21 March 2018 Current Affairs

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Nanda Bahadur Pun elected Nepal’s Vice President

Nanda Bahadur Pun has been re-elected as the Vice-President of Nepal for the second term unopposed. Pun has filed candidacy for the post of the Vice President and his candidacy remained unopposed as no candidate came forward to contest with him for the post.

USA bans use of Venezuelan Cryptocurrency-Petro

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The Donald Trump administration banned all use by Americans of Venezuelan cryptocurrency (Petro) that its introduction is intended to skirt U.S. sanctions. The prohibition applies to all people and companies subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

Indian Army releases book on Paramveer Chakra Awardees

General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff released a book on Paramveer Chakra Awardees – ‘Paramveer Parwane’. The book is written by Dr Prabhakiran Jain and is published by Medha Books. The book illustrates the bravery of Paramveer Chakra Awardees from 1947 to 1965.

Vijay Sankar is honorary Consul General

Vijay Sankar, deputy chairman of The Sanmar Group, has been appointed the Honorary Consul General for Denmark in Chennai. His consular district consists of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka and Puducherry.

Myanmar President, Htin Kyaw resigns

Myanmar’s President and Aung San Suu Kyi’s right-hand man Htin Kyaw stepped down after two years in the position. He has resigned due to ill health. Htin Kyaw, 71, was sworn in as Myanmar’s official president in 2016 after Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party won landmark elections.

1st G20 Ministerial meeting held in Argentina

The first G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors began in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the presence of 57 delegations from countries and institutions.

Gulf Shield 1 military exercise of 23 countries held in Saudi Arabia

The Gulf Shield-1 military exercise of 23 countries including Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states was held in Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia. The one month exercise was largest military drill in region as it saw participation of participation of ground, naval and air forces of participating countries.

President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma Awards

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind presented the Padma awards to 43 eminent personalities at a Civil Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Following is the full list of awardees:

Padma Vibhushan

S. No Name Field State
1. Shri Illaiyaraja Art-Music Tamil Nadu
2. Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Art-Music Maharashtra
3. Shri P. Parameswaran Literature and Education Kerala

Padma Bhushan

S. No Name Field State
1. Shri Philipose Mar Chrysostom Others- Spiritualism Kerala
2. Dr.  Ramachandran Nagaswamy Others- Archaeology Tamil Nadu
3. Prof. Ved Prakash Nanda (OCI) Literature and Education  USA
4. Pandit Arvind Parikh Art-Music Maharashtra

Padma Shri

S.No Name Field State
1. Shri Anwar Jalalpuri (Posthumous) Literature and Education Uttar Pradesh
2. Ms. Nouf Almarwaai (Foreigner) Others- Yoga Saudi Arabia
3. Dr. Rani Bang Medicine Maharashtra
4. Dr. Abhay Bang Medicine Maharashtra
5. Shri Mohan Swaroop Bhatia Art-Folk Music Uttar Pradesh
6. Shri Narayan Das Maharaj Others-Spiritualism Rajasthan
7. Shri Somdev Devvarman Sports-Tennis Tripura
8. Dr. Yeshi Dhoden Medicine Himachal Pradesh
9. Shri Arup Kumar Dutta Literature and Education Assam
10. Shri Arvind Kumar Gupta Literature and Education Maharashtra
11. Shri Digamber Hansda Literature and Education Jharkhand
12. Shri Piyong Temjen Jamir Literature and Education Nagaland
13. Ms. Malti Joshi Literature and Education Madhya Pradesh
14. Shri Pran Kishore Kaul Art Jammu&Kashmir
15. Ms. Lakshmikutty Medicine-Traditional Kerala
16. Dr. Joyshree Goswami Mahanta Literature and Education Assam
17. Shri Pravakara Maharana Art-Sculpture Odisha
18. Shri Krishna Bihari Mishra Literature and Education West Bengal
19. Ms. Subhasini Mistry Social Work West Bengal
20. Ms. V Nanammal Others-Yoga Tamil Nadu
21. Ms. Sulagitti Narasamma Social Work Karnataka
22. Shri Gobaradhan Panika Art-Weaving Odisha
23. Shri Murlikant Petkar Sports-Swimming Maharashtra
24. Shri Sampat Tukaram Ramteke (Posthumous) Social Work Maharashtra
25. Shri S S Rathore Civil Service Gujarat
26. Shri Amitava Roy Science and Engineering West Bengal
27. Shri R Sathyanarayana Art-Music Karnataka
28. Shri Bhajju Shyam Art-Painting Madhya Pradesh
29. Shri Maharao Raghuveer Singh Literature and Education Rajasthan
30. Shri Kidambi Srikanth Sports-Badminton Andhra Pradesh
31. Ms. Lentina Ao Thakkar Social Work Nagaland
32. Shri Rudrapatnam Narayanaswamy Tharanathan Art-Music Karnataka
33. Shri Rudrapatnam Narayanaswamy Tharanathan Art-Music Karnataka
34. Shri Rajagopalan Vasudevan Science and Engineering Tamil Nadu
35. Shri Manas Bihari Verma Science and Engineering Bihar
36. Shri Baba Yogendra Art Madhya Pradesh
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