Daily Current affairs - April 21st, 2017 for all competitive exams

Civil Services Day: 
The Civil Services Day is organized on 21st April every year, when civil servants re-dedicate themselves to the cause of the citizens and renew their commitment to public service.
  • This day coincides with the date on which SardarVallabhbhai Patel had addressed the first batch of probationers at the All India Administrative Service Training School at Metcalfe House, New Delhi in 1947.

Daily Current affairs - April 20th, 2017 for all competitive exams

Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-third Amendment) Bill 2017 and National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has given Ex-post facto approval for introduction of the following bills in the Parliament:
Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-third Amendment) Bill 2017.
National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017.
The Constitution Amendment Bill is for:
Constitution of a Commission under Article 338B for socially and educationally backward classes by name of National Commission for Backward Classes.
  • Insertion of Clause (26C) under Article 366 with modified definition viz. “socially and educationally backward classes” means such backward classes as are so deemed under Article 342A for the purpose, this Constitution.

Daily Current affairs - April 19th, 2017 for all competitive exams

IMF trims India growth forecast
The IMF on Tuesday trimmed India’s annual growth forecast by 0.4 percentage points to 7.2% for 2017, citing the impact of demonetisation.
  • The Indian government in February had pegged GDP growth at a higher-than-expected 7.1% for the current fiscal despite the note ban. 

Textiles India 2017 event hosted in India:
It is the first ever global B2B Textile and handicrafts event in India. Hosted by the Ministry of Textiles, the event was inaugurated recently.

Daily Current affairs - April 18th, 2017 for all competitive exams

The International Day for Monuments and Sites: 18th April
Every year on 18 April, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) celebrates the International Day for Monuments and Sites (also called as World Heritage day).
The theme for 2017 is “Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism".

Air India proposes Rs. 15 lakh fine on unruly passengers
Air India plans to impose fines of up to Rs. 15 lakh on unruly passengers for causing flight delays.

Current affairs : April 17th, 2017 for all competitive exams

Election Commission seeks funds for paper trail units
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) has requested the Union Law Ministry for urgent release of funds, given the “prevailing environment,” to facilitate procurement of VVPAT (voter verifiable paper audit trail) machines for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
  • VVPAT stands for Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail. VVPAT system maintains a physical trail of all votes cast. Small slips of paper records the details of the vote. The Election Commission (EC) first introduced VVPAT in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Current affairs : April 16th, 2017 for all competitive exams

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. 
  • The 1,980 MW capacity includes three units of 660 MW each. The plant currently has one unit of 200 MW, two units of 210 MW each and with the addition of the three units of 660 MW each, its total capacity has increased to 2,600 MW.

Current affairs : April 15th, 2017 for all competitive exams

Modi to honour 16 Odisha families linked to 1817 revolt
Descendants of 16 families associated with a little-known but bloody rebellion against British colonialism, called the Paika rebellion of 1817 will be felicitated by the Prime Minister.
  • Two-hundred years ago in 1817, a valiant uprising of soldiers led by Buxi Jagabandhu (Bidyadhar Mohapatra) took place in Khurda of Odisha. This is known as Paika rebellion.

Regulatory body issues new ad norms for celebrities
Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), the ad industry’s self-regulatory body, has released a set of guidelines for celebrity endorsements that bring personalities, including doctors, authors, activists and educationists, into the celebrity category.