India wins Best Exhibitor Award at ITB – Berlin

India won Best Exhibitor Award at ITB–Berlin World Tourist Meet convened at Berlin, Germany. More than 100 countries had participated in the mega meet with their respective Tourism Ministers.

India was represented by Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism Mr K. J. Alphons along with Tourism Ministry officials.

India’s Incredible India (Ministry of Tourism) presented short film named “Yogi of the Racetrack” in the meet. The short film had received 3.2 million hits in 60 hours.

ITB Berlin
  1. The ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) is world’s largest tourism trade fair. It is represented by companies from tourism sector including hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, system providers, airlines and car rental companies.
  2. The fair takes place annually in March at Messe Berlin and always has official partner country.



India B wins Deodhar Trophy 2018

India B won 45th edition of the Deodhar Trophy 2018 by defeating Karnataka in final match by 6 wickets at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala.

Brief Scores: Karnataka 279-8 in 50 overs (Ravikumar Samarth 107, CM Gautam 76) lost to India B 281-4 in 48.2 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 69, Ruturaj Gaikwad 58, Shreyas Iyer 61, Manoj Tiwary 59 not out) by 6 wickets.

  1. Captain of India B: Ankit Bawne
  2. Captain of Karnataka: Karun Nair
  3. Player of the match: Ravikumar Samarth (Karnataka)
Deodhar Trophy
  1. The Deodhar Trophy is a List A cricket competition in Indian domestic cricket. It is named after Prof. D. B. Deodhar (known as the Grand Old Man of Indian cricket).
  2. It is a 50-over knockout competition played on an annual basis among five zonal teams – North Zone, South Zone, East Zone, West Zone and Central Zone.
  3. It was realigned in 2015-16 season with winners of Vijay Hazare Trophy playing two teams – India A and India B – selected by the BCCI.
  4. North Zone has won most titles i.e. for record 13 times.



Australia wins 2018 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

World champions Australia won 27th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah cup 2018 for record 10th time.

In the final match held in Ipoh, Malaysia, Australia defeated defending champion England by narrow 2-1 goal margin.

Earlier, in the classification match for third place, Argentina defeated host Malaysia by 3-2 goals.

Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament
  1. It is an annual international men’s field hockey tournament held in Malaysia.
  2. It has been named after 9th king of Malaysia and ‘Father of Malaysian Hockey’ Sultan Azlan Shah also avid fan of field hockey.
  3. It was established in 1983 as biennial sporting event. It was converted into annual event after 1998, following its growth and popularity.
  4. Australia has won prestigious tournament for record 10 times in 1983, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018. India had won it 4 times 1985, 1991, 1995, 2009 and shared it in 2010 with South Korea.



NCRB celebrates its 33rd Inception Day

  1. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) celebrated its 33rd Inception Day on March 11, 2018. On this occasion, “Citizen Services” mobile application developed in-house by NCRB was also released.
  2. The application can be used by citizen for various services such as complaint registration and status check, SOS – Stay Safe, View FIR detail, locate police stations, vahan-samanvay, emergency contact list, police stations telephone directory etc.
National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)
  1. NCRB is nodal agency under Union Home Ministry for authentic source of data on crime on various parameters including accidents, suicides from across all the states of the country and prisons for policy matters and research.
  2. It was established on 11 March 1986 as the central police organisation. It is headquartered in New Delhi.
  3. It is implementing and monitoring agency of Crime & Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS), a Mission Mode Project under the National e-Governance Plan of Government.
  4. It also imparts training in Information Technology (IT) and Finger Print Science for Indian Police Officers as well Foreign Police officers.
  5. NCRB publishes 4 annual publications on Crime, Prison Statistics, Accidental Deaths & Suicides and Finger Prints. These publications serve as principal reference points on crime statistics.


Kinzhal missile: Russia successfully launches hypersonic missile

Russia successfully launched high-precision aeroballistic Kinzhal hypersonic missile from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet.

During the test, the missile launch was normal and it hit preset target on the test site.

It also met its performance characteristics and time indicators.

Kinzhal missile System
  1. The Kinzhal missile is one of array of new weapons developed by Russia. Kinzhal, the name means double-edged Russian dagger.
  2. It can fly 10 times the speed of sound and has range of 2,000km.
  3. It is equipped with high-precision aeroballistic missiles supporting air strikes without entering enemy’s air defence zone. It can overcome air-defence systems.
  4. The missile system has no counterparts across globe owing to high flight performance characteristic of MiG-31 fighter jet and hypersonic missile with small radar signature and high maneuverability.
  5. The first air unit equipped with Kinzhal system was deployed in Russia’s Southern Military District in December 2017.


First Indo-French Knowledge Summit held in New Delhi

  1. The first Indo-French Knowledge Summit for university, scientific and technology cooperation was successfully held in New Delhi.
  2. The two-day summit was organized by the French Embassy in India and co-hosted by Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  3. The summit’s broader objective was to design roadmap of Franco-India cooperation for next five years, in collaboration with companies.
  4. It offered common platform for common goal to increase student mobility, enlarge R&D collaborations and link campuses to companies by focusing on employability.
  5. More than 350 people from nearly 80 Indian Institutions and 70 French Institutions along with key enterprises participated in summit. It also had received support of Ministry of Science and Technology, Campus France and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  6. It ended with landmark agreement on mutual recognition of educational qualifications between two countries and record 15 other MoUs between universities and research institutions on joint initiatives and partnerships
  7. During this event, various sessions and round tables on several topics of mutual interest of both t countries were held including on aerospace, agriculture and food processing, eco-energy, maths and information technology, strengthening employability among others.