General Knowledge & Current Affairs

April 2022 -11th to 17th

  •  India flight-tests Anti-Tank Guided Missile HELINA fired from Advanced Light Helicopter at high-altitude range
  • PM Modi awarded first-ever Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award by Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan
  • Tamil Nadu Assembly passes resolution urging Centre to withdraw CUET (Common University Entrance Test) for admission to courses offered by central varsities
  • Gujarat: Six workers killed in blast at chemical factory in Bharuch
  • Veteran Bollywood character actor and screenwriter Shiv Kumar Subramaniam dies
  • India and US hold 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in Washington; participants: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh & External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar and Secretary of State Antony Blinken & Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin
  • UGC allows students to pursue two full-time degree programmes simultaneously in physical mode
  • Jharkhand: All tourists trapped in cable cars in ropeway on Trikut Hills in Deoghar district rescued by IAF helicopters; death toll rises to 3
  • International Gandhi Award for Leprosy 2021 presented to Dr. Bhushan Kumar of Chandigarh and Sahyog Kushtha Yagna Trust, Gujarat; award given by Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation
  • PM inaugurates Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya at Teen Murti Estate in New Delhi; covers the lives and contributions of all 14 former Prime Ministers
  • Contractor’s death: Karnataka Minister K. S. Eshwarappa announces resignation on charges of abetment to suicide
  • India’s foreign exchange reserves fell by $2.471 billion to $604.004 billion in the week to April 8
  • Punjab: Electricity bills till 300 units to be free of cost, says CM Bhagwant Mann
  • Himachal Pradesh: Electricity bills till 125 units to be free of cost, says CM Jairam Thakur
  • West Bengal: Shatrughan Sinha of TMC wins Asansol Lok Sabha bypoll by a margin of more than 3 lakh votes
  • West Bengal: TMC’s Babul Supriyo wins Ballygunge assembly seat in bypoll
  • Maharashtra: Jayshree Jadhav of Congress wins Kolhapur North Assembly bypoll
  • Bihar: Amar Paswan of RJD wins Bochahan assembly seat in bypoll
  • Chhattisgarh: Yashoda Verma of Congress wins Khairagarh assembly seat in bypoll
  • PM Modi unveils 108 feet tall statue of Lord Hanuman at Morbi in Gujarat
  • Producer-actor Manju Singh dies at 73; known for TV shows: ‘Swaraj’, ‘Ek Kahani’ and ‘Show Time’

  • Pakistan: PM Imran Khan ousted after losing no-confidence motion in National Assembly, the lower house of parliament
  • World Homeopathy Day celebrated on April 10; birth anniversary of Dr Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann
  • 36th Forbes Annual World Billionaires list topped by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, with a net worth of $219 billion
  • Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc wins Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne
  • Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shehbaz Sharif elected new PM of Pakistan by country’s lower house of parliament (National Assembly)
  • Russia claims to have destroyed S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems supplied to Ukraine by a European country
  • The Eagle Has Landed’ author Jack Higgins dies at 92
  • Crisis-hit Sri Lanka announces debt default due to low forex reserves
  • International Day of Human Space Flight celebrated on April 12; commemorates historic space flight of Soviet Union’s Yuri Gagarin on 12 April, 1961
  • Philippines: 25 killed in landslides and flooding after Tropical Storm Megi
  • Russia claims 1,026 soldiers of Ukraine’s 36th Marine Brigade surrendered in the besieged port city of Mariupol
  • World Chagas Disease Day observed by WHO on April 14
  • Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $41.39 billion
  • Russian warship Moskva sinks in Black Sea, Ukraine claims its missiles responsible
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar holds talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN
  • US: FDA (Food and Drug Administration) authorizes first-ever breathing test for detecting Covid-19 infection
  • 3 Chinese astronauts return to earth after 6-month stay at Tiangong space station
  • Afghanistan: At least 30 killed in Pakistan airstrikes in Khost, Kunar provinces

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  • NITI Aayog CEO releases State Energy and Climate Index (SECI); Gujarat tops among large states, Goa among small states
  • Shares of Veranda Learning Solutions list at premium to issue price after 200-crore initial public offering (IPO)
  • Ruchi Soya to change the name of the company to Patanjali Foods
  • Retail inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), rises to 6.95% in March, highest in 17 months
  • Index of industrial production (IIP) grows at 1.7% in February compared with 1.3% in January.
  • redBus launches ‘redRail’, a standalone lite app for easy train bookings
  • Centre to continue Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) till March 2026 to develop governance capabilities of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs)
  • Falguni Nayar, founder and CEO e-commerce marketplace Nykaa, wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year award
  • World Bank cuts India’s FY23 GDP growth forecast to 8% from 8.7%
  • Dornier 228 aircraft manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) takes first commercial flight from Dibrugarh (Assam) to Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh)
  • Finance Ministry waives customs duty on cotton imports till September 30
  • Telangana govt. to buy entire quantity of paddy cultivated in current rabi season after centre’s refusal to buy
  • Manufacture of Apple’s iPhone 13 begins in India at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu
  • Kanakia Group company Cineline returns to multiplex business under MovieMax brand
  • MakeMyTrip’s fintech arm TripMoney acquires BookMyForex, an online foreign currency exchange services provider
  • Civil Aviation Ministry’s UDAN scheme selected for Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration 2020

world news april 2022

  • PAKISTAN
    Imran Khan was ousted as Pakistan’s prime minister when he lost a vote of confidence in parliament. He had tried to ward off the vote by dissolving the legislature, but the Supreme Court ruled the manoeuvre illegal. Legislators selected as the new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister.
  • SRI LANKA
    Sri Lanka suspended payments on all foreign debt until it can reach agreement with creditors on restructuring the loans, paving the way for the country’s first default. The move will allow the government to use its dwindling foreign reserves to import food and fuel while it negotiates a restructuring and a bail-out from the IMF.

  • MALI
    The EU said it would wind down a mission training Mali’s army because of a row over the country’s award of a security contract to the Wagner Group, a mercenary outfit with close links to Russia’s government.
  • MEXICO
    Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the president of Mexico, easily won a referendum on whether he should continue in office. Turnout, at 18%, was low.

  • RUSSIA
    Russia withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council after a vote in the General Assembly to suspend it. China joined 23 other countries in voting against Russia’s suspension; 58 countries including India abstained.

 

  • Indian GM R. Praggnanandhaa wins Reykjavik Open chess tournament in Iceland
  • National basketball championships in Chennai: Tamil Nadu takes men’s crown, Railways win women’s title
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