World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on April 18. The day is also known as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. The day is celebrated to raise awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage, monuments and their relevance. The theme for 2019 is ‘Rural Landscapes’.
Google has opened an Artificial Intelligence (AI) research lab in Ghana’s capital Accra. It is the first lab of its kind in Africa. The lab would develop solutions in areas including agriculture, like helping in diagnosing certain types of crop disease. Google opened new research centers across the globe such as in Tokyo, Zurich, New York, and Paris, to exhibit itself as AI first company in front of the world. Points to Remember Ghana's capital: Accra Currency: Ghanaian cedi
Sri Lanka’s first satellite ‘Raavana-1’ was launched into space from NASA’s Flight Facility on Virginia’s east shore. ‘Raavana 1’ weights around 1.05 kg and the lifespan of the satellite is around one and a half years. The launch marks Sri Lanka’s entry into the global space age. The satellite was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan by two Sri Lankan research engineers.
The historic Mujibnagar day was observed on 17 April in Bangladesh. The day marks the oath taking ceremony of Bangladesh's first government in 1971 at Baidyanathtala in Meherpur. On this day in 1971, senior leaders of the liberation movement of Bangladesh had assembled at Baidyanathtala to form the provisional government of independent Bangladesh. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was declared the President in absentia as he was arrested and flown to Pakistan after the Pakistan military crackdown on the then ‘East Pakistan’ on the night of March 25, 1971.
Google and Apple have blocked access to popular Chinese video making application TikTok in India. Madras High Court that had directed the Centre to ban TikTok app over concerns about access to pornographic content through it. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) order will only stop future downloads of TikTok. People who already have the app downloaded in their devices will be able to continue using it on their smartphones.
Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat commissioned the Indian Coast Guard Ship Veera at a ceremony held at Visakhapatnam. Veera is third in the series of offshore patrol vessels of the Coast Guard. It is built by L&T at its shipbuilding facility at Kattupalli in Chennai. The commissioning of Veera will enhance the Indian Coast Guard’s operational capability to discharge its multifarious maritime tasks.
Punjab National Bank (PNB) has appointed Rajesh Kumar Yaduvanshi as the Executive Director of the bank with effect from April 15. He has also worked with Dena Bank in capacity of the Executive Director. Yadivanshi, having 34 years of banking career, had joined PNB as a management trainee in 1985. With his joining, PNB now has three Executive Directors, the others being L V Prabhakar and A K Azad.
Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj has been named the goodwill ambassador of Team India at the Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC). She, alongside Saurav Ganguly and Rajasthan Royals, joins in supporting the team as they gear up for the final match at Lords, just ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019 (SCCWC) is the first cricket world cup for street-connected children. The tournament is being organised by Street Child United (SCU), a UK based organisation.