Daily Current Affairs 23rd March 2018

1. Singapore Airport Rated World’s Best, Mumbai Ranked 63rd

Singapore Airport Rated World's Best, Mumbai Ranked 63rdThe Singapore Changi Airport has been named the world’s best airport for the sixth consecutive year by consultancy firm Skytrax.

The Incheon International Airport in South Korea and Haneda Airport in Japan were placed second and third respectively.

While the Mumbai airport (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai) has been ranked 63rd, the airports in Bangalore (Kempegowda International Airport) and Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport) are at 64th and 66th place respectively.

Source: The Indian Express


2. Nitin Gadkari inaugurates Inland Ferry Services in Goa

Nitin Gadkari inaugurates Inland Ferry Services in GoaUnion Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Inland ferry services in the port city of Vasco in Goa.

India has about seven thousand five hundred kilometres of seashore which can help the development of the country while giving tourism the much-required boost.

Goa owes its emergence as a tourism state due to its coastal belt. The tourism sector has very high potential for Investment and employment generation.

The central government has so far provided Rs 15,000 crore for development of roads in Goa.

Key points:
Goa
Capital: Panaji
Chief Minister: Manohar Parrikar
Governor: Mridula Sinha

Source: Press Information Bureau


3. DRDO Pavilion Adjudged As Most Informative at 105th Indian Science Congress

DRDO Pavilion Adjudged As Most Informative at 105th ISCDefence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has received the ‘Most Informative Pavilion’ Award in Pride of India Expo organized as part of the 105th Indian Science Congress at Manipur University, Imphal.

DRDO participated in the expo showcasing cutting-edge indigenous defence technologies with over 150 exhibits and models from 18 DRDO laboratories.

The DRDO pavilion at the Expo was a big attraction among the visitors particularly students, who got an opportunity to interact with DRDO scientists.

Source: Press Information Bureau


4. NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation Inks Agreement

NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation Inks AgreementNITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation have inked Statement of Intent (SoI) to work closely with District Collectors and key officers of ‘Aspirational Districts’ to support their transformation in terms of healthcare, education and nutrition.

Under the SoI with NITI Aayog, Piramal Foundation will work in close conjunction with district administration, Central Prabhari Officers, State Prabhari Officers, state government and concerned Central ministries to improve identified indicators by strengthening existing public systems specifically in health and nutrition and education sectors.

Key points:
NITI Aayog
NITI- National Institution for Transforming India
Headquarters: New Delhi
Chairperson: Narendra Modi
CEO: Amitabh Kant
Vice-Chairman: Rajiv Kumar

Source: Business Standard


5. Swiggy, ICICI Bank tie up to help fleet transfer funds easily

Swiggy, ICICI Bank tie up to help fleet transfer funds easilyFood ordering and delivery platform Swiggy has partnered with the country’s largest private sector lender ICICI Bank to roll out two digital solutions to facilitate transfer of funds for its delivery partners.

This includes a Unified Payment Interface (UPI)-based solution for instant fund transfers and an option for facilitating cash deposits at automated Cash Deposit Machine (CDM) available at ICICI Bank branches and ATM locations across the country.

The integration aims to bring convenience to Swiggy’s large fleet of delivery partners by reducing the need for travelling to their collection hubs to deposit the money.

Key points:
Swiggy
CEO: Sriharsha Majety
Founders: Sriharsha Majety, Nandan Reddy, Rahul Jaimini

ICICI Bank
CEO: Chanda Kochhar
Headquarters: Mumbai

Source: Business Standard


6. Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands wins Abel Prize for 2018

Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands wins Abel Prize for 2018Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands has been named as the winner of the Abel Prize for 2018 for his visionary programme connecting representation theory to number theory.

‘Langlands’ insights were so radical and so rich that the mechanisms he suggested to bridge these mathematical fields led to a project named the Langlands programme.

The 81-year-old mathematician would receive the financial award of six million Norwegian kroner ($776,000) from Norway’s King Harald V at an award ceremony in Oslo.

Source: Business Standard


7. Gangaram Ahir to inaugurate first National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement

Gangaram Ahir to inaugurate first National Conference on Drug Law EnforcementThe Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir to inaugurate the two-day first National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement.

The conference is being organised by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Ministry of Home Affairs. The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will be the Chief Guest at the closing session.

More than 50 State and Central law enforcement agencies involved in combating drug trafficking have confirmed their participation in this Conference.

Source: Press Information Bureau


8. India successfully flight-tests supersonic cruise missile BrahMos

India successfully flight-tests supersonic cruise missile BrahMosIndia successfully flight-tested its precision strike BrahMos weapon, which is called the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile.

The BrahMos hit its designated target with pin-point accuracy in Pokhran, Rajasthan.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation for the successful fight test and it will be a further boost for the country’s security.

The BrahMos missile has been jointly developed with Russia and is named after the rivers Brahmaputra and Moskva.

Source: Times of India

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