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Current Affairs March 11th and 12th, 2018

1. National Legislators Conference:
  • Prime Minister NarendraModi has inaugurated National Legislators Conferencein New Delhi.
  • The aim of the conference was to bring MPs and MLAs on a single platform so that they could exchange the ideas of development on a single platform.
  • The theme for the conference was- “We For Development”.
 
2. Supreme Court allows passive euthanasia:
  • A five judge Constitutional Bench of Supreme Court led by CJI DipakMisra has given a ruling that allowed passive euthanasia and right to give advance medical directives or living wills.
  • The apex court has stated that an individual has the right to die with dignity as a part of fundamental right under article 21.
 
3. Suresh Prabhu appointed as Minister of Civil Aviation:
  • Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has been given the additional charge as the Minister of Civil Aviation.
  • This has happened after Ashok GajapathiRaju has resigned from the Ministry.
 
4. ISA, ADB, NDB, AfDB and AIIB Financial Partnership:
  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), New Development Bank (NDB) and Green Climate Funds (GCF) have signed a Joint Financial Partnership Declaration in New Delhi.
  • The objective of this joint declaration is to enhance their cooperation for supporting renewable energy.
 
5. Rajasthan Assembly passes bill for death penalty for raping girls below 12:
  • Rajasthan Assembly has passed Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018 to add provisions providing death sentence to those convicted for raping girls of 12 years of below.
  • With this, Rajasthan has become second state in the country after Madhya Pradesh for making such provisions.
 
6. 11 countries sign revised TPP trade pact without US:
  • 11 countries belonging to Pacific Rim have formally entered into Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CP TPP of TPP 11) in Santiago, Chile.
  • US withdrew from it earlier.
  • TPP 11 countries are- Austria, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mixico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
  • It will be the world’s third largest trade bloc after European Union (EU) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
 
7. Prakriti to be 1st ITBP Woman Combat Officer:
  • 25 years old Prakriti has become the first woman to be directly inducted as a combat officer in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
 
8. Rs 5cr fine on Airtel Payments Bank over KYC norms:
  • The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a fine of Rs 5 crore on the Airtel Payments Bank for breaching the Know Your Customer (KYC) norms.
  • This happened after RBI found it guilty of opening the accounts of subscribers without their consent.
 
9. Sanjeev Gupta appointed as UK Skills Ambassador:
  • Prince Charles of Britain has appointed Indian-origin steel businessman Sanjeev Gupta as an official ambassador for the Industrial Cadets Program designed to enhance the manufacturing skills.
  • Mr. Gupta will be involved in a program that will give children and young people direct experience of the industry while still in school or college.
 
10. 33rd Inception Day of NCRB:
  • The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has celebrated its 33rd Inception Day on 11th March 2018.
  • “Citizen Services” mobile application was released on this occasion.
  • NCRB is a nodal agency under Union Home Ministry that provides authentic source of data on crime.
 
11. “Wings India 2018” inaugurated in Hyderabad:
  • Wings India 2018, a biennial event on Civil Aviation and Aerospace has been inaugurated in Telangana.
  • The event was jointly organized by the Civil Aviation Ministry, Airports Authority of India and Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
 
12. Xi Jinping becomes Lifetime President:
  • China’s Parliament has abolished the two-term limit for the President thus allowing Xi Jinping to remain as the country’s Premier for life.
 
13. Godavari Gaurav Award to Amol Palekar:
  • Veteran actor AmolPalekar has received the Godavari Gaurav Award, instituted by KusumagrajPrathisthan.
 
14.  “Fulfilling Bapu’s Dreams- PM Modi’s tribute to Gandhiji”:
  • President Ram NathKovind has received the first copy of the book- “Fulfilling Bapu’s Dreams- PM Modi’s tribute to Gandhiji” from SadhguruJaggiVasudev, who released it at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
 
15.  Australia clinches Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018:
  • Australia has won the 27th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia by defeating defending champion England by 2-1.
  • Australia has won the tournament for the record 10th time.

      

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