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Current Affairs National
Tripura’s new government to take oath on March 8
- The new government will be sworn in on Thursday in Tripura, where the Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance defeated the Communist Party of India (Marxist) government in power in the northeastern state for 25 years.
- The BJP and alliance partner, the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), scripted history on Saturday by winning the Tripura assembly polls with a two-third majority in the state, ensuring India would now have 15 chief ministers from the party.
- The BJP in 2013 had forfeited its deposit in 49 of the 50 seats it contested, bagging less than 2% of the vote. This time around, it swept to a comfortable majority winning 43 seats with an ally, ousting the long-serving Communist chief minister of the state, Manik Sarkar.
- Biplab Deb, a young BJP leader with a background in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is expected to be the state’s new chief minister.
Odisha launches ‘Ama Gaon, Ama Vikas’ programme on Panchayatiraj Divas
- Taking an initiative to strengthen panchayatiraj system in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched ‘Ama Gaon, Ama Vikas’ programme to mark birth anniversary of legendary leader Biju Patnaik.
- The programme was inaugurated with an aim to take new projects to meet people’s necessities along with encouraging the panchayats performing well in each block of the state.
- Chief Minister Patnaik will reach the panchayats through the programme ‘Ama Gaon, Ama Vikas’.
- “On Panchayatiraj Divas and Biju Babu’s birth anniversary, we have initiated a new programme ‘Ama Gaon, Ama Vikas’. We will directly speak to our villagers twice a week to hear about their projects and desires and sanction their projects immediately. I have sanctioned the project worth Rs 2 crore,” said Patnaik.
- Through the programme, the government will directly talk to the panchayat representatives and public.
Odisha launches ‘Khushi’ to provide free sanitary napkins
- The Odisha government on Monday launched a scheme ‘Khushi’ to provide free sanitary pads to 17 lakh girl students across the state.
- Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the free sanitary napkin scheme for girl students from Class 6 to 12 in all the government and government-aided schools in the state.
- “In continuation of our pro-women initiative, I am happy to announce “Khushi” universal provisioning of free sanitary napkins to all 17 lakh girls in government and government-aided schools from Class 6 to 12,” the Chief Minister said.
Karnataka unveils healthcare scheme
- Bengaluru, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday unveiled a healthcare scheme aimed at benefitting about 1.43 crore households in the state.
- “The ‘Arogya Karnataka’ (Healthy Karnataka) will provide quality primary, secondary and tertiary treatment to both BPL and APL families in the state,” Siddaramaiah said after unveiling the scheme in the city.
- It is a step towards a healthier and more productive Karnataka.
Current Affairs Business and Economy
Union Cabinet approves Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018
- The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 1, 2018 approved the proposal of the Ministry of Finance to introduce the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 in Parliament.
- The main objective of the bill is to lay down measures to deter fugitive economic offenders from evading the process of Indian law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.
- The Bill is expected to restore law and order, as with its implementation the fugitive economic offenders would be forced to return to India to face trial for their offences.
- The bill would also help the banks and other financial institutions to achieve higher recovery from financial defaults committed by such fugitive economic offenders and thus improving the financial health of such institutions.
Forbes India names 25 businesswomen as ‘trailblazers’
- Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, Forbes India has released as its “W-Power Trailblazers” issue this weekend, featuring 25 women stars, on the ascendency in business.
- The 25 women stars included names like Chiki Sarkar, publisher, Juggernaut Books, Adhuna Bhabani, founder-director, Bblunt, Anupriya Acharya, CEO (India), Publicis Media, Kavitha Sairam, co-founder, FIB-SOL Life Technologies, Dina Wadia and Shivpriya Nanda, joint managing partners, J Sagar Associates among others.
- “We need to specify that this is not a ranking but a qualitative selection — a grouping of ground breakers, game-changers and innovators working across diverse sectors such as technology, law, banking, insurance, media, biotech and the startup sector,” Forbes India said in a statement.
NTPC commissions 8 MW small hydro capacity in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh
- NTPC on Monday announced commissioning its 8 megawatt (MW) small hydro-capacity at Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh, which has increased the state-owned power giant’s installed capacity to 51,391 MW.
- “Commercial Operation of Units 1 & 2 (2 x 4 MW) of Singrauli Small Hydro Electric Power Project. Units1 & 2 (2 x 4 MW) of Singrauli Small Hydro Electric Power Project has been declared on commercial operation from March 5, 2018,” NTPC said in a BSE filing on Monday.
- With this, the total commissioned and commercial capacity of the NTPC and NTPC group has become 44,500 MW and 51,391 MW respectively, said the exchange filing.
Current Affairs Sports
Advani-led India beat Pakistan to win Snooker Team World Cup
- The Indian combine of Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra staged a remarkable recovery to beat Pakistan in the final of the inaugural IBSF Snooker Team World Cup.
- After being 0-2 down in the best-of-five final played last night, India found themselves in a deeper hole at 0-30 down in the third frame.
- Thanks to a well-crafted 39 break from Chandra and a classy clearance of the final colours by Advani, the Indian hopes were kept alive.
- The third frame was a doubles match in which both Indians played out of their skin to stay alive in the final, winning it 72-47.
Sunil Gavaskar named as Commissioner of T20 Mumbai League
- Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar was today named as the Commissioner of the inaugural edition of the T20 Mumbai League, which will be held from March 11-21.
- All the matches of the League, in which six teams are participating, will be held at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.
- The announcement to appoint Gavaskar was made by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and Probability Sports India Private Limited (PSIPL) through a media release.
Current Affairs World
Saudi Arabia Hosts First Marathon For Women As Part Of Modernisation Drive
- Saudi Arabia hosted its first marathon for women at the weekend, local media said, as the conservative kingdom seeks to boost female sports in a far-reaching modernisation drive.
- Hundreds of women runners, many of them dressed in traditional Islamic attire, raced in eastern Al-Ahsa region on Saturday.
- The event came after Riyadh hosted its first international half-marathon in late February, which prompted complaints from some Saudis on social media about the notable absence of women.
- Sports authorities are set to organise another marathon for women in the holy city of Mecca on April 6, pro-government Okaz newspaper reported.
China slashes 3 lakh troops; reduces army size to 2 million
- China on Monday said it has slashed three lakh troops, reducing the size of its 2.3-million People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to just two-million-strong force, a move aimed at making the world’s largest army a mightier force capable of winning modern wars.
- Chinese premier Li Keqiang made the announcement in his annual work report to the National People’s Congress (NPC).
- Li said the military had completed its goal of slashing three lakh troops, reducing the size of the 2.3 million PLA to just two-million-strong force.
- The PLA Daily, official newspaper of the Chinese military, said non-battle personnel were downsized.
Current Affairs Miscellaneous
Oscars 2018: list of award winners
- BEST PICTURE- The Shape of Water
- ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE – Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
- ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE – Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- DIRECTING – Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
- ORIGINAL SONG – ”Remember Me” from Coco Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
- ORIGINAL SCORE – The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat
- CINEMATOGRAPHY – Blade Runner 2049, Roger A. Deakins
- ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Get Out, Written by Jordan Peele
- ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Call Me by Your Name, Screenplay by James Ivory
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