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India, US, Japan discuss ‘practical steps’ to improve infrastructure.
- US President Donald Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe are due to meet for an important summit to discuss “practical steps” for improving infrastructure and connectivity.
- A joint press statement after the meeting said, officials “explored practical steps to enhance cooperation in the areas of connectivity and infrastructure development.
- The officials reviewed the outcomes of the Trilateral Infrastructure Working Group that met in Washington in February.
- At the end of the February ministerial meeting between Sushma Swaraj, former US secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Taro Kono held on the margins of the UN General Assembly meeting.
Government plans 14,000 bunkers to shield civilians from Pakistan fire.
- The government will build 13,029 bunkers for individual households in five border districts in Jammu & Kashmir – Samba, Poonch, Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri.
- Another 1,431 large community bunkers will be built, each of which can accommodate 40 people in these districts.
- The state-owned National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) will build these bunkers in areas that lie within 3 kilometres from the border.
- In 2017, in addition to the 15 Army soldiers and four BSF jawans who were killed in ceasefire violations.
India is world’s second largest producer of crude steel.
- India has overtaken Japan to become the world’s second-largest producer of crude steel in February according to the Steel Users Federation of India (Sufi).
- At present, China is the largest producer of crude steel in the world, accounting for more than 50 percent of the production.
- India’s crude steel production was up 4.4 percent and stood at 93.11 million tonnes (mt) for the period April 2017 to February 2018.
- India overtook the US in 2015 to become the third largest producer of crude steel.
Cabinet approves reducing the number of CCI members to three.
- The Cabinet on Wednesday approved rightsizing of antitrust watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI) by halving the number of its members to three.
- CCI currently has one chairperson and six members. It will now have one chairperson and three members.
- The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the rightsizing of CCI in “pursuance of the Government’s objective of ‘minimum government.
India to offer $3-4 billion development plan for giant Iran gas field.
- India is set to offer a $3-4 billion development plan for the Farzad B gas field to Iran next week.
- Relations between the two countries, which have long held deep trade ties, were strained last year.
- New Delhi and Tehran have been trying to narrow differences over Farzad B development rights since its discovery by Indian firms led by ONGC Videsh.
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China to develop Bangladesh industrial zone as part of South Asia push.
- China is developing a 750-acre industrial park in Bangladesh which will largely be used by Chinese manufacturing firms.
- State-run China Harbour Engineering Company will hold a 70% share in a joint venture being formed for the park with the Bangladesh Special Economic Zone Authority.
- China is investing billions of dollars in building ports, power stations and roads in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan as part of its Belt and Road Initiative.
- Li said Chinese investment in Bangladesh would soon reach $10 billion, mainly focused on power, road and infrastructure projects.
China to launch two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan in June.
- China will launch two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan in June, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALVT).
- It will be the first international commercial launch for a Long March-2C rocket after it carried Motorola’s Iridium satellites into orbit in 1999.
- The rocket will also carry the China-France Oceanography Satellite into space in September this year, state-run Xinhua news agency reported quoting CALVT.
- China had launched Pakistan’s communication Satellite PAKSAT-1R in 2011.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before US Congress on April 11.
- Chief Executive of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the US House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11.
- Facebook has come under fire in recent weeks after it was revealed that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.
- Facebook said last month that it hired forensic auditors to probe whether Cambridge Analytica still had the data.
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India ranks ninth globally in crypto jacking activities.
- When it comes to increased crypto jacking activities, India is second in the Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) region and ninth globally as hackers create a highly-profitable.
- According to Symantec’s “Internet Security Threat Report”, detection of coalminers on endpoint computers increased by a whopping 8,500% in 2017.
- Symantec found 600% increase in overall IoT attacks in 2017. India today ranks among the top five countries as a source for IoT attacks.
Apple working on touchless control, curved iPhone display.
- Apple Inc. is working on touchless gesture control and curved screens for future iPhones, projects that may help the company.
- The control feature would let iPhone users perform some tasks by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it.
- Apple is also developing iPhone displays that curve inward gradually from top to bottom, one of the people familiar with the situation.
Bahrain pegs historical oil field discovery at 80 billion barrels.
- Bahrain on Wednesday announced its newly discovered shale oil reserve was estimated to contain more than 80 billion barrels.
- Oil Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa told the amount of recoverable oil or oil that can be extracted is still under study.
- The new field dwarfs the Bahrain Field, the country’s only other oil field, which contains several hundred million barrels.
Russia, India set to ink Rs 39,000-cr air defence system deal in Oct.
- India is expected to hammer out an Rs 39,000-crore deal with Russia for S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems this October.
- India is in talks with Russia to buy five advanced S-400 missile systems, capable of destroying jets, missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at a range of 400km.
- The Indian Air Force wants to induct the missile systems at the earliest to shore up its defences in the northern and western sectors.
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Sindhu leads Indian contingent at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
- Star shuttler PV Sindhu led the Indian contingent at a glittering opening ceremony which launched the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.
- India has sent a total of 222 sportspersons to these Games.
- The country had secured a total of 64 medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, which included 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze.
- A total of 71 nations will compete in 275 events across 19 disciplines at the Games which will conclude on April 15.
Aussie boxer becomes first CWG 2018 medallist without a fight.
- Australian boxer Tayla Robertson has become the first medallist of the 21st Commonwealth Games.
- She won without even stepping into the ring after she got a bye straight into the 51kg category women’s semi-finals.
- Robertson’s semi-final is scheduled for April 13, while the boxing competition will get underway at the Oxenford Studios on Thursday.
P Gururaja wins a silver medal in men’s 56 kg weightlifting.
- Weightlifter P Gururaja opened India’s medal account in 2018 Commonwealth Games, claiming a silver in the men’s 56kg category.
- The 25-year-old Gururaja equalled his personal best of 249kg (111+138) to finish second in a field.
- Malaysia’s three-time Commonwealth Championships medallist Muhammad Izhar Ahmed (117+144) broke the Games record for snatch and overall lift.
Former England football captain Ray Wilkins dies aged 61.
- Former England captain Ray Wilkins died on Wednesday in a London hospital at the age of 61 following a heart attack.
- Wilkins won 84 caps for England between 1976 and 1986.
- He also played more than 150 times for each of Chelsea, Manchester United and Queen’s Park Rangers.
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