Current Affairs Today – March 28, 2019

State News

Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar appointed as new Deputy CM of Goa :

Goa’s Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister of Goa. On the same day, Deepak Prabhu Pauskar took oath as Goa cabinet minister. Governor Mridula Sinha administered the oath of office of Deepak Prabhu Pauskar. Both will succeed Sudin Dhavalikar. Manohar Ajgaonkar switched to Bharatiya Janata Party from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, at present he is the second deputy chief minister along with Goa Forward Party (GFP) leader and state minister Vijai Sardesai.

Keypoints:

  • Capital of Goa: Panaji
  • Governor of Goa: Mridula Sinha
  • Chief Minister of Goa: Pramod Sawant

Assam launched initiatives to educate voter :

Assam State government has launched initiatives to educate voters. Folk song competitions, quiz programmes and appeals by celebrities are some of the initiatives being undertaken by the election office in Assam for attracting women, first-time voters, people with physical disabilities and senior citizens to cast their votes. Polling stations with low female voter turn-out have been identified and ‘mahila voter rallies’ are being held.

Keypoints:

  • Sprinter Hima Das, Whitley Awardee and environmentalist Purnima Devi Barman, singer Tarali Sarma, body builder Golap Rabha and actor Kopil Bora have been roped in as State icons to create awareness about the election process.
  • Capital of Assam: Dispur
  • Chief minister of Assam: Sarbananda Sonowal
  • Vijayendra is the current chief electoral officer of Assam

 

National News

Cabinet approves 5 year extension of Biomedical Research Career Programme:

The Union Cabinet chaired by Narendra Modi approved the extension of the Biomedical Research Career Programme and Wellcome Trust (WT)/DBT India Alliance beyond its initial 10-year term to a new five year phase (2019-20 to 2023-24). The total financial implication will be Rs 1092 crore with DBT and WT.

Keypoints:

  •  It was launched in 2008 and has fulfilled its objectives of building and nurturing talent of highest global standards in cutting-edge biomedical research in India.
  • In this new phase, the programme will aim to strengthen clinical research and work for addressing important health challenges for India.

Himachal’s Tashigang is world’s highest polling station :

The Tashigang polling station in Himachal Pradesh falls in Buddhist-dominated Lahaul-Spiti, one of the 17 assembly segments that form the Mandi Lok Sabha seat, the second largest constituency in India. Situated at about 29 km from the India-China border, the polling station covers two villages— Tashigang and Gete. As per the revised electoral rolls, the two villages have 48 voters, of which 30 are men and 18 women.

Keypoints:

  • Capital: Shimla
  • Chief minister: Jai Ram Thakur
  • Districts‎: ‎12
  • Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki

 

Business & Finance & Banking

Infosys and Roland-Garros Partner for Digital Innovation :

Infosys, a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, and Roland-Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament, also called the French Open, announced a three-year strategic technology partnership. The partnership aims to re-imagine the tennis experience for the fans and the players globally.

Keypoints:

  • Infosys CEO: Salil Parekh
  • Founded: 7 July 1981, Pune
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Founder: N. R. Narayana Murthy

GLOBAL MPI REPORT 2018 – India’s poverty rate reduced :

In accordance with the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), India’s poverty rate has shown a drastic decrease in 10 years, from 55% to 28%. The index has shown that, in the years between 2005-06 and 2015-16, 271 million people are moved out of poverty in India. Apart from the huge progress, India is still a home to the highest number of MPI poor comprising 364 million poor in 2015-16. Although the number is reduced from 635 million in 2005-06.

Keypoints:

  • More than half of the India’s multidimensional poor (196 million) are from the four states viz. Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh while Delhi, Kerala and Goa have lowest multidimensional poverty.
  • The MPI report has covered 105 countries, which was compiled by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.
  • MPI is calculated on the basis of three key dimensions: health, education and standard of living, comprising 10 indicators.

Sports & Awards

Breakdancing among sports given provisional green light for Paris Olympics 2024:

International Olympics Committee (IOC) gave provisional green light for the inclusion of Breakdancing in the Paris Olympics 2024. Surfing, Skateboarding and sport climbing also got approval for provisional inclusion in Summer Olympics 2024 from IOC. Surfing, climbing and skateboarding will be part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and their performance as new sports there will be key for their final inclusion in Paris.

Keypoints:

  • This decision was taken by the IOC’s executive board in the meeting held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Final Decision will be taken after the end of 2020.
  • This will contribute to make the program of the Games more gender-balanced, more youthful and more urban.

Manu and Saurabh bag gold in 12th Asian Airgun Championship :

In Shooting, Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary have bagged a Gold medal in the 10-metre Air Pistol Mixed team event at the 12th Asian Airgun Championship at Taoyuan in Taipei. Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary broke the record set by Russians Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov at the European Championships held recently.

Keypoints:

  • The Asian Shooting Championships are governed by the Asian Shooting Confederation.
  • Asian Shooting Championships began in 1967

International News

Israelis cave explorers discovered ‘world’s longest salt cave’ :

the Israeli cave explorers discovered the world’s longest cave named Malham near the Dead sea, beating the record-holder in Iran. The cave is spread in an area of 10 kilometers (6.25 miles) and it runs through the Israel’s largest mountain, Mount Sodom and spills out to the southwest corner of the adjacent Dead Sea.

Keypoints:

  • Capital of Israel: Jerusalem
  • Currency: Israeli new shekel
  • Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu

India – US signs an agreement To Check Tax Evasion By MNC :

India and the US signed an agreement for the exchange of country-by-country (CBC) report. The move will give huge relief to subsidiaries of US-headquartered companies in the taxation-related matter. The agreement was signed by PC Mody, Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), and Kenneth I Juster, US Ambassador to India.

Keypoints:

  • Capital: Washington, D.C.
  • President: Donald Trump
  • Currency: $ United States dollar

 

Science & Technology

Scientists Discovered Two New Exoplanets Using Artificial Intelligence:

Astronomers from the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with Google have discovered two hidden planets in the data collected by the Kepler space telescope. They have created an algorithm that has explored the data taken by Kepler to find out signals that were missed by traditional planet-hunting methods. They both are hot planets and have short orbital periods. They are slightly larger than Earth.
They are discovered from the Kepler’s extended mission, called K2.

Keypoints:

  • K2-293b – It orbits a star 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius.
  • K2-294b – It orbits a star 1,230 light-years away, also located in Aquarius.