Current Affairs 19th April 2018 – IAS, UPSC, BANKING, SSC

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Current Affairs 19th April 2018
Aditi Rao Hydari To Receive Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award For Bhoomi
Aditi Rao Hydari will receive Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award 2018 for the Best Leading Lady (Critics Award) for her memorable performance in Bhoomi. The award ceremony will be held in Mumbai. It will be attended by producers, directors, distributors, and exhibitors among others from the film fraternity.
Venkaiah Naidu Launches Assam Govts Cashless Health Scheme
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launched a health scheme of the Assam government named Atal Amrit Abhiyan that offers free medical care of up to 2 lakh rupees for every individual from Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families. The state government has earmarked 400 crore rupees for the scheme in the financial year 2018-19. The cashless scheme Atal Amrit Abhiyan will cover 92 percent of the state’s population with annual income below 5 lakh rupees.
India And UK Sign 10 Agreements In Several Sectors
India and the UK have signed 10 agreements in several sectors including cyber-relationship, rejuvenation of Ganga and skill development.  The Important agreements signed between the 2 countries are as follows:  1. The two countries have agreed to an overarching cyber-relationship framework that among others enables the development of a common and shared understanding of the international cyber activity. 2. A MoU on the rejuvenation of River Ganga, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and the UK-based Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC). 3. A MoU on Skill Development, Vocational education and Training and seek to promote greater collaboration in domains such as strengthening skill delivery in high demand sectors where the UK has technical and skilling expertise. 4. A Statement of Intent between NITI Aayog and UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has also been signed. 5. Inked the deal on cooperation in the field of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Sectors seeking to strengthen collaboration in livestock health and husbandry, breeding, dairying, and fisheries. 6. A MoU on Exchange of Information for the Purposes of Combating International Criminality and Tackling Serious Organised Crime has been signed.
Commerce Ministry Launches Digital Platform For MSME Exporters
Commerce and Industry Minister launched the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) GlobalLinker platform for MSME exporters in New Delhi. This move is aimed at assisting the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) engaged in exports. This initiative will help in expanding India’s multi-focused export strategy and also aid in connecting art and artisans to the market. FIEO GlobalLinker is setup with a view to making the business growth of SMEs simpler, more profitable and enjoyable.
FAO Designates 14 New Sites As GIAHS
Since 2016, fourteen new sites have been designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), including the first ones in Europe. As with other designated sites, these systems highlight agricultural traditions that promote sustainability, safeguard biodiversity and protect the environment while supporting the social and economic development necessary for stable, decent livelihoods.  The 14 new sites range from oases to rice terraces, wasabi cultivation to raisin production. The 14 new sites are: 1.Siwa Oasis, Egypt 2016.  2.Chinampa Agriculture in the World Natural and Cultural Heritage Zone in Xochimilco, Tláhuac and Milpa Alta, Mexico 2017.  3.Zhagana Agriculture -Forest-Animal Husbandry Composite System, China 2017.  4.Huzhou Mulberry-dyke & Fish Pond System, China 2017.  5.Osaki Kodo’s Traditional Water Management System for Sustainable Paddy Agriculture, Japan 2017.  6.Nishi-Awa Steep Slope Land Agriculture System, Japan 2018.  7.Traditional Hadong Tea Agrosystem in Hwagae-myeon, Republic of Korea 2017.  8.The Agricultural System of Valle Salado de Añana, Spain 2017.  9.Malaga Raisin Production System in La Axarquía, Spain 2017.  10.The Cascaded Tank-Village System, Sri Lanka 2017.  11.Rice Terraces in Southern Mountainous and Hilly Areas, China 2018.   12.Xiajin Yellow River Old Course Ancient Mulberry Grove System, China 2018.  13.Traditional Wasabi Cultivation in Shizuoka, Japan 2018. 14.Barroso Agro-sylvo-pastoral System, Portugal 2018.
Odisha’s second longest River Bridge Opened
The much-awaited bridge ‘Ib Setu’ built over the Ib river in Sambalpur district was thrown open to the public by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The 2.5-km-long bridge, which is the State’s second longest bridge, has been built in three years at a cost of Rs. 117.50 crore. The bridge has helped establish direct road connectivity between Sambalpur and Brajarajnagar and the distance has now been reduced by 50 km.
Bisket Jatra Being Celebrated In Nepal
The Jatra begins in Nepal. It is believed that the festival started during Malla dynasty. In Nepal, the famous Bisket Jatra is being celebrated in Bhaktapur and other parts of Kathmandu valley. The nine-day annual festival marks beginning of Nepali new year. The Jatra begins four days before the start of new year.

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