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March 15, 2018

15th March 2018 Events - Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (15th March 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 15th March 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today is World Consumer Rights Day.
    • In India this day is celebrated as Viswa Upabhokta Adhikar Diwas
    • On March 15, 1962 US President John F. Kennedy gave a speech on consumer rights which led to the creation of the Consumer Bill of Rights.
    • Consumer rights activist Anwar Fazal later proposed the observance of a "World Consumer Rights Day" marking that date, and from 15 March 1983 consumer organizations began observing that date as an occasion to promote basic rights of consumers.
    • Theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2018 : ‘Making digital marketplaces fairer’
  • According to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's 2018 World Happiness Report, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world
    • India ranked 133rd in the list (last year's rank was 122nd).
    • Top 5 in World Happiness Report 2018
      • Finland 
      • Norway
      • Denmark
      •  Iceland 
      • Switzerland
  • The Member Countries of World Health Organization-Regional Office for South-East Asia (WHO-SEARO), participating in Delhi End Tuberculosis (TB) Summit have adopted ‘Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action’.
    • The summit was co-hosted by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO-SEARO and Stop TB Partnership in New Delhi.
National Current Affairs
  • The Haryana government today approved a bill awarding Death penalty to those convicted of raping children under the age of 12 years
    • Important Note : Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have already approved capital punishment for those guilty of raping girls aged under 12 years.
  • According to the Annual Survey of India's City-System Pune is the best city in the country in terms of local governance.
    • Bengaluru is the worst city in the list. 
    • Top 5 in the List :
      • Pune 
      • Kolkata
      • Thiruvananthapuram
      • Bhubaneswar
      • Surat
  • Tamilnadu's ousted AIADMK leader and Independent MLA, TTV Dhinakaran today launched his own political party titled 'Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam'.
    • The party was named after late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. 
  • Delhi Metro's Pink line running on the Majlis Park-Durgabhai Deshmukh section was opened to public today. 
    • The 21.56-km circular metro corridor, connecting Delhi University's north and south campuses, is part of the 59-km 'Ring Corridor' which will reportedly become India's longest metro line
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The World Bank has said India's highest GST rate of 28% is the 2nd highest among a sample of 115 countries which have a similar indirect tax system. 
    • Note : Only five countries, including India, use four non-zero GST slabs.
  • Singapore has been named as the world's most expensive city for the fifth time in a row in the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2018 Cost of Living Index
    • Damascus has been listed as the world's cheapest city in the list.
    • Note : India's Bangalore, Chennai and New Delhi named among world's 10 cheapest cities.
  • Private sector lender HDFC Bank today barred the use of its credit, debit and prepaid cards to buy or trade in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. 
    • Note : Earlier, Citibank India also banned the use of its cards for buying cryptocurrencies.
  • Telangana finance minister Etela Rajender today presented the state budget 2018-19 of Rs 1,74,453 crore.
MOUs & Agreements
  • The Union Cabinet has approved Agreement for Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income between India and Iran.
  • The cabinet also approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked between India and Sri Lanka for promoting cooperation in field of Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E). 
    • This MoU was signed in January 2018 during the visit of Minister of Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad to Sri Lanka.
Science & Technology
  • Google today announced the integration of Hindi language in its Assistant for devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. 
    • With the latest update, users can type queries and give voice commands in the Hindi language. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • India have sealed their place in the final of the T20I tri-series after defeating Bangladesh by 17 runs in their fourth match of the tournament in Colombo today. 
    • The final of the tri-series will take place on Sunday.
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