Current Affairs – March 21, 2018

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International Day of Forests: 21st March

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The International Day of Forests was established on the 21st day of March, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012. Each year, various events celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests, and trees outside forests, for the benefit of current and future generations. Countries are encouraged to undertake efforts to organize local, national, and international activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns, on International Day of Forests.
The Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization, facilitates the implementation of such events in collaboration with governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, and international, regional and subregional organizations. International Day of Forests was observed for the first time on March 21, 2013.
The theme of the International Day of Forests in 2018 is “Forests and Sustainable Cities“.

Padma Awards 2018: here is the full list of awardees

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Music composer Ilaiyaraaja, cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh ideologue P Parameswaran are among the 85 personalities who are being awarded 2018 Padma Awards by the Home Ministry. One of the highest civilian Awards of the country, Padma Awards are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field.
A home ministry official said the government had made a conscious effort this year too to identify people who have made the significant contribution to the society. Like a 75-year-old tribal woman who prepares herbal medicines to cure snake and insect bites, a 99-year-old freedom fighter, and a nonagenarian Tibetan healer. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine etc.
Here is the full list
Padma Awards 2018

Governor of Bihar gets additional charge of Governor of Odisha

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Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik was given additional responsibility of Odisha after S C Jamir completed his five-year tenure. A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said the Bihar governor will have the additional responsibility of Odisha until regular arrangements are made. Jamir, 86, completed his tenure as Odisha governor on 20th March, the spokesperson said. The five-time Nagaland chief minister had taken over as Odisha governor in March 2013 after serving as governor of Goa and Maharashtra.
He had also been given additional charge of Gujarat in 2009. Malik, 72, who now has the additional responsibility of Odisha, has served as Union minister of state for parliamentary affairs and tourism and other important positions in Central and state governments. He was a Rajya Sabha MP for two terms and a Lok Sabha MP from 1989 to 1990. Malik was also a member of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly from 1974 to 1977.

India’s NCAA becomes the World’s first Trusted Digital Repository

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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 as the world’s first Trusted Digital Repository as per ISO 16363:2012 standard, granted by Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body Ltd. (PTAB), United Kingdom.
Leveraging this historic achievement, 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, on this platform over the next five years.
The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said, “I congratulate IGNCA for this remarkable achievement. The Digital India initiative of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, launched on 1 July 2015, aimed at connecting rural India with high-speed internet networks and improving digital literacy.”

President of India inaugurates Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) in New Delhi

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The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) and presented the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan recently. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the vision of a newer and better India calls for meeting certain developmental milestones, some of these as early as 2022 – when we commemorate the 75th anniversary of our Independence.
It focuses on building an inclusive and happy society, where every individual has the opportunity to realize his or her potential. An innovation society will be a goal for such an India. And an innovation culture will be a catalyst to help us reach that goal.

Veteran Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh passes away

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Eminent Hindi poet and Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi awardee Kedarnath Singh passed away March 20 following prolonged illness. He was 84. Singh, who was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), passed away at 8:45 pm.
Kedarnath Singh was also awarded Jnanpith Award in 2013. He was known for his literary works including “Abhi Bilkul Abhi”, “Jameen Pak Rahi Hai” and “Akaal mein Saaras”. Hailing from a village in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Kedarnath Singh was one of the most celebrated Hindi poets.

China nominates Yi Gang as central bank governor

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China’s parliament has nominated US-educated economist Yi Gang as the country’s new central bank governor, according to a report from the state news agency. Mr. Yi, who has served as deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China since 2008 will replace governor Zhou Xiaochuan. Mr. Yi graduated from the prestigious Peking University in 1980 after which he studied at Hamline University in Minnesota before joining the economics Ph.D. programme at the University of Illinois.
His appointment is seen as pointing to continuity in monetary policy even as one of the world’s biggest central banks is gaining considerable new regulatory powers. Yi will have a weighty first test — the U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates on March 21, a day after China’s annual parliament ends, and markets are keen to see if the PBOC follows with a modest move of its own.

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