Who has been appointed MD of National High Speed Rail Corp. ? Achal Khare
Achal Khare was on April 18, 2017 appointed the Managing Director of National High Speed Rail Corpora-tion for a period of five years as the Appointment Committee of Cabinet approved his name to the post. Prior to his new assignment, Khare was Adviser (Infra) in Railway Board. The corporation was formed for development and implementation of high speed rail projects in India.
Who has been appointed new Director-General of CRPF ? Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar
Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, a 1983 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre was on April 26, 2017 appointed new Director-General of the Central Reserve Police Force (crpf). His appointment came two days after the force lost its 25 soldiers in a deadly Maoist attack in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. The CRPF was being led by additional DG Sudeep Lakhtakia with additional charge after the retirement of its previous incumbent K. Durga Prasad on February 28, this year. Senior IPS officer R.K. Pachnanda was also appointed as the DG of Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force.
The Central government released a stamp on a beverage named Coffee
A commemorative fragrance stamp, dedicated to the aromatic coffee was released on April 23, 2017 as the minister of state for communications Manoj Sinha and Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled the design of stamp on coffee at a function in Bengaluru.
Which film was adjudged the best film in 64th National Film Awards ? Kasaav
Marathi film Kasaav directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar won the National Film Award in the best feature film category on April 7, 2017. Kasaav is a great movie woven around the issues of depression and environment conservation. Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar for Hindi movie ‘Rustom’ and Surabhi Lakshmi for Malayali movie ‘Minnaminungu’ won the ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ category National film awards respectively. Priyadarshan, an eminent filmmaker, was the chairman of the 11-member award jury of feature film category.
Who has been honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke honour 2016 ? Kasinadhuni Viswanath
Renowned filmmaker Kasinadhuni was declared the winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke honour, the most prestigious recognition in Indian cinema, for the year 2016 on April 24, 2017. He is the 48th recipient of the coveted honour. The award consists of a golden lotus, a cash prize of 10 lakh and a shawl. Padam Shri Viswanath won five national film awards in his Tamil, Telugu and Hindi movies career. He earned immense fame through his fabulous movies like Kaamchor, Sanjog, Swati Mutyam, Saptapadi, Sagara Samgamam.
China has launched its first, unmanned cargo spacecraft named Tianzhou-1China took a giant leap in its space research programmes when it launched its first unmanned cargo spacecraft named Tianzhou-1 on board its Long March-7 f(1,2) rocket from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in South China’s Hainan province on April 20, 2017. The Tianzhou-1 spacecraft is designed to dock with the Tiangong-2 space laboratory. The cargo spacecraft is capable of carrying 6 tonnes of goods, 2 tonnes of fuel with an unmanned flying limit of three months. It will provide an important technological basis for the construction of China’s space station.
Who emerged the winner of the Time magazine’s reader poll of the 100 most influential people in the World
2017 ? Rodrigo Duterte
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte emerged the winner of the Time magazine’s reader poll of the 100 most influential people in the world. Duterte had consistently led the ‘Time 100 Reader Poll’ an online survey, in which the magazine had asked its readers to vote for who should be included in ‘the 2017 Time 100 Reader Poll’ list of the world’s most influential people. Duterte received 5 per cent ‘yes’ votes to top the list.
Which country granted its honorary citizenship to Malala Yousafzai ? Canada Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Nobel laureate and women’s right activist Malala Yousafzai was granted the honorary citizenship of Canada at a ceremony in Ottawa on April 12, 2017. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau handed Malala a certificate documenting her citizenship, making her the youngest person to get the honour. 19 years old Malala is only the sixth person to get honorary Canadian citizenship after Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama, Karim Aga Khan IV, Raoul Wallenberg and Aung San Suu Kyi. Malala was also declared the ‘Ambassador of Peace’ of The UN in April 2017.
Which country topped the Huawei Global Connectivity Index 2017 ? The United States of America
The United States of America emerged as the best digitally developed nation as it topped the Huawei Global Connectivity Index (GCI) 2017, released in April 2017 with a score of 77 points. Singapore and Sweden secured second and third positions respectively in the list comprising 50 nations across the globe. This is the fourth annual GCI study that shows how countries are progressing with digital transformation. India was ranked on 43rd position in the GCI 2017.