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Today GK Updates & 15th April Daily Current Affairs

 

1. Indian Army observes 36th Siachen Day on 13th April

– The Indian Army observed the 36th Siachen Day on 13th April, remembering the gallant martyrs of Siachen. Siachen Day commemorates the courage and fortitude displayed by troops of the Indian Army in securing the highest and coldest battlefield in the world.

– On April 13, 1984, the Indian Army launched ”Operation Meghdoot” to secure Bilafond La and other passes on the Saltoro Ridgeline from Pakistani aggression.

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Siachen lies in the Karakoram Range in North-West India. Siachen Glacier is 76.4km long and covers about 10,000sqkm of uninhabited terrain.

 

2. Nation remembers Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar on his 129th birth anniversary

РDr. Ambedkar is known as the chief architect of the Indian Constitution and has been bestowed with the country’s highest civilian honor, Bharat Ratna in 1990 posthumously.

– Dr. Ambedkar was a known jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who worked hard throughout his life to end social discrimination against weaker sections of the society.

– He became the first Law and Justice Minister after the independence and played a key role in drafting the Constitution and provisions for abolition of all forms of discrimination.

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Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar was born on 14th April, 1891 at Mhow, now known as Dr. Ambedkar Nagar in Madhya Pradesh.

 

3. Retail inflation eases to 5.91 percent in March

– Retail inflation slowed to 5.91 per cent in March over the previous month, mainly due to easing food prices as per the government data released.

– The retail inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 6.58 per cent in February 2020 and 2.86 per cent in March 2019. The inflation in the food basket was 8.76 per cent in March 2020, lower from 10.81 per cent in the previous month, as per the CPI data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO).

– The Reserve Bank of India mainly factors in the retail inflation while deciding its bi-monthly monetary policy. The government has mandated the central bank to keep inflation at around 4 per cent.

 

4. e-NAM completes four years of implementation

– The pan-India Agriculture trading portal e-NAM completed four years of implementation on 14 April.
e-NAM helped in realising the vision of One Nation One Market for agri produce.

– e-NAM was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 21 mandis on 14th April in 2016. More than 1.66 crore farmers and 1.28 Lakh traders are registered on e-NAM platform.

– Farmers are free to register on e-NAM portal and they are uploading their produce for sale online to the traders across all e-NAM mandis.

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Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare: Narendra Singh Tomar

 

5. Google Pay launches ‘Nearby Spot’ to help users find local stores selling essentials

– Google has launched ‘Nearby Spot’ under Google Pay using which users in Bengaluru can see local stores selling essentials like groceries that are open, amid the lockdown. The Nearby Spot will be launched in Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, and Delhi soon.

– The company has also launched the COVID-19 Spot on Google Pay that aggregates all pertinent information on the topic, sourced directly from the Health Ministry.

– This Spot also helps users donate to the PM-CARES Fund or to NGOs such as SEEDS, Give India, United Way and Charities Aid Foundation that are working towards procurement of protective equipment for medical workers and relief for lockdown-impacted daily wagers.

 

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Google CEO: Sundar Pichai; Headquarters: California, United States

 

6. Former Attorney General of India Ashok Desai passes away

– Former Attorney General of India and senior advocate Ashok Desai passed away.

– A Padma Bhushan awardee, Desai held office as the Attorney General of India from July 9, 1996 to May 6, 1998.

– Earlier, he was the Solicitor General of India from 18 December, 1989 to December 2, 1990.

 

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Present Attorney General of India: K. K. Venugopal

 
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