Current Affairs Today – April 17 2017 | Latest News and Updates


Indians take to social media to snap at Snapchat, Evan Spiegel

Indians take to social media to snap at Snapchat, Evan Spiegel

  1. After Evan Spiegel said that “the app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain” the Snapchat CEO is now at the receiving end of a lot of Indians ire.
  2. Many users have downgraded the Snapchat app on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
  3. The Spokespersons said for Snapchat that “This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free,” in an email response to ET.
  4. “Snap did not give investors misstated user metrics back in 2015; nor did snap employees commit any of the panoply of alleged bad acts that litter Pompliano’s complaint.” Said the Company.



  • Original author – Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, Reggie Brown
  • Initial release – September 2011; 5 years Ago




Narendra Modi in Gujarat LIVE: Emotional PM thanks people of Surat, calls them family

Emotional PM thanks people of Surat, calls them family

  1. On Monday Prime Minister Modi persuade to all citizens to serve the nation with their hard work and said that India can’t be run by the government without the support of its people.
  2. In Gujarat meeting while addressing public Modi said that “Our nation was neither built, nor can it be run by governments, kings and politicians, but only by the service and hard work of its people.”
  3. The Prime Minister also said that India always had a culture of service which started fading away after Independence.
  4. In the State in 2001 since Modi rode to power the BJP has not one election and he also seeks to maintain the winning line.



  • Founded BJP – 6 April 1980 (37 years Ago)
  • Headquarters – 11 Ashoka Road, New Delhi
  • Rajya Sabha Leader – Arun Jaitley (Finance Minister)


In the north-east, BJP committed to maintaining diversity: Himanta Biswas Sarma

  1. In Assam BJP government has decided to bring out its own population policy early next year. Among other things, the policy plans to refuses jobs to those who have more than two children.
  2. Though According to the state government, the decision has been taken and keeping in mind ASSAM’S unique social, economic, ethnic and geographical diversity”, senior commentators and political specialist in the state have termed it a policy aimed at mainly addressing the rising population of the Bengali-speaking Muslim migrants residing in the chars or sand bars.



Ukrainian crisis: UN court to rule on Ukraine’s case against Russia

Ukrainian crisis: UN court to rule on Ukraine's case against Russia
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko attends a news conference following a EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels, Belgium, November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
  1. In a key moment for the Ukraine crisis, the UN’s highest court will rule Wednesday on a bid by Kiev to stop Russia apparently pumping money, arms and troops into the country’s war torn-east.
  2. More than 10,000 lives have claimed three years into a bloody conflict; Ukraine is urging the International court justice to help bring stability to its volatile.



  • Capital – Kiev
  • Prime Minister – Volodymyr Groysman


Egypt acquits American woman detained for 3 years


  1. In May 2014, authorities arrested Hijazi, her husband and six others for charges on abusing children that were widely released as bogus.
  2. The authorities also arrested thousands of people in the months following the 2013 overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi, mainly his Islamist supporters but also a number of secular and liberal activists.


  • Capital – Cairo
  • Prime Minister – Sherif Ismail




March 2017 is the second hottest on record, says NASA

1.    Last month was the second warmest March in 137 years of modern record-keeping.

2.    Last month was 1.12 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean March temperature from 1951-1980, this is according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by NASA.

3.    March 2016 was the hottest on record, at 1.27 degrees Celsius warmer than the March mean temperature.


·       NASA formed – July 29, 1958

·       Headquarters – Washington, D.C.

Science and its wonders in 21st century over dark matter

1.    It’s the 21st century and science knows no boundaries. And one of the biggest examples of this statement is the fact that the Scientists have captured the first composite image of a dark matter bridge.

  1. It is not far that every secret of this universe will get unraveled completely and will be out for everyone to study and ponder upon.



Champions League: Up against Juventus next, Barcelona eye another famous comeback with semi-final in sight


  1. The midfielder Sergio has welcomed back by Barca from suspension, while Juve are hopeful Dybala will be ready after he came off in the 2-0 weekend win at Pescara with a sprained ankle.
  2. Robert Huth is suspended and the Foxes are hoping Wes Morgan can return from a back injury as the English champions to increase their run in Europe.


  • Barca founded – 29 November 1899
  • President – Josep Maria Bartomeu


Real Madrid’s Francisco ‘Isco’ Alarcon’s no benchwarmer


  1. On Tuesday Madrid meet Bayern after winning from the German champions 2-1 at the Allianz Arena in the sides’ on Wednesday night the champions’ league quarter finals first leg.
  2. If they cannot, Europe’s elite clubs will be lining up to offer the Spain star a permanent place in their first XI – because he is simply just too good to be on the bench.



  • Real Madrid Founded – 6 March 1902; 115 years ago
  • Chairman – 85,454



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