17th April 2018 Current Affairs – GK Today
1.World Haemophilia Day was observed on 17th April. The theme for 2018 is ‘Sharing Knowledge Makes Us Stronger’.
2.French President Emmanuel Macron said France will contribute 50 million euros ($61.9 million) toward urgent humanitarian aid for Syria.
3.India has signed an agreement with the World Bank for a USD 48 million loans to strengthen community-led landscapes management in a selected area in Meghalaya.
4.The World Bank has projected a growth rate of 7.3 percent for India this year and 7.5 percent for 2019 and 2020.
5.Lieutenant General PP Malhotra has assumed charge as Director General of National Cadet Corps (NCC), replacing Lt Gen BS Sahrawat.
6.The Government has said that the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana is well on its way to achieving the target by March 2019. Sensing the importance and urgency of rural roads for national development, the target date for completion of PMGSY-I has been preponed from 2022 to 2019.
7.Bangalore is the highest paying city in the country, while pharma and healthcare is the highest paying industry for talent in India, according to Randstad Insights report.
8.The biannual Indian Army Commanders’ Conference has begun in New Delhi.
9.Fantasy epic ‘Game of Thrones’ is to be honored with a BAFTA Special Award at this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards.
10.Veteran journalist S Nihal Singh has passed away.
11.The Pulitzer Prize winners for 2018
Fiction:- Less, by Andrew Sean Greer (Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company)
History:- The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis (Liveright/W.W. Norton)
Biography:- Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser (Metropolitan Books)
Poetry:- Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
General Nonfiction:- Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman Jr. (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
Music:- DAMN., by Kendrick Lamar