Current Affairs: March 08, 2018

Current Affairs: March 08, 2018

1. International Women’s Day 2018 observed globally

The International Women’s Day 2018 was observed across the world on March 8, 2018 with an aim to empower women in all settings, be it rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who are working constantly to assert women’s rights and realize their full potential.

The theme of International Women’s Day 2018 was ‘Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’.

Previously, sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women had captured headlines, leading to global marches and campaigns like ‘#MeToo’ and ‘#TimesUp’ in the United States of America and in other countries.

This year, International Women’s Day came in the wake of such exceptional global movements aiming for women’s rights, equality and justice.

2. NITI Aayog launches Women Entrepreneurship Platform

NITI Aayog launched the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) on March 8, 2018, on the occasion of International Women’s day.

The platform was launched by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant at the NITI Aayog premises in Delhi in the presence of UN Resident Coordinator in India Yuri Afanasiev, Kailash Kher, industry leaders and supporting partners.

The launch also saw the release of WEP’s theme song ‘ Naari Shakti’, which has been composed and sung by renowned singer Kailash Kher.

3. Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi wins 2018 Pritzker Prize

Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi was on March 7, 2018 awarded with 2018 Pritzker Prize for being able to interpret architecture and transform it into buildings that respect Eastern culture.

Doshi was recognised for his exceptional work, his commitment and dedication to his country and its communities and for his influence as a professor.

With this, Doshi became the first Indian to win the Pritzker Prize, the premier global award for architecture.

4. Justice Gita Mittal to be conferred ‘Nari Shakti’ award on women’s day

The Acing Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice Gita Mittal will be conferred the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017’ by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

The award, known as India’s highest civilian honour for women, will be bestowed upon 30 women and organizations on March 8, on the occasion of the International Women’s day.

Mittal is the first woman from the field of law and justice to be conferred the prestigious award. She is known to have introduced many welcome changes in the functioning of the Delhi High Court, ever since she took over as the Acting Chief Justice of the court after the retirement of Justice G Rohini in April 2017.

5. India, Pakistan agree to release elderly, women and child prisoners

India and Pakistan on March 7, 2018 agreed on a proposal to release elderly, women, children and mentally unsound prisoners held in each other’s jails on humanitarian grounds.

The proposal, which was extended by India, was approved by Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif after consultation with all the concerned stakeholders.

The initiative is expected to encourage both the nations to embark on the road to a comprehensive dialogue and make a conscious effort to de-escalate the tensions along the Line of Control.

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