Today’s top news:

  1. PM Modi took a detailed review of current situation of oxygen supply and projected use in the coming 15 days across 12 high burden states (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan). An overview of district level situation in these states was presented to the PM.
  2. Assam Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma Saturday said that COVID neutral certificates from other states would not be accepted and all air and train passengers on reaching will have to undergo both Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR tests.
  3. UP has imposed a 35-hour ‘weekly closure’ that has come into place on Saturday 8 pm. It will remain in effect till Monday 7 am.
  4. West Bengal saw 78.36 per cent voter turnout till 6.30 pm in the fifth phase of the assembly election on Saturday.
  5. The Maharashtra government has requested the Centre to allow transportation of oxygen cylinders by railway to cut the cost and time.
  6. The famous Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah in Delhi will remain closed till April 30 amid the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases in the national capital.
  7. At least five persons were killed after a fire broke out in Raipur’s Rajdhani hospital on Saturday
  8. Noted radiologist and former director of NIMS (Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences), Hyderabad, Kakarla Subbarao dies at 96; awarded Padma Shri in 2000.
  9. The Delhi Police has arrested a 35-year-old man for allegedly passing sensitive information about Army deployment to a foreign intelligence agency, The accused has been identified as Harpal Singh, a resident of Tarn Taran in Punjab. He conveyed details related to Indian Army personnel, Army movements, location of Army and BSF posts and bunkers on the outposts of India at India-Pakistan border.
  10. UPSC NDA I Exam 2021 to be conducted today, : Union Public Service Commission will conduct UPSC NDA I Exam 2021 on Sunday, April 18, 2021. The examination will be conducted in offline mode across the country in various exam centers. The National Defence Academy exam will be conducted in two shifts- the first shift will begin at 10 am and the second shift will commence at 2 pm.
  11. 3-day Indian Air Force Commanders’ Conference 2021 concluded in New Delhi; theme: ‘Reorienting for the Future’
  12. Former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha passes away at 68; also headed ITBP and Railway Protection Force.
  13. What is Double Mutant Corona Virus Variant?
    The National Institute of Virology recently shared a data showing the break up of 361 genome sequenced samples that were collected between January and March 2021.
    It is a variant of Corona Virus that carries two mutations namely E484Q and L452R. They have been reported together for the first time in India.
  14. India recently became the second most COVID-19 infected country in world. This was mainly due to the double mutant variant as they spread faster. The E484K mutation was found in UK and South Africa. The L452R mutation was found spreading rapidly in California. It reduces the antibody efficacy by more than 50%. This mutation increases the binding power of the spike protein of the virus. This makes the virus more transmissible.
  15. Hours after bail, actor Deep Sidhu arrested again over Red Fort violence : The arrest was made on the basis of an FIR filed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)n connection with Republic Day violence in which protesting farmers desecrated Red Fort and hoist religious flags atop the historical monument.
  16. Vehicles to be colour coded to limit movement in Mumbai Six-inch stickers will be made available at toll nakas for free.


  1. The Himachal Pradesh Police on Friday detected mobile signals from Pakistan after trekkers in Dharamshala claimed that the standard time on their phones changed from IST (Indian Standard time) to PST (Pakistan Standard Time).The Department of Telecommunication was informed for further inquiry.
  2. Nepal, India can resolve all issues through dialogue: Foreign Minister Gyawali
    There is no issue between Nepal and India that cannot be resolved through dialogue, Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali said.

3.India, Pak Foreign ministers in UAE on separate bilateral visits
While Jaishankar will be in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, Qureshi was in Dubai on Saturday on a three-day bilateral visit. United Arab Emirates confirmed that the country was playing a role in bringing Delhi and Islamabad to the talks table.


  1. Every year, the World Haemophilia Day is celebrated on April 17 by the World Federation of Haemophilia. It is a rare disorder where the human blood does not clot normally. This is because, the blood lacks sufficient blood clotting proteins. It is an inherited genetic disorder. The day is celebrated on April 17 to commemorate the birthday of Frank Schnabel. Frank founded the World Federation of Haemophilia.
  2. The US President Joe Biden has planned to lift the refugee cap by May 2021. The former President Donald Trump had imposed historically low cap, on refugees. Trump had earlier set the Refugee cap to 15,000. This was the lowest in the history of the US.
  3. Italian film-maker Roberto Benigni to receive Venice Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement award
  4. Five people were killed and more than 15 injured in police firing during a clash with workers at the under construction Banshkhali power plant in Chattogram district of Bangladesh on Saturday. The workers of the Banshkhali coal-fired power plant were agitating for payment of overdue salary, half day work on Fridays, time for Iftar and hike in salary.
  5. Renowned Bangladeshi actor Sara Begum Kabori passed away in Dhaka on Saturday. She was 70. She was admitted to the Sheikh Russel National Gastroliver Institute and Hospital in Dhaka for the treatment of COVID 19 last week.
  6. The Bitcoin currency tumbled more than 4% after the Central Bank of Turkey banned the use of Crypto currencies and crypto assets for purchases. The bank cited possible irreparable damages and transaction risks as the reason for the ban.


    Match 9 t20, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, 17 April, 2021

MUMBAI 150/5 (20.0)

HYDERABAD 137/10 (19.4)


  1. 10th Match Chennai, Apr 18 2021, Indian Premier League

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kolkata Knight Riders

11th Match

Delhi Capitals
Punjab Kings

Match yet to begin

  1. Three-time Khelo India champion Arundhati Choudhary defeated Columbian boxer Deyaneira Casas to advance into the 69kg women’s quarter-finals on the third day at the AIBA Youth Men’s and Women’s World Championships in Kielce, Poland.Gitika defeats European Champ, Sumit enters last-16
  2. Asian Wrestling Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan : India’s Sarita Mor won gold medal in women’s 59 kg
  3. The Indian Wrestler Vinesh Phogat has won her maiden Gold at the Asian Wrestling Championship. She won the medal beating Taipei’s Meng Hsuan Hsieh. Vinesh had earlier won four bronze and three silver medals. This is her third gold medal, but first at the Asian Wrestling Championship.
  4. Vinesh Phogat is an Indian wrestler. She was the first Indian woman to win gold at Asian Games and Common Wealth. Also, she was the first Indian athlete to be nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards. She won Arjuna Award in 2016, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2020. Also, she was a Padma Shri nominee in 2018 by the Sports Authority of India.

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Facts about India

More than 50% of India is younger than 25 and more than 65% are 35 or younger. The average Indian age is much younger than most other nations.

Joke of the day

महिला – डॉक्टर साहब, मेरे पति नींद में बातें करने लगे हैं! क्या करूँ?
डॉक्टर – उन्हें दिन में बोलने का मौका दीजिए!

💐 Thought of the day

Expect more from yourself than from others. Because expectations from others hurt a lot, while expectations from yourself inspire a lot. That’s life.


शतक -100
सहस्र -1000
Dasasahasra , 10,000
लक्ष 1 lakh
koti . 10,000,000


why rose is symbol of love 🌹

Greek and Roman Mythology
From the Western culture, it has been believed that this type of flower was created by the goddess of love, Aphrodite. According to the legend, her tears and her lover, Adonis’, blood watered the ground from where the red Roses grew. It was then a symbol of love until death.

How it works ⁉

Tyres are black

Rubber is made black by adding various chemicals, such as carbon black. This isn’t just for cosmetic reasons, but because adding chemicals like carbon black to the rubber drastically increases desirable qualities of the rubber. … Carbon black itself is simply nearly pure elemental carbon in colloidal particle form.

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18 April World Heritage Day


Arjuna, the third of the Pandava brothers, took the form of Brihannala – a eunuch during the incognito (staying in disguise for a year)-agnathavasam- exile period in the Mahabharata. As Brihannala, Arjuna taught dance and music to Uttara, the daughter of King of Virata.

Arjuna did not need to act like Brihannala as he made use of a curse by Apsara Urvasi – the damsel in the court of Indra. Arjuna once did not show any interest to the sexual innuendos of Urvasi. Arjuna said “u work near my father Indra , so i feel like u r equal to my mother” .and refused her. The frustrated Apsara cursed him to be a eunuch. The curse was later changed by Indra to a year. Thus Arjuna used the curse during the incognito exile period and lived like a Eunuch.

Brihannala was the charioteer of Uttara Kumara who went to fight against the Kauravas. After the death of Kichaka, there was no one to defend the kingdom of Virata. Using this opportunity, Kauravas took away the cattle of Virata.


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

Turmeric Milk, commonly known as ‘ Haldi ka Doodh’ is one of the best remedy passed on to us by our ancestors. It is also called ‘ Golden Milk ‘ due to the colour turmeric imparts to milk when mixed in it.

Spices like clove, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper and ginger can also be added to it for additional health benefits. Be it cold, cough, flu, wounds, joint pain etc

CH. Naveen Kumar