Current affairs on April 17 2020
1. Who passed away recently, was a famous personality, He was awarded the ‘Padma Bhushan award and the Law Luminary Award in 2001?
Ans: Ashok H.Desai (Ashok H. Desai (died 13 April 2020) was an Indian lawyer,Desai studied at the prestigious Fergusson College in Pune and thereafter went to the Government Law College, Mumbai. Practising in the Supreme Court of India.He started his practice in 1956 at the Bombay High Court and was designated as a senior advocate on August 8, 1977. He held office as the Attorney General of India from 9 July 1996 to 6 May 1998 . Earlier, he was the Solicitor General of India from 18 December 1989 to 2 December 1990 . He was awarded the ‘Padma Bhushan award and the Law Luminary Award in 2001.)
2. Name the Veteran Army Officer and Former Director General of Rashtirya Rifles, who recently passed away?
Ans: Lt Gen KP Dhal Samanta (Retired Odia army officer and a 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War veteran, Lt General KP Dhalsamanta passed away at the age of 70. A veteran of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, Dhalsamanta was the former Director General of the Rashtriya Rifle and member of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) at Kolkata. “Odisha mourns the loss of one of its most illustrious sons, Lt Gen (retd) KP Dhal Samanta. He was a veteran of 1971 War, Op Blue Star, Siachen & Kargil War. A proud alumnus of Sainik School, BBSR retired as DG of Rashtriya Rifles India’s main counter insurgency force in J&K,”)
3. Information commissioners have decided to take 30 pc cut in basic salary for 1 yr: CIC resolution. Who is the Chief Information Commissioner of India?
Ans: Bimal Julka ( In a first, the chief information commissioner and information commissioners will take a 30-per cent cut in their basic salary to contribute to government’s move to pool in all resources to face “unprecedented damage” caused to the economy due to COVID-19. it was decided that CIC Bimal Julka and all the six information commissioners will take a voluntary 30 per cent deduction in their basic salary for a year starting April 1, 2020.Chief Information Commissioner gets Rs 2.50 lakh per month salary minus pension while Information Commissioners get Rs 2.25 lakh minus pension.)
4. Who was the first Law and Justice Minister of Independent India, In 1990, the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award who was posthumously conferred?
Ans: Dr. B R Ambedkar (The first Law and Justice Minister of independent India was Bhim Rao Ambedkar. He was born on 14th April, 1891. His 129th birth anniversary has been commemorated this year, across the country. Dr B.R.Ambedkar was the Chairman of the Drafting Committee, which presented the final draft of the Indian Constitution in 1949. He was presented the highest civilian honour of India, Bharat Ratna in 1990, posthumously.)
5. Which day On April 13, 1984, the Indian Army launched ”Operation Meghdoot” to secure Bilafond La and other passes on the Saltoro Ridgeline from Pakistani aggression.?
Ans: Siachen Day (New Delhi/Srinagar, April 13 (IANS) The Indian Army observed the 36th Siachen Day, remembering the gallant martyrs of Siachen. Siachen Day commemorates the courage and fortitude displayed by troops of the Indian Army in securing the highest and coldest battlefield in the world. The Siachen Warriors continue to guard the ”Frozen Frontier” with tenacity and resolve against all odds. “The ”Siachen Day” every year honors all the Siachen Warriors who served their motherland while successfully thwarting evil designs of the enemy over the years,”)
6. Which country has recently planning to sell air-launched anti-ship missiles and Mark 54 lightweight torpedoes worth $155 million to India?
Ans: united states (The sale of 10 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launched missiles is estimated to cost USD 92 million, while 16 MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes and three MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes are estimated to cost USD 63 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Monday in two separate notifications to the Congress.The US State Department made this determination following a request for these two military hardware made by the Indian Government, the Pentagon said amidst China flexing its military muscles in the strategic Indo-Pacific region and the Indian Ocean.)
7. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) announced an ‘Innovation Challenge for Development of a Video Conferencing (VC) Solution’ under which Programme, with a prize money of up to ?1 crore for the winning team?
Ans: Digital India Programme (The winning team with the best-judged solution will receive ?1 crore in the first year and an additional support of ?10 lakh per year towards operations and maintenance, for a period of three years after the first year of deployment, subject to terms and conditions of the final contract to be signed. Due to Covid-19-related safety measures, video conferencing has become very common. To encourage development of a world-class VC solution, MeitY has launched this grand challenge. It seeks to encourage Indian IT start-ups and software product companies to come up with a world-class VC solution.)
8. Which country will host the Asian Boxing Championships for men and women in November-December 2020 announced by National Sports Federation (NSF)?
Ans: India (The event is usually a biennial competition but was held in consecutive years in the past. in February after a meeting of the Asian Boxing Confederation. The tournament will be held in November-December and the host city will be finalized after things normalize,” Boxing Federation of India’s (BFI) Executive Director R K Sacheti Said. India last hosted the men’s Asian meet back in 1980 in Mumbai, while it conducted the women’s event in 2003 in Hisar. The tournament became a combined event for men and women last year.)
9. For the first time in the year 2020, April 14 has been observed as which year by the World Health Organisation?
Ans: World Chagas Day (first time, the global community is preparing to celebrate 14 April as the first “World Chagas Disease Day”. The aims is to raise the visibility and public awareness of people with Chagas Disease and the resources needed for the prevention, control or elimination of the disease. Chagas disease, also called American trypanosomiasis, has been termed as a “silent and silenced disease”, not only because of its slowly progressing and frequently asymptomatic clinical course but also because it affects mainly poor people who have no political voice or access to health care. It was on this date in 1909 that the first patient, a Brazilian girl named Berenice Soares de Moura, was diagnosed for this disease by Dr Carlos Ribeiro Justiniano Chagas.)
10. Ministry of Tourism launches which webinar series. The first in the webinar series was ‘City of Cities- Delhi’s Personal Diary’ work towards showcasing the diverse and remarkable history and culture of India?
(The Ministry of Tourism has launched its “DekhoApnaDesh” webinar series from today to provide information on the many destinations and the sheer depth and expanse of the culture and heritage of our Incredible India. The first webinar, which was part of a series that shall unfold, touched upon the long history of Delhi as it has unfolded as 8 cities, each one unique in its character and leaving behind traces which makes Delhi the magnificent city that it is today. The webinar was titled ” City of Cities- Delhi’s Personal Diary’. The Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (I/C) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel said the diverse and remarkable history and culture of India including its monuments, cuisine, arts, dance forms. natural landscapes, festivals and many other aspects of the rich Indian civilization.)