17th April 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of seventeenth April 2021 protecting the next information headlines: Microsoft, Nuance, 78th Venice International Film Festival, NASA, SpaceX, World Hemophilia Day.

Defence News

1. eighth Indo-Kyrgyz Special Forces Exercise ‘Khanjar’ Flags off

  • The eighth Indo-Kyrgyz Joint Special Forces Exercise “Khanjar” was inaugurated on the Special Forces Brigade of National Guards of the Kyrgyz Republic in Bishkek, the capital of the host Kyrgyzstan.
  • Initiated first in 2011, the two-week-long particular operations train focusses on high-altitude warfare, mountain warfare and counter-extremism workouts.
  • The Indian contingent for the train and felicitated their position as a bridge in selling the shared mountain and nomadic heritage of each nations. A ceremonial parade graced the event together with a show of kit’s and weapons and a go to to the coaching area and barracks.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Kyrgyzstan Capital: Bishkek.
  • Kyrgyzstan President: Sadyr Japarov.
  • Kyrgyzstan Currency: Kyrgyzstani som.

Awards News

2. Wisden Award 2021 introduced

  • To perpetuate the fiftieth anniversary of the primary One-Day International, 5 ODI cricketers of the last decade have been listed in Wisden Almanack’s 2021 version.
  • One cricketer has been chosen from every decade between 1971 and 2021, with the Indian captain been granted the award for the 2010s.

List of winners:

  • India captain Virat Kohli Wisden Almanack’s ODI participant of the 2010s.
  • Sachin Tendulkar is the ODI Cricketer of the Nineties.
  • Kapil Dev was named because the ODI Cricketer for the Eighties.
  • England all-rounder Ben Stokes is ‘Leading Cricketer of the Year’.
  • Australia’s Beth Mooney is ‘Leading Women’s Cricketer within the World’.
  • West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard was adjudged the ‘Leading T20 Cricketer in the World’.
  • Meanwhile, Jason HolderMohammed RizwanDom SibleyZak Crawley, and Darren Stevens have been awarded the Wisden Cricketers of the Year 2021.

3. Lifetime Achievement Award obtained by Roberto Benigni

  • Director Roberto Benigni will probably be receiving the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement on the 78th Venice International Film Festival, which runs from September 1 to 11. The organisers confirmed the information concerning the two-time Oscar-winning actor-director.
  • The filmmaker had starred in and directed the holocaust comedy-drama movie Life Is Beautiful (1997), for which he obtained the Academy Awards for Best Actor (the primary for a non-English talking male efficiency) and Best International Feature Film.
  • He was final seen in Matteo Garrone’s live-action Pinocchio, for which he gained a David di Donatello Award.

Agreements News

4. RBL Bank Mastercard companion to supply first-of its-kind fee performance

  • RBL Bank and Mastercard have introduced their partnership to launch a mobile-based consumer-friendly fee resolution ‘Pay by Bank App’, a first-of-its-kind fee performance in India.
  • RBL Bank account holders can now get pleasure from contactless transactions internationally via their cell banking software each in-store and on-line. This performance will probably be out there in any respect Mastercard accepting retailers, worldwide that settle for contactless and on-line funds.
  • To present enhanced safety, ‘Pay by Bank App’ ensures that Bank buyer’s fee credentials are by no means uncovered to the service provider, making the transaction fully safe.
  • Customers will proceed to obtain the Mastercard client safety advantages that they at the moment get pleasure from on their debit playing cards.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

Science and Technology News

5. NASA to launch SpaceX Crew 2 on April 22

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is about to launch 4 astronauts to the International Space Station on World Earth Day (April 22). NASA is to launch the mission together with SpaceX. It is the second crewed operational flight of Crew Dragon Spacecraft.
  • The mission will transport 4 scientists to the International Space Station. The astronauts to journey to the International Space Station are from NASA, JAXA and ESA. JAXA is the Japanese Space Agency and ESA is European Space Agency.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Acting Administrator of NASA: Steve Jurczyk.
  • Headquarters of NASA: Washington D.C., United States.
  • NASA Founded: 1 October 1958.
  • SpaceX founder & CEO: Elon Musk.
  • SpaceX Founded: 2002.
  • SpaceX Headquarters: California, United States of America.

Books and Authors News

6. PM Modi launched 4 books associated to Babasaheb Ambedkar

  • PM Narendra Modi has paid tribute to India’s first legislation minister and the architect of the Indian Constitution Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar on his delivery anniversary and launched 4 books primarily based on his life.
  • PM Modi has addressed the ninety fifth Annual Meet and National Seminar of Vice-Chancellors of the Association of Indian Universities through video conferencing and launched 4 books associated to Dr BR Ambedkar, written by Kishor Makwana.
  • The 4 books to be launched by the prime minister are Dr Ambedkar Jivan Darshan, Dr Ambedkar Vyakti Darshan, Dr Ambedkar Rashtra Darshan, and Dr Ambedkar Aayam Darshan.

7. Suresh Raina’s memoir ‘Believe’ to launch in 2021

  • A guide titled ‘Believe – What Life and Cricket Taught Me’, the much-awaited Suresh Raina autobiography is about to hit the bookstands in May 2021. The guide is Co-authored by Raina and sports activities creator Bharat Sundaresan, the biography will probably be revealed by the distinguished publishing home, Penguin India.
  • The guide anticipated to observe Raina’s lightning-fast rise within the Indian cricket staff and the hardships that he encountered on the best way to turning into a record-breaking batsman. The guide also needs to assist unwind the story of Raina’s early days as a budding cricketer in UP.

Important Days

8. World Hemophilia Day: 17 April

  • World Hemophilia Day noticed globally on 17 April yearly. This day is noticed to boost consciousness for hemophilia and different bleeding problems. The date was chosen in honour of the World Federation of Hemophilia founder Frank Schnabel birthday. This 12 months is the thirtieth version of World Haemophilia Day.
  • The theme for 2021 World Hemophilia Day is “Adapting to Change: Sustaining care in a new world”. The day is being held since 1989, which marks the birthday of Frank Schnabel, founding father of the World Federation of Hemophilia.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • World Federation of Hemophilia Founder: Frank Schnabel.
  • World Federation of Hemophilia Founded: 1963.
  • World Federation of Hemophilia Headquarters location: Montreal, Canada.

Obituaries News

9. India signal MoU with France for cooperation on Gaganyaan Mission

  • Renowned radiologist, Dr Kakarla Subba Rao, who served as the primary director of Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Hyderabad, has handed away.
  • Rao was conferred Padma Shri in 2000, by the Government of India for his contributions to the sector of medication.
  • He was the founder president of the Telugu Association of North America (TANA), an umbrella organisation for Telugu talking folks within the United States.

10. Former CBI Chief Ranjit Sinha passes away

  • Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Ranjit Sinha has handed away. He was a 1974-batch IPS officer of the Bihar cadre, who served as CBI Director from 3 December 2012 to 2 December 2014.
  • Prior to being appointed as CBI Director, Sinha had headed Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) pressure, the Railway Protection Force and a number of other different senior positions within the CBI in Patna and Delhi.

Miscellaneous News

11. Microsoft buys AI speech tech firm Nuance for $19.7 billion

  • Microsoft has made its second-biggest acquisition after LinkedIn. The tech big has purchased AI speech tech agency Nuance for $19.7 billion. The transfer will assist Microsoft’s prowess in voice recognition and can give it a lift within the well being care market.
  • Nuance is understood for its Dragon software program which helps to transcribe speech utilizing deep studying. In 2016, Microsoft had bought LinkedIn for $26 billion.
  • The acquisition will mix options and experience to ship new cloud and AI capabilities throughout healthcare and different industries, and symbolize the newest step in Microsoft’s industry-specific cloud technique.
  • Nuance gives the AI layer on the healthcare level of supply and is a pioneer within the real-world software of enterprise AI.
  • Nuance’s merchandise embrace a number of medical speech recognition software program as a service (SaaS) choices constructed on Microsoft Azure. The agency’s options work with core healthcare methods, and are at the moment utilized in 77% of U.S. hospitals.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Microsoft CEO: Satya Nadella;
  • Microsoft Headquarters: Redmond, Washington, United States;
  • Nuance CEO: Mark D. Benjamin;
  • Nuance Headquarters:  Massachusetts, United States;
  • Nuance Founded: 1992, United States.