www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current affairs Apr 11, 2017 (11/04/2017)
Topic : India and its neighbours, Latest Diary of Events
First ‘Silk Road’ train started journey from Britain to China
The first rail freight service from Britain to China was recently started journey from Britain.
Thirty containers filled with UK-produced goods have set off on the 7,500-mile journey from Stanford-le-Hope in Essex which will take 18 days.
The service is part of China’s One Belt, One Road programme of reviving the Ancient Silk Road trading routes with the West.
Topic : Latest Historical Events, National News
Digital Exbition – Swachhagraha – 100 years of Champaran Satyagraha
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated an exhibition “Swachhagraha – Bapu Ko Karyanjali – Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshani” in the New Delhi.
This exhibition is organized for mark the 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first experiment of Satyagraha in Champaran.
He also launched an ‘Online Interactive Quiz – Karyanjali’ at the event which is being organized by the National Archives of India (NAI).
Champaran Satyagraha was a historic mass movement which had a phenomenal impact and appealed to the countrymen to become ‘Swachhagrahis’ and create a Swachh Bharat.
About Champaran Satyagraha:
Gandhi had arrived in Champaran, a district in Bihar, in 1917 to take up the cause of the farmers who were forced to grow indigo, instead of food crops, by the British.
Champaran Satyagraha was the first non-violence action initiated by Gandhi, who during his stay in Bihar.
The Champaran Satyagraha changed the dynamics of Indian politics, launching Gandhi Ji to the forefront of India’s freedom struggle.
Topic : New Appointments, Who is Who, Persons in News
India’s Ambassador to Germany – Mukta Dutta Tomar
Mukta Dutta Tomar has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany.
She is presently Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Topic: India’s Foreign Policy, Pacts
India & Australia Signed 6 Agreements
India and Australia signed 6 agreements to boost the bilateral cooperation between the two nations on 10th April 2017.
The signed agreements include cooperation in combating international terrorism and trans-national organised crime.
These agreements were signed during Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s four-day visit to India from 9th April to 12th April 2017.
The six agreements are below –
MoU on cooperation in combatting international terrorism and trans-national organised crime.
MoU to promote and develop cooperation in civil aviation security.
MoU on cooperation in the fields of environment, climate and wildlife.
MoU on cooperation in sports.
MoU on cooperation in the field of health and medicines.
Topic : Latest Court Verdicts, Persons in News
Former Indian Navy officer – Kulbhushan Jadhav sentenced to death by Pakistan
Kulbhushan Yadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a military court of Pakistan on 10th April 2017.
He was accused of espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi of Pakistan.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan in a release said Jadhav was arrested on 3rd March 2016 in Balochistan’s Mashkel area for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against the country.
Yadav joined the Indian National Defence Academy in 1987 and was commissioned in the engineering branch of Indian Navy in 1991.
Yadhav was arrested by the Pakistani authorities allegedly for being associated with the freedom fighters in Balochistan.
Allegations were that he was an active Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent. However, India denied such charges against him.
Reports showed that Union Government says that Jadhav was a small businessman and owns a cargo business in Chabahar, Iran. He has nothing to do with RAW and was abducted from Iran.