Daily Current Affairs for Competitive Exams – 18 March 2018

1. India defeated Bangladesh by 4 wickets to win the Nidahas triangular T20 Trophy.

Dinesh Karthik probably played the knock of his life scoring 29 off just eight balls including a six over the cover on the last ball to help India pull off sensational four-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the Nidahas Twenty20 Tri-Series final in Colombo.


2. Plastic Ban In Maharashtra From March 18.

The Maharashtra cabinet decided to impose a ban on certain plastic items from the Marathi New Year, ‘Gudhi Padwa’, on March 18.

An official in the state environment department said the ban will cover plastic carry bags, thermocol and plastic plates, cups, forks, bowls and spoons.

An empowered committee under the Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam has been formed to discuss the ban on rest of the plastic goods, the official said.


3. Sanjeevani Jadhav wins bronze in Asian Cross Country Championship.

India’s promising long distance runner Sanjeevani Jadhav clinched a bronze in women’s 8km cross country race while the country also collected another medal of same colour in the team event in Guiyang on Thursday.

The 20-year-old Sanjeevani clocked 28 minute 19 seconds to cover the 8km distance, behind Li Dan (28:03) of China and Abe Yukari (28:06) of Japan in the 14th Asian Cross Country Championship.


4. First India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction to begin on 19th March.

India and Japan, two of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, are coming together to address disaster risk.

Over a two-day workshop beginning in New Delhi on 19th March, experts will discuss issues pertaining to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), especially earthquakes.

Japan is situated along the Pacific Ring of Fire and is highly susceptible to earthquakes.

Its technological know-how, especially in the area of earthquake risk reduction, is among the most advanced in the world.


5. India’s Neeraj Rathi finishes 4th at Asian 20km Race Walking Championship; Karamjit Kaur takes eighth position.

India’s Neeraj Rathi and Karamjit Kaur finished fourth and eighth in the men’s and women’s events respectively at the Asian 20km Race Walking Championship in Nomi on Sunday.

Rathi clocked 1 hour 25 minutes and 33 seconds, while Kaur had a timing of 1:58:22.

In the open category for women, Ravina of Haryana won the gold in an impressive timing of 1:35:35 which is better than that of India’s official entry Karamjit Kaur.


6. Xi Jinping re-elected as China’s president.

China’s parliament, on March 17, unanimously re-elected Xi Jinping as the country’s president.

On March 11, parliament voted to amend the constitution to remove presidential term limits, meaning Xi can stay indefinitely.

Former top graft-buster Wang Qishan, a key ally of President Xi Jinping, was also chosen as vice president.


7. President Ram Nath Kovind releases commemorative coins on Nabakalebar festival.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday released commemorative coins in denominations of ₹10 and ₹1000 on Lord Jagannath’s Nabakalebar festival.

The President, who is visiting Odisha, released the coins during the centenary celebration of Rastriya Sanskrit Sansthan in Puri.

Addressing a function held on the occasion, Mr. Kovind described the pilgrim town of Puri as the ‘Vidya Nagri’ (education hub) for its connection with knowledge and science since ancient times.


8. PV Sindhu loses in All England semi-final against Japanese shuttler Akane Yamaguchi.

India’s star shuttler PV Sindhu lost to Japanese second seed Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-finals of the All England Open BWF World Tour Super 1000 here on Saturday. The Rio Olympic Games silver medallist lost 21-19, 19-21, 18-21 in an hour and 19 minutes to Yamaguchi, who will face top seed and defending champion Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women’s singles final on Sunday.

It was Yamaguchi’s four win in 10 meetings with Sindhu and she fully deserved it for the way she took Sindhu head on.


9. SBI launches Quick App.

State Bank of India is giving a special facility to its ATM card holders. With this, customers can keep their ATM cards under control.

SBI Quick App has special features for controlling special ATM cards.

It provides the facility of blocking, turning on or off ATM cards and generating an ATM PIN.

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