Current Affair of 18 April 2018, Exam View.


Current Affair 18 April 2018
NATIONAL

Kochi to host India Skills Kerala 2018

Kerala is going to host the India Skills Kerala 2018 – in Kochi from April 28 to 30, as part of the World Skills India 2018. The event is aimed at identifying and training talents to get medals at the World Skills Competition Kazan 2019.

The proposed India Skills Kerala 2018 is an avenue provided to the youngsters in the State to showcase their vocational skills. It also aims at generating interest and creating awareness among the general public.

India to host India-Wiesbaden Conference

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in cooperation with Germany and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) will host the India-Wiesbaden Conference 2018 in the national capital on April 16-17.

The title of the Conference is 'Securing Global Supply Chains through Government-Industry Partnerships towards Effective Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1540'.

  • The conference provides an opportunity to participants to share experiences on their export control systems
  • to identify legal and technical assistance, action plans and challenges in the national implementation of UNSC 1540
  • TRAI launches beta portal for comparing telcos’ tariffs

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI) has introduced a portal for consumers to compare all available mobile phone tariffs across operators, which will be the first such platform to be backed by the government, as the regulator aims to bring more transparency on available plans.

    • to bring more transparency on available plans.
    • allow users to compare the recharges of all operators like Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, and other

    New portal is tariff.trai.gov.in

    INTERNATIONAL

    UK joins International Solar Alliance

    The United Kingdom recently joined the India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s four-day visit to Britain.

    Britain formally announced its membership of the alliance, which aims to raise $1 trillion of private and public finance to provide affordable and sustainable energy for all by 2030.

  • The UK’s partnership will involve providing expertise and advice to the alliance, but no monetary contributions.
  • The new collaboration means ISA will be able to make solar power cheaper by helping countries join forces to procure solar energy systems.
  • Britain’s traditional financial aid programme to India ended in 2015, with the country now focussed on providing India with “world-leading expertise” and private investment to boost prosperity, create jobs and open up markets.

    Giant asteroid 2018 GE3 makes surprise fly-by past Earth

    A giant asteroid gave Earth a surprise close shave this week, flying by at a distance of 1,92,000 kilometres, just a day after astronomers discovered the object, scientists say.

    Giant asteroid GE3

    NASA estimated that the asteroid measures 48 to 110 meters wide — 3.6 times the size of the one that levelled 2,000 square kilometres of Siberian forest when it exploded over Tunguska in 1908.

  • its closest approach to Earth at around 0641 GMT 0000 on April 15 (12:11 a.m., April 16 in Indian Standard Time)
  • BUSINESS

    Yes Bank launches overdraft facility for MSMEs

    Yes Bank has announced the launch of ‘Yes GST’, an OD (over draft) facility for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

    Through this an MSME can avail OD up to Rs 1 crore, based on their annual turnover, backed by GST returns. Any additional assessment of balance sheet or bank statements will not be required.

    LIFE

    Scientists develop plastic-eating enzyme

    Scientists have accidentally developed a plastic-eating enzyme that may be used to combat one of the world's worst pollution problems.

    The finding was published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Scientists said the enzyme, Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, is able to "eat" polyethylene terephthalate, PET, which was patented as a plastic in the 1940s and is used in millions of tonnes of plastic bottles.

    How they find it?

    Their(Scientists) aim was to study its structure, but they accidentally engineered an enzyme which was even better at breaking down PET plastics.

    Recycling solution

    The discovery could result in a recycling solution for millions of tonnes of plastic bottles made of PET, which currently persists for hundreds of years in the environment.

    World Haemophilia Day Observed On April 17

    World Haemophilia Day is recognized worldwide on 17th April every year to increase awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. It was started by the World Federation of Haemophilia (WHF).

    World Haemophilia Day
    Aim
    • to raise awareness about haemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
    • to raise funds for patients who cannot afford haemophilia treatment as well as attract volunteers for the World Federation of Haemophilia.

    Important Point

    • World Hemophilia Day is an international observance held annually on April 17 by the World Federation of Haemophilia.
    • This year theme is "Sharing Knowledge Makes us Stronger"
    • Haemophilia is a genetic disease where the body’s ability to make blood clots is impaired.
    • In this case blood does not clot automatically when they get injured or even during a surgery leading to excessive bleeding.
    • The only treatment is to give the missing clotting factor to the patients, which can be extremely expensive.