Current Affairs Today – April 12 2017 | Latest News and Updates

Current Affairs Today – April 12, 2017, | Latest News and Updates


Website launched for government map download, but Aadhaar mandatory

Website launched for government map download, but Aadhaar mandatory
Website launched for government map download, but Aadhaar mandatory
  1. The government today launched a dedicated website allowing the public the access to download 3,000 maps prepared by the Survey General of India (SGI) but made Aadhaar mandatory for the purpose.
  2. The 250 years has complete Today by SGI.
  3. It has become necessary to make non-defense maps accessible for public, under the 2005 National Map Policy.
  4. Vardhan said “We want to make it a scientific collaboration between India and Nepal to remeasure maps.”
  5. The SGI has Mandate of making maps and cartographic documents for the country.


  • Aadhar launched – 28 January 2009
  • Budget – Rs 82.722 billion (US$ 1.2 billion)
  • Aadhaar is the world’s largest biometric ID system, with over 1.133 billion enrolled members as of 31 March 2017.



Lok Sabha passes bill to bring reforms in transport sector

 transport sector
transport sector
  1. Nitin Gadkari said “No bogus licenses would be made and there would be no theft of vehicle once there is e-governance.
  2. On Monday, Lok Sabha approved the bill to unleash radical reforms in the transport sector by ensuring 100% e-governance, checking bogus driving licenses and vehicle thefts, slapping heavy penalty on traffic violators and protecting the good samartian
  3. Under the new system, The RTO will have to face action if the license is not issued in 3 days and everyone will have to go to the license authorities under a uniform procedure.
  4. The bill aim to provide specific timelines for processing of insurance claims and also provide for a national database of vehicle and driving licenses that would help in safety and security and avoid malpractices.



  • Leader of the Lok sabha – Narendra Modi
  • Deputy speaker – M. Thambidurai, AIADMK since 13 Aug. 2014




Triple talaq, nikah halala violate Muslim women’s right to equality, dignity: Centre to SC


  1. Under the triple talaq, a Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife by repeating it “talaq thrice”.
  2. The Centre said that “the right of a woman to human dignity, social esteem and self-worth are vital facets of her right to life under Article 21.”
  3. The practices of talaq ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy impact the social status and dignity of Muslim woman and render them unequal.
  4. The Centre said that Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Morocco, Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Indonesia and Iran are under taken significant reforms and the practices of instant triple or automatic polygamy at will is not permitted in most of country.



India and Australia decide to expand defence-security ties

  1. In South China Sea there is Amid Chinese aggressive policies, Australia and India have been decided to expand their security partnership and defence.
  2. The two sides signed five other pacts including one on space cooperation.
  3. “The waters of the Indian Ocean remind us of our linked histories,” PM Modi said it in a press statement.
  4. Turnbull said ties between the two countries “are strong and will be stronger” because of this visit. After ceremonial reception accorded to him at Rashtrapati Bhavan.



  • Australia Capital – Canberra
  • Governor – general – Sir Peter Cosgrove
  • Prime Minister – Malcolm Turnbull
  • Currency – Australian Dollar


Pink patrol, security app for women in Bengaluru

Pink patrol, security app for women in Bengaluru

  1. The vehicles will be positioned near schools, colleges, offices, temples, shopping malls, theatres and sensitive areas.
  2. Chief Minister Siddaramiah will flag off the Pink Hoysalas while home minister G parameshwar will launch the Suraksha mobile app, on Monday.
  3. According to the city police, Pink Hoysalas will be stationed at 51 ‘’hot spots’’ that have been identified on the basis of the crime pattern in various city areas, especially those related to safety of women and children.
  4. On Monday the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah has unveiled the pink patrol cars called the pink Hoysalas and the suraksha mobile phone app.
  5. The Bengaluru city police IT team have developed this app and can be downloaded on Android and IOS phones.


  • Governor – Vajubhai Vala
  • Chief Minister – Siddaramiah
  • Language – kanada



Spain’s first female defence minister Carme Chacon dies

Spain’s first female defence minister Carme Chacon dies

  1. On Sunday, the former defence minister Carme Chacon died and was famously photographed in 2008 reviewing troops in Afghanistan while seven months pregnant.
  2. She was the first woman defence minister of Spain, symbolizing the change of culture since the end of military rule.
  3. At the age of 18 she joined the socialist youth, and in 1999-2007 she has begun her political career as a local councilor. Later she served as an MP representing a Barcelona constituency.
  4. On Sunday, the police have found Chacon body in her home after relatives called emergency services when they couldn’t reach her. She was already married and had a young son.


  • Capital – Madrid
  • Monarch – Felipe VI
  • Prime Minister – Mariano Rajoy
  • Currency – Euro


First UK-China rail freight service to depart today, whisky, soft drinks on board

First UK-China rail freight service to depart today, whisky, soft drinks on board


  1. The train will pass through seven countries – France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan – before arriving on April 27.
  2. The BBC reported that there is thirty containers will carry British goods including Whisky, soft drinks, vitamins and pharmaceuticals.
  3. It was seen off onits 18-day, 12,000-kilometre journey with a string quartet, British and Chinese flags, and speeches voicing hope that it will cement a new golden age of trade between the two countries as the UK leaves the European Union.
  4. Between the UK and China this is the first export train and the start of a regular direct service.



  • UK capital – London
  • UK Prime Minister – Theresa May
  • China Capital – Beijing
  • Party general and President of china – Xi Jinping


China’s nuclear envoy in South Korea amid talk of Trump action against North Korea

China's nuclear envoy in South Korea amid talk of Trump action against North Korea

  1. On Monday, April 10 a Chinese envoy arrives in South Korea to discuss North Korea’s increasingly defiant weapons Programmed as a U.S. Navy strike group head to the region amid concerns Pyongyang may be readying a fresh nuclear test.
  2. The two sides agreed added by Kim “an even stronger U.N. resolution” will have to be adopted in the event of additional weapons test by North Korea.
  3. In Florida last week trump and China’s xi held a summit meeting, where Trump pressed his counterpart to do more to curb North Korea’s nuclear programmed.
  4. The north is also ready to conduct its sixth nuclear test at any time, with movements detected by satellites at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site.



  • Capital of North Korea – Pyongyang
  • Supreme Leader – Kim Jong-un
  • Currency – North Korea won (₩)


No income tax for Saudi citizens, says Saudi Arabia finance minister

  1. On Sunday the Saudi Arabia finance minister said that citizen would not pay taxes on income and Saudi companies would not see their profit taxed sweeping economic reforms being introduced in the oil rich kingdom.
  2. The value-added tax planned for 2018 would “not be raised above 5% before 2020,” he said.
  3. The Saudis companies are not paying tax on their profit and also the Saudi currently not paying any taxes.
  4. That is because of the complexity of creating the administrative infrastructure to collect the tax and the difficulty of training companies in complying with it in a region where taxation is minimal.


  • Capital – Riyadh
  • King – Salman bin Abdulaziz
  • Currency – Saudi riyal




Russian computer programmer involved in US election hacking arrested in Spain

Russian computer programmer involved in US election hacking arrested in Spain

  1. Russian programmer has arrested by Spanish police for following US allegation of large scale.
  2. Spanish police said Mr. Levashov controlled a botnet called Kelihos, hacking information and installing malicious software in hundreds of thousands of computers.
  3. Police said that the arrest was a part of a “complex inquiry carried out with collaboration with the FBI.”
  4. Russia tried to influence the election is repeatedly denied by Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin.
  5. Several cyber security experts,including Brian Krebs, have also linked Mr Levashov to a Russian spam kingpin, who uses the alias Peter Severa.
  6. Russian television station RT reported that the Levashov was suspected of being involved in hacking attacks linked to alleged interference in last year’s U.S. election.


  • Capital – Moscow
  • Prime minister – Dmitry Medvedev
  • Currency – Russian ruble





Flipkart raises $1.4 billion from Tencent, eBay and Microsoft, acquires eBay India

Flipkart raises $1.4 billion from Tencent, eBay and Microsoft, acquires eBay India

  1. Flipkart India’s largest e-commerce marketplace has confirmed a $1.4 billion fundraise from new investors Tencent, eBay and Microsoft.
  2. The Rs 9,000-crore ($1.4-billion) deal is led by China’s Tencent with an investment of $700 million while eBay Inc. will contribute $500 million and also receive Flipkart stock worth $200 million in lieu of its Indian operations.
  3. On January 30 ET was the first to report that Flipkart is in talks to raise a capital from eBay.
  4. Flipkart expecting that the partnership with eBay will help him currently battling out with Amazon to retain its leadership in the Indian e-commerce sector while also bracing up for the entry of China’s Alibaba.



  • Founded – 2007, 10 years ago
  • Headquarters – Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Founder – sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal



Venezuela protests against President Maduro as US voices ‘grave concern’


  1. Venezuela erupted Monday in a fifth day of violent protests against President Nicolas Maduro as the United States voiced “grave concern” over moves to stifle one of his main opponents.
  2. The deputy speaker of the opposition-majority congress, Freddy Guevara said that “this is a battle of resistance. We will see who get tired first: us of fighting, or them of repressing.”
  3. The demonstrators who hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails, the police fired on them water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets.
  4. A Luis Montanes told reporters on Monday, that several patient including new born baby had to be evacuated from a medical clinic in the Las Mercedes district after it was struck by tear gas canisters.



  • Venezuela capital – Caracas
  • Currency – Bolivar Fuerte



General Insurance industry grows 32% in FY 17


  1. In the financial year 2016-17 General Insurance industry is likely to grow by 32%, aided by demand for crop insurance and pick-up in motor sales.
  2. During the period, the industry generated total premium of Rs 1.27 lakh crore from Rs 96,376 crore in the previous year.
  3. In the last year Private sector saw 35.72% growth. HDFC Ergo saw a premium growth of 72.81% to Rs 5,840 crore. Iffco Tokio saw 49% growth in income to Rs 5,485 crore.
  4. The lowest growth among state owned companies saw by National insurance, as the company was focused on improving its solvency margins.



Number of swipe machines up 10 lakh since November 8


  1. Since demonstration on November 8, 2016 the no. of shops accepting card payments has jumped from 15 lakh to 25 lakh with banks adding over 10 lakh point of sale terminals.
  2. The level of digitization, the requirement of currency notes in the economy would come down by over Rs. 1 lakh crore, according to SBI.
  3. The RBI published recent data on digital payments, indicates sharp growth in digital payments.
  4. ItzCash, another digital payments company, has developed a PoS terminal and it plans to deploy a lakh machines shortly.





Ajit Kumar Srivastava & Shabri Bhattasali new CBDT member


1.    Srivastava and Bhattasali are Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax cadre) officers of 1980 and 1981 batch respectively.

2.    New Delhi, April 10 (PTI) Ajit Kumar Srivastava and Shabri Bhattasali of senior Bureaucrats were today appointed members of central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the body of the income Tax Department was made by the apex policy.

3.    An order issued by department of personnel and training said the appointment committee of the cabinet has approved their appointment as member.




FIFA changes means no rival yet for North American World Cup bid


  1. Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World cup is already the heavy favorite to win, the bidding processes is yet to begin but the joint proposal from the United States.
  2. No country could bid for the 2026 hosting if their continental confederation had hosted one of the two preceding tournaments the FIFA’s ruling body decided it’s on October.
  3. Gulati, who is also a FIFA council member and he is a key player who played and help Infantino to win the presidency of FIFA In February, 2016, is a wily operator and by bringing Mexico and Canada into his bid has eliminated from the two potential rivals.
  4. There are some potential pitfalls for gulati effort to achieve that he could not manage in 2010 when a solo U.S. bid is beaten by Qatar.


  • FIFA Headquarters – Zurich, Switzerland
  • President – Gianni Infantino
  • General secretary – Fatma Samouri


IPL 2017: We Have To Improve Our Death Bowling, Says Manish Pandey


  1. Manish Pandey admit that they should develop their bowling.
  2. MI was needed a big target to chase against a Kolkata Knight Riders, and they did chase it while sparing 1 ball.
  3. Manish pandey said in his post-match media conference that “Even in the first game, we struggled with death bowling. I thought we can improve a little more. Two games in a row, and it is high time we start thinking and applying our mind about this in the meeting.”
  4. Manish Pandey said the Gambhir captain of KKR was missing during the close stages of game,’Mumbai is really hot, it is cramps, nothing major.”



  • First Tournament – 2008
  • of teams – 8
  • Administrator – BCCI, IPL Governing Council


Show sporting spirit in real life also for settling matrimonial dispute: SC to Paes

  1. A Tennis player Leander Paes and his estranged partner Rhea Pillai have not been able to settle their matrimonial dispute.
  2. On Monday paes was asked by Supreme Court to exhibit sporting spirit in real life also to bring the three year legal battle to an end in an out of court settlement.
  3. The bench said to paes that “Games in real life should also be played with the same sportsmanship spirit.”
  4. In the legal battle over maintenance the couple were locked and custody of their 11 year old daughter.



  • First played – in between 1859 and 1865
  • Tennisis a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles).



Barcelona star Neymar will be seeking redemption in Champions League

  1. After the leading of one month the most improbable Neymar comeback, he earned himself a Barcelona scorn fans with a spare of senseless bookings.
  2. On Tuesday he will get a chance to redeem himself when his team is facing a Juventus in the first leg of champions League Quarterfinal.
  3. The first yellow card is given to Brazillion for not giving space to Malaga player to cleanly take a free kick and also bending to tie a boot laces.
  4. Neymar charged into Malaga player with no real chance of getting to win back the ball.



  • Founded – 29 November 1899; 117 years ago
  • President – Josep Maria Bartomeu
  • Coach – Luis Enrique



Venus look-alike planet discovered orbiting dim dwarf star!


  1. There are numerous spacecraft’s rounding around the space conducting a probes on the different planets that comprise our solar system.
  2. Akatsuki probe discovered a massive ‘bulge’ in the Venus’s atmosphere, the planet is again become a buzz among scientist. But now for a different reason.
  3. The planet reaching sunlight 2-3 times as great as solar flux on earth this causes through tight orbit.
  4. The member of a Kelpler 1694b discovery team, Quintana said tha that “since new telescopes coming down the pike will allow us to probe atmospheres, focusing on both Earth and Venus analogs may help decipher why, in our Solar System, one planet allows life to thrive, and one does not, despite having similar masses, comparable densities, etc.”


  • NASA formed – July 29, 1958; 58 years ago
  • Headquarters – Washington D.C.
  • Annual Budget – $19.5 billion


Youngest Man on Moon to Land in San Diego with Other Apollo Veterans

  1. The San Diego Air & space Museum plans a june 7 forum featuring of astronauts and mission control from NASA’s Mercury directors.
  2. At America Gemini and Apollo space programs “celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16,” duke’s mission.
  3. One of the high points of space exploration and one of the most ambitious scientific expeditions ever considered by Apollo 16.
  4. A Jim kidrick, president and CEO of the museum said that “ This is an incredible opportunity to meet and see American heroes who literally made history.



  • Mission Duration – 11 days, 1 hour, 51 minutes 5 seconds
  • Spacecraft – Apollo CSM – 113 & Apollo LM-11


Large asteroid to whiz past Earth next week

  1. According to NASA, next Wednesday a relatively large asteroid is slated to whiz past of our planet.
  2. The closet asteroid to approach ever since Toutatis, in 2004 a 3.1 mile long asteroid that flew past through earth.
  3. The astronomers at NASA’s discovered the asteroid about three years ago; NEO observations program in Tucson, Arizona.
  4. For advance planners out there: NASA scientists expect the next sighting of the magnitude to take place in 2027.




  • NASA formed – July 29, 1958; 58 years ago
  • Jurisdiction – United States Govt.
  • Employees – 17,345+


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