April 2015 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs April 2015: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of April 2015 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Awards Current Affairs
  • President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday awarded fifty people with Padma Vibhushan awards during a civil investiture ceremony organised at Rashtrapati Bhawan. As per reports, some of the important guests present during the ceremony included Hamid Ansari (Vice President), Narendra Modi (Prime Minister), Arvind Kejriwal (Chief Minister of Delhi), L K Advani (senior BJP leader), and other senior ministers. Veteran nuclear scientist Ramaswamy Srinivasan, legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan, and Shia leader Prince Karim Aga Khan were conferred with Padma Vibhushan award. 
Top Business Current Affairs
  • Wipro Limited’s quarterly result published in 21 April show that total income of the company increased by 2.4 per cent and total revenue to Rs. 12,140 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014-15 fiscal on a quarter-on-quarter basis. However, the profit has slid significantly in the last quarter of FY 2014-15 to Rs 2,141.6 crore on a quarter-on-quarter basis, which is a fall by around 9 per cent. 
Top Economics Current Affairs
  • After RBI gave permission to domestic companies for raising offshore bonds in rupees, Indian Railways Finance Corp is going to become the first ever domestic issuer of such bonds as it plans of raising up to $1 billion through offshore rupee bonds.
Top ISRO Current Affairs
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully tested an indigenous cryogenic engine, which is capable of putting up to four tones of satellites in geostationary orbit. The test was carried out at Mahendragiri’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district. Sources in Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre say that testing took place at 4.30pm and it went on for 635 seconds.


Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • First Scorpene submarine of Indian Navy, diesel powered INS Kalvari, having French design has been launched from Mumbai’s Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in the presence of Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister of India. It is learnt that the 'Project-75' submarine hasn’t received extensive sea trials yet and will now undergo extensive sea trials.
  • TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has mandated TSPs (Telecom Service Providers) for offering roaming tariff plans after it reduced upper limit of tariffs for both national roaming calls and SMSes. As per reports, while the national roaming outgoing call tariffs have been reduced from Re. 1 per minute to Rs. 0.80 per minute, national roaming outgoing local SMS rates have been slashed from existing Re. 1 to 25 paise per message. 
  • Indo-French relationship touched a new high during PM Narendra Modi's visit to France. The Prime Minister conveyed to the French President Francois Hollande that India would like to buy 36 Rafale jets for the Indian Air Force from France as soon as possible. This time-bound delivery is based on IAF needs and configuration of all the systems, weapons and aircraft would be approved by the IAF.
  • Madhya Pradesh High Court gave a stay order on arresting Governor Ram Naresh Yadav, who sought quashing of FIR filed by Special Task Force, which has alleged his involvement in Vyapam forest guard recruitment exam scam. SIT allege 11 middlemen, 88 candidates, and Ram Naresh Yadav were involved in Vyapam conducted government jobs selection process. 
  • Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) is planning to provide fourth generation (4G) services. Mukesh Ambani-led telecom firm will do this through integrated system and use LTE (long-term evolution) in 800MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,300MHz bands. RJIL has pan-India Unified Licence and the only private company to have Broadband Wireless Access in all the 22 telecom circles of India. 4G services will provide really fast internet connectivity.
  • Permanent Account Number (PAN) will be issued within 48 hours of application. As per reports, the tax department is all set to launch an online facility that will help in the PAN issuance process. Recently, apex policy-making body of income tax department, Central Board of Direct Taxes, notified that Aadhaar card and EPIC (Elector's Photo Identity Card) will be considered valid proof for issuing PAN card. 
  • As a part of relief and rescue operations, C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft of Indian Air Force took off from the Hindon airbase with NDRF personnel and relief material for earthquake hit Nepal. The aircraft will drop the NDRF team and then carry out operations to check road communication to Pokhara. After this it will return to Hindon.
  • Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while addressing an audience during D P Kohli Memorial Lecture, vouched for the need of non-adversarial taxation policy and stressed on non-imposition of retrospective taxes as well as importance of simplification of taxes for wooing foreign investments. 
  • Trade unions representing public transport including auto rickshaws have called a nationwide strike to protest against new proposed Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2015. Organisations of transport workers affiliated to CITU, AITUC, INTUC, BMS, HMS, LPF, and AICCTU, are holding nationwide transport strike throughout India.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, has made his intentions clear about his bullish outlook on Indian market as he mandated three renowned investment bankers (Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs) for scouting strategic partners (both large and mid-sized) across different verticals (online retail companies, logistics, B2B e-tailing, payment service companies, and content making companies). 
  • Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), told media that India is not bidding to host the 2024 Olympic Games as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not propose it. During the meeting between Modi and Bach, PM stressed on the fact that India has maximum potential for growth of sports and expressed his intention of putting the country on sports map of the world. 
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, announced after a cabinet meeting, that the new Andhra Pradesh capital will be named Amaravati. It is named after the historical capital of Satavahana dynasty, which ruled in 2nd century A.D.
  • An iconic art structure will be installed at Connaught Place, Delhi. The Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) has given permission to NDMC for installing the art structure. However, the Commission has not approved any design so far. The NDMC will select the best design through a competition and send it to DUAC for approval.
  • To mark the completion of party's 50 days in power in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) re-launched the anti-corruption helpline number – 1031. Anyone can lodge a complaint if harassed for bribes by government official. The AAP government had earlier launched this service during its 49-day rule in 2013.
  • NDA-ally Shiv Sena hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to clean the filth created by the BJP MPs who make controversial statements. In the mouthpiece Saamna, Shiv Sena asked the PM to clean his party from the members such as MP Dilip Gandhi, whose controversial statement on tobacco use became headlines of newspapers and news channels. 
  • Controversial Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill, 2015, has been sent by O P Kohli (Governor of Gujarat) to President Pranab Mukherjee for approval, Rajnikant Patel (Home Minister of Gujarat) said. State assembly passed the concerned controversial bill on 31 March 2015 for the fourth time as it was sent back by two earlier presidents - APJ Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil in 2004 and 2008 respectively. 
Top Scheme Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched MUDRA Bank, having a corpus of Rs. 20,000 crore, under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana for helping “unfunded” small business entrepreneurs get credit up to Rs. 10 lakh. The concerned bank will also act as MFI (Micro-Finance Institution) regulator. While inaugurating the bank, the PM stressed upon the need to back small businesses by saying that small businesses employ 12 crore people while large business employ just 1.25 crore people. 
Top Science Current Affairs
  • India successfully test fired a 3,000 km range nuclear-capable ballistic missile named Agni-III from Inner Wheeler Island launch complex, off the course of Bhadrak district’s Dhamra, in Odisha. Sources say that the missile, which weighs 48 tonnes, is 16 meters long and can carry warheads up to a maximum of 1.5 tonnes.
Top Social Current Affairs
  • A Person Finder Web-based tool of Google has been officially opened in response to 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal. The simple tool can give information about a person if it exists in the database. The tool is also accessible via mobile devices. On said profile you can find a person by name, sex, age, home address, or any other related description. 
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • World No. 1 Saina Nehwal is the only shuttler from India to make it to the quarterfinals of $500,000 Malaysia Open Super Series Premier as her compatriots - Parupalli Kashyap, HS Prannoy, and Kidambi Srikanth - crashed out of the tournament. Saina humiliated her Chinese opponent Xue Yao by defeating her in straight sets (21-13, 21-9) in just 30 minutes in second round.
  • Sania Mirza became the first Indian female to reach the No. 1 rank in doubles tennis after she and Martina Hingis won their third consecutive championship, USD 731,000 WTA Family Circle Cup in Charleston, in a row as partners.  Though the official ranking chart will be published today, available information shows that Sania reached the top with 7965 points in her kitty, followed by Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy having accumulated 7640 points each.
  • No. 1 Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare defeated Katharina Lehnert and Anna Clarice Patrimonio with 6-3, 6-3 in the Federation Cup at the SAAP Tennis Complex on Saturday. The duo were tailing in the beginning but then Sania took over and guided Prarthana. After the victory Sania said that it is great to help your country to go to Group I.
  • After credible performance at the Rio Maior Race Walking International Grand Prix in Portugal, three Indian race walkers - Sandeep Kumar, Manish Rawat, and Khushbir Kaur - have qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics. In the men’s segment of 20km race walk, both Manish Rawat (1:22:50) and Sandeep Kumar (1:23:32) finished the race well within the qualification time of 1:24 for Rio Games. 
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • Two scientists Kaushal Jani and Nirav Desai, Assistant Professor at Amiraj College of Engineering from Gujarat have built a self-driven car in just 28 days. The car can accelerate, change gears, steer and apply break without anybody on driver's seat. This self-driven car is instructed through a devise which needs 3G networks to operate.
Top World Current Affairs
  • A World Bank report has noted that India still holds the number one position in terms of remittances (to the tune of sent $70 billion) sent by the migrant workforce working in different foreign countries worldwide in 2014. The top five recipient countries of remittances are India, China, Philippines, Mexico and Nigeria. 
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that India will to grow at 7.5 per cent rate in 2015-16 to become the fastest growing emerging economy, comfortably surpassing China. IMF expects Indian economic growth rate to improve from 7.2 per cent during 2014-15 financial year to 7.5 per cent during 2015-16 FY. 
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