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

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. NoNameFieldState
1.Shri IllaiyarajaArt-MusicTamil Nadu
2.Ustad Ghulam Mustafa KhanArt-MusicMaharashtra
3.Shri P. ParameswaranLiterature and EducationKerala

Padma Bhushan

S. NoNameFieldState
1.Shri Philipose Mar ChrysostomOthers- SpiritualismKerala
2.Dr.  Ramachandran NagaswamyOthers- ArchaeologyTamil Nadu
3.Prof. Ved Prakash Nanda (OCI)Literature and Education USA
4.Pandit Arvind ParikhArt-MusicMaharashtra

Padma Shri

1.Shri Anwar Jalalpuri (Posthumous)Literature and EducationUttar Pradesh
2.Ms. Nouf Almarwaai (Foreigner)Others- YogaSaudi Arabia
3.Dr. Rani BangMedicineMaharashtra
4.Dr. Abhay BangMedicineMaharashtra
5.Shri Mohan Swaroop BhatiaArt-Folk MusicUttar Pradesh
6.Shri Narayan Das MaharajOthers-SpiritualismRajasthan
7.Shri Somdev DevvarmanSports-TennisTripura
8.Dr. Yeshi DhodenMedicineHimachal Pradesh
9.Shri Arup Kumar DuttaLiterature and EducationAssam
10.Shri Arvind Kumar GuptaLiterature and EducationMaharashtra
11.Shri Digamber HansdaLiterature and EducationJharkhand
12.Shri Piyong Temjen JamirLiterature and EducationNagaland
13.Ms. Malti JoshiLiterature and EducationMadhya Pradesh
14.Shri Pran Kishore KaulArtJammu&Kashmir
15.Ms. LakshmikuttyMedicine-TraditionalKerala
16.Dr. Joyshree Goswami MahantaLiterature and EducationAssam
17.Shri Pravakara MaharanaArt-SculptureOdisha
18.Shri Krishna Bihari MishraLiterature and EducationWest Bengal
19.Ms. Subhasini MistrySocial WorkWest Bengal
20.Ms. V NanammalOthers-YogaTamil Nadu
21.Ms. Sulagitti NarasammaSocial WorkKarnataka
22.Shri Gobaradhan PanikaArt-WeavingOdisha
23.Shri Murlikant PetkarSports-SwimmingMaharashtra
24.Shri Sampat Tukaram Ramteke (Posthumous)Social WorkMaharashtra
25.Shri S S RathoreCivil ServiceGujarat
26.Shri Amitava RoyScience and EngineeringWest Bengal
27.Shri R SathyanarayanaArt-MusicKarnataka
28.Shri Bhajju ShyamArt-PaintingMadhya Pradesh
29.Shri Maharao Raghuveer SinghLiterature and EducationRajasthan
30.Shri Kidambi SrikanthSports-BadmintonAndhra Pradesh
31.Ms. Lentina Ao ThakkarSocial WorkNagaland
32.Shri Rudrapatnam Narayanaswamy TharanathanArt-MusicKarnataka
33.Shri Rudrapatnam Narayanaswamy TharanathanArt-MusicKarnataka
34.Shri Rajagopalan VasudevanScience and EngineeringTamil Nadu
35.Shri Manas Bihari VermaScience and EngineeringBihar
36.Shri Baba YogendraArtMadhya Pradesh

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