UPSC GK Capsule: From Digital India Act to Xi Jinping’s Third Term, Know Top Events of This Week

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Last Update: March 12, 2023, 10:37 AM IST

Preparing for UPSC?  Here are the top news stories of the past week (Representational image)

Preparing for UPSC? Here are the top news stories of the past week (Representational image)

UPSC GK Capsule: Here is a list of important highlights of this week which you can read to prepare better for any upcoming exam.

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From UPSC Civil Services to SSC Recruitment Exams, from college admissions to group discussions, general knowledge questions form an important part of almost every exam. For the aspirants preparing to clear the exam or for those who just need to get the news in a concise form, News18 brings to you a weekly column – GK Capsule. While we bring you a weekly news wrap, reach out to @news18dotcom to know more about any specific topic or exam.

UPSC CSE 2023 Prelims is just three months away. Widely recognized as one of the most challenging exams not only in India but across the world, candidates need to prepare for it. Current events and general awareness form an important part of most competitive exams in India including UPSC. Reading current affairs can give you an advantage over other applicants in the general knowledge part.

Here is a list of important highlights of this week which you can read to prepare yourself better for the upcoming exams.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar announced the Digital India Act

Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar presented the goals of the Digital India Act during the Digital India Dialogue in Bengaluru on March 9. He highlighted the challenges like online crime, cyber security, hate speech and fake news which the old laws have not been able to address. A core team in the IT ministry will work on the study of all relevant global laws before drafting the bill and conducting consultations.

University of Melbourne to launch dual degree with 3 Indian higher education institutions

The University of Melbourne is set to launch a Bachelor of Science (Dual Degree) along with the University of Madras, Savitribai Phule Pune University and Gandhi Institute. technology and Management, Hyderabad, to strengthen educational ties between Australia and India. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the finalization of the Australia-India Agreement Education Qualification Recognition Mechanism Recently. He also announced the Friendship Scholarship, which is part of a wider program to enhance ties between the two countries.

Lost PM post 17 times, Ram Chandra Poudel became President of Nepal in first attempt

Ram Chandra Paudel, a senior leader of the Nepali Congress Party, has been elected as the third President of Nepal. In Thursday’s presidential election, he secured 33,802 votes, nearly double that of his rival Subhash Chandra Nembang. Poudel received support from the ruling 8-party coalition. Poudel, who entered politics at the age of 16, is the most senior leader to reach the post of President of Nepal.

Cattle smuggling: Delhi court extends ED custody of TMC leader Anubrata Mandal

A Delhi court has extended the custody of Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mandal by 11 days in an alleged money laundering case related to the West Bengal cattle smuggling incident. The ED sought an extension saying that he was required to be confronted with other accused and evidence in the case to unearth a larger conspiracy. The CBI had earlier arrested Mandal in a corruption case.

Xi Jinping secures historic third term as president

Amid deteriorating relations with the US and tensions with Taiwan, Chinese President Xi Jinping has secured his third term as head of state, making him the longest-serving head of state. Xi has vowed to make China a great power and views Sino-US relations pessimistically. Xi will dominate all aspects of the party leadership and aim to improve ties fueled by geopolitical tensions while mindful of the impact on China’s immediate neighbourhood, including India and Japan. He faces economic challenges and aims to strengthen ties with China through visits to Moscow and European countries.

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