Current Affairs Today – April, 15th, 2018 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

UIDAI puts digitally signed QR code with photo on eAadhaar

  1. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched the new features that is the digitally signed QR code on eAadhaar that will now contain photograph of the Aadhaar holder too, in other term the demographic details, to facilitate better offline verification of an individual.
  2. “The UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has recently replaced existing QR code on eAadhaar having resident’s demographic details now with a secured digitally-signed QR Code which contains demographics along with photograph of the Aadhaar holder,” a UIDAI official said.
  3. When contacted UIDAI chief executive officer (CEO) Ajay Bhushan Pandey said, “This is a simple offline mechanism to quickly verify the genuineness of the Aadhaar card.”
  4. “In simple words, it is a very useful and secure facility on eAadhaar where anyone, whether an Aadhaar holder or a user or service agencies like banks can do offline verification of the data in eAadhaar along with the photograph,” the person added.

 

Andhra Pradesh becomes second state to get happiness department

  1. Andhra Pradesh just in the sometime it will grow itself on the top of the list that is the growth area.
  2. Speaking at the inauguration of the Happy Cities Summit in Amaravati on Tuesday, Naidu said: “We want Amaravati to be among the top 3 happiest cities in the world on globally recognized benchmarks.”
  3. “We have already requested several municipalities to earmark some space to organize ‘Happy Sundays’, so that people can come out to a public space and play, dance or sing,” Naidu said. “We used to talk only about development. However, governments should focus on happiness too. People need to be able to lead a meaningful life,” he added.
  4. “The proposal is in the final stages and very soon, we shall issue an order constituting the commission,” said Sanjay Gupta, chief executive officer of the AP state development planning society (APSDPS) and vice-chairman of the proposed commission.
  5. “For example, the department has proposed to create walking spaces for citizens in all the municipalities, development of parks with sitting and jogging spaces, introduce electric buses and CNG auto rickshaws in place of petrol or diesel vehicles and creation of cycling zone in the municipal areas to promote a health living style,” Gupta said.

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Vice President inaugurates “Scientific Convention on World Homoeopathy Day”

  1. The Vice President of India Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the two-day “Scientific Convention on World Homeopathy Day” organized by the Ministry of AYUSH here today. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik presided over the inaugural function.
  2. Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha Dr. Manoj Rajoria and Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH Shri Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha were the Guests of Honor. The convention was attended by more than 1500 delegates, which included homoeopathic researchers, scientists from allied sciences, practitioners, students, industrialists as well as representatives of various homoeopathic associations.
  3. While addressing the delegates, the Vice President called on to the homoeopathy professionals and scientists to undertake more research in this field of medical science, which is widely used as a system of healing in the world and is one of the most popular treatment methods in India.
  4. He also urged the scientists working in this profession to undertake innovative and exploratory research in Homoeopathy and hailed the scientists of CCRH who are working in collaboration with IIT Bombay scientists on a new way of potentisation of homoeopathic drugs that ensures quality and right source of original substances of drugs. He urged the researchers to take this work further to bring more credibility to homoeopathy, thereby taking it to a new high. The Vice President also emphasise on healthy nation. He said that healthy nation is more important than wealthy nation.

 

FSSAI launches initiative to address Vitamin D deficiency

  1. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Monday has launched the ‘Project Dhoop’, which is a startup and has the aim to shifting the school assembly time to noon to ensure maximum absorption of Vitamin D in students through natural sunlight.
  2. “Project Dhoop’s Noon Assembly is an innovative and effective concept to ensure that school students get adequate Vitamin D through sunlight, while also opting to choose food products like milk and edible oils that are fortified with Vitamins A and D,” he said.
  3. “Studies have shown that over 90 per cent of boys and girls across the country were deficient in Vitamin D while the number ranged between 90-97 per cent for school children in Delhi,” said Kabir Basu Roy, Chief Marketing Officer of Quality.
  4. “It was this knowledge that led us to fortify many of our products with Vitamin D and other essential nutrients,” a release quoted him as saying.

BANKING AND FINANCE

Deutsche Bank Names Christian Sewing New CEO

  1. Deutsche Bank AG named Christian Sewing chief executive officer, ending John Cryan’s reign that is just after the three years as questions mount about the future direction of Europe’s largest investment bank.
  2. “We need a new execution dynamic in the leadership of our bank,” Chairman Paul Achleitner said in a statement thanking Cryan for his service.
  3. “We very much regret Marcus Schenck’s decision and thank him for his contribution in a crucial period for our bank,” Achleitner said.

SPORTS

India Win Badminton Team Gold for 1st Time in CWG History

  1. The legendary but on the wane Lee Chong Wei has been termed as the team of the casual of the Indian mixed badminton team that has did the commitment of the Commonwealth Games gold medal, thrashing three-time defending champions Malaysia in the final at there on that day.
  2. “Perhaps Lee was not at his best but then you can never be too sure against a player like him. You always have to be on your guard, which I was. And I also gave my best. I was not expecting it to be this easy,” Srikanth told PTI after one of the biggest wins of his career. “Pressure was there on him but Srikanth enjoys pressure and that got him the result,” added chief national coach Pullela Gopichand.
  3. “It was exhausting, I actually lost focus during the match but thankfully managed to hold it together and ensure that the gold medal winning shot was mine,” said the London Olympics bronze-medallist. “It is a medal that I will forever cherish, it is very special. Team gold is always way more cherishable,” she added.
  4. “I don’t think anybody in the team is going to sleep tonight. May be I will just relax tomorrow and then think about the singles,” the champion shuttler said referring to the singles competition which starts on April 11.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Ban Ki-moon named Boao Forum chair

  1. Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday has been chosen for the chairperson of the Boao Forum for Asia, which is in the recent has been run in the China’s Hainan province.
  2. Ban has taken the place of Japan’s Yasuo Fukuda in the yearly conference, known as the “Asian Davos”, reports Efe news.
  3. Former governor of the People’s Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan has been chosen as the vice-chairman.
  4. Both of the choosing terms has been take place at the time of the Boao Forum, which started on Sunday and will end on Wednesday, but will not officially begin until Tuesday when Chinese President Xi Jinping will deliver the keynote address.

 

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