Current Affairs 8th April 2019 | Daily GK Updates

Current Affairs 8th April 2019 | Daily GK Updates

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National (Current Affairs)

President of India releases the India rankings – 2019 and the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements

President of India releases the India rankings – 2019 and the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, released the India Rankings – 2019 and presented the India Rankings awards to the top eight institutions in different categories at a function held in New Delhi today (April 8, 2019). He also released the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) and presented the ARIIA awards to the top two institutions.
  • Speaking on the occasion, the President said that recent expansion of higher education in India has widened access and improved equity. Even so, quality remains a concern. While there are islands of excellence, both in the public and private sectors, overall standards are uneven. As our higher education infrastructure continues to grow, and as enrolment rises, it is important to lift the bar. A nuanced approach is essential to ensure that higher education not only fulfils individual aspirations, but also achieves national goals and priorities.

IIT-Madras tops HRD’s ranking of higher education institutes, IISc second

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  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, topped the national ranking of higher institutes released by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) on Monday.
  • The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and IIT-Delhi ranked second and third in the list respectively. Of the top 10 institutes, seven are IITs.
  • The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the Banaras Hindu University ranked seventh and 10th respectively.
  • The Delhi University’s Miranda House was ranked the best among colleges across the country, while the varsity’s St Stephen’s College was ranked fourth.
  • The HRD Ministry has been publishing the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) since 2016.

IISc best Indian university again, check top 25 varsities’ list: NIRF Rankings

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  • NIRF Ranking 2019: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has announced the National Institutional Ranking (NIRF) today, April 8, 2019 (Monday). Launched in 2016, this is the fourth edition of the country-wide competitive rankings framework and the fourth consecutive year that the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore has emerged as the top ranking university in India.
  • The top three ranking universities have retained their positions in the list as last year.  This year, there are two new entrants in the list of top 10 universities. Calcutta University made a grand entrance at the rank five. Another debutant Manipal Academy of Higher Education secured ninth position.

International (Current Affairs)

US to designate Iran Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

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  • In an unprecedented step to ramp up pressure on Tehran, the Trump administration is planning to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization.” The move is expected to further isolate Iran and could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy in the Middle East and elsewhere.
  • The Trump administration has escalated rhetoric against Iran for months, but this will mark the first such designation by any American administration of an entire foreign government entity. Portions of the Guard, notably its elite Quds Force, have been targeted previously by the United States.
  • Officials informed of the step said an announcement was expected as early as Monday.
  • Two U.S. officials and a congressional aide confirmed the planned move. They were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, seemed to anticipate the designation, saying in a tweet Sunday aimed at President Donald Trump that Mr. Trump “should know better than to be conned into another US disaster.”

Wreath laying ceremony held at Begum Hazrat Mahal’s  tomb in Kathmandu

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  • Remembering freedom fighter Begum Hazrat Mahal on her 140th Death Anniversary a wreath laying ceremony was organised at her tomb in Kathmandu, Nepal on Wednesday.
  • India’s Deputy Chief of Mission Dr. Ajay Kumar laid the wreath at her tomb. A large number of people from Muslim community of Nepal, media persons and officers of the Embassy of India also paid floral tribute to Begum Hazrat Mahal.
  • She was wife of Awadh’s Nawab Wajid Ali Shah and one of the earliest Indian female freedom fighters.
  • Begum Hazrat Mahal fought against the British East India Company during the 1857 mutiny.
  • The British attacked Awadh repeatedly and forced her to retreat. She refused to accept any kind of favors and allowances offered by the British rulers.
  • Finally, Begum Hazrat Mahal sought asylum in Nepal, where she died on 7 April, 1879. Her tomb is situated atJame Masjid in central Kathmandu.

Banking and Finance

India’s GDP expected to expand 7.5% in 2019-20: World Bank

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  • India’s GDP growth is expected to accelerate moderately to 7.5 per cent in Fiscal Year 19-20, driven by continued investment strengthening, particularly private-improved export performance and resilient consumption, the World Bank has said.
  • The real GDP growth is estimated at 7.2 per cent in FY18/19, the World Bank said in its latest report on South Asia on Sunday ahead of the spring meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
  • Data for the first three quarters suggest that growth has been broad-based. Industrial growth accelerated to 7.9 per cent, making up for a deceleration in services.

Catholic Syrian Bank plans to change name to ‘CSB Bank Ltd’ ahead of IPO

Catholic Syrian Bank plans to change name to 'CSB Bank Ltd' ahead of IPO

  • Ahead of a listing on the stock exchanges, Catholic Syrian Bank plans to change its name to ‘CSB Bank Limited’.
  • In a notice to its shareholders, the management has said the present name had been a locally known one in Kerala and nearby states for around a century, though it now has branches in many states.
  • “There is a misconception by the general public, of the bank being owned by a particular community and this is not true,” it has explained for the proposed change.
  • Many customers even within India are averse to conducting any business dealings with the bank for this reason. Foreign customers, having good business connections in India, also avoid dealing with the bank for the only reason that part of the name either indicates a religious community’s interference or represents a foreign country, it adds.
  • In addition, many foreign institutions it deals with think it has a foreign orientation. Considering the expansion plan envisaged, both within the country and abroad, a name which does not suffer from these issues is needed, it felt.

BSE, HDFC Bank tie up to strengthen startup platform

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  • The BSE has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with HDFC Bank with an objective to strengthen the BSE Startups platform.
  • The MoU has been signed to spread more awareness on the benefits of listing of startups on this BSE startup platform.
  • The exchange had launched the startup platform on December 22, with an aim to encourage entrepreneurs to get listed and raise equity capital for their growth and expansion.
  • Commenting on the collaboration, Ajay Kumar Thakur, Head BSE SME and Start Up said, “BSE is the first exchange to have launched the Start Up platform. The idea was to help entrepreneurs look beyond the conventional channels of raising capital and enable them to list on the stock exchange to further enhance the credibility of the firm. While we have conducted numerous seminars in Tier 1, 2 and 3 cities on the benefits of listing on the BSE Start Up platform, we believe by associating with a leading bank like HDFC that boasts of a large network, presence and start up base would enable more firms to choose our platform and raise funds as well as improve productivity.”

Sports

Lin Dan wins Malaysia Open

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  • Chinese badminton ace Lin Dan clinched the Malaysia Open Sunday after an electric performance against countryman Chen Long to claim his first major title in two years.
  • The win comes after the five-time world champion made several early round exits since January, including at the Indonesia Masters, German Open and the All-England.
  • But in a nail-biting 78-minute match, the world No.16 smashed his way back to victory with a final score that tallied 9-21, 21-7, 21-11.
  • Speaking to reporters afterwards, Lin said his game against two-time world champion Chen was a sign that his spate of bad luck was finally over.

Tai Tzu-Ying won Women’s Single Malaysia open

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  • Tai Tzu Ying, women’s singles world No.1 shuttler from Taiwan, has decided to call time on her badminton career after 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
  • Tai Tzu will give herself the last chance to win an Olympic gold and a World Championships gold, both of which has eluded her, before retiring at 26.
  • Tai Tzu Ying is the undisputed top shuttler in women’s singles – her crafty play and deft strokes is something that delights one and all.
  • Since December 2016, Tai Tzu has constantly been the world No.1, barring a single week in April last year.
  • Such is Tai Tzu’s command on the circuit that she has won 19 off the 24 tournament finals she has contested in since the start of 2016 season. However, her biggest win came last year at the Asian Games.

Obituary

Sydney Brenner: Nobel Prize-winning biologist who cracked genetic code dies at 92

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  • Sydney Brenner, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who helped decipher the genetic code and whose research on a roundworm sparked a new field of human disease research, has died. He was 92.
  • The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, where Brenner spent part of his seven-decade career, said he died on Friday in Singapore.
  • “He will be remembered in perpetuity for his brilliant discoveries that ushered in a new era of science and a new generation of scientists,” said Ronald Evans, a biologist at the institute.
  • Brenner shared the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2002 for his contribution to work unravelling how genes control cell division. He and two colleagues, John Sulston and Robert Horvitz, traced a transparent roundworm known as C. elegans to determine how cells divide and create something new.

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