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1.India ranked 131 in human development

  • India has been ranked 131st among 188 countries in the UN Development Programme (UNDP)’s 2016 ‘Human Development.
  • It is third among South Asian countries (behind Sri Lanka and Maldives) and comes under the medium human development category.
  • The improvement in India’s HDI value is second among BRICS countries with China recording the highest improvement of 48 percent.

 

2.World Water Day

  • World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on 22 March.
  • The day focuses attention on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in developing countries.[
  • Each year, UN-Water highlights one aspect of the importance of freshwater, through a theme selected for the day.
  • Theme for 2017 is -‘Why waste water?’.

 

3.Vidya wins silver in Women world Snooker

  • India’s Vidya Pillai produced a spirited performance before settling for silver in the World Women Snooker Championship in Singapore.
  • Vidya defeated by Ng On Yee (Hong Kong) in the final,
  • Vidya settled for silver, securing the first international medal for India in 2017.

 

4.ISRO commissions two facilities at VSSC

  • ISRO commissioned two facilities- a Hypersonic Wind Tunnel and Shock Tunnel- at the VSSC at Thiruvananthapuram as part of its continuous and concerted efforts to minimise cost of access to space.
  • The1 meter Hypersonic Wind Tunnel and one meter Shock Tunnel have been established with a wide spectrum of simulation capabilities in terms of Mach number, Reynolds number and re-entry velocities.

 

5.“Kahin Bhi-Kabhi Bhi” medical services

  • Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has launched the “Kahin Bhi-Kabhi Bhi” medical services for ESIC beneficiaries of Delhi/Noida on a pilot basis in Nov, 2016.
  • Under scheme Insured Persons and their families may seek primary medical care services.
  • ESI Corporation intends to extend such medical services in other parts of the country depending on the outcome of above pilot project.

 

6.HIV and AIDS (Prevention & Control) Bill

  • A crucial bill to ensure equal rights to people afflicted with HIV and AIDS in getting treatment, admission in educational institutions and jobs, was passed by the Rajya Sabha.
  • The Rajya Sabha passed the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014.
  • The bill seeks to assure treatment to patients without stigmatising them.

 

7.Jadeja tops ICC’s test bowlers rankings

  • Ravindra Jadeja tops the ICC’s test bowlers rankings leaving behind spin twin Ravichandran Ashwin in the latest list of bowlers.
  • Left-arm spinner Jadeja moves past Ashwin after the nine wickets haul in the drawn third Test against Australia at Ranchi.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara gets career-high second rank among test batsman.

 

8.Vikalp Scheme

  • Named ‘Vikalp’ or alternative, the scheme aims to utilise vacant berths in many premier trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto etc. in all major routes.
  • On April 1, the Indian Railways is launching a new scheme under which passengers put on waiting lists can get confirmed berths in the next alternative train.
  • Passengers will not be charged anything extra for the difference of fare.

 

9.Cauvery water dispute

  • The SC said it will commence on July 11 the final hearing of the appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala against the 2007 award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal on sharing of water for 15 consecutive workings days.
  • On October 18, last year the apex court had directed Karnataka to keep releasing 2000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu till further orders.

 

10.India’s first sign language dictionary

  • The govt is all set to come up with the country’s first-of-its-kind dictionary which aims to bring uniformity in sign languages used by hearing and speech impaired people across the nation.
  • The Indian Sign Language (ISL) dictionary, which is being developed by the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC).
  • The dictionary is being developed in both print and video format.

 

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1. India at 122 in world happiness report

  • India ranked a lowly 122 on a list of the world’s happiest countries, dropping four slots from last year and coming behind China, Pakistan and Nepal.
  • Norway ranks as the happiest country in the world, according to The World Happiness Report 2017.
  • The World Happiness Report is a measure of happiness published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

 

2. India, Mauritius signed MoU to execute USD 20 million social housing project.

  • MoU was signed between Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Mauritius Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Housing and Lands Showkutally Soodhun.
  • NBCC had inked an agreement to construct new Supreme Court building at a cost of Rs 220 crore in Port Louis in 24 months.
  • Indian government has sanctioned a grant of USD 353 million for execution of five projects in Mauritius including Metro Express Project, new ENT Hospital and supply of digital tablets to primary school children.

 

3. International Day of Forests : 21 March

  • The International Day of Forests was established on the 21st day of March, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012.
  • International Day of Forests was observed for the first time on March 21, 2013.
  • The Theme of 2017 International Day of Forest is Forests and energy.

 

4. 63 mn in India don’t have clean water

  • India has the max number of people 63 million- living in rural areas without access to clean water.
  • India ranks in the top 38% of countries world wide most vulnerable to climate change and least ready to adapt, according to the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index.
  • Diseases such as cholera, blinding trachoma, malaria and dengue are expected to become more common and malnutrition more prevalent.

 

5. PRASAD and HRIDAY Scheme

  • PRASAD Scheme identifies cities for development under Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD).
  • To implement the PRASAD scheme a Mission Directorate has been set up in the Ministry of Tourism.
  • The Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) scheme aimed at preserving and revitalizing the soul and unique character of the heritage cities in India.

 

6. Reviving Assam’s ancient ink

  • By unravelling the science behind Assam’s ancient herbal ink ‘mahi’, researchers are planning to recreate the lost techniques of manuscript writing.
  • The technique involves extracting ‘mahi’ using cow urine from a cocktail of fruit pulp and tree bark such as haritaki, amla etc -often infused with the blood of eels or catfish.
  • Rust from iron tools or nails  was added for an intense black hue.

 

7. VVPAT to be introduced

  • In RK Nagar constituency (Tamilnadu) where by poll is in next month is going to use Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT).
  • A VVPAT is intended as an independent verification system for voting machines designed to allow voters to verify that their vote was cast correctly.
  • It contains name of the candidate (for whom vote has been casted) and symbol of the party individual candidate

 

8. Federer wins ATP Indian Masters title

  • Roger Federer added another feather in his hat by winning the ATP Indian Wells Masters title.
  • Federer claimed a record-equalling 5th title at Indian Wells, continuing his career resurgence with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Stan Wawrinka.
  • He had earlier won this title consecutively 3 times between 2004 and 2006 and in 2012.
  • Federer is the oldest ATP player to win one of the elite Masters titles.

 

9. World heritage status for Sankaram

  • The Buddhist Heritage sites at Salihundam (Srikakulam) and Sankaram near Anakapalle in Visakhapatnam, in addition to Lepakshi (Anantapur) and the Nagarjunakonda International Museum (Guntur) are likely to find a place in the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites.
  • ASI, New Delhi, sought a proposal from its Hyderabad unit, for sending it to the Unesco World Heritage Centre for tentative listing.

 

10 .Tamil Nadu wins Vijay Hazare Trophy

  • In Cricket, Tamil Nadu has won the domestic 50-over competition, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, for the fifth time.
  • In the Final played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, they defeated Bengal by 37 runs.
  • It was Tamil Nadu’s third victory over Bengal in the final of this competition.

 

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1. Sun Pharma’s Dilip Shanghvi appointed as member on RBI’s western board 

  • Sun Pharmaceuticals managing director Dilip Shanghvi has been appointed by the central government as a member in the western area local board of Reserve Bank of India.
  • The appointment is for four years with effect from March 11, 2017, the central bank said on its website.
  • Shanghvi joins Enam Group chairman Vallabh Bhanshali on the western board. Last month the RBI appointed Prasanna Mohanty on the RBI’s southern local board, Vallabh Bhanshali on the western local board and Sunil Mitra on the eastern local board also for four years.

 

2. World Oral Health day

  • World Oral Health day is being observed 20th March 17 to ensure good oral hygiene habits.
  • World Oral Health day is observed on 20th March every year with the aim to highlight the importance of oral health.
  • The theme for this year is “LIVE MOUTH SMART”.

 

3. Ex-Gujarat BJP MLA set to head Safai Karamcharis Commission

  • A former BJP legislator from Gujarat is set to take over as the new Chairperson of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK), which has been headless for about a year.
  • The government has cleared the names of Manhar Valjibhai Zala as the Chairperson, and Manju Diler from Uttar Pradesh and Dilip Kallu Haathived from Maharashtra as members of the NCSK.

 

4. Punjab to reserve 33 per cent government jobs for women

  • The congress government in Punjab led by Amarinder Singh decided to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in all government jobs.
  • This was among many decisions that the state cabinet took in it’s first meeting.
  • the reservation would also apply to contractual appointments of women in government jobs.
  • the representation of women in Panchayati Raj Institutions and urban local bodies would go up from 33 per cent to 50 per cent.

 

5. ICRISAT and ICAR join hands for crop improvement

  • ICAR and ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics), recently signed an agreement in New Delhi, in which climate-smart crops, smart food, and digitalisation of the breeding database were identified as some of the core areas of research.

 

6. Solar Energy Scheme for Small Powerloom Units Approved

  • The Government has approved a new scheme to provide financial assistance or capital subsidy to small power loom units, for installation of Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) plant, in order to alleviate the problem of power cut and shortages faced by decentralised power loom units in India.

 

7. Shahid Afridi appointed ambassador of Blind Cricket World Cup

  • Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been appointed as the ambassador for the fifth edition of the Blind Cricket World Cup.
  • The announcement was made by the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC)
  • fifth edition of the tournament, to be played in ODI format, will be hosted by PBCC in the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan in January 2018.

 

8. Low participation of women in urban area

  • India has said there is need to improve the significantly lower participation of women in the workforce in the country’s urban areas.
  • It is estimated that nearly 120 million Indian women, 80%of the total female workers, are employed in the rural sector.
  • This is around 30% of the total number of workers in rural areas.

 

9. Indian-American Computer Scientist Anshumali Wins NSF’s CAREER Award

  • An Indian-American computer scientist, Anshumali Shrivastava, was honoured with the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Award for his research on redesigning current machine-learning processes.

 

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1. 11 Indian women win ‘Women Icons’ award in Singapore

  • Eleven Indian women are among the 25 Asian ladies who have won the ‘Women Icons’ award in Singapore for dedicating their lives to social work.
  • Women empowerment and childcare remain on the minds of these women, who came from a number of fields for the award organised by Business Excellence & Research Group Pte Ltd and supported by Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.
  • Among the award winners last night was Vandana Sharma, who served for a decade in the Indian Armed Forces, broke several stereotypes around ‘Women in Uniform’ and ventured into the corporate world.

2. India, Russia sign long-term support pact on Sukhoi Su-30MKI

  • India and Russia signed two long-term support agreements for the Sukhoi Su-30MKI combat aircraft fleet, which is the mainstay of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • Pacts were also signed for maintenance and life-cycle support for other Russian-origin platforms, such as Mi-17 helicopters, MiG-29K aircraft, INS Vikramaditya and T-90 tanks.
  • The agreements were signed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) with United Aircraft Corporation and United Engine Corporation.

3. Uttar Pradesh now have two Deputy CM

  • Yogi Adityanath, the 32nd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh now have two deputies Keshav Prasad Maurya and  Dinesh Sharma.
  • Other states who have had two Deputy CM are Meghalaya, Telangana and Jharkhand.

 

4. First fully India-made train flagged off at Dadar station

  • Medha, the made-in-India rake was flagged off for the maiden run of the 12-coach train from Dadar to Borivali, at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus.
  • Medha has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, which has installed LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.

 

5. Amitabh Bachchan launches world’s first app for breast health

  • Mumbai-based Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation has released an app to provide information under one roof.
  • It wasLaunched by Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, the app – ‘ABC of Breast Health’ – will provide information in 12 languages.

 

6. US Group in Houston has conducted conference on ‘Make in India’

  • ‘Make in India’ will be organised by US Group in Houston. This conference will begin from 24th March. The theme of the Conference is ‘Make in India’, the Inside Story. It is a 02 day conference.

 

 

7. Indian railways signs agreement with Australian research center

  • To support future research and technology development, related to critical infrastructure in India, a railway research center in Australia has entered into an agreement with the Indian Railways.
  • Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL), a Special Purpose Vehicle set up under the administrative control of Ministry of Railways, has signed an agreement with representatives from Monash University’s Institute of Railway Technology (IRT), Australia in New Delhi.

8. ‘Janshakti’ is bigger than strength of a government

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 18th March 17 pitched for overall development in the nation, saying that Jan Shakti is more important than the strength of the government.
  • Like the freedom movement, we need a movement for development where collective aspirations will propel growth of the nation,? said the Prime Minister while addressing India Today Conclave held in Mumbai via video conferencing.
  • Prime Minister Modi further said that the new India is about Avsar (opportunity) and not about Upkaar (favour).

9. China ahead of India in internet access: Pew

  • China is way ahead of India when it comes to internet access and smartphone ownership, a latest Pew Research report has said.
  • According to the survey, 71 percent of Chinese say they use the internet at least occasionally or own a smartphone, our definition of internet users. In contrast, only 21 per cent of Indians say they use the internet or own a smartphone.
  • Sixty-eight percent respondents in China said they own a smartphone, as compared with 18 per cent in India as of spring 2016.

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1. Indian-American teen wins top science award worth USD 250,000

  • An Indian-American teen has won the top award, worth USD 250,000, in the oldest and most prestigious science and math competition in the US, for her research on preventing death of neurons due to brain injuries or neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Indrani Das, a 17-year-old resident of New Jersey, and four other Indian-origin students were among the top ten finalists to be honoured at the annual Regeneron Science Talent Search Awards Gala for their research projects demonstrating exceptional scientific and mathematical ability.

2.Chennai Port Trust signs MoU with the Government of Puducherry

  • Chennai Port Trust and the Government of Puducherry has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for handling EXIM cargo originating from Puducherry Port hinterland in New Delhi.
  • The aim is to promote industrial growth in the region, generate substantial employment and attract investment by major industries. Around 5 Lakh to 10 Lakh tonnes of cargo is expected to be handled between this two ports.

 

3.Singapore’s Changi Airport Named World’s Best Airport for 5th Consecutive Year

Singapore-based Changi Airport was named as the World’s Best Airport for the fifth consecutive year at the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards on March 14, 2017 held at the Passenger Terminal EXPO in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 

4. Boost to Education: Cabinet approves setting up of 50 New KVs

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for opening of 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) under Civil / Defence Sector in the country keeping in view the high demand for these schools for their quality of education and excellent results.
  • The total project cost based on KendriyaVidyalayaSangathan (KVS) norms for the proposed 50 new KVs is Rs.1160 crore.

 

5. Jwala Gutta appointed member of SAI

  • Jwala Gutta has been appointed a member of the governing body of Sports Authority of India (SAI)
  • The 14-time national champion said she is looking forward to play her role in the development of sports in the country
  • Jwala is a 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games champion and a silver medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Games in women’s doubles.

 

6. 2018 FISITA World Automotive Congress to be held in Chennai

  • SAE INDIA, a non-profit engineering and scientific society dedicated to the advancement of mobility community, will organise FISITA World Automotive Congress for the first time in India.
  • The 37th edition of FISITA World Congress will be held between October 2 and 5, 2018, at the Chennai Trade Centre.
  • The four-day international conference will be organised by SAEINDIA and London-headquartered FISITA with the support of SAE International.

 

7. Trivendra Singh Rawat to be next Uttarakhand CM

  • BJP leader Trivendra Singh Rawat will be the next Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.
  • Trivendra, a MLA from Doiwala, has strong RSS background and long experience in ministerial positions.
  • Former minister and Pithoragarh MLA Prakash Pant’s name was also considered for the top post, but the BJP’s parliamentary board chose Rawat in the end.

 

8. ‘China should take a fresh look at ties with India’

A leading Chinese daily affiliated with the People’s Daily on 15th March 17  signalled that China should take a fresh look at its ties with India following the recent assembly elections, which demonstrate the likelihood of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s long-term dominance over Indian politics.

 

9. Shell to expand into renewables in India

Royal Dutch Shell is looking at opportunities in India to build its renewable energy portfolio, especially in light of the country’s renewable energy targets to be achieved over the next decade, according to Mark Gainsborough, executive vice – president, New Energies, Royal Dutch Shell.

 

10 .National Service Scheme restructured

  • National Service Scheme has been restructured with effect from 01.04.2016.
  • Upto 2015-16, NSS was being implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, with expenditure being shared between the Centre and the States as per the prescribed ratio.
  • Now it has been made a Central Sector Scheme with 100% funding from the Central Government

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1. Kharge set to become next PAC Chairman

  • The Congress floor leader in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge is all set to become the next chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
  • Kharge will succeed his party colleague K V Thomas.
  • The chair of the PAC is given to an MP of the main Opposition party.
  • It is reconstituted every year with a strength of not more than 22 members, of which 15 are from Lok Sabha and 7 from Rajya Sabha.

 

2. Nai Roshni Scheme launched

  • Ministry of Minority Affairs is implementing 3 specific schemes for the welfare of Minority women under the “Nai Roshni” for Leadership Development of Minority Women.
  • The aim is to empower and instill confidence in women by providing knowledge, tool and techniques for interacting with Govt system and others at all levels.
  • The scheme is implemented through selected NGOs all over the country.

 

3. Amarinder Singh takes oath as Pun CM

  • Chief Captain Amarinder Singh will soon be sworn in as the state’s 26th chief minister at the Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.
  • This will be Capt Amarinder’s second stint as Punjab CM.
  • The oath of office will be administered by Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore.

 

4. Computing ability, rural India is lost

  • The ability to use computers remains low in the country, in spite of campaigns for digitalisation, an analysis of NSSO data reveals.
  • An estimated 8.8% of the rural population has computing ability.
  • In urban areas, the figure is nearly four times higher, at 30.2%.
  • Computing ability was defined as an user’s ability to operate a desktop, laptop, palmtop, notebook, smartphone and tablets.

 

5. India at 148th in number of women MPs

  • World ranking of the number of women parliamentarians that that placed India at  No.148.
  • The rankings of all 193 UN member countries released by the Inter Parliamentary Union and UN Women showed that women made up 11.8% of the LS where 64 were elected to the 542 member house and 11% of the RS with 27 of the 245 members.
  • India ranked 88 in the number of women Minister, with 5 or 18.5% in the cabinet.

 

6. National Health Policy

  • Union Cabinet on approved the National Health Policy on March 15.
  • The policy makes health an entitlement but not a fundamental right as the draft policy had envisaged.
  • A Right to Health legislation in the nature of right to education would need a constitutional amendment to bring health in the concurrent list from where it currently is on the state list.

 

7. Aggressive national strategy against TB

  • Indian govt is expected to soon finalise an “aggressive” national strategy to end tuberculosis in the country.
  • India represents the single highest number of TB cases in the world.
  • Govt has accelerated action to meet the ‘End TB target by 2025’.
  • New anti-TB drug ‘Bedaquiline’ has been introduced under Conditional Access Programme to improve outcomes of drug resistant TB treatment.

 

8. BHEL’s first 800-MW supercritical plant

  • Power equipment maker BHEL has commenced commercial operations of its first 800-MW unit, a supercritical thermal plant in Raichur district of Karnataka.
  • KPCL and BHEL are the main equity partners of RPCL (Raichur Power Corporation Ltd), the owner and operator of this power plant.
  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is India’s largest power plant equipment manufacturer.

 

9. Policy approved for Coal Bed Methane Gas

  • The CCEA, chaired by the PM Modi gave its approval for marketing and pricing freedom to the Coal Bed Methane (CBM) Contractors to sell the CBM at Arm’s Length Price in the domestic market.
  • The policy is expected to incentivize the CBM operation in the country to boost gas production and will generate economic activities.
  • Coal bed methane gas is a form of natural gas extracted from coal beds.

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1. Biren Singh to be Sworn in Next CM of Manipur

  • BJP leader Nongthombam Biren Singh took oath as the chief minister of Manipur at the Raj Bhawan in Imphal.
  • This is BJP’s first government in Manipur and is being propelled by post-poll allies such as NPP, NPF, LJP and Independents.
  • Y Joykumar Singh, who took oath as the deputy chief minister, is an NPP MLA from Uripok.

 

2. Krishi Unnati Mela begins in New Delhi

  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) every year has been organising Krishi Vigyan Mela to display and popularise the latest advancement in Agri. research and Tech. development among farmers.
  • This year KrishiUnnatiMela 2017 will be organised from 15-17 March at the campus of IARI, New Delhi.
  • PM also launched a Mobile App ‘KisanSuvidha’ for providing various farmer friendly services.

 

3. World’s 1st fluorescent frog discovered

  • The worlds 1st fluorescent frog has been discovered in the Amazon basin in Argentina.
  • In normal light the frog appears to have a dull, mottled brown-green skin with red dots, but under UV light it glows a bright fluorescent green.
  • Fluorescence- the ability to absorb light at short wavelengths and re-emit it at longer wavelengths- is uncommon in creatures that live on land.

 

4. AICTE clears one entrance exam

  • AICTE passed a regulation to conduct a national-level common engineering entrance exam from the academic year 2018.
  • The common entrance exam was welcomed by all states, except Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
  • National Testing Service (NTS)- announced by Finance Minister in his budget speech- will be tasked with conducting the common entrance test.
  • The IITs may be the only exception.

 

5. Space4Life, the youngest team to win Lab2Moon challenge.

  • Lab2Moon was Team Indus’s Competition to select a experiment to send on the moon on the Team Indus Spacecraft.
  • Team Space4Life became the youngest team to win the inaugural Lab2Moon challenge organized by Team Indus. The Lab2Moon competition had participants from across the globe.
  • The Naples, Italy based Space4Life won the competition for their project on Radiation Shield Bacteria. They can now take their platform to the moon’s lunar surface along with Team Indus.

 

6. India hosts world’s oldest algae fossil

  • Scientists in India have uncovered a pair of 1.6 billionyear-old fossils that appear to contain red algae, which may be the oldest plant-like life discovered on Earth.
  • New ind in the Chitrakoot region of U.P. and M.P. may rewrite evolution timeline.

 

7. Kempegowda Airport wins SKYTRAX Award

  • Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) became the “Best Regional Airport in India and Central Asia” for the second time by bagging the SKYTRAX Award.
  • Karnataka’s State Finance Budget was Presented Yesterday and in that Budget allocation of AHINDA was increased a lot.

 

8. Babul Supriyo named vice-president of FIFA U-17 World Cup LOC

  • Union Minister Babul Supriyo has been appointed vice-president of the FIFA U-17 World Cup organizing committee.
  • The showpiece event, to be hosted by India for the first time, will be played from October 6 to 28.The draw of the tournament will be held on July 7.
  • A FIFA team is scheduled to visit India from March 21 to 27 for the final inspection of the facilities in the six cities which will host matches of the U-17 World Cup.

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1. Amitabh Bachchan became brand ambassador

  • Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has roped in Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan as its new brand ambassador for India.
  • OnePlus is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer founded in December 2013.
  • It is headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong.
  • According to the Chinese government’s documentation, the only institutional stockholder in OnePlus is Oppo.

 

2. Manohar Parrikar appointed Goa chief minister

  • Defence minister Manohar Parrikar appointed as the Goa chief minister after BJP Conclude included hectic negotiations with regional parties and independents to stitch up the numbers to form a government.
  • He was made the Defence Minister at the Centre in 2014 and was succeeded by Laxmikant Parsekar as the Chief Minister.
  •  He will take oath as the chief minister on 14th March, 2017.

 

3. Umesh elected as chairman of CII

  • Vice-chairman and managing director of Titagarh Wagons Ltd Umesh Chowdhary has been elected as the new chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Eastern Region, for the year 2017-18.
  • Chowdhary’s Titagarh Group is headquartered in Kolkata.
  • Titagarh is the largest wagon manufacturing company in India and France with a combined capacity of producing more than 10,000 wagons per year.

 

4. US is India’s top arms supplier

  • Parliament’s Standing Committee on Defence reveals in a new report released on Thu that the US has been India’s biggest supplier of weapons platforms over the past 3 yrs.
  • It is followed by Russia, Israel and France in that order.
  • Non-official think tanks and non-proliferation groups like the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute publish annual assessments of global arms transfers.

 

5. Entry of India, Pak into SCO will help

  • Admission of India and Pak into the Beijing-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) security grouping will contribute to security and stability in the region.
  • India and Pak signed the memorandum of obligations on 24 June 2016 at Tashkent, thereby starting the formal process of joining the SCO as full members.
  • They are expected to become full members by the next meeting at Astana in 2017.

 

6. Arunachal Govt launches new scheme Adarsh Gram Yojana

  • The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has launched a new scheme – Adarsh Gram Yojana – with a view to reach to the poor people in rural areas.
  • The programme has been launched in line with the basic philosophy of the Prime Minister – Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas.

 

7. GST impact may force Blue Star to reconsider Jammu plant

  • Air-conditioning products and solutions provider Blue Star Ltd, which has been planning to set up two greenfield manufacturing plants in Jammu and Andhra Pradesh with an outlay of Rs. 300 crore ( Rs. 150 crore each), is likely to reconsider the move on the Jammu unit.
  • This comes in the backdrop of the proposed changes the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime is likely to bring about, and also the possibility of missing out on the concessions.

 

8. India’s Largest Waste to Power Plant in New Delhi

  • The Union Urban Development Minister of India, Mr. M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates the Largest Waste to Power Plant at Narela Bhawan in New Delhi. The cost of building the plant is Rs. 650 crores and over 100 acres of land.

 

9. Arun Jaitley gets charge of defence ministry after Manohar Parrikar resigns

  • Finance minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional charge of the defence ministry after Manohar Parrikar resigned to take on the new role of Goa chief minister.
  • the President has directed that Arun Jaitely, cabinet minister, shall be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Defence, in addition to his existing portfolios,
  •   This is the second time that Jaitley is holding the additional portfolio of Defence Ministry during the present NDA government.

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Current Affairs 12th & 13th March 2017 | General Awareness 12th & 13th March 2017

1. International Vision Zero Conference

  • The international conference on the VISION ZERO and its relevance to Occupational Safety and Health is being organised from 15th to 17th, March 2017 in New Delhi.
  • The conference aims to focus on the Occupational Safety and Health issues and challenges in the Manufacturing, Construction and Mining sector.
  • The conference will provide a forum for promoting safety and health at work.

2. Kiren Rijiju launches MySSB APP

  • Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India. launched a mobile application “MySSB” in New Delhi
  • Nearly three months after BSF constable Tej Bahadur accused his force of serving poor quality of food and his seniors of syphoning ration money meant for soldiers, nearly all Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) have developed their own application to address soldiers’ grievances.

3. Tendulkar appointed UNICEF ambassador

UNICEF and the ICC together will engage the broader cricketing community to empower adolescent girls in particular, during the many ICC events over the next five years.

 

4.India’s first AC ambulance on rails

  • Central Railway unveiled India’s 1st air-conditioned rail ambulance that will rush to the aid of injured passengers during the vital ‘golden hour’.
  • The ambulance, which will be stationed at Kalyan, was made by modifying an AC coach used for passenger service.
  • This rail ambulance is equipped with several medical facilities and the basic treatment can be provided to at least 50 people at a time

5.NASA to explore Jupiter’s icy moon

  • NASA’s ‘Europa Clipper’ set to launch in the 2020’s will probe the habitability of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa.
  • Europa has long been a high priority for exploration because it holds a salty liquid water ocean beneath its icy crust.
  • The ultimate aim of Europa Clipper is to determine if Europa is habitable, possessing all three of the ingredients necessary for life.

6. Chandrayaan-1 still orbiting Moon

  • India’s first lunar probe the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft which was considered lost is still orbiting the Moon.
  • NASA scientists have found the satellite, using a new ground-based radar technique.
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost contact with Chandrayaan-1 in August 2009, almost a year after it was launched in October 2008.

7. Narendra Kumar is new CWC chairman

  • Narendra Kumar, a Central Water Engineering Service (1979 batch) officer, is the new Central Water Commission (CWC) chairman.
  • He assumed the charge of the post up on superannuation of GS Jha.
  • Kumar had become a CWC member (river management) in October 2014.

 

8. Ele. Health Records scheme approved

  • A scheme to create Electronic Health Records of patients has been approved by the Lok Sabha.
  • A scheme to set up an Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) to create the Electronic Health Records of patients in a centralised manner and to be made available nationwide online for medical history.
  • The objective of the IHIP is to keep the medical records of patients in digital form.

Current Affairs 10th March 2017 | General Awareness 10th March 2017

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1. India’s first Bt cotton developed

  • Punjab Agriculture University has developed country’s 1st genetically-modified (Bt) varieties of cotton the seeds of which could be reused by farmers.
  • ICAR has identified 3 Bt cotton varieties- namely PAU Bt 1, F1861 and RS 2013 for cultivation in states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
  • PAU Bt 1 and F 1861 were developed by PAU, whereas, RS 2013 was developed at Raj. Agri. University.

2. Session of parliament

  • The Constitution empowers the president to summon each House at such intervals that there should not be more than a six-month gap between the two sessions.
  • Hence the Parliament must meet at least twice a year.
  • In India, the parliament conducts 3 sessions each year-  Budget session: Feb 17 to May 17 , Monsoon session: July 17  to Sept 17, Winter session: Nov 17 to Dec 17.

3. Commonwealth launches program

  • The Commonwealth is launching an initiative to help member states tackle domestic violence.
  • The “Peace in the home” programme will include toolkits to help governments across the Commonwealth involve multiple agencies-such as schools, doctors and hospitals, as well as government and law enforcement agencies to work together effectively.
  • There will also be a mentoring programme for women.

4. IIT-M solar inverter system wins award.

  • IIT-Madras has won the 2017 IEEE Spectrum Tech in the Service of Society Award for its solar dc inverter system.
  • The system, developed using micro grid tech, converts in-home power distribution from 230V Analog Current to 48V DC to directly power appliances and devices.
  • The system is also equipped to tap rooftop solar power, making it the most energy efficient solution for homes and offices.

5. North-East Business Summit

  • A two-day North-East Business Summit (NEBS) begins in New Delhi
  • The summit aims to display the strengths, potentials and initiatives of the N-E, promote investment the region and also have focused deliberations on strategic areas like healthcare, connectivity, agriculture, food processing and energy.
  • The summit will also showcase the untapped business potential of N-E to investors worldwide.

6. Sumitra receives Nari Shakti award

  • Assam’s woman activist Sumitra Hazarika on received the Nari Shakti Award from President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • Hazarika is the President of Mission for Integration, Gender Equalization, Harmony and Fight against Threat (MIGHT).
  • She was the only Assamese to receive the award this year.

7. Ashwin, Jadeja ranked one in ICC Test

  • The Indian duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja became the first set of spinners to be jointly ranked number one in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers.
  • The last time two bowlers shared the top spot was in April 2008, when Dale Steyn and Muttiah Muralidaran were at the top.
  • India captain Virat Kohli conceded the second rank to England’s Joe Root.

8. Dalal Street Lit Fest 2017

  • BSE Institute will organise a 2-day ‘Dalal Street Lit Fest 2017’ at its premises in Mumbai.
  • BSE Institute MD and CEO Ambarish Datta said that the institute has envisaged an opportunity to go beyond the boundaries of a literature festival by blending art and finance.

9. Cultural festival ‘India by the Nile’

  • In Egypt, the mega cultural festival ‘India by the Nile’ got off to a colourful start at the foot of the Pyramids in Cairo, showcasing joint handicraft exhibition of India and Egypt.
  • The event is a special moment as this year India celebrate 70 years of independence and also 70 years of its diplomatic relations with Egypt.
  • The Handicraft Exhibition which runs from 8-14 March.

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