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Daily Current Affairs 26th April, 2024: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 26th April, 2024. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 26th April, 2024. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 26th April, 2024 Current affairs test.

National News

Indian Historical Records Commission Introduces New Brand Identity

  • The Indian Historical Records Commission (IHRC), established in 1919 and operating under the leadership of the Union Minister of Culture, has revealed a new logo and slogan.
  • The IHRC acts as the principal advisory group on archival matters in India, offering guidance on the management and utilization of records for historical research.

Inauguration of India’s First Green Hydrogen Initiative in Himachal Pradesh

  • A pioneering multi-purpose green hydrogen project has been inaugurated at the Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station in Jhakri, Himachal Pradesh.
  • Managed by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN), this initiative at the 1,500 MW facility aims to harness renewable energy sources for green hydrogen production.

Appointments News

Narsingh Yadav Leads WFI Athletes Commission

  • Following guidelines from the United World Wrestling, the global authority on the sport, Narsingh Yadav has been appointed as the chairman of the newly formed Athletes Commission of the Wrestling Federation of India.
  • This move is part of the criteria for reinstating the federation’s status.

Amitabh Chaudhry Secures Extended Term at Axis Bank

  • Axis Bank has confirmed the extension of Amitabh Chaudhry’s role as Managing Director & CEO for another three years, starting January 2025, pending approval from the RBI.
  • Additionally, Independent Directors Meena Ganesh and Gopalaraman Padmanabhan have been reappointed for four years.

RBI Extends Tenure of Deputy Governor Rabi Sankar

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has granted T. Rabi Sankar, a veteran at the Reserve Bank of India, a one-year extension as Deputy Governor, starting May 3, 2024.
  • This follows his initial three-year term which began on May 3, 2021.

Banking News

SEBI Greenlights CRISIL’s ESG Ratings Division

  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has authorized CRISIL ESG Ratings & Analytics as a Category 1 ESG ratings provider, highlighting the increasing relevance of environmental, social, and governance criteria in financial decision-making.

Digital Agriculture Lending Gets a Boost from NABARD-RBI Collaboration

  • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has partnered with the RBI Innovation Hub to enhance digital agricultural lending.
  • This collaboration aims to make loan processes more efficient and accessible to farmers throughout India.

SBI Card Introduces Travel-Focused Credit Cards

  • SBI Card has launched three new travel-oriented credit card variants: SBI Card MILES ELITE, SBI Card MILES PRIME, and SBI Card MILES, each offering specific benefits tailored to various travel preferences.

Business News

Microsoft Unveils Revolutionary AI Model, Phi-3-mini

  • Microsoft has announced the launch of Phi-3-mini, a small language model that sets new standards in AI performance and efficiency.
  • Employed by major corporations like ITC in India, this model is part of Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to advance AI technology.

Pharmaceutical Exports from India Hit $28 Billion

  • India’s pharmaceutical exports reached $28 billion in the fiscal year 2023-24, a 10% increase from the previous year, showcasing the sector’s growth despite a general decline in total exports.

Agreements News

Air India and ANA Strengthen Ties with Codeshare Agreement

  • Air India has expanded its relationship with All Nippon Airways through a new codeshare agreement effective from May 23, 2024.
  • This will allow passengers to book flights between India and Japan on either airline using a single ticket.

Defence News

IAF Successfully Tests Advanced Air-Launched Missile

  • The Indian Air Force has successfully conducted a test of a new air-launched medium-range ballistic missile, known as ROCKS or Crystal Maze 2, from a Su-30 MKI aircraft in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Awards News

Randeep Hooda Receives Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award

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  • Actor Randeep Hooda was honored with the Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award in a ceremony at Mumbai’s Dinanath Mangeshkar Natyagrih.
  • This award is in recognition of his significant contributions to Indian cinema, highlighted by his performance in “Swatantrya Veer Savarkar.”

Important Days

Remembrance for Chernobyl Disaster

  • The International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day was observed on April 26th, commemorating the 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, which affected millions with radioactive exposure.

World Intellectual Property Day Focuses on Innovation and SDGs

  • World Intellectual Property Day was celebrated on April 26th under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization.
  • The 2024 theme connected intellectual property to the Sustainable Development Goals, emphasizing its role in fostering innovation and creativity.

Obituaries News

Passing of Sudhir Kakar, Eminent Indian Psychologist

  • Sudhir Kakar, an influential figure in psychology known as the “Father of Indian Psychology,” has passed away at 85.
  • Kakar was celebrated for his writings and for bridging Western and Eastern psychological practices.
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