18th & 19th April 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of 18th and Nineteenth April 2021 masking the next information headlines: Ministry of Rural Development, Mega meals park mission, DCB Bank, World Liver Day, Emilia Romagna F1 Grand Prix 2021.

National News

1. Gender Samvaad occasion launched by Ministry of Rural Development

  • The Ministry of Rural Development lately launched the Gender Samvaad Event. It is a joint initiative between DAY-NRLM and IWWAGE.
  • The major goal of the Gender Samvaad occasion was to create consciousness of gender-related interventions beneath the DAY-NRLM. DAY-NRLM is Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana National Rural Livelihood Mission.
  • IWWAGE is Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls within the Economy.
  • It gives alternatives to grasp one of the best practices of different states to enhance girls businesses.
  • For occasion, facilitating girls’s entry to land rights and their engagement in Farmer Producer Organisations, establishing robust establishments for public service supply, finest practices round meals, diet, well being and water and sanitation.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Union Minister of Rural Development: Narendra Singh Tomar.

2. Italy launches first ever mega meals park in India

  • Italy has launched its first-ever mega meals park mission in India, at Fanidhar within the Mehsana district of Gujarat. The mission goals to create synergy between agriculture and business of the 2 nations and focuses on the analysis and improvement of latest and extra environment friendly applied sciences within the sector.
  • With this Italy additionally goals to discover the nice alternatives supplied by the Indian market. This is the primary Italian-Indian meals park mission, an initiative within the food-processing subject, which serves as a pillar of the partnership between India and Italy.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Italy Capital: Rome;
  • Italy Currency: Euro;
  • Italy President: Sergio Mattarella.

Appointments News

3. RBI approves re-appointment of Murali Natarajan as DCB Bank MD and CEO

  • Private sector lender, DCB Bank has obtained approval from the Reserve Bank of India for the re-appointment of Murali M. Natrajan because the Managing Director & CEO, for an extra interval of 1 12 months from April 29, 2021.
  • He was appointed as MD and CEO of DCB Bank in May 2009. Prior to becoming a member of DCB, Natrajan has labored with international banks Standard Chartered & Citibank.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • DCB Bank Headquarters: Maharashtra.
  • DCB Bank Founded: 1930.

Economy News

4. Rating Agencies downgrade India’s GDP forecasts for FY22

  • With the resurgence of COVID-19 circumstances posing dangers to financial restoration, the main brokerages have downgraded India’s GDP progress projections for the present fiscal 12 months 2021-22. Current fiscal 12 months to as little as 10 per cent on native lockdowns threatening fragile restoration.

Given beneath within the GDP progress forecast by a number of score businesses for FY22:

AgenciesFY22 (revised estimate)FY22 (earlier estimate)
JP Morgan11%13%
Citi Research12%12.5%

Science and Technology News

5. Indian expedition to Antarctica returns to Cape Town

  • The fortieth Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (40-ISEA) hosted by the Ministry of Earth Sciences efficiently returned to Cape Town after finishing a journey of about 12,000 nautical miles in 94 days, together with stopovers.
  • This achievement concludes 4 profitable a long time of India’s scientific endeavour within the continent of peace and cooperation.
  • The group reached its vacation spot Bharati station on February 27 and Maitri station on March 8 in Antarctica. Bharati and Maitri are India’s everlasting analysis base stations in Antarctica.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Minister of Earth Sciences:  Dr Harsh Vardhan.

6. NASA Awards $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX

  • The United States area company National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has picked Elon Musk’s SpaceX for its Artemis programme, to develop the primary business lander and take the subsequent two US astronauts to the moon.
  • The whole worth of this contract is $2.89 billion. 
  • SpaceX will develop a spacecraft ‘SpaceX Starship’ to land subsequent to 2 US astronauts, together with a girls astronaut on the lunar south pole area, by 2024.
  • NASA additionally goals to convey the primary particular person of color to the moon’s floor as a part of the Artemis programme.
  • Between 1969 and 1972, the US introduced 12 astronauts to the moon.

Sports News

7. Max Verstappen Wins Emilia Romagna F1 Grand Prix 2021

  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull – Netherlands) received the Emilia Romagna F1 Grand Prix 2021, in Imola, Italy.
  • This win is his first victory of the season. The race was the second spherical of the 2021 Formula One World Championship.
  • The seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) completed second, following a crash and sustaining harm involving Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Lando Norris (McLaren – Great Britain) took third place.

8. India Clinches 14 medal at 2021 Senior Asian Wrestling Championship

  • The 2021 Senior Asian Wrestling Championships was held from April 13 to 18, 2021 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  • The occasion was the thirty fourth version of the Asian Wrestling Championships. India received 14 medals to face within the third spot on the medal desk.
  • The medals embody 5 Gold, 3 Silver & 6 Bronze Medals. Iran and Kazakhstan topped the medal tally with 17 medals every.

9. India’s Mirabai Chanu creates a brand new Clean and Jerk world report in Tashkent

  • Mirabai Chanu set a brand new World Record within the girls’s 49kg Clean and Jerk with a large 119 kg elevate at Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent. The 26-year-old Indian received the bronze medal on the occasion.
  • The gold medal went to Hou Zhihui of China who created a brand new world report in snatch. Asian Games, held as soon as each 4yrs, is the 2nd largest multi-sport occasion after Olympics.

Important Days

10. World Heritage Day noticed globally on 18 April

  • World Heritage Day noticed globally on 18 April yearly. The day is noticed to boost consciousness concerning the cultural heritage that we see round us.
  • This 12 months’s theme “Complex Pasts: Diverse Futures” displays on the necessity to acknowledge international requires better inclusion and recognition of variety.
  • The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in 1982 introduced, 18 April because the World Heritage Day. This was accredited by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983, with an purpose of enhancing consciousness concerning the significance of cultural heritage, monuments and conserving them.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • UNESCO formation: 4 November 1946;
  • UNESCO Headquarters: Paris, France;
  • UNESCO Director-General: Audrey Azoulay;
  • Headquarters of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS): Paris, France;
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Founded: 1965;
  • President of International Council on Monuments and Sites: Toshiyuki Kono.

11. World Liver Day noticed globally on 19 April

  • World Liver day is noticed on the 19 April yearly to unfold consciousness concerning the second largest organ within the physique. The liver is the second largest and probably the most advanced organ within the physique, excluding the mind.
  • Liver illnesses will be attributable to hepatitis A, B, C, alcohol and medicines. Viral Hepatitis happens as a consequence of consumption of contaminated meals and water, unsafe sexual practices and drug abuse.

Obituaries News

12. Adobe co-founder and PDF developer Charles Geschke passes away

  • American laptop scientist Charles Geschke, finest often called the co-founder of graphics and publishing software program firm Adobe Inc, has handed away. Geschke co-founded Adobe firm in 1982 with fellow mate John Warnock.
  • Geschke, who was extensively often called Chuck, additionally helped in creating the favored Portable Document Format (PDF).

13. Former Footballer Ahmed Hussain Passes Away

  • Former India International Football defender, Ahmed Hussain Lala has handed away as a consequence of COVID-19. He represented India within the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the place India completed fourth. Besides, he was additionally a part of the Indian group that received the gold medal within the 1951 Asian Games.
  • Ahmed additionally took half within the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, Japan, wherein India completed fourth. In Club Football, Ahmed performed for Hyderabad City Police, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting Club. In his profession, he had received two Santosh Trophy, three Durand Cups and 6 Rovers Cups.

14. Veteran Tamil actor and comic Vivek passes away

  • Renowned Tamil actor and comic Vivek has handed away. He was launched by legendary filmmaker K Balachander within the late Nineteen Eighties. He went on to grow to be one of the crucial wanted comedy actors of Tamil cinema within the Nineteen Nineties and retained a stronghold within the business.
  • The actor was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009 for his wonderful work in Tamil cinema. He acted in over 200 motion pictures. He was final seen in Dharala Prabhu, which was the Tamil remake of the Hindi movie Vicky Donor.

Miscellaneous News

15. Railways to run ‘Oxygen Express’ trains through inexperienced corridors

  • Following a surge within the variety of Covid-19 circumstances, the Indian Railways will run ‘Oxygen Express’ trains transporting liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders throughout the nation through inexperienced corridors to fulfill rising demand from states. Green corridors are being created to make sure quick motion of those trains.
  • Empty tankers will start their journey from Kalamboli and Boisar railway stations in and close to Mumbai to load liquid medical oxygen from Vizag, Jamshedpur, Rourkela and Bokaro, the nationwide transporter.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Union Minister of Railways: Piyush Goyal;
  • Indian Railways Founded: 16 April 1853, India;
  • Indian Railways Headquarters: New Delhi.