Current Affairs – March 25, 2018

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Earth Hour Observed At Parliament, India Gate

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Parliament Complex, Nirman Bhawan, and Shastri Bhawan were among the government offices in Delhi where the World Earth Hour was observed by switching off lights between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm 24th March. Lights were also switched off at Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, Akshardham Temple in Delhi and Buddha Statue in Hyderabad and Howrah Bridge in Kolkata, according to an official from World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which organizes the campaign.
Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan urged people to switch-off all non-essential lights for an hour to mark the Earth Hour, saying he himself will do so. Celebrities and politicians too vowed their support for the campaign. Earth Hour, which started in Australia in 2007, is described as the world’s largest grassroots movement for climate change which aims to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment and wildlife.
WWF Headquarters: Gland, Switzerland

Indians least criminal among world’s major economies: Report

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India may have the ignominious tag of being one of the world’s most polluted countries and is among the bottom on the list of the world’s happiest countries, but there is one list on which it has done better. According to the Institute for Criminal Policy Research’s data on the number of prisoners lodged in jails worldwide, the United States, with 666 of every one lakh Americans behind bars, has the highest imprisonment rate among major countries.
India seems to be better off in comparison with immediate neighbors, Pakistan has a higher prison population rate at 44, while Nepal is at 65, Sri Lanka is at 78 and Bangladesh is at 48. China too is at a much higher 118 compared with India. The United States also tops the chart of the highest numbers of prisoners at 2,145,100, followed by China at 1,649,804 and Brazil 672,722. India came in at number five with 419,623.

ISRO postpones Chandrayaan-2 mission from April to October

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had planned to launch its Chandrayaan-2 mission on April 23. However, the space agency decided to postpone the moon mission to the first week of October citing the requirement of more time in order to be confident about “a perfect mission”. ‘Panel recommended postponing the launch till we complete all tests’. “Our panel of eminent space scientists comprising former ISRO chairman, space experts, and IIT professors has praised our preparations for the mission,” ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan told.
Dr. Sivan went on to explain that tests for Chandrayaan-2 would take around 20 more days which would make them miss the initial April 23 date. He added that unlike other missions, it wasn’t possible to just defer the launch for one or two days as the ideal date for a moon launch comes just once a month. So, if the right date is missed in one month, one must wait for a whole month to get the next date for a perfect mission.

World’s longest sandstone cave discovered in Meghalaya

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A state known for its picturesque hilltops and natural tree root bridges is now also home to the longest sandstone cave in the world at 24,583 m, with dinosaur fossils from 66-76 million years ago, HT reports.
The sandstone cave named Krem Puri, near the village of Laitsohum in the Mawsynram, was first discovered in 2016, but during the recent 25-day expedition by the Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association (MAA), the actual length of the cave was uncovered. It is 6,000m longer than the currently listed sandstone cave in the world, Cueva El Saman, (18,200 m) in Venezuela.

Martin Vizcarra was sworn in as Peru’s President

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Martin Vizcarra has been sworn in as Peru’s president after the South American country’s Congress accepted the resignation of his predecessor, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The new president promised on Friday to fight corruption “head on” in his role as president after Kuczynski resigned amid ongoing corruption scandals.
Vizcarra, who had been serving as Peru’s ambassador to Canada, arrived during the night to assume the presidency but there had been uncertainty up to the last minute on Friday whether the Congress would accept Kuczynski’s resignation.
Capital: Lima
Currency: Sol
Continent: South America

PV Sindhu to be India’s flag-bearer at 2018 CWG

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According to sources in the Indian Olympic Association, 2016 Olympic silver medallist Sindhu’s rising stature in recent years clinched the issue in her favor for the coveted position. The opening ceremony will be held on April 4. Having won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics two years ago, the Hyderabad-based World No. 3 Sindhu is one of the favorites to win the badminton women’s singles title in Gold Coast. In the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, Sindhu bagged a bronze in women’s singles.
In the previous three Commonwealth Games, the prestigious position during the march past of the opening ceremony had always gone to a member of the shooting squad. While pistol shooter Vijay Kumar was the flag-bearer in 2014, 2008 Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra had the honour when India hosted the Games in 2010. In 2006 Melbourne Games, India’s flag-bearer was double trap shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who is currently the sports minister.

Pankaj Advani retains Asian Billiards title

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Pankaj Advani defended his Asian Billiards Championships title in style by demolishing his practice partner B Bhaskar 6-1 in the summit clash in Myanmar. With this win, Advani remains the reigning Indian, Asian and world champion in billiards for 2017-18. India’s Amee Kamani won the Asian Women’s Snooker title by blanking her Thai opponent Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan 3-0.
This is Advani’s 11th gold medal at the Asian level of cue sports. His continental billiards title tally has gone up to seven, in addition to the back-to-back Asian Games gold medals in 2006 and 2010, one 6-red snooker title and a snooker team gold.

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