Current Affairs – March 12, 2018

Current affairs banner March 12 2018 - Current Affairs – March 12, 2018ISA summit 2018: Modi presents a 10-point action plan to promote solar energy

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With French President Emmanuel Macron by his side at the founding conference of the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday presented a 10-point action plan to promote the use of solar energy. Modi also called for a strong and professional ISA Secretariat located in Gurugram.
Launched by Modi and then French President Francois Hollande in 2015, the ISA was conceived as a coalition of solar resource-rich countries to address their special energy needs and provide a platform to collaborate on dealing with the identified gaps through a common, agreed approach.
It is open to all 121 prospective member countries falling between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. “Of the 121 prospective nations, 61 have joined the alliance, 32 have also ratified the framework agreement. But in this alliance our biggest partner is the sun god which spreads light outside and gives strength to our resolve,” Modi said.

‘Fulfilling Bapu’s Dreams – Prime Minister Modi’s tribute to Gandhiji’

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The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, received the first copy of the book ‘Fulfilling Bapu’s Dreams – Prime Minister Modi’s Tribute to Gandhiji’ from Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, who formally released it at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan recently. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, noted sanitation activist, was also present.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that this book underscores an important aspect of India’s developmental process – linking sanitation with broad mass participation, making it a mass movement, giving central importance to the practical needs of ordinary citizens in policy, and establishing ethical ideals firmly in public life.
The President said that cleanliness and hygiene are basic conditions for a leading nation. The Prime Minister has given the highest priority to these in the form of a mass movement. The effort to connect the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi with nation-building comes at the critical juncture in India’s development journey. This book is an effort to underline this change.

China clears the way for Xi Jinping to rule for life

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China’s largely ceremonial parliament on Sunday overwhelmingly endorsed a controversial change to the country’s constitution, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely. Inside Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, nearly 3,000 delegates to the National People’s Congress (NPC) cast their ballots on a series of proposed amendments — including removing the restriction that had limited the presidency to two consecutive five-year terms.
Out of 2,964 ballots, just two delegates voted against the move and three abstained, suggesting minimal opposition to Xi’s push to rule for life. The amendments’ passage required two-thirds of the vote, which was a largely symbolic exercise.

India Won “Best Exhibitor Award” at ITB – Berlin

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India has won the “Best Exhibitor Award” at ITB – Berlin on its last day. ‘ITB- Berlin World Tourist Meet’ was convened at Berlin, Germany from 7th March to 10th March 2018. India was represented by the Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism Mr. K. J. Alphons along with a couple of Tourism Ministry officials.
More than 100 countries participated in the ITB- Berlin meet with their respective Tourism Ministers. India’s Incredible India (Ministry of Tourism) presented a short film named “Yogi of the Racetrack” in the meet. The said the short film has got 3.2 million hits in 60 hours.

Amol Palekar receives ‘Godavari Gaurav’ award

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Noted actor Amol Palekar was honored with the ‘Godavari Gauravaward at an event in Nashik recently. The 73-year-old actor, known for his performance in films like “Gol Maal”, “Choti Si Baat”, “Chitchor” among others, was presented with the award, which has been instituted by city-based ‘Kusumagraj Prathishthan’.
The award was given by noted Marathi writer Madhu Mangesh Karnik, who is the chairperson the Prathishthan. Classical singer Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande also received the ‘Godavari Gaurav’ award.

Chhetri hat-trick takes Bengaluru FC to ISL final

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Sunil Chhetri played like a man possessed as his superb hat-trick ensured a convincing 3-1 win for Bengaluru FC against FC Pune City in an entertaining second leg semi-final of this year’s Indian Super League. The Indian captain reserved his best for the big day as he struck in the 15th, 65th and 89th minute to seal the issue for the ISL debutants.
For Pune City, Jonatan Luca scored through a brilliant free-kick in the 82nd minute to raise visions of a comeback which didn’t happen in the end. An unmarked Chhetri opened the deadlock 15th minute after a nimble-footed Udanta Singh kept a neat cross on the far post.

India’s Akhil Sheoran strikes gold in men’s 50m Rifle 3-Position at shooting World Cup

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Young Akhil Sheoran clinched the gold medal in men’s 50m rifle 3 positions with plenty to spare as India continued their superlative run at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. Sheoran, thus, became the fourth young Indian shooter to win a medal on ISSF World Cup debut.
This was after the likes of Shahzar Rizvi, Manu Bhaker, Mehuli Ghosh and Anjum Moudgil had put India on top of the medal standings with their performances over the last week. Sheoran’s gold was India’s fourth of the competition and makes it almost certain that the country would finish on top of the medals tally for the first time in an ISSF World Cup. Sheoran shot 455.6 in the final to pip Austria’s Bernhard Pickl in second place with 452.

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