Current Affairs Pocket : 28th-30th April 2017

Nita Ambani made member of IOC’s Olympic Channel Commission

  • India’s first woman International Olympic Committee member Nita Ambani has made it to two important commissions of the global sports governing body, including the prestigious Olympic channel.
  • Besides the Olympic Channel, Ms. Ambani has also been made a member of Olympic education Commission as IOC announced the composition of 26 commissions for 2017.
  • Ms. Ambani has replaced International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven. She will serve the position till she turns 70.

India successfully test-fires Agni-III ballistic missile

  • India successfully carried out a fresh user trial of 3,000-kilometer range Agni-III ballistic missile from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.
  • The Strategic Forces Command with logistics support from Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) carried out the test from launch pad No. 4 of the Integrated Test Range. The test was aimed at re-establishing the operational effectiveness of the weapon system.

Haryana’s Ballabhgarh renamed as Balramgarh

  • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced the renaming of Ballabgarh town in Faridabad as Balramgarh.
  • Situated around 30 km from Delhi on National Highway-2, Ballabgarh is a town and a tehsil (sub-division). The princely State was founded by Balram Singh in 1739. Ballabgarh means ‘the fort of Balram’.

YES BANK awarded Golden Peacock Award 2017

  • India’s fifth largest private sector Bank, the YES BANK has won the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock Innovative Product/Service Award 2017’ (in Financial sector Banking).
  • It received the prize for its innovative mobile technology product, SIMsePAY at the Dubai Global Convention 2017 for the 27th World Congress on Leadership for Business Excellence & Innovation and Presentation of Golden Peacock Awards. The Golden Peacock Awards were established by the Institute of Directors (IOD) in India in 1991.

Former minister Ashwani Kumar to get Japan Imperial Decoration

  • Former Union minister Ashwani Kumar has been selected by Japan for this year’s Spring Imperial Decorations, for his contribution to the strengthening of bilateral ties and promotion of friendship between the two countries.
  • The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, the highest category of decorations among the Orders of the Rising Sun, is conferred in recognition of distinguished accomplishments of individuals.
  • The Presentation Ceremony for the Investiture of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun will be held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 9, when the foreign recipients will be given an audience with His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.

Jehan Daruvala becomes 1st Indian to take pole in FIA F3 European Championship

  • Jehan Daruvala, in his rookie season at the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, is already making waves. The 18-year-old product of Force India Academy, became the first Indian to take pole in the F3 European series, securing the top spot on the starting grid for Race 1 of the second round of the championship in Monza, Italy. However, he was unable to translate that into a race victory, and finished the hard-fought race in second place, behind his Carlin Racing teammate Lando Norris of the UK.
  • Daruvala took pole during the qualifying session for Race 1 at the famed Monza Grand Prix circuit in thrilling fashion. The Carlin Racing driver was on his hot lap when curtains fell on the qualifying session with British racer Callum Illot (Prema Powerteam) in the lead.

Indian Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik wins gold medal in Moscow competition

  • Internationally renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik from Odisha won the jury prize gold medal at the 10th Moscow Sand art Championship.
  • The competition was held between 22nd and 28th April at Kolomenskoye, Moscow in Russia. The theme for the competition was “The world around us”. Pattnaik was the Indian representative in the competition, where twenty-five sculptors from different countries participated.

India’s 1st book village to come up in Maharashtra

  • A village in Maharashtra famous for its strawberries is soon going offer more – rare Marathi books and magazines. From May 4, Bhilar will become India’s firstbook village’ where tourists and locals can come and read books, magazines, newspapers stacked at 25 premises. Near the popular the British-era hill station of Mahabaleshwar, Bhilar already attracts a large number of tourists, who come to taste the locally produced strawberries.
  • Bhilar, which has a population of about 10,000, and nearby areas produce around 100 tons of strawberry every year, earning them Rs 50 crore. And 90% of the village’s population is involved in strawberry farming.

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