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|1. 20 March: International Day of Happiness.
|A. Every March 20 the International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide.|
|B. Philanthropist, activist, statesman, and prominent United Nations special advisor Jayme Illien conceptualized and founded it to inspire, mobilize, and advance the global happiness movement.|
|C. “Share Happiness” is the theme of International Day of Happiness 2018.
|2. 21 March: International Day of Forests.|
|A. On the 21st day of March, the International Day of Forests was established by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012.|
|B. For the benefit of current and future generations, each year, various events celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests, and trees outside forests.|
|C. “Forests and Sustainable Cities” is the theme of the International Day of Forests in 2018.
|3. In Buenos Aires G20 ministerial meeting opens.|
|A. In Buenos Aires, the first G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors began with the presence of 57 delegations from different countries and institutions.|
|B. Before Argentina hosts the G20 Summit on November 30 to December 1 this is the first of five such meetings to be held.
|4. Plastic Park to be set up in Deoghar approved by Government.|
|A. The Government of India has approved the setting up of a Plastic Park in Deoghar District, Jharkhand announced by Shri Ananthkumar, Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs.|
|B. In an area of 150 acres the project would be set up at a cost of Rs. 120 crores.|
|C. A range of polymer products including woven sacks, moulded furniture, water tanks, bottles, pipes mosquito nets, etc would be manufactured in it.|
|D. The Minister informed that for attracting investment for setting up an ecosystem for plastic industry and generate employment opportunities for the local populace, it has a great potential.
|5. The World’s First Trusted Digital Repository: NCAA.|
|A. As the world’s first Trusted Digital Repository as per ISO 16363:2012 standard National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) project of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, implemented by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has been certified.|
|B. It was granted by Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body Ltd. (PTAB), United Kingdom.|
|C. On this platform over the next five years the plan for the next phase is to integrate about three lakh hours of audiovisuals materials, a corpus estimated based on a scoping survey conducted in 25 cities across the country.
|6. Inland Ferry Services in Goa inaugurated by Nitin Gadkari.|
|A. The Inland ferry services in the port city of Vasco in Goa has inaugurated Shri Nitin Gadkari.|
|B. While addressing the needs of the poor, environment and ecosystem must be given its due priority said the minister.|
|C. To achieve this, all the stakeholders need to make a concerted decision and action.
|7. MoU signed by SBI, IMGC.|
|A. A pact to offer mortgage guarantee scheme for prospective non-salaried and self-employed home loan customers signed today by India’s largest lender SBI and India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation (IMGC).|
|B. The State Bank of India (SBI) said in a statement, the offering will help increase home loan eligibility up to 15 per cent within the regulatory norms.|
|C. Between National Housing Bank, Genworth Inc International Finance Corporation and Asian Development Bank, IMGC is a joint venture.|
|D. To the lending Institutions in India, it is providing mortgage default guarantee.
|8. As ambassador of India to Korea Atul M. Gotsurve has appointed.
|A. As the next Ambassador of India to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Shri Atul M. Gotsurve (IFS: 2004) has been appointed.|
|B. He is currently Director in the Ministry of External Affairs.|
|C. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.
|9. Paramveer Parwane: Indian Army Releases Book on Paramveer Chakra Awardees.
|A. Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, released a book on Paramveer Chakra Awardees – ‘Paramveer Parwane’ on 20 March 2018.|
|B. It is written by Dr Prabhakiran Jain published by Medha Books and the book illustrates the bravery of Paramveer Chakra Awardees from 1947 to 1965.|
|C. The book has eleven short stories, poems, and songs highlighting the history of the battles in which the brave soldiers sacrificed their lives.|
|10. Its 6th foundation day celebrated by BIRAC.|
|A. Its sixth Foundation Day celebrated the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC).|
|B. ‘Sustaining Innovation – A Market Driven Pathway’ was the theme of the day.|
|C. The event was attended by large number of dignitaries from scientific and industry sectors both from within country and overseas.
|11. MoU between Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Skill Development.|
|A. To conduct skill development training programmes for agriculture and allied sector the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship have signed MoU.|
|B. At Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs), these skill development training programmes will be conducted.
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