Daily Current Affairs – April 23, 2019
April 23 – World Book and Copyright Day
- World Book and Copyright Day is a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading. Each year, on 23 April, celebrations take place all over the world to recognize the scope of books – a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures.
- World Book Capital for 2019: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
April 23 – English Language Day
- English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April, the date traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare. The Day is the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information, establishing language days for each of the Organization’s six official languages.
New fish species being tried out for commercial output
- Commercial production of mangrove red snapper (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) has begun in Krishna estuary, exploring possibilities for mass production in the brackish water aqua ponds in Andhra Pradesh.
- The high-valued fish has the potential to become the alternative species for Vannamei, which has been largely infected with white spot virus leading to bleak prospects for the brackish water aquaculture in recent years in Coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Vinod Zutshi appointed as special observer for Tripura
- Former deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi has been appointed as special observer for Tripura where the Lok Sabha polls to one of the seats were postponed in view of the law and order situation.
All local government elections to be held through EVMs : Bangladesh
- In Bangladesh, all local government elections will be held through Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from now on. Stating this the Secretary to the Election Commission of Bangladesh, Helaluddin Ahmed said that the EVM is enriched with high technology and the government is confident of using it in the local body elections. The Election Commission of Bangladesh has also decided to bring third gender people under voter list.
IIT graduates convert diesel smoke to black ink
- IIT graduates build a machine that could trap the particulate matter in the exhaust from diesel generators and ensure clean air is emitted by the engine. These carbonised emissions, so extracted, are then turned into ink that can be used as paint or ink for printers.
- Their device, Chakr Shield, a retrofit emission control device for diesel generators, captures particulate matters, which is used to produce POink — the POllution INK.
UAE’s Hope Probe project bound for Mars is 85% complete
- The UAE Space Agency and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) have announced that 85% of the Hope Probe project has been completed. Hope Probe is an ambitious dream project of UAE to send a mission to Mars. Hope Probe is scheduled to be launched in July 2020.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
TCS to modernise over 1.5 lakh post offices
- IT major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has partnered with the Department of Posts to modernise the delivery of mail and packages, enhance customer experience, and launch innovative services that will drive new revenues.
SUMMITS & CONFERENCES
National Conference on Agriculture Extension
- Deputy Director General, India Meteorological Department, S D Attri at the National Conference on Agriculture Extension in New Delhi has said that weather-related advisories by the department to the farmers has resulted in the high yield of agricultural products across the country.
- The conference had deliberations on most advanced technologies and recent scientific explorations in agriculture.
New MD for Twitter in India – Mr. Manish Maheshwari
MOU AND CABINET APPROVALS
MOU signed between Ministry of AYUSH and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
- A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Ministry of AYUSH and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi for cooperation in research and education in areas of traditional systems of medicine and its integration with modern science.
Asia Badminton Championships
- The Asia Badminton Championships will begin at Wuhan in China today.India will be represented by Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma in men’s singles and P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal in women’s singles.
Asian Athletics Championships: India win five medals including two golds
- Shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor and Gomathi Marimuthu clinched a gold medal each. Shivpal Singh then won the silver in men’s javelin throw. Jabir Madari Palliyalil and Sarita Gayakwad secured the bronze medals in men’s and women’s 400m hurdles respectively.
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