26th April 2018 Current Affairs in English | Today GK News
1. PM Modi has released commemorative postage stamp on former UP CM
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced a commemorative postage stamp on former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna.
- Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi revealed that Bahuguna had given major contributions in the education sector and development of hilly areas; he was committed to democratic values.
- Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna was appointed as the CM of Uttrar Pradesh in 1973 who was forced to resign by Indira Gandhi in in 1975.
2. NITI Aayog to launch Atal New India Challenge
- The Niti Ayog will be launching Atal New India Challenge under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) in New Delhi.
- The Atal New India Challenge will grant up to Rs 1 crore and mentorship to the winning ideas.
- The Atal Innovation Mission will invite innovators, MSMEs and start-ups to design market-ready products from 17 different focused areas Smart Mobility, Predictive Maintenance of Rolling Stock and Waste Management.
- The Atal New India Challenge will be run in collaboration with five ministries.
3. Indu Malhotra to become Supreme Court judge
- The government has cleared the appointment of senior advocate Indu Malhotra to be the Supreme Court Judge.
- With this judgment clearing out, she will be the first woman judge to be appointed to the top post directly.
- Ms Indu Malhotra is a renowned arbitration expert, was also the second women to be appointed a senior advocate by the Apex court coming next to Leila Seth, who made the history after 30 years.
4. HRD ministry launches 2nd edition of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan
- The Human Resource Department has launched 2nd edition of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan under which students from 750 higher educational institutions from across country will adopt villages and acquaint villagers to day to day problems faced by them.
- The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan targets 45,000 villages for solving issues relating to health, cleanliness, waste management, plantation, financial inclusion, women and child development.
- For the mission, IIT Delhi is the national coordination institute.
5. Foreigners can now travel to eastern states without permit
- The home ministry has relaxed the Protected Area Permit regime from Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur for five years.
- According to the 60 years old regime of Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958, areas falling between the Inner line and the International Border of some states were declared as protected areas.
- The protected areas include Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim, besides parts of Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir and partly Sikkim.
- Earlier the permit was required by foreigner who wished to stay expect from the country Bhutan.