1. World Water Day – March 22
World Water Day is an annual observance day on 22 March to highlight the importance of freshwater. It is also used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
World Water Day is celebrated around the world with a variety of events. These can be educational, theatrical, musical or lobbying in nature. The day can also include campaigns to raise money for water projects.
The first World Water Day, designated by the United Nations, was commemorated in 1993.
The theme in 2018 – Nature for Water – explores how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.
Source: United Nation
2. The third edition of National Conclave on Mines and Minerals
The third edition of National Conclave on Mines and Minerals to be held in New Delhi.
Representatives of various state governments, mining industry, industry associations, financial and academic institutions will participate in the event.
The Ministry of Mines, the conclave will provide an effective platform to showcase the recent policy initiatives of the government.
It was also enable intensive discussions on issues, challenges and opportunities in the mining sector to realise its optimum potential for the sustainable development of the country.
The first edition of the conclave was held in July, 2016 at Raipur, while the second took place in February 2017 in New Delhi.
Source: Air World Service
3. NHAI Receives Best Design Pavilion Award at 105th Indian Science Congress
The NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) pavilion at 105th Indian Science Congress– Pride of India Expo held at Imphal has been adjudged as BEST DESIGN PAVILION. The award was conferred by Dr Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur.
The NHAI had put up an exhibition stall to showcase its Projects and other initiatives like Electronic Toll Collection, Wayside Amenities, Incident Management, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Road Safety etc.
Source: Press Information Bureau
4. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier five-day visit to India
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in New Delhi on a five-day visit to India.
This is the first visit of Dr. Steinmeier to India as the President of Germany. During his visit, the German President will visit Varanasi.
The German President is also scheduled to attend a business event in New Delhi and visit to Chennai.
India-Germany bilateral economic cooperation has been robust. Germany is India’s largest trading partner in Europe and the 6th largest trading partner in the world.
Chancellor: Angela Merkel
Source: Air World Service
5. Union Cabinet approves Ayushman Bharat health scheme
The Union Cabinet approved the launch of the Ayushman Bharat — National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM), which was announced in the Budget.
The scheme will provide a cover of ₹5 lakh per family per year.
The target beneficiaries under the scheme will be more than 10 crore families belonging to poor and vulnerable population based on SECC database.
AB-NHPM will subsume the on-going centrally sponsored schemes — Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and the Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS).
Source: The Hindu
6. Vienna unbeatable as world’s most liveable city in the annual survey
Austria’s capital Vienna once again defended its position as the city offering the best quality of life in the world, while Iraq’s capital Baghdad remains the worst in an annual survey from consulting firm Mercer.
Europe has eight of the world’s top 10 most pleasant cities: Germany and Switzerland each have three cities in the top 10, while New Zealand, Canada and Australia each have one.
Vienna is followed by Switzerland’s Zurich and then New Zealand’s Auckland and Germany’s Munich in joint third.
Baghdad has been at the bottom of the list for a decade now. Waves of sectarian violence have swept through the city since the American-led invasion in 2003.
Yemen’s capital Sanaa, devastated by conflict, ranked two places above Baghdad, and Syria’s Damascus, seven years into a civil war, ranked six places above Iraq’s capital.
Source: The Reuters
7. Kerala government declares Jackfruit as official fruit of the state
Kerala government declares Jackfruit as official fruit of the state. Kerala has been producing around 30 to 60 crore jackfruits every year.
As per the officials, the state can generate a revenue of around Rs 30,000 crore through value-added jackfruit products.
The aim is to promote the ‘Kerala jackfruit’ as a brand in markets across the country and abroad, showcasing its organic and nutritious qualities.
Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan
Governor: P Sathasivam
Source: The Hindu Business Line