|1. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim Mauritius President resigns.
|A. After being embroiled in a scandal over her use of a credit card to buy luxury personal items, Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim resigned.|
|B. She submitted her resignation in the “national interest,” her lawyer Yousouf Mohamed said.|
|C. On March 23, her resignation would take effect.
|2. On 19-20th March in New Delhi Informal World Trade Organisation Ministerial Meeting.|
|A. On 19-20 March, for an informal World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting representatives from 50 countries will be gathering in New Delhi.|
|B. An opportunity to engage in free and frank discussions the informal meeting of ministers will provide with the hope that it will lead to political guidance on some major issues.|
|C. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the absence of Ministerial guidance at the Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC 11) that took place from 10 to 13 December 2017.|
|D. It is hoped that the New Delhi meeting will provide an opportunity for ministers to explore in greater detail the options on different issues for re-invigorating the WTO.
|3. More opportunities to children: Children’s Science Congress.|
|A. Vice Chancellor of Manipur University, Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey has said that young students are the future of the country, emphasising the need to provide more opportunities to children.|
|B. Shri Pandey said that with more opportunities, children will contribute more towards a better India while delivering the keynote address at the Valedictory session of the Children’s Science Congress.|
|C. It was held at the 105th Indian Science Congress in Imphal.
|4. In Imphal 7th Women Science Congress Inaugurated.
|A. Governor of West Bengal, Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi strongly emphasised that women need to be brought into the mainstream of national development.|
|B. It emphasised expressing the need for women empowerment through innovative use of technology built within institutional arrangements.|
|C. Shri Tripathi pointed out that representation of women in science and technology is less than expected inaugurating the 7th Women Science Congress.|
|D. It was inaugurated at the ongoing 105th session of Indian Science Congress in Imphal.
|5. Manduadih railway station to be renamed Banaras railway station.|
|A. The holy city of Varanasi is soon likely to rename as Banaras railway station.|
|B. Renaming the Manduadih railway station as Banaras railway station is considered by the Railway Ministry.|
|C. In the city besides Varanasi Junction Manduadih is among one of the four railway stations popularly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station, Varanasi City and Kashi.
|6. In Manipur Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba celebrated.|
|A. In Manipur on 18th March to mark the beginning of a new year the traditional festival of Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba was celebrated.|
|B. On the first lunar day of the lunar month Sajibu (March/April) the festival is mainly observed by the Meitei community, a majority ethnic group of Manipur.
|7. As Russian President Putin Elected for fourth term.
|A. For another six years, Vladimir Putin will lead Russia after securing an expected victory in presidential election.|
|B. The central election commission said, he had received more than 76% of the vote, with almost all the ballots counted.|
|C. Alexei Navalny, the main opposition leader, was barred from the race.
|8. As Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Appointed for Second Term.|
|A. To approve Li Keqiang’s appointment as the country’s secondary leader of the ruling Communist party, China’s ceremonial legislature voted.|
|B. To approve Li’s appointment for a second five-year term as Chinese Premier, the largely rubber-stamp National People’s Congress voted 2,964 to two.|
|C. As the country’s top economic official, China’s Premier has traditionally served.
|9. Maiden Irani Cup title clinched by Vidarbha.|
|A. Second title in the domestic cricket season grabbed by Vidarbha, Ranji Trophy winners, as they won the Irani Cup with their huge first innings total against Rest of India.|
|B. In the first innings, Vidarbha piled on 800/7.|
| C. Rest of India was bowled out for 390 in their first innings.