1) HAL received the Most Efficient Navratna Award 2013: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on 3 April 2014 recieved the Most Efficient Navratna Award for the year 2013. It received the award at the 5th Dalal Street Investment Journal Awards ceremony held in New Delhi. The award was collected by the Chairman of HAL, Dr. R K Tyagi. The awards were presented to the various PSUs in different categories in recognition of their performance and contribution to the Indian economy. At present there are 14 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) which have been designated as Navratnas by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
2) D K Pathak appointed as the new Director General of BSF: Union Government on 2 April 2014 appointed senior IPS officer D K Pathak as the new Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF). BSF is country's largest border guarding force. His name for the post of DG was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Mamohan Singh. He is expected to continue till February, 2016.
3) New Zealand tops social progress index, India at 102nd position: New Zealand came first in a global index published on Thursday that ranks countries by social and environmental performance rather than economic output in a drive to make social progress a priority for politicians and businesses. The (SPI) rates 132 countries on more than 50 indicators, including health, sanitation, shelter, personal safety, access to information, sustainability, tolerance and inclusion and access to education. The low rankings of China (90th) and India (102nd) showed that their rapid economic growth is not yet being converted into better lives for their citizens, said Green, executive director of the Social Progress Imperative, a non-profit organisation that publishes the index. Visit:www.currentaffairs4examz.com
4) Unbeaten run in ICC World Twenty20 takes India to top of ICC rankings: Riding on their superb unbeaten run in the World Twenty20 World Cup so far, the Indian cricket team toppled Sri Lanka to clinch the top spot in the ICC rankings issued on Wednesday. “India has moved ahead of Sri Lanka into the number-one position on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table,” the ICC said in a statement.
5) Tata-Singapore Airlines venture gets Aviation Ministry nod: Union Ministry of Civil Aviation on 2 April 2014 approved the Tata and Singapore Airlines (SIA) joint venture. The Aviation Ministry also issued no-objection certificate (NOC) to the new airline JV called Tata SIA Airlines Ltd. The approval given to the Tata SIA Airlines Ltd came in a record time. The joint venture got the approval within a time period of little more than four months. Tata and SIA first got the clearance from Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in November 2013.
6) Aamir Khan becomes EC's national icon for Lok Sabha Election 2014: Election Commission (EC) confirmed Amir Khan as its national icon for the Lok Sabha elections 2014 on 1 April 2014. He IS the fifth national icon selected by the EC. The EC recorded a video and audio campaign which shows Amir Khan urging people to vote ethically. Amir Khan is the fifth National icon selected by EC to campaign for creating awareness among voters about elections. The other four national icons were President A P J Abdul Kalam, cricketer M S Dhoni, badminton star Saina Nehwal and boxer Mary Kom.
7) Sri Lanka beat West Indies to reach World T20 final: A dominant Sri Lanka on Thursday made it to the ICC World T20 final for the third time knocking out defending champions West Indies by 27 runs via the Duckworth Lewis method after thundershowers stopped proceedings in the 14th over of the second innings. Batting first in the first semi-final, Sri Lanka scored an impressive 160 for 6 riding on important contributions from Angelo Mathews (40) and Lahiru Thirimanne (45). In reply, West Indies were 80 for four in 13.5 overs when a storm followed by heavy downpour ruled out any chances of a game.