Current Affairs 20 03 2018

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  1.  India`s largest lender SBI  and  India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation (IMGC)  signed a pact to offer mortgage guarantee scheme for prospective non-salaried and self-employed home loan customers.

  2.  Axis Bank  had opened a  representative office in Sharjah,  to better serve its customers in the emirate and to expand its retail offerings to customers in the neighbouring northern emirates. 
  3. With an aim to providing first-and-last-mile connectivity,  railway PSU IRCTC  announced a  partnership with cab aggregator Ola,  giving commuters an option book taxi on its app.
  4.  India’s Purva Barve has won the Women’s Singles (Under-19) title  at the  Israel Junior 2018 Badminton tournament  held in Rishon LeZion, Israel.
  5.  Renowned Hindi poet and critic Kedarnath Singh  passed away at the age of 83.
  6.  US-educated economist Yi Gang  has been named the  next governor of China`s central bank, the People`s Bank of China (PBOC).  Mr Yi has been deputy governor of the bank since 2008.

  7.  Atul M. Gotsurve  has been appointed as the  next Ambassador of India to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  He is currently Director of the Ministry of External Affairs. He is the IFS officer of 2004 batch.
  8.  World Sparrow Day  is observed on  20 March  every year globally to create awareness about the protection of sparrows. The theme for this year`s WSD is`I Love Sparrows`.
  9. Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the  International Day of Happiness (on 20th March)  as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. The theme for IDH 2018 is   "Share Happiness"    -  focusing on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other.
  10.  Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Ananthkumar  announced that the Government of India has approved the setting up of a  Plastic Park in Deoghar District, Jharkhand  .
  11. The organising committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games announced on February 28, 2018 that two futuristic figures, inspired by anime, have been chosen as mascots following voting by thousands of Japanese children.

  12. Indian actress Katrina Kaif has been named as the new ambassador of the international award-winning non-profit organisation, Educate Girls
  13. State-run power equipment maker BHEL commissioned 1st unit of 110 MW of the Kishanganga hydroelectric project (HEP) of NHPC in Jammu and Kashmir.
  14.  India and the European Union (EU)  have signed an agreement that will enable them  to share earth observation data from each other’s satellites.  The pact was inked in Bengaluru.
  15.  The first National workshop on POSHAN Abhiyan  involving all the states and union territories was held at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, New Delhi.
  16. 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.


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