Current Affairs Today – March 29, 2019

State News

Tripura has second-highest number of child marriages :

Tripura ranks second place in India in terms of child marriages among girls between the age of 15 and 19 years, according to a report released by the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), Young Lives – an international study on childhood poverty. Tripura occupies 21.6 percent which is significantly higher than the national average of 11.9 percent of child marriage incidents.

Keypoints:

  • The four districts include Dhalai, South Tripura, North Tripura, and West Tripura have the highest number of child marriage.
  • Capital of Tripura: Agartala
  • Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki
  • Chief Minister: Biplab Kumar Deb

Telangana govt launches digital portal for MSMEs:

Telangana government launched a digital business networking portal for MSMEs Telangana State GlobalLinker (ts-msme.globallinker.com). This networking portal will digitise over 2.3 million MSMEs of the State which would connect them to the global economy. The motive is to address key challenges faced by MSMEs with the core objective of making their business growth more simpler, more profitable and enjoyable.

Keypoints:

  • Governor: E.S.L. Narasimham
  • Chief Minister: K. Chandrasekhar Rao
  • Capital: Hyderabad

 

National News

Google has launched global advisory council for AI and Tech Ethics:

Google has launched a global advisory council to offer guidance on ethical issues relating to artificial intelligence, automation and related technologies. Google has constituted an eight-member Advanced Technology External Advisory Council that will examine the ethical challenges related to artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies. The council will meet four times, beginning in April and will publish its report by the end of 2019.

Keypoints:

  • Parent organization – Alphabet Inc.
  • Headquarters – Mountain View, California, United States
  • CEO – Sundar Pichai
  • Founders – Larry Page, Sergey Brin

Adani becomes 1st Indian port operator to record 200 MMT cargo movement: :

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) has recorded cargo movement of more than 200 million metric tonnes (MMT) at nine ports along the east and west coasts, becoming the first Indian port operator to achieve the milestone. Adani Ports embarked its journey in 2001 and has become one of the largest port operators in the world.

Keypoints:

  • CEO: Karan Adani (1 Jan 2016–)
  • Headquarters: India
  • Founder: Gautam Adani
  • Founded: 1998

 

Business & Finance & Banking

Govt Launches Blockchain Powered E-Marketplace For Coffee Sellers :

The commerce ministry has unveiled a blockchain-based coffee e-marketplace to help farmers integrate with markets to facilitate them to get aware of fair prices for the commodity. It will reduce the number of layers between coffee growers and buyers and help farmers double their income.

Keypoints:

  • The main motive behind Blockchain-based app is to help farmers to get integrated with markets in a transparent manner and lead to realisation of fair price for the coffee producer.
  • Officeholders: Suresh Prabhu (Cabinet Minister)

Bank of Baroda merger: Govt to infuse ₹5,042 crore :

The government has decided to infuse a capital of 5,042 crore rupees into state-owned Bank of Baroda ahead of the merger of two other public sector lenders Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank with Bank of Baroda which would be effective from 1st April 2019. According to the Scheme of Amalgamation, shareholders of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank will get 402 equity shares and 110 equity shares of BoB for every 1,000 shares held.

Keypoints:

  • Headquarters: Alkapuri, Vadodara
  • MD and CEO: S. Jayakumar
  • Tagline: India’s International Bank

Sports & Awards

Qatar and France sign World Cup 2022 security deal:

FIFA (The Federation Internationale de Football Association) World Cup 2022 security agreement aimed at building a strategic partnership for the preparation of the world cup and management of the security of event, signed between Qatar and France. The agreement was signed after the meeting of Qatar Prime Minister, Sheikh Abdallah bin Khalifa al-Thani and French Prime minister, Edouard Philippe.

Keypoints:

  • Capital of Qatar: Doha
  • Currency: Qatari riyal
  • Qatar President: Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
  • France President: Emmanuel Macron
  • Capital: Paris

Amartya Sen honored with Bodley Medal by Oxford University :

Amartya Sen,Nobel Prize-winning economist was awarded the prestigious Bodley Medal, the highest honor granted by the University of Oxford’s world-famous Bodleian Libraries. The medal is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the fields in which the Bodleian is awarded are, including literature, culture, science, and communication.

Keypoints:

  • Oxford University Established:c. 1096
  • Location:Oxford, England, UK
  • Motto in English:The Lord is my light

International News

European Parliament approves ban on single-use plastics :

An EU-wide ban on single-use plastic products such as the straws, cutlery and cotton buds that are clogging the world’s oceans.
It had already been approved in negotiations with member states and EU officials and it will now be rapidly approved into law. The ban comes into effect from 2021. The law sets a target that 90 per cent of plastic bottles will be gathered for recycling by 2029 and that they should be produced with 25 percent recycled material by 2025, 30 per cent by 2030. According to the EU Commission, the products prohibited under the law represent 70 percent of the waste that pours into the world’s oceans, posing a threat to wildlife and fisheries

Keypoints:

  • President: Antonio Tajani, EPP; since 17 January 2017
  • Seats: 751 MEPs
  • Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
  • Founded: 10 September 1952, Europe

Pentagon diversion of US $1 Billion for US-Mexico border Wall :

The Pentagon has notified that it has authorized to shift US $1 billion from a military personnel account to establish a new wall of 57 mile and 18 foot high fence at the southern U.S. Mexico border. This wall would prevent illegal migration and drug trafficking from Mexico. Department of Defense has authorised the Army Corp of Engineers to begin planning and construction for the project.

Keypoints:

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

 

Science & Technology

IIT-Delhi researchers design AI-based detector for malaria, TB, Cervical cancer:

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based low-power electronic hardware system that can help in detecting malaria, tuberculosis, intestinal parasite and cervical cancer in a few milliseconds. The research focuses on building a neuromorphic system which can be used for healthcare access in resource-constrained areas with limited access to human specialists.

Keypoints:

  • The portable device is trained to detect microorganisms in the biological samples.
  • It was built on Raspberry Pi, a tiny computer attached to an infrared-sensitive camera