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Daily Current Affairs 17th-18th March, 2024: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 17th-18th March, 2024. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 17th-18th March, 2024. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 17th-18th March, 2024 Current affairs test.

National News

Inauguration of India’s Premier Oil Palm Facility by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In a significant boost to India’s ambition for self-sufficiency in edible oil production, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s first integrated oil palm processing facility via a virtual ceremony. This facility, managed by 3F Oil Palm, is located in Roing, Arunachal Pradesh, and is a key part of the Mission Palm Oil initiative under the National Mission on Edible Oils – Oil Palm (NMEO-OP).

International News

Re-election Victory for Vladimir Putin in Russia

In the latest election results, Vladimir Putin has been re-elected as the President of Russia with an overwhelming majority, securing 76.1% of the votes according to preliminary counts. This victory extends his political reign, bringing his total tenure to 24 years.

State News

Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Unveils First-of-its-Kind Sports Centres

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has unveiled India’s inaugural indoor athletics stadium and aquatic centre at the Kalinga stadium, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Additionally, Patnaik initiated the construction of a new indoor diving centre, emphasizing that these facilities will enable athletes to train year-round, unaffected by climatic conditions.

Tamilisai Soundararajan Steps Down as Telangana Governor

On March 18, 2024, Tamilisai Soundararajan resigned from her role as Governor of Telangana and as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, with intentions to participate in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Tamil Nadu. Her resignation has been forwarded to President Droupadi Murmu.

Tamil Nadu’s Commitment to Educational Excellence Through PM SHRI Schools Scheme

The Tamil Nadu government has formally agreed to participate in the PM SHRI Schools (PM Schools for Rising India) initiative by signing an MoU with the Ministry of Education. This scheme is aimed at elevating the educational standards in line with the National Education Policy 2020.

Appointment News

Navneet Sehgal Takes the Helm of Prasar Bharati Board

Following a vacancy of four years, Navneet Kumar Sehgal, a retired bureaucrat, has been appointed as the chairperson of the Prasar Bharati Board, succeeding A Surya Prakash.

Rahul Singh Named New CBSE Chairperson

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In a recent bureaucratic reshuffle by the Centre, senior bureaucrat Rahul Singh has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Jaideep Hansraj to Lead Kotak Mahindra Bank’s ‘One Kotak’ Initiative

Kotak Mahindra Bank announces Jaideep Hansraj, currently the MD and CEO of Kotak Securities, as the Group President – One Kotak, effective from April 1, 2024, aiming to fortify its conglomerate model.

Agreements News

SANY India and J&K Bank Partnership for Financial Solutions

SANY India, a leading construction equipment manufacturer, has partnered with J&K Bank to provide financial solutions to customers, facilitating the purchase of state-of-the-art machinery for infrastructure projects.

Economy News

India’s Forex Reserves Soar to a Two-Year Peak

India’s forex reserves have climbed for the third consecutive week, reaching a new two-year high of $636.1 billion as of the week ending March 8, 2024, according to the Reserve Bank of India.

Business News

Startup Mahakumbh 2024: A Catalyst for Innovation

The Startup Mahakumbh 2024 event is poised to revolutionize the entrepreneurial scene in India, bringing together over 1,000 startups, 50 unicorns, and numerous delegates from 23 countries. This event is a collaborative effort by major industry bodies, including ASSOCHAM, Nasscom, and others, supported by the DPIIT.

Science and Tech News

NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission to Carry a ‘Message in a Bottle’

NASA’s forthcoming Europa Clipper mission in October aims to explore the icy moon of Jupiter, Europa, for signs of life. The mission includes sending a symbolic message to the moon, showcasing human ingenuity and curiosity.

Important Days News

Celebrating Ordnance Factories Day in India

March 18th marks the annual Ordnance Factories Day in India, a day dedicated to recognizing the critical role of Indian Ordnance Factories in providing arms and ammunition to the Indian Armed Forces.

Defence News

Indian Army Participates in ‘Exercise Lamitiye – 2024’

An Indian Army contingent is set to join the Seychelles Defence Forces in the joint military exercise “LAMITIYE-2024” in Seychelles, from March 18-27, 2024, marking the exercise’s tenth edition.

Ranks and Reports News

India Climbs the DHL Global Connectedness Index

India has improved its standing on the DHL Global Connectedness Index, moving up from 67th in 2022 to 62nd in 2023, highlighting its growing influence in the global economy.

Obituaries News

Lama Lobzang, Eminent Tribal Leader and Buddhist Monk, Passes Away

Lama Lobzang, a revered figure in the Ladakhi community and former member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, has passed away at the age of 94 in New Delhi.

Indian Youths Awarded the ‘Diana Memorial Award’

Uday Bhatia and Manasi Gupta from India have been honored with the ‘Diana Memorial Award’ on March 14, 2024, in recognition of their exceptional social work and humanitarian services.

Miscellaneous News

Sheetal Devi Named ECI’s National PwD Icon

The Election Commission of India, in collaboration with the BCCI, organized an inclusive cricket match, during which Sheetal Devi, an esteemed Para-archer and Arjuna Awardee, was recognized as the National Icon for Persons with Disabilities.

Kashmir Hosts Its First Formula-4 Car Racing Event

The picturesque Dal Lake in Kashmir was the backdrop for the region’s first Formula-4 car racing event on March 18, thrilling spectators with high-speed action against the scenic Zabarwan Hills.

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