Daily Current Affairs - 10th Mar 2018

Anjum wins silver at shooting World Cup

  • Indian shooter Anjum Moudgil clinched a silver medal in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • It was Anjum’s first World Cup medal as she battled windy conditions to shoot 454.2 in the 45-shot final to finish behind former junior world champion China’s Ruijiao Pei (455.4). Another Chinese Ting Sun claimed bronze, finishing with a score of 442.2.
  • This was India’s eighth medal in the competition and the first silver after having won three golds and four bronze medals already, for their best ISSF World Cup performance by far.
  • India thus remained on top of the medals tally with eight medals, while China is in second with two gold, two silvers, one bronze.

Biplab Kumar Deb sworn in as Tripura CM

  • Biplab Kumar Deb was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tripura's first Bharatiya Janata Party government at Agartala. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah.
  • Jishnu Deb Burman, a member of the royal family, took oath as the Deputy CM of the State. Among the nine ministers sworn in, BJP's Santana Chakmas is the lone woman.

Diu becomes first UT to run 100% on solar power

  • Diu, one of the major tourist destinations, has become the country’s first and only solar energy efficient Union territory, showing an effective way to people to harness this particular renewable energy source.
  • In a span of three years, Diu has made rapid progress in solar power generation. Limited to a geographical area of just 42 sq km, Diu has become the first Union territory where more than 100% of the electricity need is being met by solar power. Despite scarcity of land, solar power plants have been installed in over 50 acres of land.

French President Macron to arrive in India

  • French President Emmanuel Macron will arrive for a four-day-visit to India, on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The visit of President Macron is aimed at strengthening the bilateral economic, political and strategic dimension of our engagement.
  • Both sides will continue to enhance and cooperate in the defence, maritime, space, security, and energy-related sectors. It will also work together on issues of concerns such as terrorism, climate change, sustainable growth and development, infrastructure, smart urbanization, science and technology cooperation and youth exchanges.
  • Prime Minister Modi and his French counterpart will co-chair the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), which will take place on March 11.

Government launches Udyam Sakhi Portal for Women Entrepreneurs

  • The Ministry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises launched Udyam Sakhi Portal (www.udyamsakhi.org) for women entrepreneurs. It was unveiled by Minister of State (Independent Charge) of MSME, Giriraj Singh, in a program held at Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi.
  • The portal is network to nurture entrepreneurship and create business models for low cost products and services to empower women and make them self-sufficient and self-reliant.

Govt plans to extend UDAN scheme to international flights

  • The success of the regional connectivity scheme, or UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik), has prompted the government to extend the scheme for international flights.
  • The Assam government has expressed interest in connecting Guwahati airport with several South East Asian destinations and the state has taken a lead in ‘UDAN Version 2’ by allocating Rs 100 crore for three years for carriers willing to participate in the scheme.

Haryana’s 1st Cyber Police Station Opened in Gurugram

  • Haryana’s first cyber police station, equipped with a digital forensic laboratory, was inaugurated in Gurugram. It will have a dedicated team of 35 specially trained cops, including two inspectors.
  • V. Umashankar, CEO of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), inaugurated the station.

I – Metros: Government launches association of all Indian Metro Rail companies

  • The Union Housing Ministry has launched I-Metros, an association of all Indian Metro Rail companies for mutual sharing of ideas & experiences for nurturing excellence their performance. It was launched by P K Sinha, Cabinet Secretary at Conference on “Indian Metros: Collaborating for Excellence” held at Metro Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • I – Metros platform will be forum for exchange of ideas, sharing of experience and pooling of knowledge, best practices, innovations etc. among Indian Metro Rail companies to nurture excellence in performance.

Indian women's hockey team notches 3-1 win over South Korea

  • The Indian women's hockey team produced an all-round performance to notch a 3-1 win over higher-ranked Korea in the fourth match of a five-match series.
  • The victory for world no. 10 India saw them take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series with a match remaining.
  • Two goals in the first quarter by Gurjit Kaur (2') and Deepika (14') put India in a commanding position while Poonam Rani's field goal in the 47th minute secured the victory for the visitors as Mi Hyun Park (57') scored a consolation goal for South Korea.

Japan to recruit 200,000 IT professionals from India to fill manpower gap

  • Japan is looking to hire human resources from India to fill the manpower gap in its information technology sector caused due to a fall in the country’s working population, according to Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), a government agency which promotes trade between Japanese firms and other countries.
  • The Japanese government is also looking to collaborate with companies specifically from Hyderabad, JETRO members said at a press conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  • Kazuya Nakajo, chief general director of JETRO in India, said Japan has been outsourcing some of its IT recruitments to countries such as China right since the 1990s, and later countries like Vietnam and the Philippines.

NASA to use nuclear bombs to destroy Asteroid Bennu

  • Asteroid Bennu may hit Earth on September 21, 2135 but before that happens NASA has a plan to destroy it using nuclear bombs before it reaches us. It has about 1 in 2,700 chance of hitting Earth.
  • The chances of Asteriod Bennu making contacts with Earth is very less but the US Government wants to make it sure that the treat is neutralized, notes a report by Futurism. Bennu is currently about 54 million miles from Earth and orbits Sun.
  • The asteroid is a near-Earth object (NEO) listed as a "potential Earth impactor" and is quite massive. Measuring about 500 meters.
  • However, NASA, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and two Energy Department weapons labs have decided to design and develop a spacecraft that can deliver nukes to it if it gets too close.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant launches Women Entrepreneurship Platform

  • NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant launched the Women Entrepreneurship Platform. The platform aspires to substantially increase the number of women entrepreneurs who will create and empower a dynamic New India.
  • WEP will provide opportunities to women to realize their entrepreneurial aspirations, scale-up innovative initiatives and chalk-out sustainable, long-term strategies for their businesses. It aims to promote women entrepreneurship and provide industry linkages and partner support to women entrepreneurs.

Pakistan court clears way for registration of Hafiz Saeed's political party

  • Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's political ambitions have received a boost after a top Pakistani court ordered the election commission to hear his party's case for registration ahead of 2018 election.
  • The Islamabad High Court (IHC) set aside a decision by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to reject the application of Jamaat-ud-Dawah's political front Milli Muslim League (MML) for registration as a political party.
  • The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a global terrorist. Saeed, who is accused of having masterminded the November 2008 Mumbai attack, was also placed on the terrorism black list by the United Nations in December 2008.

RCom’s plans to sell infra assets to Jio get CCI nod

  • The proposed mega deal for the sale of debt-laden Reliance Communications’ (RCom) infrastructure assets to Reliance Jio is learnt to have received the approval of the anti-trust regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI).
  • In December 2017, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio signed a pact to acquire mobile business assets including spectrum, mobile towers and optical fibre network of RCom-owned by his younger brother Anil Ambani.

SC Constitution Bench holds passive euthanasia, living wills permissible

  • In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court recognized ‘living will’ made by terminally-ill patients for passive euthanasia.
  • The apex court holds passive euthanasia and living wills to refuse treatment permissible. It also upheld the fundamental right of person to refuse medical treatment, says right to meaningful existence includes the right to die with dignity and without suffering.
  • "Sanctity of life includes dignity and autonomy of the individual to live a meaningful existence. Right to meaningful existence includes right to die with dignity and without suffering," said Justice Chandrachud.

Scientists Develop Pigs for Human Transplants in Japan

  • A team of scientists says it has created a pig that can be used in transplantations in humans.
  • According to the team, which includes researchers from Meiji University and Kyoto Prefectural University, the animal is the first to be developed for transplantation based on national guidelines for xenotransplantation, in which animal organs and cells are transplanted into humans.
  • More than 200 pig-to-human xenotransplantations have been conducted in New Zealand, Russia and other countries in response to a shortage of organs for transplant, as pig organs are functionally similar to those of humans.

Sufi singer Pyarelal Wadali passes away

  • The younger of the Wadali Brothers duo, Ustad Pyarelal Wadali, is no more. He was 75 years old.
  • The Sufi singer, who, with his brother Puranchand Wadali, was known for his famous compositions--including the song Rangrez for Tanu Weds Manu--suffered a heart attack.
  • The Wadali Brothers, who are fifth-generation Sufi singers, started their careers by singing at temple sangeet sammelans in Punjab. Apart from Sufi music, the brothers were also known to sing gurbani, kaafi, ghazal and bhajan songs.

Uber hails Virat Kohli's commitment to India, gets him as brand ambassador

  • Cab hailing platform Uber said it has roped in Indian cricket team captain, Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador in India.
  • This is the first time the company has announced a brand ambassador in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Last month, it had named footballer Mohamed Salah as the brand ambassador for the Egypt market.