Following is the 24 March 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. Seventh India-Egypt Joint Commission meeting held in New Delhi.
The 7th India-Egypt Joint Commission Meeting led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry was held in New Delhi.
Both the sides reviewed the progress in the areas of political, trade & investment, S&T, cyber security, capacity building, security, space, and culture.
2. National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement.
Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir inaugurated the two-day first National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement in New Delhi.
More than 50 State and Central law enforcement agencies involved in combating drug trafficking are participating in this Conference.
The conference is being organised by India’s nodal drug law enforcement agency, Narcotics Control Bureau.
3. Andhra Government launches NAIPUNYA RATHAM or World on Wheels a multi-utility vehicle.
Andhra Pradesh Govt has launched, NAIPUNYA RATHAM or World on Wheels, a multi-utility vehicle that aims to bring technology to remote corners.
It will facilitate & look to improve digital literacy, digital skills & create an awareness on various govt schemes that are underway in Andhra Pradesh.
Govt has allotted Rs 300 crore for the project & will be setting up 1000 skill development centres.
4. Lingayats community gets minority status in Karnataka.
The Karnataka Government declared minority status to the Lingayats community.
This comes days after the CM Siddaramaiah-led government accepted the suggestions of Nagamohan Das committee to grant a separate religion status to the Lingayats community.
The decision was critised by the Veerashaiva Lingayat Samanvaya Samiti and termed as politically motivated move.
5. Air India makes history by flying to Israel.
Air India flight AI139 from New Delhi to Tel Aviv, became the 1st commercial aircraft en route to Israel to fly over Saudi Arabia.
It is for the 1st time that Saudi has allowed an Israel-bound flight to enter its airspace, thus ending a 70 yr old ban
Many Arab & Islamic nations do not recognise Israel & therefore disallow airlines from using their airspace for flight services to that country
6. A group of 20 nations including India have pledged a total of around $100 million for Palestinian refugees.
A group of 20 nations including India have pledged a total of around $100 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
The donor nations included Qatar, Norway, Turkey, Canada, India and Switzerland.
India has pledged $5 million while Switzerland has pledged $4.2 million
7. Australia has abolished its popular employer-sponsored 457 visa programme.
Australia has abolished its popular employer-sponsored 457 visa programme, widely used by Indians.
The 457 visa programme allowed businesses to employ foreign workers for a period up to 4 years in skilled jobs where there was a shortage of Australian workers.
Australia has replaced it with a new stringent programme that requires higher English-language proficiency and job skills.
8. US bans transgenders serving in military.
President Donald Trump released an order banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under “limited circumstances”.
He declared he would reverse an Obama-era plan to allow transgender individuals to serve openly.
However, a US court had ordered the military to allow transgender members from January 1, 2018.
9. Balesh Sharma named CEO of Vodafone-Idea India merged entity.
Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have announced Vodafone veteran Balesh Sharma as CEO of the proposed new telecom operator.
Sharma is currently the chief operating officer at Vodafone India.
10. John Bolton replaces McMaster as US National Security Adviser.
The 45th President of USA Donald Trump has announced that the former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton will be the New US National Security Adviser.
He would replace present National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
He became Mr Trump’s third National Security Chief in 14 months.
11. Rakesh Bhatnagar appointed vice-chancellor of the Banaras Hindu University.
JNU professor Rakesh Bhatnagar has been appointed as the vice-chancellor of the Banaras Hindu University.
He will take charge from BHU Registrar Neeraj Tripathi, who had been holding the additional charge of the top post since October last year.
He is a JC Bose National Fellow and has won the ICMR award for developing a recombinant vaccine against anthrax.
12. Martin Vizcarra sworn in as Peru’s new president.
Martin Vizcarra was sworn in as Peru’s new president after his predecessor Pedro Pablo Kuczynski abruptly resigned over a corruption scandal.
He had earlier served as Peru’s first vice president and his country’s ambassador to Canada.
Vizcarra, while taking oath, has vowed to eliminate economic corruption from the country.
13. Bank fraud loss mark nearly Rs. 19,194 crore in 2018.
The total amount involved in bank fraud cases this year has reached nearly Rs. 19,194 crore, which is 63% more than the total loss on all frauds in 2017.
The CBI has registered 12 major cases of suspected bank fraud this year.
The amount involved in 31 bank fraud cases registered by the investigating agency in 2017 stood at Rs.11,777 crore.
14. Vodafone and Birla announce leadership team.
Vodafone Group and Aditya Birla Group have appointed Balesh Sharma as Chief Executive Officer of an entity created by the merger of their local telecom units.
It will become India’s largest mobile phone operator by subscriber and revenue market share and be better placed to compete in a market savaged by price competition.
Akshaya Moondra will be appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
15. PV Sindhu to be India’s flag-bearer of Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
Olympic silver-medalist PV Sindhu will be the flag-bearer of Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
It would be the first time in last 3 editions of Commonwealth Games that a badminton player would don the flag-bearer’s hat.
At 2014 Glasgow CWG, Olympics silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar was handed the responsibility of flag-bearer.
16. Manu Bhaker secures 10m Air Pistol gold.