Current Affairs or General Awareness is an important section. The purpose of this section to be included in the exam is to check whether the candidate’s knowledge is up to the date or not. We are giving here Current Affairs for CLAT exam for the month of April. We hope that it will be helpful for you to answer some questions.

Earth Day being observed today

i. April 22nd, 2014 is the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, an occasion for people to celebrate and raise awareness of the nature.

ii. It was founded by the US senator Gaylord Nelson as an environment teach-in held on this day in 1970.

iii. With over 20 thousand partners and organisations in 190 countries, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the World.

iv. Earth day marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement.

v. In the current scenario, the Earth Day is as important as ever as our environmental challenges and problems continue to need attention.

vi. Today with news of melting glaciers, increasingly severe droughts, floods and storms and rising ocean levels, Earth day celebrations around the world are marking the anniversary with new calls to combat global warming and to protect our threatened environment.

vii. Eco-friendly ways of transport helps in reducing your carbon footprint.

viii. Earth day is a time to pledge for making our planet a better place to live. But it is also important that we continue to practice an eco-friendly lifestyle throughout the year.

Andhra records highest growth in milk production

i. Andhra Pradesh has recorded highest growth in terms of milk production at over 41 per cent and per-capita milk availability about 36 per cent, during the period 2006-10.

ii. While disclosing the information, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India said, the state ranked third in terms of milk production with over 1.1 million tonnes milk produced annually.

iii. It said milk production across India has grown at a significant rate of about 19 per cent during the aforesaid period with overall milk production crossing 121 million tonnes mark as of 2010-11.

iv. The Industry body also said growing at a compounded annual growth rate of over four per cent, milk production in India is expected to rise to about 177 million tonnes by 2019-2020.

India & Bhutan sign agreement on development of hydropower projects

i. India and Bhutan have signed an agreement on development of hydropower projects.

ii. The inter-governmental agreement provides framework for implementing four hydro-electric projects totalling 2120 MW on a joint venture-model between public sector undertakings of the two countries.

iii. An MEA release issued in New Delhi, said the agreement was today signed by Secretary in the Ministry of Power P K Sinha and Sonam Tshering, Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan in Thimphu.

iv. Our Correspondent reports that three projects are already operational in Bhutan and supplying 1416 MW electricity to India.

BMB signed an agreement with Trends to promote Women Entrepreneurship

i. Trends in Vogue entered into an agreement with Bhartiya Mahila Bank (BMB) to promote women entrepreneurship. Trends in Vogue is a CavinKare initiative that manages hair saloons under Green Trends.

ii. Under the agreement, Green Trends plans to have 500 salons nationally set up by women entrepreneurs by the end of 2014-15. Green Trends has also introduced mobile and online check- in service for customers

iii. Further, Bhartiya Mahila Bank will provide the collateral free loans to prospective franchises across the country, especially to women. The rate of interest will be between 11.5 per cent and 12.5 per cent.

iv. The bank will provide loans of up to 75 per cent of the total project cost to women entrepreneurs across the country.

Mathangi Sathyamurthy to receive M S Subbulakshmi Award 2014

i. Mathangi Sathyamurthy, Karnataka musician was selected for M S Subbulakshmi Award 2014.

ii. It was announced by the M S Subbulakshmi Foundation on 19 April 2014. She will receive a cash award of 10001 rupees and a plaque. The awards will be presented to her on 2 May 2014.

Donna Vekic won the BMW Malaysian Tennis Open 2014

i. Donna Vekic of Croatia won the BMW Malaysian Open 2014 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 20 April 2014. The win made Donna Vekic richer by 43000 dollars. BMW Malaysian Open 2014 was held from 14 to 20 April 2014.

ii. Donna Vekic (ranked 95) beats Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia (ranked 10) 5-7, 7-5 and 7-6 in the final. This was her’s first maiden Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles title.

iii. Recently, Vekic had lost to Cibulkova at the Indian Well Open, United States of America. She was a finalist in Tashkent open 2012 and Birmingham Open 2013.

Meb Keflezighi won Boston Marathon 2014

i. Meb Keflezighi on 21 April 2014 became the first US male athlete to win the Boston Marathon in three decades (since 1983). The women winner of the marathon was Rita Jeptoo of Kenya and this was her second consecutive win at the Boston Marathon.

ii. Second and third winner among the male runners - Wilson Chebet and Frankline Chepkwony of Kenya

iii. Second and third winner among the women - Buzunesh Deba and Mare Dibaba both of Ethiopia.

Canadian Author Alistair Macleod died

i. Canadian author Alistair MacLeod on 20 April 2014 died due to a heart stroke. He was 77. He was best known for his short story collections and novel No Great Mischief.

ii. He wrote his first short story The Boat in 1968. MacLeod's only novel No Great Mischief was published in 1999. The novel won Ontario's Trillium Prize and the prestigious 2001 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Chennai to host World Bridge Championships next year

i. More than 800 participants from 30 countries will take part in the World Bridge Championships to be held in Chennai next year.

ii. Disclosing this on Tuesday, Bridge Federation of India President N R Kirubakara Moorthy said it will the first time that the biggest event of the mind game would be held in the country.

iii. He said the World Bridge Federation in its meeting in Dallas, USA, on March 22 last decided to award the event to Chennai. The prestigious event will be held from September 26 to October 10 at Chennai's ITC Grand Chola hotel.

iv. "Hosting the event in India will further promote the game within India, especially, among the youth with the best players in the world competing for the championship, Indian bridge players and enthusiasts have a wonderful opportunities to witness the games of high quality," Moorthy said.

v. The 15-day event is also expected to provide a tremendous boost to the tourism industry with a lot of spending on shopping, food and travel from the visitors, Moorthy added.

Bengaluru FC crowned champions on I-League debut

i. Bengaluru FC etched their names in the annals of Indian football history, beating Dempo 2-4 at the Nehru Stadium in Margao on Monday to be crowned the kings of the I-League in their debut season.

ii. The Australian striker was at the end of a perfectly-slid in Robin Singh cross as Bengaluru shot to a lead in the second minute.

iii. Dempo began the second half with a plan familiar to them - plenty of possession. But Bengaluru had other plans and this time it was Robin's turn to flash the trademark salute when he scores.

iv. Bengaluru did have a nervy last few minutes but killed Dempo in their pursuit for an equaliser with a goal themselves. This time, it was Chhetri on the list with a calm finish that takes him to joint top scorer of the League this far with 14 goals.

RBI for two-stage verification for online transactions

i. Worried over rising number of frauds in online banking, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has suggested that banks introduce two-stage authentication to ensure security of transactions.

ii. The RBI report on ‘Enabling Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in Payment System Applications’ said banks should also inform customers about risks associated with different types of online banking transaction.

iii. Internet banking applications of all banks should mandatorily create authentication environment for password-based two-factor authentication as well as PKI-based system for authentication and transaction verification in online banking transaction,” the report said.

iv. There are various PKI-enabled electronic payments systems introduced by the RBI such RTGS, NEFT, CBLO, Forex Clearing, Government Securities Clearing, and Cheque Truncation System (CTS). In volume terms, these systems contributed 25.1 per cent whereas these systems contributed 93.7 per cent share to the total payment transactions carried out in 2012-13 in value terms.

v. “The objective of an effective payment system is to ensure a safe, secure, efficient, robust and sound payment system in the country. In order to secure electronic documents and transactions and to ensure legal compliance, digital technology is used,” it said.

A new book on Sachin Tendulkar

i. Greater than Bradman: celebrating Sachin, the greatest batsman in Test history’, This is the title of a new book on cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar by Rudolph Lambert Fernandez, a Chennai-based author.

ii. Tendulkar’s 41st birthday — his first after retirement — falls on April 24 and the author believes the book would present the Indian maestro as the greatest batsman of all time.

iii. This book is a celebration of Sachin’s greatness and what he stood for on the cricket field.

iv. It (the book) is an analysis. It is a first of its kind, forensic study that aims to set the record straight. The book uses illustrations from science, history and the martial arts to challenge the unanimous popular position.

Railways launches new mobile app to track train schedules

i. Railways has launched a new mobile application which can be used for enquiries including train running status.

ii. An official release issued in New Delhi said, the new mobile application will have various features including 'Spot your train' option where passengers can get information about current position, expected time of arrival and departure of a train at a particular station.

iii. The 'Train Schedule' feature provides complete schedule of a train with all stoppages enroute and in Trains between Stations query, one can find out the list of all types of trains available between any two stations.

iv. Besides, it also provides features for query on rescheduled, diverted and cancelled trains. The mobile App has been launched for Windows 8 phones and will be further developed for other mobile platforms.

DGCA allows in-flight use of mobiles, laptops on flight mode

i. DGCA on Wednesday amended the rule which bans use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) and allowing their usage in all phases of flight but on a non -transmitting or flight mode.

ii. Please put your mobile phones on the flight mode'. Now on, you may hear an airhostess announcing this before your flight takes off instead of asking you to switch it off!!

iii. With the implementation of the new rule or Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR), flyers can now turn on their cellphones, tablets or laptops on 'flight mode' to work, play video games, listen to music, watch pre-loaded movies or type their emails.

iv. The mails would, however, be sent only after the plane lands at an airport.

v. Maintaining that this has been a long-pending demand of the airlines, aviation experts say it would give passengers more time to work or catch up on their chosen form of entertainment.

vi. In particular, it would benefit those flying on no-frill carriers which provide no access to any in-flight entertainment.

vii. The aviation regulator has also laid down training guidelines for the flight crew to handle the new facility being given to the air travellers.

viii. The new rule also directs all airlines to report to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) any suspected or confirmed PED interference or smoke or fire caused by them, the sources said.

India, Bhutan ink pact for hydropower JVs through PSUs of both countries

i. India and Bhutan have signed an agreement in Thimphu for further developing hydro power, strengthening bilateral relations and cementing strategic relations between the two countries.

ii. The framework, Inter-Governmental Agreement between Bhutan and India concerning development of Joint Venture Hydropower Projects through the Public Sector Undertakings of the two Governments, was signed by the Secretary Ministry of Economic Affairs Bhutan , Mr. Sonam Tshering, Secretary Ministry of Power, Government of India Mr P.K. Sinha.

iii. The Inter-Governmental agreement provides the framework for implementing four Hydro power projects totaling 2120 MW, on a Joint Venture-model between Public Sector Undertakings of the two countries.

iv. At present three hydro-electric projects (HEPs) totaling 1416 Megawatt are already operational in Bhutan and are supplying electricity to India. Three more HEPs totalling 2940 MW, are under construction, and are scheduled to be commissioned by 2018.

Brazuca around the World launched by adidas on 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

i. The adidas has started a weekly series of online documentary-style films titled Brazuca around the World to excite football fans as the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil gets closer.

ii. The series of the film was launched by Adidas on its YouTube Channel on 22 April 2014.

iii. The film has been shot via brazucam that involves six HD cameras, placed on the official ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Thebrazucam technology will allow its fan to enjoy a 360 degree view of the action.

Cadbury India changed its name to Mondelez India Foods Limited

i. Cadbury India Limited announced to change its name to Mondelez India Foods Limited.  Cadbury India Limited is a subsidiary of Mondelez International Inc.

ii. The change in name of Cadbury is in line with the gradual changeover of the name of all subsidiaries of Mondelez International globally. Mondelez means monde for world and delez for delicious.

iii. The new name of the company will appear on the back of pack of the products.

iv. Mondelez International Inc. is a global snacking powerhouse with revenue of 35 billion US dollar. Mondelez is a member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Jaipur Literature Festival to go to London for a day

i. For the first time, a day long event of the popular Jaipur Literature Festival will be organised in London as part of an annual festival of South Asian culture in the United Kingdom.

ii. The organisers of JLF have partnered with renowned South Bank Centre for their festival of South Asian culture 'Alchemy' and will hold a day-long event on the lines of the annual literary festival held in Jaipur.

iii. Alchemy, which will run from May 15-26, celebrates art and culture of countries of the Indian subcontinent and their relationship with the United Kingdom.

iv. During the 10 day-long festival, the Jaipur Lit Fest is scheduled on May 18.

v. "The Jaipur Literature Festival is one of the largest, greatest and most innovative literature festivals in the world and to welcome it to the Southbank Centre as part of Alchemy is a real privilege.”

Benfica won 33rd Portuguese league Football title after four years

i. Benfica on 21 April 2014 won the 33rd Portuguese Football league title after four years. Benfica won the tittle by defeating the Olhanense by 2-0. Benfica won its first domestic title in 2009-10.

ii. Benfica secured the title by winning 11 straight games in the league. Benfica's 11th successive league win gave them an unassailable seven-point lead over second-placed Sporting with two games to play.

iii. Benfica also reached the final of the Portuguese Cup, and the semifinals of the Europa League and Portuguese League Cup.

iv. Benfica and Porto have monopolized the league title since Sporting Lisbon last won it in 2001-02.

Chitra Wins World Women's Senior snooker title

i. Chitra Magimairaj showed tremendous grit and determination to pocket the Senior snooker title in her first appearance, in Leeds,UK, on Tuesday.

ii. The Bangalore cueist won all her four matches without dropping a single set against accomplished snooker players from across 13 countries.

iii. En route to her final clash with Alena Asmolava of Belarus, the 41-year-old also met compatriot Umadevi Nagraj in the semifinal match.

iv. The former World Billiards champion Chitra has bagged three gold, three silver and three bronze medals in the WLBSA event so far.

Malinga is Sri Lanka's new T20 skipper

i. Paceman Lasith Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh, has been rewarded with the captaincy in the shortest format as struggling batsman Dinesh Chandimal got the axe on Wednesday.

ii. Chandimal orginally was the captain of the side but Malinga had led the team in the final three games, including the summit clash, as stand-in-skipper in their successful campaign.

iii. Chandimal, who at 23 became Sri Lanka's youngest captain in any format last year, has seen a dip in his batting form during the World T20.

iv. Left-hand batsman Lahiru Thirimanna has been appointed as Malinga's deputy and will also be vice-captain in the Test and ODI team under skipper Angelo Mathews.

v. The World T20 win became Sri Lanka's first major international title since they won the World Cup in 1996 under Arjuna Ranatunga.

India successfully test fires indigenous Akash missile

i. India today test fired its Akash surface-to-air missile from a defence base in Odisha.

ii. The indigenously developed missile, with a 27-km range and an effective ceiling of 15 km, was test fired from the Integrated Test Range of Chandipur in the coastal district of Balasore, 230 km from here.

iii. The 700-kg all-weather missile can carry a 60-kg warhead at speeds of up to Mach 2.5. It can operate autonomously and simultaneously engage and neutralise different aerial targets.

iv. Developed by DRDO, Akash is being produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited as the nodal production agency with the involvement of Bharat Electronics Limited and a large number of other industries.

Current Affairs for CLAT 19th, 20th and 21st April