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Current Affairs National
French President Macron pledges 700 million euros for new solar projects
- French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday pledged hundreds of millions of dollars for solar projects in developing countries, as world leaders met in India to promote greater investment in renewable energy.
- Macron, who in December warned that the global shift to a green energy future was too slow, said France would extend an extra 700 million euros ($861.5 million) through loans and donations by 2022 for solar projects in emerging economies.
PM Modi presents 10-point action plan to promote solar energy, calls for less-risky projects
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for concessional and less-risky finances for raising the share of solar electricity in the energy mix and pledged to generate 175 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in India from renewable energy sources by 2022.
- Speaking at the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), Modi presented a 10-point action plan that includes making affordable solar technology available to all nations, raising the share of electricity generated from photovoltaic cells in the energy mix, framing regulations and standards, consultancy support for bankable solar projects and creating a network of centres for excellence.
Suresh Prabhu gets additional charge of civil aviation ministry
- Commerce and Industries minister Suresh Prabhu was today given additional charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry, a day after the resignation of TDP’s Ashok Gajapathi Raju was accepted by President Ram Nath Kovind.
First Woman Inducted As Combat Officer In ITBP
- 25-year-old Prakriti has been inducted as the first direct-entry combat officer in the border guarding force, ITBP.
- The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force is the last of the CAPFs to induct women officers in combat roles after the government first allowed it to enroll them in 2016.Prakriti, who goes by a single name, had cleared the UPSC exam for officers’ recruitment in CAPFs in the same year and in her first attempt.
- “I always had a desire to don the uniform and serve the country. My father, who is in the Indian Air Force, has always been an inspiration for me. I opted for the ITBP as my first choice,” she told.
Current Affairs Business and Economy
Govt to infuse Rs 5000 crore in Food Corporation of India in next 2 years
- The government will infuse Rs 5,000 crore equity in state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) over the next two years to ease liquidity problem and make its procurement operations more efficient.
- FCI, the government’s nodal agency for procurement and distribution of foodgrains, will also raise Rs 32,000 crore through government-guaranteed bonds.
- “The ministry of finance has accordingly decided that the capital requirement for holding the stocks shall be pegged at Rs 50,000 crore, of which Rs 45,000 crore shall be financed through borrowed capital and Rs 5,000 crore through equity infusion,” the panel said in the report.
SpiceJet inks $12.5 billion deal with French major Safran for aircraft engines
- SpiceJet dn Friday inked $12.5 billion deal with French major Safran Group for CFM aircraft engines.
- At current exchange rate, the deal is worth more than Rs 81,000 crore and is one of the biggest in the aviation sector.
- SpiceJet and Safran Group have now finalised the purchase of LEAP-1B engines to power a total of 155 Boeing 737 MAX planes, along with spare engines to support the fleet, according to a release.
- CFM engines are manufactured by CFM International, a joint venture between Safran and General Electric.
IndiGo plans to order 50 Airbus A330 planes
- IndiGo, India’s biggest airline, plans to order as many as 50 Airbus SE A330 wide-body jets as it seeks to expand beyond short-haul flights.
- The carrier aims to take the upgraded A330neo version of the plane.
- The deal would be worth $13 billion at list prices for the smaller of two variants, though some of the aircraft are likely to be options to be confirmed later.
Current Affairs Sports
ICC World Cup qualifiers: West Indies beat Ireland; Zimbabwe, Afghanistan win
- Rovman Powell’s maiden one-day international hundred dragged the West Indies from a difficult position to beat Ireland in Harare on Saturday and reach the Super Six stage of World Cup qualifying.
- Hosts Zimbabwe also booked their spot in the next round by making it three wins from three in Group B with a comfortable victory over Hong Kong, while Afghanistan saw off Nepal to keep their slim hopes alive.
31-member Indian track and field team announced for Commonwealth Games 2018
- The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Saturday named a 31-member Indian track and field team (18 men and 13 women) for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
- Junior World Champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is set to make his debut at the CWG.
- Neeraj recently won gold at the Federation Cp with an effort of 85.94m, which is the second best effort of his career.
- In the last edition in Glasgow in 2014, India had 32 track and field athletes and won three medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze).
Winter Paralympic Games Begin in South Korea
- The largest Winter Paralympics are underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea. A record 567 athletes from 48 countries and a neutral athletes team of Russian competitors, will be competing beginning Saturday.
ISSF Shooting World Cup
- Anjum Moudgil won her first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup medal- Silver in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions (3P) event at the ongoing ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun stage in Guadalajara, Mexico.
- Anjum shot brilliantly to finish behind China’s Ruijiao Pei 455.4 to 454.2 after the 45-shot final.
- China’s Ting Sun claimed Bronze, finishing with a score of 442.2.
- This was India’s eighth medal of the competition and the first Silver after having won three Golds and four Bronze medals already.
Current Affairs World
Xi Jinping can be president for life as Chinese parliament removes term limit
- China on Sunday amended its constitution to remove the two-term limit, amid fears among experts both in China and abroad that he is building a cult of power and personality around himself.
- Nearly 3,000 legislators or deputies of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s rubber-stamp parliament, voted to amend the constitution.
- At the same session, the NPC also granted the “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” constitutional authority in a landmark amendment.
- China has had a two-term limit for presidents since 1982.
Israeli, U.S. forces hold joint military drill in Israel
- U.S. and Israeli military Thursday have launched a month-long joint military drill that simulates a missile attack on Israel.
- The “Juniper Cobra 2018” exercise was launched on Sunday, a military spokesperson said, adding it is the largest drill of its kind.
- The biennial drill is jointly held by the Israeli military and the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM).
- As part of the exercise, some 2,500 U.S. troops routinely based in Europe were deployed in Israel as well as about 2,000 Israeli Aerial Defense troops, logistics units, medical forces and other Israel Defense Forces (IDF) units.
Sri Lankan President Sirisena to appoint panel to probe anti-Muslim riots
- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday appointed a commission to probe the communal clashes in the violence-hit Kandy district that prompted him to impose a nationwide state of emergency, according to a media report.
- Anti-Muslim riots, since Monday, have left two persons dead and damaged several homes, businesses and mosques in the Kandy district.
- The violence erupted after the death of a man from the mainly Buddhist Sinhalese majority last week.
Current Affairs Miscellaneous
Indian-origin researchers develop handy blood pressure app, hardware
- A team led by an Indian-origin researcher has created a new app and hardware to measure blood pressure.
- The technology, details of which were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine along with a video, also includes a discovery of a more convenient measurement point.
- “We targeted a different artery, the transverse palmer arch artery at the fingertip, to give us better control of the measurement,” said lead author Anand Chandrasekhar.
Twitter could allow every user to get its verified blue tick status
- Twitter will soon open the much-coveted blue tick verification process for all users on the platform who can prove their identity.
- “Twitter announced in a livestream that the company plans to offer its blue-check-mark verification badge to more of its users, an oft-requested feature,” Jack Dorsey, CEO, Twitter was quoted as saying by CNET on Friday.
- The micro-blogging site is working on a new process to verify people’s identity and, thus, ensure credibility.
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