Current Affairs of March Month

1.     Veteran director Shekhar Kapur was appointed as the chairman of the central panel of the 65th National Film Awards.
2.      Indu Bhushan was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Union Government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission. 
3.      The Supreme Court appointed Justice Jawad Rahim as the acting Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
4.      This year Gallantry awards three Kirti Chakras and 17 Shaurya Chakras were conferred, among which one Kirti Chakra and five Shaurya Chakras were given posthumously. Kirti Chakra - Major David Manlun (Posthumous), Chetan Kumar Cheeta, Major Vijayant Bist.
5.      Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands was awarded with the 2018 Abel Prize for his revolutionary 'Grand Unified Theory of Maths'.
6.      The research body of the Union Health Ministry – the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – was awarded the International Kochon Prize 2017 in New Delhi for its contribution to the national programme in Tuberculosis research.
7.      The Union Government has approved a proposal to institute the ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Police Investigation’ to promote high professional standards of crime investigation among police forces. The awards would be conferred annually on the basis of the average crime data for the last three years.
8.      Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi was awarded with 2018 Pritzker Prize for being able to interpret architecture and transform it into buildings that respect Eastern culture. 
9.      The Acing Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice Gita Mittal will be conferred the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017’ by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
10.  The 90th Academy Awards, popularly known as Oscar Awards, were conferred. The award ceremony, hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Best Picture - The Shape of Water. Best Actor - Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Best Actress - Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Best Director - Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water),
11.  Eminent Hindi poet and Jnanpith awardee Kedarnath Singh passed away in New Delhi following a prolonged illness.
12.  Renowned physicist and modern cosmology patron, Stephen Hawking, passed away at his home in Cambridge. His most notable work has been on the basic laws which govern the universe - including theories about the Big Bang and black holes. Hawkings wrote ‘A Brief History of Time’ explaining complex scientific theories to the masses. His speech started to slur and he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - a form of motor neurone disease at the age of 21, in 1963.
13.  The Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest Worldwide Cost of Living report 2018 has ranked Singapore as the world’s most expensive city for the fifth straight year, while Syrian capital Damascus was ranked as the world’s cheapest city. The other cities that were ranked as the most expensive include Paris and Zurich, which were tied at the second position.
14.  The Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) ranked the city of Pune at the top with a score of 5.1 and Karnataka’s capital city Bengaluru at the bottom with a score of 3.0. The other cities featuring among the top 5 include Kolkata at 2nd position followed by Thiruvanathapuram at the 3rd position and Bhubaneswar at the 4th position.
15.  According to The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) five biggest exporters - the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China in 2013–17. India was the world’s largest importer of major arms in 2013–17 and accounted for 12 per cent of the global total. Russia accounted for 62 per cent of India’s arms imports in 2013–17.
16.  HN Nagamohan Das Committee, a seven-member expert committee constituted by Karnataka Government to examine the demand for a separate religion tag for Lingayats, submitted a report recommending “Religious Minority” status for Lingayat community
17.  The Union Government constituted a Steering Committee to study various issues related to Fintech (Financial technology) space in India. The Committee will operate under the Chairmanship of Subhash Chandra Garg.
18.  The World Tuberculosis Day was observed across the globe on March 24, 2018. The theme of the World Tuberculosis Day 2018 is 'Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world'. 
19.  The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was observed across the globe on March 21, 2018 with an aim to eliminate all the forms of racial discrimination. The theme was 'Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination'. 
20.  The World Consumer Rights Day was observed across the world on March 15, 2018 with an aim to promote basic rights of consumers and to ensure that these rights are respected and protected. The theme of 2018 World Consumer Rights Day is 'Making Digital Marketplaces Fairer'. 
21.  The World Wildlife Day was observed across the world on March 3, 2018. The theme of World Wildlife Day 2018 is 'Big cats: Predators Under Threat'. 
22.  The Zero Discrimination Day was observed across the globe on March 1, 2018, urging people to embrace diversity and recognize the diverse set of talents and skills that each person brings.
23.  The first phase of Indo-French joint naval exercise Varuna 2018  began on March 19, 2018 at the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) in Vasco da Gama, Goa. The exercise is being held in the Arabian Sea, off the Goa coast. 
24.  The first-ever multilateral Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise of the Indian Air Force in association with South Asian Region nations began off the coast of Kerala. The exercise named 'Samvedna' is the first composite HADR exercise in the South Asian Region. The exercise will involve representatives from the air forces of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates.
25.  The Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) NAG was successfully flight-tested in Rajasthan. Missile can be launched from both land and air-based platforms.

26.  The Indian Space Research Organisation would be launching GSLV-F08 mission carrying the GSAT-6A communication satellite on March 29, 2018 from the second launch pad in Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
27.  The Securities and Exchanges Board of India (SEBI) accepted major recommendations suggested by the Uday Kotak Committee on Corporate Governance. One of the major recommendations of the committee was to separate the post of CEO or MD and Chairperson of the listed companies. 
28.  Krishnaswamy Vijay Raghavan was appointed as the principal scientific adviser to the government of India. 
29.  RBI will soon come out with a Rs 350 commemorative coin to mark 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th and last Sikh Guru. The coin with standard weight of 35 gram will have 50 per cent silver, 40 per cent copper and 5 per cent each of nickel and zinc. The coin will bear the Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar in the centre with "Satyamev Jayate" inscribed below.
30.  The Supreme Court termed the interference by illegal assemblies like ‘khap panchayat’ in marriages of two consenting adults as’ absolutely illegal’ and laid down guidelines to prevent such intrusions.
31.  Standing in solidarity with the United Kingdom, more than 21 nations led by the United States announced the expulsion of over 100 Russian diplomats. Britain has already expelled 23 Russian diplomats. It follows allegations against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime for having a hand in the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom. 
32.  The Union Cabinet approved the launch of the Centrally sponsored 'Ayushman Bharat -National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM)'. The scheme has the benefit cover of Rs 5 lakh per family per year. The scheme aims to target over 10 crore families belonging to poor and vulnerable population based on Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011 (SECC) database. There will be no cap on family size and age in the scheme. 
33.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologised for the data debacle that has dragged the social media giant into a huge controversy. After the news of analytics company Cambridge Analytica scandal and facebook’s alleged data breach erupted, politicians called on the social media founder to testify before their legislative bodies within five days. The analytics company is alleged to have a hand in assisting with Donald Trump’s victory in US Presidential Elections 2016, by using unethically gathered data to manipulate voter behaviour.
34.  Vladimir Putin elected a fourth time Presidential elections of Russia. The thumping mandate gives Putin another six years of power.
35.  The Union Government has decided to declare 2018 as 'National Year of Millets to boost the cultivation of millets like ragi and jowar on a mission mode to achieve nutritional security. 
36.  The Delhi High Court set aside the Centre's notification disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs in the office-of-profit case.
37.  The Punjab Government observed March 23, 2018, the martyrdom day of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Sukhdev and Shaheed Rajguru as 'Youth Empowerment Day'.
38.  Among a total of 58 Rajya Sabha seats to be filled, 33 candidates from 10 states were declared elected unopposed on March 15. Voting for the remaining 25 seats was held in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana and Kerala.
39.  India successfully flight tested the supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos from Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. The air-launched variant of the BrahMos was test fired from a Sukhoi-30 combat jet to enhance the precision strike capability of the air force. 
40.  India signed a double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) with Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to improve transparency in tax matters and help curb tax evasion and avoidance.
41.  The Government of India approved the setting up of a Plastic Park in Deoghar District, Jharkhand. 
42.  The first G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors began in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the presence of 57 delegations from countries and institutions.
43.  Sony India announced the appointment of Sunil Nayyar as its Managing Director (MD) in place of Kenichiro Hibi.
44.  Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was re-elected for his second five-year term by the members of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), Chinese Parliament, during its ongoing session. 
45.  Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu was given the additional charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry. The Minister assumed the role soon after the resignation of Ashok Gajapathi Raju of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was accepted by President Ram Nath Kovind.
46.  Nepal’s first woman President Bidya Devi Bhandari was re-elected for a second term in office with an overwhelming majority.
47.  Angela Merkel was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany for a fourth term on March 15, 2018.
48.  Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico officially resigned.
49.  India was ranked at 78th among 114 countries on World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Energy Transition Index (ETI) released as part of report titled Fostering Effective Energy Transition. Top 10 countries in Energy Transition Index were Sweden (1st), Norway (2nd), Switzerland (3rd).
50.  The Philippines formally submitted the Letter of Withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

51.  The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Solutions Network published the World Happiness Report 2018. The Report comprises the World Happiness Index, a landmark survey to know the state of global happiness. It ranked 156 countries. This year's World Happiness Index ranked Finland as the happiest country in the world.  India ranked 133rd in the list, far behind terror-ravaged Pakistan (75th Rank) in the global list of the happiest countries. India slipped 11 places from 122nd position last year.
52.  Noted film and television actor Narendra Jha passed away following a heart attack.
53.  The Supreme Court of India extended the deadline of March 31 for linking of Aadhaar card to various bank accounts, mobile phones and government schemes indefinitely. 
54.  Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched a campaign to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025, five years ahead of the globally-set deadline. The target for eradicating the terminal disease in India has been set for 2025, five years ahead of the global target of 2030.  
55.  The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in association with Facebook launched "Design4India Studio" in Bengaluru.
56.  India won the ‘Best Exhibitor Award’ at the ‘ITB –Berlin World Tourist Meet’, which convened at Berlin, Germany from March 7-10, 2018.
57.  The GST Council recommended the introduction of e-way bill for inter-State movement of goods across the country from April 1, 2018. For intra-State movement of goods, e-way bill system will be introduced in a phased manner not later than June 2018. E-way bill is required to be generated only where the value of the consignment exceeds Rs 50000. For smaller value consignments, no e-way bill is required.
58.  The Sri Lankan government has decided to declare a nation-wide emergency for a period of 10 days to control the law and order situation following the outbreak of violence against the minority community in its central district, Kandy.
59.  American magazine Forbes released the 32nd annual World's Billionaires List comprising names of a record 2208 billionaires. Jeff Bezos topped the World's Billionaires List for the first time with a fortune of USD 112 billion. Bill Gates dropped to 2nd position this year with a fortune of USD 90 billion.
60.  Mukesh Ambani leads Indians in Forbes' Billionaires List with net worth of USD 40.1 billion. He secured 19th global rank on the list of 2208 billionaires worldwide.
61.  The United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) stated that India has seen a sharp decline in child marriages over the last ten years with only 27 per cent of girls getting married before 18 years in comparison to 47 per cent a decade back.
62.  The International Women's Day 2018 was observed across the world on March 8, 2018. The theme of International Women’s Day 2018 was 'Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives'.
63.  Recognising right to die with dignity as a fundamental right, the Supreme Court (SC) ruled that the passive euthanasia and advance 'living will' are permissible. The apex court ruled that individuals can draft a living will specifying that they shall not be put on life support if they undergo an incurable coma in the future.
64.  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Nutrition Mission and Pan India Expansion of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) covering all 640 districts of the country at a mega event held at Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan on March 8, 2018, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. 
65.  BJP leader Biplab Kumar Deb was sworn in as the 10th Chief Minister of Tripura on March 9, 2018. Jishnu Debbarman took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister.
66.  Famous Sufi singer Pyare Lal Wadali died of cardiac arrest in a hospital in Amritsar. He was the younger brother of Puran Chand Wadali of the Wadali brothers. 
67.  Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Neiphiu Rio was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Nagaland. Rio's NDPP is allied with the BJP, and has the support of the JD(U) and an Independent - giving it the backing of 32 of the 60 MLAs in the state. Rio has served as the state's CM three times before this, between 2003 and 2014.
68.  The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) launched Udyam Sakhi Portal for women entrepreneurs of India on the occasion of International Women’s Day. 
69.  India is all set to become the 69th member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) after shareholders of the international financial institution gave their nod to the country’s candidature.
70.  India and Pakistan agreed on a proposal to release elderly, women, children and mentally unsound prisoners held in each other's jails on humanitarian grounds.
71.  'Vision for Future' event was held in New Delhi on March 6, 2018 to commemorate 70 years of the Indo-Russia ties.
72.  The WTO has agreed to set up a panel to determine whether India has complied with its ruling in a case against the United States regarding domestic content requirements for solar cells and modules.
73.  Veteran Bollywood actor Shammi passed away.
74.  Conrad Sangma, the President of National People's Party (NPP), was sworn-in as the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya. 
75.  The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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 cases where the total value involved in such offenses is Rs. 100 crore or more, will come under the purview of the Bill. 

76.  The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval for the establishment of the National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA). The NFRA will be established as an independent regulator for the auditing profession. The development is one of the key changes brought in by the Companies Act, 2013.
77.  The Odisha government has launched a programme called Ama Gaon, Ama Vikas (Our Village, our development) to reach out to the people in rural areas and involve themselves in the developmental activities. 
78.  Latest official data reveals that India's exposure to US government securities rose sharply to a high of $144.7 billion at the end of 2017. India remained to be the 12th largest overseas holder of such securities, just behind oil rich Saudi Arabia, whose holding stood at $147.4 billion in December 2017. China was the largest holder of US government securities in 2017 with holdings to the tune of $1.18 trillion, followed by Japan at $1.06 trillion.
79.  The Union Cabinet approved signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland regarding cooperation and Exchange of Information for the purposes of combating international criminality and tackling serious organised crime.
80.  The Union Cabinet approved the revision of the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Qatar for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion.
81.  NITI Aayog released comprehensive roadmaps and detailed timelines for its initiative ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital in Education (SATH-E)’ project in New Delhi. The main objective of the SATH-E project is to make the entire governmental school education system responsive, aspirational and transformational for every child.
82.  The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) released the report titled 'Fostering Effective Energy Transition', ranking 114 countries on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability. The report's Energy Transition Index ranked India at the 78th position. The Index was topped by Sweden.
83.  The Supreme Court of India ruled that foreign law firms cannot set up offices in India but their lawyers could visit in 'fly in and fly out' mode to give legal advice on foreign laws to clients, which would be casual in nature.
84.  University Grants Commission made a historic move by granting autonomy to 60 higher educational institutions that have maintained high academic standards. The 60 higher educational institutions that have been granted autonomy include 5 central universities, 21 state universities, 24 deemed universities and 2 private universities and 8 autonomous colleges.
85.  The first ever Indo-French Knowledge Summit ended successfully with a landmark agreement on mutual recognition of educational qualifications between the two countries.
86.  In a first, India's app-based helitaxi service was launched in Bengaluru. The maiden trip of the helitaxi took off from Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) to Electronics City, ferrying passengers in 15 minutes. This helicopter taxi service was launched by Kochi-based Thumby Aviation Private Limited.
87.  The Union Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari would be launching a new mobile application called ‘Sukhad Yatra’ and a toll-free emergency number for highway users in New Delhi. The toll-free number- 1033 - will enable users to report an emergency condition.
88.  The Union Government signed a $120 million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for completion of works for double-tracking and electrification of railway tracks along high-density corridors to improve operational efficiency of Indian railways.
89.  The US Trade Representative (USTR) challenged Indian export subsidy schemes at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by claiming that these programmes will harm American workers through creating an "uneven" playing field.
90.  Iraq has become India’s biggest crude oil supplier by overtaking Saudi Arabia with a wide margin in this current financial year. Iraq supplied 38.9 million tonnes (MT) of oil, which was more than 20% of country’s oil needs.
91.  Malaysian Government tabled a bill in parliament to outlaw fake news proposing hefty fines and 10 years in jail for publishers of fake news.
92.  The International Solar Alliance signed the Headquarters Agreement with the Indian Government, enabling the ISA to establish its headquarters in the Host Country to discharge its functions and programmes. 
93.  India and France signed 14 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) following the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emanuel Macron in New Delhi. The MoUs call for cooperation in various fields such as nuclear energy, defence production, maritime security, space and education.
94.  The Marshall Islands will launch the world's first legal tender crypto-currency. To issue the crypto-currency, the Marshall Islands nation has teamed up with a company Neema from Israel. The Neema will issue 24 million units of the Sovereign digital currency SOV.
95.  Women and Child Development Ministry has approved projects worth over Rs 2,900 crore under the Nirbhaya fund for eight major cities to make them safer for women. These cities are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknow.
96.  The Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has arrived in India on the 3-day visit. 
97.  World’s Largest Solar Park 'Shakti Sthala' Launched in Karnataka.
98.  Indian companies can now participate in construction and installation works in the “non-critical” category for the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. The Rooppur project is the first initiative under an Indo-Russian deal to undertake atomic energy projects in third countries.
99.  Armenian lawmakers elected Armen Sarkisian as the new president of Armenia.
100.       International Olympic Committee (IOC) has restored Russia's Olympic membership with immediate effect following its suspension from the Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang in South Korea. Russia was banned from February's Games by the IOC over state-sponsored doping. 

101.       Navjot Kaur has clinched the 1st gold medal for India in the Asian Wrestling championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. 
102.       India and Vietnam inked three agreements in the areas of trade, agriculture and atomic energy. The countries signed an MoU on economic and trade cooperation to establish a framework for enhancing economic and trade promotion.
103.       “Namaste Shalom”- Magazine on India-Israel Relations Launched. The magazine ‘Namaste Shalom’ is edited by Tarun Vijay, former MP.
104.       Shatrughan Sinha has been honoured with the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the fields of arts and politics in the United Kingdom. 
105.       The Reserve Bank of India has decided to do away with the per borrower loan limits to Micro/Small and Medium Enterprises (Services) for classification under priority sector lending. So far, loans to Micro/Small and Medium Enterprises (Services) up to Rs5 crore and Rs10 crore, respectively, were classified as priority sector lending (PSL). Now all bank loans to MSMEs engaged in providing or rendering services as defined in terms of investment in equipment under the MSMED Act, 2006, will qualify under priority sector without any credit cap.
106.       Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the week-long 29th annual, world-famous International Yoga Festival (IYF) in Rishikesh.
107.       Out of 133 countries, India is ranked fourth on a global index for its military strength, only the United States, Russia and China are ranked above India on the list, according to the latest report of the Global Firepower index 2017. Neighbouring Pakistan is ranked 13th. 
108.       The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 3 crore on private sector Axis Bank for violation of non-performing asset (NPA) classification norms, and Rs 2 crore on state-run Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) for not complying with the Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations.
109.       The fourth India-Europe 29 Business Forum (IE29BF) took place in New Delhi. For IE29BF 2018, Czech Republic was the ‘Focus Country’. Eighteen other European countries participated in the For
110.       The Buddhist Community of Itanagar celebrated the silver jubilee of the Losar Festival in Arunachal Pradesh. For the Buddhist community, the festival is termed as the 'New Year' according to their Buddhist calendar.
111.       The headquarters of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has been shifted from Chennai to Haryana's Ballabhgarh for "better coordination" between the environment ministry and the board.
112.       The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is participating in World ATM Congress (WATMC) 2018 being held in Spain. World ATM Congress is the world's largest international air traffic management (ATM) exhibition.
113.       Haryana’s first cyber police station, equipped with a digital forensic laboratory, was inaugurated in Gurugram. 
114.       Diu has become the first Union Territory in India to run 100 percent on solar power generated energy.
115.       The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 40 lakh on State Bank of India for non-compliance of its directions on detection and impounding of counterfeit notes.
116.       French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in New Delhi on a four-day visit to India. The visit aims at strengthening the bilateral economic, political and strategic dimension of engagement between the two countries. 
117.       Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated National Legislators Conference on the theme ‘We For Development’ in New Delhi. 
118.       Telangana IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao inaugurated the biennial event on Civil Aviation and Aerospace titled 'Wings India 2018' at the Begumpet Airport.
119.       Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport have beaten 1,952 other airports from 176 countries to tie at number one for world’s best airports, as per Airports Council International (ACI) ASQ 2017 rankings.
120.       The Karnataka government unveiled the State flag (nada dhwaja ) for the state. If approved by the Centre, Karnataka will be the second State to have a flag after Jammu and Kashmir.
121.       Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has been named cab-hailing startup Uber's first Brand Ambassador in India.
122.       Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdary have submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ministers have resigned but will continue to be a part of NDA. 
123.       Financial services platform Paytm has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Paytm Money, has received approval of market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to become a registered investment advisor.
124.       The first-ever multi-nation naval exercise at sea, MILES-18, began at the Andaman sea. 11 naval ships of 8 countries and nine Indian ships are participating in the three-day exercise. 
125.       The government has made providing passport details mandatory for taking loans of 50 crore rupees and above to ensure a SWIFT action in case of fraud and prevent fraudsters from fleeing the country. Banks have been asked to collect passport details of borrowers within 45 days. 

126.       The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) has signed a cooperation arrangement to promote solar energy deployment in Asia and the Pacific. 
127.       World champions Australia have lifted the coveted Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey title. In the final at Ipoh, Malaysia, they beat defending champions England.
128.       Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron jointly inaugurated 101-megawatt solar power plant at Dadar Kala village in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh.
129.       India's tallest national flag was unfurled in Belagavi (also known as Belgaum) in Karnataka. It is 9,600 sq ft wide flag on a 110-metre-tall flagpole.
130.       India has announced a new Line of Credit of USD 100 million for defense procurement by Mauritius as the two sides signed many agreements on the second day of President Ram Nath Kovind's visit.
131.       Amazon launched its first-ever debit card in Mexico, part of a push to encourage shoppers without bank accounts to buy online.
132.       India and Madagascar have signed an umbrella agreement in the field of defence. 
133.       President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated World Hindi Secretariat in Mauritius capital, Port Louis.
134.       The World Bank has projected India's GDP growth at 7.3% for 2018-19 and accelerates further to 7.5% in 2019-20.
135.       PM Modi inaugurated the 105th Indian Science Congress in Imphal, Manipur. The theme for ISC 2018 is 'reaching the unreached through science and technology'.
136.       The three-day annual Krishi Unnati Mela has begun in New Delhi with a focus on doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
137.       Sangeeta Bahadur has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Belarus. 
138.       Actor Jackie Shroff's short film 'Shunyata' has won an award at Best of India Short Film Festival in Los Angeles, US. The 22-minute fiction film directed by Chintan Sarda.
139.       According to the World Bank Report, The goods and services tax (GST) is one of the most complex with the second highest tax rate in the world among a sample of 115 countries which have a similar indirect tax system.
140.       Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) paid tribute to former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya with a book titled, 'A Tribute to Jagu'.
141.       Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba is on a five-day visit to the USA.
142.       Representatives from 50 countries gathered in New Delhi for a two-day informal World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting.
143.       The Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog, Dr Rajiv Kumar inaugurated the First India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi.
144.       The Lok Sabha has passed (without a debate) a bill that will exempt political parties from the scrutiny of funds they have received from abroad since 1976. 
145.       President Ram Nath Kovind released coins in denominations of Rs 10 and Rs 1,000 commemorating Lord Jagannath's Nabakalebara festival.
146.       The Indian government is in process of formulating 'Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme' to harness solar power for rural India. he program aims to boost farmers’ income as they can sell their additional power to the main grid produced by solar plants located on their lands.
147.       The Women Science Congress, 2018 was inaugurated in the backdrop of the ongoing 105th Indian Science Congress on its 3rd day being held at Manipur University, Imphal.
148.       Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has resigned after being embroiled in a scandal over the use of a credit card to buy luxury personal items.
149.       India and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement that will enable them to share earth observation data from each other’s satellites. 
150.       World Sparrow Day is observed on 20 March every year globally to create awareness about the protection of sparrows. The theme for this year's WSD is 'I Love Sparrows'.

151.       Atul M. Gotsurve has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
152.       With an aim to providing first-and-last-mile connectivity, railway PSU IRCTC announced a partnership with cab aggregator Ola, giving commuters an option book taxi on its app.
153.       General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff released a book on Paramveer Chakra Awardees - ‘Paramveer Parwane’. The book is written by Dr Prabhakiran Jain.
154.       106th edition of the Indian Science Congress will be held in January 2019 at Barkatullah University Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The theme for 2019 ISC will be “Future India: Science & Technology”.
155.       The Donald Trump administration banned all use by Americans of Venezuelan cryptocurrency (Petro). In February 2018, cash-strapped Venezuela became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, the petro.
156.       Austria's capital city Vienna has been rated the world's most liveable city for the ninth consecutive year by Mercer in its annual Quality of Living survey. It was followed by Switzerland's Zurich. Hyderabad and Pune have been rated India's most liveable cities as they have tied for the 142nd place. Baghdad has been rated the least liveable city for the tenth consecutive year.
157.       Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik will discharge the functions of Odisha Governor in addition to his own duties till regular arrangements are made. Odisha Governor SC Jamir completed his tenure.
158.       Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw stepped down after two years in the position.
159.       German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will arrive in New Delhi on a five-day visit to India.
160.       Jackfruit has attained a respected status with the state government declaring it as the official fruit of Kerala.
161.       State-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has launched home-delivery of diesel on a pilot basis in Pune and plans to expand doorstep delivery of the fuel to other parts of the country in near future.
162.       The World Water Day is observed on 22 March every year, to raise awareness about the importance of water. The theme this year is, ‘Nature for Water’.
163.       Chandigarh has become the 1st city in North India to install Automatic Speed Gun Cameras with digital displays for traffic management.
164.       The North-eastern state Meghalaya of India, is home to the longest sandstone cave in the world at 24,583m. The sandstone cave named Krem Puri.
165.       According to the officials of Allahabad Bank, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has allowed the amalgamation of its wholly own subsidiary - All Bank Finance Ltd (ABFL)-with the lender.
166.       Balesh Sharma Named CEO of Vodafone-Idea India Merged Entity.
167.       7th India-Egypt Joint Commission Meeting led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry was held in New Delhi. 
168.       Mukesh Ambani-helmed Reliance Industries Ltd announced integration with leading music app Saavn for its digital music service JioMusic.
169.       Martin Vizcarra has been sworn in as the country's new president of Peru. 
170.       G.K. Reddy award was given to journalist Karan Thapar.
171.       Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chooses PV Sindhu as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.
172.       The world’s biggest cruise-liner, Symphony of the Seas, has left the shipyard of Saint-Nazaire in France to embark on its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean. French shipbuilder STX handed over to U.S. giant Royal Caribbean International.
173.       India has become the 3rd largest electricity producer in the world as its electricity production grew 34% over seven years to 2017. The top 3 Producers of Electricity in the world are China, USA and India.
174.       India has overtaken Germany to become the fourth largest automobile market in the world. The top 5 countries on the list are China, USA, Japan and India.
175.       The government of India has come out with the total number of beggars in the country. As per the data, based on 2011 census released by Union ministry of Social Justice, there are around 4 lakh beggars in total. The highest number of beggars, 81,000, are in West Bengal. Lakshadweep, a union territory, has only two people (Least) begging for their livelihood. West Bengal is followed by Uttar Pradesh and Bihar at number two and three respectively.

176.       The Government of India has decided to nominate Prof. J S Rajput, former Director NCERT, as India’s representative to the Executive Board (EXB) of UNESCO.
177.       The Airport Authority of India (AAI) signed MoU with Assam government under its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) initiative for the sustainable development of human settlements at villages in Kamrup district.
178.       Bollywood actress-producer Anushka Sharma and Badminton Ace P V Sindhu had featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 list.
179.       Global payments innovation SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication Code) announces the extension of its GPI (global payments innovation) Tracker to cover all payment instructions sent across the network, enabling GPI banks to track all their SWIFT payment instructions at all times, and giving them full visibility over all their payments activity.
180.       The Export-Import Bank has announced that it will provide a USD 500 million credit facility to Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to fund various development projects in western-south Africa.
181.       Myanmar's Parliament has elected Win Myint as the country's new President. This comes after Myanmar's first democratically elected President Htin Kyaw resigned from the position due to health issues.
182.       Cabinet Approves Rs 4,500 Crore To Boost Development Projects In North-East States.
183.       RBI has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs. 58.9 crore on ICICI Bank Limited for non-compliance with the directions issued by the RBI on direct sale of securities.
184.       The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of MoU between India and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland regarding cooperation and Exchange of Information for the Purposes of Combating International Criminality and Tackling Serious Organised Crime.
185.       NASA is all set to send the first-ever mission InSight dedicated to exploring the deep interior of Mars.
186.       Aircel Ltd., along with Aircel Cellular Ltd. and Dishnet Wireless Ltd., has filed for bankruptcy under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. 
187.       GDP growth in the third quarter of financial year 2017-18 was 7.2%, the fastest in the year so far, according to official data released. The government also marginally increased its estimate for the full year’s growth to 6.6% from its earlier estimate of 6.5%.
188.       The Competition Commission slapped a total penalty of more than Rs. 54 crore on Jet Airways, InterGlobe Aviation and SpiceJet for unfair business practices with respect to fixing fuel surcharge on cargo transport.


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