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English Current Affairs 22nd March 2018

  1. Union Cabinet gave ‘in-principle’ approval to inclusion of 2 communities – ‘Parivara’ and ‘Talawara’ – in the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) in Karnataka.
  2. Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has stated that it has constituted a task force to review the Income Tax Act, 1961 and to draft a new Direct Tax Law which takes into consideration the prevailing economic scenario and economic needs of contemporary India.
  3. Union Minister of Mines Narendra Singh Tomar launched a “sandmining framework” in order to help states to take action against illegal mining.
  4. The Madhya Pradesh Animal Husbandry Department has inked a MoU with Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd (BFIL) to launch ‘Pashu Dhan Sanjeevani – 1962’, an animal healthcare programme.
  5. The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry has reconstituted two journalist-related bodies.
  6. The world’s longest sandstone cave named ‘Krem Puri’ has been discovered in Meghalaya.
  7. International Yoga Fest was inaugurated by Union minister Jitendra Singh at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi, as a curtain raiser for the International Yoga Day (IYD) to be held on 21 June 2018.
  8. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) launched Free Wi-Fi Facility at Udwada Village, in Valsad District, Gujarat.
  9. Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) celebrated its 6th Foundation Day in New Delhi.
  10. Bank of India (BOI) has announced that it has closed down its operations of representative office in Yangoon (Myanmar) with effect
  11. Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) has announced that it will commence futures trading in brass
  12. BHEL said that, it has signed a Technology Collaboration Agreement (TCA) with HLB Power, Republic of Korea.
  13. Allahabad Bank stated that it has received approval from Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs for amalgamation of its fully-owned subsidiary All Bank Finance Ltd. (ABFL) with itself.
  14. India successfully test fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with an indigenous ‘seeker’ at Rajasthan’s Pokhran test range, enhancing the country’s capability to hit enemy targets at a range of up to 400 km.
  15. IRCTC has introduced billing through Point of Sale (POS) hand held machines in trains.
  16. Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan won gold medal in the junior women’s 10m air rifle event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun in Sydney, Australia.
  17. 22 March 2018, World Water Day was celebrated all over the world.
  18. General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, released a book on Paramveer Chakra Awardees named ‘Paramveer Parwane’.

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