Daily Weekly Current Affairs  2018 with questions and answers on Current Affairs and Important National and International events for SSC

1-UAE based Lulu group inks MoU worth Rs 2,500 Crores with Telangana to develop food processing industry
UAE based Lulu group inked three MoUs with Telangana government with an aim to develop retail and food processing industry in the state. Lulu Group- largest employer in UAE is being promoted by NRI businessman Yusuffali MA.  Under the MoUs, Lulu will invest an amount of USD 400 million (Rs 2,500 Crores) to construct 1.8 million square feet area of the mega shopping mall, set up food processing plant and a logistics and export processing unit for fruit and vegetables. The foundation stone will be laid within next three months by the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, it said adding approximately 6,000 people will get employment.
2-Grammy Awards 2018- Complete List Of Winners
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards, honouring the best achievements from October 2016 to September 2017 were held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the USA. James Corden was the host of the ceremony for the second year in a row. It was Bruno Mars’ night at the Grammy Awards held in New York, with the three biggest wins – Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year for 24K Magic and Song Of The Year for ‘That’s What I Like’. Album Of The Year: Bruno Mars Song of the Year: Bruno Mars’, That’s What I Like Record Of The Year: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, Shape of You Best Pop Vocal Album: Ed Sheeran, Divide Best Dance Recording: LCD Soundsystem, Tonite Best Music Film: The Defiant Ones Best Children’s Album: Feel What U Feel, Lisa Loeb Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: La La Land Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost
3-Tai Tzu Ying Of Taiwan Wins Indonesian Masters
The world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan defeated Saina Nehwal in the finals of the Indonesia Masters in Jakarta. Tai Tzu has now defeated the former world No.1 nine times in their last 10 meetings. Saina enjoyed early success against the Taiwanese till 2011 but the Nehwal has beaten her only once at the 2013 Swiss Open ever since.
4-India To Host Informal WTO Ministerial Gathering In New Delhi
Trade ministers from various countries including Australia, Japan, and Switzerland met for an informal WTO ministerial gathering in Davos, Switzerland. India was represented by Deepak Jagdish Saksena, ambassador and permanent representative to the WTO. India announced that it will host an informal WTO Ministerial gathering in March 2018. The meeting would be held in New Delhi on March 19-20.
5-Jai Bhavani, Jai Shivaji Maharashtra tableaux wins million hearts by winning 1st prize
The 69th Republic Day of cultural linkage of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India. The majestic Rajpath displayed India’s historical, educational, religious and cultural heritage with the ASEAN nations by two tableaux out of the 23 tableaux that were rolled down. The Demonstrating the various tableaux on the Republic Day, the one which won many hearts and which displayed the culture and history of Maharashtra was the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Coronation Ceremony. The tableaux also won the 1st prize at the Republic Day celebration in New Delhi. CM Devendra Fadnavis tweeted the victory of winning the prize.
6-Australian Open 2018- Complete List Of Winners
The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually in Melbourne Park, Australia. First held in 1905, the tournament is chronologically the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events of the year – the other three being the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.   The 2018 Australian Open is the 106th edition of the tournament. The tournament is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Roger Federer was the defending champion and successfully defended his title, defeating Marin Cilic in the final. In women’s’ single, Caroline Wozniacki became the first Danish player to win a Grand Slam singles title, defeating Simona Halep in the final. 1.    Men’s Singles  –  Roger Federer (Switzerland)   2.    Women’s Singles  –  Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)  3.    Men’s Doubles  –  Oliver Marach (Austria) Mate Pavic(Croatia)  4.    Women’s Doubles  –  Kristina Mladenovic (France) – Tímea Babos (Hungary)  5.    Mixed Doubles – Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) – Mate Pavic (Croatia).
7-Bharat Net opens door for telemedicine and e-education facilities in Gram Panchayats
Under the purview of the telecommunication industry, the Gram Panchayats in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan are been provided access to telemedicine and re-education facilities riding on Bharat Net infrastructure. With the aim of dreaming of a nation to use internet services, the government has taken immense efforts and pressure to provide people with easy access and availability of resources. The rural area development has grown and the nation is moving towards progress at a faster pace. The access to the internet has made the people more prone to the internet and use telecommunication at a higher level. Educating the masses and likewise providing them According to the survey it is found that Hamira is one among the one lakh Gram panchayat covered under the BharatNet phase 1. In total Rajasthan comprises of over 8117 Gram panchayats under the BharatNet service. The Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundarajan visited the areas and people of Jaisalmer to understand their need and comfort of using the internet connectivity, as the government is focussing on utilizing the net infrastructure to these remote areas to provide high-speed broadband internet and internet-based services.

8. First Ever ‘Khadi Haat’ Inaugurated in Delhi

i. Marking the 69th Republic Day celebrations, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have launched the first ever ‘Khadi Haat’ in the country.
ii. The Khadi Haat was inaugurated by Union Minister of State Giriraj Singh in Connaught Place, New Delhi.
9. Indian, Vietnamese Armies Hold 1st Military Exercise- VINBAX
i. Armies of India and Vietnam have begun a six-day-long military exercise in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. The exercise named ‘VINBAX’ is the first military exercise between the two countries.
ii. Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was in New Delhi to participate in the India-ASEAN Commemorative summit and attend the Republic Day celebrations
10. Aadhaar is Oxford Dictionary’s Hindi Word of 2017
i. Oxford Dictionaries has chosen ‘Aadhaar’ as the Hindi word of 2017. The word gained popularity due to Aadhaar card, which was in news in 2017.
ii. The announcement was made in the Jaipur Literature Festival.
11. India Cheapest Country to Live in After South Africa: Survey
i. India is ranked second only to South Africaas the cheapest country to live or retire, according to a recent survey of 112 countries by GoBankingRates. The survey ranked nations on the bases of four key affordability metrics which are Local purchasing power indexrent indexGroceries index, and Consumer price index.
ii. India’s local purchasing power is 20.9% lower, rent is 95.2% cheaper, groceries are 74.4% cheaper, local goods and services are 74.9% cheaper. The top three most expensive countries in the survey are Bermuda (ranked 112), Bahamas (111), and Hong Kong (110).
12. International Bird Festival to be Held in Dudhwa National Park
i. A three-day international bird festival will be held at the Dudhwa National Park, Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh in February 2018 with nearly 200 leading ornithologists expected to attend.
ii. The purpose of the international bird festival is to promote eco-tourism in Dudhwa and to give it a distinct international identity besides highlighting its traditional arts, culture and heritage.
13. 5 MPs Chosen for Outstanding Parliamentarian Award
i. The Indian Parliamentary Group (IPG) headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced that five members of parliament (MPs) selected for the Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards.
ii. This includes, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad (2015), Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi (2016), Manipur’s governor Najma A Heptulla (2013), BJP’s Lok Sabha member Hukumdev Narayan Yadav (2014) and five-time Rajya Sabha member Bhartruhari Mahatab of the Lok Biju Janata Dal (BJD) (2017).
14. Asha Bhosle to Get Yash Chopra Memorial Award
i. Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle will be given the ‘Yash Chopra Memorial Award’. She will be the fifth winner of the award.
ii. The award has been instituted by the TSR Foundation of T. Subbarami Reddy in memory of producer-director Yash Chopra, who died in 2012.
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15-Axis Bank Launches the fourth edition of Evolve
Private sector Axis Bank launched the fourth edition of ‘Evolve’ in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It is an annual multi-city knowledge series for Bank’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) customers. The current edition of ‘evolve’ is titled as “Transform your Family Business into your dream company”. It will empower the SMEs to understand the winning strategies and best practices that have helped some of the leading family businesses in India grow into the reputable enterprise. This edition will span across 30 cities.
16-Google Introduces A New App Named as Bulletin
Google introduced a new app named “Bulletin” that allows anybody to submit stories for and about their communities. This is a free, lightweight app for telling a story by capturing photos, video clips and text right from your phone, published straight to the web. The app is made for contributing hyperlocal stories about your community. The application has been launched as a limited pilot project and is available in Nashville, Tennessee, and Oakland, California.
17-Melbourne To Host Final Of 2020 World T20
Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the final of both the men’s and women’s World Twenty20 when the tournaments come to Australia in 2020. It will mark the first time the tournaments are held as stand-alone events in the same year in the same country. The women’s final will coincide with International Women’s Day (8th March).
18-Prime Minister Narendra Modi Launched 1st Khelo India School Games
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the first Khelo India School Games at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in India at the grass-root level. Talented Under-17 players identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels by a High-Powered Committee will be provided annual financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh per annum for 8 years. The Khelo India School Games are being held from 31st January to 8th February 2018 in New Delhi.
19-Sharath Kamal Wins Table Tennis Nationals Championship
Sharath Kamal beat top-seeded Anthony Amalraj to win the men singles title for the eighth time, equalling the feat of Kamlesh Mehta in the 79th edition of the 11Even Sports Senior Nationals in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Suthirta Mukherjee from West Bengal emerged the new women champion, beating Hyderabad Nationals winner Manika Batra.
20-India Ranks 6th In The List Of Wealthiest Countries
India ranked sixth in the list of wealthiest countries with the total wealth of 8,230 billion US dollars. The list was topped by the United States of America, according to a report by New World Wealth. He was the best-performing wealth market globally in 2017 as its total wealth swelled from 6,584 billion dollars in 2016 to 8,230 billion dollars in 2017, registering a 25% growth.
21-Himachal Pradesh launches Zero Budget Natural Farming project to promote organic farming
Himachal Pradesh Government launched Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) project to promote organic farming. It was launched by Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur. The project aims to increase agriculture produce and the income of farmers by the year 2022. ZBNF is set of natural farming methods where the cost of growing and harvesting plants is zero. It is a farming practice that believes in the natural growth of crops without adding any fertilizers and pesticides or any other foreign elements.
22-Indian Navy launches third Scorpene class submarine Karanj
The Indian Navy launched ‘Karanj,’ the third Scorpene class submarine. The submarine, constructed by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. The first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, Kalvari, was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month. He had called its induction a big step in the country’s defense preparedness. On the occasion, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had called submarine building a sophisticated and exacting craft, which only a handful of countries possess in their industrial capacity.

23-Union Budget 2018: Financial Sector

The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 1 February 2018 presented the Union Budget 2018 in the parliament. In the independent India, this will be the 88th budget and the fifth of the Modi Government.

The government will explore use of blockchain technology proactively to boost digital economy. However, the government will not consider cryptocurrency as legal tender.

The Union Commerce Ministry will develop a National Logistics Portal as a single window program to boost the logistics sector. The Union government will recapitalise public sector banks to help them lend an additional Rs 5 lakh crore. Unit Trust of India, Oriental Insurance and National Insurance will be merged and then listed.

24-. NHRC issues notice to Centre, Punjab government over use of pesticides

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Centre and Punjab Government over the reported high incidence of serious diseases in the Malwa region of the state due to excessive use of pesticides and insecticides.

Taking Suo Motu cognizance of a media report, the Commission asked Union Health Secretary and State Chief Secretary to submit a detailed report within six weeks. They have also been asked to inform about the steps taken, after 2012, when the Commission had disposed the matter on the assurance given by the State Government for an affirmative and prompt action to deal with the menace

NHRC stated that it seems that even after the lapse of a period of more than seven years, things have not moved and the people residing in the region are still suffering from various diseases including cancer, liver failure, renal failure and birth defects.

25. 30 % of young people in conflict or disaster-stricken countries are illiterate: UNICEF

According to a new study by UNICEF, nearly 30 percent of young people aged between 15 and 24 years in countries affected by conflict and disaster are illiterate, almost triple the global rate.

The children’s agency stated that among these 59 million young people, girls are at the biggest disadvantage when it comes to getting an education. It said that the four impoverished African countries with a long history of instability had the highest rates of young people unable to read or write. Niger with 76 percent illiteracy among young people tops the list followed by Chad with 69 percent, South Sudan with 68 percent and the Central African Republic with 64 percent.

According to UNICEF’s New Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, these numbers are a stark reminder of the tragic impact that crises have on children’s education, their futures, and the stability and growth of their economies and societies.

26. India ranks 42nd in 2017 Global Democracy Index

India has been ranked 42nd among 165 independent states on the annual 2017 Global Democracy Index (GDI) released by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a UK-based company.

India’s rank has slipped from 32nd in 2016 GDI and its overall score dropped 0.58 points from 7.81 to 7.23. Moreover, India was classified India as a flawed democracy in 2017 GDI.

The GDI index ranks 165 independent states and 2 territories on basis of 60 indicators grouped in five different categories such as electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, the functioning of government, political participation and political culture.

It categories countries into four broad categories including full democracy, flawed democracy, the hybrid regime and authoritarian regime based on their score on a scale from 0 to 10.

27. India, Pakistan extend Thar Link Express for 3 years

India and Pakistan on January 30, 2018, extended their agreement on Thar Link Express, the second solitary rail service between the two nations, for three more years.

The extension comes at a time tension prevailed along the border between the two countries in Jammu and Kashmir. The agreement to link the two countries by rail was signed in 2006 to facilitate people-to-people contact. The agreement was set to expire in March 2018 but has now been extended to January 31, 2021.

The two sides currently have only two trans-border trains. The Samjhauta Express operates on the Delhi-Lahore route through the Attari-Wagah border crossing and carries both passengers and freight. The Thar Express links Jodhpur and Karachi through the Munabao-Khokhrapar border crossing and carries only passengers.

28. Neelam Kapoor appointed as Director General of Sports Authority of India

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed senior bureaucrat Neelam Kapoor as Director General (DG) of the Sports Authority of India (SAI). The committee was headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Neelam Kapoor is a 1982 batch officer of the Indian Information Service (IIS). At present, she is Principal Director General of the Directorate of Field Publicity. She previously served as the Principal Director General of Press Information Bureau (PIB) in UPA Government headed by then PM Manmohan Singh.

29-Union Budget 2018: Agriculture Sector

The Budget 2018 has identified Agriculture Sector as one of the key drivers of the economy. The government wants to assist farmers to earn 1.5 times the production cost, and the Minimum Selling Price (MSP) for the Kharif Crops has been set at 1.5 times the produce price.

The government would be setting up an Agri-Market Infrastructure Fund with a corpus of `2000 crore for developing and upgrading agricultural marketing infrastructure in the 22000 Grameen Agricultural Markets (GrAMs).

Government plans to launch ‘Operation Green’ with a corpus of Rs 500 crore. It will promote Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs), agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management.

30. Union Government proposes key amendments to Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002

The Union government on February 1, 2018 proposed changes to various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 through the Finance Bill. The amendments are expected to make the implementation of PMLA more effective.

One of the key amendments empowers the Special Court to restore confiscated assets to the rightful claimants even during the trial.

The amended definition of “proceeds of crime” allows the Enforcement Directorate (ED)  to proceed against assets of equivalent value located even outside the country.

31. Mary Kom clinches gold medal at India Open Boxing tournament

The five-time World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist, Mary Kom on February 2, 2018, claimed the gold medal in the India Open International Boxing tournament at Thyagraj Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.

Kom defeated Josie Gabuco from the Philippines in a split 4-1 decision to grab the gold in the women’s 48kg weight category. The 12th seeded boxer had earlier booked her place in the finals after defeating Mongolian Altansetseg Lutsaikhan in the semi-final clash.

In the 64 kg category, the former world and Asian bronze medallist Pwilao Basumatary was the first among the women to fetch gold by claiming a 3-2 win over Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee. Pinki Rani also fetched gold for India after defeating Mongolia’s Jargalan Ochirbat in the final of fly (48-51 kg) category.

32. New tunnel at Sela Pass to boost Defence Preparedness in border areas

The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced while presenting the Union Budget 2018 that the government would be building a tunnel through the Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh.

The construction of the tunnel will ensure faster movement of troops in Tawang, a strategically- located town in Arunachal Pradesh bordering China. According to the Defence Ministry, the approval for the construction of Sela pass  in Arunachal Pradesh has given further impetus to the defence preparedness.

The development is a part of the Union Government’s effort to develop connectivity infrastructure in border areas to secure India’s defence.

33. India joins Ashgabat agreement

India on February 1, 2018, joined the Ashgabat agreement, which envisages the establishment of an international transport and transit corridor linking Central Asia with the Persian Gulf to significantly ramp up trade and investment.

The agreement was originally signed on April 25, 2011, among the four founding members – Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan with an aim to set up a trade and transit corridor between them.

The External Affairs Ministry in its official release stated that Turkmenistan, as depository state of Ashgabat agreement, informed India on Feb 1 that all the four founding members have consented to the accession of India to the agreement.

34. In Detail: Union Budget 2018-19 and Economic Survey

Since the beginning of the year 2018, there has been abuzz surrounding Budget 2018-19- What would be the allocation for agriculture sector? What Budget 2018 is likely to bring for infrastructure sector? Will Budget 2018 witness increase in income tax slab?.

Besides, all these questions and expectations, Budget 2018-19 happens to be little more crucial as it comes following government’s two big financial decisions – demonetisation and the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Now, with the presentation of the Budget 2018-19, it becomes clear that there aren’t any major changes in indirect tax as most of them are now under the purview of GST council. However, there might be some doubts and queries still lingering in the mind of few.

35-Cochin Shipyard Limited Signs MoU With Russian Firm USC

Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) and  Joint Stock Company United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Russia have signed an MoU to collaborate and engage in Design, Development and Execution of contemporary, State-of-Art vessels for Inland and Coastal Waterways.

The MoU will give a push to the  Government’s Make-in-India programme, as also its plans to develop eco-friendly and economic transportation along India’s inland waterways and coastal shipping routes under SAGARMALA.


36-IOB Receives Rs173 Cr Capital Infusion From Government

Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has received Rs173.06 crore capital infusion from the government in the current fiscal.
In a regulatory filing, IOB has received Rs173.06 crore a the contribution of the central government in the preferential allotment of equity shares of the bank as government’s investment during the 2017-18 fiscal.

37-UAE Launches World’s Longest Zip Line

The United Arab Emirates has made a record by opening the world’s longest zip line, measuring 2.83 km in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line in Ras al-Khaimah.
The Jebel Jais Flight takes thrill-seekers atop the country’s largest mountain peak, from a launch pad 1,680 meters (5,512 feet) above sea level.

38-CRISIL, SIDBI Launch India’s First MSE Sentiment Index

The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Mr Arun Jaitley launched CriSidEx, India’s first sentiment index for micro and small enterprises ( MSEs) developed jointly by CRISIL & SIDBI.
CriSidEx is a composite index based on a diffusion index of 8 parameters and measures MSE business sentiment on a scale of 0 (extremely negative ) to 200 ( extremely positive). CriSidEx will have 2 indices , one for the ‘survey quarter’ and another for the ‘next quarter’ once a trend emerges after few rounds of the survey , providing independent time series data.

39-India Lifts U-19 World Cup 2018

India has defeated Australia to lift the Under 19 World cup for the fourth time. The Men in Blue defeated the three-time champions Australia at Bay Oval, New Zealand.
The Australian team had set the target of  217 runs and was chased down easily by India. Manjot Kalra was the Hero of the match with his brilliant century.

40-Saurav Ghosal Becomes The Highest-Ranked Indian Squash Player

India’s leading squash player, Saurav Ghosal jumped five places to No. 14 to become the highest ranked Indian in the latest Professional Squash Association (PSA) rankings.

Ghosal beat Joshna Chinappa who slipped three places to No. 17 while Dipika Pallikal Karthik remained on 20. Former Indian national champion Harinder Pal Sandhu was placed at 49th. 

41-John Hennessy Appointed Alphabet’s New Board Chairman

Alphabet has appointed John L. Hennessy as the new board chairman of the company. Hennessy has been on the board since 2004 and Lead Independent Director since 2007. He has replaced Eric Schmidt.
Schmidt will remain as a “technical advisor” to Alphabet. Hennessy is a former president of Stanford University and has had an extensive career in the tech industry.

42-Shabnam Asthana Wins Times Power Woman 2017 Award

Shabnam Asthana was awarded the ‘Times Power Women of the Year 2017’- Pune for Global PR. The Times Group celebrated the invaluable contribution of women by introducing The Times Power Woman 2017 (Pune) awards.
These awards focused on the women of Pune and the prestigious list included 34 select women with power, supremacy, command and control. The award was conferred on her by Dilip Kamble, Minister of State for Social Justice and Special Assistance in the Government of Maharashtra.

43-Shyam Benegal Awarded V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award

Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) committee has decided to bestow V. Shantaram lifetime achievement Awardto veteran film producer and director Shyam Benegal. The award will be presented at concluding ceremony of MIFF in Mumbai.
He will be awarded a trophy, cash price of 10 lakh rupees, a certificate and a shawl by Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao. Benegal has been selected for his contribution to the promotion of the documentary movement.

44-EAM Sushma Swaraj Goodwill Visit To Nepal- Complete Coverage

External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj has returned home after successful completion of the goodwill visit to Nepal. This was the first high-level visit from India after completion of historic three-tier elections in Nepal.
During her stay at Kathmandu, Mrs Swaraj met top leaders of various political parties and discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and take forward age-old special relationship between India and Nepal. In her first meeting, Swaraj held talks with CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda.

 45-PM Modi Inaugurates Global Investment Summit In Assam

The first two-day Global Investment Summit has been organized in Assam. The summit emphasises on promoting investments in the state and the North East. The conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 
Businessmen like Ratan Tata and Mukesh Ambani are taking part in the Summit. Investor’s from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Germany and Japan as well as ASEAN countries will attend the summit.

46-Country’s first def industrial corridor to link Chennai with Bengaluru

According to Union Budget 2018-19, the government will develop two defence industrial production corridors. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the first corridor will link Chennai and Bengaluru and will pass through Coimbatore and several other industrial clusters.

47-Maharashtra becomes first state to set up welfare board for transgenders

The Maharashtra government has decided to set up a Transgender Welfare Board to protect their Constitutional and human rightsThis will make Maharashtra the first Indian state to have such a board. An amount of ₹5 crore has also been set aside to provide education, housing, and employment for the transgender community.

48-India’s biggest floating island released in Neknampur lake

With February 2 being observed as World Wetlands Day, the floating treatment wetland (FTW), a joint effort of Dhruvansh, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority and the Ranga Reddy district administration, supported by other organisations, was inaugurated in Hyderabad, Telangana. The India Book of Records recognised it as the largest FTW in the country.

49-Sri Lanka celebrated its 70th Independence Day today

Sri Lanka celebrated its 70th Independence Day today (4 February 2018). It was on this day in 1948 that Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, gained independence from 133 years of British colonial rule.

50-Maharashtra has largest share in India’s export and GST base: Economic Survey

According to the Economic Survey 2017-18, Maharashtra’s has come out to be one of the largest states in terms of its economic size and prosperity gives it the largest share in India’s exports and the goods and service tax (GST) base.

  • The survey found Maharashtra had the largest share of the tax base at 16 per cent.

51-CBEC to be renamed CBIC by April

The change of name of apex indirect tax policy making body Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) to Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) is likely to happen by April after the budgetary exercise gets Parliament nod.

In his budget speech for 2018-19, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said with the roll out of GST the name of CBEC

would be changed to CBIC

52-Sindhu loses to Beiwen Zhang in India Open final

Star Indian shuttler P. V. Sindhu fell to fifth seeded Beiwen Zhang from the US in the women’s singles final of the $350,000 India Open BWF World Tour Super 500 held in New Delhi.

53-Golfer Shubhankar wins Maybank Championship

India’s Shubhankar Sharma overcame a four-shot deficit to win the US$3mil (RM11.7mil) Maybank Championship for his second victory on both the Asian Tour and European Tour.

  • Earlier he had won the European Tour’s Joburg Open in the second week of December 2017.

54-Malaysian chef wins International Young Chef Olympiad 2018

The 4th edition of International Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) concluded in New Delhi with Lai Jia Yi from Malaysia winning the top spot and Indian student chef Surya Sekhar Roy Choudhury claiming the second position.

  • Touted as the “World’s biggest culinary battle of student chefs”, the competition was judged by eminent celebrity chefs and Michelin-starred winners including Sanjeev Kapoor, Ranveer Brar, John Wood, Chris Galvin, Scott Baechler, and Enzo Oliveri.

55-Anjana Sukhani pens book for housewives’ budgeting blues

Actress Anjana Sukhani, seen in films like “Salaam-e-Ishq”, “Golmaal Returns” and “Allah Ke Banday” has penned a book titled  ‘Hisaab Kitaab’. The book is a how-to book on household budgeting.

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