Current Affairs – March, 2018

Current Affairs 2018 (March) with Latest Current Affairs and news summary on current events of national and international importance for Banking, SSC, CLAT, UPSC, State PCS, IBPS, Railways and other Competitive Examinations.

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India receives first LNG consignment from United States

India has received first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo comprising 1.2 Lakh tones of the Gas from United States. The cargo has landed at the Dabhol regasification terminal in Maharashtra.

About the India-US LNG Contract

The recent consignment of LNG has been imported from US under a long-term contract of 20 years. This USD 32 Billion contract was signed between India’s GAIL and America’s Dominion Energy Cove Point project in Maryland and Cheniere Energy Inc’s Sabine Pass Project in Louisiana.

India America Trade Relations

With a bilateral trade of around USD 126.1 billion in 2017, currently, United States is among the largest trade partners of India. The trade between two countries has increased at a compound annual growth rate of 11.4% from USD 20 Billion in 2000.

India has been so far importing LNG from Middle East, particularly Qatar. In recent times, USA has increased production of petroleum products and has become one of the largest exporters of petroleum products. The import of LNG contracts is based on premise of diversifying India’s sources for clean energy. The government is promoting a shift towards gas-based economy but the current domestic production and infrastructure don’t suffice.

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Interstitium: Scientists discover new organ in human body

Scientists have discovered new organ in human body and have named it as ‘interstitium’. It will be the 80th organ in the human body. It might be might be also the biggest organ in human body

It was discovered while doctors were investigating patient’s bile duct, searching for signs of cancer. They had noticed cavities of this organ that did not match any previously known human anatomy.

The discovery of interstitium will help to explain how cancer spreads in body and pave way for new ways to detect and treat the disease.

Interstitium

The new organ is network of interconnected, fluid-filled spaces all over the body. It is found everywhere in human bodies, acting as shock absorber in all places where tissues are moved or subjected to force. It is made up of both flexible (elastin) and strong (collagen) connective tissue proteins, with interstitial fluid moving throughout. It lies beneath top layer of skin, but is also in tissue layers lining gut, lungs, blood vessels, and muscles. The organ acts like shock absorber in all places where tissues are moved or subjected to force to protect them from damage.

Functions: The new organ’s interstitial spaces are organized by collagen mesh which allows it to shrink, expand making it as shock absorbers. It also acts as fluid ‘highway’ i.e. thoroughfares to transport critical fluids within organs and around body. It also plays important role in carrying lymph, a fluid that supports immunity and also travels through lymphatic vessels.

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