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Latest Current Affairs 13th March 2018

Latest Current Affairs 13th March 2018

IndiGo, GoAir cancel 65 flights after planes are grounded :- Budget carriers IndiGo and GoAir cancelled as many as 65 flights today after the country’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation, or DGCA grounded 11 of their A320Neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines, causing severe inconvenience to hundreds of flyers.

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President Kovind inaugurates World Hindi Secretariat building in Mauritius :- President Ram Nath Kovind today inaugurated the World Hindi Secretariat building in Mauritius on the third day of his visit to the country.

PM Modi reviews progress towards ODF targets in four States :- Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with the Collectors of the four States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, and Jammu and Kashmir. He reviewed the progress towards ODF targets in each of these States.

13 killed after bus falls into gorge in Uttarakhand :- Thirteen people were killed and over a dozen were injured after a bus fell into a gorge in Uttarakhand’s Almora district on Tuesday, officials said.

Parliament disruption continues for seventh consecutive day :- The Rajya Sabha proceedings were washed out for the seventh day today as protests by members including those from NDA allies continued on various issues like the Rs 12,700 crore fraud in Punjab National Bank and special status demand for Andhra Pradesh.

SC extends March 31 deadline of Aadhaar linking till it gives its order :- The Supreme Court today extended the March 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar with various services till the five-judge constitution bench delivers its judgement on petitions challenging the validity of the biometric scheme and the enabling law.

Sukma: Nine CRPF personnel martyred in naxal attack :- Nine Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were today martyred after suspected Naxals blew up their mine-protected vehicle in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma, around a year after a dozen jawans were killed in a similar ambush in the district.

2 Congress MLAs expelled from Telangana Assembly :- Two Congress MLAs were on Tuesday expelled from the Telangana Assembly while 11 others were suspended for the ongoing budget session for protesting during the Governor’s address to the joint sitting of Legislature.

PM Modi launches TB Free India campaign :- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a campaign to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025, five years ahead of a globally-set deadline.

Telangana Legislative Council Chairman hurt :- Chairman of the Telangana Legislative Council Swamy Goud received an eye injury in the course of protest by  Congress members during Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan’s address to the joint sitting of both the Houses of the State.

Nepal probes deadly air crash after runway confusion :- Recordings show apparent confusion between the pilot and air traffic control over the runway approach moments before a plane crash-landed at Kathmandu airport, experts said Tuesday as Nepal began investigating its deadliest aviation accident in decades.

Emergency in Sri Lanka to continue till President returns :- In Sri Lanka, the state of emergency will continue for few more days as President Maithripala Sirisena is on visit abroad and the gazette to end the emergency will be signed upon his return.

Bidya Devi Bhandari re-elected as Nepal’s President :- Nepal’s first woman president Bidya Devi Bhandari was today re-elected for a second term in office with an overwhelming majority.

Rex Tillerson out as Secretary of State, to be replaced by CIA chief Pompeo :- Donald Trump on Tuesday replaced his top diplomat Rex Tillerson and named current CIA chief Mike Pompeo to succeed him, ending a rocky tenure by the Texas oilman who had been sidelined on the world stage by the mercurial president.

Trump-Kim meeting only if N Korea fulfills promises: WH :- The meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would go as planned if Pyongyang sticks to the promises it made, particularly regarding missiles and nuclear test, the White House said on Tuesday.

Russia says not guilty of ex spy poisoning as UK deadline looms :- Moscow on Tuesday denied it was behind the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain as a midnight deadline loomed to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used in the attack.

Eight contenders run for post of Russia’s next President :- Russians will elect their next president on Sunday (March 18). The central election commission has registered eight candidates.

US warns it “will act on Syria” if Security Council doesn’t :- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned on Monday that Washington “remains prepared to act if we must,” if the U.N. Security Council fails to act on Syria, as the Syrian army’s onslaught in eastern Ghouta continued unabated.

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Bangladesh plane carrying 71 people crashes in Nepal :- Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in Kathmandu.

Death toll from Papua New Guinea quake crosses 100 :- The death toll from a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck the rugged highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG) last month is estimated to have reached more than 100, the national emergency controller said on Sunday.

RBI stops use of LoUs for trade credit for imports :- In a major decision, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) banned banks from issuing Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) — instruments used allegedly by diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi to defraud state-owned PNB of Rs nearly 13,000 crore in connivance of bank officials.

‘By 2025, digital transactions in India could be worth $1 trillion annually’ :- Demonetisation and cashless drive has pushed the growth trajectory of digital payments in India significantly, and by 2025, digital transactions in the country could be worth USD 1 trillion annually, says a report.

Government mulling giving patent registrations quickly, says Suresh Prabhu :- The Centre government will soon unveil a plan for issue of patent registrations in the shortest possible time towards further streamlining the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regime in the country, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Tuesday.

SBI reduces charges on non-maintenance of minimum balance :- The State Bank of India day reduced its charges on non-maintenance of an average monthly balance (AMB) in savings account by up to 75 per cent, effective April 1.

Nidahas Trophy: India aim to seal final spot as they face Bangladesh :- India would like to throw the mathematical possibilities out of the window and seal their place in the final of the Twenty20 tri-series when they face a tricky Bangladesh in Colombo on Wednesday.

Sreejesh makes comeback, Sardar dropped from CWG bound squad :- Seasoned goalkeeper PR Sreejesh made a comeback while former skipper Sardar Singh was dropped from the 18-member Indian hockey squad led by Manpreet Singh for the upcoming 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Roger Federer rolls into fourth round at Indian Wells :- World number one Roger Federer stepped up his bid for a sixth Indian Wells Masters title with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Filip Krajinovic on Monday.

ICC Test rankings: Rabada on top, Ashwin gains two places :- Kagiso Rabada regained his top spot among bowlers crossing the coveted 900-point mark in ratings even as Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin climbed up a couple of notches to be placed fourth in the ICC Test Player Rankings, released on Tuesday.

Serena Williams ousted from Indian Wells by sister Venus :- Serena Williams’ return to tournament tennis came to an abrupt end here Monday as she crashed out of Indian Wells with a 6-3 6-4 loss to her sister Venus.

Facebook may boost happiness in autistic adults: study :- Using Facebook in moderation can boost happiness in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a study has found.

Think out-of-the-box, Vardhan asks scientists :- Union Minister for Science & Technology Harsh Vardhan on Monday asked the scientists to “put a little more heart and soul into science” and think out-of-the-box to solve the problems the country was facing.

Govt vows to eradicate TB by the year 2025 :- Around 1400 people die from TB everyday in India. A number of people are latent carriers of TB, and some strains of the bacteria are drug-resistant. That’s what makes the fight against TB challenging.

Therapy dogs may help students fight stress :- Spending some time with dogs can help boost wellness among stressed-out students, a study has found.

Dengue fever may increase stroke risk :- People suffering from dengue fever are at two times higher risk of stroke, especially during the first two months following infection, a study warns.

Stomach-burning fidget spinners on EU warning list :- Fidget spinners have become a worldwide playground craze, but some of the cult toys can also cause serious injuries to children, according to a new EU report on dangerous products released on Monday.

Shrine board to launch new ‘palkis’ to ferry pilgrims to Vaishno Devi :- A totally redesigned ‘Palki’ or palanquin will soon be launched to ferry pilgrims to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Trikuta hills of Jammu and Kashmir.

Book signed by Tagore auctioned for USD 700 :- A signed hardcover copy of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘The King of the Dark Chamber’ – the English translation of his famous Bengali play ‘Raja’ – has been sold for USD 700 at an auction in the US.

Spending time with dogs may help students fight stress :- Spending some time with dogs can help boost wellness among stressed out students, a study has found.

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