Current Affairs April – 23 – NITI Aayog to present new approach


Now, you can withdraw 90% of PF savings for buying flat, land:

You can now leverage up to 90% of your retirement savings parked in the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) account to have a house of your own.

Under the new rules notified by the government, EPF members can make a one-time withdrawal or use their PF savings to make installment payments for buying a flat or a tract of land to construct a house.


NITI Aayog to present new approach:

The five-year plan followed for more than six decades ended in March with the 12th Plan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the meeting of the governing council of NITI Aayog, where a new three-year policy action plan to replace the old system of five-year plans will be discussed.

     The new planning process, the council is likely to take up for discussion issues such as increasing farmer incomes and urban development.

This is the first time that an economic policy document will also focus on judicial reforms and how to improve law and order and the police system.


China’s 1st cargo spacecraft successfully docks with space lab:

China’s first unmanned cargo spacecraft successfully completed automated docking with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab.

Tianzhou-1 was successfully launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in the southern Hainan province and made contact with the space lab within hours.

The cargo ship will dock with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space station, provide fuel and other supplies, and conduct space experiments before falling back to Earth. China aims to build a permanent space station by 2022.

US to honour Australia refugee deal that Donald Trump called ‘dumb’:

Mike Pence, the American Vice President, confirmed that his country would honour a refugee deal an agreement with Australia over resettling refugees that Donald Trump once described as “dumb”.

Under the deal, America would take up to 1,250 refugees housed by Australia in detention camps on the Pacific island nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

1st ‘India Indonesia Energy Forum’ held in Jakarta:

    A Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia on cooperation in the field of Oil and Gas was signed on the occasion.

The Energy Forum was preceded by 2nd Joint Working Group (JWG) on Oil and Gas, 4th Joint Working Group on Coal and 1st Joint Working Group on New and Renewable Energy. The reports of three Joint Working Groups were presented to two Ministers during the Energy Forum.

22 films to be part of EU film festival:

    The European Union Film Festival 2017 was inaugurated. As many as 22 films will be screened over the next two weeks from April 22 to May 4.

The Portuguese film Capitao Falcao was screened as part of the inauguration of the festival, which is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to India and Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation.

The contemporary films screened as a part of the festival will be a part of the theme ‘Love for cinema’.

President of ICAF: Sivan Kanna



World Book Day is also known as World Book and Copyright Day. World Book Day is an annual event celebrated every year by the people all over the world on 23rd of April. It is the most important event organized annually by the UNESCO in order to promote the reading, publishing and copyright among the public worldwide.

World Book Day celebration was started by the UNESCO first time on 23rd of April in 1995.


Simbine too fast for Van Niekerk in 100m:

    Rio Olympics finalist Akani Simbine got the better of world 400m record-holder Wayde van Niekerk to win the South African championships 100 metres title in Potchefstroom.

Simbine dipped at the line in a time of 9.95 seconds with Van Niekerk earning silver in a photo finish with a time of 10.04 and Thando Roto rounding off the podium in third place.

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