Current Affairs of 9 April 2016

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Current Affairs

1. Saudi Arabia, Egypt to build bridge across Red Sea

1. Saudi Arabia and Egypt agreed to build a bridge over the Red Sea. The announced bridge will connect the two countries.
2. The planned bridge would help in boosting commerce between the two allied countries. It will also connect the two continents, Africa and Asia, and result in increasing trade between the two continents to unprecedented levels. 
3. The announcement was made by Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz after meeting Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi at the President’s Ittahidiya Palace. King Salman, 80-year-old monarch, is on a five-day long visit to Egypt.

2. Mother Teresa conferred with Founders Award posthumously in UK

1. Mother Teresa was posthumously conferred with the UK's prestigious Founders Award 2016.The award is given to recognise and reward exemplary achievements of people within the global Asian community.
2. Teresa’s only living relative, her 72-year old niece, Agi Bojazhiu received the award on 8 April 2016.
3. Teresa, who will be made a saint on 4 September 2016, founded the Missionaries of Charity and spent 45 years serving needy people. She passed away at the age of 87 in Kolkata in 1997.

3. SpaceX successfully landed its rocket on a floating drone ship for the first time

1. American aerospace company SpaceX on 9 April 2016 achieved the historic feat of successfully launching and landing Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket landed on a drone ship at sea after being launched into space.
2. This was the first time that the company succeeded in landing the rocket in Ocean. The feat was achieved after the company failed to do so in its four previous attempts. This feat also is important because the landing proved that SpaceX can land its rockets both on solid ground and Ocean.

4. Scott Kelly to write memoir titled Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars

1. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will write a memoir titled Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars, as announced on 6 April 2016. The book will be published by Alfred A. Knopf.
2. Scott returned to Earth in March 2016 after spending almost a year aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
3. The memoir will offer a glimpse of Scott’s journey to space and his life aboard the ISS. He will also recount the obstacles he encountered along the way, his early struggles in school, his training as a Navy test pilot, and the work required to become an astronaut and live in space for one year.

5. Union Government constitutes B B Tandon Committee to monitor Government Advertisements

1. The Union Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry has constituted a three-member Committee to see that guidelines set for government advertisements by the Supreme Court are followed. 
2. The committee will be headed by the former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) B B Tandon. Senior TV journalist Rajat Sharma and ad-man Piyush Pandey will be the other two members of the committee.

6. Sajibu Cheiraoba festival celebrated in Manipur with religious fervor

1. The traditional festival of Sajibu Cheiraoba was celebrated in Manipur to mark the beginning of a new year with cultural gusto and religious fervor. The festival is mainly observed on the first lunar day of the lunar month Sajibu (March/April) by the Meiteis community, a majority ethnic group of Manipur.

7. Union Government gives nod to India’s first Metrino Pod Taxi project

1. The Union Government has approved country’s first Metrino Pod project i.e. personal rapid transit (PRT) network for Gurgaon, Haryana. It was announced by Haryana Public Works (Building and Roads) Minister, Rao Narbir Singh. It will be completely private project and as for financing, the entire investment will be made by the private company that sets up the PRT.
2. The pilot project will span a 13 km stretch from the Gurgaon-Delhi border to Badshapur Mod on Sohna Road.

8. World Bank launches ambitious Climate Change Action Plan

1. The World Bank has unveiled an ambitious Climate Change Action Plan (CCP) to accelerate efforts to tackle climate change over the next five years i.e. by 2020. It seeks to help developing countries to deliver their targets set in the national climate plans submitted for the historic climate agreement reached at COP21 in Paris in December 2015. 
2. The Action Plan mainly seeks to help developing countries make major transitions to increase sources of renewable energy, develop green transport systems, decrease high-carbon energy sources and build sustainable, livable cities for growing urban populations.

9. Sachin Tendulkar is brand ambassador of 'Skill India'

1. Government has roped in cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar to endorse the 'I Support Skill India' campaign, in an attempt to reach out to the youth and build awareness on the importance of skill development.
2. The campaign of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is an endeavour to galvanise stakeholders across states, organisations and industries to bring value and respect to skills and standardise the ecosystem to meet human resource requirements nationally and globally. 
3. The ministry's target is to skill 40.2 crore youth by 2022. It has also introduced its flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), the world's largest monetary reward scheme promoting skill development to those who need financial support.

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