17th April 2019 Current Affairs
Rongali Bihu festival celebrated in Assam


Assam's most awaited festival - the Rongali Bihu, also known as 'Bohaag Bihu' which marks the beginning of the new Assamese calendar year started.

Assam celebrates major agricultural events as the festival of Bihu.

In Assam, three Bihu festivals are celebrated in a year called as Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu, Bhugali (Magh Bihu) and Kangali (Kati Bihu) for making the distinctive phase in the farming calendar.

People celebrate this festival by performing traditional Bihu dance in the form of husori which is one of the kinds of Bihu dance form in which a group of Bihu dancers visited households to perform the dance to seek blessings from the elder.

About Assam

Capital - Dispur

Chief Minister - Sarbananda Sonowal

National Park

  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
  • Manas National Park
  • Nameri National Park
  • Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park


Mithali Raj named Goodwill Ambassador of Team India at the Street Child Cricket World Cup


Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj has been named as the goodwill ambassador of Team India at the Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC).

Mithali joins IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals and former captain Sourav Ganguly in supporting the team.

The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019 is the first cricket world cup for street-connected children and final will be played at Lord's in London on May 7.

In the tournament, there are 10 gender equal national teams.i.e., boys and girls will play together.

The tournament is being organized by Street Child United (SCU), a UK based organization.


Canara Bank becomes 1st Public Sector Bank in India to meet RBI's EMV Mandate


ACI Worldwide, a global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, announced that Canara Bank has successfully rolled out major new functionality that supports EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) card acquiring across its ATM network and Aadhar Authentication, leveraging ACI's UP Retail Payments solution to achieve market firsts.

With this Canara Bank has become the first Public Sector Bank to meet RBI's EMV mandate. Canara Bank has around 6,300 branches and more than 10,000 ATMs.

The technology has been developed by ACI and Canara Bank also speeds up the process of Aadhaar number linking, hence improving the KYC compliance at the bank's branches.

About Canara Bank

Type - Public Sector Bank

Headquarters - Bengaluru

Founder - Ammembal Subba Rao Pai

About RBI

Headquarters - Mumbai

Governor - Shaktikanta Das


Mohammed Ishtayeh appointed as Palestine Prime Minister

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed Mohammed Ishtayeh as the new Prime Minister of Palestine.

Ishtayeh will succeed Rami Hamdallah.

Mr. Ishtayeh, a British-educated economist, is a top official in Abbas' Fatah movement. He is a former peace negotiator and a strong proponent of a two-state solution with Israel. He also is a strong critic of the Islamic militant group Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip from forces in 2007.

About Palestine

President - Mahmoud Abbas

Prime Minister - Mohammed Ishtayeh


World's 1st Armed Amphibious Drone Boat developed by China


China has successfully tested the world's first armed amphibious drone boat named 'Marine Lizard' and guided by China's BeiDou Navigation Satelite System.

It possesses the capability of forming a combat triad with aerial drones and other ships.

The drone ship has been built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).

Having a maximum operation range of 1,200 km, the Marine Lizard can br remotely controlled via satellites.

About China

Capital - Beijing

Currency - Renminbi

President - Xi Jinping


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