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AIIB approves infra loans worth $1.5 billion to India - 01 Mar 18

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Union Government Launched New Blue Coloured Aadhaar Card - 01 Mar 18

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  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has recently launched a new blue coloured Aadhaar card or 'Baal Aadhaar' card for children aged below five years. 
  • For enrolling a child for 'Baal Aadhaar' card, the child's birth certificate and the Aadhaar card number of one of the parents is required.
  • A child's blue coloured 'Baal Aadhaar' card data does not include biometrics information like fingerprints and iris scan.
  • A child below 5 years of age gets a blue in coloured Aadhaar known as Baal Aadhaar. 
  • When the child becomes 5 yr old, a mandatory biometric update is required. 
  • When the child crosses 5 years of age, a mandatory biometric update is required. 
  • A child's Aadhaar card needs to undergo two mandatory biometric updates in future. 
  • The first biometric update should be done once the child reaches the age of five years, and another when he or she reaches the age of 15 years.
  • For enrolling a child into the Aadhaar system, the child's school ID can also be used.
  •  The child's school ID will serve as an identity proof for Aadhaar enrolment.
Steps to get a blue coloured 'Baal Aadhaar' card for a child (via UIDAI's official website):
  • 1. Visit the enrolment centre with child's birth certificate and fill the enrolment form.
  • 2. One of the parents must also provide their Aadhaar card number for the authentication purpose. Child's 'Aadhaar' will be linked to the UID (Aadhaar card number) of his/her parents.
  • 3. Now, provide a mobile number that you wish to register with the blue coloured 'Baal Aadhaar' card.
  • 3. A photograph of child will be clicked. In this case, no biometrics will be recorded as the age of the child is below 5 years.
  • 4. After the confirmation, collect acknowledgements slip.
  • 5. Once the verification process is completed, an SMS will be sent to the registered mobile number. Within 60 days of receiving this message, the blue coloured 'Baal Aadhaar' card will be issued to the child.

Core sector grows at 6.7% in January 2018 - 01 Mar 18

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First Mega Food Park in Maharashtra at Satara Inaugurated - 01 Mar 18

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  • The first Mega Food Park in the state of Maharashtra named as M/s Satara Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. launched at Village Degaon, District Satarawas.
  • This is the 12th Mega Food Park operationalized in the country so far and the 10th operationalized during the tenure of present government.
  • Under the visionary guidance of Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is focusing on boosting the food processing industry so that agriculture sector grows exponentially and becomes a major contributor to doubling the farmer’s income and ‘Make in India’ initiative of the government.
  • Mega Food Parks create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster based approach. 
  • Common facilities and enabling infrastructure is created at Central Processing Centre and facilities for primary processing and storage is created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centers (PPCs) and Collection Centers (CCs). 
  • Under the Scheme, Government of India provides financial assistance uptoRs. 50.00 Crore per Mega Food Park project.
  • The Minister informed that the Mega Food Park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crores in 25-30 food processing units in the park and would eventually lead to a turnover of about Rs. 450-500 crore annually. 
  • The Park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.
  • The government is fully committed to providing an environment that is smooth, transparent and easy for investors wanting to start an enterprise in India and in a bid to make India a resilient food economy and the Food Factory of the World, the government has made Food Processing a major thrust area of ‘Make in India’.  
  • The food processing sector will contribute immensely towards ‘Doubling Farmers income’ in the coming years and the Ministry is working tirelessly to achieving this goal through implementation of projects under the flagship scheme of ‘Pradhan MantriKisan SAMPADA Yojana’.
  • The food park will be one of the best food processing industries in the country.  
  • Food Parks is need of the hour to make the agriculture sustainable.

India spotted to third in world billionaires list - 02 Mar 18

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Navjot Kaur, the first Indian woman to win gold at Asian Wrestling Championships - 02 Mar 18

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15th Finance Commission to commission study on cess collections of Centre - 02 Mar 18

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World's Largest Solar Park Launched In Karnataka - 02 Mar 18

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India telecom operator Aircel filed for bankruptcy - 03 Mar 18

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  • India’s sixth largest telecom operator Aircel along with its units – Aircel Cellular and Dishnet Wireless filed for bankruptcy in the National Companies Law Tribunal (NCLT) in Mumbai. 
  • It filed for bankruptcy after its Malaysian promoter Maxis Communications decided against pumping additional funds into the company.
  • It thus became the fourth telecom firm to wind up its operations mainly due to fierce competition and high levels of debt.
  • It is worth mentioning that prior to Aircel the three other telecom operators who had decided to wind-up their operations are – Anil Ambani-run Reliance Communications, Norway-based Telenor and the wireless business of Tata Teleservices.

Shankaracharya of the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam passed away - 03 Mar 18

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T.Thomas, former Chairman of HLL, passed away - 03 Mar 18

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Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited, a joint venture situated near Hyderabad - 03 Mar 18

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India and Jordan signed 12 agreements - 03 Mar 18

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India 12th largest overseas holder of US securities in 2017 at $147.4 bn - 04 Mar 18

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Pakistan elects first Hindu Dalit woman to Senate - 04 Mar 18

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90th Academy Awards were presented on 4 March 2018 at Dolby Theatre - 04 Mar 18

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NFRA to be the independent regulator to investigate both chartered accountants and their firms - 04 Mar 18

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Lebanon become World’s third most-Indebted country - 05 Mar 18

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik launches Ama Gaon, Ama Bikash programme - 05 Mar 18

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Subhash Chandra Gargto head of the committee for financial technology firms - 05 Mar 18

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Bengaluru’s first helitaxi service launched - 05 Mar 18

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Sri Lanka declares state of emergency for 10 days after anti-Muslim attacks in Kandy - 06 Mar 18

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Conrad Sangma sworn in as the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya - 06 Mar 18

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Iraq surpass Saudi to become India's top oil supplier - 06 Mar 18

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Animal Welfare Board of India headquarters shifted from Chennai to Haryana - 06 Mar 18

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India starts importing LNG from US for first time - 07 Mar 18

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Marshall Islands to launch world-first digital legal tender - 07 Mar 18

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Vishwanath Shetty Lokayukta of Karnataka who was stabbed in his office - 07 Mar 18

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Central Government has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 1000 crore Under IMPRINT-II - 07 Mar 18

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India poised to join multilateral lender EBRD - 07 Mar 18

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Balkrishna Doshi won the prestigious Pritzker Prize - 08 Mar 18

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Neiphiu Rio sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Nagaland - 08 Mar 18

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India-China trade hits a record $84.4 billion - 08 Mar 18

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“Suvidha”: The new affordable 100% oxo-biodegradable sanitary napkin available for the underprivileged women/ - 08 Mar 18

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Udyam Sakhi Portal Launched for Women Entrepreneurs - 09 Mar 18

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The National Nutrition Mission (NNM) has been set up - 09 Mar 18

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Biplab Kumar Deb took over as the new Chief Minister of Tripura - 09 Mar 18

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Diu became India’s first fully solar-powered Union Territory - 09 Mar 18

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Euthanasia ‘Right to Die with Dignity’ as a Fundamental Right: SC - 10 Mar 18

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President Mr. Ramnath Kovinda confers Nari Shakti awards - 10 Mar 18

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India and France sign pact to deepen cooperation in environment field - 10 Mar 18

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ISA-ADB, NDB, GCF, AfDB and AIIB joint declarations of Financial partnership - 10 Mar 18

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Sultan Azlan Shah Cup -2018 :Australia beats England to clinch the Cup - 11 Mar 18


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  • World champions Australia won 27th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah cup 2018 for record 10th time in the final match held in Ipoh, Malaysia, Australia defeated defending champion England by narrow 2-1 goal margin. 
  • Earlier, in the classification match for third place, Argentina defeated host Malaysia by 3-2 goals.
  • Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament It is an annual international men’s field hockey tournament held in Malaysia. 
  • It has been named after 9th king of Malaysia and ‘Father of Malaysian Hockey’ Sultan Azlan Shah also avid fan of field hockey. 
  • It was established in 1983 as biennial sporting event.
  • India had won it 4 times 1985, 1991, 1995, 2009 and shared it in 2010 with South Korea.
  • The men’s hockey team of India defeated Korea in shoot-out to win Bronze medal at 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 in Ipoh Perak.

India's first coastal policing academy to start from next month - 11 Mar 18

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India B won 45th edition of the Deodhar Trophy 2018 - 11 Mar 18

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  • India B won 45th edition of the Deodhar Trophy 2018 by defeating Karnataka in final match by 6 wickets at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharmashala.
  • Ravikumar Samarth (107, 120 balls) was the forefront as Karnataka scored a respectable 279 for 8.
  • In reply, India B romped home in 48.2 overs with as many as four batsmen hitting half-centuries.
  • The final flourish was provided by skipper Shreyas Iyer (61, 69 balls) and veteran Manoj Tiwary (59 off 51 balls).
  • Earlier, it was Samarth, who scored his second hundred with the help of eight fours and a six and added 132 runs with CM Gautham (76 off 84 balls).
  • India B paced their chase beautifully as Easwaran dropped anchor at one end while Gaikwad attacked, taking full advantage of the Powerplay overs. He hit seven fours and two sixes.
  • Brief Scores: Karnataka 279/8 (Ravikuamr Samarth 107 off 120 balls, Ruturaj CM Gautham 76 off 84, Khaleel Ahmed 3/49, Umesh Yadsav 2/48)
  • Captain of India B: Ankit Bawne Captain of Karnataka: Karun Nair Player of the match: Ravikumar Samarth (Karnataka)..
  • The Deodhar Trophy is a List A cricket competition in Indian domestic cricket. It is named after Prof. D. B. Deodhar (known as the Grand Old Man of Indian cricket). 
  • It is a 50-over knockout competition played on an annual basis among five zonal teams – North Zone, South Zone, East Zone, West Zone and Central Zone. 
  • It was realigned in 2015-16 season with winners of Vijay Hazare Trophy playing two teams – India A and India B – selected by the BCCI.
  • North Zone has won most titles i.e. for record 13 times.

India and France to work for Indian Ocean freedom of navigation - 11 Mar 18

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ISRO aims to launch Chandrayaan-2 by April - 11 Mar 18

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Bhaiyyaji Joshi re-elected for 4th term as RSS general secy - 12 Mar 18

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Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking passed away - 12 Mar 18

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First-ever Summit of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was held at New Delhi - 12 Mar 18

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Justice A M Khanwilkar appointed as chairman of 3-member“Mahanandi Water Disputes Tribunal” (MWDT) - 12 Mar 18

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State Bank of India (SBI) issues new penalty for customers in metro and urban branches - 13 Mar 18

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C-17 Globemaster, transport aircraft of IAF made a perfect landing at Arunachal Pradesh’s Tuting ALG - 13 Mar 18

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Prime Minister launched TB Free India Campaign at ‘Delhi End TB Summit’ - 13 Mar 18

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India attracts USD 209 billion FDI during Apr 2014 to Dec 2017 - 13 Mar 18

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Bidya Devi Bhandari elected as Nepal president for second term - 14 Mar 18

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President Kovind inaugurates World Hindi Secretariat building in Mauritius - 14 Mar 18

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IATA Partners With Civil Aviation Ministry In India - 14 Mar 18

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Cabinet approves MoU between India and Iran on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine - 14 Mar 18

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World Happiness Index: India ranks 133rd ranks lower than Pakistan, China - 15 Mar 18

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World Consumer Rights Day observed on 15th March - 15 Mar 18

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Estranged AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran launches Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam party - 15 Mar 18

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Champions Trophy Hockey : India to open account against Pakistan - 15 Mar 18

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WEF Energy Transition Index: India ranks 78th,lower than Brazil, China - 16 Mar 18

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India's First Cloned Assamese Buffalo Born - 16 Mar 18

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Pune tops in urban governance: ASICS 2017 report - 16 Mar 18

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Pink City Jaipur to host 8th Theatre Olympics - 16 Mar 18

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Philippines to withdraw from International Criminal Court - 17 Mar 18

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CISF launches mobile app for lost items at airports - 17 Mar 18

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NITI Aayog to Release SATH-E Roadmaps - 17 Mar 18

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HO Member-Countries Commit To End TB By 2030 - 17 Mar 18

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Deepa Malik Becomes Asian Rank 1 In Javelin F-53 Category - 18 Mar 18

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Odisha Government to collaborate with RIMES for disaster management Disaster management - 18 Mar 18

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India and ADB Sign $120 Million Loan to Improve Rail Infrastructure - 18 Mar 18

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Vladimir Putin Wins Historic fourth Term As Russian President - 18 Mar 18

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin stormed to victory in presidential election, giving him another six years in power.
  • Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost two decades, won more than 75% of the vote according to preliminary results. 
  • He is well ahead of his nearest rival Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin at 13.2%.
  • About 107 million Russians were eligible to cast ballots and turnout was 60% before polls closed in Moscow.
  • Putin won nearly 77% of the popular vote, running as an independent despite his preceding longtime affiliation with the United Russia party. 
  • In second place was Pavel Grudinin, the candidate for the Communist Party, who received just under 12% of the vote. 
  • Vladimir Putin first became President of Russia in 1999. 
  • He has held the office since then except for one term when Dmitry Medvedev was in office due to term-limit restrictions. 
  • The presidential term in Russia is six years but it was four years during Putin's first two terms.

Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim Resigns Over A Financial Scandal - 19 Mar 18

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BHEL Commissions 1st Unit Of Kishanganga Hydro Project In Jammu & Kashmir - 19 Mar 18

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Seventh Women's Science Congress Inaugurated In Manipur - 19 Mar 18

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International Day Of Happiness is celebrated as 20 March - 20 Mar 18

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Veteran Hindi Poet Kedarnath Singh Passes Away - 20 Mar 18

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Indian Navy To Host Bilateral Exercise 'Varuna' With French Navy - 20 Mar 18

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India Signs Double Taxation Avoidance Treaty With Hong Kong - 20 Mar 18

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Union Government Approves Plastic Park To Be Set Up In Deoghar, Jharkhand - 21 Mar 18

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  • The Government of India approved the setting up of a Plastic Park in Deoghar District, Jharkhand.
  • It was announced by Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Ananthkumar.
  • The project would be set up at a cost of Rs. 120 crores in an area of 150 acres. 
  • Mr. Ananthkumar also announced the setting up of Rs. 3.5 crore Plastic Recycling unit at Deoghar to tackle the menace of plastic waste being generated due to the place being a tourist attraction

World's Most Liveable City Report- Vienna Tops, Baghdad Worst - 21 Mar 18

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State Bank of India Signed MoU With IMGC - 21 Mar 18

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Bihar Governor Satya Pal Mallik Gets Additional Charge Of Odisha - 21 Mar 18

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World Water Day is celebrated as 22 March - 22 Mar 18

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Morkel becomes fifth South African to 300 Test wickets - 22 Mar 18

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Govt removes education fee cap of Rs 10,000 per month for martyrs' children - 22 Mar 18

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DoT directed telecom operators not to accept any bank guarantee from Axis Bank - 22 Mar 18

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Peter Peterson co-founder of Blackstone Group LP passed away - 23 Mar 18

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Amazon company surpassed Google parent Alphabet Inc. become the second most valuable publicly listed US company - 23 Mar 18

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Cabinet approves Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission - 23 Mar 18

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First 'Indian Sign Language' Dictionary Of 3000 Words Launched In Delhi - 24 Mar 18

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44 African countries agree free trade agreement, Nigeria yet to sign - 24 Mar 18

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Videocon Industries announced exit from general insurance business - 24 Mar 18

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Maharashtra bans plastic bags and single-use plastic items - 24 Mar 18

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Chhattisgarh wins National Water Digest Award - 25 Mar 18

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  • Chhattisgarh was awarded National Water Digest Award for Water Conservation-Diversion and increasing the irrigation capacity in the state. 
  • The award was presented to Chhattisgarh Water Resources Department (CWRD) on the occasion ‘World Forestry Day’ (observed on March 21) in New Delhi.
  • This is first time that CWRD was given national Award during the past 17 years. 
  • Chhattisgarh bagged this award for increasing irrigation capacity,water management -water diversion, water conservation, community participation and efforts towards inter-linking of rivers, better techniques utilized in irrigation facilities.
  • The Award is presented every year by globally renowned magazine ‘Water Digest’ which focuses mainly on water resources. 
  • The award is given in association with Central Water Resources River Development (CWRRD) and Ganga Cleaning Ministry, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Central Water Board (CWB), Central Water Commission (CWC) and Ganga Purification National Mission. 

World's longest sandstone cave discovered in Meghalaya - 25 Mar 18

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International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade observed on March 25 - 25 Mar 18

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India's first insect museum opened at TNAU - 26 Mar 18

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Surat becomes first district to have 100% solar powered health centres - 26 Mar 18

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Department of Posts launches Cool EMS Service between India and Japan - 27 Mar 18

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TESS: NASA, SpaceX’s collaboration in search for life outside Earth - 27 Mar 18

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Skill India to support electrification scheme ‘Saubhagya’ - 27 Mar 18

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Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana covers 13.41 cr subscribers - 28 Mar 18

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Steve Smith, David Warner banned for 1 year, out of IPL 2018 - 28 Mar 18

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Virat Kohli set to join other sports icons, Indian captain’s wax figure to grace Madame Tussauds Delhi - 28 Mar 18

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ADB approved $80 million loan for job oriented project in Himachal Pradesh - 29 Mar 18

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CCEA approves continuation of Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme for Education Loans - 29 Mar 18

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Exim Bank extends $500 million loan facility to 15 African nations - 29 Mar 18

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Government launches Study in India programme to attract foreign students - 29 Mar 18

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Cabinet approves re-structuring of NSDF and NSDC to strengthen governance, implementation and monitoring framework - 30 Mar 18

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Vineet Joshi appointed the first Director-General of the National Testing Agency (NTA) - 30 Mar 18

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By 2022, High-Speed Bullet Train From Mumbai To Ahmedabad Every 20 Minutes - 30 Mar 18

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Pakistan Navy test-fires submarine-launched cruise missile - 31 Mar 18

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Russia Conducts Another Test of ICBM Sarmat - 31 Mar 18

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Chandra Bhushan appointed Deputy Election Commissioner - 31 Mar 18

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India gets first LNG consignment from US - 31 Mar 18

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