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Current Affairs of 11th April

Anjali Singh, Published On:11-Apr-2019


                       Current affairs

1.Anchor Electricals Private Limited has been renamed as Panasonic Life Solutions India Private Limited (PLSIPL) with effect from April 1, 2019.

  • With this, the brand has also changed its corporate identity from ‘Anchor by Panasonic’ to ‘Panasonic.’

2.India’s asset management companies (AMCs) own assets under management (AUM) worth Rs 24.46 trillion according to data released by the Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi).

  • HDFC Asset Management Co. Ltd claimed the top spot with an average AUM of Rs3.42 trillion, overtaking ICICI Prudential Asset Management Co. Ltd with an average AUM of at Rs3.20 trillion.

3.British government’s ‘white paper’ which is open for public consultation termed as ‘online harms’, focuses to make online social media platforms responsible to safeguard users, especially children.

  • Since all of the social media platforms use strong algorithms leading to echo-chambers, where a user is bombarded with only blinkered content (according to the user’s web-browsing) instead of multi-directional content (i.e. seeing a variety of voices and opinions), all of which can affect children’s brain; the white paper proposes the compulsory ‘duty of care’ on various social media platforms for taking reasonable steps to protect users (focusing on children) from getting harmed.

4.Dubai based Emirates Islamic has announced the launch of Chat Banking services for customers via WhatsApp, marking a global first in the Islamic banking sector.

  • The Chat Banking solution allows customers to use features such as checking account balances and temporarily blocking or unblocking of an existing card. All messages on Emirates Islamic verified WhatsApp Business account are encrypted, ensuring confidentiality and security

5.The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) celebrated its 54th Valour Day (Shaurya Diwas). On the occasion, President Ram Nath Kovind launched 'Veer Parivar App', a mobile application for families of CRPF personnel killed in the line of duty.

  • The App is an interface between the CRPF authorities and the next of kin of the slain personnel. It will be installed securely on the phones of the slain personnel families and will not be available in the app stores.
  • The app will provide assistance to the families of the martyred CRPF personnel with regard to issuance of ex gratia, pension benefits etc. The app will also provide all the necessary information regarding the welfare schemes introduced for them by the government.

6.A three-day joint military exercise between India and Singapore named ‘Bold Kurukshetra–2019’ started in Jhansi Babina Cantonment, Uttar Pradesh to strengthen cooperation against terrorism, develop defence technology and boost maritime security.

  • Colonel SP Singh led the Indian counterpart, and Lieutenant Colonel Tong Chong Kiat led the Singapore counterpart.
  • Brigadier Ranjan Keron reviewed the march past of both the contingents.

                   Awards and Recognition

7.The UN’s cultural agency said that it had awarded its annual press freedom prize to two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar over their reporting on the killings of Rohingya Muslims in the country.

  • Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been behind bars since December 2017.

8.India's education technology startup 'Dost Education' has bagged a $25,000 Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019. Two other startups, Ubongo (Tanzania) and PraxiLabs (Egypt), also won the award.

  • Dost Education was awarded for its ability to empower parents to take charge of their child's early education by creating short, friendly audio content that is sent to them via their mobile phones.
  • Because of this app low-income families need no longer send their children to primary school behind and without a chance to catch up.

         Appointment and Resignation

9.The acting Prime Minister of Haiti, Jean Michel Lapin confirmed as the country’s new Prime Minister by the President Jovenel Moise. He succeeds Jean-Henry Ceant.

  • Lapin is the third Premier under President Moise since he came to office in February 2017.
  • President Moise announced the appointment of the new head of government via Twitter.

              Important days

10.National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD) is observed annually on 11 April to raise awareness about the proper healthcare of women and maternity facilities to pregnant and lactating women.

  • The theme of 2019 NSMD is "Midwives for Mothers".


11.Former Rajya Sabha member Drupad Borgohain, the last of Assam’s Communist stalwarts who helped expand the Left footprint in the State and set an example in spending MP funds, passed away.


12.India skipper Virat Kohli was named as the ‘Leading Cricketer in the World’ for the third successive time by the 2019 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

  • To double the delight, Smriti Mandhana bagged the women’s ‘Leading Cricketer in the World.’

13. Rafeeq Iqbal was elected president of The Indian Race Horse Owners Federation (TIROF)

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website


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