Following is the 29 March 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. EPFO launches portal for pensioners.
EPFO has launched the pensioner’s portal through which all EPFO pensioners may get the details of pension-related information.
The pensioner’s portal is a service where details like pension payment order number, payment order details, passbook information and other related information are available.
It provides help to pensioners to know the status of their life certificate.
2. CCEA approved Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme.
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the continuation of the Credit Guarantee Fund for Education Loans Scheme and continuation and modification of Central Sector Interest Subsidy Scheme.
The scheme will cover loans for pursuing professional and technical courses to promote quality education.
It will provide education loans to ten lakh students during this period.
3. Madhya Pradesh government launches ‘Kadaknath’ app.
The Madhya Pradesh government has come up with a mobile application to market rare chicken breed — the “Kadaknath”.
The “MP Kadaknath” mobile app aims to connect poultries that sale the breed with people from other parts of the country.
Kadaknath breed is known for its taste and nutritional value, especially high percentage of protein.
4. SEBI clamps down on derivative markets.
SEBI tightened the derivative markets framework to curb speculations and prevent small investors from entering the high-risk space.
It also accepted the majority of the recommendations made by the Uday Kotak Committee on corporate governance.
It introduced a concept of ‘product suitability’ under which investors will have to show income or knowledge proof to deal in the derivatives segment.
5. Cabinet approved scheme for School Education.
The Cabinet has approved an Integrated Scheme on School Education by combining Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Teacher Education from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020.
The aim is to support the States in universalizing access to school education from pre-nursery to XII across India.
The main emphasis of the scheme is to improve the quality of school education.
6. NITI Aayog releases Baseline Ranking.
The NITI Aayog has launched the baseline ranking for 115 aspirational districts.
The baseline ranking stands on 49 indicators across five sectors that include health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion and skill development, and basic infrastructure.
The ranking was released by Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog.
7. MoU between India and SACEP approved.
The Cabinet has approved the MoU between India and South Asian Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) for cooperation on Oil and Chemical Pollution in the South Asian Seas Region.
It will promote cooperation between India and other maritime nation for protection of the marine environment.
Indian coast guard will be the competent authority for implementation of “Oil spill contingency plan”.
8. Sri Lanka shifts May Day to May 7.
The Sri Lankan government has decided to postpone International Workers’ Day events from May 1 to May 7 this year.
This has been done to avoid an overlap with the Buddhist festival of Vesak.
May 1 is significant internationally and commemorates the crucial gains made by working-class struggles.
9. China resumes data sharing on Brahmaputra.
China pledged to continue data sharing of Brahmaputra and Sutlej waters.
The decision was taken during the 11th meeting of the India-China Expert Level Mechanism (ELM) on Trans-border Rivers.
The two-day meeting began on March 26 in Hangzhou.
The data on water flows in both rivers is shared during the monsoons, to predict flooding, mainly in the northeast.
10. Hot, metallic Earth-sized planet discovered.
Scientists have discovered a hot, metallic, Earth-sized planet-“K2-229b”- orbiting a dwarf star located 260 million light-years away.
The planet is almost 20% larger than Earth but has a mass which is over two-and-a-half times greater.
K2-229b is also the innermost planet in a system of at least three planets, though all three orbit much closer to their star than Mercury.
11. Ethiopia’s ruling coalition elects Abiye Ahmed as new PM.
Ethiopia’s ruling coalition has elected Abiye Ahmed as new Prime Minister, following the resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn last month.
Abiye is the chairperson of the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organisation, one of the four ethnic-based parties in the EPRDF coalition.
12. Promila Gupta to take over as Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Dr Promila Gupta will take over as the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in the Health Ministry from April 2.
She will succeed Dr B D Athani, currently in charge of the DGHS office.
Dr Promila Gupta is now currently the Additional Director of Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
13. Shekhar Kapur appointed as chairman of central panel of 65th NFA.
Veteran director Shekhar Kapur has been appointed as chairman of the central panel of the 65th National Film Awards.
Mr Kapur is known for his work in Hindi cinema and International cinema.
14. RBI slaps Rs. 58.9 crore fine on ICICI Bank.
RBI has imposed a penalty of Rs 58.9 crore on ICICI Bank for failure to adhere to held-to-maturity (HTM) guidelines.
This is the highest penalty imposed by RBI on a bank for a single incident.
Under RBI guidelines banks have to split their holding of government securities into `held-to-maturity’ (HTM) and available for `available-for-sale’ category.
15. Muskan Bhanwala wins gold in shooting.
Indian shooter Muskan got gold medal in women’s 25m pistol event at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney.
Muskan’s medal was India’s fourth individual gold in the prestigious tournament.
Anantjeet Singh Naruka, Ayush Rudraraju and Gurnilal Singh Garcha got team silver in men’s junior skeet.
16. Lindia Brown, who fought to end US school segregation died.
Linda Brown, who as a Kansas girl was at the center of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down racial segregation in schools, has died aged 75.
Brown is one of that special band of heroic young people who, along with her family, courageously fought to end the ultimate symbol of white supremacy-racial segregation in public schools.
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