Current Affairs -April 13, 2017
1-Lucknow:The Yogi Adityanath govnt in Uttar Pradesh is planning to organise mass weddings for poor girls belonging to religious minorities, in an apparent attempt by the Chief Minister to shed his Hindu hardliner image.
2- Officials of Kheri district in India and Kanchanpur in Nepal have agreed to a joint survey of their boundaries to resolve border dispute.
3-Bhopal: Congress candidate Hemant Katare today won the Ater Assembly seat in Madhya Pradesh defeating his nearest rival Arvind Singh Bhadoria of BJP by a margin of 857 votes.
4-New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee will lay foundation the stone for the Dr B R Ambedkar School of Economics at Bengaluru.
5-Kolkata: Trinamool Congress candidate Chandrima Bhattacharya today won the by-poll from the Kanthi Dakshin Assembly constituency defeating her nearest BJP rival Sourindra Mohan Jana by 42,526 votes.
6-New Dehi: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar condemned the definition of a “perfect female body” in a class 12 textbook as “sexist” and has ordered action in the matter even as the private publisher has decided to stop the printing and sale of the book.
7-Amaravati: Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan today made a scathing attack on the Telugu Desam Party saying it was losing its moral high ground at the Centre over the special category status (SCS) and warned that it had no right to “compromise” on the issue.
8-New Delhi: Congress leader and author M Veerappa Moily traces the life and journey of Draupadi from her birth from the sacrificial fire to her marriage with the five Pandava brothers, to losing her fortune and honour to the Kauravas in a gamble and finally the war of Kurukshetra.
9-Damascus: Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said a suspected chemical weapons attack was a “fabrication” to justify a US strike on his forces.
10-London: ”Yoga” along with words like ”Facebook” and ”Twitter” are among the top fifteen most popular words in the British society, say scientists who found that the internet age has had a massive influence on the English language.
11-Washington: President Donald Trump has praised China for its decision to abstain from voting on a UN Security Council resolution condemning last week”s chemical attack on civilians in Syria, terming it an honour for the US.
12-New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to four key legislations on Goods and Services Tax (GST), paving the way for the roll out of one-nation-one- tax regime from July 1.
13-New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch BHIM-Aadhaar platform for merchants to facilitate digital payments and unveil cash back and referral bonus schemes for the BHIM app at Nagpur tomorrow.
14-Bengaluru: Infosys said it will pay up to Rs 13,000 crore to shareholders during the current financial year through dividend and/or share buyback.
15-Chennai: The Madras High Court today refused to stay the release of multi-lingual film ”Baahubali 2” in Tamil Nadu.
16-New Delhi: The SC allowed R K Raghavan, who was heading the apex-court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe 2002 Gujarat riots cases, to be relieved from the duty of heading the team.
17-Los Angeles: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has been appointed jury member of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
18-Kolkata: A fire broke out in two AC units of the Eden Gardens press box ahead of the IPL T20 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab here today.
19-Mumbai: Legendary Sachin Tendulkar today said that the upcoming film ”Sachin – A Billion Dreams” has helped him “relive important moments” of his life.
20-New Delhi: The BCCI has released pending payments to various stakeholders which include Test match centres, state bodies, match fee of India players besides salary of coaches and commentators.
21-New Delhi: The ongoing Indian Premier League season 10 has reached new heights with a cumulative reach of 185.7 million viewers in just three matches.
22-New Delhi: Just a week after achieving her career-best rank of world number two, Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu today lost three spots to be placed fifth in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) list.
23-Bengaluru: India captain Virat Kohli will return to bolster Royal Challenger Bangalore”s campaign when they take on arch-rivals Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League here tomorrow.