Daily Current Affairs 09th March 2018

National News


1. Government Launches Biodegradable Sanitary Pads ‘Suvidha’
i. The government launched a biodegradable sanitary pad ‘Suvidha’ to mark International Women’s Day. The oxo-biodegradable sanitary pads priced at Rs. 2.50 per pad will be available at Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi centres.

ii. The biodegradable pad will ensure ‘Swachhta, Swasthya and Suvidha’ for the underprivileged women.
2. Haryana’s 1st Cyber Police Station Opened in Gurugram
i. 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.
ii. V. Umashankar, CEO of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), inaugurated the station. The police station will have modern equipment to deal with crimes in the cyber world.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for Exams-
  • Haryana CM- Manohar Lal Khattar, Governor- Kaptan Singh Solanki.
3. Diu Becomes First UT to be 100% Powered by Solar Energy
i. Diu has become the first Union Territory in India to run 100 percent on solar power generated energy. Diu has managed to generate surplus solar power for its residents, reducing their electricity costs, in a span of just three years.
ii. Diu, which is one of the least populated territories in India, marking an area of 42 square kilometres, has witnessed the installation of solar power plants in over more than 50 acres of its land.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for Exams-
  • Governor of Daman and Diu- Praful Khoda Patel.

4. Madhya Pradesh Announces Pension For Single Women
 
i. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on International Women’s day announced ‘Mukhyamantri Mahila Kosh’ scheme.
ii. Under this scheme, the women who aren’t married and are above the age of 50 will be given pension.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for Exams-
  • MP Capital- Bhopal, Governor- Anandiben Patel.

Miscellaneous News

5. Knight Frank Wealth Report 2018: Mumbai, 16th Most Expensive City
 
i. Mumbai ranks 16th among the top 20 costliest cities in the world, according to the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2018. The rise in Indian financial capital’s ranking on this count is supported by the rapid wealth creation in the country.
ii. The index is drawn from four major indicators: wealth, investments, lifestyle and future.
iii. Top 3 Wealthiest Cities in the Report are-
1. Guangzhou
2. Hong Kong
3. New York.

Appointments

 
6. Prakriti to be 1st ITBP Woman Combat Officer
i. In another first for women, 25-year-old Prakriti has been inducted as the first direct-entry combat officer in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
ii. The ITBP is the last of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to induct women officers in combat roles after the government first allowed it to enrol them in 2016.

7. Prince Charles Appoints Sanjeev Gupta As UK Skills Ambassador

i. Indian-origin steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has been appointed by Britain’s Prince Charles as an official ambassador for the Industrial Cadets programme designed to nurture manufacturing skills.
ii. Mr Gupta was appointed to the flagship programme to give children and young people direct structured experience of the industry while still at school or college. Mr Gupta is an Executive Chairman of UK-based GFG Alliance.

8. Biplab Deb Takes Oath As Tripura Chief Minister

i. Biplab Kumar Deb was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tripura’s first Bharatiya Janata Party government in Agartala. He has replaced Manik Sarkar.
ii. Jishnu Deb Burman took oath as the Deputy CM of the State.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for Exams-
  • Tripura Capital- Agartala, Governor- Tathagata Roy.

Banking News 

9. RBI Slaps Rs 40 Lakh Penalty on SBI for Flouting Fake Note Norms
i. The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 40 lakh on State Bank of India for non-compliance of its directions on detection and impounding of counterfeit notes.
ii. The regulator had carried out an inspection of currency chests at two branches of the country’s largest lender and noticed certain violation, following which a show cause notice was issued in the first week of January.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for Exams-
  • SBI Chairman- Rajnish Kumar, Headquarters- Mumbai, Established on- 01st July 1955.
  • Dr Urjit Patel is the 24th Governor of RBI.
  • RBI Headquarters in Mumbai.

Awards

 
10. Winners of Central Banking Awards 2018
i. Central Banking’s fifth annual awards recognise outstanding achievement within a community that has had to balance monetary accommodation and financial stability in an environment of rapid innovation, political change and global uncertainty.
ii. The Bank of Canada, this year’s Central Bank of the Year, emerged as a beacon of best practice for much of the community.
Here is the complete list of Winners-
1. Transparency: Central Bank of Ireland.
2. Reserve manager of the year: Bank of Korea.
3. Banknote and currency manager of the year: Norges Bank.
4. Initiative of the year: Bank of England’s FinTech Accelerator.
5. Website of the year: Bank of Lithuania.
6. Economics in central banking: Alberto Cavallo and Roberto Rigobon – Billion Prices Project/PriceStats.
7. Asset manager of the year: BlackRock.
8. Innovation in reserve management: HSBC.
9. Global custodian of the year: BNY Mellon.
10. Securities lending services provider of the year: Northern Trust.
11. Banknote and currency services provider of the year: Landqart.
12. Technology consultant of the year: Vizor Software.
13. Risk management services provider of the year: Openlink.
14. Consultancy and advisory provider of the year (data and regulatory management): BearingPoint.
15. Payments and market infrastructure provider of the year: Perago.

Sports News

11. ISSF World Cup 2018-  Anjum Moudgil Wins Silver

 
i. 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. Former junior world champion China’s Ruijiao Pei won the Gold Medal in that event.
ii. India thus remained on top of the medals tally with eight medals, while China is in second with two gold, two silver, one bronze.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for Exams-
  • National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President- Raninder Singh. 
  • Mexican peso is the Currency of Mexico.
  • ISSF stands for International Shooting Sports Federation.

Obituaries

12. Veteran Sufi Singer Pyarelal Wadali Passes Away
i. Ustad Pyarelal Wadali, younger brother of Ustad Puran Chand Wadali passed away in Amritsar, Punjab. He was 75. He was one of the singers of popularly known ‘Wadali Brothers’.
ii. Wadali Brothers are famous for their Punjabi Sufi music. 
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