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    Important Current Affairs 14th April 2019

    NATIONAL:

    Apollo Hospitals launched an advanced centre for movement disorders.

    • On World Parkinson’s Day,11th April, Apollo Hospitals launched an advanced centre for movement disorders in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

    •  It will offer medical and surgical treatment for patients affected by various movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease.

    • The centre would offer Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgeries and other services to treat a wide spectrum of diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, cerebral palsy, dystonia, essential tremor, and intractable spasticity dyskinesia.

    • Tremors, mainly on one side of the body, is the first manifestation of Parkinson’s disease.

    • The initial management requires multidisciplinary care including physiotherapy, neurological support, psychiatric counselling, and nutrition. Surgery could be considered when the symptoms cannot be adequately controlled by medical management.

    • The centre would offer DBS in which electrodes are implanted in the brain.

    Essel World launched an interactive bird park in Gorai.

    • Essel World launched an interactive bird park in Gorai, Mumbai, Maharashtra. The first-of-its-kind rainforest-themed park spread across 1.4 acres is home to over 500 exotic birds from more than 60 species.

    • The main motive is to set up a bird park that meets international standards and let the city dwellers peep into the birds’ world. The park is carefully designed to ensure appropriate living conditions for the birds.

    • It is meant not only for entertainment but also to spread awareness of different types of birds. 

    • The park is equipped with small ponds for aquatic birds, dense cover of trees for birds to incubate their eggs and a water stream that offers drinking water to birds. It also houses a special bird’s kitchen and healthcare centre.

    IMF cut India growth forecast for 2019-20 to 7.3 per cent.

    • According to the latest edition of World Economic Outlook (WEO), released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during 2019 Spring Meeting, India is expected to grow at 7.3 per cent in fiscal year 2019-20, as against China's 6.6 per cent.

    • This is 20 basis points lower than January outlook and 10 basis points lower than October’s forecast.

    • Though the growth is estimated to go up at 7.5% during 2020-21. India’s Current account deficit is seen at around 2.5% of GDP.

    • Global growth fell to 3.6% in 2018 and is projected to decline further to 3.3% in 2019. China is forecast to grow 6.3% in 2019 and 6.1% in 2020.

    BANKS AND ECONOMICS:

    RBL Bank tied up with CreditVidya for improving customer experience.

    • Through this partnership, the private sector lender - RBL Bank will be able to gain significant insights into its customer base.

    • RBL Bank will leverage CreditVidya's big data underwriting platform across its credit card and mobile banking apps.

    • The bank had first partnered with CreditVidya in 2018 for instant and automated verification of employment details of salaried card applicants.

    • Founded in 2012, CreditVidya helps lenders and wallets assess risk of customers.

    APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:

    Jamia Millia Islamia gets its First Woman Vice-Chancellor.

    • The Ministry of Human Resources and Development issued a statement about appointing Professor Najma Akhtar as vice–chancellor of Jamia Millia Islam about Professor Najma Akhtar as vice–chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) by the President of India.

    • She is appointed for a period of five years. Professor Najma Akhtar will be the first woman to hold the post.

    • Professor Najma Akhtar is a gold medallist from Aligarh Muslim University. She has a PhD in Education from Kurukshetra University.

    • Professor Najma Akhtar a Commonwealth Fellow for University.

    Murali Kartik named as the new brand ambassador of Fantasy 11.

    • Funtasy11, a fantasy sports platform, has roped in former Indian cricketer Murali Kartik as its brand ambassador. Fantasy Gaming Space is rapidly growing and is expected to reach 100 million users by 2020.

    • Karthik was the ‘Official Fan Management Partner’ for the recently conducted Premier Badminton league.

    • Before Karthik, appointment of brand ambassadors made by famous online gaming industries are listed below:

    ♦ Dream 11 - MS Dhoni

    ♦ CricPlay - Gautam Gambhir

    ♦ HalaPlay - Hardik Pandya and his brother Krunal

    ♦ Fantain  - Suresh Raina

    ♦ Fanmojo - Prithvi Shaw

    Jean Michel Lapin elected as Haiti's new prime minister.

    • Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise announced that Jean Michel Lapin, who once served as a courier in the public administration, to be the new prime minister of the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

    • He succeeds Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant. The former culture and communications minister, Lapin was named acting prime minister on March 21.

    •  Lapin is the third head of government under President Moise, since he came to office in February 2017.

    • The formation of a new government in Haiti is an International Monetary Fund (IMF) pre-requisite for the disbursement of the first tranche of a US$229 million loan to Haiti.

    • In 2018, Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, had a record US$290 million deficit, while its national budget was estimated at US$1.8 billion.

    AWARDS:

    Two schemes of West Bengal won WSIS awards.

    • Two schemes, Utkarsh Bangla and Sabooj Sathi, of the West Bengal government for skill development and distribution of bicycles to students have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards of the United Nations. 

    • The announcement was made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Utkarsh Bangla Scheme:

    ♦ The scheme is to give vocational training to school dropouts by providing training ranging from 400 to 1200 hours free of charge. 

    ♦ Under this scheme, beneficiaries will be trained in driving, tailoring, repairing television and other electronic equipment's, beautician courses, etc. 

    Sabooj Sathi scheme:

    ♦ The objective of the scheme is to empower the students, especially the girls and reduce drop-outs in higher education. 

    ♦ Under the scheme, 34.94 lakh bicycles are already procured and distributed to target group students of class 9 to 12.

    Alice G. Vaidyan awarded the Freedom of the City of London.

    • Alice G. Vaidyan, Chairman and Managing Director of the General Insurance Corporation (GIC) of India, India’s reinsurance major awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her work to promote insurance ties between India and the UK. Alice G.

    • Vaidyan holds post graduate degree in English literature trained at Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.

    • She is a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of India. Alice G. Vaidyan was the first lady officer to assume the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director of General Insurance Corporation of India.

    • She was also the first lady chairman cum managing director of General Insurance Corporation of India. Freedom of the City is an honour bestowed by a City of London Corporation upon a valued member of the community, or upon a visiting celebrity or dignitary.

    Russia honours PM Narendra Modi with its highest civilian award.

    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi honoured with Russia’s highest state decoration, the Order of St Andrew the Apostle.

    • The award has been given to PM Modi for “exceptional services in promoting a special and privileged strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and the Republic of India and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian peoples.

    • This is the seventh award conferred on PM Modi by a foreign country.

    • The award was established at the end of the 17th century by Tsar Peter I in honour of Apostle Andrew the First-Called.

    • The award has been given to only 18 people, including weapons designer Mikhail Kalashnikov; writers Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II; doctors Valery Shumakov and Boris Petrovsky; singers Lyudmila Zykina and Irina Arkhipova; choreographer Yuri Grigorovich; and former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev.

    Deepa Malik honoured with New Zealand Prime Ministers Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019.

    • Rio Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik was named as the recipient of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019 in recognition of her “inspiring achievements“.

    • She became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic Games when she bagged a silver in shot put F 53 at the Rio Paralympics in 2016, scoring her personal best of 4.61m.

    • She will work to promote sporting, cultural as well people-to-people relationship between India and New Zealand.

    • The fellowship, awarded by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, aims to strengthen the ties between India and New Zealand.

    • Deepa Malik is the only Indian woman to have won medals in three consecutive Asian Para Games in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

    •  Her tally of laurels stands at 58 national and 23 international medals.

    • She is also the recipient of India’s civilian honour Padma Shri and the prestigious Arjuna Award for excellence in sports. Deepa has entered the Limca Book of World Records four times.

    SPORTS:

    Anand secured 5th place in the Shamkir Chess 2019 tournament.

    • Viswanathan Anand secured 5th place in the Shamkir Chess 2019 tournament, Shamkir, Azerbaijan. He drew with Veselin Topalov in the ninth round to finish fourth with 4.5 points, the same as Alexander Grischuk and Teimour Radjabov.

    • However, Anand was placed fifth in the rankings behind Magnus Carlsen, Ding Liren, Sergey Karjakin, and Grischuk.

    • The results (ninth round):

    ♦ Anand (4.5) drew with Veselin Topalov (4)

    ♦ David Navara (4) drew with Teimour Radjabov (4.5)

    ♦ Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (3.5) drew with Sergey Karjakin (5)

    ♦ Ding Liren (5) drew with Anish Giri (3)

    ♦ Magnus Carlsen (7) bt Alexander Grischuk (4.5).

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