1.Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred with the first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award in Mumbai
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was awarded the first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award for his exceptional contribution to nation building . Eminent singers Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar and Adinath Mangeshkar presented this prestigious award to Shri Modi in a grand ceremony held at Shanmukhanand Auditorium in Mumbai.
2.PM visits J&K to participate in National Panchayati Raj Day celebrations
The Prime Minister , Shri Narendra Modi , visited Jammu and Kashmir to participate in the celebration of National Panchayati Raj Day and addressed all Gram Sabhas across the country. He visited the Palli Panchayat of Samba district . Prime Minister around Rs 20,000 croreInaugurated and laid the foundation stone for several development projects. He also launched the Amrit Sarovar initiative. On this occasion the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Shri Manoj Sinha, Union Minister Shri Giriraj Singh, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Mr. Kapil Moreshwar Patil were present on the occasion. Earlier, the Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of three sections of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway. It is being constructed at a cost of more than seven and a half thousand crore rupees. He also inaugurated a five hundred kilowatt solar power plant at Palli village along with 108 Jan Aushadhi Kendras at Samba. He also inaugurated the Banihal Qazigund road tunnel. More than three thousand crore rupees have been spent on this. The tunnel, which is about eight and a half kilometer long, will reduce the distance between Banihal and Qazigund by 16 kilometer and will save one and a half hour travel time. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of 800 MW Rattle Hydro Electric Project and 540 MW Quar Hydro Electric Project. Which are being built on Chenab river in Kishtwar district. The Prime Minister also launched the Amrit Sarovar initiative. Its objective is to develop 75 water bodies in each district of the country.
3.Emmanuel Macron re-elected President of France
Emmanuel Macron has been elected President of France for the second time . He defeated Marin Le Pen, a right-wing candidate of the National Rally Party. India has very good relations with France. No government of France till now has ever been anti-India. Macron has made it clear in his rallies that India is the first priority on his agenda. France has always supported India’s permanent membership in the UN. France with a population of 670 million is the seventh largest economy in the world. World-renowned for tourism and lifestyle accessories, France is also the third largest nuclear power. Along with being a founding member of the European Union (EU), he is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
4.PM Modi announced that the country will soon launch AYUSH Mark and AYUSH Visa
Addressing the Global AYUSH Investment and Innovation Summit , PM Modi announced that the country will soon launch ‘ AYUSH Mark ‘ to give authenticity to quality AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) products . This launch will be done with an aim to boost the traditional medicine industry of the nation. Ayush Visa will help all those persons who are seeking traditional treatment .want to come to India. AYUSH wellness centers will be able to attract a lot of visitors from all over the world which will boost the economy of the country. In 1995, the Indian Department of Medicine and Homeopathy (ISM&H) was created with the aim of developing AYUSH systems. In the year 2003, the name of this department was changed to Department of AYUSH. On 9 November 2014, the Ministry of AYUSH was formed with the objective of reviving the knowledge of ancient medicines and ensuring the development of health care related to AYUSH. The Ministry of AYUSH has also taken steps aimed at encouraging start-up culture in the field of traditional medicine. An incubation center was recently inaugurated which has been developed by All India Institute of Ayurveda.
5.India-Maldives navigation chart unveiled
During a three-day visit to Maldives , Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R. Hari Kumar unveiled the first navigation chart jointly prepared by India and Maldives . He also handed over hydrography equipment to strengthen the capabilities of the National Defense Forces (MNDF) of Maldives. He also visited the maritime assets of MNDF and appreciated the joint efforts of the Indian Navy and MNDF in maintaining the role of these assets. India is committed to augment the capacity building efforts of MNDF. INS Sutlej has been deployed in Maldives for the purpose of conducting joint hydrographic surveys under the MoU on Hydrographic Cooperation. A reception was organized onboard INS Sutlej by Admiral Kumar on 18 April 2022 in honor of Maldivian Defense Minister Maria Ahmed Didi.
6.’Kisan Bhagidari, Priority Hamari’ will be organized from 25th April to 30th April 2022 as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav
Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in collaboration with various other Ministries/Departments of Government of India as part of ‘ Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav ‘ from 25th to 30th April, 2022 ‘ Farmers Participation, Priority Ours ‘‘ is organizing the campaign. During this campaign, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare will organize nationwide programs for the farmers at the regional level. Agriculture Research and Education Department will organize Krishi Mela and field exhibition on natural farming in each Krishi Vigyan Kendra. Union Agriculture Minister will launch nationwide workshop on Crop Insurance organized by Common Service Center (CSC). A National Self-Reliant India Conference will be organized for selected 75 farmers and entrepreneurs on this occasion. Agricultural development in the last 75 years will be depicted during the campaign. This will include achievements like Green Revolution and self-reliance in food production. Farmer Participation Priority More than one crore farmers and other stakeholders are expected to participate in our campaign.
7.Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate 7th Raisina Dialogue
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the seventh Raisina Dialogue . EU President Ursula von der Leyen will be the chief guest of this dialogue. She reached New Delhi to join the dialogue. Former Prime Ministers and other officials of various countries will participate in this virtual event. The main themes of the three-day dialogue are Terranova, Impassed, Impassioned and Inspired . It means taking the clay, making its paste, churning and reaching the conclusion. The Raisina Dialogue will have about a hundred sessions and more than two hundred speakers from 90 countries will participate. Observer Research Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of External AffairsOrganizer of this conversation. This dialogue is organized every year for wide-ranging discussions on various issues related to international policy.
8.Collaboration between NITI Aayog and UNICEF to prepare India’s first report on ‘Status of Children in India: Status and Trends in Multidimensional Child Development’
Government think tank NITI Aayog and UNICEF-India joined hands to work towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals related to children in the country. NITI Aayog and UNICEF India jointly titled ‘ The Status of Children in India: Status and Trends in Multidimensional Child Development ‘‘ will develop and launch the first report on The report will lay out a framework to understand health and nutrition, education, water and sanitation, household living standards and child-friendly environment in the states. This effort will contribute to India’s commitments to the 2030 Agenda by providing a set of policy suggestions for concerted action in terms of rapid progress towards the SDGs and ensuring holistic development of all children. One out of every third person in India is a teenager under the age of 18, while one out of every fifth person is a teenager between the ages of 10 and 19. NITI Aayog and UNICEF India collaboration for the first report on ‘Children’s State of India’ focusing on multidimensional aspects of child development such as health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation, safety and other relevant issues methods, technical analysis, Reporting and developing action plans. The project will take a whole-society approach involving all stakeholders including central ministries, state governments, academia, civil society organisations, child rights and civil rights groups.
9.China and Solomon Islands sign security agreement
A security agreement has been signed between China and the Solomon Islands . This agreement has been signed to enhance the existing cooperation arrangement with the Solomon Islands. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the agreement was signed to improve security concerns in the nation. With the announcement of this agreement, there are growing concerns about the implications of this agreement as it helps China gain a foothold in this South Pacific region. Details of the deal have not been released, but a leaked draft suggested Chinese police would be deployed at the archipelago’s request to maintain social order and that Chinese warships could stop at the Solomon Islands. Also, both parties will need written consent from the other to disclose the details of the agreement.
10.Government aims to increase the number of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras to 10 thousand by March 2024
The government has set a target of increasing the number of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras to 10,000 by March 2024 . The Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers said that the Government has invited applications for opening Jan Aushadhi Kendras in 3,579 blocks of 26 States and Union Territories. 739 districts of the country have been covered under the scheme and eight thousand 610 Jan Aushadhi Kendras have been opened till last month. The ministry said that due to this scheme, about 15 thousand crore rupees have been saved for the common people.
11.Dhanlaxmi Bank ties up with CBDT and CBIC for tax collection
Dhanlaxmi Bank has appointed Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) for collection of taxes.has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with. Dhanlaxmi Bank said in a regulatory filing that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has authorized the bank to collect various taxes based on the recommendation of the Controller General of Accounts. The necessary technical integration to enable seamless flow of remittances from the Bank’s portal to CBDT and CBIC portals will be implemented at the earliest so that customers can get quicker access to the facilities. The bank was listed as an ‘agency bank’ by the RBI in October, allowing it to handle normal banking activity for the federal and state governments on their behalf. It is to be noted that RBI general manager DK Kashyap was appointed to the bank’s board of directors in 2020 for a two-year term. To avoid conflict of interest,
12.India to provide additional $500 million fuel aid to Sri Lanka
India will provide an additional $500 million in financial assistance to help the Sri Lankan island nation buy fuel, and Bangladesh will provide $450 million in swap repayments to help Colombo.ready to postpone. This is the second $500 million gasoline credit that India has extended to the government of Sri Lanka which is currently grappling with the country’s biggest financial crisis. After the shipment of 120,000 tonnes of diesel and 40,000 tonnes of gasoline earlier this month, the first line of credit was exhausted. India has so far supplied about 400,000 tonnes of petroleum. After the fuel stocks were exhausted, mass protests broke out. AFP claimed thousands of angry motorists set tires on fire and blocked a major road leading to Colombo, citing police and local officials. The price of 92 octane gasoline by state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation is LKR 338 per litre, Protests broke out after the increase of LKR 84. CPC has hiked prices for the second time this month. The Sri Lankan Indian oil giant raised its price for the fifth time in six months.
13.NIXI-CSC and Tripura sign MoU to set up International Data Center
Tripura State Government to set up an International Grade Data Center in the state NIXI-CSC Data Service CenterSigned a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with In order to set up projected data centres, National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and CSE e-Governance Services Limited have formed a joint venture named NIXI-CSC Data Services Centre. The MoU was signed by AK Bhattacharjee, director-in-charge of IT department on behalf of the state government, while Anil Jain, CEO, NIXI-CSC Data Services Center was the signatory. IT Principal Secretary Puneet Agarwal and National Informatics Center (NIC) head CK Dhar also participated in the MoU signing event. The JV company will invest Rs 150 crore in the data center, while the state government will only supply the space. The NIXI-CSC data service center will start operations in the next one or two months, despite the fact that it will take a year to convert the data center to a world-class level.
14.Indian-American defense expert Vivek Lal honored with 6th Entrepreneurial Leadership Award 2022
The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce has selected Indian-American Chief Executive Officer of General Atomics Global Corporation for the prestigious Entrepreneur Leadership Awards in recognition of his contribution to the defense sector . The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) was established in 1968 and is the premier bilateral chamber for Indo-US commercial cooperation.
15.Babita Singh elected as new global peace ambassador 2022
Babita Singh , a serial entrepreneur , was recognized as the Global Peace Ambassador for her work in promoting peace through education, sports, arts, culture and diplomacy at the India International Conclave 2022 organized in association with the Asia Africa Consortium (AAC) in New Delhi .was nominated. The Asia Africa Consortium establishes the AAC-Global Peace Ambassador 2022 Distinction, the highest honor given by the Secretary-General to a global citizen promoting socioeconomic ties and sustainable development between Asia and Africa in areas such as education, health and trade . Babita Singh has been given this honor because she is one of the very few who has dedicated her life to practices that promote universal moral values.
16.NATO-organized cyber defense exercise called Locked Shields in Estonia
The cyber organization recognized by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization conducted the world’s largest and most complex live-fire cyber defense exercise. According to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence in Estonia , the biennial Locked Shields event is designed to improve the skills of cyber security experts defending national IT systems and critical infrastructure against real-time attacks.
17.Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu launches Khelo India University Games in Bengaluru
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the Khelo India University Games at a grand ceremony in Bangalore . More than four thousand players from two hundred universities across the country are participating in these ten-day long games. Speaking on the occasion, the Vice President emphasized the sporting potential of Indians and called upon them to be given due opportunities.
18.Women’s T20 Challenge 2022 to be held in Lucknow from May 24 to May 28
Board of Control for Cricket in India – BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that this year the Women’s T20 Challenge will be held from May 24 to May 28 at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow . In this tournament, three teams will play Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity . The Supernovas have won this title twice, while the Trailblazers are the current champions. The Women’s T20 Challenge is an annual tournament. It started from 2018.
19.Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah named ‘Five Cricketers of the Year’ by Wisden Almanack
The Wisden Almanack has named India captain Rohit Sharma and bowler Jasprit Bumrah among the ” five best cricketers of the year ” for 2022 . Rohit Sharma scored 368 runs in four Tests at an average of 52.57, completing an outstanding tour with 127 runs in the second innings at The Oval, his maiden Test century away from home. Other players include England pacer Ollie Robinson, South African women’s player Dane van Niekerk and New Zealand opener Devon Conway. Former England captain Joe Root has been crowned the world’s leading cricketer, while South Africa’s Lizelle Lee has been named the world’s leading female cricketer and Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan has been named the world’s leading T20 cricketer.
20.April 24: National Panchayati Raj Day
Every year, the Government of India celebrates 24 April as National Panchayati Raj Day . This day is also called National Local Self Government Day. National Panchayati Raj Day was first declared in 2010 by the then PM Manmohan Singh . This day is marked every year by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj . 73rd Amendment Actled a defining moment in the history of India which helped decentralize political power to the grassroots. It institutionalized Panchayati Raj through village, intermediate and district level panchayats. The 73rd Amendment 1992 added a new Part IX to the Constitution, which includes provisions from Articles 243 to 243(O); and a new Eleventh Schedule covering 29 subjects within the functions of Panchayats.