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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Daily Current Affairs, 22nd March 2018

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1)  World Water Day- 22 March
•The World Water Day is observed on 22 March every year, to raise awareness about the importance of water. The theme this year is, ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges the world faces in the 21st century.

•An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

2)  Union Cabinet Approves 'Ayushman Bharat' Health Scheme
•The Union Cabinet has approved the launch of 'Ayushman Bharat' -National Health Protection mission. The Scheme has the benefit cover of 5 lakh rupees per family per year.

•The target beneficiaries under the scheme will be over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. The benefits of the scheme are portable across the country. The scheme will subsume the ongoing centrally sponsored schemes- Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and senior citizen health insurance scheme (SCHIS).

3)  Kerala Declares Jackfruit As Official Fruit Of State
•Jackfruit has attained a respected status with the state government declaring it as the official fruit of Kerala. Kerala has been producing around 30 to 60 crore jackfruits every year.

•As per the officials, the state can generate a revenue of around Rs 30,000 crore through value-added jackfruit products.

4)  NITI Aayog, Piramal Foundation Inks Agreement
•NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation have 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.

•Under the SoI with NITI Aayog, Piramal Foundation will work in close conjunction with district administration, Central Prabhari Officers, State Prabhari Officers, state government and concerned Central ministries to improve identified indicators by strengthening existing public systems specifically in health and nutrition and education sectors.

5)  Nitin Gadkari Inaugurated Inland Ferry Services In Goa
•Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari inaugurated Mormugao Port Trust and Drishti Marine’s ambitious inland ferry services in Goa.

•The inaugural plaque was unveiled at the newly constructed Airport Ferry Terminal (AFT) at Baina beach in the distinguished presence of state ministers. The ferry service is aimed at adding quality experience to tourists visiting the coastal state.

6)  105th Indian Science Congress- NHAI Receives Best Design Pavilion Award
•The NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) pavilion at 105th Indian Science Congress has been adjudged as Best Design Pavilion. The award was conferred by Dr. Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur.

•The NHAI had put up an exhibition stall to showcase its Projects and other initiatives like Electronic Toll Collection, Wayside Amenities, Incident Management, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Road Safety etc.

7)  German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier On 5-Day Visit To India
•German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will arrive in New Delhi on a five-day visit to India. This will be his first visit to India as the President of Germany. He will visit Varanasi.

•The German President is also scheduled to attend a business event in New Delhi and visit to Chennai. Germany is India’s largest trading partner in Europe and the 6th largest trading partner in the world.

8)  Canadian Mathematician Robert Langlands Wins Abel Prize
•Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands won the prestigious Abel Prize for developing a programme connecting representation theory to number theory. The programme has enlisted hundreds of the world’s best mathematicians over the last 50 years. 

•Now aged 81, Langlands will be awarded the 6.0-million-kroner Abel Prize by Norway’s King Harald in Oslo on May 22.

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UPSC 2018: Free Group Studies Session with Live Ranking at Oliveboard

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Candidates prepare for UPSC for yearlong and the UPSC mode of each aspirant would be on high alert right now. Everyone would be geared up for the final countdown for Prelims.This is the time when we feel the need to knowhow the preparations are going on with other aspirants or if there is some place to evaluate ourselves on an all India level. With Oliveboard’s Group Study Session for UPSC, you can do just that. It is a platform where you participate in an all India level live test of UPSC CSE prelims.
When and Where
On 22nd March 2018 from 8-9 PM at Oliveboard!
How does it work?
  • You will be presented one question at a time with a fixed time per question.
  • You can use the Chat window to discuss with other aspirants while solving.
  • After the question time has elapsed, there will be a fixed review period during which you will be provided with solutions.
  • Each question carries points that are calculated based on the time taken to answer along with any lifelines used.
  • You have a Leaderboard – which will show the current ranking of participants in the group study session.
What will it have?
The questions will be based on the UPSC prelims trend over the past years. It will cover the entire UPSC syllabus in each of the 5 Group Study Sessions.
What do I gain?
  • It is the best way to revise your syllabus and test how much more efforts are required to get there.
  • You get better over the course of 5 group study sessions, and it can be a major boost for your studies.
  • You get to realize the pressure, the nerve racking feeling of giving a UPSC exam. But at the comfort of your home.
  • You get to discuss questions with other aspirants at an all India level.
Upcoming Schedule for UPSC Group Discussions:
22nd March 2018
UPSC prelims syllabus
8 - 9 pm
27th March 2018
UPSC prelims syllabus
8 - 9 pm
29th March 2018
UPSC prelims syllabus
8 - 9 pm
3rd April 2018
UPSC prelims syllabus
8 - 9 pm
5th April 2018
UPSC prelims syllabus
8 - 9 pm

If there any changes in date and timings, same will be updated.
See you then. All the best!

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The HINDU Notes – 22nd March 2018

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📰 Behind a growing social fissure

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Vision IAS Monthly Current Affairs February 2018 Pdf Download

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Daily Current Affairs, 21st March 2018

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1)  106th Indian Science Congress To Be Held In Bhopal
•General President-elect of Indian Science Congress Manoj Kumar Chakrabarti announced that the 106th edition of the Indian Science Congress will be held in January 2019 at Barkatullah University Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

•The theme for 2019 ISC will be “Future India: Science & Technology”.

2)  3rd Edition Of National Conclave On Mines And Minerals
•The Ministry of Mines has organized the 3rd National Conclave on Mines & Minerals in New Delhi. The event was inauugurated by the Minister of Mines, Narendra Singh Tomar.

•Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) has agreed to partner in the event. A portal on Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojna (PMKKKY) scheme was also launched on the occasion.

3)  Bihar Governor Satya Pal Mallik Gets Additional Charge Of Odisha
•Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik will discharge the functions of Odisha Governor in addition to his own duties till regular arrangements are made. Odisha Governor SC Jamir completed his tenure.

•Mr Jamir has earlier served as chief minister of Nagaland for five times, was an union deputy minister in the cabinet Jawaharlal Nehru and governors of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.

4)  Nanda Bahadur Pun Elected Nepal's Vice President
•Nanda Bahadur Pun has been re-elected as the Vice-President of Nepal for the second term unopposed.

•Pun has filed candidacy for the post of the Vice President and his candidacy remained unopposed as no candidate came forward to contest with him for the post.

5)  1st G20 Ministerial Meeting Held In Argentina
•The first G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors began in Buenos Aires,  Argentina with the presence of 57 delegations from countries and institutions.

•The summit, held at the capital's Center of Exhibitions and Conventions (CEC), gathered 22 finance ministers, 17 central bank governors and 10 heads of international organisations, including IMF Director-General Christine Lagarde. This is the first of five such meetings to be held before Argentina hosts the G20 Summit on November 30 to December 1, 2018.

6)  World's Most Liveable City Report- Vienna Tops, Baghdad Worst
•Austria's capital city Vienna has been rated the world's most liveable city for the ninth consecutive year by Mercer in its annual Quality of Living survey. It was followed by Switzerland's Zurich, while New Zealand's Auckland and Germany's Munich tied for third place. 

•Hyderabad and Pune have been rated India's most liveable cities as they have tied for the 142nd place in Mercer's global Quality of Living survey. Iraq's capital city Baghdad has been rated the least liveable city for the tenth consecutive year.

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The HINDU Notes – 21st March 2018

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📰 39 Indians, abducted by IS in Iraq, are dead: Sushma

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