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Daily Current Affairs, 24 March 2018

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1.   23 March: World Meteorlogical Day.
A.    World Meteorological Day recognized annually on March 23 commemorates the establishment of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on this date in 1950.
B.    The essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and well-being of societyshowcases the day.
C.    “Weather-ready, climate-smart” is the theme of World Meteorlogical Day in 2018.

  

2.   24 March: International TB Day
A.    On 24 March each year, World Tuberculosis Day is observed to designed, to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease.
B.    8.6 million people fell ill with TB, In 2012 and 1.3 million died from the disease, mostly in the Third World.
C.    One of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).
D.    ‘Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world’ is the theme for the year 2018.

 

3.   Martyrdom day as Youth Empowerment Day observed by Punjab.
A.   March 23, is observed as the death anniversary of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, as Youth Empowerment Day by the Punjab government.
B.    Navjot Singh Sidhu, State Cultural Affairs, Tourism and Local Bodies Minister said he would write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to commemorate the date as ‘Youth Empowerment Day’ at the national level also.

 

4.   To declare 2018 as National Year of Millets decided by Govt.

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A.    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 has decided by the govt.
B.    While addressing MPs in a consultative committee meeting Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh stated this in New Delhi.
C.    The Minister said millet cultivation has declined due to change in dietary habits and unavailability of millets.
D.    As a result of this, level of nutrients like proteins, Vitamin-A, iron and iodine fell in women and children.

 

5.   Invest India Roundtable held.
A.    A roundtable of Invest India in New Delhi chaired by Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu.
B.    Startups in the sectors of e-pharmacy, NBFCs, unmanned aerial vehicle and retail delivery of petroleum from door to door were discussed with the concerned Ministries and departments of the Government of India in the presence of the Minister faced various regulatory issues.

 

6.   At FICCI 5th India Maize Summit 2018

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A.    Which has been possible due to increase in area as well as productivity Maize production in India has seen a boom in recent years.
B.    Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh at the inaugural event of the 5th India Maize Summit 2018 at FICCI, New Delhi stated this.
C.    Shri Singh said that during 1950-51, India produced only 1.73 MT, which has reached 25.89 MT in 2016-17 and is expected to cross 27 MT in 2017-18 while delivering the inaugural address.
D.    2.43 ton/ha is the average productivity in India.

  

7.   For the Production of Space Grade Lithium-Ion Cells ISRO–BHEL Tied up.
A.    With Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), ISRO has entered into a Technology Transfer Agreement (TTA).
B.    It is one of the country’s leading PSUs, to transfer the technology for the manufacture of space grade Li-Ion cells.
C.    At ISRO Headquarters bengaluru, the TTA was signed in the presence of Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman, ISRO and Mr. Atul Sobti, Chairman & Managing Director, BHEL.
D.    Due to their high energy density, reliability and long cycle life ISRO uses Li-Ion batteries as power sources for satellite and launch vehicle applications.

 

8.   World’s longest sandstone cave discovered in Meghalaya: Krem Puri.
A.    Near Laitsohum village in Mawsynram area in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya world’s longest sandstone cave named Krem Puri was discovered.
B.    The cave is 24,583 metres (24.5 km) in length.
C.    It is known for its complex cave systems hidden under its undulating hills.
D.    In 2016 it was discovered but its actual length was found during expedition to measure and map it by Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association (MAA).

 

9.   Launch of Chandrayaan-2 mission postponed by ISRO.

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A.    Launch of India’s second lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ from April 2018 to October-November 2018 has postponed by the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO).
B.    It has postponed as experts have suggested more tests.
C.    It will be launched on board of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III (GSLV-F10).

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