Daily Current Affairs - 02nd Apr 2018

Centre extends deadline for Condonation of Delay Scheme

  • Defaulting firms have been given more time to submit their filings under the companies law, with the government extending the Condonation of Delay Scheme till April 30. Following requests from various stakeholders, the Corporate Affairs Ministry has extended the deadline for the scheme, which ended on March 31.
  • The scheme, announced initially for a three-month period starting from January 1, was introduced in the wake of the crackdown on companies allegedly being used as conduits for illicit fund flows as well as those registered entities that have not been carrying out business activities for long.
  • The ministry had so far disqualified more than 3.09 lakh directors of companies which failed to submit annual filings for a long time.
  • Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs: Arun Jaitley
  • Corporate Affair Secretary Injeti Srinivas

Coal India sets 20 GW solar power generation target in next 10 yrs

  • Coal India is planning to generate about 20,000 megawatt (MW) in the next 10 years as part of its diversification plan. India has set a target to generate 100 GW of solar power by 2022. Coal India is planning in a big way for solar and have set a target of generating 20,000 MW in next 10 years.
  • Chairman and Managing Director: Gopal Singh

Film director C.V. Rajendran passed away

  • Veteran Tamil film director C.V. Rajendran passed away. He directed some 78 films. He was part of ace director C.V. Sridhar’s unit and directed many memorable movies. These include Galatta Kalyanam, Sumathi En Sundari and Ponnunjal.
  • He did Sivakamiyin Selvan, a remake of the Hindi hit Aradhana. Raja, starring Sivaji Ganesan and Jayalalithaa, was another notable film.

India replaces Vietnam to become second largest producer of mobile phones

  • According to the data shared by Indian Cellular Association with the government, India is now the second-largest mobile phone producer in the world after China. The annual production of mobile phones in India increased from 3 million units in 2014 to 11 million units in 2017.
  • With this, India replaced Vietnam to become the second largest producer of mobile phones in 2017. With the rise in mobile phone production, imports of the devices in the country also reduced to less than half in 2017-18.

India steps up vigil at Walong tri-junction

  • India deployed troops along the disputed Sino-India border in the Himalayan range of the Arunachal sector to have increased patrolling at a tri-junction (of India, China and Myanmar) to prevent a repeat of a Doklam-like standoff. The tri-junction is located around 50 km from Walong, India’s easternmost town in Arunachal Pradesh, near the Tibet region.
  • Chinese troops did not enter the tri-junction too frequently, but had developed road infrastructure near the area, which could be advantageous for the mobilisation of troops.

ISRO losses contact with communication satellite GSAT-6A

  • ISRO’s Communication link with the GSAT-6A satellite launched on March 29 has been lost and efforts are underway to establish a link with after maintaining an unusual silence on the health of the spacecraft.
  • The ISRO had successfully put into orbit its latest communication satellite GSAT-6A after a perfect launch of its powerful geosynchronous rocket (GSLV-F08), from its spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The satellite would help in mobile communication even from very remote locations through hand-held ground terminals.

John Isner lifts Men's Singles trophy of Miami Open

  • John Isner of US has lifted the Men's Singles trophy of the Miami Open. He defeated fourth-placed German Alexander Zverev, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 to win his first ever Masters 1,000 title. Following the win, 32-year old Isner, currently ranked the world number 17, will now move back into the top 10 next week.
  • The American had lost three previous Masters 1,000 finals before his win in Miami.

Kerala lifts their sixth Santosh Trophy

  • Kerala have lifted their sixth Santosh Trophy Football title. In a thrilling final in Kolkata , they held their nerves to beat defending champions and 32-time winners Bengal via penalty shootout. Locked 2-2 after extra time, Kerala goalkeeper V Mithun put up a stellar show in the tie-breaker to help his side win 4-2.
  • Kerala had beaten Punjab 3-2 with an extra time goal to win their earlier Santosh Trophy title in New Delhi in October 2004.

Only one doctor in most primary health centres in India

  • According to information provided by the Union Minister of Health, 0f the total 25,650 primary health centres (PHCs) in the country, 15,700 (61.2%) function with one doctor each. As many as 1,974 (7.69%) PHCs do not have even a single doctor.
  • As per to the Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) guidelines, each 24/7 PHC should have a minimum of two doctors apart from a desirable third, apart from three nurses, one lab technician and one pharmacist.
  • While 9,183 (35.8%) of the total number of PHCs do not have a lab technician, 4,744 (18.4%) do not have a pharmacist. Among the big States, where the number of PHCs are more than 600, Gujarat tops the list with 100% of its 1,392 centres having one doctor each.
  • Among the better performing States are Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, where only 14.4% of 1,362 PHCs and 23.8% of 1814 PHCs, respectively, have one doctor each.

Pakistan thrashes West Indies in first T20

  • Pakistan thrashed West Indies side by 143 runs in the first Twenty20 at the National Stadium in Karachi, the first international match in the city for nine years. Pakistan scored 203-5 in 20 overs before bowling the West Indies out for its lowest-ever T20 total of 60 runs in 13.4 overs.

Public sector banks needed to push infra growth

  • Brushing aside the demand for privatization of state-owned lenders, Banks Board Bureau Chief Vinod Rai said public sector banks (PSBs) still have a role, especially in the creation of infrastructure in the country. He further said that because of PSBs support to major projects like road, ports, airport, power, telecom which further enhances the country’s infrastructure. Expressing concern over a spate of frauds in PSBs, several experts, including Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian and Former NITI Aayog Chairman Arvind Panagariya, have made a case for the privatisation of government-owned lenders.

Sameer Verma enters semifinals of Orleans Open

  • Sameer Verma entered semifinal at the Orleans Open World Super 100 tournament after a hard-fought win over local hope Lucas Corvee in the men's singles competition.Sameer saw off eighth-seeded Corvee 17-21, 21-19, 21-15 in a battle that lasted an hour and eight minutes at the Palais des sports. The Indian will face Netherlands' Mark Caljouw, seeded fourth, next.

The Indian Meteorological Department predicts above normal summer expected this year

  • The India Meteorological Department warned that the average temperatures in most parts of India are expected to be above normal between April and June, the period it considers the actual summer season. The temperatures in east, east-central and southern India, which include Odisha, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, are likely to be lower than the usual, indicating that the onset of monsoon will be on time.
  • Last year was recorded as the hottest year so far by the IMD since 1901 and other meteorological institutes across the country.

US, South Korea begin low-key army drills

  • The United States and South Korea started a low-key joint military drill as a diplomatic thaw over North Korea gathered pace. The annual Foal Eagle drill is a series of field training exercises involving some 11,500 American and 290,000 South Korean troops.
  • This year's drills feature fewer strategic weapons like a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The deployment of such powerful weapons at past drills has frequently drawn an angry response from the North Korea.