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Current Affairs of 17th April

Anjali Singh, Updated On:24-Apr-2019


                    Current affairs

1.The 8th edition of Home Expo India 2019 opened at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida.

  • The three-day exhibition has been organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH). Home Expo India covers sectors with maximum thrust and growth potential in home décor, furnishing, furniture, flooring, and textiles.


2.Google has opened an Artificial Intelligence (AI) research lab in Ghana’s capital Accra, reportedly the first of its kind in Africa, to take on challenges across the continent.

  • The lab would develop solutions in areas including agriculture, like helping in diagnosing certain types of crop disease. Using Google’s AI machine app ‘TensorFlow’, farmers analyze the issue with their plants and boost their production.


3.A 5G Use Cases Lab for banking and financial sector along with blockchain technology has been launched by The Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), which is an arm of Reserve Bank of India.

  • Shri Amit Yadav, who is the Joint Secretary in Department of Telecommunications, launched the 5G Use Cases Lab, and the White Paper on 5G Applications was released by Ms. Anjana Dube, who is the Deputy Director General in Department of Financial Services.


4.IDBI Bank has launched ‘NRI-Insta Online’ account opening process for NRIs residing in Financial Action Task Force (FATF) member countries to open an account in the Bank without visiting the branch or submitting paper documents such as physical documents as well as  KYC proofs. This online facility is available in IDBI Bank’s website.


5.Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed to provide a total of USD 3.88 billion in sovereign loans to India in 2018, which is the highest ever loan amount since sovereign operations began in the country in 1986.

  • With this total USD 21.6 billion in loans, granted from ADB’s own resources, which exceeded the target of USD 19.71 billion and up 10 percent from 2017.

                Awards and Recognition

6.The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States




Public service

Staff of the South Florida Sun Sentinel


Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post

Editorial writing

Brent Staples of the New York Times


Books, drama and music




“The Overstory” by Richard Powers


“Fairview” by Jackie Sibblies Drury


“Frederick Douglass” by David W. Blight

Biography or autobiography

“The New Negro” by Jeffrey C. Stewart


“Be With” by Forrest Gander

General nonfiction

“Amity and Prosperity” by Eliza Griswold


“p r i s m” by Ellen Reid

Special Citation

Aretha Franklin


       Appointment and Resignation

7.Punjab National Bank (PNB) appointed Rajesh Kumar Yaduvanshi as the Executive Director of the bank.

  • Rajesh Kumar Yaduvanshi joined PNB as a management trainee in 1985. He is equipped with an experience of 34 years in the banking career and is a certified associate member of Indian Institute of Bankers.


8.Fincare Small Finance Bank (SFB) honoured with the prestigious Celent Model Bank 2019 Award in Financial Inclusion category, for ‘Redesigning Lending to Reach Small Businesses’.

  • The award recognizes LAP (Loans against Property) D.Lite, which is a tab-based solution designed and developed in-house by Fincare SFB for instant underwriting of loans against property targeted at micro and small enterprises.


9.PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) India announced the appointment of Padmaja Alaganandan as the firm’s new Chief People Officer (CPO). She takes over the role from Jagjit Singh.

                    Important days

10.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 honour of WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday.

  • April 17, 2019, marks the 30th World Hemophilia Day 2019 Theme: World Hemophilia Day theme for the year 2019 is ‘Outreach and Identification’.


11.International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket for Good in partnership with UNICEF announced “OneDay4Children”, a tournament-wide campaign focussed on bringing the world of cricket together as one team to help build a better world for every child, at the 2019 World Cup.

  • The campaign was launched by Former England batsman and “OneDay4Children” ambassador Nasser Hussain along with all-rounder Chris Woakes.


12.FC Goa, nicknamed as ‘Gaurs’, emerged as champions of the 2nd edition of Hero Super Cup 2019 after beating Chennaiyin FC 2-1 at the Kalinka Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Goa lifted their first ever Trophy.19 year old Goa Goal keeper Mohammad Nawaz has been named as Hero of the Match.

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



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