Top 5 Current Affairs: 23 March 2018

As per a new study published in Nature's Scientific Reports, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean, contains up to 16 times more waste than previously thought.

Mar 23, 2018 17:35 IST
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Great Pacific Garbage Patch is rapidly accumulating plastic: Scientific Reports

As per a new study published in Nature's Scientific Reports on March 22, 2018, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean, contains up to 16 times more waste than previously thought.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch now occupies an area three times the size of France in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii with 79000 tons of plastic debris in the form of 1.8 trillion pieces.

The study revealed that the fishing nets account for 46 per cent of the trash and the majority of the patch is composed of other fishing industry gear including ropes, oyster spacers, eel traps, crates and baskets. It is estimated that 20 per cent of the debris is from the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

BCCI clears Mohammed Shami of match-fixing allegations

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on March 22, 2018 cleared Indian pacer Mohammed Shami's central contract after its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) freed him of corruption charges levelled by his wife Hasin Jahan.

Shami has been given a Grade 'B' annual retainership contract, which will fetch him 3 crore rupees. He will also be free to play in the Indian Premier League for his franchise, the Delhi Daredevils, starting April 7, 2018.

The BCCI had decided to withhold the cricketer’s contract after his wife Hasin Jahan made a series of allegations, including that of match-fixing, adultery and domestic violence, and lodged a police complaint against him.

CCEA approves 'Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry' for Sericulture Sector

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on March 21, 2018 approved the 'Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry',  a Central Sector scheme which will be implemented for the next three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

The Cabinet approved a total allocation of Rs 2161.68 crore for the implementation of the Scheme for three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20. The scheme will be implemented by the Ministry of Textiles through Central Silk Board (CSB).

The scheme is expected to increase the silk production from the level of 30348 MTs during 2016-17 to 38500 MTs by end of 2019-20.


Venezuela to eliminate three zeros off currency to counter economic crisis

Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan President, has decided to remove three zeros off the Venezuelan currency Bolivar in the midst of a hyperinflation and crippling economic crisis.

This is considered as an economic measure to guarantee commercial activities and it will come into effect from June 4, 2018.The President has therefore decided to take out of circulation the current bills and put into circulation new bills.

The move comes as Venezuelans struggle to find food, medicine and cash in the worst economic crisis ever to strike the oil-rich country.

Union Government launches India’s first sign language dictionary

The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot on March 23, 2018 launched the first Indian Sign Language (ISL) dictionary containing 3000 words at a function in Delhi.

The dictionary has been developed by Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLR&TC) under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

The main aim of developing the dictionary is to remove the communication barriers between the deaf and hearing communities, as it is focused on providing more information in Indian sign language.

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