Current Affairs Today – April, 23rd, 2018 | Latest News and Updates


The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders 2018: Mukesh Ambani Ranks 24th

  1. Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, human rights lawyer Indira Jaising and architect Balkrishna Doshi has been listed in the Fortune magazine’s ‘fifty greatest leaders’ of the year2018. The issue, this report has been released one day before, featured the three Indians at the 24th, 20th and 43rd places respectively.
  2. Writing about Ms Jaising, Fortune stated, “When the poorest in India need a voice, they find one in Jaising, a lawyer who has dedicated her life to battling injustice.”
  3. “She has fought on behalf of victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster, helped Syrian Christian women in India win property rights equal to their male counterparts’, and helped draft India’s first domestic violence law,” the article stated.
  4. “The secret? Offering dirt-cheap data and free calls (and plowing billions of dollars into the infrastructure that transmits them). The effect, dubbed ‘Jio-fication’, has driven India’s higher-price carriers to drop costs (if not run them out of business), and it fueled a 1,100 per cent rise in India’s monthly data consumption,” the magazine stated.
  5. “His designs include the Aranya low-cost housing project in Indore, a labyrinth of homes and courtyards that provide around 80,000 residents with a balance of open spaces and communal living, and the mixed-income Life Insurance Corporation Housing in Ahmedabad, where several generations of a family can occupy levels of the same building,” the article stated.



Cabinet Nod to Restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan Scheme











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  1. This scheme will extend to all States and UTs of the Country and will also include institutions of rural local government in non-Part IX areas, where Panchayats do not exist,
  2. The scheme will have both Central Component – National Level activities including “National Plan of Technical Assistance”, “Mission Mode project on e-Panchayat”, “Incentivization of Panchayats” and State component – Capacity Building of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs),
  3. The Central Component will be fully funded by the Government of India. However, Centre:State funding pattern for State Component will be 60:40 for all States, except North East and Hill States where Centre:State funding pattern will be 90:10. For all Union Territories (UTs) (with and without legislatures), the Central share will be 100%.
  4. The implementation and monitoring of the activities of the scheme will broadly be aligned for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with main thrust on Panchayats identified under Mission Antyodaya and 115 Aspirational districts as identified by NITI Aayog.
  5. The Scheme will converge capacity building initiatives of other Ministries with particular focus on those Ministries which will be impacted substantially by this Scheme,
  6. Sunset date for RGSA will be 31.03.2030.




EAM Sushma Swaraj Left for China on 4-Day Visit for SCO Meet

  1. Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has left from the New Delhi on Saturday morning for her six-day visit to China and Mongolia for the being present the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, which has been scheduled for this month of April 24.
  2. On Wednesday, China has announced that its relation with the India have seen “great strides” and the upcoming Swaraj’s visit will further enhance “political trust” between the two countries.
  3. “We believe Swaraj’s visit will further enhance political trust between the two countries and elevate the China-India strategic cooperation partnership,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying had said.
  4. The respective Ministers will attend the events from Pakistan. SCO consists of China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also due to attend this year’s SCO summit to be held in the Chinese city of Qingdao in June.


Commonwealth Countries Unanimously Agree to Take Action on Cybersecurity by 2020

  1. Commonwealth countries has been discussed and decided to take strong action on the cybersecurity between now and 2020, following a landmark declaration.
  2. Speaking after the announcement, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said, “Cyberspace opens up new opportunities for socio-economic development by broadening common space and extending access. There is immense fresh potential for the multiple layers of Commonwealth connection to be used for the common good. The many positive benefits that can be derived are easily undermined and subverted by cybercrime, which has no respect for national boundaries. Commonwealth member countries are working together to strengthen their capacity, individually and collectively, to detect and guard against the debilitating threats cybercrime poses to all many aspects of national, regional and international security.”
  3. Steven Malby, Head of the Commonwealth Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform, said, “The Commonwealth Cyber Declaration is a landmark document which builds on the work of the whole family of 53 member countries. It emphasises the important role that the Commonwealth can play in this area at a time when cybersecurity and the protection of people’s rights online is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.”
  4. Mr Malby added, “There is a genuine need for international cooperation and capacity building for law enforcement and criminal justice officials on cybercrime, and this declaration represents a significant step forward in addressing countries’ concerns.”


Paytm Payments Bank Registers 100M KYC Wallets

  1. Paytm Payments Bank announced on Monday that it has done more than the 100 million KYC wallets, by term of the public and the campaigning done by bank about the benefits of the Know Your Customer (KYC) system.
  2. “We are excited to see that our customers appreciate the benefits of completing their KYC and it is evident with the large number of KYC requests that we are receiving. We are doing our best to serve everyone as soon as possible while we continue to set new benchmarks for ourselves. As our commitment to our customers, we will continue to invest further to strengthen the payments infrastructure in our country,” said Renu Satti, MD and CEO – Paytm Payments Bank.
  3. In term of the announcement of the Paytm Payments Bank is owned 51 percent by Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma and 49 percent by One97 Communications Limited.


Uttarakhand to Get Rs1, 700 crore Aid From ADB

  1. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has given the agreement of his in term of the giving of the aid of Rs 1,700 crore to Uttarakhand for infrastructure development and creation of sewerage treatment facilities in urban areas.
  2. This agreement has been comes in term of the conventional of the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat by the country director of ADB’s India Regiment Mission Kenichi Yokoyama at a meeting between the two here today.
  3. By term of the condition of ADB for the aid, Chief Minister Rawat said infrastructure development in the urban areas has come in the state of the government’s top priorities and 100 per cent of the aid given by the institution will be utilised for the purpose.
  4. Institutional processes in the state are being made such a type that one can do any of the state farward with it, Rawat told the delegation and laid emphasis on forming stronger project management units and better inter-departmental coordination for the implementation of the ADB aided projects.



Liverpool’s Egyptian Star Mohamed Salah Crowned PFA Player of the Year

  1. Mohamed Salah has given the title of the Premier League’s Players’ Player of the Year on Sunday, because of his best ever performance that is the 41-goal debut season at Liverpool beating out strong competition from Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne.
  2. “From my point of view when you are analysing 10 months, there is no player better than him,” said City manager Pep Guardiola of the Belgian midfielder.
  3. “Maybe there are numbers better but for me he was the best. But it is my opinion, the opinions of the players could be different. But in the end, in summer time he will be at home being champion.”


All Doors Opened’ autobiography of Inder Sharma launched

  1. A doyen of the Indian travel and tourism industry, Padma Shri (Late) Inder Sharma’s autobiography ‘All Doors Opened’ was released on Monday in the presence of the Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, former Rajya Sabha member Dr. Karan Singh, and other former bureaucrats and travel industry officials.
  2. “The manuscript first weighed heavy. I was a total stranger and yet, the first outside Chairman Sharma’s own family to be reading his untold stories. He was a formidable business tycoon. Would I understand his world at all? I opened the first page that evening and – never stood up, till the last. I was inspired by his daring, stilled by his humility and ready to build empires myself. It was my privilege and honour to edit ‘All Doors Opened’. The author’s spunk, humor, grace and dignity makes it a textbook of an exemplary life,” said Padma Rao Sundarji, Editor, ‘All Doors Opened’.
  3. Speaking about the book, Balbir Punj, a well-known columnist and former member of Rajya Sabha said, “The book makes an honest effort to recapture many faceted life of Inder uncle and the times he lived in. Reading the book is like living those years with him, for the description of events and personalities, all feel so vivid and alive.”
  4. “150 rupees a month to multi-millionaire, a fantastic journey of hard work, learning and serving by Inder Sharma. This book is a must read for all those young men looking to do big and be on their own in life and career. Inder worked hard and honestly in an era marred by a Communist style economy and restrictive government policies – yet he achieved the goal,” said Prem Prakash, Chairman, ANI Media.

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