24th March, 2018 (National & International Current Affairs)

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Which among the following organizes Earth hour?

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Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm on a specific day towards the end of March, as a symbol of commitment to the planet Earth Hour 2018 was celebrated on March 24, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. On the occasion of Earth Hour 2018, WWF-India is launching the ‘Give Up to Give Back’ initiative to inspire organisations, institutions and individuals to make the choice to curb some habits, practices and lifestyles that burden our lives and the environment.

Which of the following is not correct with respect to targets set by National Health Policy 2017?

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Ministry of HRD constituted a committee to suggest a long term vision and road map for the development of Sanskrit. Who among the following was the chairman of the committee ?

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The Ministry of Human Resource Development constituted a Committee to suggest a long term vision and road map for the development of Sanskrit under the Chairmanship of Shri N. Gopalaswami, Chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati on 18.11.2015 which submitted its report in February, 2016.

At which of the following places World’s longest sand stone cave discovered recently?

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The world's longest sandstone cave at 24,583 metres in length has been discovered in Meghalaya. The cave named Krem Puri discovered near the village of Laitsohum in Mawsynram area of East Khasi Hills district.

How many Minor Forest Produces (MFPs) are being covered under the Scheme of Minimum Support Price (MSP) all over the country?

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Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest Produce scheme )MSP for MFP Scheme), started by Ministry of Tribal Affairs in the year 2013-14, was the first step in the direction of providing fair price to tribals .Initially, the scheme included 10 MFPs in 9 States. It was later expanded to 24 MFPs and in all States. The Scheme is implemented through State level agency (SLA) appointed by the State Government. Ministry of Tribal Affairs provides a revolving fund to the SLA. Loss, if any, is shared by Centre and State in the ratio of 75:25. Presently, the scheme has coverage of 23 MFPs and applicability to all States.

Which of the following ministry approved Study in India’ programme to attract foreign students to study in India?

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The ‘Study in India’ programme’s primary objective is to target foreign students by branding India as an attractive education destination. As per the existing Government framework, provision of 10-15% supernumerary seats for foreign students is there. ‘Study in India’ programme would target the foreign students to be admitted as per this provision, which would not have any adverse impact on the number of seats/ admission of Indian students. The Government has approved an expenditure of Rs. 150 crores for the ‘Study in India’ programme for two years 2018-19 and 2019-20 which will be primarily for brand promotion activities.

Consider the following statements:

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Union Government has decided to declare Year 2018 as:

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The government of India has decided to declare 2018 as ‘National Year of Millets to boost the cultivation of millets like ragi and jowar on a mission mode to achieve nutritional security.

In which year National Commission for Minorities Educational Institutions was established?

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The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) was established as welfare of the minorities mentioned in the national common minimum programme and government established the commission through an ordinance in November 2004. In January 2005, the ordinance replaced by an Act Note: National Commission for Minorities Educational Institutions (NCMEI) under the Ministry of Human Resource Development gives the minority status to the educational institutions on the basis of six religious communities notified by the Ministry of HRD under the NCMEI Act, 2004, viz., Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Zoroastrians (Parsis) and Jains only. Linguistic Minorities do not come under the ambit of the NCMEI Act, 2004.

Indian government set target to end TB by the year:

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Please note: India target to end TB is 2025 Global target to end TB is 2030

Consider the following statements about Abel Prize:

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Note: Along with the Fields Medal, which is awarded every four years at the Congress of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), it is one of the world’s most prestigious maths prizes.

World Tuberculosis day is celebrated on:

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Each year we commemorate World TB Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease. The theme of World TB Day 2018 - “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”- focuses on building commitment to end TB, not only at the political level with Heads of State and Ministers of Health, but at all levels from Mayors, Governors, parliamentarians and community leaders, to people affected with TB, civil society advocates, health workers, doctors or nurses, NGOs and other partners

First ever National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement was held in:

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First ever National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement was held in New Delhi. The conference is being organised by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Ministry of Home Affairs

What is the name of web based solution for monitoring of TB patients?

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To monitor Revised National Tuberculosis Programme (RNTCP) effectively, a web enabled and case based monitoring application called NIKSHAY has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC). This is used by health functionaries at various levels across the country in association with Central TB Division (CTD), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. NIKSHAY covers various aspects of controlling TB using technological innovations. Apart from web based technology, SMS services have been used effectively for communication with patients and monitoring the programme on day to day basis.

Recently which state government observed martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru as ‘Youth Empowerment Day’?

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Punjab Government observed martyrdom day of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Sukhdev and Shaheed Rajguru as ‘Youth Empowerment Day’.

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