Weekly Current Affairs- March 10, 2018

Weekly Current Affairs- March 10, 2018

1. Oscars 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ won maximum awards

The 90th Academy Awards, popularly known as Oscar Awards, were conferred on March 4, 2018 (March 5 as per Indian time).

The award ceremony, hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The nominees were announced on January 23, 2018 through a global live stream from the Academy. While the movie ‘The Shape of Water’ led all nominees with thirteen nominations, Dunkirk came in second with eight, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri came in third with seven.

2. Assembly Election Results 2018: NDA sweeps Nagaland and Tripura, split verdict in Meghalaya

The verdict of the 2018 Assembly Elections in the three north-eastern states- Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya-is out.

While the BJP-led NDA swept through Nagaland and Tripura, retaining the former and ending the 25-year-old rule of the left in the latter, elections in Meghalaya resulted in a hung assembly with the BJP likely to take power despite its low numbers.

3. W-Power Trailblazers 2018: Forbes India names 25 Women as Trailblazers

Forbes India on March 5, 2018 released the “W-Power Trailblazers” issue 2018, featuring 25 women stars on the ascendency in business.

The 25 women stars included names like Chiki Sarkar, publisher of Juggernaut Books, Adhuna Bhabani, founder-director of Bblunt, Anupriya Acharya, CEO (India) of Publicis Media. Kavitha Sairam, co-founder of FIB-SOL Life Technologies, Dina Wadia and Shivpriya Nanda, joint managing partners of J Sagar Associates also made it to the issue this time.

Malini Agarwal, Founder and creative director of MissMalini Entertainment, also made it into the issue. Her venture MissMalini.com that got kicked off with a couch and laptop as an office, today it is a full-fledged entertainment company with 12 to 13 bloggers and a team of 47.

4. Sri Lankan Government declares nation-wide emergency over communal violence

The Sri Lankan government has decided to declare a nation-wide emergency for a period of 10 days to control the law and order situation following the outbreak of violence against the minority community in its central district, Kandy.

The decision was taken during a cabinet meeting chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena on March 6, 2018.

The decision comes as curfew was re-imposed in two police divisions of Kandy district following clashes between majority Sinhalese Buddhists and minority Muslims. The district has witnessed days of unrest between the two religious communities with a Buddhist man being killed and Muslim businesses set ablaze.

5. Forbes’ 32nd World’s Billionaires List released: Jeff Bezos tops list for first time

American magazine Forbes on March 6, 2018 released the 32nd annual World’s Billionaires List comprising names of a record 2208 billionaires.

2208 billionaires made it to the list this year, up from 2043 in 2017, with an average net worth of USD 4.1 billion, a record high of all times.

Jeff Bezos topped the World’s Billionaires List for the first time with a fortune of USD 112 billion, up from USD 39.2 billion in 2017, the biggest one-year gain ever. Bill Gates dropped to 2nd position this year with a fortune of USD 90 billion. This is the biggest gap between the top 2 spots since 2001.

Mukesh Ambani leads Indians in Forbes’ Billionaires List with net worth of USD 40.1 billion. He secured 19th global rank on the list of 2208 billionaires worldwide. In 2017, he ranked 33 with USD 23.2 billion wealth.

6. Sharp decline in child marriages in India: UNICEF

The United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) stated on March 6, 2018 that India has seen a sharp decline in child marriages over the last ten years with only 27 per cent of girls getting married before 18 years in comparison to 47 per cent a decade back.

The proportion of girls, who were married before turning 18 decreased by 15 per cent globally in the last decade, from 1 in 4 to approximately 1 in 5.

Around 25 million child marriages were prevented globally in the last 10 years (2005-06 and 2015-16) with the largest reduction seen in South Asia with India being at the forefront.


7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Supreme Court allows Passive Euthanasia and Living Will with strict guidelines

Recognising right to die with dignity as a fundamental right, the Supreme Court (SC) on March 9, 2018 ruled that the passive euthanasia and advance ‘living will’ are permissible.

The apex court ruled that individuals can draft a living will specifying that they shall not be put on life support if they undergo an incurable coma in the future. A living will is a written document that allows a patient to give explicit instructions in advance about the medical treatment to be administered when he or she is terminally ill.

10. Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of human rights award

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was on March 7, 2018 stripped off her human rights award conferred by US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

In a letter to Suu Kyi, Museum Director Sara Bloomfield insisted that they did not take this decision lightly, but were compelled to act in light of the mass displacements and killings of the Rohingyas at the hands of Myanmar’s security forces.

The Elie WieselAward is named after late Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel who, like Suu Kyi, is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

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