[Current Affairs] 2016-April/P2: Books, Authors, Movies, Sports, Awards; Dengvexia, Heat Index, Autism

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  1. Science technology and innovations
  2. Books, authors, awards
  3. Movies in news
  4. Sports
  5. Dead in News
  6. Days in News

Science technology and innovations

As such not many developments on science-tech front these days ever since Indianexpress and theHindu went crazy over Panama Papers/loan-writeoff and Intolerance/Kainyaa respectively.

Autism
  • It is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by great difficulty in communicating, learning and forming relationships with other people
  • Ministry of Social justice came up with new guidelines for diagnosis of Autism: only INCLEN diagnostic tools shall be used for identification of autism.
Dengvexia
  •  Dengue vaccine developed by French pharmaceutical company Sanofi, for age group  9 to 15,  Philippine ( capital Manila)  begin public immunization programme  first in the world.
Heat index
  • IMD release this index every five days for advance forecast on heatwaves and thereby to reduce causalities. IMD also afraid that 2016 may be the hottest year for India.
IRNSS
  •  7th Satellite (IRNSSG) sent and now India will have its own GPS similar to USA’s GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, Europe’s Galileo and China’s Beidour. Range: 1500 kms beyond India; Both civilian and military applications possible.
  • More details in this article
Vostochny spaceport
  • Russia’s latest cosmodrome/spaceport. First unmanned Soyuz 2.1A rocket launched.
WhatsappStarted end to end encryption with AES256 technology. Meaning only user and recipient can read, hackersgovernments can’t intercept and read the message.

Books, authors, awards

Rudyard Kipling
  • Born in India, died in London.
  • Journalist and short story writer.
  • Famous works: The Jungle Book (Mowgali) and White Man’s burden poem.
  • Won Nobel Literature in 1907
NN VohraRetired bureaucrat, longest serving governor of Jammu & Kashmir, latest book “Safeguarding India: Essays on governance and security.”
Sunil KhilnaniIncarnations: India in 50 lives contains biography of noted leaders of India.
Esther DavidDaughter of Isaeli Jewish Reuben David who setup A’bad’s first zoo. She has written a book “Ahmedabad: city with a past”.
Anubha BhonsleMother, where is my country book on Manipur turmoil.
Man Booker International Prize
  • To be announced in London, in May 2016
  • It is open to books published in any language that have been translated into English, to recognize a single work of fiction
  • The 50,000pound ($71,000) prize is divided evenly between the author and the book’s translator.
Bipan Chandra
  • His book “India’s struggle for independence” is in controversy as it mentions Bhagat Singh as a “revolutionary terrorist” and Dy.Secy of Rajya Sabha P.J. Kurien ordered government to remove that mention from the book.
  • More on Bhagat Singh’s contribution in freedom struggle- read this article
Miguel De CervantesAuthor of satirical novel “Don Quixote”, he died in Madrid, Spain. 2016 is his 400th death anniversary.
Pramod KumarGandhi an illustrated biography costs over Rs.2,400/!
Srikanth RaghwanIndia’s war: making of Modern South Asia, 19391945.
Pablo Neruda
  • Nobel winner poet from Chile. His body was reexamined from tomb, to ascertain whether he was poisoned by the military regime in the 70s.

Movies in news

Yes, these type of cheap questions mostly prevalent in clerical exams. National film awards not put here, because that’ll be in May Month’s current compilation. This one is April-2016.

Man Who knew infinity Ramanujan

The man who knew infinity
  • Biographical movie of Indian Mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan (played by Dev Patel) and his association with British mathematician GH Hardy.
  • Ramanujan was a self-taught (autodidatic) Mathematician- born and died in Madras Presidency.
  • December 22, his b’day is National Mathematics day.
  • 1729 is Hardy Ramanujan Number.
  • 1729=13+123=93+103
The Jungle Book
  • Based on Rudyard Kipling’s stories; Director: Jon Favreau; starring Neel Sethi as Mowgli.
  • In the earlier DDTelevision series, Vishal Bhardwaj had directed the title song “Jungle Jungle baat chali hai” (Lyrics by Gulzar.)
Raees
  • SRK movie based on Gujarat gangster/bootlegger Adul Latif, who was later killed in police encounter in the late 90s. Now his family filled case against SRK for portraying Latif in a bad light.
Dark ChocolateMovie on Indrani Mukharjea, accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora.
Ki and  KaBollywood movie about a working wife and homemaker husband.
Kung Fu Panda 3Animated movie starring voices of Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and other.
MaalikPak movie that portrays their military in good light and politicians in bad light. Government of Pak. Has banned this movie.
Madame Tussads museumFour wax statues of PM Modi will be installed in Madame Tussads museum at London, Singapore, Hongkong and Bangkok

Sports

Cricket
Harsha Bhogle removed from IPL commentator team after his contract expired, BCCI didn’t renew it.
IPL
  • PIL was filed in Bombay HC against the waste of water for maintaining pitches, but HC didn’t block matches citing PIL was filled too late to cancel the initial matches. But subsequent matches stopped.
ICC T20 Worldcup
  • Final match W.Indies (Cpt. Darren Sammy) defeated England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata
  • Women W.Indies team (Cpt. Stafanie Taylor) defeated Australia.
  • India was defeated by W.Indies in the semifinals.
BCCI CEO
  • Discovery channel’s sr. executive Rahul Joshi becomes the new CEO of BCCI

 

Other Sports
HockeyAzalan Shah Cup being held at Ipoh, Malaysia.
BadmintonMalaysia Open being held at Shah Alam, Malaysia.
GymnasticsDipa Karmakar becomes first Indian to qualify for Olympic gymnasticsVaults events at Rio2016 summer olympics in 2016, August.
Laureus sports Awards 2016
  • Held in Berlin, Germany
  • Sportsman of the Year: Novak Djokovic (Tennis, Serbia)-top male athelete for second year straight. (overall 3 times won.)
  • Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams (Tennis)
  • Team of the Year: All Blacks, New Zealand (Rugby)
  • Breakthrough of the Year: Jordan Spieth (Golf)
  • Comeback of the Year: Dan Carter (Rugby)
  • Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Daniel Dias (Swimming)
  • Action Sportsperson of the Year: Jan Frodeno (Ironman triathlon)
F1 RacingFormula one sports chief Berne Ecclestone made controversial statement, “women drivers are physically unfit to drive F1 racecars.”
2020 Tokyo OlympicsIts logo announced a Series of interconnected blue rectangles that form a ring.
Archery world cup, ShanghaiDeepika Kumar won bronze.
100m dashDutee Chand becomes first Indian woman to qualify for 100 meters at RioOlympics in last 20 years. She also broke national record and finished the race within 11.33 seconds.
Rio Olympics2016
  • Bollywood Actor Salman Khan selected as brand ambassador for India. Controversy after many athletes criticized this appointment.
Nadal
  • Some French politician accused Tennis star Rafael Nadal of Doping. Nadal filed defamation case against him.

Dead in News

Chand KaurMatriarch of the Namdhari sect and widow of Satguru Jagjit Singh. She was shot dead near Ludhiana.
Kamla AdvaniWife of senior BJP leader L.K.Advani
Kerala>100 died in explosion of fireworks at Kollam Temple in Kerala.
Mohd. Tanzil AhmedAsst. Commandant in BSF, deputed to NIA.  Was investigating terror cases in Uttar Pradesh, assassinated.
Poornima Arvind PakvasaOdissi dancer and freedom fighter who particiated in Dandi March with Gandhi. Worked for tribal in Dangs districts of Gujarat. Nicknamed “Didi of Dangs”.
Pratyusha BanerjeeActress of TV serial Balika Vadhu. Died under mysterious circumstances. Her Boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh is accused of abetting her suicide.
Prince Rogers NelsonAmerican singer from the 70s, famous for funk music, dead.
ShaktimanDehradun Police horse, died after sustaining injuries from BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi’s Laathicharge.
Soran SinghSikh lawmakers who was assassinated in Pakistan. Muslim scholar body has demanded government to give him “TamghaIimtiaz” 2nd highest civilian medal in Pak.
USA currency makeoverIn 2020, USA will include noted women and civil rights leaders in the dollar currency notes such as Martin Luther King Jr, Marrian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt etc.

Days in News

 6th April 36th foundation day of BJP
7th April world health day Guj. Govt. launched “Mukhya Mantri Nidaan Yojana” for free pathology lab testing for  various diseases.
14th April
  • 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr.Ambedkar. UN will also celebrate it on 13th April with the SDG goal of combating inequality.
17th April70th Anniversary of International court of justice (ICJ)
19th AprilUN special session on world drug problem.
21st AprilCivil Service day of India on this day, Sardar Patel  addressed the first batch of civil servants in Independent India at Metcalf House and called them the ‘steel frame of India’.
22nd AprilWorld Earth day. India signed Paris Agreement on climate change.

Next part and last part in the April Current/PIN series: national and international places in news.

Mrunal recommends

  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books
  2. Environment by ShankarIAS
  3. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  4. Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania (Hindi | English)
  5. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  6. Bipin Chandra: Post Independence
  7. Fast-track to Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
  8. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  9. Disha’s Topicwise Paperset (Hindi | English)
  10. School Atlas
  11. Mains: Language papers
  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books 4 History,Geo,Sci
  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Maths: Quantam CAT Sarvesh Kumar
  5. Objective General English SP Bakshi
  6. Word Power made Easy -Norman Lowe
  7. Topic wise Solved Paperset by Disha


So far 24 Comments posted

  1. chintan kakkad

    2 April……..world autism awareness day
    7 April….world health day Theme::halt the rise,beat diabetes
    12 April …….world homoeopathy day
    18 April ……..world heritage day.
    25 April……world maleria day…

  2. Rocky

    sir plz do INDIA YEAR BOOK AND CURRENT AFFAIRS ALSO

  3. gaurav

    plz update current of feb and march

  4. raj

    Sir please update year book analysis of this year, eagerly waiting. You are the only hope of many serious candidates.

  5. pankaj

    sir,CEO of BCCI is RAHUL JOHRI not JOSHI

    thank you sir

  6. prabhat

    Honourable mrunal sir , king of kings .. we people are very emotionally attached to your articles sir .. they are perfectly selected n properly organised.. we will always be indebted to you mrunal sir … All hail mrunal sir \,,/

  7. anas

    back with bang!
    thank you mrunal

  8. Raj

    Sir its Deepika Kumari not Kumar who won Bronze in Archery world cup.

  9. ankitgaund

    jai mata dee

  10. Nilesh

    sir i have done B.sc in Biotech ?Am i eligible for indian forest service exam?The list of papers that i cleared included Biomathematics,Biostatics,Plant Biotechnology etc.

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  12. sivaram

    My guru for Civils, pls continue current affairs articles . I sm very much thankfully to you sir

  13. Suraj prakash nayak

    Sir ,
    Badly in need help regarding India year Book.
    Kindly provide us a full compilation for 2016 India year book. Very less days are remaining for exams.
    Thanks.

  14. mahesh Chaudhari

    Mrunal sir continue this current affairs series

  15. Pradeep Dalal

    Ye question pakka aayega
    Recently which sea was in news for drowning of refugees
    1 Adriatic sea
    2 Aegean Sea
    3 Mediterranean Sea
    4 Black Sea

    1. ABD

      2. Aegean Sea ???

      1. Pradeep Dalal

        I suppose it should be both Aegean Sea and Mediterranean, I was confused and I am still confused I have google it there also I found fatalities due to drowning in both Aegean and Mediteterranean (Sabse Zyada)

  16. Deepak

    Sir,
    Kindly help me for civil service. Exam preparation.how can I choose subjects for this exam? I have Done b.tech in mechanical engineering but I am a avg. student.how can I select subject. For this exam?what should Be the main subject and optional. Subject?I am totally Confused About Selection of subjects. For CSE….

    Plz all aspirant’s also help me …..

    Thanks…..
    Deepak
    deepakrnkt@gmail.com

  17. Litu Barik

    What is the common GK for a common man plz upupdate of your web

  18. Narmatha

    Sir u r doing great job… But could u do it in English so that even aspirants from non Hindi background can reap the benefits of ur hard work. Kindly consider.plz plz plz

  19. joshi ankit

    please sir update current affair

  20. Raj

    Yes, these type of cheap questions mostly prevalent in clerical exams wala question hi upsc mai aa gaya, shame on upsc.

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