1. China to appoint Yi Gang as new central bank governor
- China has selected American-trained economist Yi Gang to become the country’s new central bank Governor.
- According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the nomination of Yi’s was reviewed by the nearly 3,000 delegates attending the National People’s Congress.
- His appointment to the top post at the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) was set to be approved when the legislature reconvenes.
2. Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib- Fakim resigns over a financial scandal
- Mauritius President ‘Ameenah Gurib-Fakim’ (58-year) has resigned after being embroiled in a financial scandal, the use of a credit card to buy luxury personal item, provided by an NGO.
- Africa’s only female head of the state, Gurib-Fakim is an internationally renowned scientist and biologist.
- The capital city of Mauritius : Port Louis.
- The currency of Mauritius : Mauritian rupee.
- Pravind Jugnauth is Prime Minister of Mauritius.
3. Vladimir Putin wins a historic fourth term as Russian President
- Russian President Vladimir Putin stormed to victory in presidential election, giving him another six years in power.
- Putin won more than 75% of the vote according to preliminary results.
- He is well ahead of his nearest rival Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin at 13.2%.
- The Kremlin pushed for the high turnout to give greater legitimacy to Putin’s historic fourth term.
- About 107 million Russians were eligible to cast ballots and turnout was 60% before polls closed in Moscow.
- The President of the Russian Federation is the elected head of state, Supreme Commander-in-Chief, and holder of the highest office in the Russian Federation.
- Russia is the largest country in the world by area (17,125,200 square kilometers), covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area and the ninth most populous, with over 144 million people at the end of December 2017.
- Russia Capital- Moscow, Currency- Russian ruble, President- Vladimir Putin.
4. The ministerial meeting of informal WTO held in New Delhi
- Two-day informal world Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting begins in New Delhi.
- The informal meeting will provide an opportunity for ministers to explore in greater detail the options on different issues for re-invigorating the WTO.
- This is the second WTO mini-ministerial meeting being hosted by India (first in 2009).
- The meeting assumes significance after the collapse of WTO Buenos Aires ministerial talks in December last year.
- The meeting will strive to find a permanent solution to the food stock-holding by WTO member countries.
- Suresh Prabhu is the Minister of Commerce and Industry.
5. Lok Sabha Passes Amendment bill to Stonewall Scrutiny of Foreign Poll Funding
- The Lok Sabha has passed (without a debate) a bill that will exempt political parties from the scrutiny of funds they have received from abroad since 1976.
- One of them was an amendment to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 that bans overseas corporations from funding political parties.
- This is only the third time since 2000 that Parliament has approved the budget without debate.
6. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in New Delhi
- President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated five-day Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and present Gandhian Young Technological Innovation awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan New Delhi.
- The festival is an initiative to recognize, respect, showcase, reward innovations and to foster a supportive ecosystem for innovators.
- It is being organized by Rashtrapati Bhavan in association with the Department of Science and Technology & the National Innovation Foundation-India.
- The festival is an exhibition of innovations that will remain open for public viewing between 1200 hrs to 1700 hrs at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
7. KUSUM Scheme to allow Grid Connected Solar Plants in Rural India
- The Indian government is in process of formulating ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme’ to harness solar power for rural India. The scheme will allow to setup grid-connected solar plants in rural areas.
- KUSUM will build 10,000 MW solar plant and provide 1.75 million off-grid agricultural solar pumps.
- The program aims to boost farmers’ income as they can sell their additional power to the main grid produced by solar plants located on their lands.
Arts & Culture
8. Andhra Pradesh celebrates ‘Ugadi’ with traditional fervour & enthusiasm
- ‘Ugadi’ (Telugu New Year) was celebrated with traditional fervour and enthusiasm across Andhra Pradesh State.
- The festival is celebrated with people consuming ‘Ugadi pachadi’ (chutney) after taking the head bath in the early hours of the day.
- The ‘pachadi’ is made of neem flowers, pieces of raw mango, tamarind juice and jaggery and bananas.
- Special prayers were held at Tirumala, Srisailam, Vijayawada and Bhadrachalam temples and Pancharamalu.
9. Nidahas Cricket trophy 2018 : India beat Bangladesh in final
- India beat Bangladesh by four wickets to win the ‘Nidahas Cricket Trophy’ in a nail-biting final in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
- Bangladesh made 166 for 8 in the stipulated 20 overs.
- India needing five runs off the last ball, Dinesh Karthik hit a flat-bat six to keep India’s T20I record against Bangladesh intact.
- Karthik was named the man of the match for his great knock scoring 29 off just eight balls.
- BAN: 166/8 (20.0 Ovs)
- IND: 168/6 (20.0 Ovs)
- Player of the match: Dinesh Karthik
- Man-of-the-series: Washington Sundar
- Twenty20 series ‘2018 Nidahas Trophy’ (Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka) was a cricket tournament that was held in Sri Lanka.
- The tournament was played to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 70th year of independence; the title derives from the Sinhalese nidahas, meaning ‘freedom’.
10. English Cricketer Kevin Pietersen Announces Retirement
- Kevin Pietersen, 37 years old, has officially announced his retirement from the International cricket.
- A prolific scorer in all forms of the game, Pietersen has 8,181 runs in 104 tests, 4,440 runs in 136 ODIs and 1,176 runs in 37 Twenty20 Internationals. Pietersen is England’s fifth highest test run-scorer.
11. Purva Barve wins Women’s Singles U-19 title at Israel Junior 2018
- Defending Champion India’s Purva Barve has won the Women’s Singles (Under-19) title at the Israel Junior 2018 held in Rishon LeZion, Israel.
- She defeated Anastasiia Pustinskaia (Russian) in three sets 21-19,19-21,21-13.
- Earlier she won the Israel Junior 2017, Italian Junior International 2017 apart from a bronze at the Russian Junior White Nights 2017.
12. Irani Cup: Ranji Champions Vidarbha Clinch Maiden title
- In Cricket, Ranji Trophy champions ‘Vidarbha’ have lifted their maiden ‘Irani Trophy’ in Nagpur.
- They beat Rest of India by virtue of their massive first innings lead.
- The hosts had posted a total of 800 in their first innings and then bowled out Rest of India for 390 on the final day.
The final scores:
- Vidarbha: 800 for 7 declared & 79- for no loss.
- Rest of India: 390 all out.
- The Z. R. Irani Cup (earlier called Irani Trophy) tournament was conceived during the 1959-60 season to mark the completion of 25 years of the Ranji Trophy championship, named after the late Z. R. Irani.
- The fixture is played annually between the incumbent Ranji Trophy winners and the Rest of India Team.