CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL
Milk Production Raised Up to 20% In 2014-2017
- According to Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh, Milk production in the country increased by 20 percent from 137.7 million tonnes to 165.4 million tonnes between 2014 and 2017.
- The per capita availability of milk has risen by 15.6 percent from 307 gms a day to 355 gms per day between 2013-14 and 2016-17.
- With a corpus of Rs 2,450 crore, the government has set up an AHIDF for financing infrastructure requirement of animal husbandry sector.
Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill And Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill Introduced In Lok Sabha:
- The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018 has been introduced in the Lok Sabha. The Bill will help in laying down measures to deter economic offenders from evading the process of law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.
- The cases where the total value involved in such offenses is Rs. 100 crore or more, will come under the purview of the Bill. Minister of State for Finance, Shiv Pratap Shukla introduced the Bill.
- The Minister also introduced the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill-2018. The amendment is aimed at facilitating the orderly growth of the chit funds sector and remove bottlenecks being faced by the industry and enabling greater financial access of people to other financial products.
I- Metros’ -An Association of All Indian Metro Rail Companies Launched By Cabinet Secretary:
- The Union Housing Ministry has launched ‘I-Metros’, an association of all-India metro rail companies, which will act as a forum of exchange of ideas and innovations.
- The association was launched by Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha at an event “Indian Metros: Collaborating for Excellence” in the presence of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director Mangu Singh in New Delhi.
CISF to offer consultancy to 5-star hotels
- CISF has decided to offer security consultancy to 5-star hotels so that they can be prepared to deal with 26/11 type terror attacks.
- Central paramilitary force which is celebrating its 49th raising day has already prepared a blueprint in this regard.
- It soon plans to write to hotels proposing to render services of its special unit & experts and provide specific consultancy on security issues.
Passport mandatory for loans of Rs. 50 crore
- The government has made providing passport details mandatory for taking loans of Rs.50 crore and above.
- This has been done to ensure a swift action in case of fraud and prevent fraudsters from fleeing the country.
- The proposed law will also apply to defaulters who have an outstanding of Rs 100 crore or more and have escaped from the country.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL
US planned to give gun training to Teachers, school staff:
- The US government has announced it will pay states for “rigorous firearms training” for teachers and other school staff to “harden” schools against mass shooting attacks.
- Homeland security officials will also develop a public awareness campaign to encourage people to report potential signs of terrorism. This comes a month after Florida school shooting which killed 17 people.
Chinese President Xi Jinping Becomes Lifetime President:
- China’s Parliament has abolished the decades-old two-term limit for the President, allowing Xi Jinping to remain as the country’s leader for life.
- The constitutional changes were passed in Beijing by the annual sitting of the National People’s Congress – the country’s legislature – with the two-thirds majority. Of the 2,964 delegates, only two voted against the change, while three abstained.
- Earlier, the seven-member Standing Committee – the topmost body of the ruling Communist Party of China – had unanimously approved the amendment. 64-year old Xi Jinping is currently in his second five-year term and due to retire in 2023 under the current two-term system.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE AND UT
PM Modi, French President Macron Jointly Inaugurate Solar Power Plant At Mirzapur In UP:
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron jointly inaugurated 101-megawatt solar power plant at Dadar Kala village in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh.
- The largest solar project in the country has been set up by French company ENGIE.
- The company was awarded the project in 2016 with the cost of Rs. 680 crore. Solar Energy Corporation of India has signed Power purchase agreement for 25 years with the company.
Rajasthan Passes Bill To Award Death Penalty For Those Who Rape Girls Under 12 Years Of Age:
- Rajasthan assembly has passed an amendment bill awarding death penalty for convicts involved in the rape of girls below 12 years of age.
- State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria introduced ‘The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018’ in the assembly, which was passed in the House by a voice vote following a debate.
- The new amendment added sections 376-AA and 376-DD to the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
- The amendment says that a person who is convicted of raping/gang-raping a girl up to twelve years of age will be given a death sentence or rigorous imprisonment, which shall not be less than fourteen years and 20 years, respectively.
Floating Lab Set Up To Monitor Manipur’s Loktak Lake:
- The Institute of Bioresearches and Sustainable Laboratory (IBSD), Imphal, set up a floating laboratory in northeast India’s largest freshwater lake, Loktak to constantly monitor its water quality and eventually improve it.
- The laboratory was inaugurated by Manipur’s Forest and Environment Minister, Thounaojam Shyamkumar Singh in Imphal.
Switch to e-vehicles: Govt to all departments, PSUs in Delhi:
- The Power Ministry has directed all central government departments and PSUs in the National Capital Region to switch to e-vehicles for local use.
- The move comes as the government plans to have 30% of the total vehicle fleet in the country running on batteries by 2030.
- Charging facilities for such vehicles are being installed at various locations.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU
India, France Ink 14 Pacts; Major Boost To Defence, Nuclear Energy Cooperation:
- In a major expansion of strategic ties, India and France have inked 14 pacts in key areas of defense, security, nuclear energy and protection of classified information besides resolving to deepen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and step up joint efforts to contain terrorism.
- The agreements were signed after extensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron, including on the changing security dynamics in the Indian Ocean and Pacific.
India, France pledge to build world’s largest nuclear plant:
- PM Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday pledged to begin work on “the largest nuclear power plant in the world” in India by this year.
- Urging Electricite de France SA and India’s Nuclear Power Corporation to accelerate discussions on a contract and start work at Maharashtra’s Jaitapur, the leaders said the plant would have a 9.6-gigawatt capacity.
Asian Development Bank, International Solar Alliance Sign Pact To Promote Solar Energy:
- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) has signed a cooperation arrangement to promote solar energy deployment in Asia and the Pacific.
- The cooperation envisages solar power generation, solar based mini-grids, and transmission systems for integrating solar energy into grids, among others.
India, France inked 14 pacts
- India and France inked key pacts in the strategic areas of security, nuclear energy after extensive talks between PM Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron.
- Agreements in the field of education, environment, urban development and railways were also signed.
- The two countries also decided to step up cooperation in space technology and use it in the maritime domain.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS
India Wins Best Exhibitor Award At ITB- Berlin
- India has won the “Best Exhibitor Award” at ITB – Berlin on its last day.
- ‘ITB- Berlin World Tourist Meet’ was convened at Berlin, Germany from 7th March to 10th March 2018.
- India was represented by the Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism Mr. K. J. Alphons along with a couple of Tourism Ministry officials.
- More than 100 countries participated in the ITB- Berlin meet with their respective Tourism Ministers. India’s Incredible India (Ministry of Tourism) presented a short film named “Yogi of the Racetrack” in the meet.
Amol Palekar receives ‘Godavari Gaurav’ award:
- Noted actor Amol Palekar has been honoured with the ‘Godavari Gaurav’ award.
- Palekar known for his performance in films like Gol Maal, Choti Si Baat, Chitchor among others, was presented with the award, which has been instituted by ‘Kusumagraj Prathishthan’.
- The award was given by noted Marathi writer Madhu Mangesh Karnik, who is the chairperson of the Prathishthan.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT
Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi re-elected as general secretary of RSS:
- Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi has been re-elected as general secretary of RSS for a 4th term.
- Joshi, who has been holding the post since 2009, will now continue in the position till 2021.
- He will be the 2nd Sarkaryawah of RSS to serve such a long stint after Seshadri who had held the post from 1987 to 2000.
Parag Agrawal appointed as Twitter’s CTO:
- Twitter has appointed Parag Agrawal as its chief technology officer.
- Agrawal, an alumnus of IIT-Bombay and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University, succeeds Adam Messinger.
- His contributions at Twitter include leading efforts to increase the relevance of tweets in Twitter users’ timelines using Artificial Intelligence.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE
Multilateral Air Force exercise ‘Samvedna’
- A Multilateral Air Force exercise, ‘Samvedna’, will be held from March 12 to 17, 2018.
- The exercise is spearheaded by Indian Air Force and will be conducted by Southern Air Command.
- It is the first composite HADR Air exercise in the South Asian region.
- Air Forces of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, UAE and Myanmar have already committed resources and personnel for the exercise.
‘Wings India 2018’ Event Inaugurated In Hyderabad:
- Telangana IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao inaugurated the biennial event on Civil Aviation and Aerospace titled ‘Wings India 2018’ at the Begumpet Airport.
- The four-day event was jointly organized by the Civil Aviation Ministry, Airports Authority of India and the Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS
Australia Lift 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup:
- World champions Australia have lifted the coveted Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey title. In the final at Ipoh, Malaysia, they beat defending champions England by a narrow 2-1 margin.
- Australia has now won the prestigious tournament for the 10th time.
- Earlier, in the classification match for the 3rd place, Argentina finished third after beating Malaysia 3-2. The hosts ended at the 4th spot.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARIES
John Sulston human genome pioneer passed away:
- British genome pioneer Sir John Sulston has died aged 75.
- Sir John won a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on the development of cells within a humble worm, which paved the way for innovations in cancer research.
- He was known as a passionate believer in pushing the boundaries of science and in making data on the human genome available to all.