4th April 2018 Current Affairs in English, Daily GK Questions
1. Sreekumaran Thampi adjudged J.C. Daniel Award
- Sreekumaran Thampi, the lyricist and director has been awarded with the J.C. Daniel Award.
- C. Daniel Award is the Kerala government’s highest honor for lifetime contribution to Malayalam cinema.
- Thampi made his debut in 1966 with Kattumallika and has written over 1,000-odd melodies.
- Thampi has also won the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademi award for lifetime contribution to light music and drama song.
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2. Suresh Prabhu launches digital initiatives for ease of exports
- Suresh Prabhu, to promote ease of exports has launched digital initiatives in coherence to the Digital India Mission.
- In the advent 3 integrated digital portals, namely ‘Safe Food Export Traceability’ Portal, ‘One Laboratory One Assessment’ Portal and ‘Monitoring Export Alerts’ Portal were introduced.
- The portals will bring together all regulators, accreditation bodies and other stakeholders at one place.
3. Sushma Swaraj begins her 3-day visit to Azerbaijan to attend NAM meet
- The external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has begun her three-day visit to Azerbaijan to attend the Mid-Term Ministerial Meeting of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
- Ms Swaraj will hold bilateral negotiations with the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov for energy, transportation, and capacity building.
- Indian has been the founding member of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
- Swaraj will also participate in consultations with the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva.
4. Prakash Javadekar releases ‘India Rankings 2018’ for Higher Educational Institutions
- Human Resources Minister Prakash Javadekar has released the rankings for Higher Educational Institutions and presented awards under the NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework).
- The Indian Institute of Science (IISC) in Bengaluru was adjudged as the best institution in the country precedent to all parameters.
- The aim of awarding is to encourage competition to perform better and set up new benchmarks of performance in higher education space.
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5. MIA among cleanest AAI airports in the country
- The MIA (Mangaluru International Airport) has been declared as the cleanest and the best maintained airport in the country by the Airport Authority of India.
- The award has been given in B-category i.e. airport category to handle 15 lakh to 50 lakh passengers.
- The survey by Airport Authority of India was done in February 2018.