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Current affairs of 16th April

Anjali Singh, Published On:16-Apr-2019


                    Current affairs

1.The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have joined hands to map, validate and protect smaller wetlands in coastal regions.

  • The programme is aimed at restoring them through coastal livelihood programmes.
  • The MoU was signed between the CMFRI and the Space Applications Centre of ISRO to develop a mobile app and a centralised web portal that will have a comprehensive database of wetlands that are smaller than 2.25 hectares in the country.

2.India will build a cancer hospital in Kenya in collaboration with Japan. Also, India will partner with the UAE to set up an ICT centre (Information and Communications Technology center) in Ethiopia.

  • Through this partnership, India has undertaken many projects like the ambitious Pan African e-network project on tele-education and tele-medicine which provides “integrated” satellite, fiber optics and wireless network between educational and medical institutes in Africa and India.
  • Africa is the focus under the Narendra Modi government amid China's push in the continent and countries from Europe are also keen to partner India for projects in third countries in Africa.

3.Marine Lizard,  the world’s first armed amphibious drone attack boat  was built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).

  • It could be used in land and sea assault operations. The amphibious Marine Lizard can possibly form an unmanned sea-land-air integrated combat system with aerial armed reconnaissance drones and other drone ships.
  • It has a maximum operation range of 1,200 kms and can be remotely controlled via satellites. In ship form, the 12-metre-long Marine Lizard is a trimaran propelled by a diesel-powered hydrojet and can reach a maximum speed of 50 knots while maintaining stealth.

4.Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired the India’s first indigenously designed and developed long-range sub-sonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay' from a test range in Odisha’s Chandipur.

  • 'Nirbhay' is designed to carry conventional and 300-kilogram  nuclear warheads. The missile weighs 1,500 kg, width of 0.52 meters and has a wingspan of 2.7 metre.
  • It is all-weather missile and can be launched from multiple platforms.
  • It also has the capability to strike land targets at a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers. It has the ability to fly at low altitudes in order to avoid detection by enemy radar.
  • The missile is armed with a Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) based guidance, control and navigation system. It is also equipped with a MEMS-based Inertial Navigation System (INS) and the GPS system.

5.The 4th Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Congress 2019 organised by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and co-hosted by South Delhi Municipal Corporation started in New Delhi. It will conclude on 17th April 2019.

  • It offers a lot of innovative solutions that build resilience to climate change at the sub-national level. Local governments in the Asia Pacific region is the main target of the event.
  • The RCAP 2019 is a platform for discussing the opportunities and mechanisms of executing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
  • The proposed themes that have been recognised for RCAP 2019 are: Integrated climate resilience planning to manage risks and vulnerabilities Good governance and resilience Nature-based solutions to adaptation Climate knowledge brokering Opportunities for regional networking and collaboration Sustainable infrastructure development and green growth Urban Nexus Financing mechanisms for Asian cities

6.India’s first exotic Bird Park ‘EsselWorld Bird Park’ was launched by EsselWorld Leisure Pvt. Ltd., the family entertainment arm of the $6-billion Essel Group in Mumbai.

7.Indian Air Force marked the beginning of celebration of birth centenary of Late Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh DFC. This day reminds the nation of contribution made by the Marshal to the nation and Indian Air Force. Marshal was known for his Professional Competence, Leadership and Strategic Vision.

                Awards and Recognition

8.Veteran Getty Images photographer John Moore’s photograph of a young girl Yanela Sanchez crying as she and her mother are taken into custody by US border officials in McAllen, Texas, USA, after crossing into the US from Mexico won the World Press Photo of the Year and the first prize in the Spot News, Singles, category.

9.The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal were awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their separate investigations of President Donald Trump and his family.  

  • The Times won the prestigious journalism award for a probe of the Trump family’s finances that debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges.


10.Former Director of Indian Space Research Organisation Satellite Centre (ISAC), SK Shivakumar died in Bengaluru. He hailed from Mysore, Karnataka.


11.Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced India's 15-member squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup, which will take place in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.

  • Virat Kohli, who led India to Under-19 World Cup victory in 2008, will lead the senior team in World Cup for the first time.
  • Rohit Sharma has been appointed as Vice-Captain.
  • The team included Dinesh Karthik as the second wicket-keeper besides MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni will feature in his fourth World Cup.
  • India’s 15-member squad are: 1. Virat Kohli (captain), 2. Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), 3. MS Dhoni (Wicket Keeper) 4. Shikhar Dhawan, 5. KL Rahul, 6. Vijay Shankar, 7. Kedar Jadhav, 8. Dinesh Karthik, 9. Yuzvendra Chahal, 10. Kuldeep Yadav, 11. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 12. Jasprit Bumrah, 13. Hardik Pandya, 14. Ravindra Jadeja, 15. Mohammed Shami. The Indian cricket team are two times World Champions - in 1983 and 2011.

12.Golfer Tiger Woods won fifth Masters and 15th major title at Augusta National Golf Club. It was the 43-year-old American golfer’s first major title victory in 11 years and his first Master’s win since 2005. All-time leader, Jack Nicklaus is just three major titles ahead of the former world No.1.

13.India’s Harsheel Dani, a former junior national champion, defeated Mads Christophersen of Denmark, world no 149, to clinch the 20th Victor Dutch International Badminton title at Wateringen, The Netherlands with a 15-21, 21-12, 21-13 victory in a 47 minute clash.

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

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