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Daily Current Affairs – 31st March 2018

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Daily Current Affairs – 31st March 2018


  1. Chandra Bhushan is appointed new Deputy Election Commissioner

Senior bureaucrat Chandra Bhushan Kumar has been appointed as Deputy Election Commissioner as part of a major bureaucratic reshuffle by the government.

  • Bhushan, a 1995 batch IAS officer of union territories cadre, has been appointed to the post for five years, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.


  1. Vineet Joshi is appointed first Director General of National Testing Agency

Government has appointed senior bureaucrat Vineet Joshi as the Director General of the National Testing Agency (NTA), which will conduct the entrance examinations for higher educational institutions organised by the CBSE, AICTE and other bodies.

  • Joshi, a 1992-batch IAS officer of the Manipur cadre, was appointed to the post for five years, an order issued by the department of personnel and training said.
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had, in his budget speech of 2017-18, announced the setting up of the NTA “as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organisation to conduct all entrance examinations for higher educational institutions”.


  1. Madhya Pradesh’s Kadaknath chicken gets Geographical Indication tag

Kadaknath, a chicken breed whose black meat is in so much demand in Madhya Pradesh has got the coveted Geographical Indications (GI) tag label.

  • The protein-rich meat of Kadaknath, chicks and eggs are sold at a much higher rate than other varieties of chicken.
  • Chennai-based GI Registry accepted the application of Gramik Vikas Trust, Jhabua, which was filed in 2012.


  1. MP to raise retirement age for govt employees to 62 years

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced raising the retirement age of state government employees to 62 years from the current 60 years.

  • He however did not disclose details of this decision. There are about five lakh regular government employees in the state.
  • The state government had made a provision for reservation for SC/ST employees in promotion, which was set aside by the Madhya Pradesh High Court.


  1. Andhra CM inaugurates International Yachting Festival

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu flagged off the International Yachting Festival in Visakhapatnam.

  • The festival, which is being held from March 29 to April 1, was inaugurated in the presence of IT minister Nara Lokesh, HRD minister Ganta Srinivasarao and other local MLAs.
  • This International Yachting Festival is the first step in developing sea tourism in Visakhapatnam.


  1. Scientists discover a new organ ‘Interstitium’ in the human body

Scientists have discovered a new organ ‘Interstitium’ in the human body, a discovery that could help the scientists understand the spread of cancer within the body.

  • Scientists used a special live imaging technique called a Probe-based Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy (pCLE) to locate the interstitium in various parts of the body such as lungs and digestive tract.
  • The study was conducted by David Carr-Locke and Petros Benias, doctors of Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Centre, while investigating patient’s bile duct for cancer.


  1. Tripura to set up crime branch of state police

The Tripura government has decided to set up a well-equipped crime branch under the state police to deal with unlawful activities in the state such as drug and narcotics peddling. The decision was taken during the state’s cabinet meeting.

  • The branch would exclusively deal with crimes like drug peddling, indulging in social unrest and crimes on women.
  • The main aim behind the move is to restore normalcy in the society.


  1. Telangana assembly passes Telangana Panchayat Raj Bill, 2018

The Telangana Legislative Assembly on March 29, 2018 passed the Telangana Panchayat Raj Bill, 2018.

  • The bill is comprehensive and envisages making villages self-reliant, clean and green.
  • The state’s Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao stated that the villages should have facilities like garbage dump yards, crematorium and burial grounds.


  1. Guwahati HC to set up fast-track courts for early disposal of rape and murder cases

The Guwahati High Court would be setting up exclusive fast-track courts in all districts of Assam for the day-to-day trial of cases related to rape and murder of women and children in the state.

  • The decision was taken after Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court proposing the same.
  • The Chief Minister had written the letter on March 26, after the shocking March 22 rape and murder of a minor at Batadrawa in Nagaon district of the state.
  • In response, an administrative committee of the High Court has resolved to work out modalities and submit a report in the same regard.


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