Current Affairs April 2016 – 13-04-2016

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Current Affairs 2016:

Current Affairs April 2016 – 13-04-2016 

International

6.9 magnitude Quake rocks Myanmar, tremors felt in India

A strong earthquake struck Myanmar on Wednesday. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

While the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has said the 6.9-magnitude quake struck at a depth of 135 kilometres, Germany’s Research Centre for Geosciences says the magnitude was 7.1.

The quake was centered in an area northwest of Mandalay, andtremors were felt in the eastern Indian states of Assam and West Bengal.

Three Indians get Gates Cambridge scholarship

Amongst 55 academically exceptional people from all over the globe,three Indians have been selected for the prestigious Gates Cambridge scholarship.

The Indians selected for the scholarship are: Sagnik Dutta, Sampurna Chakrabarti and Malavika Nair.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship selects applicants who are academically outstanding and show potential to be transformative leaders for the world in all walks of life.

Local indigenous people challenge Adani’s Australian coal mine project

Traditional owners of Queensland’s Galilee Basin in Australia challenged the leases granted to the controversial 20 billion dollar coal mine project of Adani, the Indian mining giant, on Wednesday.

Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) representative group said in a statement,“The Queensland government issued the mine leases in the absence of the consent of the W&J people to Carmichael mine, and in the face of their three-time rejection of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani,”.

Egypt will return Two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, after 66 years

Egypt will return two disputed Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia after controlling it for over 60 years in a bid to “restore” the rights of Saudis, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia agreed to maritime borders that handed ownership of disputed Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir over to Riyadh, Egyptian Cabinet said in a statement. The two islands of Saudi Arabia had been protected by Egypt from Israel since 1950.

19 passengers killed ina Pakistani bus accident

According to a rescue official, at least 19 passengers, including women and children, have been killed in a head-on collision between a passenger bus and truck in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province.

The official says several people were also injured in Wednesday’s accident near the city of Faisalabad in the Punjab province.

National

Supreme Court agrees to hear assets case against Mayawati

In a fresh setback to BSP chief Mayawati, the Supreme Court on Thursday admitted for hearing a disproportionate assets case against her. Ms. Mayawati termed the decision ‘politically motivated.’

The CBI also said both the Income Tax authorities and the Delhi High Court had already given the BSP chief a clean chit.The Bench said the plea claimed to have fresh material against Ms. Mayawati, and this should be looked into.

NACO will fund AIDS societies directly

In a huge shift from the Centre’s policy on financial decentralization,the Health Ministry has taken back control of the AIDS programme’s funding.

After a year of trying out routing money through State treasuries, the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) will once again route money directly to State-level AIDS societies from this month.

New J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba meets Modi

The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday and discussed various state related issues especially the law and order situation.

During the meeting described as a courtesy call, Ms. Mehbooba, who assumed charge of the PDP-BJP government on April 4, informed the Prime Minister about her meetings with various Cabinet Ministers since Tuesday including that with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, official sources said.

Science-and-Technology

Creo launches Mark 1 smartphone at Rs. 19,999

Bengaluru-based technology startup Creo introduced its Mark 1 smartphone priced at Rs. 19,999 on Wednesday.

Customers can buy Mark 1 from next week on the company’s website and Flipkart.

The handset comes with features like ‘Retriever’ that allows users to track their phones even after factory resetting and ‘Echo’, a voice-based answering machine system independent of carriers and devices.

Study finds Depression may compound diabetes risk

A study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry reports that Depression may increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes in people who already have metabolic diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels.

In the study involving four groups, the group with metabolic symptoms but not depression was around four times more likely to develop diabetes. But those with both depression and metabolic risk factorswere over six times more likely to develop diabetes.

BSNL soon to launch data sharing service for users pan India

BSNL today said it will soon implement its data sharing facility for pre-paid customers across India.

“This facility will be useful for sharing data among family members, friends and colleagues etc. This is also likely to attract the youth segment,” BSNL said in a statement.

No charges will be levied for availing this facility.

Videocon launches two new smartphonesat affordable price

Videocon introduces two consumer-focused devices – Videocon Krypton V50DA and Videocon Krypton V50DC as confirmed by Jerold Pereira, business head of Videocon Mobile Phones in a statement.

The Krypton V50DA features a 5-inch WVGA Capacitive IPS screen, 5MP auto-focus rear camera and 2MP front camera that supports video calling via 3G network at a price of Rs.5,999.

The Krypton V50DC is equipped with high-quality 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera for sharp selfies and seamless video calling experience at a price of Rs.6,099.

Sports

IPL2016: Rohit’s knock key to Mumbai Indians’ win over the Knight Riders

The Mumbai Indians routed home favourite Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets and five balls to spare at Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 84 from just 54 ballsin a successful run chase that had Parthiv Patel scoring 23 and Jos Butler scoring 41, after KKR posted a challenging 187 for five.

Azlan Shah Cup: India loses to New Zealand 1-2

India lost 1-2 to defending champions New Zealand in their penultimate round-robin league match of the 25th Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh on Wednesday.

India can still ensure a place in the final against Australia if they defeat hosts Malaysia in the last round-robin league match on Friday. 

Shukla says Shifting matches will be a problem; working on alternate plan

After the Bombay High Court ordered shifting of 13 IPL matches from drought-hit Maharashtra, the IPL’s Chairman Rajeev Shukla on Wednesday said moving the games at this stage will be a “problem” but the BCCI is working on an “alternative plan”.

Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur are the three venues in Maharashtra scheduled to hold the IPL matches.

“Organising the IPL is a gigantic work. It’s not easy. All preparations had been done, completed. Now shifting the matches will be a problem,” Shukla said.

Business-Economy

Gold prices fall as jewellers call off 42 day strike

Gold prices today dropped by Rs 200 to Rs 29,200 per 10 grams as the bullion market in New Delhireopened after an over six-week nationwide jewellers’ strike, while silver rallied by Rs 1,400 to Rs 38,200 per kg on speculative buying.

The market, which opened after 42 days of jewellers’ agitation against 1 per cent excise duty proposed on non-silver jewellery, witnessed restricted activity.It is estimated that the gems and jewellery industry have incurred over Rs 1 lakh crore loss due to the strike.

Sensex jumps 481 pts – reacheshighest level in 3 months

Market benchmark Sensex surged by 481 points today to 25,626.75 – its highest level in nearly three and a half months – led by gains in banking and auto stocks on forecast of an ‘above normal’ monsoon and positive macroeconomic data.

Markets will remain closed on Thursday and Friday on account of Ambedkar Jayanti and Ram Navmi, respectively. 

Education 

Gujarat Govt Jobs 2016 – Apply Online for Manager Posts

GSPL India Transco Ltd Jobs 2016 – Apply Online for Manager Posts: GSPL India Transco Limited (GITL) has published notification for the recruitment of Senior Manager, Assistant Manager, Assistant General Manager & Manager vacancies.

Eligible candidates may apply online on or before 27-04-2016.

Important dates:

Last Date to Apply Online                             27-04-2016

Click here for more details:

http://www.gspcgroup.com/documents/pagecontent/GSPL-Appointment-ad-15h-16w.pdf

Click here to apply:

http://careers.gspc.in/gspc/ 

SAIL Durgapur Recruitment 2016 – Walk in for RHO & Registrar Posts

SAIL Durgapur Recruitment 2016 – Walk in for Resident House Officer & Registrars Posts: Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Durgapur Steel Plant has issued a notification for the recruitment of Resident House Officers/ Registrars/ Sr Registrar vacancies.

Eligible candidates may attend for walk in interview on 30-04-2016 from 09.30 hrs to 11.30 hrs.

Important dates:

Date & Time of Interview:         30-04-2016 from 09.30 hrs to 11.30 hrs.

Venue:                                     Office of the Director (M&HS), Durgapur Steel Plant Main Hospital, Durgapur- 5.

Click here for more details: https://www.usefuldesk.com/other-jobs-2016/

LIC India Recruitment 2016 – 300 Insurance Advisor & Agent Posts

LIC Recruitment 2016 – 200 Insurance Advisor Posts: Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), Nagpur has published notification for the recruitment of 200 Insurance Advisor vacancies on permanent basis.

Eligible candidates may apply in prescribed application format on or before 30-04-2016.

Important date:

Last Date for Receipt of Application: 30-04-2016.

Click here for more details:

https://www.maharojgar.gov.in/DeSePortal/faces/oracle/webcenter/portalapp/pages/portalPages/jobPostedOnMaharojgar.jspx?_afrWindowId=null&_afrLoop=56897963734712&_afrWindowMode=0&_adf.ctrl-state=tszv22cmx_28#%40%3F_afrWindowId%3Dnull%26_afrLoop%3D56897963734712%26_afrWindowMode%3D0%26_adf.ctrl-state%3Dt6c65qnh_4

CSMCRI Recruitment 2016 – JRF, Project Asst & Scientist Posts

CSMCRI Recruitment 2016 – Scientist/ Sr Scientist Posts: CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI) has advertised a notification for the recruitment of Scientist/ Senior Scientist vacancies on temporary basis.

Eligible candidates can apply in prescribed application format on or before 15-04-2016.

Important date:

Last Date for Receipt of Application: 15-04-2016.

Click here for more details: https://www.usefuldesk.com/other-jobs-2016/

Exam Results Announced: 

UPSC

Exam Name:                   UPSC – Assistant Professor (Non-Technical) Advt No. 11/2015 (Interview List)

Written Results Date:      13/04/2016

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Exam Name:                   UPSC – Specialist Grade III Assistant Professor Advt No. 02, Item No.11 of 2016 (Interview List)

Written Results Date:      13/04/2016

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Exam Name:                   UPSC – Specialist Grade III (Neurology) Advt No. 02, Item No.07 of 2016 (Interview List)

Written Results Date:      13/04/2016

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Interview Results Announced: 

Nationalized Banks

Name of the Bank:                    Oriental Bank of Commerce

Exam Name:                             Specialist Officers (JMG Scale-I)

Interview Results Date:   13/04/2016

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Admit Card / Call letter

UPSC Admit Card/ Call Letter 2016 – Combined Geo-Scientist & Geologist Exam-2016 Exam Call Letter

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has recently released call letter for attending examination for Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination, 2016. The examination will be held from 13-05-2016 to 15-05-2016.

Candidates who have applied can download their call letter at below link:

http://upsconline.nic.in/eadmitcard/upsc_ac2/admitcard_geol_2016/ 

Quiz

Who is the current President of Egypt?

  • Hosni Mubarak
  • Mohamed Morsi
  • Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
  • Anwar Sadat

Answer: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Who is the current Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir?

  • Farooq Abdullah
  • Mehbooba Mufti
  • Omar Abdullah
  • Ghulam Mohammad Shah

Answer: Mehbooba Mufti

Who is the current King of Saudi Arabia?

  • King Salman bin Abdulaziz
  • King Fahd bin Abdulaziz
  • King Khalid bin Abdulaziz
  • King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

Answer: King Salman bin Abdulaziz

Who is the current Chairman of IPL?

  • Ranjib Biswal
  • Lalit Modi
  • Jyotiraditya M Scindia
  • Rajeev Shukla

Answer: Rajeev Shukla

Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated on which day in India?

  • April 15
  • April 12
  • April 14
  • April 13

Answer: April 14

Current Affair 13-04-2016 Ends

 

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