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Current Affairs 17th April 2018 – IAS, UPSC, BANKING, SSC

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Current Affairs 17th April 2018
 
 
Subramanian Swamy backs RSS Chief on Air India disinvestment plan
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy backed RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion on Air India rights. Swamy took to Twitter and welcomed the statement of Bhagwat and asked the government to review the existing provisions of privatization. During his recent address at Bombay stock exchange, the RSS Chief expressed concern about the financial health of national carrier. Commenting on the central government’s move on Air India, Bhagwat opined that the prestigious airline should be handed over to the national player instead of foreign firm. He further added that operations of foreign airlines might hamper the aerial security of the country. Citing the example of Germany, where foreign stakes are limited to 29 percent, the RSS head suggested that government must give a second thought over the policy decisions of 49 percent stakes to foreign investors. In order to fine-tune the crash crunched Air India, the central government is planning to disinvest the national carrier.
Yes Bank Launches GST Backed Over Draft Facility For MSMEs
Yes Bank announced the launch of ‘Yes GST’, an OD (over draft) facility for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Through this, an MSME can avail OD up to Rs 1 crore, based on their annual turnover, backed by GST returns. Any additional assessment of balance sheet or bank statements will not be required. This OD facility can be availed by an MSME against mortgage of residential or commercial property. The sanctioned amount can be utilized by the MSME either fully or in tranches.
World Haemophilia Day is observed on 17 April
Every April 17 World Haemophilia Day is recognized worldwide to increase awareness of hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. The theme of WHD 2018 is ‘Sharing Knowledge Makes Us Stronger’. World Haemophilia Day was started in 1989 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) which chose to bring the community together on April 17 in honor of WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday.
Union Government Revises Target To Complete PMGSY From Year 2022 To 2019
The Union Government has stated that the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana or PMGSY is well on its way to achieving the target by March 2019. The scheme, since its inception in 2000, has been able to provide connectivity to more than One lakh 50 thousand habitations.  Sensing the importance and urgency of rural roads for national development, the target date for completion of PMGSY-I has been preponed from 2022 to 2019.
CWG 2018: Complete List Of All The Medals Won By India
India finished third in the medals tally at the Commonwealth Games 2018, courtesy 66 medals including 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals. Australia with 198 medals (80 Gold, 59 Silver and 59 Bronze) topped the chart and England with 136 Medals (45 Gold, 45 Silver and 46 Bronze) stood second.

Gold Medals

1.   Chanu Saikhom MIRABAI    Women’s 48kg
2.   Venkat Rahul RAGALA    Men’s 85kg
3.   Sanjita Chanu KHUMUKCHAM    Women’s 53kg
4.   Sathish Kumar SIVALINGAM    Men’s 77kg
5.   Punam YADAV    Women’s 69kg. Shooting
6.   Manu BAKER  –  Women’s 10m Air Pistol
7.  Jitu RAI –   Men’s 10m Air Pistol
8.  Anish BHANWALA  –  Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
9.  Sanjeev RAJPUT   – Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
10. Heena SIDHU –   Women’s 25m Pistol
11. Tejaswini SAWANT  –  Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
12. Shreyasi Singh –   Women’s Double Trap Wrestling
13.    Kumar SUSHIL –   Men’s Freestyle 74 kg
14.    SUMIT –   Men’s Freestyle 125 kg
15.    Rahul AWARE –   Men’s Freestyle 57 kg
16.    BAJRANG –   Men’s Freestyle 65 kg
17.    Vinesh PHOGAT –   Women’s Freestyle 50 kg Boxing
18. Gaurav SOLANKI   – Men’s 52kg
19.    Vikas KRISHAN –   Men’s 75kg
20.    MC Mary KOM  –  Women’s 45-48kg Table-Tennis
21.    India  –  Men’s Team
22.    Manika BATRA –   Women’s Singles
23.    India  –  Women’s Team Badminton
24.    Saina NEHWAL    Women’s Singles
25.    India    Mixed Team Event Athletics
26.    Neeraj CHOPRA    Men’s Javelin Throw

Silver Medals

Weightlifting 1.    Pardeep Singh    Men’s 105kg
2.    GURURAJA    Men’s 56kg Shooting
3.    Heena SIDHU    Women’s 10m Air Pistol
4.    Mehuli GHOSH    Women’s 10m Air Rifle
5.    Anjum MOUDGIL    Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
6.    Tejaswini SAWANT    Women’s 50m Rifle Prone Wrestling
7.    Mausam KHATRI    Men’s Freestyle 97 kg
8.    Babita Kumari    Women’s Freestyle 53 kg
9.    Pooja DHANDA    Women’s Freestyle 57 kg Boxing
10.    Satish KUMAR    Men’s +91kg
11.    AMIT    Men’s 46-49kg
12.    Manish KAUSHIK    Men’s 60kg Table-Tennis
13.    ACHANTA Sharath/GNANASEKARAN Sathiyan    Men’s Doubles
14.    BATRA Manika/DAS Mouma    Women’s Doubles Badminton
15.    Satwik RANKIREDDY/Chirag Chandrashekhar SHETTY    Men’s Doubles
16.    Srikanth KIDAMBI    Men’s Singles
17.    PV Sindhu    Women’s Singles Athletics
18.    Seema PUNIA    Women’s Discus Throw Squash
19.    CHINAPPA Joshna/PALLIKAL KARTHIK Dipika    Women’s Doubles
20.    PALLIKAL KARTHIK Dipika/GHOSAL Saurav    Mixed Doubles

Bronze Medals

 
1. Deepak LATHER    Men’s 69kg
2.    Vikas THAKUR    Men’s 94kg Shooting
3.    Om MITHARVAL –   Men’s 10m Air Pistol
4.    Ravi KUMAR  –  Men’s 10m Air Rifle
5.    Om MITHARVAL  –  Men’s 50m Pistol
6.    Ankur MITTAL –   Men’s Double Trap
7.    Apurvi CHANDELA  –  Women’s 10m Air Rifle Wrestling
8.    SOMVEER  –  Men’s Freestyle 86 kg
9.    Sakshi MALIK  –  Women’s Freestyle 62 kg
10.    Divya KARAN  –  Women’s Freestyle 68 kg
11.    KIRAN  –  Women’s Freestyle 76 kg Boxing
12.    Hussamuddin MOHAMMED  –  Men’s 56kg
13.    Manoj KUMAR  –  Men’s 69kg
14.    Naman TANWAR  –  Men’s 91kg Table-Tennis
15.    DESAI Harmeet/SHETTY Sanil Shankar  –  Men’s Doubles
16.    Sharath ACHANTA  –  Men’s Singles
17.    GNANASEKARAN Sathiyan/BATRA Manika  –  Mixed Doubles Badminton
18.    REDDY N. Sikki/PONNAPPA Ashwini  –  Women’s Doubles Athletics
19.    Navjeet DHILLON  –  Women’s Discus Throw Para Powerlifting
20.    Sachin CHAUDHARY –   Men’s Heavyweight
Pulitzer Prizes 2018 announced
The Pulitzer Prizes for 2018 has been announced. Following are the winners of the Pulitzer Prize 2018. 1. Fiction- Andrew Sean Greer’s “Less” has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Greer’s novel tells the comic story of a middle-aged novelist. 2. Drama- Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok. 3. History- The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis (Liveright/W.W. Norton). 4. Biography- Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser (Metropolitan Books). 5. Poetry- Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux).
India signed Loan Agreement With World Bank For USD 48 Million For Meghalaya
A Loan Agreement for IBRD loan of USD 48 million for the “Meghalaya Community – Led Landscapes Management Project (MCLLMP)” was signed with the World Bank. The main Objective of the Project is to strengthen community-led landscapes management in selected landscapes in the State of Meghalaya. The Project consists of three components: (i) Strengthening Knowledge and Capacity for Natural Resource Management; (ii) Community-led landscape planning and implementation and (iii) Project Management and Governance.
Kotak Mahindra Bank Pips SBI To Become Indias 2nd Most Valuable Bank
Shares of private lender Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited beat India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) for the first time to become the second most valued bank in the country. Data from BSE showed that Kotak Mahindra Bank has a market capitalization of Rs2,22,560.69 crore after its shares rose 1.7%. SBI market capitalization stood at Rs2,22,043.74 crore. Its shares were trading at Rs248.80 on BSE, down 1% from its previous close. HDFC Bank Limited remained country’s most valuable bank with a capitalization action of Rs5.04 trillion.
Indian Swimmer Double Crosses Bangla Channel Sets World Record
Pune-based 17-year-old swimmer Sampanna Ramesh Shelar set a world record to double cross the Bangla Channel.  Shelar is the first person to swim to and fro from Saint Martin’s Island Jetty to Teknaf in Bangladesh also known as the Bangla Channel. He has completed the journey of 32.2 kilometers in 9 hours and 10 minutes.
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