March 29, 2018

Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (19 March - 25 March) 2018: Download Now

Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (19 March - 25 March) 2018: Download Now

The one liner of the week is a recap of the important happenings that occurred Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (19 March - 25 March) 2018: Download Now
Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (19 March - 25 March) 2018: Download Now

The important happenings of the week covered in this segment include the HDFC Bank signed an agreement with the Govt e-Marketplace (GeM)launch of Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) 'National Year of Millets' etc.


BANKING & ECONOMY
  • Private sector lender, HDFC Bank signed an agreement with the Govt e-Marketplace (GeM) under which the bank will facilitate a host of services to the public procurement portal for Central and state govt organisations.
  • Allahabad Bank has received approval from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for merger of its fully-owned subsidiary All Bank Finance with itself.
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) signed a pact with India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation (IMGC) to offer mortgage guarantee scheme for prospective non-salaried and self-employed home loan customers.
  • General Insurance Corporation., GIC Re is starting operations in Lloyd’s London office in achieving its aim of increasing the share of international business and making India a regional reinsurance hub.
  • It has a representative office in Moscow, a subsidiary in the UK, which is a member of Lloyd’s of London, and a subsidiary in South Africa.
  • Axis Bank opened a representative office in Sharjah to better serve its customers in the emirate and to expand its retail offerings to customers in the neighbouring northern emirates.

NATIONAL NEWS
  • The Union govt 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.
  • The 7th India-Egypt Joint Commission Meeting led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held in New Delhi.
  • The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment launched India’s first Sign Language Dictionary of 3000 to bring uniformity in sign languages which are used by differently abled people especially people with hearing or speech impairment.
  • The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi approved launch of Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) which will integrate two on-going centrally sponsored schemes viz. Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS).
  • The Union Ministry of Mines launched Sand Mining Framework to help states deal with the sand mining issues, including demand supply deficit and illegal extraction at the 3rd National Conclave on Mines & Minerals held in New Delhi.
  • India’s largest commodities exchange platform, Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX) launched world’s first brass futures contracts.
  • The 106th edition of the Indian Science Congress (ISC) is going to held at the Barkatullah University in Bhopal,  Madhya  Pradesh  from  Jan  03  to  07,  2019  with  the  theme  ‘Future  India:  Science  & Technology’.
  • The 17th Annual Conference of International Competition Network 2018 (ICN2018) held in New Delhi.
  • The first National workshop on POSHAN Abhiyan involving all the states and union territories held at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, New Delhi.
  • National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) project of the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, has been certified as the world’s first Trusted Digital Repository.
  • Centre approved setting up of a plastic park in Deoghar district of Jharkhand at an estimated cost of 120 crore rupees and is spread over 150 acres of land.

STATE NEWS
  • The 2018 India Maize Summit held at FICCI in New Delhi to harness the potential of maize and technological innovations.
  • The famous Madhavpur Mela started at Madhavpur Ghed in Porbandar district of Gujarat from Mar 25, 2018.
  • The world’s longest sandstone cave named Krem Puri discovered near Laitsohum village in Mawsynram area in East Khasi hills district of Meghalaya.
  • The External Publicity and Public Diplomacy Division of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) launched 'Videsh Aaya Pradesh ke Dwaar', an engagement programme with regional media in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • The Punjab Govt observed the martyrdom day of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Sukhdev and Shaheed Rajguru as 'Youth Empowerment Day' on Mar 23, 2018.
  • Chandigarh becomes the North India’s first city to install digital automatic speed gun cameras for traffic management.
  • Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan launched a unified app, M-Kerala for all govt services at #FUTURE 2018.
  • The first-ever National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement, inaugurated by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, held in New Delhi.
  • The Andhra Pradesh govt launched a multi-utility vehicle "NAIPUNYA RATHAM (or World on Wheels)" to bring technology to the remote corners.
  • The Kerala govt declared Jackfruit as the official fruit of the state to promote the ‘Kerala Jackfruit’ as a brand in markets across the country and abroad.
  • Bihar celebrated its 106th foundation day on Mar 22, 2018 with the theme "Centenary of Champaran Satyagraha and Elimination of Dowry and Child Marriage".
  • The 3rd edition of National Conclave on Mines and Minerals started in New Delhi to provide an effective platform to showcase the recent policy initiatives of the govt.
  • The 7th edition of the Women Science Congress (WSC-2018) inaugurated by West Bengal Governor
  • Keshari Nath Tripathi at Manipur University, Imphal with the theme 'Reached the Unreached Through Science and Technology'.
  • State-run power equipment maker, Bhel commissioned first unit of 110 MW of the Kishanganga hydro-electric project (HEP) of NHPC in Jammu and Kashmir.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • President Donald Trump is replacing US National Security Adviser HR McMaster with Bush-era defence hawk and former United Nations ambassador John Bolton.
  • The first G20 meeting of Finance ministers & central Bank Governors held at the Center of Exhibitions and Conventions (CEC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • According to Mercer’s 20th annual Quality of Living survey 2018, Vienna topped the ranking among 231 cities for the 9th consecutive year followed by Switzerland’s Zurich, while New Zealand’s Auckland and Germany’s Munich tied for third place.
  • Hyderabad and Pune have been jointly ranked at 142, making the best Indian cities to live in.
  • The 44 African countries from total 55 members of African Union (AU) signed agreement to create African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), one of the world’s largest free trade blocs at a summit held in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • According to International Energy Agency (IEA), the global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose to historic high of 32.5 gigatonnes in 2017 due to higher energy demand and slowing of energy efficiency improvements.
  • Cryptocurrency coin Petro has been banned from use in the United States as Donald Trump is allegedly “afraid” of the rise of Venezuela’s digital currency.
SCIENCE & DEFENCE
  • Indian Navy’s indigenously built warship INS Ganga (F22) decommissioned in Mumbai, Maharashtra after over three decades of service.
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) entered into Technology Transfer Agreement (TTA) with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) to transfer technology for manufacturing space grade Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) cells.
  • The Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) postponed the launch of India’s second lunar mission 'Chandrayaan-2' from April 2018 to Oct-Nov 2018 as experts have suggested more tests.
  • The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) received the 'Most Informative Pavilion' Award in Pride of India Expo organized as part of the 105th Indian Science Congress (ISC) held at Manipur University, Imphal.
  • Supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos successfully flight-tested for the first time with indigenously developed seeker at Pokhran test range, Rajasthan.
  • An Indore-based unit of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) developed an instrument called Fluorimeter, to measure traces of uranium in water.
  • The Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat released a book on Paramveer Chakra Awardees – 'Paramveer Parwane'.
  • The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) under the Department of Biotechnology celebrated its sixth Foundation Day on Mar 20 with the theme ‘Sustaining Innovation A Market Driven Pathway’.
  • The Gulf Shield 1 military exercise of 23 countries including Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states held in Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia.

APPROVALS & MOUS
  • NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation inked Statement of Intent (SoI) to work closely with District Collectors and key officers of ‘Aspirational Districts’ to support their transformation in terms of healthcare, education and nutrition.
  • Mukesh Ambani-helmed Reliance Industries Ltd. announced integration with leading music app Saavn for its digital music service JioMusic.
  • Idea Cellular and UK-based Vodafone Group Plc announced a total restructuring of the leadership team for the merged business.
  • Balesh Sharma - Chief Executive Officer of the merged entity.
  • Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla - Non-executive chairman of the Board of Director.
  • The Parliament passed Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to empower govt to fix period of maternity leave and tax-free gratuity amount with an executive order.
  • The Govt of India (GoI) had constituted a task force under the chairmanship of CBDT member Arvind Modi in Nov 2017 to review the Income-tax Act of 1961 and to draft a new Direct Tax Law in consonance with the economic needs of the country.
  • The Union Cabinet approved North East Industrial Development Scheme (NEIDS), 2017 to promote employment in North Eastern Region states including Sikkim.
  • The Union Cabinet approved proposal for moving official amendments in Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016.
  • The Union Cabinet given it’s in principle approval for inclusion of communities, namely ‘Parivara and Talawara’ as synonym of Nayaka at in the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) of Karnataka.
  • The Union Cabinet approved opening of 18 new Indian Missions in Africa over four year period from 2018-2021.
  • The Union Cabinet approved second and final extension of term of Commission, headed by Justice (Retd.) G. Rohini, constituted to examine issue of Sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes in Central List for period of twelve weeks upto June, 2018.
  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for closure of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI).
  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for revision existing Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Qatar.
  • The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) under Ministry of Finance scrapped export duty of 20% on raw and refined sugar to boost shipments.
  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) approved proposal to grant full autonomy to 62 higher educational institutions which have maintained high standards of excellence under Autonomous Colleges Regulation.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship signed MoU to conduct skill development training programmes for agriculture and allied sector.
  • India and Hong Kong signed agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.
  • The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC) signed MoU to provide livelihood opportunities and augment income of forest based communities.
  • India’s Department of Space (DoS) and European Union (EU) signed the cooperation agreement to share the data of earth observation satellite.
  • Online marketplace and hospitality service provider, Airbnb signed four MoUs to boost tourism in North East India.
  • The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) announced its partnership with cab-hailing app, Ola in an attempt to ease commuting for railways travellers.

APPOINTMENTS
  • President of Peru: Martin Vizcarra
  • Re-elected Vice-president of Nepal: Nanda Bahadur Pun
  • Ambassador of India to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Atul M. Gotsurve
  • Head of People's Bank of China: Yi Gang
  • Chief Executive Officer of the merged entity (Idea-Vodafone): Balesh Sharma
  • Non-executive chairman of the Board of Director of Idea-Vodafone merged entity: Kumar Mangalam Birla

AWARDS
  • Canadian mathematician, Robert P. Langlands won the prestigious Abel Prize 2018 for his visionary programme connecting representation theory to number theory.
  • The veteran journalist and television presenter, Karan Thapar has been honoured with the 2017 G.K. Reddy Memorial National Award for journalism for his contribution in the field of journalism.

SPORTS
  • Star shuttler P V Sindhu named the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG), which is scheduled to be held in Gold Coast, Australia on April 4.
  • Pankaj Advani defended his Asian Billiards Championships title by defeating his practice partner B Bhaskar 6-1 in the summit clash at Yangon in Myanmar.
  • India’s teen shooting sensation, Manu Bhaker bagged Gold in the Women’s 10-metre Air Pistol Individual and Team events at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney, Australia.
  • Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan shattered the world record and claimed the gold medal in 10m women’s air rifle event of the season’s first junior ISSF World Cup in Sydney.

IMPORTANT DAYS
  • Mar 24: World Tuberculosis Day -'Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world'   
  • Mar 22: World Water Day - 'Nature for Water'
  • Mar 22: World Down syndrome Day - 'What I Bring To My Community'    
  • Mar 21: World Poetry Day                
  • Mar 20: International Day of Happiness - 'Share Happiness'           
  • Mar 20: World Sparrow Day  'I LOVE Sparrows'

OBITUARY
  • Fervid & fearless Pulitzer Prize-winning Reporter: Les Payne         
  • Senior Journalist: Sunil Sharma                    
  • Veteran Hindi poet: Kedarnath Singh         



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