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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13 MAR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13 MAR 2018
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1.      FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON’S INDIA VISIT
i. France is the 9th largest foreign investor in India with a cumulative investment of $6.09 billion as on October 2017.
ii.Indian and French companies and government entities signed deals worth 13 billion Euros across areas like aviation, renewable energy and waste management.
iv. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated Uttar Pradesh’s biggest solar power plant in Mirzapur district.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 12 MAR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 12 MAR 2018
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1.      INDIA’S TALLEST TRICOLOUR HOISTED IN BELAGAVI, KARNATAKA
i. India’s tallest tricolour hoisted in Belagavi, Karnataka flag hoisted in Belagavi is 110m high from the base  to the top while its size is 120X80 ft.
ii. The flag was hoisted by Belagavi District in-charge Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi.
iii.Earlier the tallest flag was of 107 metre  tricolour flag hoisted in Pune was the highest, followed by  105 metre tall tricolour at Attari-Wagah border.

2.      BENGAL TOPS IN RURAL JOB SCHEME, T.N. IS SECOND
i.According to data provided by the Minister of State for Rural Development,West Bengal is the best performing State in terms of allotting jobs and utilising funds under (MGNREGA).
ii. West Bengal is followed by Tamil Nadu and Goa ranked at the bottom.

3.      MULTILATERAL HADR AIR FORCE EXERCISE “SAMVEDNA” STARTED IN KERALA COAST
Multilateral Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Air Force exercise, ‘Samvedna’ started in the coast of Kerala.
i.  Samvedna means ‘Empathy’ and ’Samvedna’ is being conducted by Indian Air Force  in association with South Asian Region nations.
iii.It will  establish synergy among Air Forces of participating countries in jointly carrying out HADR activities in wake of natural calamities.
v. The exercise will be conducted to tackle the tsunamiu situation  hitting in the western coast of India.

4.      ASSAM FINANCE MINISTER HIMANTA BISWA SARMA PRESENTS STATE’S FIRST E-BUDGET
Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma presented state’s first e-Budget at the legislative Assembly.
i. Each legislator of Assam State Legislative Assembly was provided with a tablet having details of the Budget.
ii. During the discussions in the house, the legislators were able to access the details through this tablet.
iii. In order to truly make it an E-Budget, the reporters covering the state budget were given a pen drive containing the details.
iv.It is  also been made available on Google app

5.      WORLD OCEAN SUMMIT 2018 HELD IN MEXICO
i. This was the fifth World Ocean Summit.
 It was hosted by the Economist Group and it was attended by  360 leaders from government, industry, multilateral organisations, scientific community and civil society all over the world took part in the World Ocean Summit 2018.
iii. Problems related to the world’s seas and solutions to protect ocean resources were discussed in the summit.

6.      BOLIVIA UNFURLS ‘WORLD’S BIGGEST FLAG’
Bolivia unveiled world’s biggest flag which it claims to be the longest with 200 km  lenghth.
i. The flag extends between the cities La Paz and Oruro. It is made of blue cloth and features Bolivian national symbols. Its width is three meters.
iii. Bolivia demands access to the Pacific Ocean, which it lost to Chile in a war in the 19th century.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. IN WHICH STATE, INDIA’S TALLEST TRICOLOUR WAS HOISTED?
A. Kerala
B. Goa
C. Maharashtra
D. Karnataka
Q2. IN WHICH COASTAL STATE, THE MULTILATERAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND DISASTER RELIEF (HADR) AIR FORCE EXERCISE, ‘SAMVEDNA’ BEGAN OFF ON MARCH 12, 2018?
A Gujarat
B. Kerala
C. Andhra Pradesh
D. West Bengal
Q3. IN WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING STATES, STATE’S FIRST E-BUDGET WAS PRESENTED AT THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY?
A. Assam
B. Karnataka
C. Kerala
D. West Bengal
Q4. THE WORLD OCEAN SUMMIT 2018 WAS HELD AT _____________?
A. River Ganga, India
B. River Mississippi, US
C. River Murray, Australia
D. River Maya, Mexico
Q5. WHICH COUNTRY UNVEILED THE WORLD’S BIGGEST FLAG?
A. Bolivia
B. Argentina
C. South Sudan
D. Libya

ANSWERS
1-D      2-B      3-A      4-D      5-A

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 11 MAR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 11 MAR 2018
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1.      FOUNDING CONFERENCE OF INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE HELD IN NEW DELHI
The founding conference of International Solar Alliance was held in New Delhi.
The conference was co- hosted by Indian President Ram NathKovind and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron.
 Prime Minister NarendraModi stated that India has set a target to generate 175 GW of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2022.

2.      FIRST EVER MULTI-NATION NAVAL EXERCISE AT SEA BEGINS IN ANDAMAN
‘MILAN 2018’, a multinational naval exercise hosted by Indian Navy began  at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The Objective behind MILAN 2018 is to expand regional cooperation and combat unlawful activities in critical sea lanes in Indian Ocean region.
The Theme of ‘MILAN 2018’ is ‘Friendship Across the Seas’.
iv. Total 28 warships including 17 from India and 11 from Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand are participating in MILAN 2018.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 10 MAR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 10 MAR 2018
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1.      FLOATING LAB SET UP TO MONITOR MANIPUR’S LOKTAK LAKE
i.The Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Laboratory  Imphal, has established a floating laboratory in Loktak Lake, Manipur.
ii.It is setup to continuously monitor its water quality and improve it.
iii.A study will be undertaken to convert the water plants into organic fertilizer
 National Parks in Manipur: Sirohi National Park, Keibul Lamjao National Park

2.      GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES ‘I – METROS’, AN ASSOCIATION OF ALL INDIAN METRO RAIL COMPANIES
i. “I-Metros” will act as a platform for sharing of ideas, knowledge, experience, best practices, innovations, etc. for the Indian Metro rail companies.
ii. It will help them to improve their performance.
iii. It will protect the interest and rights of metro rail companies. It will act as a resource tank of information and will help in decision making.
iv. The decision taken during the conference on “Indian Metros: Collaborating for Excellence”
wildlife sanctuaries in Delhi: Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, Najafgarh drain bird sanctuary

3.      MADHYA PRADESH POWER UTILITY STARTS ‘PINK ELECTRICITY ZONE
 Madhya Pradesh West Power Distribution Company launched a “Pink Electricity Zone’ that will be managed by women staff.
i.The Pink Electricity Zone will include all women staff and they will manage the energy maintenance work of 13,000 power connections in Aranya Nagar.
iii. Only women have been posted as Assistant engineer, junior engineer, line supervisor, linepersons, metre readers, accountant, computer operators in the zone. They will be dressed in pink uniform.

4.      PRIME MINISTER LAUNCHES NATIONAL NUTRITION MISSION
Prime Minister NarendraModi, launched the National Nutrition Mission at an event held at Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan on the occasion of International women’s day.
ii. It aims in improving nutrition level in India on an urgent basis.
iii. It includes  schemes working on reducing malnutrition, incentivizing States/UTs to reach goals, incentivizing Anganwadi Workers  to use IT based tools, etc.
iv. NNM aims to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anemia and reduce low birth weight .
Some wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan: Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary,Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary

5.      TCS RANKED AS THE FASTEST GROWING IT SERVICES BRAND IN 2018
i.According to an assessment done by leading brand valuation firm, Brand Finance, Tata Consultancy Services was named as the fastest growing IT services brand in the world.
i. TCS now has a total brand value of USD 10.391 billion,a growth of 14.4 percent from last year’s total of USD 9.081 billion, with an increase of USD 1.309 billion.
ii. Top three  most valuable brands in the global IT services sector are TCS with IBM and Accenture.

6.      VIRAT KOHLI NAMED UBER INDIA’S FIRST BRAND AMBASSADOR
i.Uber announced the appointment of Indian skipper ViratKohli as its first brand ambassador in India.
ii. Virat will be actively involved in a series of marketing and customer experience initiatives to be rolled out by Uber India.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE FIRST INDIAN BRAND AMBASSADOR OF UBER?
A. Salman Khan
B. Shahrukh Khan
C. Akshay Kumar
D. Virat Kohli
Q2. IN WHICH INDIAN CITY, P K SINHA, CABINET SECRETARY, LAUNCHED “I-METROS”, AN ASSOCIATION OF ALL INDIAN METRO RAIL COMPANIES, AT THE CONFERENCE ON “INDIAN METROS: COLLABORATING FOR EXCELLENCE?”
A. Mumbai
B. New Delhi
C. Chennai
D. Pune
Q3. WHICH STATE GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED A “PINK ELECTRICITY ZONE’ ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, THAT WILL BE MANAGED BY WOMEN STAFF?
A. Andhra Pradesh
B. Maharashtra
C. Madhya Pradesh
D. Telangana
Q4. IN WHICH STATE, PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI, LAUNCHED THE NATIONAL NUTRITION MISSION ON THE OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY?
A. Rajasthan
B. Goa
C. Punjab
D. Assam

ANSWERS:
1-D      2-B      3-C      4-A

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 9 MAR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 9 MAR 2018
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1.      DIU BECOMES THE FIRST AND ONLY UNION TERRITORY TO BE 100% SOLAR ENERGY EFFICIENT
Diu has become the first and only UT of India to achieve full solar energy efficiency.
i. Diu has a geographical area of just 42 square kilometers. It has installed solar power plants in more than 50 acres of land.
ii. 13 MW of electricity is generated from the solar power-generating systems in Diu. Out of which, 3MW is produced from rooftop solar plants and 10MW from other solar power plants.
 National Parks in Gujarat: Gir Forest National Park Blackbuck National Park Marine National Park

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 8 MAR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 8 MAR 2018
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1.      UDYAMSAKHI PORTAL LAUNCHED FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
i. The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises  launched a portal for women entrepreneurs of India On the occasion of International Women’s Day,
ii. The portal is a network for nurturing entrepreneurship and creating business models for low-cost products and services in order to empower women and make them self-reliant.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 7 MAR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 7 MAR 2018
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1.      GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF ‘SUVIDHA’ UNDER PMBJP
Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, announced the launch of ‘Suvidha’, the 100% Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Pad.Government announces launch of ‘SUVIDHA’
i. The ‘Suvidha’ napkin is launched under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana .
ii. The ‘Suvidha’ pads will be offered for Rs. 2.50 per pad.
iii. This has been introduced to ensure ‘Swachhta, Swasthya and Suvidha’ for the underprivileged women of India.
iv.Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses through special kendra’s known as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 6 MAR 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 6 MAR 2018
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1.      DELHI GOVT APPROVES DELIVERY OF RATION AT DOORSTEPS OF PDS BENEFICIARIES
i.Delhi government approved a proposal for delivering rations in sealed packets at the doorstep to Public Distribution System beneficiaries.
ii. It will provide doorstep delivery of wheat/flour, rice and sugar for eligible PDS beneficiaries.
iii. This initiative will address problems such as theft of ration, poor quality of supplies and shops remaining closed.

2.      ‘VISION FOR FUTURE’ EVENT MARKS 70 YEARS OF INDO-RUSSIA TIES HELD IN NEW DELHI
I. ‘Vision for Future’ event is conducted to celebrate the 70 years of successful Indo-Russia ties, in New Delhi.
ii. The Vision for Future event is organised by Ministry of External Affairs of India and International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs and BRICS International Forum.
iii. This event is aimed at strengthening strategic partnership between India and Russia.

3.      BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES USD 170 MN FOR WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT
i.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a USD 170 million projects aimed at advancing women’s economic empowerment in India, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
iiThe Project will focus on  advancing gender equality, increasing job opportunities, spreading digital financial inclusion, and supporting the agricultural sector and women’s support groups.
iii. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is setup to achieve healthcare and reduce extreme poverty across the world and to expand educational opportunities .
4.      INDIA TO JOIN MULTILATERAL LENDER EBRD
i.India will join the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development as its 69th member.
 ii. EBRD is working for furthering the development of market-orientated economies and the promotion of private and entrepreneurial initiative in the European region.
iii. Now Indian companies would be permitted to undertake joint investments in regions in which the EBRD operates.
iv. Currently the U.S. is the largest shareholder in the EBRD.

5.      INDIA STARTS IMPORTING LNG FROM US FOR THE FIRST TIME
i. India has started importing natural gas from US under a 20-year deal.
ii. India starts importing LNG from US for the first time
iii. The deal is constructed between US and  GAIL.
iv.GAIL is India’s biggest natural gas transportation and marketing company.
v. In 1975, a ban was placed on oil exports from US and the  ban was lifted in 2015 by Obama administration.

6.      VIVEK R WADEKAR APPOINTED NEW SPECIAL DIRECTOR IN ED
i. Vivek R Wadekaris appointment as Special Director in Enforcement Directorate  was made by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet .
ii.He is appointed for five years.
iii.Enforcement Directorate is a  central investigative agency that enforces the Prevention of Money Laundering Act  and the Foreign Exchange Management Act  in India

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHICH STATE GOVERNMENT APPROVED A PROPOSAL FOR DELIVERING RATIONS IN SEALED PACKETS AT THE DOORSTEP TO PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM (PDS) BENEFICIARIES?
a. West Bengal
b. Odisha
c. Punjab
d. Delhi 
Q2. WHAT WAS THE SUM ALLOCATED BY BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION FOR THE PROJECTS AIMED AT ADVANCING WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT IN INDIA, TANZANIA, KENYA AND UGANDA?
a. USD 250 million
b. USD 200 million
c. USD 170 million
d. USD 190 million
Q3. INDIAN GOVERNMENT-OWNED GAS AUTHORITY OF INDIA LTD. (GAIL) HAS SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH WHICH COUNTRY FOR THE IMPORT OF LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS (LNG) UNDER A 20-YEAR DEAL?
a. USA
b. Saudi Arabia
c. Iran
d. UK
Q4. TO CELEBRATE THE 70 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL INDO-RUSSIA TIES, ‘VISION FOR FUTURE’ EVENT WAS CONDUCTED IN WHICH CITY OF INDIA?
a. Ahmadabad
b. Itanagar
c. Hyderabad
d. New Delhi
Q5. INDIA WILL JOIN THE EUROPEAN BANK OF RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT (EBRD) AS ITS 69TH MEMBER. WHICH IS THE LARGEST SHAREHOLDER IN THE EBRD?
a. UK
b. USA
c. Germany
d. Russia
Q6. WHO WAS APPOINTED THE NEW SPECIAL DIRECTOR IN THE ENFORCEMENT DIRECTORATE (ED) BY THE GOVERNMENT?
a. PrakashDev
b. Nithin David
c. GautamRaju
d. Vivek R Wadekar

ANSWERS:
1-d      2-c      3-a      4-d      5-b      6-d



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