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Indian Army to recruit Women for Military Police.
- Women may be recruited into the Corps of Military Police (CMP) by the end of this year.
- Chief of Army Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said that the recruitment of women in the Corps of Military Police (CMP) will start before the year ends.
- He had announced last year that women will be recruited at ranks other than officers in the Army.
- The Army is expected to induct 800 women, and in the first year, a batch of 52 will be recruited.
- Due to increasing gender-specific crimes and allegations, it is necessary to introduce women in CMP. The army chief said in a event in Deharadun.
Union Government extends further assistance of Rs.1,131-crore for the Sardar Sarovar Project.
- The central government provided assistance of Rs.1,131-crore for the multipurpose inter-state Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) on the Narmada river.
- Nitin Patel, Gujarat’s deputy chief minister thanked the central government for the assistance.
- The grant is under the centrally-sponsored Accelerated Irrigated Benefit Programme (AIBP) for fast completion of the project.
- The assistance is for Command Area Development & Water Management (CADWM) Programme for the beneficiaries in the project’s command area.
- Centre had allocated Rs.970-crore financial assistance earlier this year for SSP on request from the Gujarat government.
- The project fulfills the need for water to lakhs of farmers and drinking water for crores of people.
- The project is expected to be completed by 2019.
Mangala Mani, ISRO’s first woman scientist to spend over a year in Antarctica.
- At 56 years of age, Mangala Mani, ISRO’s first woman scientist spent over 403 days in Antarctica.
- Mangala Mani was part of a 23-member expedition team that went to India’s research station, Bharati, in November 2016.
- Dr Y V N Krishnamurthy, the director of Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), told “Mangala and her team operated and maintained the Indian research station and collected satellite data.
- Unlike Hyderabad, where only two or three orbits are visible, Antarctica (south pole) is the place from where one can observe 14 orbits.
- The loads of space data are downloaded at the Antarctica station and sent to the Hyderabad center via the communication satellite link for processing and distribution to users.
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Yi Gang appointed as the head of China’s Central Bank.
- China has appointed US-trained economist, Yi Gang as the governor of China’s Central Bank.
- He will be succeeding longtime governor Zhou Xiaochuan.
- The Chinese legislature approved the appointment of Yi Gang, a veteran deputy central banker who is known to foreign companies, investors and regulators as head of China’s foreign exchange regulator.
- Yi, 60, received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and taught at Indiana University.
- Zhou, who is retiring after a record 15 years in the post, is the most prominent Chinese figure in global financial circles.
- Powers of China’s central bank governor are limited despite the position’s high profile.
- Unlike other central banks of major economies, the People’s Bank doesn’t make monetary policy. Instead, its mission is to carry out policy made by an official body the identity of whose members is secret.
Russian President Vladimir Putin wins another term as president.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory.
- Thus, extending his rule for another six years.
- Putin’s victory will take his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, by which time he will be 71.
- Josef Stalin was the only man one who ruled that long.
- Putin has promised to use his new term to beef up Russia’s defenses against the West and to raise living standards.
- Central Election Commission, announced that Putin had won 75.9 percent of the vote.
Security advisers of the US, South Korea, Japan meet to discuss North Korea and complete denuclearization.
- The national security advisers of the United States, South Korea and Japan met to discuss North Korea and the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
- South Korea’s National Security Office chief Chung Eui-yong met US National Security Adviser HR McMaster and Japan’s National Security Adviser Shotaro Yachi.
- They also discussed the possible meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.
- Sweden “engaged heavily” on the issue of US detainees during the talks between North Korean and Swedish foreign ministers.
- North Korea is pursuing its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions and has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of hitting the US mainland.
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IOC and BPCL may each buy 26% stake in GAIL.
- Government-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) may buy 26 per cent stake each in GAIL India Ltd.
- Thus, paying the government over Rs 20,000 crore each to become integrated energy firms.
- Only the ownership will be transferred to a cash rich PSU and the 54.89 per cent holding in GAIL will be equally split between IOC and BPCL.
- In January this year, Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) bought out government’s 51.11 per cent stake in refiner Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) for Rs 36,915 crore.
- But HPCL hasn’t been merged with ONGC and continues to be listed separately.
- HPCL has now become a subsidiary of ONGC, which gets up to two seats on the company board.
Infosys to open a innovation and tech hub in the United States of America.
- IT major Infosys has announced that it will open a USD 20.6 million-technology and innovation hub in the state of Connecticut in USA.
- The hub will create some 1,000 good paying, high tech jobs.
- In May 2017, Infosys had announced that it planned to establish multiple technology and innovation hubs across the US with a focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, user experience, emerging digital technologies, cloud, and big data.
- The Hartford hub in Connecticut is the latest such center announced by the company.
- Kumar said the hub would place Infosys in proximity to its “valued clients” and accelerate the recruitment of “highly-skilled” local talent.
India and Bangladesh to meet next month to discuss transit protocol.
- A high-level meeting on the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT) between India and Bangladesh is expected to be held next month.
- The meet is scheduled to finalize its Standard Operating Procedures (SoP).
- PIWTT will increase trade in he north eastern states and Bangladesh from Kolkata with the inland waterways.
- Inland Waterways Authority of India vice-chairman Pravir Pandey told the two countries had agreed on the extension of Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT), which was signed in 1972.
- National Waterway one (NW -1) will connect the North East through Indo-Bangla protocol route.
- The distance between Siliguri in north Bengal to Bangladesh is 1,700 km and about 500 km of the distance will be reduced.
- Rs 3,500 crore dredging project has already been undertaken and the cost will be shared 80:20 between India and Bangladesh.
Obituary News – Current Affairs March 19
Punjabi singer Karamjit Singh Dhuri passed away.
- Veteran Punjabi singer and poet Karamjit Singh Dhuri (80) has passed away.
- He died in a road accident near village Bagrian in district Sangrur on Sunday.
- The incident happened near village Bagrian when he was riding an Activa scooter.
- The two-wheeler slipped and he suffered a head injury. He was rushed to a hospital in Patiala but could not be saved.
- His son, Mintoo Dhuri, who is also a Punjabi singer, confirmed his father’s death.
- Noted Punjab poet and writer Gurbhajan Singh Gill said that Punjabi music industry has suffered a major blow with the death of one of the most celebrated artists of his times.
Sports Updates – Current Affairs March 19
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Juan Martin del Potro defeats Roger Federer to win maiden ATP Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells.
- Juan Martin del Potro defeated Roger Federer in the final at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.
- This is world number one Roger Federer’s first loss of the year and claiming his maiden Masters 1000 title.
- Federer, the defending champion, had 17 consecutive wins in 2018, a run which included his 20th grand slam title at the Australian Open.
- Potro extended his own winning streak to 11 matches.
India beat Bangladesh to lift the Nidahas Trophy.
- Dinesh Karthik with a last ball six in a sensational run chase for India against Bangladesh won the Final of Nidahas Trophy.
- With a target of 167, India beat Bangladesh by four wickets and won the Nidahas Trophy.
- Karthik had come in to bat when India needed 34 off the last 12 balls. Facing only eight balls, he scored 29 runs and became the match winner.
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