Daily Current affairs (9th April 2018)
Nepal PM: India visit further strengthened friendly relations between both countries
- Prime Minister of Nepal K. P. Sharma Oli has said that his India visit has further strengthened friendly relations between both the countries; he further added that discussion with Indian leaders was cordial and positive.
- The two countries also agreed to develop inland waterways and construct a rail line from Raxaul in India to Kathmandu in Nepal.
Malaysia & UAE concluded joint military exercise
- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia concluded “Desert Tiger 5” joint military exercise aimed at sharing expertise and enhancing joint military actions.
- The drill was also aimed at raising the level of performance and combat efficiency and working together based on a strategy to improve the overall ability and combat readiness of the ground forces.
India and Guinea sign four agreements
- India and Equatorial Guinea signed four agreements including in the field of health. The agreements were signed following delegation level talks. President Kovind had one on one talks with his Equatorial Guinea counterpart.
- India will assist Equatorial Guinea in agriculture, mining, health, telecommunications and IT.
Mobile app for farmers: TN Govt.
- In a bid to use technology for farmers’ benefit, the Tamil Nadu Government has come out with a mobile application that will allow ryots to have access to nine types of services, including details about their crop insurance.
- Chief Minister K Palaniswami has launched the bi-lingual ‘Uzhavan’ (farmer) app.
- The app can be used by farmers to get information on farm subsidies, book farm equipment and related infrastructure and get details on their crop insurance, besides receiving weather forecast for the next four days.
RBI switches back to GDP scale to measure economy
- The Reserve Bank switched back to the gross domestic product (GDP)-based measure to offer its growth estimates from the gross value added (GVA) methodology, citing global best practices. The government had started analysing growth estimates using GVA methodology from January 2015 and had also changed the base year to 2018 from January.
- Deputy Governor Viral Acharya said that the switch to GDP is mainly to conform to international standards.
Ganga Hariteema Yojana launched in 27 districts of Uttar Pradesh
- The Uttar Pradesh Government launched the Ganga Hariteema Yojana, also known as Ganga Greenery scheme in the 27 districts of Uttar Pradesh that are located on the bank of river Ganga.
- Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched the scheme at Allahabad in a function organised on the bank of Sangam, the confluence of rivers of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati.
- Under the scheme, plantation will be carried out in one-kilometre areas from the banks of river.
- Common people will also be encouraged for plantation on their private lands under ‘One Person One Tree’ slogan.
Assam’s Spring Festival begins in Manas National Park
- The two-day Assam Spring Festival began at the Manas National Park where visitors will get to experience the state’s local food, music, handloom and handicrafts.
- The National park which is also a tiger and rhino reserve covers five districts of Assam — Kokrajhar, Baksa, Chirang, Udalguri and Barpeta.
CWG 2018: India’s women’s TT team clinches maiden Gold
- Singles star Manika Batra won two matches as India’s women’s table tennis team upset favourites Singapore to clinch its maiden Gold medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast on Sunday.