Current Affairs – April 20 – Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd (GNFC) wins Golden Peacock Award


Modi to launch UN Vesak Day in Sri Lanka:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate UN Vesak Day in Colombo on May 12, Sri Lanka’s Minister Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said. During his visit, Mr. Modi will hold bilateral meetings with the Sri Lankan leadership. The two countries are likely to finalise development cooperation agreements, in addition to discussing key bilateral matters.


Dialogue on BCIM corridor to resume next week:

    Negotiations on the stalled Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor are set to resume next week in Kolkata. The China West Normal University is hosting a conference of scholars from China, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka on the prospects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in South Asia.

PM Modi to launch UDAN scheme on April 27 from Shimla:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi would launch regional connectivity scheme ‘UDAN’ on April 27 from Shimla Airport at Jubbarhatti. This is Modi’s first visit to Shimla after becoming the Prime Minister. Modi will land at Jubbarhatti airport and after launching UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme, will reach the historic Ridge Maidan.




China renames six areas in Arunachal:

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, China has reinforced its claims on the State by naming six places standardised Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabets.

On April 14, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on its website that the State Council, China’s Cabinet, had issued the new regulations. The six places in South Tibet — the names ascribed by Beijing to Arunachal Pradesh — were named Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri.

Banking & Business

NMDC, DMRL ink pact to tap tungsten assets:


National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) and Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) signed an MoU to tap tungsten mineral assets in the country. China is the largest producer of tungsten producing more than 80 per cent of the world’s production.




“One Part Woman” bags Sahitya Akademi award:

   The English translation of writer Perumal Murugan’s novel Mathorubhagan (One Part Woman) has won the Sahitya Akademi’s award for translation in English. The translation was done by Aniruddhan Vasudevan and the book was published by Penguin.



PM excellence award for Nizamabad market committee:

    Nizamabad Market Committee is selected for Prime Minister Award, for Introducing e-National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) programme. Nizamabad Collector Yogita Rana and market committee secretary Sangaiaha will receive the award from Prime Minister Modi, at New Delhi.

After launching this programme nearly Rs 70 crores worth transactions have been recorded at Nizamabad market committee in first quarter.

Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd (GNFC) wins Golden Peacock Award:

    The Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd (GNFC) won the prestigious Golden Peacock Award in the category of Innovative Product/Service for pioneering a cashless township transformation model.

Rajiv Kumar Gupta (IAS), the managing director of the GNFC, was given the award at a ceremony at the 27th World Congress at the Dubai Global Convention.


E-sports will become A Medal Event at The 2022 Asian Games:

    Competitive video games will become a medal sport for the first time ever at the 2022 Asian Games, the Olympic Council of Asia announced. They will appear as a demonstration event at the 2018 edition of the next Asian Games, held in Indonesia, as part of the run-up to e-sports official inclusion as a medal sport in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.