Current Affairs 14th April 2018 – IAS, UPSC, BANKING, SSC


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Current Affairs 14th April 2018


Current Affairs 14th April 2018

Indian Consortium And Saudi Aramco Sign MoU For Refinery In Maharashtra

An Indian consortium consisting of IOCL, BPCL and HPCL signed a MoU with Saudi Aramco on the sidelines of the16 International Energy Forum Ministerial. According to the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, the project cost is estimated at around Rs3 lakh crore ($44 billion). The refinery will be capable of processing 1.2 million barrels of crude oil per day (60 million tonnes per annum). The plan is to finish the project by 2025.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates Dr Ambedkar National Memorial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Dr Ambedkar National Memorial in New Delhi. The memorial is dedicated to the life and contributions of Dr. Ambedkar, the principal architect of the Constitution. The foundation stone for the Memorial was laid by the Prime Minister in 2016. The memorial has an exhibition area, meditation hall with the Buddha Statue and 12 feet high bronze statue of Dr. Ambedkar. It is equipped with a sewerage treatment plant, a rainwater harvesting System and rooftop solar energy.

CWG 2018: Anish Bhanwala Becomes India’s Youngest CWG Gold Medalist

Fifteen-year-old shooter Anish Bhanwala became India’s youngest gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games, winning the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Finals with a record score at Gold Coast, Australia. India’s Neeraj Kumar stood fifth at the event. Anish, who is participating in his first Commonwealth Games, won gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney 2017.

Index Of Economic Freedom 2018: India Ranks 130th, Hong Kong Tops

India jumped 13 places in the last one year to a 130th spot in the latest annual Index of Economic Freedom released by a top American think-tank the Heritage Foundation. As per the latest Index of Economic Freedom, China has jumped one spot to 110th and Pakistan is now at 131 positions. Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. The top 5 countries on the list are- 1. Hong Kong 2. Singapore 3. New Zealand 4. Switzerland 5. Australia.

Sixty Five National Film Awards- Complete List Of Winners

The 65th National Film Awards were announced in Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi. The chairpersons of the three juries (Feature, Non-feature, and Writing) for the National Film Awards have announced the awards for the different categories. This year, the jury is being headed by director Shekhar Kapur. The jury panel has 10 members. National Film Awards will be given by the President Ram Nath Kovind in May 2018.
1. Best Anthropological film – Name Place Animal Thing, Slave Genesis
2. Best Critic on Cinema – Giridhar Jha (Swarn Kamal)
3. Special Mention – Mhorkya (Marathi), Hello Arasi (Oriya), Take Off (Malayalam), Newton (Hindi)
4. Best Ladakhi Film – Walking With The Wind
5. Best Jasari Film – Sinjar
6. Best Tulu Film – Paddy
7. Best Odiya Film – Hello Arsi
8. Best Kannada Film – Hebbet Ramakka
9. Best Hindi Film – Newton
10. Best Bengali Film – Mayurakshi
11. Marathi Film – Kachcha Limbu
12. Best Malayalam Film – Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
13. Best Telugu Film – Ghazi
14. Assamese Film – Ishu
15. Best Tamil Film – To Let
16. Best Gujarati Film – Dhh
17. Best Action Direction – Abbas Ali Moghu for Baahubali 2
18. Choreography – Ganesh Acharya for ‘Gori Tu Latth Maar’ for Toilet – Ek Premkatha 19. Best Special Effects – Baahubali 2
20. Best Music Director – Kaatru Veliyidai
21. Best Background Score – Mom
22. Special Jury Award – Nagarkirtan
23. Best Lyrics – JM Prahalad for Muthuratna song
24. Best Make-Up Artist – Ram Rajjak (Nagarkirtan)
25. Best Production Design – Santhosh Raman (Malayalam movie Take Off)
26. Best Screenplay (Original) – Sajeev Pazhoor (Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum)
27. Screenplay Writer (Adapted) – JAYARAJ (Bhayanakam)
28. Best Dialogues – Sambit Mohanty (Hello Arsi)
29. Best Cinematography – Bhayanakam
30. Best Cameraman – Nikhil S Praveen
31. Best Playback Singer – Shashaa Tirupati for Kaatru Veliyidai.

NHAI Signs Agreement For Its 1st International Project

The National Highways Authority of India signed an agreement for the upgradation of Yagyi – Kalewa section of highway in Myanmar to two lanes with earthen shoulder. The main aim is to provide seamless vehicular movement for enhancing trade, business, health, education and tourism among India, Myanmar, and Thailand. The project has been funded by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and would be executed on EPC mode at a cost of Rs.1177 crores. The project will have 3 new major bridges and 2 new minor bridges. The project would be completed in three years.

India-Korea mutually seek to collaborate in Highway, Shipping and River development sectors ( Current Affairs 14th April 2018 )

India plans to construct 12 expressways with an investment of over Rs 1 Lakh Crores which would stage a number of opportunities for Korean businesses. He earlier met the leading members of the Korean Financial Sector to explore ways of greater Republic of Korea (RoK) involvement in financing interlinking of rivers, highway construction, developing logistics parks and shipbuilding activity in India. An important part of the cooperation would be to enhance training and discussion among experts from both sides. Indian highway engineers and shipbuilding engineers can be trained at specialized training institutions of Republic of Korea to expose them to the systems in place. Mainly Korean companies expressed keenness to work on the Nagpur Mumbai expressway project.

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