April 2016 Current Affairs

Current Affairs of April 2016 for all types of Competitive Exams. Read top news headlines and latest major events happened in India and World in the month of April 2016. The information given will help you to prepare for exams like: IAS, PCS, UPSC, Railways, SSC, Banking & all other competitive exams.

  • 1 April: India has become the world’s fourth largest spender on defence, following a 13.1% increase in its 2016-17 defence budget, according to US research firm IHS Inc. India’s rise in the rankings from sixth position last year is a result of an increase in expenditure to $50.7 billion, combined with cuts to military spending by Russia and Saudi Arabia, where low oil prices have put considerable strain on their finances.
  • 2 April: Bollywood star Ranveer Singh, who brought alive the role of Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao II on the silver screen through Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Bajirao Mastani”, will on Friday be fated with the ‘Maharashtrian Of The Year’. The ‘Lokmat Maharashtrian of The Year’ award and honours the individuals that have risen above the rest, who have positively impacted the state and have put Brand Maharashtra on the Indian and global radar.
  • 3 April: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honour- the king Abdulaziz Sash. The Prime Minister was conferred the prestigious award by King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the Royal Court. The award is named after Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the modern Saudi state. The award is bestowed upon citizens of Saudi Arabia and foreigners for meritorious service to the Saudi Kingdom. King himself makes awards to foreigners.
  • 4 April: The famous American actor, voice artist and comedian Mr. Larry Drake has passed away due to cancer. He was 66 year old. The actor was best known for his role Benny Stulwicz in L.A. Law and the voice of Pops in Johnny Bravo. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from Tulsa Edison High School and the University of Oklahoma. He appeared in numerous film and television roles, including Time Quest, Dark Asylum, Paranoid, Bean, Overnight Delivery, The Beast, The Journey of August King, Murder in New Hampshire, Dr. Giggles, Darkman II, American Pie 2.
  • 5 April: The world’s first public dengue vaccination programme was launched in the Philippines as nurses began injecting the first batch of a million children with a French drug to combat the sometimes deadly disease. Hundreds of fourth-graders at a public school in metropolitan Manila’s Marikina city were given the first of three shots of Dengvaxia. The Philippines had the highest dengue incidence in the WHO’s Western Pacific region from 2013 to 2015, recording 200,415 cases last year, according to the Department of Health.
  • 6 April: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has declared total ban on the sale of all forms of alcohol with immediate effect. CM also said that while the alcohol licences of hotels, clubs and bars would be revoked, this ban would not affect army cantonments, as they are allowed to regulate the consumption and sale of liquor independently. So far around 4,933 people including consumers and illegal manufacturers have been imprisoned since prohibition was introduced in the state.
  • 7 April: East Coast Railway (ECoR) has emerged as the largest freight loading Railway zone of Indian Railways in 2015-16. ECoR loaded 173.49 million tonnes of freight compared to 161.91 million tonnes achieved in the corresponding period previous year and registered an increase of 7.1 per cent. On the earnings side, ECoR earned about Rs 15,978.28 crore which is 14.13 per cent more than the corresponding period of previous financial year.
  • 8 April: Reliance Industries director Nita Ambani and State Bank of India chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya have been ranked top two in Forbes’ “Asia 50 Power Businesswomen 2016” list, which acknowledges the inroads women are making in the business world, despite gender inequalities. American magazine Forbes has released 2016 “Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen” list featuring business women from 14 countries.
  • 9 April: Rajasthan has become the first state to pass land title bill. State Assembly passed the Rajasthan Urban Land (Certification of Titles) Bills 2016. State government will set up an authority which will be headed by an Indian Administrative Service Officer. It will seek all the documents from the landowners, and will verify it against records held by the state. The authority will first issue a provisional certificate, for which the state will not stand guarantee. If there are no objections or dispute arises, the authority will issue a certificate and a map to the owner with state guarantee.
  • 10 April: The ministry for skill development and entrepreneurship (MSDE) has named Cricket Icon Sachin Tendulkar as brand ambassador of the ‘Skill India’ campaign. The master blaster said that the campaign was meant for the talents of young generation and it is an opportunity for the nation to make full use of its young population. ‘Skill India’ campaign was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help train over 40 crore people in India in different skills. World Youth Skills Day and the launch of SKILL INDIA were celebrated nation-wide.
  • 11 April: Priyadarshini Chatterjee, a Delhi girl was announced as the winner of FBB Femina Miss India World 2016 at the 53rd edition of the Femina Miss India beauty pageant held in Mumbai. She was crowned by Aditi Arya, who was the Femina Miss India for the year 2015. Now Ms. Chatterjee will represent India at the Miss World 2016 pageant.
  • 12 April: India’s men’s and women’s teams have won both the category’s championship titles at the third Asian Kho-Kho championship organised in Indore. In both the finals, the hosts scored victory against Bangladesh teams. The women’s side won 26-16 while the men won 26-17.
  • 13 April: Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has won the ‘Global Indian of the Year’ award. She was honoured at NRI of the Year award function held in Mumbai. The 42 year old actress has dedicated the award to her daughter Aaradhya. The NRI of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievements of the Indian diaspora globally. The awards are conferred to salute the spirit of the nimble-footed globe-trotting Indians who have resided in any of the four regions of America, Asia Pacific, Middle East and UK.
  • 14 April: The Constitutional Council of Nepal has selected Justice Sushila Karki (63) for the post of Chief Justice (CJ) of the Supreme Court of the country. With this selection she will become 26th chief justice of the apex court and the first female CJ in Nepal’s history.
  • 15 April: Delhi bans chewable tobacco for a yeari. The Delhi government has banned for one year the sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewable tobacco, including “guthka, pan masala, khaini and zarda”, in the Capital.
  • 16 April: Chief Minister of Jharkhand Raghubar Das has launched the “Bhimrao Ambedkar Awas Yojana” for widows on the 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar. The objective of the scheme is to create equality and harmony in society, ensuring all round development. The scheme has a target to build 11,000 houses for the current financial year with a budget allocation of Rs. 80 Crore.
  • 17 April: Iconic Indian woman boxer Mary Kom has been named as the International Boxing Association (AIBA) ambassador for Women’s World Championship. She is one of the eight ambassadors for the upcoming World Championship of AIBA scheduled from May 19 to 27, 2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • 18 April: Dipa Karmakar on Monday created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics as she booked a berth for the Rio Games after a strong performance at the final qualifying and test event here. The 22-year-old garnered a total score of 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying event to book a berth for artistic gymnastics in Rio Games to be held here in August. Apart from being the first Indian woman, she will also be an Indian gymnast qualifying for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 long years.
  • 19 April: According to agency Carat, India’s 2016 advertising growth rate will be the fastest at 12%, which is ahead of global average of 4.5%. The agency Carat is the part of the Dentsu Aegis Network. It urge the marketers of India to promote their goods and services, that is expected to propel the country’s advertising growth rate by a significant margin in 2016. It has also better India’s performance last year, when the advertising growth rate was 11%.
  • 20 April: Justice PK Mishra, former Chief Justice of Patna High Court, was on 20 April 2016 appointed as the Lokayukta of Goa. The decision in this regard was taken by the state government. The announcement was made by the Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar after state government obtained the consensus of the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court and the Leader of Opposition in the Goa Assembly as stipulated in the Lokayukta Act, 2013.
  • 21 April: Pop music superstar Prince Rogers Nelson, popularly known as Prince, died on 21 April 2016 at his home in Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minneapolis. He was 57. He was found dead at his home, however, the cause of his death was not identified.
  • 22 April: Driss Deby elected as the President of Chad. With this, Deby became the incumbent President with 5th term in office in a lopsided first-round victory. Driss Deby  secured the 61.56 percent of the vote in the first-round runoff.The opposition leader Saleh Kebzabo finished at 2nd position with 12.80 percent of the vote followed by Laokein Kourayo Mbaiherem with 10.60 percent.
  • 23 April: Bollywood actress Radhika Apte on 22 April 2016 bagged the best actress in an international narrative feature honour at Tribeca Film Festival 2016 for her performance in anthology film Madly. Radhika starred in Clean Shaven, which is a segment of Madly. 
  • 24 April: Rafael Nadal on 24 April 2016 defeated two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori of Japan to win the Barcelona Open of tennis 6-4, 7-5. This was Nadal’s 9th Barcelona Open title, and he has now won his opening 10 matches of the European clay-court season. 
  • 25 April: Four of South Africa’s leading sports federations were on Monday banned by the sports minister from bidding for or hosting major international sports events for at least a year over their failures to create opportunities for black players. Rugby, cricket, athletics and netball all missed targets they agreed on with the government. Soccer was the only one to meet its target. The ban comes into effect immediately, Mbalula said. He said he will review his decision when he has received the results of the federations’ transformation efforts for 2016-17. That could be at the end of next year, or maybe only in early 2018.
  • 26 April: Bangladesh Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved a draft of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Judge (Investigation Act) 2016. It will empower the Parliament to impeach a judge in the Supreme Court, if allegation of misconduct or incapacity is proved.
  • 27 April: International Cricket Council (ICC) in its board meeting suspended the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in view of government interference in the board. The suspension would stay in place until such time as the CAN becomes free of government interference and is properly structured to begin exploiting the tremendous cricket talent and opportunities that exist in Nepal.
  • 28 April: Union government issued a notification banning the import of dogs for commercial breeding. The imports are allowed only for research or defence purposes. The ban came after many animal rights organisations raised concerns over foreign breed dogs suffering due to unsuitable climatic conditions.
  • 29 April: Gujarat government announced 10 percent reservation for economically backward classes (EBCs) in general category. EBCs in the upper castes, include Patidars, with a family income cap of 6 lakh rupees a year that is 50000 rupees per month can avail the benefit. This decision will breach the Supreme Court set reservation limit of 50 percent as the government is already providing 50 percent reservation to Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.
  • 30 April: China developed a new electronic paper, which has been heralded as “the world’s first graphene electronic paper.It will be a huge breakthrough that will catapult the material to a new level. It was developed  by The Guangzhou OED Technologies in partnership with a company in Chongqing.

April 2016 Current Affairs
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