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Daily Current Affairs 7th & 8th April, 2024: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 7th & 8th April, 2024. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 7th & 8th 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 7th & 8th April, 2024 Current affairs test.

National News

India Eases Export Controls on Key Commodities to Maldives Amid Diplomatic Tensions

  • Amid ongoing diplomatic tensions, India has lifted restrictions on exporting crucial items to the Maldives for the fiscal year 2024-25.
  • This list includes vital goods such as eggs, onions, potatoes, rice, wheat flour, sugar, and dal, marking a significant move despite the strains in diplomatic ties since the previous November.

International News

Slovakia Elects Peter Pellegrini as President, Affirming Pro-Russian Orientation

  • Peter Pellegrini has been declared the winner in Slovakia’s latest presidential race, indicating a sustained pro-Russian direction under Prime Minister Robert Fico’s administration.
  • Pellegrini’s triumph suggests an endorsement of Fico’s pro-Russian policies, contentious reforms, and the ongoing friction with Western countries.

US-UK Pact to Enhance AI Security Measures

  • The United States and the United Kingdom have forged an agreement aimed at strengthening safety protocols for artificial intelligence technology.
  • This agreement, encapsulated in a memorandum of understanding, seeks to unify efforts in developing sophisticated AI model testing frameworks, resonating with the pledges made at the AI Safety Summit in Bletchley Park.

States News

Uttarakhand Takes Measures Against GLOF Threats

  • The Uttarakhand state government has set in motion strategies to evaluate and curb the risks tied to Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs).
  • It has instituted two specialist committees to appraise and supervise five glacial lakes deemed at imminent risk, prompting swift and decisive action.

Punjab Unveils ‘Booth Raabta’ for Enhanced Voter Engagement

  • In a novel approach to boost voter participation and ease access to electoral information, the district of Malerkotla in Punjab has launched the ‘Booth Raabta’ website.
  • Launched by Dr. Pallavi, the District Election Officer and Deputy Commissioner, this platform is praised for serving as a one-stop source for both voters and polling staff.

Appointments News

Srinivas Pallia Takes Helm as Wipro CEO

  • Following Thierry Delaporte’s departure, Wipro has appointed Srinivas Pallia as its new CEO and Managing Director, effective from April 7, 2024, as announced by the company’s Board of Directors.

Love Kumar Named IG in Special Protection Group

  • Love Kumar, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, has been designated as Inspector General (IG) in the Special Protection Group (SPG) for a tenure of two years, as confirmed by an official notice from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

Olympic Champion Valerie Adams to Champion TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2024

  • Valerie Adams, celebrated Olympic shot putter, has been announced as the International Event Ambassador for the forthcoming Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bengaluru, set for April 28, 2024.

Awards News

GAIL Secures CIDC Vishwakarma Award for Pipeline Project

  • The 15th CIDC Vishwakarma Award has been awarded to GAIL (India) Limited in the ‘Achievement Award for Best Construction Projects’ category, recognizing the Barauni – Guwahati Natural Gas Pipeline project.
  • This initiative plays a crucial role in linking North-East India with the National Gas Grid.

Business News

SIDBI and KarmaLife Collaborate to Provide Micro Loans to Gig Workers

  • The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has partnered with KarmaLife, a fintech platform, to offer micro loans to gig workers.
  • This alliance aims at improving financial inclusivity for gig workers by utilizing KarmaLife’s app technology to simplify the loan process.

Defence News

Sagar Kavach 2024: Coastal Defence Drill in Lakshadweep

  • A coastal security exercise, Sagar Kavach 01/24, was conducted around the Lakshadweep Islands over two days, from April 1-2, 2024.
  • The drill saw participation from various maritime security bodies, including the Indian Navy and Coast Guard, among others.

Indian Coast Guard Opens New Aquatic Centre

  • The Director General of the Indian Coast Guard, Rakesh Pal, inaugurated the Indian Coast Guard Aquatic Centre at ICGS Mandapam in Tamil Nadu, part of a broader effort to review and enhance maritime security and infrastructure.

Books and Authors News

Sam Pitroda Explores ‘The Idea of Democracy’ in New Book

  • Sam Pitroda’s latest book, ‘The Idea of Democracy,’ examines the contemporary challenges facing democracy in nations such as India and the United States.
  • The book’s unveiling attracted notable figures, including Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal.

Sports News

India Leads in Doping Violations, According to WADA Report

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  • The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has identified India as having the highest ratio of doping violations in its 2022 report.
  • With 127 out of 4,064 Indian athlete samples testing positive, the findings highlight a pressing issue within Indian athletics.

Important Days News

World Health Day 2024 Theme Announced

  • Observed annually on April 7th, World Health Day 2024 emphasizes “My Health, My Right,” spotlighting the essential human right to quality healthcare services, education, and information.

Miscellaneous News

Geographical Indication Tags for Miraj’s Musical Instruments

  • Miraj, a town in Maharashtra renowned for its musical instrument craftsmanship, especially sitars and tanpuras, has been awarded Geographical Indication (GI) tags, acknowledging their distinct quality and origin.
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