Daily GK : 23rd-24th March 2018


National Affairs

1. First Indian Sign Language (ISL) Dictionary of 3000 words launched in New Delhi

  • The Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister ‘Thaawarchand Gehlot’ has launched the first Indian Sign Language (ISL) Dictionary of three thousand words at a function in New Delhi.
  • The basic aim of developing the ISL Dictionary is to remove communications barriers between the deaf and hearing communities as it is focused on providing more information in Indian sign language.
  • The dictionary has been developed by Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.
  • ISL dictionary has focused on providing more information in Indian Sign Language and hoped that more and more people use this dictionary and get the benefit.

2. Union Agriculture Minister Addresses Fifth India Maize Summit 2018 in New Delhi

  • Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh had addressed the 5th India Maize Summit in New Delhi.
  • The aim of the summit was to harness the potential of maize, technological innovations, promoting producer aggregation and linkages that are required.

3. The 3-day International Yoga Fest concludes on enthusiastic note

  • The three-day International Yoga Fest ended on an enthusiastic note in New Delhi.
  • More than 5,700 delegates from across the country and abroad participated in the Fest.
  • According to the AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, Yoga is useful in combating these disorders and shows that science and spirituality need not always be treated as separate entities.

4. The Seventh India-Egypt joint commission meeting held in New Delhi

  • The 7th India-Egypt Joint Commission meeting led by Sushma Swaraj (External Affairs Minister) Sameh Shoukry (and Egyptian Foreign Minister) was held in New Delhi.
  • India and Egypt reviewed the progress in the areas of political, trade & investment, S&T, cybersecurity, capacity building, security, space, and culture.
  • India and Egypt are two of the world’s oldest civilisations that have enjoyed cordial relations based on commonality of views on regional and international issues.


  • Cairo is the capital of Egypt.
  • Egyptian pound is the currency of Egypt.

5. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan launches ‘M-Kerala app’

  • Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has launched a unified app ‘M-Kerala’ for all government services at Kerala’s first global digital summit in Kochi.
  • Kerala also becomes the state with the largest public Wi-Fi (1000 public hotspots) deployment in the country.
  • Palaniswamy Sathasivam is the present Governor of Kerala.

6. Andhra Govt. launches a multi-utility vehicle ‘Naipunya Rathams’ or ‘World on Wheels’

  • The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has launched ‘Naipunya Rathams’ (or World on Wheels), a multi-utility vehicle, aims to bring technology to the remote corners of the state.
  • The project will be initially implemented in identified 28 Smart Villages in 13 districts and will be expanded to other Smart Villages in a phased manner. The State Government has allotted Rs 300 crore for the project.
  • The ‘Naipunya Rathaams’ will facilitate and look to improve digital literacy, digital skills and create an awareness of various government schemes that are underway in the new state of Andhra Pradesh.


  • World on Wheels Lab is a 20-seater high tech Bus with enabled digital inclusion and learning lab equipped with smart technology gadgets on computing and printing equipment, as well as software suites and e-learning tools.
  • Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve is situated in Andhra Pradesh.

7. The Union Govt. decides to declare 2018 as ‘National Year of Millets’

  • According to the union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, the union govt. has declared 2018 as ‘National Year of Millets‘ to boost the cultivation of millets like ‘ragi and jowar’ on a mission mode to achieve nutritional security.
  • Millet cultivation has declined due to change in dietary habits and unavailability of millets.
  • This has led to a special focus on millets, which are being promoted under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM).
  • Under NFSM, maize and jau are also promoted separately.

Important Dates

8. World Tuberculosis Day being observed : 24th March

  • The “World Tuberculosis Day” observed every year on 24th March to fight tuberculosis and eradicate this deadly disease that has been claiming millions of lives.
  • World TB Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The theme for World Tuberculosis Day 2018 is “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world“.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease which in humans is usually caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB).
  • Tuberculosis is spread through the air when people who have active TB in their lungs a cough, spit, speak, or sneeze.


  • Tuberculosis was first discovered by the Dr. Robert Koch in the year 1882 and amazingly announced by him to the small group of scientists at “the University of Berlin’s Institute of Hygiene” about the cause of tuberculosis means the TB bacillus.
  • It claims more than 1.7 million lives every year all over the world and India contributes to about 25% of these deaths.
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the WHO’s Director General. WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

9. World Meteorological Day being observed : 23rd March

  • The United Nations (UN) World Meteorological Day is annually held on or around 23rd March to remember the World Meteorological Organization’s establishment on that date in 1950.
  • The theme of WMD 2018 is ‘Weather-ready, climate-smart’.

10. Nation paying tributes to freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev on their 87th martyrdom day

  • Nation is paying tributes to freedom fighters (Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev) on their 87th martyrdom day.
  • On this day in 1931, British rulers had executed them in Lahore for their revolutionary activities against the British rule.
  • They were hanged a day before the scheduled date of execution.

Banking & Finance

11. Allahabad Bank Gets Nod for All Bank Finance Ltd (ABFL) Merger

  • According to the Allahabad Bank officials, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has allowed the amalgamation of its wholly own subsidiary ‘All Bank Finance Ltd (ABFL)’ with the lender.
  • In December 2016, the bank’s board had already approved the proposed merger.
  • The ABFL offers a basket of fee-based financial services such as trusteeship services, investment advisory & portfolio management services, distribution of Mutual Funds schemes and other corporate services.

Science & Defence

12. The Indian Navy warship ‘INS Ganga’ decommissioned in Mumbai

  • An indigenously built frigate of the Indian Navy ‘INS Ganga’ has been decommissioned in Mumbai after over three decades of service.
  • The ship was Commissioned in December 1985, represented a big step forward in the nation’s warship building capability.
  • The special guest of honour for the ceremony was Vice Admiral (Retd) K K Kohli, the first Commanding Officer of INS Ganga.


  • INS Ganga (F22) is a Godavari-class guided-missile frigate of the Indian Navy, built by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.
  • She was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 30th Dec 1985.
  • Sunil Lanba the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy.


13. Manu Bhaker wins gold in junior shooting at the ISSF Junior World Cup

  • India’s teen shooting sensation Manu Bhaker (16-year) has won individual gold after prevailing over Kanyakorn Hirunphoem (Thailand) in final of the women’s 10m air pistol event at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney.
  • India tasted success in the 10m Air Pistol men’s event too with Gaurav Rana winning a silver medal while Anmol Jain bagged the bronze.
  • Earlier, Vivaan Kapoor (16-year) bagged the trap bronze medal

14. PV Sindhu has been chosen India’s flag-bearer of the Commonwealth Games 2018

  • Pusarla V Sindhu has been chosen by IOA as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games 2018.
  • The opening ceremony will be held at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast on 4th April.


  • The 2018 Commonwealth Games (or Gold Coast 2018), is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia between 4 to 15 April 2018.
  • It will be the fifth time Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games.

15. Elavenil Valarivan wins Gold in Junior ISSF World Cup shooting

  • Indian shooter ‘Elavenil Valarivan’ (18-year) shattered the qualification world record in 10-meter women’s air rifle event of the season’s first junior ISSF World Cup in Sydney, Australia.
  • Elavenil also combined with Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta to claim the team gold medal.
  • Arjun Babuta bagged his second junior world cup medal, claiming a bronze in men’s 10-meter air rifle event.

16. BCCI clears Mohammed Shami of corruption charge leveled by his wife

  • The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) cleared India speedster Mohammed Shami’s central contract after its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) exonerated him of corruption charges leveled by his wife ‘Hasin Jahan’.
  • Shami has been given a Grade ‘B’ annual retainership contract (3 crore rupees).
  • He will also be free to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for his franchise Delhi Daredevils.

17. Williamson becomes New Zealand’s most prolific test century maker

  • The New Zealand captain ‘Kane Williamson’ (27-years) has become New Zealand’s most prolific test century maker, scoring his 18th hundred in cricket test against England at Eden Park in Auckland.
  • Now, Williamson has gone to the top of the list for most test centuries.
  • Williamson, Ross Taylor, and the late Martin Crowe shared the record previously with 17 centuries.

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