Current Affairs 16 03 2018

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  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched LaQshya program aimed at improving quality of maternity care in labour room and maternity Operation Theatre (OT).
  • The Lok Sabha has passed Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to empower government to fix period of maternity leave and tax-free gratuity amount with an executive order.
  • The Lok Sabha has passed Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to further ease procedures for doing business in the country.

  • The Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) has claimed that India’s first cloned Assamese buffalo male calf named Sach-Gaurav was born in Hisar, Haryana.
  • The Haryana Assembly unanimously passed Criminal Law (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2018 providing for death penalty for convicts found guilty of raping girls aged 12 years or less.
  • With this, Haryana became third state, after Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to have provision of capital punishment for such sexual offenders.

  • Chinese scientists have developed artificial heart using rocket technology and it is currently undergoing thorough testing experiments on animals.
  • Arunachal Pradesh Assembly passed Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill 2018 to do away with the Anchal Samiti, the intermediate level of the three-tier panchayati raj system and set up a two-tier system in the state.
  • India was ranked at 78th among 114 countries on World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Energy Transition Index  (ETI) released as part of report titled Fostering Effective Energy Transition.
  • The index ranks countries on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability.
  • The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF’s) has given environmental clearance to India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project to be set up in Bodi West hills in Tamil Nadu.
  • India was ranked 133rd among 156 countries in World Happiness Index 2018, recently released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

  • PM Modi inaugurated the 105th Indian Science Congress in Imphal, Manipur.
  • The three-day annual Krishi Unnati Melahas begun in New Delhi with a focus on doubling farmers’ income.
  • Andhra Pradesh stands at equivalent to 51st rank globally in Multidimensional Poverty Index  (2017)according to a recent household survey conducted in the state.
  • Member-countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Region, including India, committed to intensifying efforts to eradicate tuberculosis by 2030.
  • Sangeeta Bahadur has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Belarus. She is an IFS officer of 1987 batch.
  • President Donald Trump named Larry Kudlowas the next head of the White House National Economic Council. He has replaced Gary Cohn.
  • Actor Jackie Shroff’s short film ’Shunyata’has won an award at Best of India Short Film Festival in Los Angeles, US.
  • The 22-minute fiction film directed by Chintan Sardawas selected to be in top six from amongst thousands of entries and was played at a theatre in Los Angeles.
  • Indian Para-athlete Deepa Malik won a gold medal in the F-53/54 category javelin event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai. 

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