Current Affairs April 08 and 09, 2019
1. A new seller-funding programme named Amazon Wings was launched by Amazon India
- A new seller-funding programme named ‘Amazon Wings’launched by Amazon India to help the small businesses and entrepreneurs to raise funds through the crowd funding platform.
- Amazon India sellers can use the Ketto’s platform for a subsidized fee which is around 50 percent to initiate fundraisers.
- With this initiative, the small businesses and entrepreneurs of this platform can raise the funds for their business expansion, product development, and foster innovation or community development.
2. Chennai Central railway station renamed after AIADMK founder MGR
- The Tamil Nadu governmentreleased an official notification that Chennai Central railway Station has been officially named after former state chief minister and ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK) founder MG Ramachandran.
- For his immense contribution to public service, M G Ramachandran was posthumously honoured with Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award, by the Government of India in 1988.
- With the new gazette notification, the Chennai Central railway station will be hereafter called as Dr. MG Ramachandran Chennai Central railway station.
3. National Handloom Week observed from 7th April to 14th April
- It is a celebration of the country’s 5,000-year old tradition of hand weaving cloths.
- On this occasion, a book named ‘The Indian textile Sourcebook’ authored by Avalon Fotheringham and published by Thames and Hudson will be launched on 9th April.
- The National Handloom Day is observed on 7th August every year across India. It was on this day that the Swadeshi Movement was launched in 1905.
4. “Global Slag Company of the Year” award was won by Tata Steel
- Tata Steel has been named as the ‘Global Slag Company of the Year’ at the 14th Global Slag Conference and Exhibition 2019.
- The conference held recently in Aachen, Germany is one of the largest global annual slag event, attended by major steelmakers, steel mill service providers & associated companies.
- The award has been presented to Tata Steel for its innovative practices in development of new applications for Steel by-products (Slag). The award demonstrates global recognition of Tata Steel’s commitment towards sustainability & circular economy principles.
5. Bis And IIT-Delhi Inks Mou On Standardisation And Conformity Assessment
- The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has inked an MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) to collaborate in the field of standardisation and conformity assessment.
- According to the MoU, IIT Delhi will provide infrastructure support for research and development projects of relevance to standardisation and BIS will provide financial support to IIT Delhi for projects.
- BIS is the National Standard Body of India established under the BIS Act 2016.Surina Rajan is the Director General of BIS.
6. Nagaland observes 75th anniversary of Battle of Kohima
- The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kohima was observed by the Nagaland government with representatives from the UK and Japan speaking on the theme of 'Remembrance, Reconciliation and Rebirth'.
- The dignitaries from the UK and Japan assembled at the programme to seek "reconciliation and forgiveness" for the "sufferings and pain" caused against each other at the Battle of Kohima, that was fought in three stages during the Second World War in 1944.
- The relationship with the UK and Japan over the last 75 years stands as a model of the power of reconciliation.
7. US and Morocco conduct F-16 training during African Lion 2019
- Personnel from the US Air Force 31st Fighter Wing and Royal Moroccan Air Force have taken part in F-16 aviation training during multilateral exercise African Lion 2019 at Ben Guerir Air Base in Morocco.
- The exercise is conducted in Morocco and Tunisia. Participants also include the armed forces of Canada, France, Senegal, Spain, and the UK.
- These exercises focus on transnational threats, regional cooperation and cybersecurity and defence.
8. Biannual Army Commanders’ Conference to begin in New Delhi
- The biannual Army Commanders’ Conference will begin in New Delhi today. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will deliver her opening address at the conference.
- During the conference, important issues that are likely to be discussed are the management of the extant security dynamics, mitigation of future security threats and enhancement of combat edge over potential adversaries.
- According to an official release, the Conference, chaired by Chief of the Army Staff is held biannually for formulating important policy decisions. It is an important event for the planning and execution process of the Indian Army.
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