Current Affairs India - 29-30 April 2016

1. The Border Security Force (BSF) is planning to install the tallest national flag near the Attari-Wagah Joint Check Post, also known as the Wagah border. The flag at 350 feet is part of BSF's expansion plans for the visitors' gallery at the site of the iconic Retreat ceremony. Recently Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar hoisted the largest tricolor in Jharkhand in January this year which is at 293 feet high.


2. Nagaland capital Kohima has been declared as a -smoke-free city-, as per official announcement made by the Deputy Commissioner of Kohima, Rovilatuo Mor during the campaign for Smoke-Free Kohima City. Nagaland State ranks the second highest in the country with 57% of Tobacco Users.


3. Gujarat government has declared 10% reservation in higher education institutions and government jobs for the economically backward members of all non-reserved castes, with income below Rs 6 lakh per annum. This will be on top of the 49% reservation currently available for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Castes. This is considered to be a significant step following agitations by Patidar community in Gujarat since last couple of months.


4. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed an Indian academician Radha Kumar to the UN University Council among 11 other members. Radha Kumar is currently working as Director General of Delhi-based think tank Delhi Policy Group and ge specialises in ethnic conflicts, peacemaking and peace-building.


5. Senior IPS officer of Uttarakhand cadre Surender Kumar Bhagat has been appointed as the Director General (DG) of Railways Protection Force (RPF). Currently he is working as Special Director General in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Western Sector, Jammu & Kashmir.


6. Bureaucrat-turned-politician N K Singh has been chosen for the Japan's second-highest national award along with 91 foreign recipients for his contribution in improving Indo-Japan economic ties over the past few years. The award- Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star - will be conferred on Singh by Japanese PM Shnizo Abe. He had served in Japan during the investment decision of Maruti-Suzuki and subsequent forays of the Japanese automobile companies into India.


7. Famous sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik won the gold medal at ninth Moscow Sand Sculpture Championship in Russia. He won the competition for his 15 feet high art work Mahatma Gandhi's sculpture for non-violence and peace. Padma Shri Mr. Pattnaik has participated in more than 50 international sand sculpture championships across the world and won many awards for the country.


8. Global information services company Experian India has launched the 'Hunter Fraud Score' which is a scoring mechanism that measures the probability of fraud in a credit application across banking and insurance industries. This score will help businesses to identify credit applications that should be thoroughly vetted for potential fraud.


Experian is also enhancing fraud detection practices in India by running the Experian Fraud Bureau - a closed user group (CUG) of industry members, who share fraud data and in return obtain expedient fraud detection services from Experian. The CUG comprises 47 banks and 15 life insurance companies.


9. The 2008 Olympic Gold medallist shooter, Abhinav Bindra accepted Indian Olympic Association's (IOA) request to become the second goodwill ambassador for the Indian Rio Olympics' contingent. With this he will join Actor Salman Khan who was appointed as the first goodwill ambassador by IOA.