Ravi Thapar

Question: Recently, the senior official of the Indian Foreign Service, Ravi Thapar, was appointed as the next ambassador of India in which country?
(a) Panama
(b) Turky
(c) Nicaragua
(d) South Africa
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • On April 20th, 2018, Senior Secretary of the Indian Foreign Service Ravi Thapar was appointed by the Central Government to be the next Ambassador of India to Nicaragua.
  • He is the IFS officer of the year 1983 batch.
  • Currently he is India’s Ambassador to Panama.
  • Managua is the capital of Nicaragua.
  • Daniel Ortega is currently the President of this country.

Reference:
http://mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/29836/Ravi+Thapar+appointed+as+the+next+Ambassador+of+India+to+Nicaragua

Civil Services Day function

Question: When ‘Civil Service Day’ is celebrated?
(a) April 22
(b) April 20
(c) April 21
(d) April 18
Answer: (c) 
Related Facts:

  • The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions organized a 2-day Civil Services Day function on April 20- 21, 2018.
  • The Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu was the Chief Guest at the inaugural function tomorrow (April 20, 2018).
  • The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi confered the Awards for  Excellence  in  Public  Administration for effective implementation of identified Priority Programmes and Innovation to districts/ implementing units and other Central/ State organisations on April 21, 2018.
  • PM Awards for Excellence in Public Administration have been instituted with a view to recognize the extraordinary and innovative work done by Districts & Organizations of the Central and State Governments for the welfare of common citizen.
  • Following four priority programmes have been identified for the awards to be presented on Civil Services Day 2018:
  • Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana,
  • Promoting Digital Payments,
  • Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban & Rural, and
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana.
  • In addition there are awards for Innovation for Central, State organisations including Districts.
  • 11 awards for 4 identified Priority Programmes were given this year while two awards shall be given to organizations of Central/ State Government/Districts for innovations out of which one award were to an Aspirational District.
  • During Awards event on April 21, 2018, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released two books, namely ‘New Pathways’ comprising of Success stories on implementation of identified Priority Programmes & Innovations and ‘Aspirational Districts: Unlocking Potentials’ on evolving strategies for transforming Aspirational Districts.
  • The Award ceremony preceded by the Plenary Session on ‘Artificial Intelligence for Effective Governance’ chaired by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law & Justice, Electronics & Information Technology.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=178776

Rajinder Sachar

Question: Justice Rajinder Sachar has passed away recently.
(a) Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
(b) Former Judge of Supreme Court
(c) Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court
(d) Former Chief Justice of Patna High Court
Answer: (c)                                                                         
Related Facts: 

  • On 20thApril, 2018, Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice Rajinder Sachar passed away. He was 94 years old.
  • He was Chief Justice of Delhi High Court from August 6th, to December 22nd, 1985.
  • After retirement, he was associated with a leading human rights group, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).
  • He was the chairman of ‘Sachar Committee’ formed to assess the socio-economic and educational status of the Muslim community of India in the year 2005 by the previous UPA government.

Reference:                         
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/rajindar-sachar-former-chief-justice-dekhi-high-court-dead-5145810/

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