28-30 April 2018 Current Affairs

Rural electrification | Manipur | India-China informal summit | Red Fort lease |

Posted on May 02, 2018 08:58 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Which village of Manipur state on 28 April 2018 became the last village in India to be added to the national power grid with which the Union Government met the ambitious target of connecting all villages of the country to the national electricity grid? – Leisang

Explanation: The Narendra Modi-led Union Government on 29 April 2018 announced that it had achieved the target of connecting all 18,452 un-electrified villages of the country to the national electricity grid. It claimed that Leisang in Manipur became the last village to be added to the national power grid on 28 April 2018.

- The rural electrification scheme to supply power to 18,452 census villages that have never seen power since Independence has been one of the pet schemes of PM Narendra Modi.

- The government started electrifying over 18,000 villages, which did not have access to power, in 2015 and has already connected them to the central grid ahead of the 2019 deadline.

- Of the 170 million rural households in the country, the government website claims to have connected 82% of them. Metered households are 50% of the total.

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2) The historic informal summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping was held in which Chinese city on 27 and 28 April 2018? – Wuhan

Explanation: Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Central China’s Hubei province, was the host city for the historic informal summit meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping. The summit was held on 27 and 28 April 2018. The two countries agreed to enhance policy coordination in the neighbourhood and to discuss cooperation in the future. They also agreed to develop a project jointly in war-torn Afghanistan.

- The success of the summit raised hopes of improving relations in light of last year's tensions on a number of issues including the Doklam military standoff.

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3) Which group became the first corporate house in India's history to adopt a historical monument, as was disclosed on 29 April 2018? – Dalmia Bharat Group

Explanation: Dalmia Bharat Group became the first corporate house in India’s history to adopt a historical monument after it was awarded a contract worth Rs. 250 million (or Rs. 25 crore) spanning five years for maintaining the 17th century Red Fort.

- The Dalmia Bharat group won the contract by beating IndiGo Airlines and the GMR group in the race to bag one of the most prestigious contracts under the Indian government's ‘Adopt A Heritage’ scheme.

- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Dalmia Bharat Limited, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on 9 April, even though the Ministry of Tourism went public with the deal on 25 April 2018.

- This was part of the Modi administration’s plan to allow corporate control of some monuments and heritage sites, so that their maintenance and operations could be handled more professionally.

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4) What is the name of the Pakistani-origin politician who was appointed United Kingdom’s new Interior Minister on 30 April 2018, a day after Amber Rudd resigned from the post? – Sajid Javid

Explanation: Pakistani-origin MP Sajid Javid was on 30 April 2018 appointed U.K.’s new Home Secretary. He replaced Amber Rudd who resigned a day earlier after admitting that she had “inadvertently misled” Parliament over the existence of deportation targets for immigrants.

- Javid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver whose family migrated to Britain in the 1960s, was promoted from his Cabinet post of Communities, Local Government and Housing minister. The 48-year-old former investment banker is the Conservative party MP for   and has previously held business and culture portfolios in the U.K. government.

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