Daily Current Affairs for Competitive Exams – 26 March 2018

1. UIDAI set to introduce face authentication feature from July 1.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is all set to make face authentication available alongside iris or fingerprint scan as means of verifying Aadhaar users from July 1, 2018.

The UIDAI, which is in-charge of the 12-digit identifier Aadhaar, in January had announced that it will introduce face authentication feature to help those who run into problems in biometric authentication due to old age, hardwork or worn-out fingerprints. It had said that face authentication will be allowed only in fusion mode meaning it would be permitted along with either fingerprint or iris or OTP to verify the details of Aadhaar holders.

2. PV Sindhu named flag-bearer of Indian contingent for opening ceremony in Gold Coast.

PV Sindhu will be the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

According to sources in the Indian Olympic Association, 2016 Olympic silver medallist Sindhu’s rising stature in recent years clinched the issue in her favour for the coveted position. The opening ceremony will be held on 4 April.

In the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, Sindhu bagged a bronze in women’s singles. In the last three Commonwealth Games, the prestigious position during the march past of the opening ceremony had always gone to a member of the shooting squad.

3. International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: 25 March.

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is a United Nations international observance designated in 2007 to be marked on 25 March every year.

The theme of International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in 2018 is “Remember Slavery: Triumphs and Struggles for Freedom and Equality”.

4. Pankaj Advani retains Asian Billiards title.

Pankaj Advani has won the Asian Billiards Championships title by defeating B. Bhaskar.

With this win, Advani remains the reigning Indian, Asian and world champion in billiards for 2017-18.

India’s Amee Kamani won the Asian Women’s Snooker title by blanking her Thai opponent Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan 3-0.

5. Punjab crowned National hockey champion.

Punjab won its first National title in five years, registering a 2-1 win against Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) in the final of the 8th men’s National hockey championships here on Sunday, as the team’s cohesion and big-match temperament got the better of a star-studded PSPB.

Hockey Punjab made a comeback in the last seven minutes of the match, Sarvanjit Singh scoring two goals in the 53rd and 60th minutes.

In the Bronze medal match, defending champions Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) defeated Air India Sports Promotion Board.

6. JS Rajput Nominated India’s Representative To UNESCO’s Executive Board.

The Government of India has decided to nominate Prof. J S Rajput, former Director NCERT, as India’s representative to the Executive Board (EXB) of UNESCO. The EXB has a four-year term of office and 58 seats.

The executive board is one of the constitutional organs of UNESCO and is elected by the General Conference. The next meeting (Session204) of Executive Board of UNESCO is to be held in Paris, France in April 2018.

7. India U-16 boys win Hong Kong football tourney.

The India U-16 team emerged champions in the Jockey Cup International Youth Invitational Football Tournament with a 4-2 victory over Hong Kong U-17 in the final in Hong Kong on Sunday.

The tournament was an U-17 event where India fielded their U-16 National Team.

A brace from Bekey Oram in the first half and goals from Rohit Danu and Lalrokima in the second half settled the issue for India.

8. India has become the third largest electricity producer ahead of Russia and Japan.

India’s electricity production grew 34% over seven years to 2017, and the country now produces more energy than Japan and Russia, which had 27% and 8.77% more electricity generation capacity installed, respectively, than India seven years ago.

India produced 1,160.10 billion units (BU) of electricity–one BU is enough to power 10 million households (one household using average of about 3 units per day) for a month–in financial year (FY) 2017. Electricity production stood at 1,003.525 BU between April 2017-January 2018, according to a February 2018 report by India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), a trust established by the commerce ministry.

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