23rd March, 2018 (National & International Current Affairs)

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How many countries signed an agreement to establish African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)?

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Forty-four African countries have formed an African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aimed at creating a single market for goods and services with free movement of businesses and investments. Together with the signing of the agreement on the AfCFTA, 27 African countries also signed the Protocol to the Treaty establishing the African Economic Community relating to free movement of persons, right of residence and right of establishment. The agreements will still require ratification by the individual governments and will only come into force when ratified by at least 22 countries.

Every year World water day is celebrated on:

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World Water Day is an annual observance day on 22 March to highlight the importance of freshwater. The first World Water Day, designated by the United Nations, was commemorated in 1993 The UN World Water Development Report is released each year around World Water Day. Please not March 21st is celebrated as International Day of Forest

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the 'Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry'. The scheme will be implemented by the Ministry of Textiles through Central Silk Board (CSB). Central Silk Board is located at?

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The Central Silk Board (CSB) is a Statutory Body under Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and is a national organization for overall development of sericulture and silk industry. Its head quarter housed at Bangalore.

Recently The Payment of Gratuity amendment Bill 2017 was passed in Lok sabha. In this context consider the following statements:

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Recently National Cultural Audiovisual Archives certified as the world’s first Trusted Digital Repository. It is implemented by?

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National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) project of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, implemented by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has been certified as the world’s first Trusted Digital Repository as per ISO 16363:2012 standard, granted by Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body Ltd. (PTAB), United Kingdom.

Which of the following ministry launched India’s first sign language dictionary?

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Ans: b Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, today launched the first 'Indian Sign Language Dictionary'. The dictionary comprises 3000 words. The dictionary was developed by Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLR&TC) under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), M/o Social Justice & Empowerment

In which year Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) was enacted?

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Recently Union environment minister laid foundation Stone for Redevelopment and Upgradation of Okhla Bird Sanctuary. In which state Okhla Bird Sanctuary is located?

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Okhla Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary at the Okhla barrage over Yamuna River. It is situated on Delhi-Uttar Pradesh state border

Recently India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) has made contribution of Rs 10 Crore to the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF). NSDF was established in the year:

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National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) was established by the central government in 1998 with a view to mobilising resources from the government as well as the non-governmental sources, including the private/corporate sector and non-resident Indians, for promotion of sports and games. To make contributions to the fund attractive, 100 per cent exemption from income tax is available on all contributions.

How many Sites from India are inscribed on the World Heritage List?

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36 Sites from India are inscribed on the World Heritage List which include 28 Cultural, 7 Natural and 1 Mixed category site

India Maize Summit 2018 was held in:

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FICCI is organizing the “5th India Maize Summit 2018”. India Maize Summit aims at providing a common platform to all stakeholders to outline the opportunities in maize and deliberate on actions that are required at the policy and operational level to unleash the potential of Maize. Maize is the second most important cereal crop in the world in terms of acreage and is called the ‘Queen of Cereals’

Which of the following country launched world’s first brass future contracts?

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Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) today launched futures trading in brass for the first time globally, which will facilitate brass stakeholders to hedge their price risk. The country’s largest commodity exchange will commence futures trading in brass on March 26 and will offer three contracts ending in April, May and June for trading, with a lot size of one tonne. Note: Brass is an alloy, which primarily contains around 55-60 per cent copper and the rest is zinc, with small amounts of lead and iron. It is used in industries like electrical appliance, marine engines, pump parts, switch gears, sanitary ware, automobiles and defence.

Which of the following day is observed as Martyrs' Day?

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Bhagat Singh was a socialist revolutionary and freedom fighter who was executed at the age of 23 for his dramatic violence against the British rule. The day they were executed is celebrated as Martyrs' Day throughout the country. On March 23, 1931, Bhagat Singh along with his associates Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru were hanged to death for the assassination of 21-year-old British police officer John Saunders. They mistook Saunders for Superintendent James Scott, who was responsible for leading a lathi charge against Lala Lajpat Rai, who along with his followers was protesting against the Simon Commission.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) set deadline for banks to integrate SWIFT. What is the full form of SWIFT?

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The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) provides a network that enables financial institutions worldwide to send and receive information about financial transactions in a secure, standardized and reliable environment Headquarters of SWIFT is located in Belgium

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