Current Affairs 2017 - April

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President Pranab presents Dr. BC Roy National Awards

President Pranab Mukherjee presented Dr. B. C. Roy National Awards to 49 physicians for the year 2014, 2015 and 2016. Besides, he also presented Hari Om Ashram Alembic Research Awards to four physicians. Dr. B. C. Roy National Award is the highest recognition for medical practitioners in India. It was instituted by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in 1976 in memory of renowned physician and former West Bengal Chief Minister Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.

Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada passes away

South Africa’s revered Indian-origin anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada passed away. He was 87. He was one of Nelson Mandela’s closest aides in his struggle to end the white minority rule. He was frequently referred to Mandela as his ‘elder brother’. He was among three political prisoners who were sentenced to life imprisonment together with Nelson Mandel after the infamous Rivonia Trial of 1964. He had spent 26 years and 3 months in prison, including 18 years on the infamous Robben Island. He was also a prolific writer and had penned six books himself or with co-authors.

Government imposes 10 % import duty on wheat, turdal

Union Government has imposed 10% import duty on wheat and tur dal with immediate effect to protect farmers’ interest amid projection of a record crop this year. Earlier in December 2016, government had reduced customs duty on wheat to 0 from 10% to boost domestic availability and check retail prices. There has been nil duty on tur dal. The estimated revenue implication of this decision is about Rs. 840 crore at the current levels of imports. The move will help curb sharp fall in the wholesale prices of these commodities and ensure support price to farmers.