CURRENT AFFAIRS 20TH APRIL 2018

CURRENT AFFAIRS 20TH APRIL 2018

1. Kochi to host India Skills Kerala 2018
  • Kerala will host the India Skills Kerala 2018 in Kochi, as part of the World Skills India 2018.
  • The main purpose of this event is to identify and train talents to get medals at the World Skills Competition Kazan 2019.
  • The activities for the event will be headed by Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE), the State Skill Development Mission (SSDM) and Industrial Training Department under the Department of Labour and Skills.
  • India Skills Kerala 2018 is an avenue provided to the youngsters in the State to reveal their vocational skills. It also aims at creating awareness and generating interest among the public.
2. SHISHU SWAGAT KENDRA- PALNA to be established in government hospitals and orphanages in UP
  • Uttar Pradesh Government has ordered all government hospitals and orphanages to establish SHISHU SWAGAT KENDRA- PALNA and put up cradles in front of their buildings so that parents can leave their unwanted babies without disclosing their identity.
  • This order was issued to all district magistrates and higher officials of the state to ensure the setup of PALNA centres.
  • This will help in handling the problem of leaving the newborn babies at the roadside.
3. IIIDEM organized Consultative Workshop for the delegation from CEC of Kazakhstan
  • India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) organized a 2-day Consultative Workshop for Delegation from the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Kazakhstan at Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi.
  • The six-member delegation includes of the Vice-Chairman of CEC, Kazakhstan and other Senior Officers.
  • Aim of this workshop is to hold interactive discussions on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) & Role of IT.
  • IIIDEM was established by Election Commission of India in June 2011 to advance its professional competence in election management.
4. Venkaiah Naidu launched health insurance scheme ‘Atal Amrit Abhiyan’ scheme
  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the health insurance scheme ‘Atal Amrit Abhiyan’ in Guwahati in the presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal as well as Finance, Health and Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
  • Atal Amrit Abhiyan is a health scheme that provides free medical care of up to Rs 2 lakh for every person Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families.
  • Assam government has allocated Rs 400 Crore for this scheme in financial year of 2018-19.
  • This scheme has been named after the name of former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
5. Madhya Pradesh conferred most film friendly award
  • Shri Ramesh Sippy (Chairman of the Jury) announced the Most Film Friendly State Award.
  • State of Madhya Pradesh conferred the award for the Most Film Friendly State for its efforts towards easing filming in the State by creating a well-structured website and film-friendly infrastructure.
  • Total 16 states have participated in this award.
  • The President of India will confer this award in May 2018.
6. Dilip Chenoy appointed as FICCI Secretary General
  • Dilip Chenoy has been appointed as the Secretary-General of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
  • He replaced Sanjaya Baru.
  • Dilip Chenoy was working as Director General of industry body, FICCI.
7. Rakesh Roshan to get lifetime achievement award
  • Veteran filmmaker Rakesh Roshan has been honored with Lifetime Achievement award at the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards for his contribution as a producer, director, screenwriter, editor and actor in Hindi films.
  • The event will take place at Chitrakoot Ground.
  • Rakesh Roshan has produced and directed movies like Kaho Na Pyar hai, Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish and Kaabil.
8. Former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar passed away
  • 94 years old former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar passed away.
  • Sachar was Chief Justice from August 6, 1985 to December 22, 1985.
  • He has been the chairperson of a committee set up by the previous UPA government to look at the social, economic and educational status of Muslims in India.

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