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Current Affairs of 25th April

Anjali Singh, Published On:25-Apr-2019


                    Current affairs

1.The Union Ministry of Home Affairs distributed over 3,100 special kits Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits (SAECKs) to carry out immediate investigations into sexual assault cases among states and Union Territories.

  • It is expected that SAECKs can be used for collecting blood and semen samples, besides other evidence which can be used for investigation purpose

2.NASA's InSight mission has recently recorded "marsquake", a quake on the planet Mars, perhaps caused by land tides or volcanic eruptions.

  • It is believed to be the first marsquake ever detected. It has been observed that Mars is still seismically active. Mars is not nearly as geologically active as Earth and lacks tectonic plates.

3.Russia has successfully tested the world’s first floating nuclear power plant (NPP), Akademik Lomonosov.

  • Reactors of the floating atomic block were launched in November 2018.  
  • The tests confirmed the operational stability of the main and auxiliary equipment for the plant will be the world’s first fully commercial operational floating nuclear power plant

4.India ranked 17th in the StartupBlink report

  • StartupBlink has ranked 100 countries for startup environment of countries globally.
  • The rankings were based on the data from over 61,000 startups, more than 500 accelerators, and over 1,400 coworking spaces registered on its platform along with data gathered from its global partners including Crunchbase, SimilarWeb, etc.

5.According to Fitch Ratings - APAC (Asia-Pacific) sovereign credit overview report, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is the first central bank in the Asia Pacific region to begin an explicit interest rate easing cycle buoyed by benign food inflation and easier global financial condition.

  • The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), headed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, cut rates in February and April citing prospects of benign inflation

6.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given its in-principle approval to Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Ltd for acquiring 9.9 per cent stake in Bandhan Bank following the Gruh Finance deal.

  • Gruh Finance, the affordable housing finance arm of HDFC Ltd, was taken over by Bandhan Bank in a share-swap deal in January.
  • After the deal was announced, HDFC made an application to the RBI for holding shares in Bandhan Bank.

7.Kotak Mahindra Bank is the first debit card based authentication solution on NPCI’s (National Payments Corporation of India) e-Mandate (electronic mandate) API (Application Program Interface) platform first ever Destination Bank to go live with both Net Banking and Debit Card-based e-mandate authentication.

  • The main objective of this initiative is to enable Kotak customers to create electronic mandates (similar to the former eNACH with Aadhaar + OTP) (eNACH- Electronic National Automated Clearing House; OTP- One Time Password) via both debit card and net banking provision.
  • As API based e-mandates are customer-friendly, fast, frictionless and paperless, the initiative would help in making its customers’ lives hassle free for handling recurring payments.

8. Indonesia released a special stamp on the theme of Ramayana at the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between India and Indonesia event in the presence of India’s Ambassador Pradeep Kumar Rawat and Indonesia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir


9.Veteran lady mountaineer Rama Sengupta Paul passed away at the age of 66 at a city hospital due to cardiac arrest.

10.Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Jean passed away at the age of 98 due to pulmonary infection.

       Appointment and Resignation  

11. Shri Rajendra Kumar Nayak has been appointed as the 52nd Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA).

Nayak, who is from the Indian Defence Accounts Service, will succeed Smt. Madhulika P Sukul.

12.Amit Jain, Uber’s Asia-Pacific region (APAC) Head, announced his resignation at the end of May 2019 after four-year service to spend time with his family. Uber’s head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty will take over the additional charge of APAC.  


                  Important Days

13.World Malaria Day is an international event observed every year on 25 April, to spread awareness about malaria disease globally and to promote efforts to prevent malaria around the world.

  • The theme of World Malaria Day 2019 is "Zero malaria starts with me."


14.A mix of fortune and fortitude once again came to Viswanathan Anand’s rescue as he defeated Francisco Vallejo Pons and joined Magnus Carlsen in the lead at three points after four rounds of the Grenke Chess Classic

15.P.U. Chitra retain the women’s 1500m gold in the Asian athletics championships at the Khalifa Stadium

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

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