|1. International Yachting Festival inaugurated by Andhra CM.
|A. The International Yachting Festival in Visakhapatnam flagged off by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
|B. It was inaugurated in the presence of IT minister Nara Lokesh, HRD minister Ganta Srinivasarao and other local MLAs which is being held from March 29 to April 1.
|C. In developing sea tourism in Visakhapatnam this International Yachting Festival is the first step.
|2. For govt employees to 62 years, MP to raise the retirement age.
|A. Raising the retirement age of state government employees to 62 years from the current 60 years has announced by Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
|B. There are about five lakh regular government employees in the state.
|C. He however did not disclose details of this decision.
|D. A provision for reservation for SC/ST employees in promotion had made by the state government which was set aside by the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
|3. Geographical Indication tag got Madhya Pradesh’s Kadaknath chicken.
|A. The coveted Geographical Indications (GI) tag label got Kadaknath, a chicken breed whose black meat is in demand in Madhya Pradesh.
|B. At a much higher rate than other varieties of chicken the protein-rich meat of Kadaknath, chicks and eggs are sold.
|C. Application of Gramik Vikas Trust, Jhabua accepted by Chennai-based GI Registry, which was filed in 2012.
|4. The Grand Finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2018 launched by Shri Prakash Javadekar.
|A. The world’s largest event is its kind- the two day grand finale of Smart India Hackathon 2018 (Software Edition) launched by The Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi.
|B. It was being held at 28 nodal centres across the country simultaneously.
|C. Shri Javadekar said that more than 1 lakh students of more than 1200 colleges are participating in this second edition of the Smart India Hackathon 2018, which is a record addressing the participating students at New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM in New Delhi).
|D. More than 8000 students at 28 different centres will work on their final innovations for the next 36 hours said by him.
|E. In a group of six, these students will codify their innovations on which they are working hard since last 4 months.
|5. mPoS devices across 10,000 banking points to be deployed by Fino Payments Bank.
|A. It plans to deploy multi-utility Android-based mPoS (mobile point-of-sale) devices across 10,000 banking points in the country in a phased manner said Fino Payments Bank.
|B. The Bank said the mPoS is a portable device with an in-built fingerprint scanner, card reader, camera, printer and a tablet, the payments.
|C. The combination of devices currently used to facilitate fingerprint authentication and digital transactions will gradually replace by the device.
|6. For truck loans Rivigo ties up with IDFC, YES Bank.
|A. With YES Bank, IDFC and 10 other financial institutions Rivigo, a homegrown logistics start-up that owns as well as acts as an aggregator of trucks, is tying up.
|B. They are tying up to make cheaper funds available to truck owners and operators on its platform.
|C. At an interest rate of 1-2 per cent per month, lower than the usual industry standard of 2-3 per cent the funds will be available.
|D. They can get the money from the banks for duration of 30-60 days instead of waiting for funds from their customers.
|7. First female UN political chief: DiCarlo.
|A. To become the first woman to head UN political affairs, one of the most high-profile positions at the world body long-serving American diplomat Rosemary DiCarlo was appointed.
|B. Jeffrey Feltman will be replaced by DiCarlo, another American who held the post of under-secretary-general for political affairs since 2012, overseeing UN efforts to end conflicts worldwide.
|8. As deputy EC Chandra Bhushan has been appointed.
|A. As Deputy Election Commissioner as part of a major bureaucratic reshuffle by the government senior bureaucrat Chandra Bhushan Kumar has been appointed
|B. An order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said Bhushan, a 1995 batch IAS officer of union territories cadre, has been appointed to the post for five years.
|9. As first Director General of National Testing Agency Vineet Joshi has been appointed.
|A. It will conduct the entrance examinations for higher educational institutions organised by the CBSE, AICTE and other bodies.
|B. An order issued by the department of personnel and training said Joshi, a 1992-batch IAS officer of the Manipur cadre, was appointed to the post for five years.
|C. The setting up of the NTA “as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organisation to conduct all entrance examinations for higher educational institutions” announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech of 2017-18.
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