1. India Becomes 2nd Largest Importer of LPG
India toppled Japan as the world’s second-largest importer of liquefied petroleum gas as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge to provide cooking gas cylinders to the poor and wean them off polluting fuels, drove up consumption.
Imports of LPG, mostly used as cooking fuel, soared 23 percent during the financial year that ended March 31.
Japan’s imports slipped 3.2 percent during the same period.
China remains the world’s top importer.
2. 1st ‘India Indonesia Energy Forum’ Held in Jakarta
India and Indonesia have agreed to explore cooperation in areas like oil, coal, electricity and energy efficiency, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said.
Goyal and Indonesian Energy and Mineral Minister Ignasius Jonan met during the first ‘India Indonesia Energy Forum’ held in Jakarta.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (Indonesia) on cooperation in the field of oil and gas was signed on the occasion.
3. Haryana Launches Mobile App to Create Awareness Among Pregnant Women
The National Health Mission (NHM) in Haryana has launched a mobile-based application to create awareness among pregnant women, parents and health workers.
The application, Kilkari, was launched during the concluding day of the ‘State-level Orientation Workshop’.
4. Hema Malini, Aishwarya Rai Bag Dadasaheb Phalke Awards
Veteran actress- politician Hema Malini along with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, filmmaker Shoojit Sircar and Zeenat Aman bagged the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2017.
These are not Dadasaheb Phalke Awards presented by the Government of India, these are the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards which started around three years back and from then on, have been organised every year in Mumbai to honour the contribution of various artists to Indian cinema.
Chitra Productions in association with Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2017 celebrated the 148th birth anniversary of the father of Indian Cinema, the respected Dadasaheb Phalke.
This year, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan won the award for the film Sarabjit while Hema Malini won the Award in the category of Kala Shree.
Veteran Zeenat Aman received the Lifetime Achievement Award. On the other hand, Sircar bagged Creative Director Award for Pink, along with Rohit Roy, who bagged the Best Negative Role in Film for Kaabil.
5. TripAdvisor Presents Bali with 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards
Travel planning and booking website TripAdvisor has bestowed on Bali an award as the “best destination,” after the island was named the global winner of the 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards in March.
According to the website, Bali improved in three main categories from 2015 to 2016: Accommodation, attractions and restaurants.
The website also revealed the top three countries where users did most research on Bali: China, the Netherlands and India.
6. Cricket Removed from 2018 Asian Games Programme
The game of cricket has been removed from the programme list of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.
Apart from cricket, skateboarding, sambo and surfing are among the other sports which have been removed from the programme in order to reduce the burden on Indonesian organisers.
This measure was taken as a part of the series of changes aimed at reducing the total number of events from 493 to 431. Also omitted from the list are kurash and belt wrestling events.
7. World Book and Copyright Day: 23rd April
The World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated every 23rd of April, a symbolic date in remembrance of the deaths of two major authors: William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes.
By celebrating this Day, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of copyright.
8. English Language Day: 23rd April
English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April, the date traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare.
The Day is the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information, establishing language days for each of the Organization’s six official languages.
English, along with French, is one of the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, and one of the Organization’s six official languages.