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Daily Current Affairs 04th April 2024, Important News Headlines (Daily GK Update)

National News

Dr. Manmohan Singh to Retire from Rajya Sabha

Dr. Manmohan Singh to Retire from Rajya Sabha

Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India, will retire from the Rajya Sabha, marking the end of his three-decade-long tenure in the Upper House.

Union Health Ministry Launches myCGHS iOS App

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare introduces the myCGHS app for iOS, delivering enhanced healthcare accessibility and digital experiences to Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) beneficiaries. Launched on April 3rd, 2024, the app prioritizes user safety with robust security measures.

India to Build First Commercial Crude Oil Strategic Storage

India aims to bolster its strategic petroleum reserves (SPRs) by constructing its first privately managed storage facility in partnership with a private company by 2029-30. India plans to establish its inaugural privately managed strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) by 2029-30, granting the operator the liberty to trade all stored oil.

India’s First Gene Therapy for Cancer Launched

The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, launched India’s first home-grown gene therapy for cancer at IIT Bombay on April 4, 2024. This groundbreaking treatment, called ‘CAR-T cell therapy’, is a major breakthrough in the battle against cancer.

International News

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Sworn in for Third Term as Egyptian President

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, 69, has commenced his third term as the leader of the nation, extending his tenure until 2030. Amidst battling economic challenges, Sisi vows to prioritize national interests and fulfill the aspirations of the Egyptian people for a modern, democratic state.

Appointments News

Tata International Appoints Rajeev Singhal as MD

Tata International Appoints Rajeev Singhal as MD

Tata Group’s global trading and distribution arm, Tata International, has announced the appointment of Rajeev Singhal as its new Managing Director (MD). Singhal’s appointment to the new position is effective from April 1, 2024. He succeeds Anand Sen, who superannuated (retired) on March 31, 2024, as per a statement by Tata International.

EC Ropes in Ayushmann Khurrana to Urge Youth to Vote

EC Ropes in Ayushmann Khurrana to Urge Youth to Vote

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has roped in popular actor Ayushmann Khurrana to encourage the youth to exercise their franchise in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The 39-year-old actor features in the ECI’s campaign video that urges youngsters to vote in the upcoming elections.

Business News

Adani Green Energy Ltd Surpasses 10,000 MW Operating Portfolio: Leading India’s Renewable Energy Sector

Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL) has achieved a significant milestone by surpassing 10,000 MW of renewable energy capacity in its operational portfolio. This accomplishment solidifies AGEL’s position as the foremost player in India’s renewable energy sector.

Banking News

CCI Approval: Axis Bank’s Stake Acquisition in Max Life Insurance

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has granted approval to Axis Bank for its proposed acquisition of a stake in Max Life Insurance Company Ltd. This strategic move aims to bolster Max Life’s growth trajectory, fortify its capital base, and enhance solvency margins.

Canara Bank Launches Healthcare Loans and Savings Accounts for Women

In a bid to bolster healthcare accessibility and financial empowerment for women, Canara Bank introduced two innovative financial products. Aimed at covering hospitalization expenses and addressing shortfalls in healthcare insurance claims.

Business News

Star Health Insurance and PhonePe Partnership: Revolutionizing Health Insurance Access

Star Health Insurance, a leading provider of retail health insurance in India, has collaborated with PhonePe, a prominent digital payments platform. This partnership aims to make quality health insurance accessible through PhonePe’s app, offering the Star Comprehensive Insurance Policy with monthly and annual payment options.

Agreements News

SJVN Partners with IIT Patna to Enhance Tunneling Project Performance

SJVN, formerly Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam, has forged a strategic partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology Patna (IIT Patna) aimed at revolutionizing tunneling project performance through the integration of advanced geological models.

Awards News

Dr. Karthik Kommuri Honoured at National Fame Awards 2024

Dr. Karthik Kommuri Honoured at National Fame Awards 2024

Dr. Karthik Kommuri is renowned for his exceptional patient care and commitment to contemporary practice in orthodontics and dentistry. He is known for his unwavering dedication to patient well-being, pursuit of excellence, and creating brighter smiles. In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Kommuri was felicitated with the Distinguished Overseas Dental Specialist (Orthodontics and Orofacial Pain) title at the National Fame Awards 2024, held at The Club in Mumbai. The chief guest of the ceremony was Dia Mirza.

Important Days

United Nations Observes International Mine Awareness Day on 4th April

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The United Nations Observes International Mine Awareness Day on 4th April. International Mine Awareness Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the serious impact of landmines and other explosive remnants of war on civilians. It also aims to promote the protection of persons with disabilities in conflict and peacebuilding settings. The theme for International Day for Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action 2024 is ‘Protecting Lives, Building Peace’. This theme highlights the importance of mine action in saving lives and promoting peace in affected areas.

Summits and Conferences News

Ajit Doval Leads Indian Delegation at SCO Security Council Meeting

Ajit Doval Leads Indian Delegation at SCO Security Council Meeting

The 19th annual meeting of the secretaries of the security councils of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states was held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 2 to 3 April 2024. The Indian delegation was led by the National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval. He also met Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the current Chairman of SCO.

Ranks and Reports News

Forbes World’s Billionaires List 2024: Indian Billionaires Make Their Mark

Forbes World's Billionaires List 2024: Indian Billionaires Make Their Mark

According to the Forbes 38th Annual World’s Billionaires List 2024, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), is the only Indian to make it to the list of the top 10 billionaires in the world. Ambani was ranked 9th on the list, which was topped by Bernard Arnault & family, owner of the French luxury giant LVMH.

Sports News

Chess: India has a new No. 1 as Arjun Erigaisi Climbs to No. 9 in the World

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In the latest FIDE rankings released by the world governing body of chess, India has a new number 1 chess player – Arjun Erigaisi. With a standard rating of 2756, Erigaisi is ranked ninth in the world. This is his debut in the top 10 of the Open standard list.

Miscellaneous News

Bundelkhand Wheat Variety Gets GI Tag

Bundelkhand Wheat Variety Gets GI Tag

In a significant milestone for agricultural recognition, the indigenous wheat variety from the Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh, locally known as Kathiya Gehu, has been granted the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag. This is the first farm produce from Uttar Pradesh to receive this honor.

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Which individuals retired from the Rajya Sabha, marking the end of their three-decade-long tenure in the Upper House?

Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India, retire from the Rajya Sabha, marking the end of his three-decade-long tenure in the Upper House.