Daily Current Affairs for Competitive Exams – 20 March 2018

1. First India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction inaugurated.

NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr. Rajiv Kumar on Monday inaugurated the First India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi. The two-day workshop is being jointly organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs, National Disaster Management Authority and Government of Japan.

Speaking on the occasion, the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog underlined the synergy between the two ancient Asian civilizations of India and Japan, both of which have frequently witnessed the fury of natural catastrophes and are investing proactively on mainstreaming risk reduction into development.

He said that this workshop “marks the beginning of the formal implementation of the initiatives agreed under the Memorandum of Cooperation signed between the two countries on Disaster Risk Reduction in September 2017”.


2. First National Workshop on POSHAN Abhiyaan.

The first National workshop on POSHAN Abhiyaan involving all the states and union territories is being held on 20th March at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra,New Delhi.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development is organising the day long workshop with participation from all the states/UTs.


3. Bhawana Kanth becomes second Indian woman fighter pilot to go solo.

Flying Officer Bhawana Kanth became the second woman pilot of Indian Air Force to fly solo in a fighter aircraft.

She flew in a MiG-21 Bison aircraft from Ambala Air Force Station on Friday.

She is second only to Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi who created history on February 21 by being the first ever woman fighter pilot to fly solo.


4. British teacher wins global best teacher award.

A British school teacher has won a $1-million Global Teacher Prize instituted by an Indian-origin entrepreneur’s foundation in the United Arab Emirates to honour an exceptional teacher who has made a significant contribution to the profession.

Andria Zafirakou (39), who teaches art and textiles in a Brent secondary school, was selected at the Global Education and Skills Forum, organised by the Varkey Foundation which is run by Kerala-born education philanthropist Sunny Varkey (60).


5. Juan Martin Del Potro defeats Roger Federer to win Indian Wells title.

Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro stunned top-ranked Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/2) Sunday to win his first Indian Wells title and second consecutive ATP crown.

The 29-year-old from Argentina handed Federer his first match defeat of 2018 and extended his own win streak to 11 matches, including a title run earlier this month at Acapulco.


6. Indian Navy to host Bilateral Exercise ‘Varuna’ with French Navy

The Indian Navy and the French Navy have conducted bilateral maritime exercises since May 1993.

Since 2001, the exercises have been named VARUNA and there have been fifteen editions of the same till date.

The last edition of VARUNA was conducted off the French Coast in Apr 2017.

This year too VARUNA-18 would be conducted in three sea areas, namely, the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and South Western Indian Ocean.


7. Punjab to impose permanent ban on hookah bars

The Punjab Government is all set to impose a permanent ban on hookah bars across the State instead of issuing temporary orders against them every two months.

Punjab will be the second State in the country, after Gujarat, to take the significant decision.

Gujarat has banned Hookah bars in the State by passing the COTPA Amendment Bill, 2017.

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