1. ‘Symphony of the Seas’ the World’s Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail in France
- The world’s biggest cruise-liner, Symphony of the Seas, has left the shipyard of Saint-Nazaire in France to embark on its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean. French shipbuilder STX handed over to U.S. giant Royal Caribbean International.
- The ship, which weighs 228,000 tonnes, is 362 metres long just 20 metres shy of the length of the Empire State Building. It is marginally bigger than its sister ship, the Harmony of the Seas, which STX France delivered to Royal Caribbean in 2016.
2. Prof. JS Rajput nominated India’s representative to UNESCO’s executive board
- Indian govt. has nominated Padma Shri awardee Prof. J S Rajput (former Director NCERT) as India’s representative to the Executive Board (EXB) of UNESCO.
- The executive board is one of the constitutional organs of UNESCO examines the work of the organization, elected by the General Conference.
- The EXB has a four-year term of office and 58 seats.
- In practice, the executive board is the main organ responsible for all policies and programmes of UNESCO.
- UNESCO- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
- France’s Audrey Azoulay- 11th DG of UNESCO, Headquarters- Paris, France.
3. India Becomes 3rd Largest Electricity Producer in the World : IBEF
- India has become the 3rd largest electricity producer in the world as its electricity production grew 34% over seven years to 2017. The country now produces more energy than Japan and Russia, which had 27% and 8.77% more electricity generation capacity installed, respectively.
- Electricity production stood at 1,003.525 Billion Unit between April 2017-January 2018, according to a February 2018 report by India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), a trust established by the commerce ministry.
- The top 3 Producers of Electricity in the world are-
1. China, 2. The USA, 3. India.
4. Under Swachh Bharat Mission Assam govt to construct 1 lakh toilets across the state
- The Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal has launched a programme to build one lakh toilets across the state under the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’.
- This special scheme will be known as Mission Sambhav (or Mission Possible) and construction works will be completed within 10 days.
- The state govt. has targeted to make the state Open Defecation Free (ODF) within this year. Five districts in the state have already been declared ODF.
5. President Kovind Lays Foundation Stone of five Projects of National Highway in Varanasi
- President Ram Nath Kovind visited Varanasi on a one-day visit to Uttar Pradesh. During his temple city visit, Mr Kovind laid the foundation stone of five projects of the National Highway Authority of India.
- Mr Kovind was welcomed by State Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the Varanasi Airport (Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport).
- Nitin Gadkari is the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways.
6. First international exhibition ‘Print Biennale India – 2018’ begins in New Delhi
- The first-ever international exhibition of graphic prints ‘Print Biennale India – 2018’ has begun in New Delhi, (till 22nd April).
- The event has been organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, to discover new artistic trends in printmaking nationally and internationally.
- Artists across the world have sent their works and are showcasing their artwork in this international exhibition.
- Dr. Mahesh Sharma is the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture.
7. ‘Varanasi’ – the World’s Oldest City Goes ‘Wireless’
- Eighty-six years after the city got electricity, overhead power cables in world’s oldest city ‘Varanasi ‘ is being dismantled after a project to lay underground lines over 16 sq-km has been finally completed.
- Laying cables for 50,000 consumers through the serpentine lanes and congested markets in one of the world’s oldest cities was quite a challenge for Powergrid, the company conducting the integrated power development scheme (IPDS) project.
8. The four-day Madhavpur mela begins in Porbandar
- The four-day ‘Madhavpur Mela’ has begun at Madhavpur Ghed in Porbandar district of Gujarat.
- It will showcase for the first time the cultural integration of the North-East with Gujarat.
- The festival will see a vibrant cultural trail of art, dance, music, poetry, story-telling and folk drama from the North-Eastern States with the aim to integrate the rich cultures of the two regions.
9. International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade being observed : 25th March
- The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is observed every year on 25th March to offer the opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system.
- The theme of 2018 is “Remember Slavery: Triumphs and Struggles for Freedom and Equality”.
Honors & Awards
10. G.K. Reddy award-2017 for Veteran journalist Karan Thapar
- Former PM Manmohan Singh has presented the G.K. Reddy Memorial National Award -2017 for journalism to Veteran journalist ‘Karan Thapar’ at the event held in New Delhi.
- G. K. Reddy was an Indian journalist that attained national and international acclaim for his articles and news stories.
- In his memory, the G. K. Reddy Memorial Award for Outstanding Journalism was established by T. Subbarami Reddy.
11. South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF) wins Frederick Pincott award for 2017
- A London based organization, South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF) has received the Frederick Pincott Award for 2017.
- The award was given by the Indian High Commissioner, Y K Sinha for promoting Hindi cinema in Britain for the last 18 years.
- The institution has been active in boosting original research and books on Indian films, also inviting and honoring filmmakers from India, along with documentary filmmaking and producing classic silent films with live music at the British Film Institute (BFI).
- The SACF was set up in London in January 2000 by PK Nair (film archivist), Derek Malcolm (film critic) and Kusum Pant Joshi (social historian-researcher).
- Lalit Mohan Joshi is the Director of SACF.
12. Pankaj Advani retains Asian Championships Billiards title
- Pankaj Advani (32-year) demolished his practice partner B Bhaskar 6-1 in the summit clash of Asian Billiards Championships in Yangon (Myanmar).
- Now, Advani remains the reigning Indian, Asian and world champion in billiards for 2017-18.
- This is Advani’s 11th gold medal at the Asian level of cue sports.
- India’s Amee Kamani won the Asian Women’s Snooker title by defeating Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan (Thailand) 3-0.
- Pankaj Advani was born in Pune (India) and spent his initial years in Kuwait before moving to Bangalore, India.
- He received his education at the Frank Anthony Public School, Bangalore and completed his bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College.
- Pankaj Advani won the Arjuna Award in 2004, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2006, and Padma Shri in 2009.
13. German racing driver Sebastian Vettel wins Australian Grand Prix
- German racing driver Sebastian Vettel (driving in Ferrari) has won a dramatic Australian Grand Prix after leapfrogging Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) during a safety car period.
- Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari was in the third position.
- The Australian Grand Prix is a motor race held annually in Australia currently under contract to host Formula One until 2023.
14. Anish Bhanwala wins Gold at ISSF Junior World Cup
- India’s rising shooter Anish Bhanwala (15-year) has won a gold medal at the ISSF Junior World Cup in the 25-meter rapid fire pistol event in Sydney, Australia. It was India’s third gold at the event.
- Now, India is placed second in the overall standings with 15 medals (six Gold, three Silver, and six bronze), behind China and ahead of top shooting nations such as Italy and hosts Australia.
- Bhanwala was placed 7th in the same event at the ISSF Senior World Cup.
- Australia Capital- Canberra, Currency- Australian Dollar, Prime Minister- Malcolm Turnbull.
15. Ball-tampering conspiracy – Australian Captain Steve Smith suspended for one Test match by ICC
- Australia captain Steve Smith was handed a one-match suspension and fined 100% of his match fee by ICC after he owned up to a ball-tampering conspiracy in South Africa.
- Australia opener Cameron Bancroft has been fined 75% of his match fee and handed three demerit points for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct.
- Smith accepted the charge and the proposed sanction of two suspension points which equates to a ban for the next Test match and which will see four demerit points added to his record.
- The ball tampering (in Cricket) is an action in which a fielder illegally alters the condition of the ball.
- The primary motivation of ball tampering is to interfere with the aerodynamics of the ball.
16. India Under-16 football team lifts Jockey Cup in Hong Kong
- India Under-16 team have won the Jockey Cup International Youth Invitational Football Tournament title in Hong Kong.
- They defeated Hong Kong by 4-2.
- Earlier, they had defeated Chinese Taipei (4-0) and Singapore by 3-1.
- They have already qualified for the AFC Under-16 Finals from where the top four teams will make it to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
- Hong Kong is an autonomous territory and former British colony, in southeastern China.