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INDIAN AFFAIRS

♦ Four MoUs signed under aegis of DoNER for promotion of tourism in the North-East
On March 19, 2018, four memorandum of understanding (MoUs) were signed in New Delhi under the aegis of the Ministry of Development of North East Region (DoNER) for promotion of tourism in the North-East India.
Details about MoUs for promotion of tourism in North East:
i. The MoUs were signed between various entities in North East India and Airbnb, one of the world’s leading community-driven hospitality companies.
ii. These MoU are aimed at creating hospitality micro-entrepreneurs across key destinations in the North East of India.
iii. Activities carried out under these MoUs are a step towards achieving the aim of creating more sustainable accommodation options to enhance the hospitality service standards in North East Region and thereby doubling tourist growth rate in the next three years. 
iv. The MoUs were signed on behalf of North East Tourism Development Council (NETDC) and North Eastern Council (NEC)and two key livelihood initiatives, North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP) and North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP).
v. Another MoU for leveraging of community resources and appropriate local resources based technology for development was also signed between NERCORMP and HESCO (Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization).

♦ First India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction inaugurated in New Delhi
On March 19, 2018, Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog, Dr. Rajiv Kumar inaugurated the First India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi.

Indian Affairs, March 19th, 2018, Current Affairs Notes - Current Affairs

Highlights of First India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction:
i. This workshop has been jointly organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Union Ministry of Home Affairs and Government of Japan.
ii. It is the first formal initiative under the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on Disaster Risk Reduction signed between India and Japan in September 2017.
iii. Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Rajiv Kumar outlined a six-pronged approach to enhance resilience, which includes Risk Identification, Preparedness, Risk Reduction, Financial Protection, Resilient Reconstruction and Societal Awareness.
iv. Fifty delegates from Japan and 70 Indian delegates including experts from government, technical institutions and private sector are participating in this two-day workshop.
v. During the course of this workshop, India and Japan will identify possible areas of cooperation in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction.
Quick Facts about Japan:

  • Capital – Tokyo
  • Currency – Japanese yen
  • Current Prime Minister – Shinzo Abe
  • Important Rivers – Shinano, Tone, Ishikari

♦ Curtain Raiser for ‘3rd National Conclave on Mines and Minerals’ to be held in New Delhi
On 20th March 2018, the 3rd National Conclave on Mines & Minerals will be held at Convention Hall in Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi.
3rd National Conclave on Mines and Minerals:
i. The 3rd National Conclave on Mines and Minerals is organized by the Ministry of Mines. Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) partners the event.
ii. Public and private mining companies will participate in the conclave. Minister of Mines, Narendra Singh Tomar will present the awards for ‘5 Star’ rating to the 20 best performing mines.
iii. Technical sessions will be conducted on the following topics: Auction of Mineral Blocks & Implementation of Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojna (PMKKKY), Impetus on Exploration, Sustainable Development Framework – Sharing of Best Practices.
About Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI):

  • President – Mr. Sanjay Kumar Pattnaik
  • Location – New Delhi

♦ President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) in New Delhi
On 19th March 2018, President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated a Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

Indian Affairs, March 19th, 2018, Current Affairs Notes - Current Affairs

Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE):
i. Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) is organised by Rashtrapati Bhavan along with the Department of Science and Technology and the National Innovation Foundation-India from 19th March 21st March 2018.
ii. Ram Nath Kovind also presented the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards.
iii. FINE aims to recognise, display and reward innovations and to create a supportive ecosystem for innovators.
iv. It provides an “In-Residence” Program through which 10 innovation scholars will stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan and will receive mentoring and opportunities to share ideas with important stakeholders.
v. FINE also features an exhibition of innovations that will be open for public view till 23rd March 2018.
About National Innovation Foundation-India:

  • Chairperson – Dr. R A Mashelkar
  • Set up by – Department of Science and Technology (DST)

♦ Indo-French joint naval exercise Varuna 2018 began on March 19, 2018 in Goa
On 19th March 2018, Phase I of Varuna 18, an Indo-French Naval Exercise, began in Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) in Goa.
Varuna 18:
i. The phase I of Varuna 18 will be conducted till 24th March 2018. Second and third phases will be conducted in April 2018 and May 2018 in Chennai and La Reunion Island respectively.
ii. Rear Admiral M A Hampiholi, Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet and Rear Admiral Didier Piaton, Joint Commander of the French Naval Forces deployed in Indian Ocean and French Joint Forces stationed in UAE, inaugurated the 1st phase of Varuna 18.
iii. Varuna 18 will be conducted in 3 sea areas: the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and South Western Indian Ocean.
iv. First phase of Varuna 18 will be conducted in the Arabian Sea. French Submarine and frigate Jean de Vienne and Indian Naval Ship (INS) Destroyer Mumbai, frigate Trikand with internal helicopters participate in phase I of Varuna 18.
v. INS Kalavari, P8-I and Dornier Maritiem Patrol Aircraft and Mig 29-K fighter aircraft also take part in this exercise.
About Varuna:

  • Type – bilateral maritime exercises between Indian and French navies
  • Started – 2001
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