Daily Current Affairs for Competitive Exams – 22 March 2018

1. The 106th edition of the Indian Science Congress will be held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

General President-elect, 106th Indian Science Congress Association, Prof. Manoj Kumar Chakrabarthi announced that the 106th edition of the Indian Science Congress will be held next year from 3rd to 7th January, 2009 at Barkatullah University Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

The theme of 106th Indian Science Congress “Future India : Science and Technology”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 105th Indian Science Congress (ISC) at Manipur Central University in Imphal.

The theme for 105th Indian Science Congress is “Reaching the unreached through science and technology”.


2. World Water Day: 22 March

World Water Day is an annual observance day on 22 March to highlight the importance of freshwater.

It is also used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

The first World Water Day, designated by the United Nations, was commemorated in 1993.

The theme for the year 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’.


3. Goldman Sachs cuts India’s GDP growth from 8 per cent to 7.6 per cent for FY 2018-19.

Investment bank Goldman Sachs today downgraded India’s economic forecasts from 8 per cent to 7.6 per cent for Financial Year 2018-19. It, however, retained growth forecast for FY 2019-20 at 8.3 per cent. According to reports, the investment bank lowered the growth projection in the wake of multi-billion banking scam and warned that it could spark tighter regulation of the banking sector that would constrain credit growth.


4. Cabinet approves closure of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for closure of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI)to enhance synergies in channelizing Diaspora’s contributions to Government of India’s flagship programmes such as National Mission for clean Ganga and Swachh Bharat Mission.

IDF-OI was set up by Government of India with the approval of Cabinet in 2008 as an autonomous not-for-profit Trust, to facilitate Overseas Indian philanthropy into social and development projects in India.


5. Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship sign MoU on skill development training programmes at Krishi Vigyan Kendras.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship today signed an MoU to conduct skill development training programmes for agriculture and allied sector, on a regular basis, at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs). Meanwhile, the skill development training programmes currently being run across KVKs will continue.

The Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh expressed happiness over the signing of MoU, which he said, will help increase cooperation.


6. India Post releases special cover on Stephen Hawking.

India Post has paid tribute to theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking by issuing a special cover on him.

Chief Post Master General (CPMG) of Maharashtra and Goa Circle H C Agrawal and Director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Dr Sandip Trivedi jointly issued the special cover.

Hawking died at the age of 76 on March 14 in his home in Cambridge in the United Kingdom.


7. Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif has been named as the brand ambassador of a non-profit organisation ‘Educate Girls’.

Actress Katrina Kaif has joined the international award-winning non-profit organization, Educate Girls as their ambassador, a statement said.

Katrina Kaif is deeply inspired to lend her voice to one of the most pressing development issues – that of educating girls. Through her association with Educate Girls, she attempts to bring renewed focus to girl child education and gender equality, it said.


8. Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands wins Abel Prize

Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands has won the prestigious Abel Prize for developing a programme connecting representation theory to number theory, Norway’s Academy of Sciences and Letters said.

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

Named after the 19th century Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel, the prize was established by the Norwegian government in 2002.


9. Nanda Bahadur Pun has been re-elected as the vice president of Nepal.

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 on Saturday and his candidacy remained unopposed as no candidate came forward to contest with him for the post.


10. NHAI Receives Best Design Pavilion Award at 105th Indian Science Congress.

The NHAI pavilion at 105th Indian Science Congress- Pride of India Expo held at Imphal from 16-20 March 2018 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. The stall attracted huge number of visitors which included delegates/ scientists attending the congress from various parts of the country, School and College Students and other local visitors.  Apart from showcasing the Projects, a Selfie Point was created with a good Highway Projects at the background.


11. General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff released a book on Paramveer Chakra Awardees – ‘Paramveer Parwane’.

General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff released a book on Paramveer Chakra Awardees – ‘Paramveer Parwane’ on 20 March 2018. The book illustrates the bravery of Paramveer Chakra Awardees from 1947 to 1965 and is written by Dr Prabhakiran Jain published by Medha Books.

The book has eleven short stories, poems, and songs highlighting the history of the battles in which the brave soldiers sacrificed their lives and have shown the utmost courage & leadership while facing the enemy during War to protect the motherland.

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