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Top 5 Current Affairs: 19 March 2018

Vladimir Putin wins historic fourth term

Vladimir Putin, who has literally been at the helm of Russian politics since the turn of the century, cruised through another historic victory by winning a fourth term in Russia’s Presidential elections on March 18, 2018.

Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost two decades, recorded his best election performance with 76.67 per cent of the vote in the preliminary results. The thumping mandate gives Putin another six years of power. The leader, however, rejected the possibility of staying in power indefinitely.

India clinches Nidahas Trophy in last-ball thriller

India on March 18, 2018 pulled off an unforgettable chase beating Bangladesh by four wickets in the Nidahas T20 tri-series final at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The nerve-breaking victory came as a result of an incredible performance by wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik who came in at the fag end of India’s batting, with the team needing 34 off the last two overs.

E-cigarettes can harm liver: Study

According to a new study, using electronic cigarettes may lead to an accumulation of fat in the liver, consequentially causing harm to the vital organ. The study was conducted on mice, which were exposed to e-cigarettes.

The researchers reported that e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is associated with non-alcohol fatty liver diseases. The long-term effects of e-cigarettes on liver disease, diabetes, heart disease or stroke are, however, unknown.

 



Li Keqiang re-elected as Prime Minister of China for second term

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was on March 18, 2018 re-elected for his second five-year term by the members of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), Chinese Parliament, during its ongoing session.

Li Keqiang received 2964 votes in favour and two in against. The 13th National People’s Congress also approved the appointment of Yang Xiaodu as the Director of National Supervisory Commission, the newly constituted anti-graft committee.

New species of water strider discovered in Nagaland

A team of scientists from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have discovered the new species of water strider named ‘Ptilomera Nagalanda Jehamalar and Chandra’ from Intangki River in Peren district of Nagaland.

The species is named after the Nagaland state itself. They can be easily differentiated from all the known striders through the absence of curly and tangled dark brown swimming setae and the presence of silvery setae on the sublateral region of the meso and metanota of the male.

 

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