Current Affairs 2018-1

Current Affairs 2018

  1. Novak Djokovic won the 2018 Wimbledon.
  2. Harrier birds a migratory raptors species that regularly visit vast swathes of India are declining.
  3. Hamid Ansari book: Dare I question?
  4. India is keen to buy Farzad-B gas in Iran.
  5. Three Judge bench of the SC favoured live-streaming of court proceedings. Benefits of live streams:
    1. Live stream would help litigants follow the proceedings in their case and also assess their lawyer performance.
    2. People from far flung states such as Tamil Nadu and Kerala do not have to travel all the way to national capital for a day’s hearing.
  6. Modi and Moon Jae (President of South Korea) inaugurated ‘World’s largest mobile factory’ in Noida.
  7. Institute of Eminence: its recommendation was made by the committee chaired by former Chief of Election Commission N. Gopalaswami. Institutes listed in the list are: IISc (Bengaluru), IIT-D, IIT-M, BITS Pilani, Manipal and Jio Institute.
    1. These institutions will have full flexibility in fixing their curricular and Syllabus.
    2. They can admit 30% foreign students with no restrictions on feet.
    3. They will be free from the regulations of the AICTE, the UGC or the HECI.
  8. Center Upholds the principle of net neutrality. This means that telecom and internet service providers must treat all the data on the internet equally and not discriminate or charge differently by users, content, site, platform or applications. Telecom Commission is the highest decision making body of the Department of Telecom. Certain emerging and critical services will be kept out of the purview of these norms.
  9. Rafael Nadal won his 11th French Open title.
  10. 11th World Hindi Conference is going to held in Mauritius (2018). 10th World Hindi Conference was held in Bhopal in 2015.
  11. India beat Kenya to win 4 nation Intercontinental Cup.
  12. ISRO upgraded Vikas Engine. It is aimed at improving the payload capability of PSLV, GSLV, and GSLV Mark III launch vehicle. Vikas Engine is a family of liquid fueled rocket engines.
  13. Train 18: it is engine less train like a metro. It is totally indigenous technology. It’s body is of stainless steel.
  14. HDFC bank become the most valuable bank in the emerging market outside China.
  15. One person one car scheme is launched by West Bengal to reduce the over spending of govt. money.
  16. Himachal Pradesh launched the Pushp Kranit Yojana.
  17. Asmita scheme to distribute the sanitary napkins is launched by the Maharashtra.
  18. Major General V.D. Dogra became first serving officer to complete the Ironman Triatholon. Anju Khosla of 52 become the oldest person from India to complete it.
  19. Parbhani Shakti is India’s first bio-fortified sorghum. It is developed by ICRISAT. It has higher Iron and Zinc content that its traditional variety.
  20. ‘Global Indian Icon’ award: Sunil Chettri.
  21. IFFCO with Singapore tech company launched the iMandi App for farmers.
  22. China is going to launch 300 low orbit satellites to provide world wide communication services. These satellites are known as the Hongyan constellation.
  23. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has constituted a 10 members committee under Chairmanship of Injeti Srinivas for revision of the penal provisions in the Companies Act, 2013.
  24. LIC acquired 51% stakes in IDBI bank.
  25. Under the ambit of United Nation, “the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular migration” has been finalized.
  26. Iceland took the seat vacated by the USA at the UN Human Rights Council.
  27. Raythu Bandhu scheme for farmers launched by Telengana govt.
    1. Bank of China is the 2nd Chinese bank after ICBC to start operations in India.
    2. HDFC is the only bank in India whose market capitalization is more than $100 billions. There are 3 companies in India which crosses the benchmark of $100 billion viz. RIL, TCS and HDFC.

Static General Knowledge

  1. Jatropha seeds can be used for bio-diesel production.
  2. Ist Generation bio-diesel: made from Sugarcane, maize and oil seeds.
  3. 2-G bio-diesel: made from Cellulose, organic waste, wood (made up of lignin) and food crop waste.
  4. 3-G bio diesel: made from Algae
  5. 4-G bio-diesel: made from Capture and store of carbon dioxide.
  6. World Intellectual Property Organization (in Geneva): WIPO copyright is a special agreement under the Berne Convention. India has also signed it.
  7. National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is India’s first govt. supported ranking of colleges and universities (Ist ranking came in 2016). The Institute of Eminence prog recognize 20 universities in 10 will be public and 10 will be private. The Graded Autonomy involves both public and private institution.
  8. Timbergen rule in Economics: it refers to a rule of thumb which states that policy makers trying to achieve multiple economic targets need to have control over at least one policy tool for each policy target.
  9. Tudor Arch was introduced in the region of Akbar.
  10. Kutchi New Year is celebrated as Ashadhi Beej.
  11. Sanskrit is an official language of Uttarakhand.
  12. Kalakkad Mundanthuri Tiger Reserve is in Tamil Nadu.
  13. Koteshwar Dam is in UK.
  14. National Security Group is worked under the MHA.
    1. Special Action Group (SAG) of NSG consists entirely of Indian Army Personnel.
    2. Special Ranger Groups (SRG) comprises personnel from CAPF and State Police Forces.
    3. The director of NSG is an officer from the IPS.
  15. Rice is produced highest in West Bengal followed by UP.
    1. Azolla (a fern) is used extensively in Rice fields.
    2. It does not fixes nitrogen.
    3. It is called mosquito fern because it keep away mosquito.
    4. It also stop growth of weed.

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