Following is the 28 March 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. Uttar Pradesh assembly passes stringent crime control bill.
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly has passed a stringent bill to curb organised crime and deal strictly with terrorism.
The UPCOC Bill seeks to act against those using explosives or firearms or any other violent means or damaging life and property or involved in anti-national or destructive activities.
The bill provides for punishments from minimum 3 years’ imprisonment to capital punishment.
2. Rs 350 coin to be released to mark the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.
The government will come out with a Rs 350 commemorative coin to mark the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, which was celebrated in 2016.
The reverse side will bear the picture of “Takht Shri Harimandir Ji Patna Sahib” in the centre.
He was born on 2 December 1666 in Patna.
The years ‘1666’ and ‘2016’ in international numerals will be on the left and right periphery of the coin.
3. India’s first Insect Museum opened in Tamil Nadu.
A Rs 5 crore insect museum with the state-of-the-art amenities was unveiled by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswamy at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.
4. Department of Posts launched Cool EMS Service.
Department of Posts has launched the “Cool EMS Service” which will come into force from 29th March.
Cool EMS service is one-way service from Japan to India which allows customers in India to import Japanese food items for personal use which is allowed under Indian regulations.
Initially, Cool EMS Service will be available in Delhi only.
5. Government approves guarantee for IRFC Bonds.
Ministry of Finance has approved Government guarantee of Rs. 5,000 crore in the current financial year for Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) bonds to be subscribed by Life Insurance Corporation, LIC.
The guarantee fee for the aforesaid amount has also been waived by Ministry of Finance.
The decision will ease the flow of borrowed funds for Ministry of Railways to undertake projects.
6. NITI Aayog Signs SOI with SAP.
NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission signed a Statement of Intent with SAP to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
SAP will adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Laboratories for 5 years to nurture the science, technology, engineering and maths learning among school children.
This will enable students to learn advanced topics relevant to digital transformation and the Internet of Things.
7. “Integrated Management of Public Distribution System” approved for implementation
A new central sector scheme namely “Integrated Management of Public Distribution System” has been approved for implementation during 2018-19 and 2019-20.
The key objectives of the scheme are to integrate PDS systems of States/UTs with Central System, the introduction of National Portability etc.
The new scheme will bring more transparency and efficiency in distribution of foodgrains.
8. India and China agree roadmap for addressing Trade Imbalance.
The eleventh session of the China-India joint-group on Economic Relations, Trade, Science & Technology was held in New Delhi.
The session was co-chaired by Union Minister of Commerce & Industry Suresh Prabhu and China’s Minister of Commerce Mr. Zhong Shan.
9. UAE is 1st Arab Country to have Nuclear Power.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrated the completion of the first-ever Nuclear Power Plant not only in the country but the whole Arab Gulf Region.
The $20 billion Barakah Plant west of Abu Dhabi has been constructed by a consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corp in nine years.
It’s one of the four nuclear reactors being constructed with South Korea’s cooperation.
10. Win Myint elected as New President of Myanmar.
Myanmar’s Parliament has elected Win Myint as the country’s new President.
Myint is considered a close aide of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and has been a speaker in the lower house since 2012.
11. Justice Jawad Rahim appointed as acting Chairperson of NGT.
The Supreme Court appointed Justice Jawad Rahim as the acting Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
Justice Rahim is also the judicial member of the green panel. His appointment was approved by a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justice A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.
12. Indu Bhushan appointed CEO of Ayushman Bharat Mission.
Indu Bhushan was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Union Government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission (ABNHPM).
Bhushan, the Director General of East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines, has been appointed to the post for a period of two years.
13. Exim Bank extends $500 mn loan to Africa.
The Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank) will provide a $500 million credit facility to ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) to fund various development projects in South-Western Africa.
Exim Bank till date has extended 4 LoCs to EBID, with the support of the government.
The LoC of $500 million to EBID is the limit for financing developmental projects in 15-member countries.
14. Microsoft opens Garage innovation site,
Microsoft inaugurated Garage facility, a maker space for employees, its first in Hyderabad and the 2nd largest in the world after its Redmond Garage facility.
Microsoft Garage provides a platform to employees who want to explore ideas, build prototypes or experiment with existing products.
India is Microsoft’s 2nd largest work location after Redmond, which employees close to 45,000 people.
15. President conferred Gallantry Awards.
President Ram Nath Kovind presented Gallantry Awards and distinguished service decorations at the Defence Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The President presented three Kirti Chakra, India’s second highest military decoration and 17 Shaurya Chakra in the grand ceremony.
President Kovind honoured Kirti Chakra to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Commandant Chetan Cheetah.
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