Current Affairs April 2018 - Persons in NEWS


1 - Andhra Pradesh Government appointed Kidambi Srikanth as Deputy Collector

Kidambi Srikanth

The Andhra Pradesh Government has appointed ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth as the Deputy Collector. Srikanth was awarded Padma Shri earlier this year.

Srikanth had won four Super Series titles in 2017 becoming the first and only Indian to do so in a calendar year. He is the second youngest sportsperson in India to have got the Padma Shri. Srikanth is also an Arjuna awardee.

2 - Dharmendra to be honored with Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award


Veteran actor Dharmendra will be honored with Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement award at the 55th Maharashtra State Marathi Film Festival. The state government-instituted awardees are felicitated at the 55th Maharashtra State Marathi Film Festival. Bollywood actor Dharmendra is known for his work in movies like Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Phool Aur Patthar, Yamla Pagla Deewana etc.

Some other artist who will also be honored are Marathi stage actor Vijay Chavhan and actress-director Mrinal Kulkarni. Awardees will receive cash prize and citation. Famous director and producer Rajkumar Hirani will be honored with Raj Kapoor Special Contribution awards.

3 - Indian Swimmer Sampanna Ramesh Shelar created world record

Sampanna Ramesh Shelar

Pune’s Sampanna Ramesh Shelar created world record as he double-crossed the Bangla Channel of 32.2 kilometres in 9 hours and 10 minutes. With this, he became first person to swim back and forth from Saint Martin's Island Jetty to Teknaf.

Sampanna Ramesh Shelar hails from Pune. He has set national record at Gujarat by swimming at 40 km/hour speed. He was trained by his coach Jitendra Khasnin since the age of 13.

4 - Aditi Rao Hydari to be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award

Aditi Rao Hydari

Actress Aditi Rao Hydari will be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award for her outstanding performance in movie ‘Bhoomi’. She was honoured as best leading lady (critics award). Bhoomi is a movie based on father-daughter relationship, where Sanjay Dutt acted as a protective father who saves his daughter from all the evils that surrounded her. Aditi Rao Hydari is an Indian actress who works in Hindi and Tamil language films. She has worked in movies such as Wazir, Rockstar, Padmaavat and Murder 3.

The award will be given by an organisation called Dadasaheb Phalke Foundation, a Mumbai-based organisation.

5 - Anish Bhanwala became India's youngest CWG gold medalist

Anish Bhanwala

India’s ace shooter Anish Bhanwala became India's youngest gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games in men's 25m rapid fire pistol finals with a record score at Gold Coast, Australia. Overall, India bagged six gold medals in shooting after Jitu Rai, Manu Bhaker, Heena Sidhu, Tejaswini Sawant and Shreyasi Singh.

Anish Bhanwala has been Junior World Cup gold medallist shooter. He has been a part of the Indian Shooting Team since 2017. He represented India at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, ISSF Junior World Championship 2017, Commonwealth Shooting Championships, ISSF World Cup 2018 and ISSF Junior World Cup 2018.

6 - Karan Johar became the first Indian director at Madame Tussauds

Karan Johar

Karan Johar became the first Indian filmmaker to have a wax statue at the Madame Tussauds. Apart from Johar, other Indian dignitaries who have been graced with the honour are Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan,Sachin Tendulkar, PM Narendra Modi and Hrithik Roshan.

Karan Johar is a celebrated Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor, and television personality.

7 - Virat Kohli and Deepika Padukone feature in TIME magazine's 100 most influential people


Team India skipper Virat Kohli has been named in this years’ TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people. Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella are the other Indians to have made it into the list. Sachin Tendulkar wrote Virat Kohli's TIME profile and Vin Diesel wrote Deepika’s.

The list also features US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Bangladesh’s premier Sheikh Hasina.