Current Affairs 2018

Latest Current Affairs

Om Prakash Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) [21 Jan 2018]

Om Prakash Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), succeeding incumbent Achal Kumar Jyoti to the post. AK Joti is expected to hand over the reigns of the Election Commission to Rawat on January 23. Rawat, in adherence to the rule, has been appointed as the 22nd CEC by President Ram Nath Kovind on the recommendation of central government.

India beat Pakistan, win second consecutive Blind Cricket World Cup [20 Jan 2018]

India beat Pakistan by two wickets to win the Blind Cricket World Cup 2018. India were asked to chase a target of 308 in their allotted 50 overs in Sharjah and got there with eight balls to spare. It is India’s second consecutive title, having beaten Pakistan to lift the trophy in 2014.

Successful Fifth Flight Test of Agni-5 Ballistic Missile [18 Jan 2018]

Long Range Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile, Agni-5, was successfully flight tested for its full range from Dr Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. This was the fifth test of the Missile and the third consecutive one from a canister on a road mobile launcher. All the five missions have been successful.

PM Modi, Israeli PM Netanyahu dedicate iCreate to the nation [17 Jan 2018]

Prime Minister Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today dedicated to the nation, the iCREATE facility located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. iCreate is an independent Centre created with the objective of facilitating entrepreneurship through a blend of creativity, innovation, engineering, product design and leveraging emerging technologies to deal with major issues such as food security, water, connectivity, cyber security, IT and electronics, energy, bio-medical equipment and devices etc. iCreate aims to develop an ecosystem in India to generate quality entrepreneurs.

PSLV successfully launches 31 satellites in a single flight [12 Jan 2018]

ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty second flight, successfully launched the 710 kg Cartosat-2 Series Remote Sensing Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This flight is designated as PSLV-C40.

Dr. Sivan K appointed as Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman Space Commission [10 Jan 2018]

The appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal based on the recommendation of the SCSC, for appointment of Dr. Sivan K, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC )as Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman Space Commission vice Dr. A.S. Kiran Kumar, with a tenure of three years, from the date of assumption of charge of the post.

Vidarbha win Ranji Trophy 2017 [02 Jan 2018]

Unheralded Vidarbha cap a fairytale season by beating domestic heavyweights Delhi in the final; lift the Ranji Trophy for the first time.

Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill [29 Dec 2017]

Four months after the Supreme Court set aside the centuries-old practice of talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq, Lok Sabha passed The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, outlawing talaq-e-biddat. The proposed law, which makes talaq-e-biddat a "cognizable and non-bailable offence", has provisions of "imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and fine" for any Muslim man who divorces his wife by uttering talaq three times in quick succession. It also provides for "subsistence allowance" to Muslim women and custody of minor children as "may be determined by the magistrate".

India successfully test-fires supersonic interceptor missile [28 Dec 2017]

India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile in low altitude, from a test range in Odisha.

Lt Gen B S Sahrawat takes over as DG, NCC [22 Dec 2017]

Lieutenant General B S Sahrawat took over the reins of National Cadet Corps as its Director General. The General Officer is a third generation army officer. He is alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He was commissioned in December 1980 in 13th Battalion (Rezang La), the Kumaon Regiment.

Justice UD Salvi appointed officiating chief of National Green Tribunal [20 Dec 2017]

The government has appointed Justice U D Salvi as officiating chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) following the superannuation of Justice Swatanter Kumar.

Mirabai Chanu lifts 194 kgs to win gold medal [01 Dec 2017]

Mirabai Chanu became only the second Indian (after Karnam Malleswari) to win the gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, USA.

Former bureaucrat NK Singh appointed as 15th Finance Commission chairman [29 Nov 2017]

Former Rajya Sabha member and bureaucrat NK Singh will head the 15th Finance Commission, the government said in a notification, constituting the constitutional body that will decide the sharing of taxes between states and Centre for five years beginning April 1, 2020. Other members of the commission are former department of economic affair secretary Shaktikanta Das, Anoop Singh, professor at Georgetown University, former chief economic advisor Ashok Lahiri, agricultural expert and NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand. Chand and Lahiri are part time members.

Contestant from South Africa wins Miss Universe crown [28 Nov 2017]

The woman representing South Africa won the Miss Universe crown. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree, was crowned during the event at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett.

Amjad Ali Khan awarded for excellence in Indian classical music [21 Nov 2017]

Veteran Sarod player Amjad Ali Khan has been conferred with the Dayawati Modi Award for his contribution to Indian classical music. The Dayawati Modi Foundation conferred the 'Award for Art, Culture and Education' for the year 2017 to the veteran sarod player. The award comprising a cash prize of Rs 2.51 lakh, a silver shield and scroll of honour was presented to the distinguished artist to mark the 102nd birth anniversary of late Dayawati Modi.

India’s Dalveer Bhandari re-elected to ICJ [21 Nov 2017]

India’s nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the last seat of the world court after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election. Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.

Grigor Dimitrov hailed as ‘new lord’ in Bulgaria [21 Nov 2017]

Grigor Dimitrov has been hailed as the new lord of tennis by his home fans and media after the Bulgarian won the biggest title of his career when he captured the season-ending ATP Finals in London.

Actor Trisha becomes UNICEF celebrity advocate for child rights [21 Nov 2017]

Actor Trisha Krishnan was conferred the UNICEF celebrity advocate status for child rights at an event held in Chennai. She is the first actor from the South Indian film industry to receive this honour, which was previously bestowed upon Bollywood celebrities like Nandita Das, Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Raveena Tandon.

Ira Joshi appointed director general of Doordarshan News [21 Nov 2017]

Ira Joshi was appointed as the Director General of Doordarshan News following the retirement of Veena Jain, according to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Earlier, Joshi was the Press Information Bureau director general.

Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam bags DSC Prize [19 Nov 2017]

Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam won the prestigious DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 for his debut novel The Story of a Brief Marriage at the Dhaka Lit Festival.

Manmohan awarded Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace [19 Nov 2017]

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was chosen as the recipient of 2017 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development. Singh received the international award, named after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for "improving India's stature in the world" and for his "for his contributions to the cause of economic and social development".

India’s Manushi Chhillar crowned Miss World 2017 [18 Nov 2017]

India’s Manushi Chhillar won the coveted Miss World 2017 pageant here, 16 years after Priyanka Chopra won the title in 2000. Chhillar competed against 108 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena here. Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle gave away the coveted crown to the winner. Chhillar, who is from Haryana, had earlier this year won the Femina Miss India 2017. India, England, France, Kenya and Mexico grabbed the top five spots at the pageant.

Mary wins fifth Gold at Asian Boxing Championships [08 Nov 2017]

Mary Kom makes history, wins fifth Gold at Asian Boxing Championships. This is Mary Kom’s sixth medal in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships and fifth gold medal, having won four gold medals and one silver medal in previous editions of the tournament.

India beat China to win women’s hockey Asia Cup [05 Nov 2017]

India won their biggest title in recent years as they completed a historic win over China in the women's Hockey Asia Cup on 5th November. Playing the final for the first time since 2009, India managed to hold off China 5-4 in shootout in the final.

53rd Jnanpith Award for the year 2017 goes to Krishna Sobti [04 Nov 2017]

The Jnanpith Selection Board has announced the recipient of the 53rd Jnanpith Award for the year 2017 in a meeting. It went to eminent Hindi Litterateur Krishna Sobti. Sobti is a path breaking novelist.

Kenneth Juster will be new US Ambassador to New Delhi [04 Nov 2017]

Kenneth Juster, a top economic expert on India, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate as the next U.S. Ambassador to New Delhi, filling a key position as the two countries push forward their strategic ties. Mr. Juster, 62, is an old India hand who played a key role in developing the landmark Indo-U.S. civil nuclear deal.

England lift under 17 World Cup Football Title [28 Oct 2017]

FIFA U-17 World Cup Final, England vs Spain: England beat Spain 5-2 in the final at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

George Saunders wins Booker prize [18 Oct 2017]

American author George Saunders won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction for Lincoln in the Bardo, a polyphonic symphony of a novel about restless souls adrift in the afterlife. It is the second year in a row an American has won the £50,000 ($66,000) prize, which was opened to U.S. authors in 2014.

Anupam Kher is new chairman of Film and Television Institute of India [12 Oct 2017]

Veteran Actor Anupam Kher was appointed as the new chairperson of India's premier Film and Television institute (FTII) replacing Gajendra Chauhan.

IMF lowers forecasts for India [12 Oct 2017]

The IMF projected India to grow at 6.7% in 2017 and 7.4% in 2018, which are 0.5 and 0.3 percentage points lower than the projections earlier this year, respectively.

Career Scope in Print Media

Print media are lightweight, portable, disposable publications printed on paper and circulated as physical copies in forms we call books, newspapers, magazines and newsletters. They hold informative and entertaining content that is of general or special interest. They are published either once or daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, bimonthly or quarterly. Print Media is the oldest form of media. But even today it is growing from strength to strength. Around 4000 small, medium and large newspapers and magazines across the county are registered with the Registrar of Newspapers every year. This indicates that it is a growing sector where employment opportunities are increasing with each passing day. Most of the young aspirants who want to enter the print media prefer reporting, but newspapers and magazines also seek young talent as photographers, artists, editors, computer experts, librarians, and cartoonists. Students who have writing ability, graphics or photo skills, curiosity and deter →

2018 Filmfare Awards Winner

63rd Filmfare Awards ceremony, presented by the Filmfare Magazine, honored the best Hindi language Indian films of 2017. The ceremony was held on 20 January 2018 at the NSCI Dome in Worli, Mumbai. Winner of the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018 Best Film Hindi Medium Critics' Award for Best Film Newton Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female) Vidya Balan for Tumhari Sulu Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male) Irrfan Khan for Hindi Medium Critics' Award for Best Actor (Male) Rajkummar Rao for Trapped Critics' Award for Best Actor (Female) Zaira Wasim for Secret Superstar Best Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for Bareilly Ki Barfi Best Debut Director Konkona Sensharma for A Death in the Gunj Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male) Rajkummar Rao for Bareilly Ki Barfi Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) Meher Vij for Secret Superstar Best Dialogue Hitesh Kewalya for Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Best Screenplay Shubhashish Bhutiani for Mukti Bhavan Best Original Story Amit Masurka →

What is Bitcoin?

In 2009, an unknown programmer by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto put forward a whitepaper that proposed a creation of new form of digital currency - cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency functions the same way as regular currencies do in that its used as a means of exchange, unit of account and a store of value. Cryptocurrency, just like other resources, has some demand for it, and subsequently a market price. The significant difference is Bitcoin’s intangibility - there is no bank-issued notes or papers - meaning that rather being used in hand-to-hand transactions, Bitcoins are stored and exchanged digitally within a decentralized, peer-to-peer network. The original Bitcoin software developed by Satoshi Nakamoto was released under the MIT license. Most client software, derived or "from scratch", also use open source licensing. Bitcoin is one of the first successful implementations of a distributed crypto-currency, described in part in 1998 by Wei Dai on the cypherpunks mailing list. Building →

Genetically Modified Food or Crops

Genetic Modification Genetic modification refers to techniques used to manipulate the genetic composition of an organism by adding specific useful genes. A gene is a sequence of DNA that contains information that determines a particular characteristic/trait. All organisms have DNA (genes). Genes are located in chromosomes. Genes are units of inheritance that are passed from one generation to the next and provide instructions for development and function of the organism. Crops that are developed through genetic modification are referred to as genetically modified (GM) crops, transgenic crops or genetically engineered (GE) crops. Over the last 30 years, the field of genetic engineering has developed rapidly due to the greater understanding of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) as the chemical double helix code from which genes are made. The term genetic engineering is used to describe the process by which the genetic makeup of an organism can be altered using “recombinant DNA technology.” This →

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