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Explanation: The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh on 15 March 2017 inaugurated the Krishi Unnati Mela 2017 in New Delhi. The mela is jointly organised by the Indian Council of Agriculutral Research (ICAR) and the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare. For the Krishi Unnati Mela 2017, thousand invitations are being sent to ICAR Institutes, SAUs, KVKs, ATARIs, Public Sector Undertakings, NGOs, private organisations and farmers.
Explanation: The US Senate on Monday confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick, Indian-American Seema Verma, to run the government’s centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Verma, who has been described by the White House as “unquestionably qualified”, was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 55-43. Notably, she has helped redesign Medicaid programs in several US states.
Explanation: Retail inflation rose to 4-month high of 3(point)65 per cent in February this year, mainly due to an increase in the prices of food items. Inflation measured in terms of the Consumer Price Index had stood at 3.17 per cent in January this year. Retail inflation was 5.26 per cent in February last year. According to data released by the Central Statistics Office, retail inflation in food items rose to 2.01 per cent in February, from 0.61 per cent in January. But prices of vegetables declined by 8.29 percent and of pulses by 9.02 per cent.
Explanation: State Bank of India has announced a one-time farm loan settlement scheme worth 6,000 crore rupees primarily for tractors. SBI in a tweet said, One Time Settlement is announced for Agriculture Loans and the Scheme is valid until 31st of this month. Nation’s largest lender urged farmers to contact their branch for details& benefits.
Explanation: A high-powered committee headed by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday approved development plans of five pilgrimage destinations in the state. A statement from the Chief Minister’s office stated that Development Plans for Shri Sant Gulabrao Maharaj’s birth place at Loni- Shri Kshetra Riddhapur, Shri Sant Gulabrao Maharaj Bhaktidham, Shirasgaon Band all three in Amaravati district and Shri Sant Sakharam Maharaj at Risod in Washim district and Shri Kshetra Jyotiba in Kolhapur were approved.
Explanation: Jhalawar district administration in Rajasthan has launched an initiative offering 4G Android smartphones to men and sarees to women who opt for sterilisation. Speaking about the initiative’s success, an official said, “[W]e have given smartphones to 15 men and sarees to 100 women who came forward for sterilisation.” Notably, Jhalawar is Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s home district.
Explanation: World Consumer Rights Day is being observed today which is an awareness day and theme for this year is ‘Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust’. Several functions are being organised across the country to mark the occasion. Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan will also preside over a function in New Delhi. The day is an opportunity to promote basic rights of all consumers, demanding that those rights are respected and protected. It also gives people a chance to protest against the market abuses and social injustices.
Explanation: The Karnataka government has proposed to ‘legalise’ manual scavenging, which was banned by the Centre following a Supreme Court order. Karnataka Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya said the proposal was for emergency situations if men are required to enter manholes when there is no choice. Anjaneya said manual scavenging was okay if police, fire department, and an ambulance were present.
Explanation: Saudi Arabia launched its first-ever Girls Council in an event on Saturday that appeared to have been attended only by men. A photograph shows only men on stage and does not include Princess Abir bint Salman, who chairs the council. The women and girls were reportedly allowed to watch the meeting from a separate room via video feed.
Explanation: ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar has resigned from his post with immediate effect. In his resignation sent to ICC CEO Dave Richardson, Manohar said it was not possible for him to hold the office due to personal reasons. Former President of the BCCI, Manohar became ICC’s first independent chairman in May 2016 for a two-year term, succeeding N Srinivasan
Explanation: Two Indian-American authors have been shortlisted for the 30,000 pound Wellcome Book Prize. The award celebrates fiction and non-fiction works engaged with the topics of health and medicine. Siddhartha Mukherjee is on the list of the annual prize for his study of genetics and mental health in his book ‘The Gene’. He is joined by fellow Indian-American author Paul Kalanithi, who could become the first posthumous winner of the prize for his life-affirming reflection on facing mortality ‘When Breath Becomes Air’. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Wellcome Collection on the 24th of next month.
Explanation: Double Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell Shand on 14 March 2017 announced her retirement from international cycling. Shand had won the women’s team pursuit at four editions of the World Championships (2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014). She grabbed the gold medal in the same discipline at the Olympic Games in London and Rio in 2012 and 2016. The cyclist also won the individual pursuit at the 2014 World Championship.
Explanation: Justice Rajendra Menon today took oath as the chief justice of Patna high court. Governor Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Justice Menon. Justice Rajendra Menon was a senior judge of Madhya Pradesh high court. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other dignatories were present on this occasion.
Explanation: Actress Priyanka Chopra has featured on the cover of the April issue of magazine ‘Marie Claire’ America. She can be seen dressed in a semi-sheer dress with crystallized firework embellishment across the bust and a metal stud-embellished black leather harness both by Gucci. The magazine has named her ‘Hollywood’s Most Bankable Badass’ in its cover story.
Explanation: Manipur got its first BJP-led government as N Biren Singh today took oath as the Chief Minister of the state in Imphal. This comes after Governor Najma Heptulla invited the BJP to form a government. The BJP emerged as the second largest party in the 60-member Assembly, securing 21 seats, after elections results were declared on March 11.
Explanation: Tata Motors announced the signing of a MoU for a long-term partnership with Volkswagen Group and Skoda to explore strategic alliance opportunities for joint development of products. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Guenter Butschek, CEO& MD of Tata Motors, Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen AG and Bernhard Maier, CEO of Skoda Auto.
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