Current Affairs in English 25 April

North Korea's Kim Jong Un Visited Russia
North Korea's Kim Jong Un Visited Russia
North Korea's Kim Jong Un Visited Russia - Russia's Vladimir Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met face-to-face for the first time and vowed to seek closer ties. The meeting was held at Russia's Pacific port city of Vladivostok. Mr. Putin told North Korean leader Kim that he supports ongoing efforts to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and wants to boost economic ties. 

Justice A K Patnaik Panel
Justice A K Patnaik Panel
Justice A K Patnaik Panel - The Supreme Court constituted a one-man panel of former apex court judge Justice A K Patnaik to hold an inquiry into the allegations of a larger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and fixing of benches in the top court. The apex court asked the Directors of CBI and IB and Delhi Police Commissioner to cooperate with Justice Patnaik during the inquiry.

Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award
Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award
Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award - Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award ceremony was held in Mumbai on April 24 2019. The awards were given away by Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat. The Winners are –
# Lifetime Award: Actor, producer and screenwriter Salim Khan was honoured with the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Lifetime Award.
# Special Award: Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar received the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Special Award.
# Special Award: The yesteryear Actress Helen was conferred with Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Special Award.
# Music and Art: The Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award for music and art was conferred to classical dancer Sucheta Bhide-Chapekar.

Microsoft Hit Trillion-Dollar Value Mark
Microsoft
Microsoft Hit Trillion-Dollar Value Mark - Microsoft hit the trillion-dollar value mark on April 25 for the first time, becoming the third technology giant to reach the symbolic milestone. At its current levels, Microsoft is the world's most valuable company, ahead of Apple and Amazon, which last year topped $1 trillion before slipping back.

Merger of Indusind Bank With Bharat Financial Inclusion
Indusind Bank and Bharat Financial Inclusion
Merger of Indusind Bank With Bharat Financial Inclusion  - National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved the merger of private sector lender IndusInd Bank with Bharat Financial Inclusion (BFIL), a microfinance company. Earlier, IndusInd Bank had received ‘No Objection’ from Reserve Bank of India, National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange. Bharat Financial will become a subsidiary of the private lender.

SEBI Reduced Subscription Requirement For REITs And InvIts
SEBI
SEBI Reduced Subscription Requirement For REITs And InvIts - Markets regulator SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) has reduced the minimum subscription requirement as well as defined trading lots for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs). While making an initial public offer and follow-on offer, the minimum subscription shall not be less than Rs 1 lakh for InvITs and Rs 50,000 for REITs. Currently, in the case of a REIT issue, the minimum subscription from any investor in an initial offer and follow-on public offer is not less than Rs 2 lakh, while the same is Rs 10 lakh in case of InvIT.

Joint Border Reaction Force
Joint Border Reaction Force
Joint Border Reaction Force - Iran and Pakistan have agreed to set up a joint border "reaction force" to combat the attacks by militant groups on both sides their frontier. Both the nations have decided to collaborate to form the joint quick reaction force by increasing cooperation between border forces and intelligence agencies.

BuyUcoin
BuyUcoin
BuyUcoin - BuyUcoin, second oldest Cryptocurrency Exchange in India, has introduced a new and unique platform for wholesale cryptocurrency trading. It is also known as OTC (Over-the-counter) Desk that allows users to trade on a large scale with low price fluctuations.

Global Talent Competitiveness Index
Global Talent Competitiveness Index
Global Talent Competitiveness Index - The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2019 has released by INSEAD, Adecco Group and Tata Communications. In the GTCI 2019 India ranks 80 while Singapore takes the lead in this region. 

Asian Athletics Championship
Asian Athletics Championship
Asian Athletics Championship - The 23rd edition of the Asian Athletics Championship concluded in Doha, Qatar on April 24, 2019. India with 17 medals (3 Gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze) finished fourth in the tournament. The four-day event saw participation from 63 nations across the world. Bahrain topped the tally with 11 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze, followed by China with 10 gold, 13 silver, 7 bronze. Indians who won gold are –
# PU Chitra won gold in the women’s 1500m race.
# Tajinder Pal Singh Toor secured the men’s shot put gold.
# Gomathi win gold in women’s 800m race.

World Malaria Day
World Malaria Day
World Malaria Day - The World Malaria Day was observed across the globe on April 25 2019 to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment towards malaria prevention and control. The theme of the World Malaria Day 2019 was “Zero malaria starts with me”.

Malaria Vaccine Pilot Programme
Malaria Vaccine Pilot Programme
Malaria Vaccine Pilot Programme - African country Malawi became the first to immunise children against Malaria through the vaccine ‘RTS,S’ (Mosquirix) under the WHO-coordinated Malaria vaccine pilot programme. Malawi is also the first of three countries in Africa in which the vaccine RTS,S will be made available to children up to 2 years of age; Ghana and Kenya will introduce the vaccine later.