Current Affairs Today – April, 20th, 2018 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

Taiwan to hold its first industry expo in India in May

  1. in term to spread the trade in all over the India, Taiwan has been going to host first of the event that has been going in term of the Taiwan Expo at there in next of the month, according to an announcement by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), that has been also be going in the Delhi office on the occasion.
  2. “Our Delhi office will hold the first-ever Taiwan Expo in India over May 17-19 to showcase the latest Taiwan technology and products.
  3. “With the opening of our Delhi office, we will also be signing an MoU on trade promotion with Ficci (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry),” he said.
  4. “I have to confess that we (Taiwan) have not paid enough attention to India in the past. But things have changed a lot in the past few years… Yes, we are late, but it is never too late if we are determined to catch up,” Taipei World Trade Centre Chairman James CF Huang said addressing a press conference here.
  5. “India is making incredible economic progress and as an economic partner to India, Taiwan can greatly contribute to that progress. By working together we can create world’s greatest manufacturing centre here in India,”said Walter Yeh, President & CEO of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) at another event here.

 

FIEO GlobalLinker- digital platform for MSME Exporters launched

  1. The Minister of Commerce & Industry Shri Suresh Prabhu launchedthe FIEO GlobalLinker- a digital platform for MSME exporters to digitise their businesses and join a global community of growing businesses today in New Delhi.
  2. FIEO GlobalLinker is setup with a view to make the business growth of SMEs simpler, more profitable and enjoyable. It is a growing global network currently comprising over 140,000 SME firms, who are seeking business collaboration and growth opportunities through the use of their electronic business card and digital profiles created on the platform. FIEO is available free of cost and it offers exporters a range of features and benefits like:
  3. Business Opportunities: Exporters will be able to find clients, suppliers and advisors using the search and review facilities. Creating a free e-commerce store for direct sales and improved chain management.
  4. Up-to-date Business Knowledge through business articles, industry news and common interest groups.
  5. Improved Efficiencies: Platform provides services like company intranet, integrating email, a business calendar.
  6. FIEO’s Services: Application for new RCMC/endorsement/renewal/participation in FIEO’s promotional programme and alerts.

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Bisket Jatra Being Celebrated in Nepal

  1. In Nepal the famous Bisket Jatra has been celebrated at the Bhaktapur and other parts of Kathmandu valley. This festival is of nine days and it come yearly and this is mark as the Nepali New Year.
  2. The Jatra starts before the fur days of New Year. In that, there has the belief that this festival started during Malla dynasty.
  3. In that, there are many legends associated with the Jatra. By the term of the myth who so ever marries local princes dies on the very first night of the marriage.

 

FAO Designates 14 New Sites as GIAHS

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has designated and developed the 14 sites as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). These sites will be officially unveiled by the FAO on April 19, 2018.

14 new Agricultural Heritage Sites

  1. Siwa Oasis, Egypt (2016)
  2. Chinampa Agriculture in the World Natural and Cultural Heritage Zone in Xochimilco, Tlahuac and Milpa Alta, Mexico (2017)
  3. Zhagana Agriculture – Forest-Animal Husbandry Composite System, China (2017)
  4. Huzhou Mulberry-dyke & Fish Pond System, China (2017)
  5. Osaki Kodo’s Traditional Water Management System for Sustainable Paddy Agriculture, Japan (2017)
  6. Nishi-Awa Steep Slope Land Agriculture System, Japan (2017)
  7. Traditional Hadong Tea Agrosystem in Hwagae-myeon, Republic of Korea (2017)
  8. The Agricultural System of Valle Salado de Añana, Spain (2017)
  9. Malaga Raisin Production System in La Axarquía, Spain (2017)
  10. The Cascaded Tank-Village System, Sri Lanka (2017)
  11. Rice Terraces in Southern Mountainous and Hilly Areas, China (2018)
  12. Xiajin Yellow River Old Course Ancient Mulberry Grove System, China (2018)
  13. Traditional Wasabi Cultivation in Shizuoka, Japan (2018)
  14. Barroso Agro-sylvo-pastoral System, Portugal (2018)

BANKING AND FINANCE

India to Grow at 7.4% in 2018: IMF

  1. India has got the project to grow the 7.4 per cent in 2018 in appose of the China’s 6.8 per cent, the IMF said on Monday, and by that it has become the fastest growing emerging economies following last year’s slowdown due to demonetisation and the implementation of the GST.
  2. “Growth is expected to moderate gradually in China (though with a slight upward revision to the forecast for 2018 and 2019 relative to the fall forecasts, reflecting stronger external demand), pick up in India, and remain broadly stable in the ASEAN-5 region,” the IMF said.
  3. “As for the United States, whatever output impact its tax cut will have on an economy so close to full employment will be paid back partially later in the form of lower growth, as temporary spending incentives (notably for investment) expire and as increasing federal debt takes a toll over time,” he said.
  4. “China alone is providing one-third of global growth. Japan has been growing above potential for several quarters,” said the IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong on January 15.
  5. “India is reclaiming its place as a growth leader after a short slowdown. And the ASEAN-5 have gained momentum in response to higher investment and increased exports,” Lipton had said.

SPORTS

16th Federation Cup Jr National athletics ch’ship begins in Coimbatore

  1. Rio Olympian Jisna Mathew has been going to be headline on 16th Federation Cup National Junior Athletics Championships, which is going to start on Coimbatore on Thursday. The 19-year-old Matthew, who has got the trainning from the PT Usha Academy has been touted for big things by her legendary mentor.
  2. “Her main goal is to win a medal at next year’s under-20 Worlds. And I feel she is capable of getting it,” says Usha.
  3. “My immediate goal is to win medals in Asian junior (U-20 meet) and World Junior Championships next year,” he had said.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Pulitzer Prize 2018

  1. Public Service: New York Times.
  2. Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.
  3. Investigative Reporting: The Washington Post
  4. Explanatory Reporting: The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network.
  5. Local Reporting: The Cincinnati Enquirer Staff
  6. National Reporting: New York Times and Washington Post
  7. International Reporting: Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato of Reuters
  8. Feature Writing: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, freelance reporter, GQ
  9. Commentary: John Archibald of Alabama Media Group, Birmingham, Ala.
  10. Criticism: Jerry Saltz of New York magazine
  11. Editorial Writing: Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register.
  12. Editorial Cartooning: Jake Halpern, freelance writer and Michael Sloan, freelance cartoonist, New York Times.
  13. Breaking News Photography: Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress
  14. Feature Photography: Photography Staff of Reuters
  15. Letters, Drama & Music
  16. Fiction: Less, by Andrew Sean Greer.
  17. Drama: Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok.
  18. History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis (Liveright/W.W. Norton).
  19. Biography or Autobiography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser
  20. Poetry: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, by Frank Bidart.
  21. General Nonfiction: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
  22. Music:, by Kendrick Lamar

 

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