Daily GK Update 25 April, 2017

National news

India replaces Japan as no. 2 LPG importer
India has replaced Japan as world’s number two importer of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
China  world’s largest LPG importer.

India’s first sea ropeway to link Mumbai and Elephanta island
India’s first and longest 8-km  ropeway to connect Sewri in Mumbai with the famous aigad district’s  Elephanta Island in the Arabian Sea is planned to be constructed by the Mumbai Port Trust, according to the official report.

India becomes world’s fifth-largest military spender
India’s military expenditure grew around 8.5 percent in 2016, making it the world’s fifth largest spenderat $55.9 billion, figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
US remains the world’s largest military spender China is second and Russia is on the third position in the list.

 International News 

India, France carry out joint naval exercise ‘Varuna’
The Indian Navy has begun a joint maritime exercise with the French Navy at the Mediterranean Sea to further deepen combat coordination between the two navies.

The exercise is conducted in the Mediterranean Sea
François Hollande is the President of France and its Capital is in Paris.

World Malaria Day: 25 April
World Malaria Day is observed globally on 25th of April every year. It is organized by World Health Organization (WHO).
This year’s theme for World Malaria Day is :- ‘End Malaria for Good’.
Dr. Margaret Chan is the Director-General of WHO.

Banking & Economic

SBI, CREDAI ink MoU for concessional loan for housing projects
State Bank of India and real estate developers’ body CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly conduct various initiatives towards development of the realty sector.
The MoU will be for a period of 3 years to promote ‘housing for all’.



Top environmental activist Prafulla Samantara selected for Goldman Environmental Prize from Asia region
Top environmental activist Prafulla Samantara of Odisha has been selected for Goldman Environmental Prize 2017 (also called as Green Nobel) from Asia region for championing the cause of State’s Dongria Kondh tribals and safeguarding their land and culture.
Samantara is the sixth Indian to win the prize, had led a historic legal battle that protected the Niyamgiri Hills in Odisha.

Veteran actor Kasinathuni Viswanath wins Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2016
Renowned Director and actor Kasinathuni Viswanath has won the Dadasaheb Phalke award for the year 2016 for his outstanding contribution to the film industry.
He will be the 48th recipient of the award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema,


Indian shot putter Manpreet Kaur bags Gold at Asian Grand Prix Meet in China
Indian shot putter Manpreet Kaur
has clinched a gold in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet in Jinhua, China.
Manpreet came up with the best throw of18.86 meter
India clinched up total seven medals in the one-day event.

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