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National Current Affairs | Access the Latest Happenings across India
1. The 5th Nadi Mahotsav held in Hoshangabad
The 5th ‘Nadi Mahotsav’ was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari in Hoshangabad of Madhya Pradesh.
The purpose of the event Nadi Mahotsav was to make the Indian Rivers Rekindle and to improve the living conditions of people across River Banks.
2. Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship inaugurated by the President of India
The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) and Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards (GYTI) at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 19th March 2018.
The aim of this event was to provide support to the innovators for developing their ideas into implementable projects
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) were the main parts and promoters of this Festival.
3. The World Trade Organization Ministerial Meeting held in New Delhi
Two days’ informal World Trade Organization ministerial meeting was held in New Delhi for re- invigorating the World Trade Organization.
The first meeting was held in 2009 whereas the second meeting is being hosted by India in New Delhi on 18th and 19th March.
4. 5% of the Reservation Seats hiked for Disabled Students in PG Medical Courses
The Health Minister of India increased the seats from 3% to 5% for the PwD students in the Post Graduate Medical Courses.
There are 21 disability conditions under the Rights of the Disabilities Act 2016. The decision is going to benefit all the students under the disabilities Conditions.
5. Free Internet Wi-Fi reveal to the Gujarat Village
The Digital India Revolution is unveiled in Gujarat’s Village named Udwada.
A small village in the Valsad district of Gujarat is picked by the I&B Minister under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
6. North East Industrial Development Scheme (NEIDS) has been approved by the Cabinet
The necessary allocations for the remaining period is been provided by the Cabinet for the North East Industrial Development Scheme.
NEIDS The Scheme has the financial outlay of INR 30000 Crores upto March 2020.
The necessary allocations for the remaining period will be provided by the government after the assessment before March 2020.
7. The National Health Protection Mission- Ayushman Bharat is approved by the Cabinet.
The newly Central Sponsored Scheme of Cabinet named Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (AB- NHPM) is being approved for the launch.
The aim of this scheme is to benefit every Family with 5 lakhs per year.
Based on the SECC Database, the targeted beneficiaries of the proposed scheme will be more than 10 Crore families that belong to the poor and vulnerable population in India.
8. The Cabinet approved the Closure of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians
The Closure of the Indian Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) is being approved by the Cabinet Ministers to It will enhance the National Mission for Clean Ganga and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the major Government Flagship Programs.
IDF-OI is an autonomous non-profit trust approved by the Government in 2008 and was established for the overseas Indian philanthropy into the social and development projects in India.
9. Ministry of Home Affairs inaugurated the first National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement in New Dellhi.
The two days first National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement is inaugurated by the Minister of Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in New Delhi.
The Organizer of the Conference was Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Chief Guest of the Conference was Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh.
10. More than 65182 biogas plants to be setup by MNRE.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has fixed an annual physical target to setup 65180 biogas plants to enhance the clean and Natural Cooking Fuel Source.
The program is under the National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP) established by Ministry of Power and New Renewable energy to meet the energy needs of the Rural and Urban parts of the country.
11. The Ministry of Tourism identified the sites for development under the Iconic Tourist Site Project
Some of the major tourism sites has been identified for development by the Ministry of Tourism. The to be developed are
Taj Mahal (Agra)
Ajanta and Ellora Caves (Maharashtra)
Humayun Tomb, Red Fort and Qutub Minar (New Delhi)
Colva Beach (Goa)
Amer Fort (Rajasthan)
Somnath and Dholavira (Gujarat)
Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)
Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu)
Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar)
The Union Minister of State for Tourism has given the information for development of 12 sites in the Rajya Sabha.
Catch every single detail about the Indian Monuments & Heritage Sites
12. Campaign to Eradicate Tuberculosis launched by PM Narendra Modi
To eradicate the Tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025, PM of India Mr. Narendra Modi Launched a campaign.
The Step is being taken by analyzing the situation to cure the Tuberculosis from every part of India
13. National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement held in Delhi
The growth of Narco- Terrorism has become the serious problem for India. Observing the threat Ministry of Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir inaugurated the two-day National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement in New Delhi.
The Nodal Drug Agency of India, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is working on the mission to tackle the drug trafficking by the assistance of other agencies of the World.
14. India’s 5th Maize Summit held at New Delhi
Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated the India’s 5th Maize Summit 2018 at FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) New Delhi.
The aim of the summit was to bring the entire Maize Fraternity at a single platform to explore the various opportunities of Agro Marketing in India.
India is among the top Exporters of Maize around the World still the Use of Maize in India is only 25%
International Current Affairs | Know What’s happening around the World
1. The Philippines to withdraw from International Criminal Court
Philippines is going to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) according to the sources.
The President of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte is being accused to uplift the extrajudicial killings. Whereas, to get the country rid of Drugs since 2016, other rights are abused in his bid.
Thousands of people died since his leadership by the Unidentified Gunman and Local Police
2. Scandal tainted the Mauritius President
Mauritius President Ammenah Gurib Fakim is being accused of being in the scandal in overuse of the Credit Card to buy the Luxurious Items for Personal Use
The resignation took place in the National Interest by Africa’s female head of State Gurib Fakim on 23 March
3. India and UAE to hold on Joint Naval Exercise
UAE and India are going to hold on the joint Naval Exercise named “Gulf Star 1” to enhance the bilateral ties between the two powers-
The Joint exercise is the policy to develop a strong bond between the countries and to strengthen the bilateral Defense Cooperation.
The UAE Ships and Indian Ships INS Gomati and INS Kolkata are going to participate in this exercise for the Sea Phase. The Indian Ships arrived at the Port Zayed for the Harbour Phase.
4. G20 Ministerial Meeting held at Buenos Aires
The finance ministers and the central bank governors began the first G20 meeting in the Buenos Aires.
The meeting held in Buenos Aires is the first phase of the five meetings to be held before Argentina hosts the G20 Summit from 30th November to 1st December.
5. India and Japan together are going to cope with disasters
The most disaster facing country in the world Japan is going to help India from future calamities as they are doing Joint Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction.
The Two-Day Workshop held in New Delhi started on 19th March between experts to discuss the Disaster Risk Reduction Risk.
6. Vienna became the place of most livable city in the World for the ninth year
Vienna, the Capital of Austria is named as the world’s best city to live in the ninth consecutive year.
According to the survey of Mercer’s 20th Annual Quality of Living, Vienna topped among the 231 major metropolises and examining factors such as healthcare, education, public services, crime, recreation, housing and individual freedom.
Baghdad, the Capital of Iraq is termed as the most worst place to live in this world.
7. The Immigration of Rohingya Refugees is the big concern for UN.
The Immigration of Rohingya Muslims has become the World’s Largest Refugee Crisis with tens of thousands of people migrating from land and sea route to other countries from Myanmar.
The United Nations has issued a 951 million Dollar appeal to fulfill the needs of the 9 lacs Rohingya Immigrants in Bangladesh.
8. Earth Hour being observed
24th March was observed as the International Earth Hour Day organized by World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).
To save the electricity and as the commitment to the planet, individuals, business and communities organize every year Earth Hour to turn off the lights for one hour (From 8.30 to 9.30 pm) at the end of March.
9. India & Egypt met in New Delhi to enhance the progress on different prospectus
India and Egypt meeting held in New Delhi for the progress in the areas of trade & Investment, political, Cyber Security, Building, Space & Culture.
The meeting was held in between the Board Members of Ministry of External Affairs of India and Egyptian Foreign Ministers.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) | Get the Best Information Out of Top Agreements
1. India and European Union signed an Agreement to share Earth Observation Data
The Emerging powers India and Europe decide to share the observation data on Earth from each other’s satellites.
As per the agreement, The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and European Space Agency (ESA) would share the information based on Climate Change, ocean, land and Atmosphere monitoring to get monitor the Natural Disasters
2. Hong Kong and India signs an agreement on Double Taxation Avoidance Treaty
Double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) is signed between India and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to help curb tax evasion and avoidance as well as to improve the transparency in the tax process.
The MOU is signed by the Indian Ambassador Gautam Bambawale and Hongkong Finance Secretary Paul Chan Mo-Po in Hong Kong.
3. TIFAC (Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council) and ICFRE (Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education) sign an Agreement for Supporting Forest Based Communities
Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC) and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) signed an agreement for the betterment of livelihood of the forest-based communities.
The MOU was signed by Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi in presence of Union Minister of Environment, Earth Science and Technology as well as Forest and Climate Change Board Members.
4. Skill Development MoU signed by the Ministries of Skill Development and Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture India and Ministry of Skill Development have signed an agreement for agriculture and another sectors growth.
The Skill development training program is going to be conducted at Krishi Vigyan Kendra by ICAR (Indian Council of Agriculture Research)
The Agreement is beneficial for the Governments Scheme “Kaushal Bharat- Kushal Bharat”.
5. MoU signed between Assam govt. and SBI for providing Educational and Housing loan at subsidized Interest Rates
The Assam Govt. has signed an MoU with State Bank of India (SBI) to provide Housing and Educational loan at subsidized Interest Rates to the employees of Assam State Government
The state govt. will provide the Subsidy at the rate of Interest 3.50 % for housing and 4% rate of Interest on Education Loan.
The Maximum limit for Housing and High Education loan is INR 15 Lakh & INR 10 Lakh respectively.
6. Indian Railways and Asian Development Bank shakes hand for the Rail Development in India
Dollar 120 Million loan agreement is signed between Indian Government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) for development of Infrastructure and electrification of Railway Tracks.
This is seen as a healthy step for Indian Railways as the program will help to develop the Railway System in Systematic Manner.
7. State Bank of India & IMGC signs an MOU
An MOU is signed between State Bank of India and India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation (IMGC)
The Board has signed an MOU to offer the Mortgage guarantee scheme for self- employed home loan and Non-Salaried loan customers.
The scheme is based on opting the IMGC default guarantee cover to avail higher finance based on risk grade of the borrower.
Bills [Amendments & New] – See How Many New Bills have been passed in 2018
1. Gujarat Assembly passed bill for establishment of Universities
The Gujarat Assembly has passed the bills for the establishment of 4 Private and 2 Govt. Run Universities in Gujarat.
The Swarnim Startup and Innovation University (Gandhinagar), PP Savani University (Surat), Karnavati University (Gandhinagar) and the Indrashil University (Ahmedabad) are the Four New Private Universities to be established in the State.
Birsa Munda Tribal University (Narmada District) and Gujarat Organic Agriculture University are two Govt. Run Universities in Gujarat.
Banking Awareness & Economics Current Affairs | Understand the Top Trends in India
1. New Representative Office inaugurated by Axis bank
The Axis Bank in Sharjah opened a representative office to promote the bank retail products and services to the Nonresident Indians (NRIs).
The Representative office in Sharjah is third Axis Bank Office after Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
There are 3589 domestic branches of Axis Bank in India spreading across 1946 cities and Towns.
2. ICICI Bank and Swiggy Partners launches UPI Based Digital Payment Service
India’s largest private Bank ICICI and Online Food Delivery Firm, Swiggy has decided to launch the Digital Payment Service to facilitate the freeway delivery to transfer Swiggy funds.
Science & Technology Current Events | Stay Advanced with Latest Inventions
1. Indian Science Congress to be held in Bhopal
Bhopal is going to become the venue of 106th edition of the Indian Science Congress to be held next year from 3rd to 7th January 2019.
The Theme of the Event is decided to be ‘Future India: Science and Technology by the General President Elect of Science Congress Association Prof. Manoj Kumar Chakrabarti.
2. China is going to build the World’s Fastest Wind Tunnel
China is going to lead the world in constructing the World’s Fastest Hypersonic Wind Tunnel. The purpose of developing the tunnel is to enhance the growth of Aircrafts.
3. Hellenic Space Agency officially launched by Greece
Greece launched the Space Agency ‘Hellenic Space Agency’ one of the newly established Space Program for development of the country in various sectors like Defense, Media & Communication, Medical Applications, Agriculture Growth and Hazardous Controls.
The Chair Person of the Hellenic Space Agency Board is Dr. Tom Krimigis. He is also known for his contribution to Space Exploration.
4. ISRO and BHEL Tied Up
The two leading powers of India ISRO (Indian Space and Research Organization) and BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited) tied up to work on the low cost Electrical Batteries for Vehicles in India.
The Step is seen as the commitment to manage the waste generated at the end of the battery Life.
The correlative process would be done by steeping a development plant by BHEL and the technical support by the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization).
5. M-Kerala App launched by Kerala CM
Chief Minister of Kerala , P. Vijayan launched a unified app known as M- Kerala for all the government services at #FUTURE 2018.
The FUTURE 2018 is the first of its type Digital summit held in Kerala as Kerala has become India’s first state with the largest Public Wi-fi distribution. (the news must come under the heading ‘Science & Technology’
Sports Current Affairs | Read all the Major Achievements in Popular Tournaments
|S. No.||Tournaments/Sports Names||Winners||Pictures|
|1.||Irani Cup Title (Cricket)||Vidarbha|
|2.||Indian Wells Title||Juan Martin Del Potro|
|3.||English Cricketer Announces Retirement||Kevin Pietersen|
|4.||Nidahas Cricket Trophy in Colombo, Sri Lanka||India|
|5.||Women’s Singles U-19 Title at Israel (Badminton)||Purva Barve|
|6.||Gold Medal in International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup||Ankur Mittal|
|7.||18 medals in Winter Olympics||Team of Special Olympics Bharat (SOB) India|
|8.||2019 World Cup Cricket Team||West Indies|
|9.||Wins Gold in Junior ISSF World Shooting||Elavenil Valarivan|
|10.||Wins Gold in Junior Shooting||Manu Bhaker|
|11.||7th Pole at Australian Grand Pix||Lewis Hamilton|
|12.||Chosen as India’s flag bearer in Common Wealth Games 2018||PV Sindhu|
Awards and Honours | Fetch the List of Top Awardees in Distinct Fields
|S. No.||Awards Names||Awardees Names||Pictures|
|1.||Global Teacher Award||Andria Zafirakou|
|2.||Book Release on Param Veer Chakra Awardee||Paramveer Parwane|
|3.||Able Prize Winner||Robert Langlands|
|4.||Best Design Pavilion Award||NHAI (National Highway Authority of India)|
|5.||Special Cover on Stephen Hawking released by||India Post|
|6.||22nd Ranked in World and 8th in Asia as globally top destination in 2018||New Delhi|
|7.||Kerala’s Official Fruit||Jackfruit|
|8.||Most Informative Pavilion Award||Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)|
|9.||Won the Certificate of Appreciation for Encouragement and Appreciation of the Efforts in Ganga Rejuvenation||National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMGC)|
|10.||Excellence in public relations programming award||‘We are the Sikhs’ campaign|
|11.||Declared National Year of Millets||2018|
|12.||India’s Ranks in Human Development Report 2018||131st rank out of 188 Countries|
|13.||First Indian Sign Language Dictionary of 3000 Words||By Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLR&TC)|
|14.||World’s Best Airport||Singapore Airport|
|15.||World’s most expensive city 2018||Singapore|
|16.||World’s cheapest city 2018||Damascus|
Appointments Latest GK Updates | Upgrade Your Knowledge Cart with the List of Top Influencers
|S. No.||Position & Organization||Name||Pictures|
|1.||Additional Charge of the Governor of Odisha||Satya Pal Malik|
|2.||New Central Bank Governor||Yi Gang|
|3.||Appointed as President of Russia||Vladimir Putin|
|4.||Ambassador of India in Korea||Atul M. Gotsurve|
|5.||China’s President||Xi Jinping|
|6.||Myanmar Presidents Resign||Htin Kyaw|
|7.||Protem Speaker of UP||Fateh Bahadur (MLA)|
|8.||Mc Master replaced as US National Security Adviser by||John Bolton|
|9.||New CEO of Idea and Vodafone Joint Venture||Balesh Sharma|
Important Days & Dates | Mark them to Boost up your General Knowledge
|S. No.||Important Days||Dates|
|1.||International Day of Happiness||20 March|
|2.||World Sparrow Day||20 March|
|3.||International Day of Forest||21 March|
|4.||National Vaccination Day||16 March|
|5.||World Day for Water||22 March|
|6.||World Meteorological Day||23 March|
|7.||International TB Day||24 March|
|8.||World Meteorological Day||23 March|
|9.||86th Martyrdom Day||23 March|
Recent Deaths of Famous Personalities | Know who died today?
|1.||Kedar Nath Singh- Hindi Poet, Professor & Jnanpith Awardee|
|2.||Jim Bowen – Standup Comedian|
|3.||Les Payne- Pulitzer Prize Winner|
List of Important Abbreviations asked in General Awareness | IBPS, SSC, RRB Exams
Fill up your knowledge cart with the Important Abbreviations that are asked in General Awareness & Current Affairs section of the competitive exams like – IBPS, SSC & RRB. Below, we are presenting you a list of Top Abbreviations that were used in this article. Please check it out –
|S. No.||Important Abbreviations||Full Forms|
|1.||FINE||Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship|
|2.||GYTI||Gandhian Young Innovation Awards|
|3.||DST||Department of Science and Technology|
|4.||NIF||National Innovation Foundation|
|5.||WTO||World Trade Organization|
|6.||NEIDS||North East Industrial Development Scheme|
|7.||AB-NHPM||Ayush Bharat National Health Protection Mission|
|8.||SECC||Socio Economic Caste Status|
|9.||IDFOI||Indian Development Foundation of Overseas Indians|
|10.||NCB||Narcotics Control Bureau|
|11.||MNRE||Ministry of New and Renewable Resources|
|12.||NBMMP||National Biogas and Manure Management Programme|
|14.||ICC||International Crime Court|
|15.||EIU||Economist Intelligence Unit|
|16.||UAE||United Arab Emirates|
|17.||WWF||World Widelife Fund|
|18.||ISRO||Indian Space and Research Organization|
|19.||ESA||European Space Agency|
|20.||DTAA||Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement|
|21.||HKSAR||Hong Kong Special Administration Region|
|22.||TIFAC||Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council.|
|23.||ICFRE||Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education|
|24.||ICAR||Indian Council of Agriculture Research|
|25.||IMGC||Indian Mortgage Guarantee Corporation|
|27.||ADB||Asian Development Bank|
|28.||ISRO||Indian Space and Research Organization|
|29.||BHEL||Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited|
|30.||ISSF||Indian Shooting Sport Federation|
|31.||SOB||Special Olympics Bharat|
|32.||DRDO||Defense Research and Development Organization|
|33.||NMGC||National Mission for Clean Ganga|
|34.||FICCI||Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry|
|35.||ISLR & TC||Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center|
|36.||MLA||Member of Legislative Assembly|
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