Exam Power: 16 April 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power: 15 April 2018 Current Affairs

Union Minister Smriti Irani Inaugurates 7th Edition Of Home Expo India 2018

The seventh edition of Home Expo India 2018, organized by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), was inaugurated at India Expo Centre & Martin Greater Noida.

Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani inaugurated the fair, while Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles, was the guest of honor.  
Home Expo India 2018 is expected to generate business deals for direct import.

Himachal Pradesh celebrated 71st Foundation Day

Himachal Pradesh celebrated its 71st foundation day with much fanfare and gaiety. Several cultural events were organized across the state.

It may be recalled that the hill state came into existence after the merger of 30 odd princely states in 1948.

The main event was held at Ridge Maidan in Shimla, where Chief Minister Jairam Thakur reviewed the ceremonial Parade presented by police, home guards and NCC cadets.

Vedantaa, Maharashtra’s first private limited medical college
The state has exempted Vedantaa Institute of Medical Science from coming under the Free Regulation Authority (FRA).    

Medical education secretary Sanjay Deshmukh said that this has been allowed because the institute is a “first-of-its-kind college which is registered as a private limited company established to make profit.”
Exercise Gaganshakti - 2018: Joint Operations Battalion Level Airborne Assault
Indian Air Force (IAF) exercise ‘Gaganshakti-2018’, in a joint operation, the IAF and Indian Army Parachute Brigade undertook a Battalion level airborne assault on the evening and night of 14 Apr 18, in the desert sector. This assault included paradrop of 560 paratroopers, combat vehicles and GPS guided cargo platforms. The landing force was dropped behind the simulated enemy lines to soften up the likely resistance to our own armoured offensive. The airborne force comprised six C-130J and seven An-32 aircraft launched from multiple IAF bases. The force was provided aerial surveillance by AWACS and protected by a Flight of SU-30 Air Superiority Fighters. 
Airborne operations are a means of aerial insertion of troops, equipment or supplies directly into the battle zone. Airborne operations are high risk operations which are based on accurate intelligence, dynamic air dominance by own forces and criticality of requirement by ground forces. Airborne assault is a subset of Airborne Operations wherein combat troops and equipment are para dropped into the tactical battle area. These troops have specific tasks like disrupting enemy lines of communication, capture/ destruction of critical enemy infrastructure.
The accuracy and outcome of the mission highlights IAF’s multi spectral capabilities and its efficiency in providing timely support to ground forces.

Bollywood legend Dharmendra to be honoured with Raj Kapoor lifetime achievement award
Maharashtra culture minister Vinod Tawde has announced that veteran actor Dharmendra will be conferred with the Maharastra State’s prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement award.

The 82-year-old actor has attained the unofficial tag of the “He-Man” of Indian cinema (and also the “Action King”), having starred in several films including Sholay, Yaadon Ki Baraat, Phool Aur Pathar, Chupke Chupke and Dharam Veer.
CWG 2018 : India bag 66 medals 
The 2018 Commonwealth Games turned out to be India’s third most successful CWG of all time, with India bagging 66 medals (26 gold, 20 silver and 20 brozne)
India finished third in the medals tally at the Commonwealth Games 2018 with 66 medals (26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze).

Only Australia with 198 medals and England with 136 were ahead. India's 26 Golds was also third, behind Australia (80) and England (45). India's combined 66 medals is its third-best showing in the history of the Games.

India's best remains 101 in New Delhi (2010), followed by 69 in Manchester (2002). 

India's best Gold tally of 38 came at home in 2010. 
India's maximum medals came from shooting (16), followed by wrestling (12) and weightlifting (9).

Saina Nehwal got the last of the golds, beating India’s very own P. V. Sindhu in the badminton’s women’s final.

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