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Parliament passes Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill

Mar 22, 2018
The Parliament has passed the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill that will empower the government to fix the amount of tax-free gratuity and the period of maternity leave with an executive order.

International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2018 observed globally

Mar 22, 2018
The theme of the 2018 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was 'Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination'.

World Water Day observed globally

Mar 22, 2018
The World Water Day was observed globally on March 22, 2018 with the theme ‘Nature for Water’. The theme explores how nature can be used to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century. Globally, over 80 per cent of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.

Cambridge Analytica controversy: Explained

Mar 22, 2018
Cambridge Analytica allegedly had a hand in assisting with Donald Trump’s victory in US Presidential Elections 2016, by using unethically gathered data to manipulate voter behaviour. The firm has also allegedly worked with the Leave EU camp during Britain’s exit from the European Union (Brexit).

Top Cabinet Approvals: 22 March 2018

Mar 22, 2018
The Union Cabinet approved the continuation of the National Health Mission from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020 with a budgetary support of Rs 85217 crore as Central Share over this period.

Union Cabinet approves amendments in Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016

Mar 22, 2018
Once the Bill becomes an Act, it will legalise the surrogacy services in the country and will control the immoral practices in surrogacy.

Union Cabinet approves Ayushman Bharat- National Health Protection Mission

Mar 22, 2018
The beneficiaries can avail benefits in both public and empanelled private facilities. All public hospitals in the States implementing AB-NHPM will be considered empanelled for the Scheme.

Health Ministry increases reservation quota for disabled in PG medical courses to 5 %

Mar 22, 2018
In a historic decision, the Union Health Ministry decided to increase the reservation quota for people with disabilities for admission to postgraduate medical courses from 3 per cent to 5 per cent. The registration and allotment of seats would be followed by a medical examination to ascertain the level of disability before finally granting admission.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 21 March 2018

Mar 21, 2018
University Grants Commission has made a historic move by granting autonomy to 60 higher educational institutions that have maintained high academic standards. Some of the names include renowned institutions such as Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University and Aligarh Muslim University.

Current Affairs in Short: 21 March 2018

Mar 21, 2018
India Post has paid tribute to theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking by issuing a special cover on him. The postal department released the special cover in all of its 22 circles. Hawking died at the age of 76 on March 14.

Top Current Affairs Quiz: 21 March 2018

Mar 21, 2018
21 March 2018: The Current Affairs Quizzes section of Jagranjosh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day at ease. The day’s updated quizzes cover topics such as India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction, new UGC mandate and India Post’s special cover among others.

All pharmacies and chemists have to report TB cases: Government

Mar 21, 2018
The Union Government has made it mandatory for pharmacists and chemists to report TB patients along with their medicine and prescription details to a nodal officer of the district. The main aim behind the decision is to trace the missing TB cases by strengthening the reporting system.

UGC grants autonomy to 60 higher educational institutions

Mar 21, 2018
In a historic decision, 60 Higher Educational Institutions have been autonomy by the University Grants Commission. The move will enable the universities to start new courses, off campus centres, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programs.

India, Hong Kong sign double taxation avoidance agreement

Mar 21, 2018
India and Hong Kong have signed a double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) to improve transparency in tax matters and help curb tax evasion and avoidance. The treaty will improve transparency in tax matters and prevent double taxation.

President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma Awards

Mar 21, 2018
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on March 20 presented the Padma awards to 43 eminent personalities at a Civil Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Awards are conferred to people belonging to various disciplines or fields including art, social work, sports, public affairs, science and engineering, medicine and literature and education.

Current Affairs in Short: 20 March 2018

Mar 20, 2018
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has announced that women need not dress in the black abaya often seen as their expected attire throughout the kingdom. The Crown Prince stated indicated that the Sharia law did not dictate that women wear the traditional garment but they could choose their clothing, so long as it is respectful.

Airbnb ties up with NEC, NEDC to boost tourism in Northeast India

Mar 20, 2018
Another MoU was signed between NERCORMP and Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO) for leveraging community resources and appropriate local resources based technology for development.

Jnanpith awardee Kedarnath Singh passes away

Mar 20, 2018
Kedarnath Singh won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1989 for his poetry collection Akaal Mein Saras and the Jnanpith Award in 2013.

Current Affairs in Short: 19 March 2018

Mar 19, 2018
A special CBI court in Ranchi on March 19, 2018 convicted Rashtriya Janata Dal Chief Lalu Prasad in another scam case in Dumka, Jharkhand and acquitted former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra in the case.

Indo-French Naval exercise Varuna 2018 begins

Mar 19, 2018
The Indian Navy and the French Navy have been conducting naval exercises since 1983. These exercises were christened as Varuna in 2001.

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