Daily : March 12, 2018

National Legislators Conference-2018

Question- Where was the National Legislators Conference, 2018 organized between March 10th-11th, 2018?
(a) Jaipur
(b) Hyderabad
(c) New Delhi
(d) Lucknow
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • During March 10th-11th, 2018, National Legislators Conference was organized in New Delhi.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated this conference.
  • The theme of this two-day conference was- ‘We for Development’.
  • The motive of the conference is to bring MPs and MLAs on a single platform where ideas and plans for development can be exchanged.


New Director General of PIB

Question: Who amongst the following has recently been appointed by the Central Government as the new director general of the PIB?
(a) Ira Joshi
(b) Frank Noronha
(c) Shashi Shekhar
(d) Sitanshu Kar
Answer: (d)
Related Facts:

  • On 9th March, 2018, The Central Government has appointed senior officer of Indian Information Service (IIS) Sitanshu Kar as the new director general of the PIB.
  • He will take charge from May 1st, 2018.
  • Currently he is working as Director General of News Service Division (NSD) of AIR Radio based in New Delhi.
  • At this post he will replace Frank Noronha.
  • It is significant that Ms Ira Joshi has been given the charge of DG of AIR News Service, in place of Mr. Kar.


Clean up Manholes by Robot

Question: In which of the following states soon the manhole will be cleaned by robot?
(a) Maharashtra
(b) Kerala
(c) Gujarat
(d) Karnataka
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • According to the reports published in February 2018, the manhole will be cleaned soon via robot in Kerala state.
  • This will be the first such experiment in the country.
  • This robot has been developed by startup company Genrobotics.
  • The name of this robot is ‘Bandicoot’.
  • Technically it was tested experimentally.
  • Kerala Water Authority is launching this ambitious project in collaboration with the Kerala Startup Mission.
  • An agreement has been signed between the two for this.
  • According to JenRobotics CEO Bimal Govind, this robot has made by 9 students studying engineering.
  • Commencement its operations by cleaning sewer holes in the city during the festival when lakhs of women from all over the country will converge here to offer Pongala to the diety.
  • In the initial phase, this service will be used in Thiruvananthapuram, where there are more than 5,000 manholes.


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