17th March 2018 Current Affairs – Gk Today
1.The Union Health Ministry launched ‘LaQshya’, a programme aimed at improving quality of care in labor room and maternity operation theatre.
2.Chinese President Xi Jinping has been “re-elected” for a second five-year tenure by China’s rubber-stamp parliament.
3.The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $120 million loan agreement with India to improve the operational efficiency of Indian railways by double-tracking and electrification of tracks along high-density corridors.
4.Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) paid a glowing tribute to former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya by releasing a book, titled ‘A Tribute to Jagu’, on the occasion of the 70th independence of the island nation.
5.KL Rahul is the ‘Cricketer of the Year’ in the sixth edition of Wisden India Almanack.
6.Four Nations, Bhutan, Kiribati, Sao Tome and Principe and Solomon Islands will be recommended for graduation from the least developed country (LDC) category, the United Nations Committee for Development Policy (CDP) announced.
7.Sierra Leone (West African nation) has become the world’s first country to have blockchain-powered elections.
8.The Philippines formally informed the UN of its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).
9.As part of Army’s sustained initiative to secure a better future for the Kashmiri youth, the Indian Army under the aegis of Chinar Corps has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with corporate partner Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and training partner National Integrity and Educational Development Organisation (NIEDO).
10.Renowned Malayalam writer and winner of the Central and State Sahitya Akademi Award M Sukumaran has passed away.
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