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Current Affairs April 11, 2018

1. 'Happy Cities Summit 2018' launched by Andhra CM Naidu in Amaravati

  • Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu and Founder of Isha Foundation Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has launched three-day long 'Happy Cities Summit 2018' at Mangalagiri town in Amaravati.
  • Around 1,000 representatives from India and abroad will take part in this Summit.
  • This is the first of its kind program in India.


2. Logo and Website of 11th World Hindi Conference has been released

  • Education Minister of Mauritius, Leela Devi Dookhun Luchoomun released the logo and website of 11th World Hindi Conference in New Delhi.
  • The conference is scheduled to be held in Mauritius in August.
  • World Hindi Conference is based on Hindi language, which brings together Hindi scholars and writers from different parts of the world.
  • 1st World Hindi Conference was held in January 1975 in Nagpur, Maharashtra.


3. Ban Ki-moon elected as new chairman of Boao Forum

  • Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been elected as chairman of 'Boao Forum for Asia' (BFA) by replacing former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. His appointment took place at the annual session of the forum called “Asian Davos”.
  • The BFA is a non-governmental and non-profit international organisation that promote regional economic integration and bring Asian countries closer to their development goals.
  • Chinese vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong was appointed as secretary-general of BFA whereas former governor of the People’s Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan was appointed as vice-chairman of Boao Forum for Asia.



4. Rishad Premji has been appointed as chairman of Nasscom

  • Rishad Premji, Board member of Wipro Ltd, has been appointed as Nasscom (National Association of Software and Services Companies) chairman.
  • Premji has been a member of NASSCOM’s Executive Council.
  • He replaced Raman Roy, Chairman and Managing Director of Quatrro Global Services.
  • NASSCOM also appointed Keshav Murugesh as the Vice Chairman for 2018-19.


5. Balram Bhargava has been appointed as new DG of ICMR

  • Balram Bhargava has been appointed as the new Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary of the Department of Health Research.
  • At present, Bhargava is a senior consultant cardiologist at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIMS).
  • He will carry out this role until 2021. 
  • Renu Swaroop has been appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology.
  • Mr. Bhargava will succeed Soumya Swaminathan.


6. April 11- National Safe Motherhood Day

  • April 11 is celebrated as National Safe Motherhood Day to create awareness on proper healthcare and maternity to pregnant and lactating women.
  • It also seeks to create awareness about institutional delivery and reducing anemia among women.
  • The theme of 2018 National Safe Motherhood Day is "Respectful Maternity Care".


7. Shooter Shreyasi Singh won 12th Gold in CWG 2018

  • Indian shooter Shreyasi Singh has won gold medal in women's double trap gold in shoot-off after scoring 96 points at the 21st Commonwealth Games 2018.
  • This is her second CWG medal after having claimed silver at the 2014 Glasgow Games.
  •  Another Indian shooter Varsha Varman scored 86 points.

8. Om Mitharval won Bronze in Shooting in CWG 2018

  • Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitharval won bronze medal in the men's 50m pistol event at the 21st Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Mitharwal has also won a bronze in the 10m air pistol event shot 201.1 to finish third in the eight-man finals at Belmont Shooting Centre.
  • Host nation Australia's Daniel Repacholi won gold medal in this event with a Games record 227.2 while Shakil Ahmed of Bangladesh won the silver.




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