Today’s top news:

  1. In the poll-bound West Bengal, all necessary preparations have been made for the Fifth Phase polling of Assembly Elections to be held today. The polling will be from 7.00 A.M. to 6.30 P.M.
  2. Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually launched “World 1st affordable and long-lasting hygiene product DuroKea Series”, developed by IIT Hyderabad researchers.
  3. The Minister informed that the unique property of DuroKea range is to ensure instant killing (within 60 sec) and prolonged protection which is an immense necessity during this current pandemic situation. This revolutionary antimicrobial property of DuroKea products has been tested and certified by Indian Government accredited lab and field-tested at the IIT Hyderabad campus.
  4. India Meteorological Department, IMD has projected that southwest monsoon rainfall over the country is most likely to be normal at 96 to 104% as per the long period average.
  5. The Government of India recently approved Rs 50 crores to develop an all-weather ROPAX in Odisha. The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 110 crores. The project aims to launch Roll-on or Roll-off Passenger Jetty connecting Kaninali in Bhadrak district and Talachua in Kendrapara district. The project will reduce passenger travel time from six hours to one hour. The connecting points of the jetty are located in the northern and southern banks of river Dhamra.
  6. Chandigarh announces weekend lockdown The lockdown will be from 10 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday; essential services will be allowed
  7. Strong evidence to prove that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, behind the COVID-19 pandemic, is predominantly transmitted through the air, according to a new assessment published on Friday in The Lancet journal. The analysis by six experts from the UK, the US and Canada says public health measures that fail to treat the virus as predominantly airborne leave people unprotected and allow the virus to spread.
  8. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time in eight months and has been shifted to a private hospital for treatment.
  9. Popular Tamil comedy actor Vivekh was hospitalised.
  10. Telugu film star and Jana Sena Party chief K Pawan Kalyan has tested positive for coronavirus but is now stable, his political secretary P Hariprasad said.
  11. Indian armed forces to build 5G network: Defence Secretary
    The Indian army, navy, and air force are likely to embrace the next generation (5G) technology to bring artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned vehicles to centre stage in a bid to compete with the most advanced armed forces worldwide.
  12. Army turns flags ‘blue’ from ‘red’ for people-friendly look in J&K, pictures of achievers on Cantonment walls
    Indian Army has changed the colour of flags on its military convoy vehicles to blue from red to make them more population friendly. Similarly, the walls on the Indian Army cantonments are proposed to have pictures of young achievers from Kashmir.
  13. National Investigation Agency arrests Lashikar-e-Taiba recruiter in Kashmir
    A school teacher, who was a recruiter for proscribed Pakistan-based terrorist organization Lashikar-e-Taiba (LeT), was arrested from his residence in north Kashmir.


  1. India to get world’s best Air Defence System S-400 from Russia ; Check details; Later this year, Russia is going to deliver the first regimental set of S-400 Triumf ‘SA-21 Growler’ air defence systems.
  2. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit India from April 25 and is set to agree a Roadmap 2030′ for re-energised India-UK relations across trade and investment and climate action, the Indian High Commission in London said

3.’ Peaceful Indian Ocean important’: Maldives FM; thanks India for support for UNGA prez candidature : Calling his country as “heart of the Indian ocean”, Maldives Foreign minister Abdulla Shahid has called for a “peaceful, prosperous and stable” which is an “essential factor” for the “prosperity of Maldives”.

  1. France has agreed to join India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean Initiative. On paper, the project embraces cooperation on climate change and academic exchanges, but its main purpose seems to be strategic. And it fits into US plans for a growing coalition of democracies, aimed at stemming China’s increased assertiveness in the region.
  2. The Indian Space Research Organisation recently signed an agreement with the French Space Agency CNES. CNES is National Centre for Space Studies. CNES stands for Centre National d’etudes Spatiales. According to the agreement, CNES is to help India in its first Human Space Mission called the Gaganyaan.


  1. The U.S. will continue to push Pakistan hard on supporting the diplomatic efforts to ensure peace in Afghanistan as it has an interest over the longer term in avoiding insecurity and instability in the war-torn neighbouring country that can spill over and affect its own interest, CIA Director William Burns has said.
  2. US to withdraw troops from Afghanistan: Govt in Kabul may become the ‘sacrificial lamb’ says expert: The US decision to pull back its troops from Afghanistan by 11 September this year, two decades after being victims of a spectacular terrorist attack, would draw the curtains down from a war that had tested its patience and endurance for remaining engaged in a war torn country.
  3. The United Nations Population Fund recently released a report “My Body is My Own”. The report is about women’s power to make decisions on their bodies. It also reported about the laws in different countries that support women rights in this matter.
  4. The US health authorities recently paused the rollout of one-shot Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine uses similar technology as that of the Astra Zeneca vaccine. Both the vaccines are developed from adenoviral vectors.
  5. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is to launch four astronauts to the International Space Station on World Earth Day (April 22). NASA is to launch the mission along with SpaceX.
  6. The opponents of the military government in Myanmar under the banner of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) announced the formation of a National Unity Government (NUG) on Friday. The government will be headed by the deposed president U Win Myint as President and Aung San Suu Kyi as the State Counsellor.
  7. Harry Potter Actress Helen McCrory Passes Away At 52; Daniel Radcliffe, JK Rowling Pay Tribute


  1. Indian Premier League,
    2021 Match 8 Fri
    Apr 16 2021 Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Punjab Kings 106/8(20.0).

107/4 (15.4)
Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets

  1. 17 Apr Match 9
    Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

Indian Premier League, 2021
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Time: 19:30 To 23:30 (IST)

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Facts about India

The first passenger train in India ran between Bombay (Bori Bunder) and Thane on 16 April 1853. The 14-carriage train was hauled by three steam locomotives – Sahib, Sindh and Sultan; it carried 400 people and ran on a line of 34 kilometres (21 mi) built and operated by the Great Indian Peninsula Railway.

The Indian Railways turned 168 years old on Friday and for the first time ever, Presently It caters to over 20 million passengers every day.

Thought of the day

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.

Joke of the day

Work from Home

Boss : “I called you. Your wife picked the phone and told that you were cooking. Why did not you call me back?”😆

Employee : “I called you back sir. Your wife picked the phone and told that you were washing clothes”😳

GK Today

In 1825 George Stephenson built the Locomotion for the Stockton and Darlington Railway. This was the first public steam railway in the world and then in 1829, he built The Rocket which was entered in and won the Rainhill Trials


Why it is important of ringing bells in Temple?

In Hinduism there is special reason behind doing each and every small thing, every rituals is associated with it. There is nothing like that which is done only because it is happening since ancient times. There are also scientific reasons behind performing all traditions.

The temple bell is not just ordinary metal but a scientific bell. It is made of various metals including cadmium, copper, nickel, chromium and Manganese. In which ratio each metal is mixed, this is the most important thing and the real science behind a bell. Every bell is created to produce such a distinctive sound that it synchronizes your left and right brain. When the person rings the bell, then the high sound produced from it lasts for at least seven consecutive seconds, touching the seven chakras of the human body.

The advantage of this vibration is that all the bacteria, viruses and micro-organisms that are coming in its area are destroyed so that the surrounding environment becomes purified. Therefore, the atmosphere where the bell is rung, the environment always remains pure and sacred. It removes negative forces


क्रुद्ध kruddh angry

प्रतिमा, मूर्ति, शिल्प : statue

How it works ⁉

Hing comes from the resin of giant fennel plants that grow wild in Afghanistan and Iran. The resin can be kept pure, but in the States, you mostly find it ground to a powder and mixed with wheat.

It is a resin like gum which is extracted from dried sap of the stem and roots of Ferula plant and then crushed in a traditional method, between heavy stones or by a hammer


In Hindu mythology, Menaka is considered one of the most beautiful of the heavenly Apsaras. Menaka was born during the churning of the ocean by the devas and asuras and was one of the most beautiful apsaras (celestial fairy) in the world with quick intelligence and innate talent but desired a family.

Vishwamitra, one of the most respected and revered sages in ancient India, frightened the gods and even tried to create another heaven – Indra, frightened by his powers, sent Menaka from heaven to earth to lure him and break his meditation. Menaka successfully incited Vishwamitra’s lust and passion when he saw her beauty. She succeeded in breaking the meditation of Vishwamitra. However, she fell in genuine love with him and a baby was born to them who later grew in Sage Kanva’s ashram and came to be called Shakuntala. Later Shakuntala falls in love with King Dushyanta and gives birth to a child called Bharata after whom India was first named.


( Note : These home tips followed in villages/ancient traditions, it is up to you to use it or not🙏🏻)

Kadha is an Ayurvedic home remedy that can protect you, make you stronger from within and also help in fighting seasonal infections.

To make this effective home remedy, you need 2 cups of water, 1 inch of peeled ginger, 4-5 cloves, 5-6 black pepper, 5-6 fresh basil leaves, ½ tsp honey and 2 inch cinnamon stick. You can add mulethi (lecorice) if it is available.

CH. Naveen Kumar