Politics


1.India Signs Loan Agreement With World Bank for US$ 125 million

 

A Loan Agreement for IBRD credit of US$ 125 (equivalent) for the “Innovate in India for Inclusiveness Project” was signed with the World Bank in New Delhi.

The Objectives of the project is to nurture indigenous innovation, foster local product development and accelerate commercialization process by bridging critical skill and infrastructure gaps to promote affordable and innovative healthcare products generation for inclusive development and increasing competitiveness in India.

President of the World Bank- Jim Yong Kim.

Headquarters of World Bank: Washington, DC.

IBRD stands for International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

 

2. m-Awas App for Allotment of GPRA Through ASA Launched

 

Hardeep Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C) launched a Mobile App (m-Awas) for allotment of Government accommodations in General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) in Delhi under the control of the Directorate of Estates.

The application has been developed by NIC. A total number of 61,317 residential accommodations of various types are available in Delhi which are allotted to the eligible Central Government employees through Automated System of Allotment (ASA), by using login Id and password.

 

3. Sushma Swaraj Attends Meeting of India-Mongolia Joint Committee

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the 6th round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee meeting with her Mongolian counterpart Damdin Tsogtbaatar in Ulaanbaatar.

The meeting discussed trade, economic, cultural and scientific co-operation. Mrs Swaraj became the first Indian External Affairs Minister to visit the nation in 42 years.

Mongolia Capital- Ulaanbaatar,

Currency- Mongolian togrog,

Prime Minister- Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh.

 

4. Nitin Gadkari inaugurates 29th Road Safety Week in New Delhi

Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has inaugurated the 29th Road Safety Week at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

Besides administering Road Safety oath, Gadkari also released a book named “Have a Safe Journey” and also awarded school students.

 

5. Foreigners Can Now Travel to Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur Without Permit

 

The Home Ministry has decided to relax the six-decade-old Protected Area Permit regime from Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur for five years. Foreign tourists, except those from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan, will now be allowed to visit some of the most pristine locations of the country which, so far, were out of bounds for them without a special permit.

Under the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958, all areas falling between the Inner line and the International Border of some states were declared as protected areas.

Manipur CM- Nongthombam Biren Singh, Governor- Dr. Najma A. Heptulla.

Mizoram CM- Lal Thanhawla, Governor- Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma.

Nagaland CM- Neiphiu Rio, Governor- Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya.

 

6. World Malaria Day: 25 April

 

World Malaria Day is observed on April 25 every year to recognise the global effort to control malaria and also to spread awareness about the around the world. The theme for this year’s Malaria Day is  ‘Ready to beat Malaria’.

The theme emphasises the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community that is uniting all around the world to curb the disease and working towards the common goal to making the world malaria free.

Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasites, which is spread to people through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito, also known as malaria vectors.

 


Business


1. India's 1st e-Commerce Think Tank Meet Convened By Suresh Prabhu

 

Suresh Prabhu, the commerce and industry minister, held the first e-commerce think tank meeting in New Delhi. The minister chaired the meeting which aimed at framing a national policy on e-commerce.

The setting up of this e-commerce think tank and the initiative taken by the ministry may well be interpreted as the government and its allied bodies beginning to understand the growth potential of the e-commerce industry in India.