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  • March 18, 2018 Current Affairs


    Xi Jinping Re-Elected as China President Wang Vice President

    Xi Jinping was re-elected as President for a second five-year tenure by China's rubber-stamp parliament. The Parliament has recently allowed Xi to have a life-long tenure. Xi was also elected as the head of the powerful Central Military Commission, the overall high command of the Chinese military.   He became president in 2013. Wang Qishan has been elected as the new Vice President of China.

    Asian Development Bank shakes hands with India for improving operational efficiency of Indian railways

    The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $120 million loan agreement for completion of works for double-tracking and electrification of railways tracks along high-density corridors to improve the operational efficiency of Indian railways. The tranche 3 loan is part of the $500 million multi-tranche financing facility for Railway Sector Investment Program approved by the ADB Board in 2011. The loan amount will be used to complete the ongoing works commenced under earlier tranches.  Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance signed the loan for the Government of India, and Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission, signed on behalf of ADB. The project is aimed at enhancing the efficiency of the rail infrastructure through electrification, the introduction of the modern signaling system, and doubling rail tracks on key routes in the country. The Program will help develop an energy-efficient, safe, and reliable railway system that will result in reduced travel time along project rail routes and improved operational and financial efficiency Khare after signing the agreement.

    Prime Minister inaugurates 105th Indian Science Congress

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 105th session of Indian Science Congress (ISC) at Manipur Central University in Imphal. The focal theme of 5-day ISC is “Reaching the Unreached Through Science & Technology". The ISC 2018 was organized by the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), a premier scientific organization of India. Approximately, 5,000 delegates from all over the country and 2,000 scientists along with four Nobel Laureates are participating in this year mega event.

    SEBI Raises Currency Derivative Trade Limit To $100 Million

    Capital markets regulator SEBI raised the exposure limit under exchange-traded currency derivatives trading for residents and FPIs to USD 100 million across all currency pairs involving the Indian rupee. The move will help entities engaged in forex transactions to maintain their currency risks in a better manner.

    Muthoot Finance Ties Up With Global IME Bank

    Muthoot Finance, the flagship company of Muthoot Group tied up with Global IME Bank to expand its money remittance services between Indo Nepal Corridor. Muthoot Finance is the only NBFC to extend the money transfer services from India to Nepal. In FY16, Muthoot Finance had collaborated with Nepal based Prabhu Bank for money transfer business wherein the company completed 2.2 lakh transactions worth Rs 4.69 billion. With Global IME Bank, this is the company's second tie-up in the region.

    Nepal Cricket Team Gains ODI Status

    After Afghanistan’s rapid rise to prominence in limited-overs cricket, Nepal took a massive step forward after achieving One-day International status, after their victory over Papua New Guinea. Nepal defeated the Pacific nation by six wickets in a playoff game in the ICC World Cup Qualifier being held in Zimbabwe, achieving the distinction for the first time.  

    Young Shooter Devanshi Rana to participate in Jr World cup at Australia

    The emerging shooter Devanshi Rana will show her talent in the junior shooting World Cup. Jaspal Rana is the Chief Coach of the Indian Shooting Team, while Subhash Rana will play the role of Technical Officer in the championship. The Indian team has been announced for the Junior Shooting World Cup in Australia from March 20 to 29. For the first time this year Devanshi Rana, a resident of Dehradun, has been given a place in the Indian team for two tournaments. Anand Singh Rawat, press secretary of Jaspal Rana shooting range located in Pontha, Mazon, told that Devanshi has left for Australia on Friday morning for the World Cup. They will show their confidence in 10 meter air pistol and 25 meter sports pistol. Rawat told that Devanshi won two medals in the National Shooting Championships. On winning the medal, trials were conducted by the Rifle Association of India. Participants in the first three positions in the selection trial organized for various events have been given a place in the team.

    PV Sindhu swiftly makes her way in the semi final of All England Championship

    There are very few badminton matches that exhaust you as a spectator. Badminton is an event which keeps the person glued to their seats. When it comes to PV Sindhu you ought to be glued to your seats. Olympic silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu produced a top-notched performance to spin out an exciting three-game victory over 2016 champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to progress to her maiden semi-final at the All England Championship. Sindhu come out triumphant and it was particularly pleasing to see how the 22-year-old successfully countered Okuhara’s strengths with a more proactive approach despite chasing the match for most of the one hour and 24 minutes duration. It was the third straight three-game affair for Sindhu in the tournament. With this win, Sindhu, TOISA 2018 Badminton Player of the Year, also leveled the head-to-head tally 5-5 against the World No. 6. The Indian dominated the net next and then sent one to the back line to grab two match points and then sealed the contest with another precise on-the-line return, much to the delight of the Indian fans.

    Lok Sabha Passes Gratuity Amendment Bill

    Lok Sabha passed Gratuity Amendment bill. The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 aims at increasing the upper ceiling of the gratuity from the present 10 lakh rupees to 20 lakh rupees for employees in the private sector and in Public Sector Undertakings at par with Central Government employees. The House also passed the Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill, 2017 which seeks to grant a party the right to seek damages from the other side in case of a breach of a business contract and to reduce the discretion of courts in such matters.

  • March 17, 2018 Current Affairs


    WEF Energy Transition Index 2018: India Ranks 78th, Sweden Tops

    India ranked at 78th, lower than its emerging market peers like Brazil and China, among 114 countries on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) energy transition index. The list was topped by Sweden. The report titled 'Fostering Effective Energy Transition' ranks countries on how well they are able to balance energy security and access to environmental sustainability and affordability. The Top 5 Countries in the List are- 1. Sweden,  2. Norway  3. Switzerland  4. Finland,  5. Denmark.

    Odisha Government to collaborate with RIMES for disaster management

    The Odisha government will collaborate with Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for strengthening its early warning services. The partnership will be forged between Odisha State Disaster Mitigation Authority (OSDMA) and RIMES in field of drought monitoring and early warning. Both entities will ink Memorandum of understanding (MoU) for collaboration and evolve institutional mechanism between them for better coordination. The RIMES is an intergovernmental body registered under United Nations. It is owned and managed by 45 collaborating countries in the Asia Pacific and Africa.

    Sach-Gaurav: Indias first cloned Assamese buffalo born

    The Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) claimed that India’s first cloned Assamese buffalo male calf named Sach-Gaurav was born in Hisar, Haryana. It was born to Murrah buffalo, at Hi-Tech Sach Dairy Farm, 100 km from cloning laboratory, making it first buffalo calf to be born.

    LaQshya program launched to improve quality of maternity care

    The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched LaQshya program aimed at improving quality of maternity care in labor room and maternity Operation. It is being implemented to ‘fast-track’ interventions for achieving tangible results. Key Facts The program aims to improve quality of care for pregnant. It is implemented at all Medical College Hospitals, District Hospitals and First Referral Unit (FRU) and Community Health Center (CHCs).

    NITI Aayog Released SATH-E Roadmaps

    NITI Aayog released comprehensive roadmaps and detailed timelines for its initiative ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital in Education (SATH-E)’ project. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog released the forward-looking blueprints. These roadmaps, which operate between 2018 to 2020, lay out detailed interventions which will be taken by the three participating States- Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha – aiming to become ‘Role Model States’ in school education.

    Sangeeta Bahadur appointed as Next Ambassador Of India To Belarus

    Sangeeta Bahadur appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Belarus. She is an IFS officer of 1987 batch. She is currently Additional Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs.

    India and ADB Signed $120 Million Loan To Improve Rail Infrastructure

    India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $120 million loan agreement for completion of works for double-tracking and electrification of railways tracks along high-density corridors to improve the operational efficiency of Indian railways. The tranche 3 loan is part of the $500 million multi-tranche financing facility for Railway Sector Investment Program approved by the ADB Board in 2011. ADB loan has a 20-year term, including a grace period of 5 years, an annual interest rate determined in accordance with ADB’s London interbank offered rate (LIBOR)-based lending facility.

    Deepa Malik Becomes Asian Rank 1 In Javelin F-53 Category

    Indian para-athlete Deepa Malik won a gold medal in the F-53/54 category javelin event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai.  With this, she became the Asian rank one in the F-53 category. With the win, Deepa has also qualified for the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia scheduled to be held in October 2018.

    Larry Kudlow Becomes Trump's New Economic Adviser

    President Donald Trump named Larry Kudlow as the next head of the White House National Economic Council. He replaced Gary Cohn. Mr Kundlow is the conservative media analyst who served as his informal economic adviser during the 2016 campaign.

    Indian Film 'Halkaa' Bags Award At Montreal Fest

    Indian filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda's "Halkaa", which had its world premiere at the 21st Festival International du Film Pour Enfants de Montreal Film (FIFEM) bagged the Grand Prix de Montreal at the gala. The film is a take on a slum child's heroism, aspirations, and dreams.

    WHO Member-Countries Commit To End TB By 2030

    Member-countries of the World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region, including India, committed to intensifying efforts to eradicate tuberculosis by 2030. The summit sets the stage for the September 2018 United Nations high-level meeting on TB, wherein the issue will be discussed at the Heads of State level. The UN meeting is likely to endorse a set of goals to put the world on course to ending TB.

  • March 16, 2018 Current Affairs


    Pune Tops In Improved Quality Governance: Survey

    Pune came on top in the fifth edition of the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS), edging out Thiruvananthapuram which had topped the previous two editions of the survey. Bengaluru was ranked at the bottom. Thiruvananthapuram dropped two ranks to be placed third out of 23 cities spread across 20 states in the survey done by urban governance watchdog Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy. The survey evaluated the quality of governance in India’s cities by assessing laws, policies and institutional processes currently in place. The top 5 cities in the list are-  1. Pune, 2. Kolkata, 3. Thiruvananthapuram, 4. Bhubaneswar, and 5. Surat.

    Exports In February Up 4.5% To $25.8 Billion

    India’s exports grew by 4.5% in February-2018 to 25.8 billion dollars. It was 24.7 billion dollar during the same period in February-2017. This announcement was made by the Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia. During April to February period of the current fiscal, exports recorded a growth of 11% to $273 billion. Imports also rose by 10.4% to $37.8 billion during the last month.

    Health Ministry And WHO Signed Agreement For Enhanced Cooperation For Healthcare

    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO met J.P. Nadda, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister in New Delhi. They discussed perspectives on national, regional and global public health program. To strengthen collaborative work between India and WHO in achieving improved health outcomes,  Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and World Health Organization (WHO) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).

    Oklahoma To Become first US State To Use Nitrogen Gas For Executions

    Oklahoma plans to start using nitrogen gas for executions, in what would be the first such method of capital punishment in the United States. The state is turning to nitrogen after it and other states became unable to acquire drugs required for lethal injections because of opposition from manufacturers to their products being used for capital punishment. Nitrogen is an odorless and tasteless gas that makes up about 78% of the air humans breathe but causes death when inhaled without any oxygen. Oklahoma has not carried out an execution since 2015.

    NCRB Launches Citizen Services Mobile App

    The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) launched a mobile app called ‘Citizen Services’ on the occasion of its 33rd Inception Day. The application has been developed in-house by the NCRB. It will offer various essential police related services to the citizens. The application comprises a bouquet of 9 police related services for the citizen.

    Annual Krishi Unnati Mela Begins In New Delhi

    The three-day annual Krishi Unnati Mela begun in New Delhi with a focus on doubling farmers’ income. The objective of the event is to create awareness among farmers about the latest agriculture-related technological developments. Lakhs of farmers and agriculture scientists will participate in the mela. The main theme pavilion will be based on Doubling of farmers income by 2022. The theme area will display different kinds of organic farming techniques like natural farming and eco-farming.

    IATA Partners With Civil Aviation Ministry In India

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) signed a MoU with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the National Aviation University to enhance human resource availability in India's aviation industry. Under the agreement, the signatory institutions would also leverage "the existing infrastructure for training in India to expand the reach of vocational training in aviation disciplines".

    IBBI signed MoU with Reserve Bank of India for better implementation of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

    The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for enhancing cooperation between the two regulators to ensure better implementation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). According to the MoU, RBI and IBBI will share data and resources with each other to the extent allowed by law and hold frequent discussions to overcome regulatory bottlenecks with respect to implementation of IBC. RBI and IBBI will also be working together to raise awareness among financial creditors about the necessity of swift resolution of firms in distress.

    PM Modi inaugurated the 105th Indian Science Congress in Manipur

    PM Modi inaugurated the 105th Indian Science Congress (ISC) in Imphal, Manipur. Theme for 2018 is "Reaching the unreached through science and technology". He is also scheduled to lay down the foundation stones of different projects at Luwangpokpa Multi Sports Complex at Luwangshangbam and Mary Koms Boxing Academy in Imphal West district.

    Angela Merkel Elected To 4th Term As German Chancellor

    Germany’s Parliament elected Angela Merkel for her fourth term as chancellor, putting an end to nearly six months of political drift in Europe’s biggest economy. Lawmakers voted 364-315 to re-elect Merkel, Germany’s leader since 2005, who ran unopposed.  The coalition of Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only sister party, the Christian Social Union and the centre-left Social Democrats has 399 of the 709 seats in parliament.

  • March 15, 2018 Current Affairs


    President Of India Inaugurates World Hindi Secretariat In Mauritius

    President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated World Hindi Secretariat in Mauritius capital, Port Louis. The Secretariat is fully financed by India and a grant of 33 crore rupees was provided. The land was provided by the Mauritius government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of this building in 2015. Hindi played an important role in culture and society building in both India and Mauritius.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh Inaugurates Asia-Pacific Regional Conference Of IACP

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the two-day Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in New Delhi. The theme of the conference is "Challenges to Policing in 2020 - How is Cyber Space shaping our approach to Cybercrime and Terrorism, how do we perform within it and take advantage of it".

    Gina Haspel appointed as CIA's First Female Director

    Gina Haspel, the newly nominated first-ever female director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is a career intelligence officer with more than 30 years' experience. Ms. Haspel, 61, has extensive overseas experience and has served as chief of the station on several postings. Her leadership positions in Washington include deputy director of the National Clandestine Service - the CIA agent that co-ordinates clandestine operations - and chief of staff for the director of the National Clandestine Service.

    Amazon Launches First Debit Card In Mexico E-Commerce Push Inc launched its first-ever debit card in Mexico, part of a push to encourage shoppers without bank accounts to buy online. Part of the challenge is attracting consumers who are wary of online fraud and do not have access to credit and debit cards. Less than a third of adults in Mexico have credit cards, according to a 2017 government report.

    Telangana and Kay Ventures Tie Up For Apparel Hub

    The Telangana government is setting up an Rs. 100-crore Apparel Super Hub in Sircilla. It signed a memorandum of understanding with Kay Ventures to roll out the project. To be set up on 20 acres, the hub will be completed in three phases. The first phase will be taken up with an investment of Rs. 30 crores in a year. While the State government will infuse 90 percent of the phase-1 funds, Kay Ventures and its associates will take care of the balance amount.

  • March 14, 2018 Current Affairs


    ICMR wins 2017 Kochon Prize for TB research

    The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) was awarded 2017 Kochon Prize for building a tradition of excellence in Tuberculosis (TB) research and demand development. It had emerged a winner from among 18 nominations. It was awarded for establishing India TB Research Consortium to accelerate R&D effect.

    Sierra Leone frontrunners to contest runoff after first-round stalemate

    Sierra Leone's election to pick outgoing President Ernest Bai Koroma's successor will head to a runoff later this month after neither of the two front-runners secured an outright majority in the first round.  According to results announced by the Electoral Commission in the capital Freetown, opposition leader Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People's Party led the field of 16 candidates with 43.3 percent in the first round of the vote, held last Wednesday.  Maada Bio, who briefly ruled the West African country as head of a military junta in 1996, will square off against first-round runner-up Samura Kamara of the ruling All People's Congress, who took 42.7 percent.  The commission the runoff will take place on March 27.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address farmers on March 17 at annual Krishi Unnati Mela

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address farmers on Saturday at the annual Krishi Unnati Mela in New Delhi. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said, the objective of the 3-day mela is to create awareness to farmers about the latest agriculture-related technological developments. He will also inaugurate the Jaivik Kheti Portal and confer Krishi Karman Award and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Krishi Vigyan protsahan awards. Lakhs of farmers and agriculture scientists will participate in the meal. During the latest agriculture and allied sector technologies will be displayed at more than 600 stalls. The main theme pavilion will be based on Doubling of farmers income by 2022. The theme area will display different kinds of organic farming techniques like natural farming and eco-farming.

    President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates World Hindi Secretariat in Port Louis, Mauritius

    President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated World Hindi Secretariat building in Port Louis, Mauritius. He also launched secretariat’s logo, an Early Digital Learning Programme as well unveiled foundation stones of a social housing project and large ENT hospital being built with Indian assistance. He visited Mauritius as part o the first leg of his two-nation state visit (Mauritius and Madagascar). The Secretariat is fully financed by Government of India and provided a grant of Rs. 33 crore.

    BHEL Secures Order Worth Rs 736 Crore From NPCIL

    The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) secured significant orders worth 736 crores Rs., after competitive bidding, for supplying Steam Generators for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL).  The generators will be manufactured at the Tiruchirappalli plant of BHEL and will be installed at the Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR), Gorakhpur, Haryana.

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