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Current Affairs – 1st April, 2018

Current Affairs Quiz, April 2018
  • First mega food park in Rajasthan Inaugurated
    • Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Greentech Mega Food Park Private Ltd- the first mega food park in Rajasthan at Roopangarh Village in Ajmer.
    • Mega Food Park is one of the scheme under Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana.
    • Srini mega food park at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh is the first mega food park in the country.
  • Madhya Pradesh government raises retirement age for Govt. employees to 62 years.
    • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has raised the retirement age of state government employees to 62 years from the present 60 years.
    • MP government took this step because “Several state government employees are not able to get promotion due to the apex court’s order in a case related to ‘reservation in promotion’ pending with the SC. The government of Madhya Pradesh didn’t want any employee to retire without getting his/her due promotion”
  • Delhi becomes the first city in the country to roll out BS- VI fuel.
    • The Government of India has been making concerted efforts in line with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Commitment at COP21, to reduce vehicular emissions and improve fuel efficiency with an aim to reduce the carbon footprints and keep a healthy environment. India has followed the regulatory pathway for fuel quality and vehicle emissions standards termed as Bharat Stage (BS).
    • The Ministry of Petroleum and natural Gas has successfully introduced the BS-IV grade transportation fuels across the country w.e.f April 1st 2017. With the launch of BS-IV grade fuel, a new era of clean transportation fuels has begun which will benefit all citizens of our country by substantially reducing pollution levels. Migration to BS-IV grade fuels shows India’s resolve to cut down emissions.
    • As a next step in this direction, Government in consultation with stakeholders has decided to meet international best practices by leapfrogging directly from BS-IV to BS-VI grade by 1st April, 2020, skipping BS-V altogether. Oil refining companies are making huge investments in fuel up gradation projects to produce the BS-VI grade fuels.
    • Taking into account the serious pollution levels in Delhi and adjoining areas, Petroleum Ministry in consultation with Public Oil Marketing Companies has decided for preponement of BS-VI grade auto fuels in NCT of Delhi w.e.f 01.04.2018 instead of 01.04.2020.
    • Key Points:
      • Bharat stage emission standards (BSES) are emission standards introduced by the Government of India in 2000 to regulate the output of air pollutants from internal combustion engines and spark-ignition engines equipment, including motor vehicles. Typically, higher the stage, the more stringent the norms. 
      • The standards and the timeline for implementation are set by the Central Pollution Control Board under the Ministry of Environment , Forests and Climate Change.
      • The sulphur content in BS-IV fuel is 50 ppm (parts per million) whereas in BS-VI grade fuel is 10 ppm. So lower the sulphur content in the fuel the cleaner it burns.
      • Petrol with lower sulphur content emits less NOx, CO and HC.
      • Diesel with lower sulphur content will significantly reduce the emissions of  particulate matter (PM).
  • Sloane Stephens beats Jelena Ostapenko to win Miami Open women’s singles title.
    • Sloane Stephens is an American Professional Tennis Player.
    • Jelena Ostapenko is a professional tennis player from Latvia.
  • GST E-Way Bill system rolled out across the country from 1st April, 2018.
    • Electronic Way Bill (E-Way Bill) is basically a compliance mechanism wherein by way of a digital interface the person causing the movement of goods uploads the relevant information prior to the commencement of movement of goods and generates e-way bill on the GST portal.
    • GST Council has recommended the introduction of e-way bill for inter-State movement of goods across the country from 01st April 2018.
    • Except for Karnataka State, e-way bill system are not available for intra- state (within the state) movement of goods. For intra- state it will be made available in a phased manner.
    • Businesses and transporters have to produce e-way bill for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another.
  • 100% households of Kerala & Mizoram are open defecation free.
    • Ministry of Drinking water & sanitation defined ODF as follows:
      • “ODF is the termination of faecal-oral transmission, defined by
        • no visible faeces found in the environment/village; and
        • every household as well as public/community institutions using safe technology option for disposal of faeces (Tip: Safe technology option means no contamination of surface soil, groundwater or surface water; excreta inaccessible to flies or animals; no handling of fresh excreta; and freedom from odour and unsightly condition)”
  • BJP MP & former BCCI president Anurag Thakur is a New Hockey Chief of Himachal Pradesh
    • Anurag Singh Thakur is a member of Lok Sabha from Hamirpur.
    • He is the son of Prem Kumar Dhumal, the former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.

 

Source: PIB, The Hindu,  The Indian Express.

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