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NationalNational 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)


 Hampi (Karnataka)


 Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu)


 Kaziranga (Assam)


 Kumarakom (Kerala)


 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%





InternationalInternational 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.





MMOUsemorandum 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.





BillsBills [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.





BEconomicsanking 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.





ScienceScience & 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 SportsAchievements in Popular Tournaments



S. No. Tournaments/Sports Names Winners Pictures
1. Irani Cup Title (Cricket) Vidarbha  Irani-Cup-Title
2. Indian Wells Title Juan Martin Del Potro  Indian-Wells-Title
3. English Cricketer Announces Retirement Kevin Pietersen  Kevin -Petersen
4. Nidahas Cricket Trophy in Colombo, Sri Lanka India  Nidahas-Trophy-Sri-lanka
5. Women’s Singles U-19 Title at Israel (Badminton) Purva Barve  Purva-Barve
6. Gold Medal in International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup Ankur Mittal  Ankur-Mittal
7. 18 medals in Winter Olympics Team of Special Olympics Bharat (SOB) India  Winter-Olympics
8. 2019 World Cup Cricket Team West Indies  West-Indies
9. Wins Gold in Junior ISSF World Shooting Elavenil Valarivan  Elavenil-Valarivan
10. Wins Gold in Junior Shooting Manu Bhaker  Manu-Bhaker
11. 7th Pole at Australian Grand Pix Lewis Hamilton  Lewis-Hemilton
12. Chosen as India’s flag bearer in Common Wealth Games 2018 PV Sindhu  PV-Sindhu





Awards and Honours | Fetch the List of Top AwardsAwardees in Distinct Fields



S. No. Awards Names Awardees Names Pictures
1. Global Teacher Award Andria Zafirakou  Andria-Zafirakou
2. Book Release on Param Veer Chakra Awardee Paramveer Parwane  Indian-Army-Released-Book-on-Paramveer-Chakra-Awardees
3. Able Prize Winner Robert Langlands  ROBERT-LANGLANDS
4. Best Design Pavilion Award NHAI (National Highway Authority of India)  NHAI
5. Special Cover on Stephen Hawking released by India Post  Indian-Post
6. 22nd Ranked in World and 8th in Asia as globally top destination in 2018 New Delhi  New- Delhi
7. Kerala’s Official Fruit Jackfruit  Jack-Fruit
8. Most Informative Pavilion Award Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)  DRDO-Pavilion--award
9. Won the Certificate of Appreciation for Encouragement and Appreciation of the Efforts in Ganga Rejuvenation National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMGC)  Mission-Clean-Ganga
10. Excellence in public relations programming award ‘We are the Sikhs’ campaign  We-are-the-Sikh-Campaign
11. Declared National Year of Millets 2018  National-Year-of-Millets
12. India’s Ranks in Human Development Report 2018  131st rank out of 188 Countries  Human-Development-Report-2018
13. First Indian Sign Language Dictionary of 3000 Words By Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLR&TC)  Indian-Sign-Language-Dictionary
14. World’s Best Airport Singapore Airport  singapore-changi-airport
15. World’s most expensive city 2018 Singapore  Singapore
16. World’s cheapest city 2018 Damascus  Damascus





Appointments Latest GK Updates | Upgrade AppointmentsYour 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  Satya-Pal-Malik
2. New Central Bank Governor Yi Gang  Yi-Gang
 3. Appointed as President of Russia Vladimir Putin  President_Vladimir_Putin
 4. Ambassador of India in Korea Atul M. Gotsurve  Atul-M.-Gotsurve
5. China’s President Xi Jinping  Xi-jinping
6. Myanmar Presidents Resign Htin Kyaw  president-htin-kyaw
7. Protem Speaker of UP Fateh Bahadur (MLA)  Fateh-Bahadur
8. Mc Master replaced as US National Security Adviser by John Bolton  Mc.-Master
9. New CEO of Idea and Vodafone Joint Venture Balesh Sharma  Idea-&-Vodafone-Joint-Venture





IDatesmportant 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





DeathRecent Deaths of Famous Personalities | Know who died today?



S. No. Names Pictures
1. Kedar Nath Singh- Hindi Poet, Professor & Jnanpith Awardee  Kedarnath-Singh
2. Jim Bowen – Standup Comedian  Jim-Bowen–Stand up-Comedian
3. Les Payne- Pulitzer Prize Winner  Les-Payne



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List of Important Abbreviations asked in General Awareness | IBPS, SSC, RRB Exams



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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
13. TB Tuberculosis
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
26. NRI Non-Resident Indian
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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