March 26 Current Affairs

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State :

Tamilnadu :

Crackdown on gold diggers begins in T.N

  • The Nilgiris district police have begun to crack down on illegal gold mining in the Devala-Pandalur region. senior district police officers said that they had identified around 500 families who depend directly on the illegal gold mines in the region to earn a living.

German President visits Daimler plant, IIT-Madras

  • IIT-M director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said the German influence was instrumental in the strong collaboration the IIT-M has had developed with industry from the early years, culminating in the country’s first university-based research park.

Good rapport with Centre helped T.N.’

  • Having a good rapport with the Centre has enabled Tamil Nadu to implement several developmental and welfare schemes, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami

Kerala :

CITU plans to expand its base in IT sector

  • CITU national secretary and head of international affairs Swadesh Dev Roye told that the technology sector had been one of the weak areas of trade union movement. “However, we have taken the initiative to bring the young generation into our organisational activities. This is a major task before us,” .

34 medicos of GMC fail to clear final exam

  • The mass failure of students in the final year MBBS exams at the Government Medical College, Kozhikode, has kicked up a row with experts demanding that the present examination system be overhauled.

Andhra Pradesh :

CBI probes ₹540-cr. aquaculture scam in IDBI Bank in A.P., Telangana

  • The CBI is probing a scam in which about 360 farmers and others from Andhra Pradesh and Adilabad district of Telangana allegedly borrowed ₹540 crore from the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) in two instances of cheating.

Radiologists to enforce PCPNDT Act

  • Andhra Pradesh State Chapter of Indian Radiological Imaging Association (APIRIA) will promote study and practice of diagnostic radiological and imaging modalities including x-ray, ultrasound, CT, MRI and molecular imaging by periodical scientific sessions, workshops and seminars, said Dr. G. Mohan Prasad

India :

Banks told to be vigilant on Aadhaar

  • “Banks may provide authentication and e-KYC facility (fingerprint, iris, OTP) at all banking outlets so that authentication/e-KYC can be done then and there in front of the customers,” the letter — a copy.The letter further noted that while banks are using various channels for collection of Aadhaar number from their customers

Teachers’ associations to hold march

  • There will be a historic demonstration for an inclusive education policy and for better service conditions of the teachers in the country before Parliament on 3rd April, 2018,” said Arun Kumar of the All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO).

Ministers to visit 28 countries by May 15

  • “As per a unique initiative by the External Affairs Ministry, it has been decided that the Government will engage with all the 193 countries. Under this initiative, ministers are being sent to various countries. Now, only 28 countries remain that are being taken up in the third and last phase. This phase has to be completed by May 15, 2018.”

U.S., India hold naval training

  • NS Tarkash sailed in formation with aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) and other ships on March 25 as part of the exercise, the U.S. Embassy said here in a statement.

World :

U.S. expels 60 Russian diplomats, orders closure of Seattle consulate

China ‘ready’ for a post-Doklam engagement with “partner” India

  • China on March 26 reiterated its position that Doklam was part of its territory, but stressed that with the military standoff in the area behind them, Beijing was looking forward to a new round of engagement with New Delhi.

U.S. sanctions Pakistani companies over nuclear trade

  • The United States has imposed sanctions on seven Pakistani companies over suspicion they have links to the nuclear trade, potentially hurting Pakistan’s ambitions to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia’s Tanimbar Islands

  • A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Tanimbar Islands early on March 26 local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
  • The quake, which was initially reported at a magnitude of 6.5, was centered 138 miles (222 km) northwest of Saumlaki in the Tanimbar Islands, the USGS said.

Business :

Bonds lose their charm for overseas investors

  • Indian bonds last year, foreign investors are cutting their holdings as a tumbling rupee erodes their returns and economic risks cloud the outlook of a once-hot emerging market play.

Rupee rises 10 paise against dollar in opening trade

  • The rupee strengthened by 10 paise to 64.91 against the US dollar at the interbank forex market today on sustained selling of the greenback by exporters and banks amid foreign capital inflows.

Universal Robots focuses on SMEs in India

  • Universal Robots, the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of collaborative robot, or cobot, arms, is focusing on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to grow its business in India, the company’s top executives said.

Sports :

Anish wins India’s 3rd individual gold in Jr. World Cup

  • Rising shooter Anish Bhanwala secured India a third individual gold medal at the ISSF Junior World Cup when the 15-year-old finished atop the podium in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol in Sydney on March 26.

Pallikal expects to defend CWG squash doubles gold despite no coach

  • The acrimonious exit of foreign coach Achraf El Karargui days before the Commonwealth Games has affected the team’s preparations but medal hopefuls Pallikal, Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal remain optimistic of their chances in all three events — singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

Steve Smith steps down as Rajasthan Royals captain, Rahane to lead

  • Australian skipper Steve Smith on March 26 decided to step down from Rajasthan Royals’ captaincy in the wake of severe backlash he has faced after admitting to ball-tampering in the third Test against South Africa.

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