Exam Power: 20 April 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power: 20 April 2018 Current Affairs

Chhattisgarh govt to distribute 5O Lakh smartphones for free
Chhattisgarh government has decided to distribute around 5.5 million smartphones for free under the Sanchar Kranti Yojana (SKY).

In the first phase, phones would be distributed to families living in villages with a population of over 1,000, besides urban poor families and youth enrolled in colleges. The villages selected should have full or partial mobile network coverage.

If there is a female member in the family, the smartphone would be issued in her name. The phone would be connected to the Aadhaar and bank accounts so that the beneficiary could not misuse the scheme and disconnect the phone service after getting free smartphones

Madhya Pradesh Conferred Most Film Friendly Award

The Most Film Friendly State Award was announced by the Chairman of the Jury, Shri Ramesh Sippy.

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 State of Uttarakhand is given a Special Mention Certificate to recognize the efforts made by the State of Uttarakhand towards creating a film-friendly environment.

The award will be conferred by the President of India in May 2018.

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.

UIDAI brings updated QR code for offline Aadhaar verification 
To provide an extra layer of privacy to Aadhaar, UIDAI has introduced an updated 'QR code' that holds non-sensitive details like name, address, photo, and date of birth, and can be used for offline user verification without the 12-digit ID number. 

With Aadhaar increasingly becoming the nationally-accepted ID for all kinds of work, the new QR code, that now comes with photo, can be used in offline mode in a way that will safeguard against any tempering of documents. 

Aadhaar holders can download and print their biometric ID with the QR code from the website of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) or its mobile app. 


NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft found more than 2,600 exoplanets, most orbiting faint stars between 300 and 3,000 light-years from Earth, using this same method of watching for transits. TESS will focus on stars between 30 and 300 light-years away and 30 to 100 times brighter than Kepler’s targets.

“The targets TESS finds are going to be fantastic subjects for research for decades to come,” said Stephen Rinehart, TESS project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It’s the beginning of a new era of exoplanet research.”

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.




Sources : .Business Standard, Economic Times, NASA, TOI, PIB

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