Current Affairs 19 03 2018
1. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates a Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and present Gandhian Young Technological Innovation awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi.
2. Russian President Vladimir Putin stormed to victory in presidential election, giving him another six years in power. Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost two decades, won more than 75% of the vote according to preliminary results.
3. Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba is on a five-day visit to the USA. The visit aims to consolidate relations between the Armed Forces of both the nations and to explore new avenues of defense co-operation.
4. The United Nations issued an appeal for 951 million Dollars to meet the needs of nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
5. Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim resigned after being embroiled in a scandal over the use of a credit card to buy luxury personal items. She will leave office on 23rd of this month.
6. The Indian government is in process of formulating ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan(KUSUM) scheme’ to harness solar power for rural India.
7. The Lok Sabha has passed a bill that will exempt political parties from the scrutiny of funds they have received from abroad since 1976.
8. Singapore remains the most expensive city in the world, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living report 2018.
9. Dr. Rajiv Kumar, the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog, inaugurated the first India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi.
10. Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman has said that India needs to move more into manufacturing to create jobs for unskilled people.
11. Representatives from 50 countries gathered in New Delhi for a two-day Informal World Trade Organisation(WTO) ministerial meeting.
12. With the victory against Bangladesh in the T20I tri-series final, the Indian team has now registered the second most victories in the shortest format.
13. Dinesh Karthik has become the first Indian to win a T20I with a six off the match’s last ball.
14. Further, Karthik is the first batsman in T20Is to hit a six when at least 5 runs were required to win off the final delivery.