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1. Recently, it is in this country India inaugurated the building of the World Hindi Secretariat.
In March 2018, President of India Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the building of the World Hindi Secretariat in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius. While land for the Secretariat was provided by the Government of Mauritius, the Government of India has provided a grant of Rs. 33 crore for its construction. The foundation stone of this building was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 during his visit to the country.
The primary objective of the secretariat is to present Hindi as a common man’s language (Janbhasha) in front of the world. As a language, Hindi has played an important role in the cultural evolution of Mauritius. The Indian Diaspora in Mauritius has played a huge role in the spread of the language.
2. Recently, it is with this African nation India signed a Bilateral Defence Agreement.
In March 2018, India and Madagascar signed a Bilateral Defence Agreement. The agreement was signed during the visit of the President Ram Nath Kovind to Madagascar. This is the first ever visit by a President or Prime Minister of India to this country. The defence agreement between the two countries focuses on friendly visits by Indian ships to Madagascar, and capacity building and training of Madagascar’s personnel.
During the visit, the President inaugurated the Centre for Geo-informatics Applications in Rural Development. This Centre will support communities in Madagascar in using geospatial technologies for a host of applications in rural development, and will strengthen bilateral cooperation in agriculture and related areas.
3. Identify the State in which the Tuting Air Field is located. The air field was in the recently.
a) Arunachal Pradesh
c) Jammu and Kashmir
In March 2018, the Tuting Air Field (Tuting Advance Landing Ground) was in the news as the Indian Air Force has successfully landed its largest transport aircraft, C-17 Globemaster, in it. The air field is located very close to the Chinese border in the Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of River Siang, which is a tributary of Brahmaputra. Abandoned after 1962 Indo-China war, the air field became operational in 2016.
4. Recently, India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project got clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to set up a lab in which of the following places in India?
a) Bodi West Hills, Tamil Nadu
b) Baddi, Himachal Pradesh
c) Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
d) Nandi Hills in Bangalore
The India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project has got a fresh lease of life with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) taking it up as a special case and granting it environmental clearance to set up the lab in Bodi West hills.
MoEF’s Expert Appraisal Committee (Infra 2), after detailed deliberations on the proposal and submissions by the project proponent, recommended this at its meeting on March 5. According to the minutes of the meeting available in the public domain, the EAC was given to understand that though the proposals were not within its scope, the Ministry wanted it to consider this as a special case.
As the previous EC granted in 2011 was quashed by the courts, a certified compliance report may not be required and no work has been initiated at the site, the project proponents submitted.
The panel was informed that there was no scope for radioactivity and leaching of water and these have been explained to the courts. The project proponents clarified that studies showed there would be no impact of blasting on any habitation in the vicinity.
5. Which of the following states have launched insurance scheme for journalists?
The state government of Assam has proposed an insurance scheme for journalists and their families in its budget for 2018-19.
The information was shared by Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while presenting the state’s budget in the assembly on March 13, 2018. Sarma stated that the state has earmarked a budgetary allocation of Rs 63 crore in 2018-19 for the Information and Public Relations Department that would implement schemes for journalists. The new Journalist Insurance Scheme would ensure security and protection of the journalists and their families.