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Current Affairs for 18 April 2016
April 18, 2016

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Nico Rosberg extended his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton with a thumping victory in the Chinese Grand Prix. Hamilton, who started from last after his engine expired in qualifying, stopped five times in a race brimming with drama, and eventually crossed the line in seventh place.

It means that Rosberg, who has become only the fourth driver in the sport’s history to win six races in succession – a streak that stretches back to last year – now holds a 36-point lead over Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel, involved in a first-corner collision with his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, finished second following an exemplary recovery drive, with Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat securing the final spot on the podium. Despite a number of incidents and plenty of excitement, there were no retirements at all in the race.



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To achieve the goal of providing houses for all, Haryana government has notified the Affordable Plotted Housing Policy 2016 for low and medium potential towns under Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojna.

The policy will facilitate creation of additional affordable housing stock in the low and medium potential towns of the state, an official spokesperson of Haryana Town and Country Planning Department said on Sunday.

The Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojna aims at developing ‘high density plotted colonies’ in low and medium potential towns where small plots are made available through a liberal policy framework. All projects are be required to be completed within seven years from the date of granting licence.

The projects would be allowed in residential zone of notified development plans of low and medium potential towns of the State.



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The Punjab government on Sunday said the Centre has sanctioned two projects in the State under‘Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna’ which will bring an additional 1.74 lakh hectares under irrigation.

The Union Water Resources Ministry has accorded approval to Kandi Canal Stage-1 and Bist Doab canal so that the farmers of Punjab can get the best irrigation facilities, said State Irrigation Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon.

Rs. 551.87 crore has been sanctioned for Bist Doab canal irrigation project. With this, 1,55,085 hectares in Jalandhar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr), Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur districts will be brought under irrigation facilities, he said.

The Centre has also given nod to Rs. 73.44 crore Kandi Canal Stage-1 irrigation project. With its approval 19,867 hectare Barani area of Hoshiarpur district will have access to irrigation facilities, Mr. Dhillon added.


FDI INFLOWS UP 37% TO $39.32 BN IN 2015

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Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country increased by 37 percent to USD 39.32 billion during 2015. The foreign investment inflows stood at USD 28.78 billion in 2014, according to data by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Computer hardware and software sector attracted the highest FDI, followed by services, trading business, automobile industry and chemicals. Singapore emerged as the biggest FDI source, followed by Mauritius, US, Netherlands and Japan. The government has taken several steps to promote investments through a liberal FDI policy. It has relaxed norms in several sectors, including single brand retail, e-commerce and construction.


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Westwood’s boys erase the painful memories of last year

Bengaluru FC gift-wrapped the I-League title and presented it to its fans with a 2-0 victory over Salgaocar FC here on Sunday. BFC was intent on winning the league at home, and a thorough performance on the field prevented any change to the intended script.

The three points gained here has relegated BFC’s final I-League encounter, against second-placed Mohun Bagan at Siliguri, to the status of a dead-rubber.

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An eighth-minute goal from Eugeneson Lyngdoh calmed the nerves of the animated 11,500-odd crowd at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.

A chip from English midfielder Michael Collins floated towards the rival custodian, Karanjit Singh. Karanjit punched the ball forward as striker Kim Song Yong advanced, only to see it land at Lyngdoh’s feet outside the box.

With the goalkeeper horribly out of position, the midfielder took his time to side-foot his shot into the back of the net.