21 April 2016 Current Affairs

Chad’s President Idriss Deby Wins Fifth Term

Chad’s incumbent President, Idriss Deby has won a fifth term in office in a lopsided first-round victory. In the 2016 election, Idriss Deby of Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS) party secured the 61.56% of the vote in the first-round runoff. For the first time, he became President of Chad, a central African country in 1990 after overthrowing President Hissène Habré in a military coup. Earlier he had won the elections in 1996 and 2001 and again in 2006 and 2011 after 2 term limits of President were eliminated. Currently he is also Chairperson of the African Union (AU) and was elected by the Assembly of Heads of State of AU in January 2016 for one year term.

Pakistan, China Signed agreement To Launch Satellite To Monitor CPEC projects

Pakistan and China have signed an agreement for the launch of a special satellite to monitor the development of the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. Pakistan Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Ahsan Iqbal on behalf of Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and China Great Wall Industry Cooperation (CGWIC) President Yin Limping signed the agreement in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates 10th Civil Services Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 21 April inaugurated the 10th Civil Services Day in New Delhi. During the inauguration ceremony, PM Modi called for experiments to bring change in society and creating an atmosphere where everyone can contribute. Besides, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also conferred awards to civil servants for excellence in implementation of Priority Programmes of the Government of India namely Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY), Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Swachh Vidyalaya and Soil Health Card Scheme. This is for the first time that a new category of Excellence in implementing a Priority Programme has been added to the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration. These awards acknowledge, recognize and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by officers of the Central and State Governments for the welfare of the common citizen.

Union Commerce Ministry Launches Twitter Seva 

The Union Commerce and Industry Ministry on 21 April launched a ‘Twitter Seva’ to address issues and grievances of startups, exporters and importers, and other stakeholders. In this regard, an institutionalised mechanism with a special Twitter cell has been created in the Ministry which is manned by a set of dedicated officers of the Ministry. The service was launched by union minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

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