World Book Fair 2018, with focus on environment was hosted by which Indian state?
New Delhi World Book Fair 2018 began on January 6, 2018 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. This fair is being jointly organised by the National Book Trust (NBT) and India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO). It is spread over 30000 sq m space and has more than 1500 stalls. ‘Environment and Climate Change’ is the main theme of New Delhi World Book Fair 2018. The theme pavilion (made from environmental-friendly material like bamboo, cane and jute) highlights various environment-related issues like global warming, climate change, water pollution and other relevant matters. European Union (EU) is the Guest of Honour for this edition of New Delhi World Book Fair. Being the Guest of Honour, EU member states will exhibit select publications in English and other European languages. Nearly 40 countries including Canada, Belgium, China, Egypt, Denmark, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Pakistan are participating in this book fair. 800 publishers from across India are participating in this book fair.
Which state hosted the Conference on Transformation of Aspirational Districts 2018?
Conference on Transformation of Aspirational Districts was held at the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, in New Delhi. The Conference on Transformation of Aspirational Districts was organized by NITI Aayog. The conference focused on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a New India by 2022. Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with officials in-charge of transformation of around 100 districts. Government officials such as Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary have been made officers in-charge for the transformation of districts initiative. The officers in-charge work to help deliver the efforts of government in transforming districts that lag in certain parameters.
Atal Pension Yojana subscriber base touches 80 lakh-mark. Which state has the highest number of subscribers (11.41 lakh)?
The Atal Pension Yojana’s (APY) subscriber base reached a mark of 80 lakhs. The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) is run by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority of India (PFRDA). It has reached 80 lakh subscribers. Uttar Pradesh has highest number of subscribers (11.41 lakh). It is followed by Bihar (8.87 lakh) and Tamil Nadu (6.60 lakh). The PFRDA had taken initiatives like account statement view and e-PRAN (permanent retirement account number). It has also introduced online registration facility for the scheme.
Which state announced the setting up of 24X7 ‘Gudiya helpline’ for reporting crimes against women?
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur announced setting up of 24X7 ‘Gudiya helpline’ for reporting crimes against women. ’Gudiya’ is a nickname given to the 16-year-old victim of rape and murder in Kotkhai town. The incident took place in 2017. Under ‘Gudiya helpline’ initiative, three special crime cells would be set up, one each at Mandi, Shimla and Kangra. Officers posted at these cells will be responsible for reporting cases of crime against women without any delay. Day-to-day reporting of such cases will be monitored at the chief minister’s office level under direct supervision of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. In all such cases, authorities will take action within 48 hours.
In which city of telangana state, India’s first National Park for differently abled people was inaugurated?
Telangana State Government inaugurated India’s first National Park for differently abled people in Hyderabad. The park has speech therapist, vocational training instructors and physiotherapist for the differently-abled children. The park was inaugurated by Telangana Municipal administration and Urban Development Minister K.T. Rama Rao. At the inauguration, Mr. Rao stated that Telangana State Government is also planning an Information technology (IT) park on similar lines.
In which state, the Border Security Force (BSF) has launched “Operation Alert” along 200 km long International Border (IB) to prevent infiltration attempts by terrorists from the Pakistani side?
Border Security Force (BSF) has launched “Operation Alert” along 200 km long International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir to prevent infiltration attempts by terrorists from the Pakistani side. Senior officials of BSF in Jammu frontier have stated that, ‘Operation Alert’ has been declared in wake of intelligence report pertaining to movement of militants along the border. Infiltrators have been making desperate attempts to crossover by taking advantage of the thick cover of winter fog. Besides, Pakistan has been frequently resorting to ceasefire violations along the border. On January 4, 2018, BSF Head Constable Radha Pada Hazara was killed in sniper firing by Pakistan rangers in Samba sector.
Which country hosted the Himalayan Hydro Expo 2018?
Himalayan Hydro Expo began at the Exhibition Hall of Bhrikutimandap, in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Himalayan Hydro Expo 2018 is jointly organised by the Independent Power Producers’ Association Nepal (IPPAN) and Event Management Services. The expo is conducted for 3 days. The expo was inaugurated by Bidya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal. The objective of the expo is to project the hydro power potential of Nepal and to bring together all the stakeholders at one place. Delegates from countries like India, China, Austria, Czech Republic and Norway are taking part in the expo. Hydro power related products and services are displayed in the expo. Seminars, discussions and competitions are conducted for students.
According to a South China Morning Post (SCMP) report, China is planning to build its second foreign naval base in which country?
According to a South China Morning Post (SCMP) report, China is planning to build its second foreign naval base in Pakistan. This will be China’s second foreign naval base after Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa in Indian Ocean. The base in Djibouti was formally opened in August 2017. According to Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming, China’s naval base in Pakistan will most likely come up in Gwadar on the southwestern coast of Balochistan, Pakistan. From Indian perspective, this news holds strategic significance, as Gwadar is located at a short distance from Chabahar port in Iran, that is being jointly developed by Iran, India and Afghanistan. Chabahar port is to be utilised as trade corridor for Indian exports to Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan.
As per data released by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, which country is the Sri Lanka’s top source of tourists in 2017?
As per data released by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, India continued to be Sri Lanka’s top source of tourists in 2017. As per the data, India accounted for 384628 tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka in 2017, which marks 7.8 per cent growth as compared to previous year. India was followed by followed by China, accounting for 268952 arrivals while 201879 tourist arrived in Sri Lanka from United Kingdom (UK). Despite of Sri Lankan tourism industry witnessing several setbacks during 2017, tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka touched an all- time high of 2116407. The main setback was closure of Sri Lanka’s main airport from January to April 2017 as many airlines scaled down their operations in Sri Lanka or completely stopped flights to Colombo. Besides, several parts of Sri Lanka were affected by floods and droughts during 2017 which not only cut access to prime resort areas but also triggered negative publicity by international media.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) has announced the first advance estimates of National Income 2017-18 and stated that growth in India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during 2017-18 is estimated at ____% ?
Central Statistics Office (CSO) has announced the first advance estimates of National Income 2017-18 and stated that growth in India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during 2017-18 is estimated at 6.5% as compared to 7.1% in 2016-17. This has been the slowest growth in past four years as GDP growth was 7.1% in 2016-17, 8% in 2015-16 and 7.5% in 2014-15. GDP growth in first half of 2017-18 was only 6% owing to lingering effects of demonetisation in November 2016 and disruptions caused due to rollout of goods and services tax (GST) in July 2017. However, Chief statistician TCA Anant has stated that growth for second half (H2) of 2017-18 is expected to be around 7%. As per CSO estimates, growth in agriculture, forestry and fishing is likely to slow to 2.1% in 2017-18 as compared to 4.9% in 2016-17. Growth in manufacturing sector too is expected to slow down to 4.6% in current fiscal as compared to 7.9% in 2016-17.
Who was appointed the Editor of the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW)?
Gopal Guru was appointed as the Editor of the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW). Gopal Guru is a professor and political scientist. He currently works at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. He teaches Political Science. Earlier, he worked at the University of Delhi and the University of Pune. He has written several books. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta resigned as the Editor of EPW last year. He resigned following accusations that he had initiated unilateral legal proceedings against a business group after legal notice was served on an article.
Who was appointed the Secretary (Economic Relations) in the External Affairs Ministry?
T S Tirumurti was appointed as the Secretary (Economic Relations) in the External Affairs Ministry. T S Tirumurti replaces Vijay Keshav Gokhale as Secretary (Economic Relations) in the External Affairs Ministry. Vijay Keshav Gokhale was recently appointed as Foreign Secretary. T S Tirumurti is a Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1985-batch. He is currently the High Commissioner of India to Malaysia. Earlier he has worked as Under Secretary (Bhutan), Director (Foreign Secretary’s Office), Joint Secretary (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives) and Joint Secretary (United Nations Economic and Social).
Who was appointed the chairperson of the Real Estate Appellate Tribunal (REAT) for Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands?
Tamil Nadu government has appointed B. Rajendran as the chairperson of the Real Estate Appellate Tribunal (REAT) for Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. B Rajendran is a former High Court judge. The REAT was established under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016. He will be paid a monthly salary of Rs 80,000 as chairperson. The Tamil Nadu government had formed a selection committee to select the chairperson and members of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority and members of the Real Estate Appellate Tribunal, last year.
Indian Coast Guard Ship C-161 (ICGS C -161) was commissioned on Friday at which city of Gujarat?
Indian Coast Guard Ship C-161 (ICGS C -161) was commissioned on Friday at Porbandar in Gujarat. ICGS C – 161 has been built by Bharati Defence and Infrastructure Limited. It is 27.64m long, has displacement of 107 tons and can achieve maximum speed of 35 knots. It is capable of operating in shallow water as well as deep seas. It can be used for surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue operations and can render assistance to boats and craft in distress at sea. ICGS C-161’s presence will strengthen security along west coast of India and will help in patrolling to prevent illicit activities such as smuggling, illegal fishing and infiltration.
What is the On-line chat service of Income Tax Department which was launched to help taxpayers to get their queries solved online?
The Income Tax Department has launched an on-line chat service on www.incometaxindia.gov.in, its official website. The on-line chat service has been launched to help taxpayers get their queries solved. A customer support executive will help the users to get their queries solved online. The on-line chat service is provided from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 6 pm. It is also available on a mobile application called ‘AayakarSetu’. It is available to all Android mobile users. Shiv Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance, made this announcement in Lok Sabha.
Name the institution which is working for developing eco-friendly firecrackers and arriving at a cost-effective technology to make e-crackers (electronic-crackers)?
Different labs of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) have decided to put joint efforts for developing eco-friendly firecrackers and arriving at a cost-effective technology to make e-crackers (electronic-crackers). Last year, Union Environment and Science &Technology Minister, Harsh Vardhan had urged scientific institutions and research bodies to conduct research on eco-friendly firecrackers. In response to this call by Mr. Harsh Vardhan, CSIR constituted an inter-ministerial expert committee to guide and mentor different labs developing less polluting firecrackers. This research and development endeavour will initially focus on reduction of pollutants and in future will develop a solution which would remove the pollutants altogether from the compositions of firecrackers. e-crackers mainly contain high-voltage micro generators which spark at random intervals and create cracking sound just like firecrackers. For e-crackers, efforts will focus on developing low-cost technology in order to make it affordable for all consumers. Foreign-made e-crackers that are currently available in Indian market are bit expensive for average Indian consumer.
Which space agency, has announced that it would launch two missions – GOLD and ICON – during 2018 to explore the little-understood area of 96 km above Earth’s surface?
US space agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced that it would launch two missions – GOLD and ICON – during 2018 to explore the little-understood area of 96 km above Earth’s surface. Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission and the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) are complementary missions to explore ionosphere, a boundary area between Earth and the space (from about 60 km to 1000 km altitude) which is like a sea of particles that have been ionised by solar radiation. Ionosphere holds special significance for humans as it influences radio signals used to guide airplanes, ships and Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites. GOLD mission, which will be in a geostationary orbit over the Western Hemisphere, about 35398 km above Earth’s surface will be launched in January 2018 while ICON which will be in low-Earth orbit, at 560 km above Earth will be launched in later part of 2018. Measuring upper atmosphere changes on account of hurricanes and geomagnetic storms is a primary goal of these missions.
Which state hosted the 2nd edition of the Elite Women’s National Boxing Championship?
The 2nd edition of the Elite Women’s National Boxing Championship, began in Haryana. The Elite Women’s National Boxing Championship is considered as selection trials for the upcoming Common Wealth Games and the Asian Games. Boxers like Sarita Devi, Sarjubala, Sonia Lather are participating in the tournament. Around 300 top boxers participate in the tournament. Performance director for the Elite women’s team Raffael Bergamasco and women’s team head coach Shiv Singh are also present in the tournament.
Who was the first native commander-in-chief of Pakistan Air Force who died recently?
Air Marshal Asghar Khan died due to cardiac arrest in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Asghar Khan was 96 years old. He is the first native commander-in-chief of Pakistan Air Force. He was being treated for a chest infection at the Combined Military Hospital in Rawalpindi. Asghar Khan Khan became the youngest head of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) at the age of 35. He was also a politician. He founded a political party named Tehreek-i-Istaqlal. Later the party was merged with the Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf.