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TNPSC Current Affairs March 12, 2018

www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs March 12, 2018 (12/03/2018)


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Topic : India’s Foreign Policy, Latest Diary of Events

CP Trans-Pacific Partnership

On March 8th trade ministers from 11 countries gathered in Santiago, the capital of Chile, to sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP.

What is CPTPP?

The CPTPP, also dubbed the TPP-11, was negotiated by Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

The revived deal will look to reduce tariffs in economies that together represent 500 million people and account for 13.5 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) – equivalent to a total of US$10 trillion.

Significance of the deal:

Even without the US, it’s a hugely significant deal and could become a blueprint for future regional free trade agreements.

Other nations have the chance to enter at a later time, if they so wish, and there have been suggestions Indonesia and even the United Kingdom may have some interest.


Topic : Latest Diary of Events

ITB – Berlin

India has won the “Best Exhibitor Award” at ITB – Berlin.

What is it?

As the Leading Travel Trade Show, ITB Berlin is the foremost business platform for global touristic offers.

The ITB Berlin takes place annually in March at the Messe Berlin. The fair always has an official partner country, in 2018 represented by the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

‘ITB- Berlin World Tourist Meet’ 2018 was convened at Berlin, Germany.


Topic : India and its Defense and Army Services, Anti-terrorism Activities

Ex Samvedna

A Multilateral Air Force exercise, ‘Ex Samvedna’, is being spearheaded by Indian Air Force and conducted by Southern Air Command (SAC).

What is it?

It is the first composite HADR Air exercise in the South Asian region and would be focused on practicing Air Force centric HADR solutions in a Multi-national cooperative Disaster Management environment.

It is aimed at setting up a scenario of pre and post Tsunami disaster requirements and guide participants to work out Air Force Centric HADR solutions.

‘Samvedna’ means ‘Empathy’ and will ensure better understanding and sharing of response procedures between a number of friendly neighbouring nations.


Topic : India and its Foreign Policy, Agreements and Summits, Latest International Activities

Reciprocal logistics support deal

A reciprocal logistics support deal has been signed between the respective armed forces of India and France.

What is it?

The deal will facilitate the French and Indian armed forces to receive logistical support, supplies and services from each other during authorised port visits, joint exercises, joint training, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.

The deal, which is similar to the logistical support pact with the US, is an indicator of the strategic depth and maturity in defence ties between the two countries.


Topic : General Administration, Profile of States, Latest Diary of Events

India’s first coastal policing academy

The Union home ministry has sanctioned the launch of the National Academy of Coastal Policing (NACP) from a campus of Gujarat’s Fisheries Research Centre located in coastal Okha in the newly created Devbhoomi Dwarka district.

Key facts:

It will be the country’s first national academy to train police forces in effectively safeguarding the Indian shoreline.

It will sharpen the response and skills of the marine forces of multiple states which have sea lines.

Significance of the academy:

India has a vast coastline of 7,516 kms touching 13 states and union territories (UTs). It also has around 1,197 islands.

There is no institute in the country that trains marine or coastal police forces in these subjects in a professional manner.

That is why the academy will be first-ever and the best practises of various agencies like the navy, the BSF and the Coast Guard will be borrowed by it for teaching purposes.

Also, the academy was specially required since India faced its major sea-borne terror attack in November 2008 in Mumbai.


Topic : New Appointments, Persons in News, Profile of States

Shri Suresh Prabhu gets additional charge of Ministry of Civil Aviation

Shri Suresh Prabhu, Cabinet Minister was appointed as the charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, in addition to his existing portfolio.


Topic : World Rankings, Latest Diary of Events

United World Wrestling Rankings

United World Wrestling released the World rankings recently.

In that, Reigning Asian champion Navjot Kaur became World No. 2 in the 65 kg category as per the latest rankings released by United World Wrestling.

The top position belongs to 2015 World Championship silver medallist Petra Olli of Finland though both have 18 points each.

Key facts:

Vinesh Phogat is No. 2 in the 50kg category behind Lei Chun of China, while Sakshi Malik is No. 4 in the 62 kg category.

Other Indian rankings: Women: Sangeeta Phogat (59kg, 5th rank).

Men: Freestyle: Sharvan (61kg, 8), Bajrang Punia (65kg, 4).

Greco-Roman: Rajender Kumar (55kg, 4); Vikram Kurade (63kg, 8), Manish (67 kg, 8), Kuldeep Malik (72 kg, 5), Harpreet Singh (82 kg, 4) and Naveen (130 kg, 8).

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