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International events Part - I : CLAT 2017 Current affairs April 2016

News item 1: USS Conestoga Shipwreck Discovered After 95 Years

US Navy tug USS Conestoga was in news as its wreck was discovered near one of the Farallones Islands about 30 miles (50 km) west of San Francisco. It was announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Navy of United States.

News item 2: G7 Hiroshima Declaration Calls For ‘World Without Nuclear Weapons’

The Group of 7 (G-7) countries’ foreign ministers have issued Hiroshima Declaration

  • ABOUT HIROSHIMA DECLARATION : It calls for creating a world without nuclear weapons + promotes international stability.

  • WHEN? 11 April 2016

  • WHO ARE G7 ? G7 countries include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and US. (CODE : CUUF-JIG)

New item 3: China, Pakistan Launched Joint Air Force Exercise

Pakistan and China have launched a joint bilateral air force exercise named Shaheen (Eagle) 5 in Pakistan.

  • This is the fifth edition

  • WHEN> April 9 to 30, 2016.

News item 4 : US Orders Nine AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters for Pakistan

NEWS :The US Navy has ordered nine AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters for Pakistan.

HOW MUCH US PAYS ?The US Navy on 5 April awarded a $170 million contract to Bell Helicopter for the manufacture of the AH-1Z helicopters.

WHY SHOULD IT GIVE TO PAKISTAN ?The combat helicopters will be delivered to Pakistan under the Foreign Military Sales Programme.

ABOUT BELL AH-1Z :The Bell AH-1Z Viper is a twin-engine combat chopper based on the previous Super Cobra model developed for the US Marine Corps. It has a top speed of 420 km per hour and a range of 610 km.

News item 5 : US Senate Unanimously Approved Defend Trade Secrets Bill

The US Senate on 4 April approved Defend Trade Secrets Bill.

Trade secrets are confidential information that can give a business a commercial edge.


  • It provides greater legal protection to companies for their commercial secrets.

  • CAN SUE IF STOLEN : It empowers companies to sue in federal court if their commercial secrets are stolen.

  • RECOVER DAMAGES : It would help them to recover damages, enforce injunctions and prevent the further dissemination of stolen trade secrets.

News item 6 : Philippines Launches World’s First Public Immunization Program For Dengue

The Philippines on 4 April launched the first public immunization program for dengue fever,seeking to administer to a million school children the world’s first licensed vaccine against a mosquito-borne disease that the World Health Organization estimates infects 390 million people a year globally.

  • Mexico was first country in the world to approve first-ever Dengvaxia Dengue fever vaccine for the public use and Philippines was the first county in Asia to allow it.

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