Current Affairs – March 30, 2018

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GSLV Successfully Launches GSAT-6A Satellite

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India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08) successfully launched GSAT-6A Satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) on 29th March. This launch of GSLV was its 12th and took place from the Second Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, the spaceport of India. This is the fifth consecutive success achieved by GSLV carrying indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage.
In its oval-shaped GTO, GSAT-6A is now orbiting the Earth with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 169.4 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 36,692.5 km with an orbital inclination of 20.64 deg with respect to the equator. GSAT-6A is a communication satellite built by ISRO to provide mobile communication services through multibeam coverage. For this, it is equipped with S and C band transponders.

Union food processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurates Rajasthan’s first mega food park at Ajmer

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Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated M/s Greentech Mega Food Park Private Ltd -the first mega food park in Rajasthan at Roopangarh Village in Ajmer. The Park has been set up at a cost of Rs 113.57 crore and will benefit around 25,000 farmers in this as well as neighboring districts.
The Mega Food Park – M/s Greentech Mega Food Park Private Ltd was inaugurated in the presence of Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Rajasthan Minister of Industries Rajpal Singh Shekhawat and Minister of Agriculture Shri Prabhu Lal Saini and Ajmer MP(Lok Sabha) Shri Raghu Sharma.

Jana Small Finance Bank commences operations

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Jana Small Finance Bank (formerly Janalakshmi Financial Services, India’s leading micro-finance company), announced the commencement of its banking operations. To cover its extensive customer base, Jana Bank will initially open 19 branches across 18 states and expand to 200 banking outlets including the 25% unbanked rural branches by June 2018. Jana Bank, which is digitally enabled across the majority of its offerings with an expanded customer base, will continue to keep its fundamental focus on financial inclusion as its core strategy.
Commenting on this landmark occasion, Mr. Ajay Kanwal, MD & CEO, Jana Small Finance Bank, said, “On behalf of over 14,000 Jana employee families, I would like to thank our customers, investors, and regulators for their support. We have the talent, systems, and products to create a strong and differentiated franchise to serve the underserved with world-class governance and execution.”

Public Financial Management System (PFMS) Achieves a Historical Record Breaking Volume of Digital Transactions

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Public Financial Management System (PFMS) is an ambitious project of Government of India being implemented by Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance. PFMS has proved as a robust digital platform towards Prime Minister’s vision of DIGITAL INDIA. On 28th March 2018, an amount of Rs. 71,633.45 crores have been digitally transacted/routed through PFMS Portal for 98, 19,026 transactions. This is a historical record of a number of digital transactions processed in a single day.
PFMS provides the platform for efficient management of funds through tracking of funds and real-time reporting of expenditure and receipts through Treasury and Bank Interface. The line ministries/ departments utilize this platform to monitor the utilization of funds provided to the implementing agencies and states governments. PFMS has also used for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) payments under MGNREGA and other notified schemes of the Government of India.

Ethiopia to swear in new Prime Minister on April 2

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Ethiopia’s prime minister-elect Abiye Ahmed will be sworn in on Monday, its parliament said, after the ruling coalition chose him to succeed Hailemariam Desalegn as its chairperson. The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front coalition on Tuesday voted in the 42-year-old, a retired lieutenant general from Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, to take over the government.
Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country and has had the fastest growing economy on the continent for the past decade, but protests that began in 2015 have caused the biggest threat to the EPRDF since it took power in 1991. “The House of People’s Representatives will hold an extraordinary session on April 2 to swear in Dr. Abiye Ahmed,” the body said in a statement.
Capital: Addis Ababa
Currency: Ethiopian Birr

El-Sisi wins Egypt election with 92 percent

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Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has won re-election as Egypt’s president, according to preliminary results reported by a number of state media outlets, showing the former army general winning 92 percent of the vote. The official MENA news agency and the state-owned newspapers al-Ahram and Akhbar el-Youm said on Thursday that 23 million out of the 60 million registered voters – 40 percent – turned out to cast the ballots during the three days of polling that ended on 28th March. El-Sisi’s opposing candidate, Mousa Mostafa Mousa, a little-known contender who entered the presidential race hours just before the nomination deadline, received 721,000 votes, according to al-Ahram.
Capital: Cairo
Currency: Egyptian pound

Big cat carcass found in Pilibhit tiger reserve, Uttar Pradesh

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The carcass of an adult tiger was recovered from Pilibhit tiger reserve on Thursday morning. It was sent for autopsy to Indian veterinary institute (IVRI) at Bareilly. While forest officials have claimed that it was the same wounded tiger spotted by tourists, for whom, combing teams were searching PTR since Monday morning, experts have disputed these claims, saying the carcass was weeks old. The picture of an injured tiger, taken by a tourist in PTR, was widely circulated on the internet.
Veterinary doctors who saw the picture said the injuries may prove fatal if not treated quickly. Following this, forest department teams began to comb Barahi forest range of PTR on Monday. The photograph taken by a tourist revealed that the snare wire was embedded deep into tiger’s throat region and the flesh around its neck had been ripped.

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