1. World Hemophilia Day observed today
ii. The day is observed to advocate for the global efforts to ensure appropriate care and treatment of diseases, which are the oldest known genetic bleeding disorders caused by Genetic Deficiency.
iii. 50 Years of Advancing Treatment for All has been decided as the theme for the year 2013.
iv. The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) and the global community have worked together, for over a period of past 50 years, to improve care and treatment for inherited bleeding disorders.
v. Hemophilia generally is a blood disorder that effects a huge population across the world.
vi. The disease is generally transmitted to the daughter from his father at the time of birth, who further becomes the carrier of hemophilia cells of the defected gene to her children.
NOTE: i. This is a non-curable disease but can be handled, if treated finely. World Hemophilia Day aims to increase awareness of this disease and other bleeding disorders as well as where we have been, where we want to go, and that together, we can close the gap in care.
ii. Hemophilia B is the second most common kind of bleeding disorder, also termed as factor IX deficiency.
2. The Orphan Master’s Son won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
i. Adam Johnson’s novel The Orphan Master’s son won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2013.
ii. The book carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.
iii. Johnson teaches creative writing at Stanford University.
3. Reserve Bank of India to Start Plastic Money Project on Trial Basis
i. The Reserve Bank of India on 16 April 2013 announced that it would start the introduction of Plastic Notes in the market on trial basis. The announcement was made by the Deputy Governor of RBI, K.C. Chakrabarty in Magalore.
ii. The Deputy Governor in his announcement informed that the Central Bank would launch the plastic notes the denomination of 10 rupees and will continue with other small denominations depending upon the success of these notes.
iii. The introduction of the scheme would start on a trial basis following the mandate of the Union Government to introduce plastic/polymer currency notes of 10 rupees on a field trial in five cities of India. The date for launch of the Plastic Notes was not cleared by the Bank.
4. Sunil Kumar Took Over as the Managing Director of CRIS
i. Sunil Kumar took over as the Managing Director of Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) on 16 April 2013. He will remain at the post of Advisor Safety in Railway Board as well as his present designation till notified further.
ii. Sunil Kumar is the 1976 batch officer of Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS).
iii. He completed his MBA and MA (Political Science) from the University of Allabhabad.
iv. Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) was established in 1986 by Ministry of Railways.
v. The aim of CRIS was to provide consulting and IT services to Indian Railways.
vi. At present, CRIS works with Indian Railways to build new products or services and to implement prudent business and technology strategies.
5. H.R. Mohan elected as the New Vice President of Computer Society
i. H.R. Mohan on 16 April 2013 was elected as the Vice-President-Cum-President Elect of Computer Society of India (CSI).
ii. H.R. Mohan is the Assistant Vice-President (Systems), The Hindu.
iii. Currently, he is working with India's National Newspaper, The Hindu as Associate Vice President (Systems)
i. Computer Society of India (CSI) was formed in 1965, and has been instrumental in guiding the Indian IT industry down the right path since its formative years.
ii. At present, the CSI has 70 chapters all over India with 418 student branches, and more than 90000 members including India's most famous IT industry leaders, brilliant scientists and dedicated academicians.
6. Navjot Singh conferred with the Sher-i-Kashmir Award
i. Navjot Singh on 17 April 2013 became the youngest athlete of Jammu and Kashmir to be conferred with the Sher-i-Kashmir Sports Award.
ii. He is 16 years old. He was adjudged best sportsperson for 2008-09, got the award in recognition of his impressive outing at the 9th Sub Junior National Aerobic Gymnastics at Rajkot in 2007 where he won a silver medal.
iii. Navjot is one of the 13 gymnasts of the state, who were awarded for their efforts.
NOTE: Sher-i-Kashmir Sports Awards were instituted in 1978. However, after 1991 when militancy began in the state, the awards were not given. The awards were then presented in 2002 to be continued since then.
7. Vodafone launches money transfer through mobiles
i. Vodafone India, along with ICICI Bank, on Wednesday launched its mobile money transfer and payment service, targeting mainly migrant workers.
ii. Called “M-Pesa”, the service was launched across the eastern states of India that include West Bengal (including Kolkata), Bihar and Jharkhand. India has, 30 crore migrant population majority of whom are from here.
iii. According to Marten Pieters, Managing Director and CEO, Vodafone India, the service will help achieve financial inclusion.
iv. Under the M-Pesa scheme, customers need to have an M-Pesa account which can be made at the various outlets.
v. Once an account is made, subscribers can deposit & withdraw cash from select outlets, transfer money within India, make payments to recharge, clear utility bills and for DTH service among others.
vi. Initially, the service (M-PESA) will be restricted to remittances and later extended to the other facilities, like savings bank accounts.
8. Music composer T K Ramamurthy passes away
i. Noted music composer of yesteryear, T K Ramamurthy (91) died in Chennai on Wednesday following brief illness.
ii. The veteran composer, also a violinist, breathed his last this morning at a hospital
iii. The M S Viswanathan-Ramamurthy duo had composed music for a number of films including 'Karnan', the story of the warrior king which starred a galaxy of actors including South Indian thespians Sivaji Ganesan and N T Ramarao.
iv. Later, Ramamurthy parted ways with Viswanathan in the mid-60s and composed music for a few films.
9. SC grants four weeks more to Sanjay Dutt to surrender
i. Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt on Wednesday got partial relief from the Supreme Court which granted him four weeks time on "humanitarian" grounds to surrender before jail authorities to undergo 42 months remaining sentence in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
ii. Dutt, 53, had sought six months time to surrender to complete his seven movies in which producers have invested over Rs 278 crore.
iii. The apex court accepted the plea of humanitarian grounds raised by him for extending the time for surrender which was to expire tomorrow but made it clear that no further extension will be granted to him.
iv. The bench also noted in its order that senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Dutt, has agreed to the same that no further extension will be sought.
10. RCB beat Delhi via Super Over in thrilling finish
i. Royal Challengers Bangalore pulled off a nail-biting win over Delhi Daredevils via the Super Over in a thrilling Pepsi IPL match in
Bangalore on Tuesday.
ii. With both teams tied at 152 after the end of Bangalore's innings, the result was decided with the help of a Super Over wherein both sides got six balls each.
iii. AB de Villiers smashed Umesh Yadav for two sixes, both over deep midwicket region, to help
score 15 runs in the Super Over. Bangalore
iv. In reply, Delhi could manage only 11 runs with the loss of two wickets against a fired-up Ravi Rampaul, who removed danger-man David Warner on the very first ball and then went on to take the wicket of Ben Rohrer.
iv. Irfan Pathan tried to earn the Daredevils their first win in the tournament, hitting a four and six over deep bacckward square leg, but his efforts fell short by five runs.
v. This was the second time a Super Over was played in just two weeks -- both the occasions involving Royal Challengers Bangalore.
11. Sixteen injured in bomb blast near BJP's Bangalore office
i. At least 16 people, including eight policemen, were injured when an "incendiary bomb" placed in a motorbike exploded near the Karnataka BJP city office buzzing with activity ahead of the May five Assembly polls.
ii. The policemen were on security duty as part of the bandobast arrangements for the BJP office in view of the polls when the explosion ripped through the crowded area damaging two vans, a Karnataka State Reserve Police vehicle and a motorbike.
iii. The blast occurred around 10.30 AM when the BJP office is normally brimming with party workers and candidates.
iv. According to eye witnesses, a loud noise was heard and some vehicles went up in flames, sending the people to flee in panic. Police have cordoned off the area.