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23 March 2018

Chandigarh becomes the 1st city in North India to install Automatic Speed Gun Cameras with digital displays for traffic management. The high-tech speed cameras are equipped with night vision technology and will record the speed of oncoming traffic, helping Chandigarh Police to issue challans to anyone driving above the city speed limits. Chandigarh also happens to be among a few cities to accept driving on high-beam inside the city limits as a punishable offense.

23 March 2018

US President Donald Trump announced 60 billion US dollar tariffs on China for its alleged unfair trade practices. The White House the actions were necessary to counter unfair competition from China's state-led economy. The move is seen as a direct shot in a brewing trade war between the world's two biggest economies.  The US Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer to announce within 15 days a proposed list of products to be hit with tariff increases. USTR already identified potential targets 1,300 product lines worth about 48 billion dollars. The President has also asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to come up with a list of restrictions on Chinese investment. The US currently has about 500 billion dollars of trade deficit with China. China has forcefully denounced President Trump's decision to impose tariffs on Chinese goods and accused him of putting the two economies on course for a trade war.  China's embassy in Washington said in a statement said if a trade war was initiated by the United States, China would fight to the end to defend its own legitimate interests with all necessary measures. The embassy said it urges the US to cease and desist and warned that by endangering China-US trade relations, Washington will eventually end up hurting itself.

23 March 2018

Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands won the prestigious Abel Prize for developing a programme connecting representation theory to number theory. The programme has enlisted hundreds of the world’s best mathematicians over the last 50 years.  Now aged 81, Langlands will be awarded the 6.0-million-kroner Abel Prize by Norway’s King Harald in Oslo on May 22.

23 March 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have paid tributes to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia on his birth anniversary.  Dr. Lohia dedicated his life to quest for a just, fair and egalitarian society and he remains an inspiration for welfare-oriented governance.  He described Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia as one of the most remarkable personalities of the 20th century.  The socialist leader combined scholarly zeal with a penchant for grassroots level politics and his rich thoughts continue to shape socio-political discourse. 

23 March 2018

The union government decided to declare 2018 as 'National Year of Millets to boost the cultivation of millets like ragi and jowar on a mission mode to achieve nutritional security.  This was stated by Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh while addressing MPs in a consultative committee meeting in New Delhi . The Minister said millet cultivation has declined due to change in dietary habits and unavailability of millets. As a result of this, level of nutrients like proteins, Vitamin-A, iron, and iodine fell in women and children.  This led to a special focus on millets, which are being promoted under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM). The push will promote cultivation of jowar, bajra, ragi. Under NFSM, maize and jau are also promoted separately.

23 March 2018

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir inaugurated the two-day first National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement in Delhi. The conference is being organized by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Ministry of Home Affairs. The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will be the Chief Guest at the closing session. More than 50 State and Central law enforcement agencies involved in combating drug trafficking have confirmed their participation in this Conference.

23 March 2018

Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan shattered the qualification world record in 10-meter women’s air rifle event of the season’s first junior ISSF World Cup in Sydney, Australia. Besides her individual podium finish, Elavenil also combined with Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta to claim the team gold medal. Arjun Babuta bagged his second junior world cup medal, claiming a bronze in men’s 10-meter air rifle event. The 18-year-old Elavenil, competing in her second World Cup and first final. Her 631.4 in the qualification was a new world record.

23 March 2018

Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and columnist for Newsday who fiercely championed racial equality passed away. He was 76.   He won Pulitzer Prize for “Heroin Trail” series in 1974.

23 March 2018

The Singapore Changi Airport named the world's best airport for the sixth consecutive year by consultancy firm Skytrax. The Incheon International Airport in South Korea and Haneda Airport in Japan were placed second and third respectively. While the Mumbai airport (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai) ranked 63rd, the airports in Bangalore (Kempegowda International Airport) and Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport) are at 64th and 66th place respectively.

23 March 2018

Jackfruit attained a respected status with the state government declaring it as the official fruit of Kerala. Kerala has been producing around 30 to 60 crore jackfruits every year. As per the officials, the state can generate a revenue of around Rs 30,000 crore through value-added jackfruit products.

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