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Daily Current Affairs, 29 March 2018

1.   Re-structuring of NSDF and NSDC approved by cabinet.
A.    Approval for restructuring of National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has given by The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
B.    It is approved to strengthen governance, implementation and monitoring framework.
C.    Better corporate governance, transparency and accountability in operations of NSDC besides strengthening the oversight role of NSDF will also ensure by restructuring.
D.    Restructuring of composition of Board of NSDF and the NSDC to strengthen governance, implementation and monitoring would lead by restructuring.
2.   Certain official amendments to the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill approved by Cabinet.
A.    In the backdrop of its consideration in the Lok Sabha on 02.01.2018 the Amendment to the NMC Bill comes and subsequently being referred to the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee (DRPSC).
B.    The recommendations made by the Standing Committee in its report tabled in the House on 20.03.2018 and general feedback, particularly the views of medical students and practitioners regarding certain provisions of the Bill has considered by the government.

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3.   Formulation of a new Integrated Scheme for School Education from 1st April, 2018 has approved by Cabinet.

School Education

A.    The proposal of Department of School Education and Literacy to formulate a Integrated Scheme on School Education by subsuming Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE) has approved by The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
B.    Over the current allocations an estimated allocation of Rs 75,000 crore over the period has been approved which is a 20% increase.
C.    In the backdrop of PM’s vision of SabkoShiksha, AchhiShiksha this scheme comes
D.    It aims to support the States in universalizing access to school education from classes pre-nursery to XII across the country.
4.   Rajasthan’s first mega food park in Ajmer to be inaugurated by Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
A.    The first mega food park at Roopangarh Village in Ajmer, Rajasthan will inaugurated by Union Food Processing Industries Minister Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
B.    At a cost of Rs 113.57 crore and will benefit around 25,000 farmers in Ajmer as well as neighbouring districts the Food Park is being set up.
C.    At Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Mega Food Park include Cold Storage of 5,000 MT, Deep Freeze of 2,550 MT, IQF of 2 MT/Hr., Dry Warehouse for Raw Materials 2,500 MT + Dry Warehouse for Finished Goods of 5,000 MT, Silos of 6,500 MT, Pack House of 10 MT/Hr, Steam Generator of 8 MT/Hr and other related food processing facilities, the facilies being created.
D.    An additional investment of about Rs. 250 crore in 25-30 food processing units in the park  would leveraged by the mega food park and would eventually lead to a turnover of about Rs. 450-500 crore annually.
5.   On Psychological Trauma, Child Protection, and Mental Illnesses First National Conclave.
A.    It was the first ever National conclave was held on 27-28th March,2018 by the Ministry of Women & Child Development, in collaboration with the Dept. of Psychiatry, AIIMS in  JLN Auditorium, AIIMS, New Delhi.
B.    Its aim is to provide a comprehensive synthesis of research, service provision, and clinical practice in addressing psychological trauma and subsequent mental illnesses in Indian children and adolescents.
C.    Dr. Virendra Kumar, Hon’ble Minister of State for Women and Child Development inaugurated the conclave.
D.    The Minister said that psychological trauma is a broad term that may include many kinds of experiences and circumstances such as human trafficking, sexual harassment, war, natural disaster, abduction, domestic violence etc in his inaugural address.
6.   It’s First Crop of Honey From KVIC’s Apiary harvested by Rashtrapati Bhavan.
A.    Giving the yields has started by the apiary of Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday, from the gardens of the Presidential House around 186 kilograms of honey was extracted.
B.    Including lush trees of mangoes, Indian blackberries (jamun), neem and drumsticks Rashtrapati Bhavan has abundant flora and fauna.
C.    KVIC Chairman Mr Saxena said that he is feeling proud that Prime Minister’s ‘Sweet Revolution’ in Delhi and NCR is starting from the house of First Citizen of the Nation.
D.    Under Honey Mission of KVIC the apiary in the Rashtrapati Bhavan garden was set up.
7.   $80 Million Loan Agreement has signed by Government of India and ADB.
A.    $80 million loan to help modernize technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions signed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India and improve the skills ecosystem in the State of Himachal Pradesh.
B.    The Project will establish a polytechnic for women, six city Livelihood Centers, and seven Rural Livelihood Centers, and upgrade 11 employment exchanges into model career Centers.
8.   To mark birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, Rs 350 coin to come out.

Guru Govind Singh

A.    With Rs 350 commemorative coin to mark 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th and last Sikh Guru government will come out.
B.    The coin with standard weight of 35 gram will have 50 per cent silver, 40 per cent copper and 5 per cent each of nickel and zinc.
C.    The picture of “Takht Shri Harimandir Ji Patna Sahib” in the centre in reverse side of the coin.
9.   Principal scientific advisor to govt appointed Vijay Raghavan.
A.    81-year-old nuclear physicist R Chidambaram, who has been in the position for more than 16 years, having been appointed in 2001 will succeeded by him.
B.    Until recently Secretary in the Department of Biotechnology, Vijay Raghavan (64), will have a tenure of three years.
C.    A post created by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999, the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) is the topmost advisor to the government on all matters related to scientific policy.
10.  New Myanmar president: Win Myint.

Myammar president

A.    Win Myint as the country’s next president, a week after the resignation of his predecessor Htin Kyaw has elected by Myanmar’s parliament.
B.    With Ms Suu Kyi acting as de facto president his role will be essentially ceremonial.
11.  Steve Smith, David Warner for 12 months banned by Cricket Australia
A.    Australian captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner for 12 months and handed a nine-month ban to Cameron Bancroft has banned by Cricket Australia (CA).
B.    Warner and Smith have also been banned from captaining Australia for two years.
C.    For deliberately ttrying to tamper with the condition of the ball in an orchestrated attempt to gain an advantage these players have been charged.

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