Current Affairs 23 03 2018
1- Kumar Mangalam Birla will be the non-executive chairman of the merged Idea-Vodafone entity and Balesh Sharma will be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of this entity.
2- The Union Government has decided to declare 2018 as 'National Year of Millets to boost the cultivation of millets like ragi and jowar on a mission mode to achieve nutritional security.
3- The world badminton governing body, BWF released its latest ranking list on March 22, 2018. The list saw India shuttler HS Prannoy jump up four places to regain his world number 12 spot
4- Former US Ambassador to the United Nations John R Bolton has been appointed as the new National Security Adviser to US President Donald Trump, replacing Lt Gen H R McMaster.
5- Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot has launched the first Indian Sign Language (ISL) Dictionary of three thousand words in New Delhi.
6- Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir has inaugurated the first National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement in New Delhi.
6- US President Donald Trump has announced 60 billion US dollar tariffs on China for its alleged unfair trade practices.
7- The Delhi High Court on March 23, 2018 set aside the Centre's notification disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs in the office-of-profit case.
8- The Punjab Government observed March 23, 2018, the martyrdom day of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Sukhdev and Shaheed Rajguru as 'Youth Empowerment Day'.
9- ISRO has entered into a Technology Transfer Agreement (TTA) with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) to transfer the technology for the manufacture of space grade li-ion cells.
10- Praveer Sinha has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Tata Power.
11- The voting for 25 Rajya Sabha seats spread over 7 states, which began at 9 am on March 23, 2018 concluded at 4 pm on the same day. The counting of votes was undertaken at 5 PM in the state capitals.
12- Young Shooter Vivaan Kapoor has won the bronze medal in the ISSF Junior World Cup.