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NationalNational Current Affairs | Access the Latest Happenings across India

 

 

1. 90 Stations in Indian Railways encompassed in the World Class transit hub.

 

For Redevelopment and Renovation of Indian Railways, Govt. has taken a healthy step to involve 90 Railway stations of India under world class transit hub.

 

 The step is taken to convert the Indian Railway Stations into the World Class ‘Airport -like’ transit hub that would enhance the International Tourism and Market Value of India

 

 

 

2. The Foundation of Several Road Projects laid by President of India.

 

The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind  laid the foundation of Road Projects  of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) in the Holy City  Varanasi.

 

 The aim of this project is to create the Traditional Image and religious soul as well as to enhance the modern development of Varanasi.

 

 The five road projects of the NHAI come under the Skill Development department mission of Indian govt.

 

 

 

3. Face Authentication Features to be introduced by UIDAI from 1st July.

 

To verify the Aadhar users UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) is set to make face authentication available along with Finger Print and iris scan.

 

 The step is taken to solve the problems of people who face problems in Aadhar Authentication due to old age and worn out fingers due to hard work.

 

 

 

4. World’s longest sandstone cave discovered in India.

 

 The World’s longest sandstone cave named Krem Puri has been discovered near a small village in Mawsynram area in Meghalaya (India)

 

 The cave is observed to be very complex hidden under the hills with a length of 24,583 meters.

 

 The actual length of the cave was measured by the Meghalaya Adventures’ Association (MAA) after the cave was discovered in 2016.

 

 

 

5. Rhino Census at world heritage site Kaziranga National Park begins in Assam.

 

The park is divided into 74 compartments and nearly 350 enumerators, wildlife experts and Forest officials are working on this project.

 

 The Result of the 2018 survey is going to be displayed soon whereas there were 2401 Rhinos found at the Kaziranga National Park as per 2015 Report

 

 

Get through the Complete list of National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

 

 

 

6. Wireless Power Project succeed in Varanasi

 

After the 71 years of Independence, Varanasi has now freed from the overhead power cables as the underground lines in Varanasi has been completed.

 

 The Integrated power development scheme (IPDS) is the underground Electricity line project under Power Grid Company of India.

 

 

 

7. Surat -The 1st District to have 100 % Solar Powered Health Centers.

 

Surat has emerged as the 1st District to have 100 % Solar Powered Primary Health Center in the Country.

 

 The State has 52 Public Health Centers (PHC) and now all of them are Solar Powered.

 

 Gujarat has set a milestone to be covered by other states for decreasing the global Warming and Electricity Consumptions up to 40%.

 

 

 

8. ‘National Conference for Down Syndrome’ held in the Capital

 

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has organized a ‘National Conference on Down Syndrome’ (NCDS) in New Delhi.

 

 ‘Twilight Children’ Book based on the lives of people suffering from Down Syndrome was released.

 

 The purpose of this event was to create the positive change and hope among the people suffering from Down Syndrome. All the Knowledge regarding Down Syndrome beneficial to the people was provided.

 

 

 

9. National Academic Depository (NAD) launched for Digitalization of School records.

 

A 24*7 Online System named National Academic Depository (NAD) is setup by the government to preserve the School/ Academics data and Documents Online Safely.

 

 The Authority of this program is under UGC (University Grant Commission).

 

 The Chief Guest of the Conference was Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh.

 

 

 

10. First Insect Museum Opened in Tamil Nadu

 

India’s first Insect Museum is opened in Tamil Nadu at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswamy.

 

 The Museum is first of its kind in India with 6691 sqft area whereas the lobby of the museum depicts the theme ‘Bugs are Kings’.

 

 The museum is completely dedicated to the growth of Insects with different types of Bee Hives and termite mounds.

 

 

 

11. Around 1 Lakh Toilet to be constructed by Assam Government under ‘Mission Sambhav’

 

A special program named Mission Sambhav is to be launched by the Assam govt to make across 1 lakh toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission, one of the major Indian Government Schemes.

 

 ‘Mission Sambhav’ means Mission Possible named after the target to complete the given task within 10 days to make state Open Defection Free (ODF) DURING 2018.

 

 

 

12. Gujarat govt. to setup 100 Mld Sea Water Desalination Plants

 

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani announced to setup a Water Distillation Plant in Jodiya town of Jamnagar district.

 

 The Capacity of the distillation plant would be 100 million litre water per day.

 

 

 

13. International Yachting Festival inaugurated by Andhra Chief Minister

 

The CM of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu in Vishakhapatnam inaugurate international yachting festivals.

 

 The purpose of organizing the festival is to develop the sea tourism in Visakhapatnam.

 

 

 

14. Madhya Pradesh Govt. to raise the retirement age for govt. employees

 

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan has declared the raising of retirement age of state Govt. employees by 2 years from the current age of 60 years.

 

 The proposal is declared for more than 5 lakh govt employees in the State.

 

 

 

15. World’s largest event- Smart India Hackathon 2018 in New Delhi

 

Prakash Javdekar, Minister of Human Resource Development launched the two-day grand finale of Smart India Hackathon 2018 (Software Edition)

 

 The event is going to be held at 28 nodal centers whereas more than 1 lakh students from 1200 colleges are going to participate.

 

 

 

 

InternationalInternational Current Affairs | Know What’s happening around the World

 

 

1. World’s Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail in France

 

‘Symphony of the Seas’-World’s Largest Cruise Ship has begun its modern voyage in the Mediterranean Sea.

 

 The Ship is 362 meters long, 228,000 tons in weight and just 20 meters shy of the length of the Empire State Building.

 

 The Cruiser Ship is even bigger than the ‘Harmony of the Seas’ a France Cruiser Ship delivered to the Caribbean in 2016.

 

 

 

2. India and Chinas Group meeting held in New Delhi

 

Indian and Chinese economic group boards have attended a meeting in New Delhi

 

 The purpose of the meeting is to boost the trade and reduce the trade deficit between India and China

 

 Suresh Prabhu, Commerce and Industry Minister and Chinese counterpart, Zhong Shan and other senior officials of both the countries were present at the meeting.

 

 From last few years, India has raised the issue of heavy trade balance with China to increase the Indian Exports under Agricultural and Pharmaceutical Products.

 

 

 

3. China is selling Missile Technology to Pakistan as per Reports

 

China is supporting Pakistan in forming the tracking and Missile system as many Chinese Experts spent more than 2 months in Pakistan.

 

 China is emerging as the World Power and to become a helping hand for Pakistan is a serious International Issue

 

 China is having the biggest army in the World with 22 Lakh Personnel whereas India stands on the Second Position in Army Size followed by USA, North Korea and Russia.

 

 

 

4. 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.

 

 

 

 

MMOUsemorandum of Understanding (MoU) | Get the Best Information Out of Top Agreements

 

 

1. Government E- Market Place & HDFC Bank signs an MoU

 

To facilitate a host of services to the public procurement portal for Central and State government organizations, Private Bank HDFC and Government E- Market Place has signed an agreement.

 

 As per the agreement, the transparency and efficiency in the procurement process with timely and assured payment to the sellers would get strong.

 

 GeM (Government e- Marketplace) is an online market platform under central and state government that look upon the procurement process of goods and products in efficient and transparent manner.

 

 

 

2. Airport Authority of India and Assam Government Signed an MoU

 

For Sustainable development of Human Settlements in Village Kamrup of district Assam govt. and Airport Authority of India (AAI) has signed an Agreement.

 

 As per the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) agreement (comma) Airport Authority of India would provide the financial assistance of 4.58 Crore for the Kamrup district for the resilience of groups surviving around Guwahati Airport.

 

 

 

3. India and International Solar Alliance Host an Agreement

 

 

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and International Solar Alliance (ISA) has signed a Host Country agreement to provide some authority and powers to the ISA

 

 As per the MoU ISA would be benefitted by the powers to defend legal proceedings, and to acquire and dispose the off movable and immovable properties to institute.

 

 The independent Discharge of ISA is necessary for its proper functioning and enjoy privileges for applicable tax and concessions and immunities

 

 

 

4. MoU signed between GIFT and Deloitte to promote IFSC Operations

 

GIFT City and Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu India LLP (DTTI LLP) has signed an MoU to enhance the cooperation’s in areas related to the International Financial Services.

 

 

 

5. Agreement signed between Countries to protect World Largest tropical peatland

 

To promote better management and conservation of Cuvette Centrale region in Congo Basin the World’s largest tropical peatlands, the Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Indonesia have signed Brazzaville Declaration.

 

 Tropical Peatlands are the wetlands of Cuvette Centrale region having size equal to England that contains mixture of partially decomposed organic material.

 

 

 

 

BillsBills [Amendments & New] – See How Many New Bills have been passed in 2018

 

 

1. Cabinet approved the official amendment to the National Medical Commission

 

The Cabinet of PM Narendra Modi has approved the official amendments to the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill.

 

 The National Medical Commission Bill came into consideration on 2nd January 2018 in the Lok Sabha and referred to the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee (DRPSC).

 

 

 

2. Union Cabinet approved NSDF and NSDC restructuring

 

For governance Strengthening and Implementation of Framework, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Cabinet has given its approval to the National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)

 

 Restructuring is an essential step for better transparency and accountability in operations of NSDC besides strengthening the oversight role of NSDF.

 

 

 

 

BEconomicsanking Awareness & Economics Current Affairs | Understand the Top Trends in India

 

 

1. Agriculture credit target for 2018-19 is set to be INR 11 lakh crore

 

The government of India has fixed the agriculture credit target of INR 11 lakh crore in 2018-19.

 

 The government has increased the agriculture credit disbursement target for upcoming year as compared to the previous (10 lakh crore in 2017-18).

 

 

 

2. Ministry of Finance has approved the Govt. guarantee of INR 5000 crore under IRFC bonds

 

The guarantee fee of INR 5000 crore has been approved by the government and Ministry of Finance (MOF) for Indian Railways Finance Corporation (IRFC)

 

 The bond is being subscribed by Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) under which LIC has to provide a financial assistance of INR 1,50,000 crore from 2015 to 2019 to ease out the borrowed funds for Ministry of Railways.

 

 

 

3. GPI Tracker System to be expanded for Banks

 

 

Seeing the Bank Scams and frauds of INR 13000 crore by Nirav Modi at Punjab National Bank, SWIFT (Society for World Interbank Financial Telecommunication) has decided to expand the Tracking System to decrease the further Scams

 

 As per the Reports, previous Bank Scam was a case of misuse of non-linkage of bank’s core banking system (CBS).

 

 

 

4. HDFC is the most Valued Bank while Bandhan bank becomes 8th most Valued Bank of India

 

Bandhan bank has become the 8th most valued bank in India leaving behind Bank of Baroda and Punjab National Bank with 27 percent of gain on the very first day of market debut

 

 HDFC Bank is the first most valued Bank in India with market capital of 4.8 lakh crores. While SBI and Kotak Mahindra Bank have a market value of INR2.02 lakh crore and INR 1.98 lakh crore respectively comes on 2nd and 3rd.

 

 

 

5. Exim Bank Extends USD 500 Million Loan Facility for South Africa

 

Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) is going to be benefitted by the Exim Bank (Export Import Bank) by the amount of USD 500 million credit facility for funds development in Western South Africa.

 

 As per the reports the line of credit (LOC) has been extended four times for the Bank of Investment and Development (EBID) OF West African States.

 

 

 

6. Asian Development Bank and India signed a USD 80 Million Loan Agreement

 

The Asian Development Bank and Indian Government has signed a USD 80 Million loan agreement for Modern Technical and Vocational Education Institution (TVET).

 

 The purpose of this agreement is to enhance the skills development efforts in Himachal Pradesh.

 

 

 

7. INR 59 Crore penalty on ICICI Bank

 

India’s one of the leading Bank ICICI has been imposed by INR 59 Crore penalty for noncompliance with the direction issued by RBI (Reserve Bank of India).

 

 Under the Banking Regulation Act 1949 the penalty is applied on the ICICI Bank in exercise of powers vested and not following the directions guidelines of RBI (Reserve Bank of India)

 

 

 

8. INR 350 Coin issued on the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh

 

Government is going to issue a new coin of INR 350 at the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh (10th and last Sikh guru) as a tribute.

 

 The coin would have 35-gram weight along with 50 percent of Silver, 40 percent Copper and 5 percent of Nickel and Zinc

 

 

 

 

ScienceScience & Technology Current Events | Stay Advanced with Latest Inventions

 

 

1. India’s mission to the Moon is delayed up to October

 

‘Chandrayaan -2’ the second mission of India to Moon has been delayed as per the announcement of the Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO).

 

 The purpose of this mission was to be conducted on April 23rd to rover the South Pole of the Moon, but due to the running experiments by ISRO the Mission is delayed up to October Month.

 

 

 

2. India become the World’s third Largest Electricity producer in the World

 

India has become the 3rd largest electricity producer in the world by enhancing the producing rates up to 34 %.

 

 Even Japan and Russia have lacked behind in the race with 27% and 8.77 % electricity increment in previous years.

 

 India is the third largest producer as well as consumer of Electricity in the World as per Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF)

 

 

 

3. India Launched an E- Tribe Software and App

 

An E- Tribes India Banner on E commerce platforms like Amazon, Snapdeal, Paytm & GeM has been launched by the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFIED) under Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

 

 The campaign is under Digital India Initiative with website www.tribesindia.com, M- commerce Digital app, and Retail Inventory Software.

 

 

 

4. NASA and Space X Tied Up

 

America’s Space Agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and Space X tied up to launch TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) for search of the exoplanets using the transit method.

 

 TESS is a device with four wide angle telescopes equipped with the Charge Coupled Device (CCD) detectors that will carry out the first borne all sky transiting exoplanet survey.

 

 

 

5. ISRO launched GSAT -6A Communication Satellite

 

 

ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) launched a GSAT -6A communication Satellite from Space port of Sriharikota on 29th March 2018.

 

 The GSAT-6A is a high-power S Band Satellite similar to the GSAT-6 constructed on the I-2K Satellite bus with mission life of ten years.

 

 

 

 

Sports Current Affairs | Read all the Major SportsAchievements in Popular Tournaments

 

 

S. No. Tournaments/Sports Names Winners Pictures
1. Australian F1 Race Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel  Sabastian-Vettel
2. Jockey Cup International Youth Invitational Football Tournament Title India U-16 Team  India-U-16-Team
3. Asian Billiards Championship Title Pankaj Advani  Pankaj-Advani
4. Gold in ISSF Junior World Cup for Shooting Anish Bhanwala  Anish-Bhanwala
5. Forbes under 30 Asia List PV Sindhu  PV-Sindhu
6. Named as Election Icon of Karnataka Rahul Dravid  Rahul-Dravid
7. Won Gold in ISSF Junior World Cup Manu Bhaker and Anmol Jain  manu-anmol-shooters-
8. Banned to play for Countries Cricket Team for 12 Months Steve Smith and David Warner (Australia)  Steve-Smith-&-David-Warner
9. 17th Junior Wushu Championship started in Jammu & Kashmir  17th-Wushu-Campionship

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

S. No. Awards Names Awardees Names Pictures
1. Most Improved Airport of India Ahmedabad Airport  Ahmedabad-Airport
2. Water Digest Award Chhattisgarh  Chattisgarh-Water-Digest-Awards
3. GK, Reddy Memorial Award for Journalism Karan Thapar  Karan-Thapar
4. Fredrick Pincott Award SACF (South Asian Cinema Foundation) London  SACF
5. World’s 4th Largest Auto Market in the World India  Auto-Market
6. Placed in Forbes Under 30 Asia 2018 list Anushka Sharma  Anushka-Sharma
7. Nominated for Common Wealth Youth Awards Mrinalini Dayal and Yogesh Kumar  Mranalini-Dayal-and-Yogesh-Kumar
8. Jury Head of 65th National Film Fare Awards Shekhar Kapur  Shekhar-Kapur
9. JC Daniel Award for Life Time Contribution Sreekumaran Thampi  shree-Kumaran-Thampi
10. India’s most backward district Mewat (Haryana)  India's-District-Award
11. India’s best performing district Vizianagaram (AndhraPradesh)  India's-District-Award
12. Miss Supermodel World Wide 2018 title Aleksandra Liashkova  Aleksandra-Liashkova

 

 

 

 

Appointments Latest GK Updates | Upgrade AppointmentsYour Knowledge Cart with the List of Top Influencers

 

 

S. No. Position & Organization Name Pictures
1. Nominated as India’s Representative to UNESCO Executive Board  JS Rajput  JSRajput
2. Principal Scientific Adviser Vijay Raghavan  Vijay-Raghvan
 3. Appointed as President of Peru Martin Vizcarra  Martin-Vizcarra
 4. Myanmar President Win Myint  Win-Myint
5. CEO of Ayushman Bharat Mission Indu Bhusan  Indu-Bhushan-appointed-as-CEO-of-Ayushman-Bharat-mission-1
6. Myanmar Presidents Resign Htin Kyaw  Htin-Kyaw
7. New Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed  Abiy-Ahmed
8. Director General of Border Roads Lt Gen Harpal Singh  Lt.-Gen.-Harpal-Singh
9. Appointed as Acting Chairperson of National Green Tribunal (NGT) Jawad Rahim  Dr.-Justice-Jawad-Rahim
10. Egypt President Abdel Fattah al Sisi  Egyptian-President-Abdel-Fattah-al-Sisi
11. First Female UN Political Chief Di Carlo  Di-Carlo
12. Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhusan  Chandra-Bhusan
13. Director General of NTA (National Testing Agency) Vineet Joshi  Vineet-Joshi

 

 

 

 

IDatesmportant Days & Dates | Mark them to Boost up your General Knowledge

 

 

S. No. Important Days Dates
1. United Nations International Day of Remembrance 25 March
2. World Theatre Day 27 March
3. Maryland Day 25 March
4. Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day 26 March
5. Bangladesh Liberation Day 26 March
6. Palm Sunday 29 March
7. National Doctor’s Day 30 March
8. Seward’s Day 30 March
9. Cesar Chavez Day 31 March

 

 

 

 

DeathRecent Deaths of Famous Personalities | Know who died today?

 

S. No. Names Pictures
1. Former Manipur CM RK Dorendra Singh  RK-Dorendra-Singh

 

 

 

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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 – IBPSSSC & 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. NHAI National Highway Authority of India
2. UIDAI Unique Identification Authority of India
3. MAA Meghalaya Adventures Association
4. IPDS Integrated Power Development Scheme
5. PHC Public Health Care
6. NCDS National Conference for Down Syndrome
7. NAD National Academic Depository
8. UGC University Grant Commission
9. ODF Open Defection Free
10. DRC Democratic Republic of Congo
11. GeM Government e- Market place
12. AAI Airport Authority of India
13. UNDP United Nations Development Program
14. MEA Ministry of External Affairs
15. ISRO Indian Space Research Organization
16. ISA International Solar Alliance
17. DTTILLP Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP
18. NMC National Medical Commission
19. DRPSC Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee
20. NSDF National Skill Development Fund
21. NSDC National Skill Development Corporation
22. MOF Ministry of Finance
23. IRFC Indian Railways Finance Corporation
24. LIC Life Insurance Corporation
25. SWIFT Society for World Interbank Financial Telecommunication
26. CBS Core Banking System
27. ECOWAS Economic Community of West Africa States
28. LoC Line of Credit
29. EBID Bank of Investment and Development
30. TVET Technical and Vocational Educational Institution
31. RBI Reserve Bank of India
32. IBEF Indian Brand Equity Foundation
33. TRIFIED Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India
34. NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
35. CCD the Charge Coupled Device
36. SACF South Asian Cinema Foundation
37. UNESCO United Nation Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization
38. NGT National Green Tribunal
39. NTA National Testing Agency
40. FICCI Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
41. ISLR & TC Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center
42. MLA Member of Legislative Assembly

 

 

 

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