24th April 2019 Current Affairs

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Indonesia releases special stamp on the theme of Ramayana

  • Indonesia has released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic ties with India.
  • According to the Embassy of India in Jakarta, the stamp designed by renowned Indonesian sculptor Padmashri Bapak Nyoman Nuarta, featured a scene from Ramayana in which Jatayu valiantly fought to save Sita.
  • A specially signed version of the stamp will be on display at the Philately Museum in Jakarta.

Yogi won assembly elections in Japan

  • An Indian-origin Japanese has been elected to Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward assembly, becoming the first Indian to win an election in Japan.
  • Puranik Yogendra, a naturalized Japanese, secured 6,477 votes, the fifth highest of the 226,561 valid ballots cast, in the April 21 poll.
  • Over 34,000 Indians live in Japan.

Import of milk products from China banned

  • The government extended the ban on import of milk and its products, including chocolates, from China.
  • Food regulator FSSAI had recommended extending the ban until all labs at ports are modernised to test the chemical.
  • The ban was first imposed in September 2008 and extended subsequently from time to time.

India will stop importing crude oil from Iran

  • India will stop importing crude oil from Iran following the US move to end sanction waivers and will use alternate supply sources such as Saudi Arabia.
  • The Trump administration decided not to renew waiver that let countries like India buy Iranian oil without facing US sanctions.
  • India was the second biggest buyer of Iranian crude oil after China.

Bajrang Punia wins Gold in Asian Wrestling C'ship

  • India’s Bajrang Punia (World number-1) logged 10 points in a row in the gold medal bout to reclaim his Asian Championship crown.
  • He defeated Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov 12-7 in a nail-biting 65kg men’s freestyle final.
  • It is Bajrang’s second gold at this championship, having won one in 2017.
  • India’s Parveen Rana lost to Bahman Mohammad Teymouri (Iran) in the final 0-3 in 79kg category securing a silver medal.
  • In 97 Kg category, Satywart Kadian picked bronze medal defeating Haobin Gao of China by 8-2.

Goswami received best sportsperson award

  • Jhulan Goswami, world’s leading wicket-taker in women’s one-day internationals, was awarded the Best Sportsperson’ award by the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club.
  • Sambaran Banerjee and former India winger Sukumar Samajpati won the Lifetime Achievement awards.
  • Promising Sportsperson of the Year was given to Neelash Saha.
  • Best footballer was given to Pritam Kotal.

AIR receive Swacchta Pakhwada Award 2019

  • All India Radio, Publication Division and Children’s Film Society of India were given Swacchta Pakhwada Awards-2019 in New Delhi on 23 April 2019.
  • Secretary in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry Amit Khare gave away the awards.
  • Director General of All India Radio F. Sheheryar and Director General (News) Ms. Ira Joshi received the Award for All India Radio.

Karnam Sekar appointed as IOB's new MD & CEO

  • Karnam Sekar has been appointed as the new Managing Director (MD) and CEO of Indian Overseas Bank.
  • Mr Sekar (from July 1, 2019) will take over from R Subramaniakumar.
  • He was the MD & CEO of Dena Bank till September 2018.
  • Earlier he was the Deputy Managing Director and Chief Credit Officer in State Bank of India heading its highest Credit Committee.

National Panchayati Raj Diwas being observed today

  • The ‘National Panchayati Raj Divas’ being observed on 24th April every year across India.
  • This day marks the passing of the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24 April 1993.

Gujarat Govt to pay Rs 50 lakh to Bilkis Bano

  • The Supreme Court directed the Gujarat government to make a payment of ₹50 lakh as compensation to Bilkis Bano, who was gang-raped during the 2002 Gujarat riots.
  • She was 21 years old when the horrific incident happened with her.
  • In January 2008, a special court sentenced 11 men for raping Bano and killing her family members, but acquitted seven people.

Iran brands US military as terrorist

  • Iranian lawmakers approved a Bill that labels U.S. military forces as terrorist.
  • 173 out of 215 lawmakers at the Parliament session in Tehran voted for the new Bill.
  • The Bill also demands the Iranian government take unspecified action against other governments that formally back the U.S. designation.
  • Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Israel have all supported the Trump administration’s designation.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Which country has released special stamp on the theme of Ramayana?

Correct! Wrong!

Indonesia has released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic ties with India.

2. Who has become the first Indian to win an election in Japan?

Correct! Wrong!

An Indian-origin Japanese has been elected to Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward assembly, becoming the first Indian to win an election in Japan.

3. Who had recommended GoI. extending the ban on import of milk and its products, including chocolates, from China?

Correct! Wrong!

The government extended the ban on import of milk and its products, including chocolates, from China. Food regulator FSSAI had recommended extending the ban until all labs at ports are modernised to test the chemical.

4. Which country is the biggest buyer of Iranian crude?

Correct! Wrong!

India was the second biggest buyer of Iranian crude oil after China.

5. Who has won Gold in Asian Wrestling Championship Crown?

Correct! Wrong!

India's Bajrang Punia (World number-1) logged 10 points in a row in the gold medal bout to reclaim his Asian Championship crown.

6. Who has received best sportsperson award?

Correct! Wrong!

Jhulan Goswami, world’s leading wicket-taker in women’s one-day internationals, was awarded the Best Sportsperson’ award by the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club.

7. Who has received Swacchta Pakhwada Award 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

All India Radio, Publication Division and Children’s Film Society of India were given Swacchta Pakhwada Awards-2019 in New Delhi on 23 April 2019.

8. Karnam Sekar has been appointed as the new Managing Director (MD) and CEO of which bank?

Correct! Wrong!

Karnam Sekar has been appointed as the new Managing Director (MD) and CEO of Indian Overseas Bank.

9. ‘National Panchayati Raj Divas’ being observed on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

The ‘National Panchayati Raj Divas’ being observed on 24th April every year across India.

10. The Supreme Court directed which state government to make a payment of ₹50 lakh as compensation to Bilkis Bano?

Correct! Wrong!

The Supreme Court directed the Gujarat government to make a payment of ₹50 lakh as compensation to Bilkis Bano, who was gang-raped during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

11. Which country has approved a Bill that labels U.S. military forces as terrorist?

Correct! Wrong!

Iranian lawmakers approved a Bill that labels U.S. military forces as terrorist.

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