Glance News 26th March 2018

International

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: 25 March

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is a United Nations international observance designated in 2007 to be marked on 25 March every year.

  • The theme of International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in 2018 is “Remember Slavery: Triumphs and Struggles for Freedom and Equality”.

National

Theatre Olympics kicks off in Mumbai

Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker, along with veteran actor Vikram Gokhle, inaugurated the eighth edition of Theatre Olympics, a fortnight-long international theatre festival in Mumbai.

  • The festival will present 28 performances from a diverse range of theatre forms from all over the world.
  • The inaugural play was a Hindi production “Mohe Piya”, by Waman Kendre, director of National School of Drama (NSD).

West Bengal tops the list of states with most number of beggars

The government has come out with the total number of beggars in the country. As per the data released by Union ministry of Social Justice, there are around 4 lakh beggars in total.

  • The highest number of beggars, 81,000, are in West Bengal.
  • West Bengal is followed by Uttar Pradesh and Bihar at number two and three respectively.
  • Lakshadweep, a union territory, has only two people begging for their livelihood.

UIDAI set to introduce face authentication feature from July 1

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is all set to make face authentication available alongside iris or fingerprint scan as means of verifying Aadhaar users from July 1, 2018.

  • The UIDAI, which is in-charge of the 12-digit identifier Aadhaar, in January had announced that it will introduce face authentication feature to help those who run into problems in biometric authentication due to old age, hardwork or worn-out fingerprints.

Appointments

Government nominates J S Rajput as Representative to the Board of UNESCO

The Government of India has decided to nominate Professor J S Rajput, former Director NCERT, as India’s representative to the Executive Board (EXB) of UNESCO.

  • Professor J S Rajput is an eminent educationist with rich experience in various fields including UNESCO.
  • The EXB has a four-year term of office and 58 seats.
  • The executive board is one of the constitutional organs of UNESCO and is elected by the General Conference.

Awards

G.K. Reddy award for journalist Karan Thapar

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has presented the G.K. Reddy Memorial National Award for journalism to senior journalist and television presenter Karan Thapar.

  • Speaking at the event held at the Teen Murti Bhawan in the capital, Dr. Singh lauded Mr. Thapar’s contribution to the field of journalism.

Sports

Sebastian Vettel leapfrogs Lewis Hamilton to take Australian GP win

Sebastian Vettel won a dramatic Australian Grand Prix after leapfrogging Lewis Hamilton during a safety car period.

  • The Mercedes driver was in control of the race until Romain Grosjean’s Haas stopped on track and officials imposed a virtual safety-car, which restricts the pace of the cars on track.

Punjab crowned National hockey champion

Hockey Punjab were crowned champions of the 8th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship after they came from a goal down to defeat Petroleum Sports Promotion Board 2-1 in a well-fought encounter.

  • Hockey Punjab made a comeback in the last seven minutes of the match, Sarvanjit Singh scoring two goals in the 53rd and 60th minutes.
  • In the Bronze medal match, defending champions Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) defeated Air India Sports Promotion Board.

Pankaj Advani retains Asian Billiards title

Pankaj Advani defended his Asian Billiards Championships title in style by demolishing his practice partner B Bhaskar 6-1 in the summit clash in yangon, Myanmar.

  • With this win, Advani remains the reigning Indian, Asian and world champion in billiards for 2017-18.
  • India’s Amee Kamani won the Asian Women’s Snooker title by defeating her Thai opponent Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan 3-0.

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