1.India and the World

TCS BaNCS to power Israel’s first fully Digital Bank

Israel’s first fully digital bank would be launched in 2021

Its digital banking operations platform will be powered by the Tata Consultancy Services BaNCS Global Banking Platform

Quick facts: Natarajan Chandrasekaran is Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons.

2.National Affairs

BRO builds bridge to connect Kasowal enclave with rest of India

The Border Roads Organisation has built a permanent bridge to connect the Kasowal enclave to the rest of India

The bridge on Ravi river will provide an all weather connectivity with the enclave.

The previous pontoon bridge has limited load capacity and had to be refurbished every year after the monsoon.

Quick facts: Ravi river is one of the six rivers of the Indus system

3.Economy

Facebook buys 9.99% stake in Reliance Jio

Facebook has acquired a 9.99% stake of Reliance Jio

This move has made Facebook its largest minority shareholder.

Jio Platform is the parent of phone and data unit Reliance Jio Infocomm

Quick facts: Facebook’s headquarter is in California, USA

4.Miscellaneous

National Panchayati Raj Day observed on 24th April

On the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day, GoI launched a unified e-GramSwaraj Portal and Mobile App

e-GramSwaraj will provide Gram Panchayats a single interface to prepare and implement their development plan

Best performing Panchayats, States and UTs across the country have also awarded.

Quick facts: Panchayati Raj had come into force on 24th April, 1993 through the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act 1992

5.Person in News

Theatre legend Usha Ganguly passes away

Usha Ganguly, an artist-director, was considered a trailblazer for women in Indian theatre

She was the founder of the famous Hindi theatre group, Rangakarmee

6.International Affairs

Iran reportedly launches first military satellite Noor

The Noor satellite was launched by a three-stage rocket

It was launched by a branch of Iran armed forces, the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC)

7.Miscellaneous

Manipur govt commemorates ‘Khongjom Day’ at Khongjom War Memorial Complex on April 23rd

Khongjom Day is celebrated every year on April 23

This day commemorates the people who valiantly fought in the Anglo-Manipuri War in 1891

8.Polity & Governance

Cabinet approves ordinance to amend Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897

The amendment makes acts of violence against critical service providers a cognizable and non-bailable offences

This will ensure safety of critical service providers and support them in carrying out their duties.

Quick facts: The maximum validity of an ordinance is 6 months and 6 weeks.