Weekly GK Update 08 to 15 April, 2017

WEEKLY GK UPDATE 08 to 15 April, 2017 for Bank SSC Exams

Dear Monowers, Nowadays Current Affairs play very crucial Role in Competitive Exams specially in Bank. So We have compiled here Weekly GK Update. In this Article, you can get All Important GK Update & Current Affairs from 08 April to 15 April, 2017. It is easy to prepare Current Affairs week wise rather than month wise. Get Latest National, International News, Awards, Appointments, Sports News of this Week below.

NATIONAL NEWS

President of India inaugurated first NIMCARE World Health Day Summit 2017
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the first NIMCARE World Health Day Summit 2017on April 7, 2017, in New Delhi. The slogan of the first NIMCARE World Health Day Summit was Unite for a Healthy Mind.

PM to launch digital exhibition on Champaran Satyagraha titled as ‘Bapu Ko Karyanjali’
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi finally inaugurated an exhibition titled Swachhagraha – Bapu Ko Karyanjali – Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshaniin the New Delhi to mark the 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first experiment of Satyagraha in Champaran.

India’s first ever micro-drama festival, named ”Thespis”’, was held recently in New Delhi.
Micro-drama festival, named Thespis, was held recently in New Delhi.  The inaugural play of the festival was titled ‘Chamaeleonidae’.

Income Tax department launches ‘Operation Clean Money-II’
The Income Tax department has launched the second phase of the Operation Clean Money’ to investigate over 60,000 individuals with an aim to detect black money generation post demonetisation.

I-T CPC in Bengaluru gets new unique pin code for taxpayers benefit
Taxpayers wanting to send their paper Income Tax Return (ITR) acknowledgment forms or documents related to refunds and others to the I-T department’s CPC in Bengaluru can now send it to a unique pin code ‘560500’. 

Centre kicks off programme on Cyber Physical Systems
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has initiated a Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) program. CPS is an interdisciplinary field that deals with the deployment of computer-based systems that do things in the physical world such as, the self-driven cars produced by Google and Tesla.

The government has set up an ‘Inter-Ministerial Committee’ to monitor the regional air connectivity scheme UDAN
The government has set up an ‘Inter-Ministerial Committee’ to monitor the regional air connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) which seeks to make flying affordable by connecting unserved and under-served airports.

North India to get DNA bank for wildlife
North India is all set to get its first Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) bank for wildlife in Bareilly. It will help in research and also in bringing down poaching.

PM Modi launched special digital exhibition marking 100 years Champaran Satyagraha
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi finally inaugurated an exhibition titled “Swachhagraha – Bapu Ko Karyanjali – Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshani” in the New Delhi to mark the 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first experiment of Satyagraha in Champaran.

The Survey General of India (SOI) completes 250 years.
The Survey General of India (SOI) completes 250 years The government launched Nakshe mapping portal’ a dedicated website allowing the access to the public to download 3,000 maps prepared by the Survey of India (SOI) but made Aadhaar mandatory for the purpose.

PM Modi inaugurates new units in Koradi thermal power station
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated 1980 MW of the Koradi super-critical thermal power project of state-run Mahagenco near Nagpur in Maharashtra to the nation.

Centre releases nearly Rs. 23,443 crore to States under MGNREGS
Ministry of Rural Development has released nearly Rs. 23,443 crore to States under MGNREGS. The Government is laying considerable emphasis on Water Conservation and Water Management works under MGNREGS.

Haldia Port Tops the List in the First Ever Ranking of Ports on Sanitation Parameters.
Haldia Port in West Bengal has topped the List in the First-Ever Ranking of Ports on Sanitation Parameters.

26 projects worth Rs2100 cr approved for Namami Gange project
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 26 projects worth Rs 2,154.28 crore under the Centre’s ‘Namami Gange’ programme, aiming to reduce the river’s pollution load.

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chairs 11th Inter-State Council Standing Committee
The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence Shri Arun Jaitley and various states Chief Minister attended the meeting for examining in detail various recommendations of Punchhi Commission.

PM Modi becomes the most followed world leader on Instagram
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the most followed world leader on photo-sharing app Instagram with a whopping 6.9 million followers, surpassing US President Donald Trump.

Tata Motors arm launches Made-in-India robot
The indigenously built robot TAL Brabo is available in two variants of payloads of 2 kg and 10 kg, priced at 5 lakh and 7 lakh, respectively.This is the first robot conceptualized and designed in India.

Rajnath Singh launches Akshay Kumar’s portal ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ on the occasion of the ‘Shaurya Diwas
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the website and app named ‘Bharat Ke Veer‘, to facilitate the monetary contribution to the kin of soldier personnel killed in action.
This website is technically supported by National Informatics Centre (NIC) and powered by State Bank of India.

India extends $4.5 billion new line of credit to Bangladesh And have signed 22 agreements
India and Bangladesh have signed 22 agreements in strategic sectors like defence and civil nuclear cooperation during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India.
In a joint statement after signing of agreements in Delhi.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Nepal, China hold first ever military exercise
Nepal and China will hold the first-ever joint military exercise named ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2017from 17 April 2017 with a special focus on combating terror and disaster management.

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest noble prize winner to address Canadian Parliament
She has also officially received the honorary Canadian citizenship bestowed upon her in 2014 by Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

France, India ink pact to upgrade Railways
The French Minister of State for Transport Alain Vidalies signed an agreement with Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu for collaboration in railway areas such as high-speed and semi-high speed rail, modernisation of current operations and infrastructure, station renovation and operations, suburban trains and safety systems.

World Bank approves $375-mn loan for India’s first waterway project
The World Bank has approved a $375 million loan to India’s first inland water transport fairway National Waterway 1 (NW1) project on a 1,360 km stretch of the Ganga river

India, Australia sign sports partnership  And A programme launched named ‘Khelo India’ 
India and Australia have started a partnership aimed at increasing cooperation in sports, athlete and coach training and development, sports science in the presence of visiting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

India, Australia sign 6 pacts
The Pact  aimed at boosting counter terrorism cooperation after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull. The discussions on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest and concern.

First rail freight service to China departs UK
The first rail freight service British goods from the UK to China has departed on its 17-day, 7,500-mile journey. After going through the Channel Tunnel, the train will pass through seven other countries before arriving on 27 April, 2017. They are France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.

12th Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant held in Vairengte 
The 12th edition Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant 2017 has begun at Vairengte in Mizoram. 

India, Russia team up to promote innovation and R&D
India has signed a joint declaration with Russia to promote innovation and the R&D ecosystem between the two countries.

India extends $4.5 billion new line of credit to Bangladesh And have signed 22 agreements
India and Bangladesh have signed 22 agreements in strategic sectors like defence and civil nuclear cooperation during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India.
In a joint statement after signing of agreements in Delhi.

STATES IN NEWS

Deendayal Rasoi Yojna launched in Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh government kick-started its ambitious‘Deendayal Rasoi Yojana’ under which subsidised meals will be available at Rs 5 per plate to people, especially the economically disadvantaged sections of society.

Himachal Pradesh bags Krishi Karman Award 2015-16
The Union Ministry of Agriculture has selected Himachal Pradesh for the Krishi Karman Award 2015-16 for the commendable increase in food grains production.

Cisco launched 5th global and 1st in India cyber range lab in Gurugram
US-based tech giant Cisco launched its fifth global cyber range lab in Gurugram, Haryana with an aim to train Indian firms and government agencies on real-world cyber attacks.

Haryana launched Operation Durga to ensure women Safety
Similar to that of Uttar Pradesh’s ‘Anti-Romeo Squad’, the Haryana government has launched ‘Operation Durga’ to ensure women safety in the state.

Jharkhand police initiates Tare Zameen Par programme for underprivileged kids
Jharkhand Police has initiated ‘Tare Zameen Par programme’ to enlighten children in Naxal-affected areas in the Palamau district of Jharkhand.

Pink patrol, security app for women in Bengaluru
A fleet of pink patrol vehicles to attend to the distress calls from women and an exclusive police mobile phone distress application have been introduced in Bengaluru as part of an effort to improve the safety and security of women in the city. The pink patrol cars called the ‘Pink Hoysalas’

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu relaunches ‘Adarana Scheme’
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu announced the re-launch of ‘Adarana scheme’ for improving traditional occupations.

BANKS IN NEWS

ESAF Small Finance Bank launches social deposit scheme
ESAF Small Finance Bank has launched a social deposit scheme called ‘Hrudaya Deposit schemein Thrissur, Kerala.

Bank Boards Bureau evolves ‘GRAF’ for PSBs
The Bank Boards Bureau (BBB) has evolved a Governance, Reward and Accountability Framework (GRAF) for public sector banks to ensure that they have the ability to compete successfully with private sector banks, small finance and payments banks.

Postal department, SBI join hands to promote cashless transactions
India Posts has joined hands with State Bank of India to promote ‘SBI buddy e-wallet’ and Point of Sale (POS) machines for cashless transactions at post office counters

HDFC Bank UPI on Chillr app
HDFC Bank announced its Unified Payments Interface (UPI) will also be available on Chillr, a multi-bank mobile payments app.

RBI allows banks to invest in REITs & InvITs
The Reserve Bank of India has allowed banks to invest in Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs) and Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs), a move that will help revive the cash-starved infrastructure sector.

Manappuram Finance to launch co-branded prepaid card with YES Bank
Kerala-based NBFC Manappuram Finance will launch its own co-branded prepaid card in the tie-up withYES Bank to promote digital financial transactions. 
Card Name :- Manappuram YES Bank Prepaid Money Card’

Canara Bank partners with BSNL 
Canara Bank, a public sector bank, has embarked upon an ambitious project of upgrading the bandwidth at all its branches to 2 Mbps in partnership with BSNL.

South Indian Bank, Flyworld Money in pact for remittances
South Indian Bank has entered into an agreement with Flyworld Money Exchange to facilitate remittances by Indian expatriates in Australia.

Amazon receives RBI approval for e-wallet
Amazon India has received the RBI’s approval for an e-wallet ‘Amazon Pay’, which the e-tailer had applied for early last year. The licence has been issued to Amazon Online Distribution Services on March 22, 2017 and is valid for five years.

IRDAI launches web portal for insurers
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has launched a web portal for insurers that will allow them to register and sell policies online. The portal  ‘isnp.irda.gov.in’ is also open to intermediaries in the insurance business.

MoU/ AGREEMENTS

Fino Paytech inks deal with ICICI group companies
Fino Paytech, which just received the Reserve Bank of India’s licence to launch a payments bank, has inked a deal with ICICI group companies to distribute insurance products and tied up with Exide Life insurance to sell products via its distribution channel.

Nokia partner with Airtel & BSNL to set up 5G internet speed in India
Nokia and Airtel along with state-owned network BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd) have announced that they have partnered to set up 5G internet speed in India to introduce a fast internet ecosystem in the country.

Flipkart Buys eBay India
India’s largest e-commerce player Flipkart buys eBay’s India business, and closing a $1.4 billion fund-raising round from Tencent, eBay and Microsoft.

Grasim gets RBI approval to hike FII limit
The Reserve Bank has allowed Aditya Birla Group firm Grasim Industries to raise the foreign shareholding to 49% from the existing limit of 30%.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Homeopathy Day: International Convention Organised in New Delhi
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the National Convention on World Homeopathy Day on 10 April 2017 at New Delhi.
The theme of the convention is “Enhancing Quality Research in Homeopathy through scientific evidence and rich clinical experiences

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Pranab Mukherjee released book on Draupadi by Veerappa Moily
A book on Draupadi named ‘the Flaming Tresses of Draupadi’ written by senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily was released by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a book ‘Matoshree’,
The Book authored by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in New Delhi.
The book ‘Matoshree’ covers the life and times of legendary Devi Ahilyabai Holker who ruled the Holkar Empire spread over the Malwa region from 1767 to 1795.

APPOINTMENTS

Mukta Dutta Tomar appointed India’s Ambassador to Germany
Mukta Dutta Tomar has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Dr. (Ms.) Mukulita Vijayawargiya takes charge as Whole Time Member of IBBI
Dr. (Ms.) Mukulita Vijayawargiya took charge as Whole Time Member of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) in New Delhi.

UN chief Guterres names Achim Steiner as new administrator of UNDP
United Nation (UN) chief Antonio Guterres has named a German Achim Steiner, as the new administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Karnataka Bank gets new MD and CEO
Mahabaleshwara Mavinakudige Subrahmanya has been appointed as the new MD and CEO of Karnataka Bank Ltd.

Former Supreme Court judge Shiva Kirti Singh to head TDSAT
The government has appointed retired Supreme Court judge Shiva Kirti Singhas the next chairman of the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) after replacing of  Justice Aftab Alam who was retired in June 2016.

Kristin Davis appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced the appointment of internationally acclaimed actress and philanthropist Kristin Davis as its Goodwill Ambassador.

Malvika Sinha appointed RBI Executive Director
The Reserve Bank has appointed Malvika Sinha as Executive Director following the appointment of B P Kanungo as Deputy Governor.

Ajit Kumar Srivastava, Shabri Bhattasali named new CBDT members
Senior bureaucrats Ajit Kumar Srivastava and Shabri Bhattasali were appointed members of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex policy making body of the Income Tax department.

Smita Sandhane appointed first woman chief  MD of Saraswat Bank
Saraswat Bank, the largest lender in the co-operative space, has appointed Smita Sandhane as its Managing Director (MD) with effect from 01st April 2017.

RANKINGS

India ranks 40th in WEF’s global travel & tourism ranking
India has jumped 12 places to 40th rank globally in total 136 countries in Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report 2017 by World Economic Forum. Spain is ranked at the top in the list.

DEFENCE/ SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

ISRO And Agriculture Ministry Team Up To Geo-Tag Agricultural Assets
The Agriculture Ministry joined hands with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), a wing of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to geo-tag agricultural assets for their real-time monitoring and effective utilization.

AWARDS & HONOURS

Colson Whitehead wins Pulitzer prize for ‘The Underground Railroad’
The literary blockbuster novel The Underground Railroad’ authored by Colson Whitehead, has won the Pulitzer prize for fiction. The Pulitzer prizes are considered as the most prestigious journalism and arts awards in the U.S.A.

National Hindi Sevi Samman Awards announced by Central Hindi Institute Director The Ganesh Shankar Vidhyarthi Award awarded to Rahul Dev and Baldev Bhai Sharma
The awardees will receive Rs 5 lakh each from President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in May 2017

Atu Zumvu becomes first Naga cop to receive ‘Shaurya Chakra’ award
For the first time since Nagaland officially gained recognition as a state, a state Police Officer Atu Zumvu has been awarded one of the nations’ military honour, ‘Shaurya Chakra’ award at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Asha Khemka  British-Indian educationist named ‘Asian Businesswoman of the Year’
Indian-origin was named  Asha Khemka ‘Asian Businesswoman of the Year’ at an event in Birmingham, England.

Malala to become youngest United Nations Messenger of Peace
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize has become the youngest United Nations Messenger of Peace. Pakistani education activist will be appointed by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on April 10, 2017, and it will help to promote girl education around the world.

OBITUARY

Former J&K Governor Girish Saxena dies
Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Girish Chandra Saxena has passed away at the age of 90.

SPORTS NEWS

Boxer Shyam Kumar wins gold at Thailand International
Indian boxer K Shyam Kumar won a gold medal in the 49- kilogram category at the Thailand International Tournament in Bangkok.

Hamilton beats Vettel to win his fifth Chinese Grand Prix
Mercedes’ British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton defeated Ferrari’s four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel to lift his fifth title at the Chinese Grand Prix.

National Basketball Association (NBA) launches first basketball school in India
The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced the setting up of its first basketball school, a network of tuition-based basketball development programmes, in Mumbai.

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