|1. World Hindi secretariat in Mauritius inaugurated by President of India.
|A. The World Hindi Secretariat building on March 13, 2018 on the third day of his visit to Mauritius inaugurated by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.|
|B. A large ENT hospital being built with Indian assistance and World Hindi Secretariat’s logo was also launched by him.|
|C. 11th World Hindi Conference is going to be held in Mauritius in August 2018 was noted by president.|
|D. Mauritius is the only country apart from India where this conference is being hosted for a third time.
|2. Global arms exporter list topped by US.|
|A. The world’s biggest arms exporter in the past five years was the United States, while India imported the most weapons.|
|B. This is according to a new Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report.|
|C. The U.S. accounted for 34 percent of global major arms exports in 2013-2017 revealed by the SIPRI report.|
|D. The list of arms importerst topped by India followed by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and China.
|3. Trials of India’s first hydrogen bus commenced by Tata Motors and IOC.|
|A. The country’s first demonstration trials for a hydrogen fuel cell bus have begun by Tata Motors and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).|
|B. In the presence of Dr R Chidambaram, principal scientific adviser to the government of India and the chairman and board members of Indian Oil the demonstration event was held.|
|C. From the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) under partial financial support the project is being executed.
|4. On Mass Rapid Transport Systems for Urban Areas a Regional Conference was held.|
|A. On ‘Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) for Urban Areas – Opportunities and Challenges’ the first regional conference was organized in Kolkata.|
|B. Ministry of Finance, AIIB, ASSOCHAM and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) jointly organized the conference.
|5. International Police Conference on Cybercrime & Terrorism inaugurated by Home Minister.|
|A. The two-day Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in New Delhi will inaugurated by Shri Rajnath Singh.|
|B. “Challenges to Policing in 2020- How is Cyber Space shaping our approach to Cybercrime & Terrorism, how do we perform within it and take advantage of it” is the theme.|
|C. The Asia-Pacific World Regional Office (APWRO) of the IACP in partnership with the Intelligence Bureau will organise the conference.|
|D. As the Chair of APWRO, the Director, Intelligence Bureau is the host of the Conference.|
|E. In the field of policing in recent times the phenomenal growth and influence of Cyber space and Cyber technology have opened new challenges.
|6. Letter of Undertaking discontinued by RBI.
|A. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has discontinued issuance of LoUs by banks for trade credits for imports into India.|
|B. This is discontinued in view of the alleged Rs 12,700-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, done through fraudulent issuance of Letter of Understanding (LoUs) by connivance of the bank’s staff.|
|C. Letters of Credit and Bank Guarantees for trade credits for imports into India may continue to be issued subject to compliance with the provisions said by the RBI notification.
|7. As Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari relected.|
|A. For a second term in office, Nepal’s first woman president Bidya Devi Bhandari has been relected.|
|B. Nepali Congress leader Kumari Laxmi Rai with an overwhelming majority in the presidential election defeated by Incumbent President Bhandari.|
|C. In 2015, she became Nepal’s first woman president.
|8. CIA’s first woman chief chosen Gina Haspel.|
|A. Gina Haspel for the position of CIA Director U.S. President Donald Trump has chosen.|
|B. Mike Pompeo will replaced by her.|
|C. Its first woman chief will be the agency’s current Deputy Director, Ms. Haspel.|
|D. She is a career spymaster who once ran an agency prison in Thailand.
|9. As Chile’s president Sebastian Pinera sworn.
|A. Promising to lower taxes and boost investment, Pinera, 68, was re-elected in last November elections and will serve until 2022.|
|B. Pinera is the fourth wealthiest man in Chile, according to Forbes magazine.
|10. 27th GD Birla Award won by Dr Rajan Sankaranarayanan.|
|A. This award is for Scientific Research for year 2017.|
|B. His laboratory has identified how chiral checkpoints ensure that D-chiral amino acids are excluded from the translation machinery using X-ray crystallography and biochemical approaches.|
|11. Kochon Prize for TB research won by ICMR.|
|A. For building tradition of excellence in Tuberculosis (TB) research and development won by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) was awarded 2017 Kochon Prize.|
|B. From among 18 nominations it had emerged winner.|
|C. For establishing India TB Research Consortium to accelerate R&D efforts in the country it was awarded.
|12. Newton-Bhabha fund for Groundwater Arsenic Research project wins India-UK joint team.|
|A. Newton-Bhabha Fund for project on Groundwater Arsenic Research in Ganga River Basin has won by India-United Kingdom (UK) Joint Team.|
|B. Department of Science and Technology (DST) in collaboration with Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) was undertaken the project.
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