day was observed across the world on 18 April 2016 with theme - ‘The Heritage of Sport’

• Indian Railway used drones for the first time to inspect the ongoing work on the project on 17 April 2016 - Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) project.

• Name of the major exercise carried on by Mathura-based Strike 1 corps is in the deserts of Rajasthan to evaluate the capability of the Army to strike deep into enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle environment – Shatrujeet

• The first Indian gymnast ever to secure an Olympic berth by garnering a total score of 52.698 points is - Dipa Karmakar

• The tennis player who won the 2016 Monte Carlo Masters title is - Rafael Nadal

• The country that won the 25th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup held in Ipoh, Malaysia is – Australia

• He was appointed as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards on 17 Aril 2016 - PC Thakur

• The veteran Sri Lankan spinner, who retired from T20 and One Day International cricket on 17 April 2016 but continue to play in Test matches - Rangana Herath

• The 1982-batch IPS officer who was appointed as the first female Director General of Police (DGP) of Gujarat - Geeta Johri

• The driver of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose who opened a bank account at the age of 116 years and is considered to be the oldest human alive is - Colonel Nizamuddin

• World's largest wooden Charkha or spinning wheel is proposed to be installed at - Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

• The New Development Bank (NDB), formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, on 16 April 2016 approved its first set of loans valued at 811 million US dollars for four BRICS countries namely Brazil, India, China and South Africa to create - 2370 MW of renewable energy capacity

• The theme of the 2016 World Haemophilia Day that was observed globally on 17 April 2016 is - Treatment for all is the vision of all

• He won 2016 Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai International Circuit on 17 April 2016 - Nico Rosberg

• He was appointed as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Mozambique 0n 15 April 2016 - Rudra Gaurav Shresth

• The name of the supercomputer unveiled by Sikkim Governor on 17 April 2016 at the National Institute of Technology, Sikkim - Param Kanchenjunga

• The State government that on 14 April 2016 issued a ban of one year over the sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewable tobacco, including  "gutkha, pan masala, khaini and zarda" – Delhi

• The co-founder of Hero Cycles group who passed away on 14 April 2016 is - Satyanand Munjal

• The traces of Isotopes of Supernova that were discovered on Moon as per publication in Physics Review Letters journal on 13 April 2016 - 60Fe Iron Isotope

• India, Afghanistan and Iran on 11 April 2016 finalized draft of the Chabahar Trilateral Agreement on - Transport and Transit Corridors

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