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Weekly Current Affairs March 1st Week

1. By 2050, India will have most Muslims in world

By 2050, India will be the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, said American think tank Pew Research Centre.

While Islam is currently the world’s second-largest religion after Christianity, it is now also the fastest-growing major religion.

There were 1.6 billion Muslims in the world as of 2010 – roughly 23% of the global population – according to a Pew estimate.

Currently, Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population.

2. Syrian Army recaptures Palmyra from Islamic State

The General Staff of the Syrian Army said it had recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from the extremist group Islamic State (IS).

The city, which is home to Greco-Roman ruins on the United Nations cultural body’s World Heritage list, had been the scene of heavy fighting for months.

The units led by Iranian and Russia entered the city three months after IS took it over.

Syria

  • Capital: Damascus
  • Currency: Pound
  • President: Bashar al-Assad
  • Prime Minister: Imad Khamis

3. Australia to introduce world’s first cyber crime university course

Australia said it will offer the world’s first university course to train intelligence analysts to fight cyber crime, prompted by innovative methods of money transfer among organised crime and militant groups.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said AUSTRAC would start teaching the world’s first university-accredited “Financial Intelligence Analyst Course” after 16 law enforcement analysts sat a pilot course.

Australia

  • Capital: Canberra
  • Currency: Dollar
  • Prime Minister: Malcolm Turnbull

4. Ukraine region to use Russian ruble as currency

Ukraine’s self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic will use the Russian ruble as its official currency, according to an official statement.

The ruble would be used in the pro-Russian territory as the basic unit of currency as of 1 March 2017, the statement said.

The use of the ruble, which is already used informally in the pro-Russian territory along with the Ukrainian hryvnia, serves to stabilise the volatile economic situation in the region.

Ukraine 

  • Capital: Kiev  
  • Currency: Hryvnia
  • Prime Minister: Volodymyr Groysman
  • President: Petro Poroshenko

5. Pakistan hosted 13th ECO Summit in Islamabad

The 13th Economic Cooperation Organisation Summit was held in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The theme of ECO Summit was “Connectivity for Regional Prosperity,”.

ECO Observers and special guests were invited to attend the summit.

6. Sri Lanka Wins Most Popular Tourism Destination Award

Sri Lanka won the “Most Popular Tourism Destination Award” at the Guangzhou International Travel Fair (GITF) in China, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The island nation won the prestigious award for the second consecutive year.

China has been Sri Lanka’s second largest source market for tourism since 2014.

Sri Lanka

  • Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
  • Currency: Rupee
  • President: Maithripala Sirisena
  • Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe

7. US, South Korea Kick Off Annual Foal Eagle Exercise

United States and South Korean troops kicked off the 2017 iteration of their large-scale annual Foal Eagle exercises.

The exercises will run through April and will overlap with the Key Resolve exercise, which begins later this month, on March 13.

The exercises come amid high tensions between the U.S.-South Korea alliance and North Korea.

8. Mumbai ranked 21st in City Wealth Index list

Mumbai has been ranked 21st, ahead of Toronto, Washington DC and Moscow, in the “City Wealth Index” list in the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2017.

Delhi has been ranked 35th, ahead of Bangkok, Seattle and Jakarta.

The report tracked “super-rich population” in as many as 125 cities across 89 countries.

The “ultra-high-net-worth individuals” in India rose by 290% in the past ten years, the report said.

9. World Wildlife Day:  March 3

World Wildlife Day is celebrated every year on March 3 as proclaimed by the United Nations in 2013.

This year’s theme is “Listen To The Young Voices”, urging us all to listen to young people’s views and ideas on conserving wildlife.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed 2,599 species, subspecies and sub-populations of critically endangered animals.

10. India-Oman armies exercise, Al Nagah-II, begins

A 14-day joint training exercise of the armies of India and Oman has began at Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh.

The exercise, Al Nagah-II, drew contingents comprised of platoon strength troops from both the armies, the Defence Ministry said.

The second edition of the exercise which was previously held in Oman 2 years ago.

Oman

  • Capital: Muscat
  • Currency: Rial
  • Sultan: Qaboos bin Said al Said

11. India to train Myanmar Navy

Indian Navy will set up meteorological facilities and impart training for the Myanmar Navy.

This was agreed upon during a recent visit of a Myanmar delegation to Kochi.

Myanmar will soon send a proposal with its requirements.

This fits into India’s overall effort to boost strategic cooperation under the ‘Act East’ policy and will help offset increasing Chinese presence in its neighbourhood.

Myanmar

  • Capital: Naypyidaw
  • Currency: Kyat
  • Sultan: Htin Kyaw

 

12. 28 February: National Science Day

National Science Day is celebrated in India on 28 February each year to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman on 28 February 1928.

For his discovery, Sri C.V. Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.

National Science Day is celebrated to widely spread a message about the most Importance of science used in the daily life of the people.

13. India, Israel celebrated 25 years of diplomatic ties

India and Israel hold a series of events to celebrate 25 years of establishment of their diplomatic ties.

India had established full diplomatic relationship with Israel in 1992 though it had recognised the country in 1950.

India is the largest buyer of Israel’s military hardware and the latter has been supplying various weapon systems, missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

14. ‘Swachh Shakti Saptah’ launched in Haryana

Launching the ‘Swachh Shakti Saptah’ in Gurugram, Haryana, union minister Narender Singh Tomar said “swachhta” (cleanliness) has become a movement which now needs to made a mass movement.

This week will culminate on March 8 at Ahmedabad where Prime Minister Modi will be the chief guest, he said.

He said he was now glad that 102 districts of the country have declared themselves ODF under the scheme, including 14 districts of Haryana.

Three states – Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala – have already declared themselves ODF and Tomar hoped by November 1 this year, Haryana would become the fourth state in this list.

Haryana

  • Capital: Chandigarh
  • Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar
  • Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki
  • Formation: 1 November 1966

15. Government notifies law to make banned note possession punishable

The government has notified the law that makes holding of more than 10 scrapped notes punishable with a minimum fine of Rs 10,000.

The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, 2017, was passed by Parliament last month with a view to eliminating the “possibility of running a parallel economy” using the old Rs 500/1,000 notes that have been demonetised.

The law, signed by President Pranab Mukherjee on February 27, also provides for a minimum fine Rs 50,000 for false declaration by persons who were abroad during the demonetisation period (November 9-December 30, 2016) and given time to deposit such scrapped notes with RBI till March 31.

16. Thiruvananthapuram tops city-wide urban governance survey

Thiruvananthapuram remained at the top of the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS), which highlighted inadequacies in urban governance that could affect public service delivery and quality of life.

Pune came second in the 2016 survey, rising two spots from the last edition. Bhubaneswar was the biggest gainer, rising eight notches to the 10th spot in the survey.

The survey conducted by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a non-profit organization, looks at 83 governance patterns to rank 21 cities across 18 states.

17. Kerala tops in GST registrations

Kerala has achieved the maximum number of registrations under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime with at least 60 per cent of an estimated 2.5 lakh traders migrating to the new platform.

Its record becomes even more significant considering the fact that these registrations are complete in all respects, including the crucial provision of digital signatures, an official spokesman said.

Kerala

  • Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Governor: P. Sathasivam
  • Formation: 1 November 1956

18. Assam: Sanskrit a must till Class VIII

The Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government in Assam has made Sanskrit compulsory in all state board schools till Class VIII.

In Assam, depending on the region where the student resides, one of the three languages-Assamese, Bodo or Bengali is taught in state board schools, apart from English that is compulsory.

Hindi is taught but is optional.

Assam

  • Capital: Dispur 
  • Chief Minister: Sarbananda Sonowal
  • Governor: Banwarilal Purohit
  • Formation: 26 January 1950

19. TN, UP received most number of domestic tourists in 2016

Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh top a list of states visited by Indian tourists last year, Tourism Ministry said.

As per data released by the Ministry, a total of 344.3 million domestic tourists visited Tamil Nadu in 2016 while 229.6 million Uttar Pradesh.

Similarly, Madhya Pradesh received 184.7 million tourists, Andhra Pradesh 158.5 million and Karnataka 129.8 million last year.

20. Ministry of Women & Child Development leads social media campaign #WeAreEqual

Leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has initiated a social media campaign – #WeAreEqual – targeted at raising awareness about gender discrimination.

The campaign will culminate into the celebration of International Women’s Day marked by the prestigious Nari Shakti Award ceremony, in which the Hon’ble President will honour individuals and institutions for their exemplary contribution to women’s empowerment.

The #WeAreEqual campaign is gaining momentum with the partnership by prominent personalities such as film actors Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, and Ms. Dia Mirza; sportspersons Ms. Mary Kom and Mr. Sangram Singh and ISRO scientists Ms. K Thenmozhi Selvi, Ms. Subha Varier and Ms. Minal Rohit among others.

21. DRDO tests interceptor missile successfully

India’s Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) shield got a further fillip with the successful test of an interceptor missile conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The Advanced Area Defence (AAD) endo-atmospheric missile capable of intercepting incoming target missile at an altitude of 15 to 25 kms range was tested.

It was launched from the Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast to stop an incoming enemy missile.

22. Rs 70,000 crore black money detected so far: Justice Pasayat

Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court- appointed SIT on black money, Justice Arijit Pasayat, said Rs 70,000 crore of black money has been unearthed so far and the sixth report on it will be submitted to the apex court in April.

He said Rs 70,000 crore of black money, including more than Rs 16,000 crore detected after probe launched into global leaks about Indians stashing funds abroad, has been unearthed through different schemes of the government.

After a meeting with officers of several government agencies dealing with economic and financial affairs here, Justice Pasayat informed that the SIT will submit its sixth interim report to the Supreme Court in the first week of April.

23. Assam to host river festival ‘Namami Brahmaputra

Assam Government has decided to host the biggest river festival ‘Namami Brahmaputra’.

The five-day festival to be held from March 31 to April 4 where the Assam Government has planned out a host of activities to showcase the region’s art, heritage and culture.

Chief Ministers and chief secretaries of all States have also been invited.

24. BIRAC Regional Entrepreneurship Centre set up in Bengaluru

The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms – C-CAMP, technology and innovation hub, will house the BIRAC Regional Entrepreneurship Centre (BREC) in Bengaluru.

The centre has been set up with the objective of encouraging the spirit of bio-entrepreneurship, facilitating the creation of life science start-ups and mentoring start-ups to increase their chances of success.

BREC was officially launched recently by Prof G Padmanaban, Honorary Professor and Former Director IISc, and Prof K VijayRaghavan Secretary, Department of Biotechnology.

25. Navy successfully test-fires anti-ship missile

The Navy has successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile for the first time from an indigenously built Kalvari class submarine.

The Navy described the launch as a significant milestone in enhancing its “sub-surface” warfare prowess.

The weapon was fired from the submarine, the first of India’s six Scorpene-class submarines which are being built under the Project 75, and it “successfully hit” a surface target during the trial in the Arabian Sea.

These missiles will provide the vessels the ability to neutralise surface threats at extended ranges.

26. Himachal Pradesh gets its second capital in Dharamsala

Himachal Pradesh state cabinet approved Dharamsala, situated in the snow-capped Dhauladhar range, as the second capital of the hill state.

This comes following Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbharda Singh’s announcement, on January 19, that the government was actively considering a proposal to make Dharamshala as state’s winter capital.

The announcement is significant as 25 out of 68 Assembly seats fall in Kangra, Una and Hamirpur districts, and Dharamsala is important for the lower areas of Himachal Pradesh, including Kangra, Chamba, Hamirpur and Una districts.

27. DRDO Hands Over its Developed Products to Indian Army

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over three of its products for induction into the Indian Army in a formal function.

The products are namely Weapon Locating Radar (WLR), SWATHI, NBC Recce vehicle and NBC Drugs.

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar handed over the products to the Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on behalf of DRDO.

DRDO has been developing a number of products for the Indian Army in support of their field operations and welfare of soldiers on ground.

In 2016, the Weapon Locating Radar, NBC Recce Vehicle and a set of NBC Drugs had been successfully tested after extensive evaluation by competent evaluation teams/bodies.

DRDO

  • Founded: 1958
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Head: Dr. S. Christopher

28. India to Host 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance

The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, in collaboration with United Nations University and UNESCO, is organizing a three-day International Conference 10th ICEGOV 2017 in Delhi from 7th March to 9th March, 2017.

Themed on Building Knowledge Societies: From Digital Government to Digital Empowerment, the ICEGOV 2017 will be inaugurated by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and Law.

The key objective of ICEGOV2017 is to explore how Digital Government can lead to Digital Empowerment by local knowledge.

29. Sex-ratio in urban areas worse than rural areas: Survey

Urban India fares worse than the rural parts of the country in terms of sex-ratio, both overall and at birth, as per a latest national health survey.

The overall sex-ratio for the country is 991, while in rural India it was 1009 and in urban areas 956, according to the National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4) for 2015-16.

The sex-ratio at birth in the past five years has improved marginally from 914 to 919 girls per 1000 boys but in urban India it was as low as 899.

30. Haryana announces Tirtha Darshan scheme

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced that the state government had prepared a Tirtha Darshan scheme under which senior citizens of any religion above 60 years of age and of Haryana domicile would be able to go on a pilgrimage within the country at government expense.

He said that under the scheme, the government would bear the entire cost of the tour of senior citizens belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.

In case of a couple, the expenses of the spouse belonging to BPL family would also be borne by the government. They would also be able to take along an assistant.

In case of senior citizens of non-BPL families, the government would bear only 70 per cent of the cost.

31. Vice President Hamid Ansari to attend IORA Summit in Jakarta

Vice President Hamid Ansari will attend the Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) on March 7 in Jakarta, Indonesia where the 21-nation grouping will discuss ways to strengthen maritime cooperation and fight against violent extremism.

The summit, with the theme of ‘Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean’, will be preceded by a meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials on March 5 and a meeting of the Council of Ministers on March 6.

The IORA Summit is expected to provide momentum to the strengthening of cooperation in the Indian Ocean region.

32. Railways has sanctioned projects worth Rs 13,500 crore for North-East

The Railways has sanctioned projects worth Rs 13,500 crore for the North East in this year’s budget, Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said.

A bottled drinking water plant under the Rail Neer brand at Jagiroad in Assam and a high-end North East Safari Train was being envisaged, the minister added.

Gohain was addresing on the occasion of the infrastructure development conference ConMac.

The Conference has been organised in partnership with Indian Construction Equipment’s Manufacturers’ Association (ICEMA).

33. President Inaugurates the Centenary Celebrations of Women’s Indian Association

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Centenary Celebrations of Women’s Indian Association at Adyar, Chennai.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that no society can call itself civilized if it does not accord due value to its women and female children and guarantee their safety and security.

Government schemes and programmes to promote gender justice can never succeed unless a deep commitment to basic human values is built into our very consciousness.

Violence against women reflects violence in the hearts and minds of those that perpetrate these acts.

34. Govt approves Rs 756 cr scheme to treat cataract patients

With an aim to free India from cataract by 2022, the government has approved a Rs 756 crore scheme to treat over 700 lakh such patients in the next five years.

The scheme would render Rs 2,000 as financial assistance for each operation, including cost of lenses.

In addition to it, a mobile application will be developed to bring the government, private doctors, clinics and NGOs together for monitoring the endeavour.

35. National Coference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan to be held on 7th Match

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has organized a national conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan in New Delhi on March 07,2017.

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti will inaugurate the conference.

About 700 participants representing various stakeholder groups such as farmers, Panchayat members, officials, NGOs and students will be attending the daylong conference.

36. NMCG Signs MoU with Rotary India for the Success of Namami Gange

In its effort to make Namami Gange programme a mass movement with the involvement of more and more voluntary organisations, National Mission for Clean Ganga under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation signed an MoU with Rotary India in New Delhi.

Rotary India will support clean Ganga mission through their ‘WASH in Schools’ program in various schools.

The program includes the implementation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services in the targeted government schools and sensitizing all the stakeholders including school children, teachers, school management communities and communities etc. on practicing positive health behaviors for improving awareness on sanitation.

This will be achieved through an integrated learning environment and enabling children to serve as agents of change for their siblings and communities at large.

Rotary India has planned to undertake WASH in Schools programme in 20,000 Government Schools.

37. National Conference on Innovation in Educational Administration begins

A three – day National Conference on Innovation in Educational Administration has begin at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

This Conference has been organised by National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi.

About 150 district and block level education officers from across India and resource persons and faculty of the university are participating in the Conference.

38. India hoists tallest flag at Indo-Pak border

India has just hoisted the nation’s tallest flag. Punjab Local Bodies Minister and senior BJP leader Anil Joshi hoisted the flag.

The 360 feet flag was hoisted at the famous Indo-Pak (Attari-Wagah) border checkpost in Punjab. The new flag can be seen from Lahore in Pakistan.The new flag is 120 feet in length, 80 feet in breadth and is hosted on a pole which is 360 feet high.

39. Vijayawada, Tirupati airports renamed

The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet has approved proposals to rename the Vijayawada Airport and the Tirupati Airport.

Vijayawada Airport in Gannavaram has been renamed as ‘Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao-Amaravati Airport’ after the legendary actor and founder of the ruling Telugu Desam Party, and the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.

The Tirupati Airport has been renamed as ‘Sri Venkateswara Airport’ after Lord Venkateswara of the temple town.

40. Oldest serving aircraft carrier INS Viraat decommissioned

The world’s oldest aircraft carrier in active service, INS Viraat, was decommissioned on 6 March 2017 after serving the Indian Navy for nearly 30 years.

The second aircraft carrier of the country has spent nearly 30 years under the Indian flag and 27 years with the Royal Navy (United Kingdom).

The warship holds the Guinness Record for being the oldest serving warship.

The vessel’s previous name was HMS Hermes when it was a part of the UK Royal Navy.

It was transferred to India in 1987.

41. IISc becomes first Indian university to be ranked among top 10 in world

For the first time, an Indian educational institute has broken into the top 10 of a global university rankings.

The Times Higher Education (THE) revealed that India is home to one of the world’s best small universities, as it made public the 2017 edition of the rankings.

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, has been ranked eighth at the ‘THE’s Best Small Universities in the World 2017’.

Small universities are those with fewer than 5,000 students.

Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, and Savitribai Phule Pune University which were ranked 14 and 18 respectively in the 2016 edition could not retain their spots in the top 20 this time.

42. Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurates ‘Destination North East-2017’

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated the 3-day festival ‘Destination North East-2017’ in Chandigarh.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that in the endeavor to take North East to every corner of India, Chandigarh has been chosen this year to organize Destination North East-2017.

He said that this is for the first time outside Delhi to organise this event.

43. Tribal festival ‘Bhagoria’ begins

The annual tribal festival ‘Bhagoria’ was begin in Jhabua and in four other districts of Madhya Pradesh from March 6.

The week-long festival is organised at different Bhagoria haats (local markets) in Jhabua, Alirajpur, Dhar, Khargone and Barwani districts in western Madhya Pradesh.

The event is going to be organised at 34 places, Jhabua collector Ashish Saxena told.

44. RBI sets up panel to review cyber threats

The Reserve Bank has announced setting up of the inter—disciplinary standing committee on cyber security to review the threats inherent in the existing and emerging technology.

The 11 member committee will also study adoption of various security standards and protocols, interface with stakeholders and suggest appropriate policy interventions to strengthen cyber security and resilience, the central bank said.

Going forward, the committee headed by Meena Hemchandra, Executive Director, RBI, can co-opt more experts and also operate through a framework of sub-committees to examine specific issues.

45. SIDBI expert panel sanctions Rs 300 cr for startups

An expert committee set up by SIDBI has sanctioned Rs 300 crore to fund managers who would invest in startups, taking the total sanctions so far this fiscal to over Rs 1,100 crore.

During fiscal year 2014-15 and 2015-16 sanctions were made to 11 funds (Rs 314 crores) and 16 funds (Rs 607 crores) respectively while the number during the current financial year has already crossed Rs 1,112 crores to 30 funds.

To promote startups, the Cabinet had last year approved the setting up of a ‘Fund of Funds for Startups’ with a corpus of Rs 10,000 crore at SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank).

46. OECD cuts GDP growth forecast to 7% in 2016-17

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has cut its growth projection for India in 2016-17 to 7% from the 7.4% it had projected last year.

The OECD, in its Economic Survey of India 2017 report, forecast a growth rate of 7.3% for 2017-18 and 7.7% for 2018-19.

OECD

  • Headquarters: Paris
  • Founded: 1948
  • Members: 35
  • Secretary General: Jose Angel Gurria

47. Axis, HDFC, ICICI to charge Rs. 150 after 4 cash transactions

Some banks, including HDFC Bank, have begun charging a minimum amount of Rs. 150 per transaction for cash deposits and withdrawals beyond four free transactions in a month.

The new charges would apply to savings as well as salary accounts, leading private sector player HDFC Bank said in a circular.

These charges are for cash transactions in the branches, and not through ATMs.

State bank of India will levy a minimum amount of Rs 50 per transaction after three transactions.

48. World Bank offers over $1-billion loan to Maharashtra

The World Bank has announced an assistance programme of over $1 billion in the areas of urban transport and climate resilient agriculture in Maharashtra, over the next 2-3 years.

This was announced by the World Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Kristalina Georgieva, at the end of a day-long visit to the city.

Over the last five years, World Bank had invested over $1.4 billion in Maharashtra in urban transport, rural water supply and agriculture.

World Bank

  • Headquarters: Washington D.C.
  • Founded: 1944
  • President: Jim Yong Kim
  • Members: IBRD 180,  IDA 173

49. Reliance General signs bancassurance deal with Catholic Syrian Bank

Non-life insurer Reliance General Insurance, part of Reliance Capital Ltd said it has signed a bancassurance deal with private-owned Kerala-headquartered Catholic Syrian Bank.

In a statement, Reliance General Insurance said it would target the 1.5 million-strong customer base of Catholic Syrian Bank spread across its 430 branches in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

50. Ujjivan Small Finance Bank launches ‘Paison Ki ABCD’

Ujjivan Small Financial Bank Ltd. (Ujjivan SFB) has launched a powerful, educational film on Financial Literacy titled ‘Paison Ki ABCD’.

The film was conceptualized and executed in partnership with Parinaam Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at economic empowerment of the underprivileged.

51. All savings bank a/cs to have net banking by March 31st

The government has asked banks to link all savings bank accounts with net banking facility by March 31, 2017, in order to encourage digital transactions, and to promote transparency.

Till now, 65% bank accounts are already linked with mobile numbers, and the remaining 35% would be seeded with mobile numbers by March 31st.

It is also said the government wants people to make us of the newly launched BHIM App.

52. SBI to levy fine on low account balance

According to the new rules of the country’s largest bank, State Bank of India (SBI),  from April 1, savings account holders with less money in their account than minimum prescribed balance, would be fined.

SBI currently has 25 crore savings accounts.

This penalty depends on the difference between the difference between minimum prescribed balance and current balance.

For Metropolitan banks, minimum prescribed balance is Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 for urban areas and for rural areas, it has been fixed at Rs 1,000.

53. Rs 10,000 penalty for bank branches refusing to exchange soiled notes

The Reserve Bank of India has clarified that currency notes which have messages scribbled on it are legal tender.

The notes however, cease to be legal tender if message scribbled on it is political in nature.

The last circular on this had come from the central bank in 2016 wherein it was stated that bank branches that refuse to exchange soiled notes from people will have to pay a penalty of Rs 10,000.

The restriction for exchanging soiled notes is that if one exchanges more than 20 notes or notes worth Rs 5,000 in a day, then banks will levy service charge.

54. Google India inks MoU with Telangana government

Google India and Telangana government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at supporting the digitisation efforts of the state.

Google India will provide Google Cloud credits and access to all cloud platform products to eligible startups engaged with Telangana government’s T-Hub initiative.

Other initiatives as a part of the agreement include, making all government websites mobile friendly and introduce programmes to help local small and medium businesses go online and stay safe online.

55. Ola inks pact with MP govt to train 25,000 people

Taxi-hailing app Ola has signed an agreement with the Madhya Pradesh government to impart training to about 25,000 people.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with Madhya Pradesh State Skill Development Mission (MPSSDM) and Directorate of Skill Development (Technical Education and Skill Development Department).

The move is part of Ola’s target of skilling 50 lakh drivers by 2020.

56. Vijaya Bank opens its 2,000th branch in Tirupati

Vijaya Bank has opened its 2000th branch in Tirupati.

The branch was opened by Chadalawada Krishna Murthy, Chairman, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

This is the region’s 65th branch and the second in Tirupati city.

Speaking on the occasion, Murthy said Vijaya Bank was the first bank to start banking operations in Tirumala and has been extending yeoman service to the devotees of Lord Venkateswara.

Vijaya Bank

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Founded: 1931
  • CEO: Kishore Kumar Sansi
  • Tagline: A friend you can bank on

57. NPAs at record high of Rs 6.8 lakh crore

As NPAs of public sector banks soared to a staggering Rs 6.8 lakh crore, the chairman of a key Parliamentary panel has favoured naming and shaming corporate houses which default on repayment of bank loans.

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chief K V Thomas hopes “naming and shaming” such corporate houses may help financial institutions get back their money.

Out of the Rs 6.8 lakh crore of Non-Performing Assets of public sector banks, a whopping 70 per cent are those of big corporate houses, Thomas said, adding hardly one per cent of it constitutes loans to farmers.

According to the Finance Ministry data, the NPAs of the country’s largest lender State Bank of India is Rs 97,356 crore, followed by Rs 54,640 crore of Punjab National Bank and Rs 44,040 crore of Bank of India.

58. Irdai proposes up to 50% hike in motor insurance premium from April 1

Regulator Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has proposed up to 50 per cent increase in insurance premium for cars, motor cycles as well as commercial vehicles from April 1.

However, there is no proposal to increase the third party motor insurance premium for small cars (up to 1,000 cc) from Rs 2,055 currently.

The hike proposed in mid-segment cars (1,000 – 1,500 cc) as well as bigger cars and SUVs is 50 per cent.

The proposal is to increase premium to Rs 3,355 for cars up to 1,000 cc and Rs 9,246 for bigger ones.

Also, no change has been proposed for two-wheelers having engines up to 75 cc.

However, for sports bikes and super bikes (more than 350 cc), Irdai proposes to increase the premium to Rs 1,194 from the present Rs 796, up 50 per cent.

The increase has also been proposed for entry level bikes (77-150 cc) and performance category (150-350 cc).

IRDAI

  • Headquarters: Hyderabad
  • Founded: 1999
  • Chairman: T.S. Vijayan

59. Nand Kumar Sai assumes charge as Chairman of NCST

Senior tribal leader from Chhattisgarh and ex parliamentarian Nand Kuamr Sai assumed charge as the chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) today in New Delhi.

NCST was established by amending Article 338 and inserting a new Article 338A in the Constitution through the Constitution (89th Amendment) Act, 2003.

The term of office of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and each member is three years from the date of assumption of charge.

60. Sudeep Lakhtakia to hold additional charge as DG CRPF

The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to give additional charge of Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to Sudeep Lakhtakia.

He is presently serving as Additional DG, CRPF.

The decision has been taken by the Ministry after K Durga Prasad (IPS) retired as DG CRPF.

61. R Subramania Kumar to hold addl charge of MD & CEO of IOB

R Subramania Kumar was today given additional charge of the post of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Indian Overseas Bank for three more months.

Kumar is at present Executive Director in the IOB.

He was in November last year given additional charge of the post of MD and CEO of the bank for three months.

62. Gopal Baglay appointed MEA Spokesperson

Senior diplomat Gopal Baglay was appointed Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry.

He is succeeding Vikas Swarup, who was made India’s new High Commissioner to Canada.

A 1992-batch officer of Indian Foreign Service, Baglay was handling the sensitive PAI (Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran) division in the ministry till now.

Deepak Mittal is the new in-charge of the PAI division.

63. J.S. Deepak is India’s WTO ambassador

Telecom Secretary J.S. Deepak has been appointed as country’s permanent representative to World Trade Organization (WTO).

Mr. Deepak will take over his new assignment from June 1, 2017 and till then he will be Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Department of Commerce in the Ministry of Commerce and Industries with immediate effect.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued the order.

64. AIFF appoints Luis Norton De Matos as head coach of India U-17 Football team

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has appointed Portugal’s Luis Norton de Matos as the head coach of the India U-17 World Cup team.

He is appointed for the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.

The 63-year old Coach thanked AIFF for making him a “part of the project.

65. P K Purwar appointed MTNL CMD

P K Purwar was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of state-run telecom major Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL).

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post for five years, an official order said.

Purwar is currently working as Director (Finance) in MTNL, which has been without a full-time CMD since May 31, 2014, following superannuation of A K Garg.

66. Bakri Hassan Saleh sworn in as Sudan’s first PM since 1989 coup

A former army general and top aide to President Omar al-Bashir was sworn in as Sudan’s first prime minister since the post was scrapped in a 1989 Islamist-backed coup.

Bakri Hassan Saleh, a military officer involved in the bloodless coup that brought Bashir to power three decades ago, was named prime minister by the executive bureau of the president’s National Congress Party (NCP).

67. Amjad Hussein B Sial appointed SAARC secretary General

Pakistans seasoned diplomat Amjad Hussain B Sial has assumed office as the new Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

Sial has assumed charge of the office of Secretary General of SAARC from March 1, 2017, according to a press release issued by SAARC Secretariat here.

He has succeeded Nepals Arjun Bahadur Thapa, who was appointed the Secretary-General in 2014.

The Pakistani turn, which is held by rotation, starts from March 1, 2017, and continues till February 28, 2020.

68. Bishnoi appointed international match referee

Former India wrestler Kripa Shankar Bishnoi has been appointed an international match referee by United World Wrestling (UWW), the sport’s global governing body.

Bishnoi was selected by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for the annual training course for match referees conducted by the UWW.

69. Senior IAS officer T Jacob Appointed as Secretary UPSC

Senior IAS officer T Jacob was appointed as Secretary, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

He will hold the rank of an Additional Secretary in the Government of India.

Jacob, a 1984 batch Tamil Nadu cadre officer, has been serving as Additional Secretary in the Department of Personnel and Training before his appointment in the UPSC.

UPSC

  • Formation: 1 October 1926
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairman: David R Syiemlieh

70. Sanjiv Singh appointed Indian Oil Corporation chairman

Sanjiv Singh was on Tuesday appointed chairman of the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), the country’s largest commercial enterprise.

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet approved his appointment to the post for a period of five years, an order issued by the personnel ministry said.

Singh is at present the director of Refineries at the IOCL.

He will be assuming the charge on or after 1 June, the order said.

71. Rangaswamy First Woman to Be Honored BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award

The Indian cricket board i.e. BCCI has nominated Shanta Rangaswamy for lifetime achievement award for her contribution to the women’s cricket.

She will be the first women to get this award.

The award will be presented at the BCCI Annual Awards in Bengaluru on March 8.

Rangaswamy ended up playing 12 Tests and 19 ODIs.

72. Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) awards 2015-16

Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award: Rajinder Goel and Padmakar Shivalkar

BCCI Lifetime Achievement award for women: Shantha Rangaswamy

BCCI Special awards: V.V. Kumar and the late Ramakant Desai

Polly Umrigar award: Virat Kohli

Dilip Sardesai award (India’s best cricketer in the West Indies series, 2016): R. Ashwin

Lala Amarnath award (best all-rounder in the Ranji Trophy): Jalaj Saxena (Madhya Pradesh)

Lala Amarnath award (best all-rounder in domestic limited-over competition): Axar Patel (Gujarat)

Madhavrao Scindia award (highest scorer in the Ranji Trophy): Shreyas Iyer (Mumbai)

Madhavrao Scindia award (highest wicket-taker): Shahbaz Nadeem (Jharkhand)

M.A. Chidambaram Trophy (highest scorer in the u-23 Col. C.K. Nayudu Trophy): Jay Bista (Mumbai)

M.A. Chidambaram Trophy (highest wicket-taker in the u -23 Col. C.K. Nayudu Trophy): Satyajeet Bachhav (Maharashtra)

N.K.P. Salve award (highest scorer in the u-19 Cooch Behar Trophy): Armaan Jaffer (Mumbai)

N.K.P. Salve award (highest wicket-taker in the u-19 Cooch Behar Trophy): Ninad Rathva (Baroda)

Raj Singh Dungarpur award (highest scorer in the u-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy): Abhishek Sharma (Punjab)

Raj Singh Dungarpur award (highest wicket-taker in the u-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy): Abhishek Sharma (Punjab)

Jagmohan Dalmiya award [(best woman cricketer (senior)]: Mithali Raj (Railways)

Jagmohan Dalmiya award [(best woman cricketer (junior)]: Deepti Sharma (Uttar Pradesh)

Best umpire in domestic cricket: Nitin Menon

Best performance in BCCI domestic tournaments: Mumbai Cricket Association

73. “Lipstick Under My Burkha” Wins Award at Glasgow Film Fest

Indian filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha, which has been denied a certificate by the country’s movie censor board, has bagged the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival 2017.

Scottish actor David Tennant presented Shrivastava with the award, which was voted for by the festival’s audience.

The Prakash Jha production, starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Ratna Pathak Shah, chronicles the secret lives of four women of different ages in a small town in India as they search for different kinds of freedom.

74. JNU bags ‘Visitor’s Award’ for best university

Jawaharlal Nehru University has won the annual Visitor’s Award for the ‘Best University’, 2017.

Dr. Deepak Pant from Central University of Himachal Pradesh won the Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’.

The Visitor’s Award for ‘Research’ has been jointly won by Dr. Shyam Sunder from Banaras Hindu University and Prof. Niranjan Karak from Tezpur University. The winners of Visitor’s Award for

The awards will be presented during a function as part of the ‘Festival of Innovations’,” the statement said.

75. DMRC enters Limca Book of Records

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has entered the Limca Book of World Records for erecting 200 U-shaped girders in a month.

DMRC successfully executed the task of erecting 200 U-shaped girders on the Noida – Greater Noida corridor in May 2016.

This is the maximum number of U-shaped girders ever launched on any metro corridor in India within a month.

Girders bear the load of the metro tracks and help speed up construction work. DMRC chief Mangu Singh said the feat had significantly expedited the progress of construction on the corridor.

The 30-km-long corridor will be completely elevated and will have 21 stations.

76. Barack Obama named as winner of ‘Profile in Courage’ award

Former US President Barack Obama has been named as the winner of the 2017 John F. Kennedy ‘Profile in Courage’ award.

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation has honoured Obama “for his enduring commitment to democratic ideals and elevating the standard of political courage in a new century.”

The daughter of late Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, and her son Jack Schlossberg, will present Obama with the award on May 7 in Boston.

77. INHS ASVINI Mumbai Adjudged best service Hospital in the AFMS

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar presented the Raksha Mantri’s Trophy and Citation for the best Service Hospital in the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2016 to INHS Asvini, Mumbai.

Commandant of INHS Asvini Mumbai, Surgeon Rear Admiral Ravi Kalra received the awards from the Minister on behalf of the Hospital.

78. Rihanna awarded with Humanitarian Of The Year Award

Harvard University honored Rihanna’s social work and selected her as their Humanitarian of the Year.

Rihanna received Award in recognition for her work to improve cancer treatment in her home country of Barbados and for setting up a college scholarship to bring Caribbean students to study in the United States.

79. Jio-Samsung Win ‘Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets’ Award

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have won the ‘Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets’ from Global Mobile Awards 2017 at ongoing Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC) in Barcelona.

Samsung and Jio have focused on reaching the power of communication and information with free voice and the lowest data rates across rural areas by deploying world’s largest greenfield LTE network in the country.

It should be noted that Jio expanded its subscriber base to a record 100 million within 170 days of its launch last year.

80. M P Veerendra Kumar presented Moortidevi award

Eminent Malayalam author and journalist M P Veerendra Kumar was presented the 30th Moortidevi award by Bharatiya Jnanpith organisation here.

Kumar was chosen for the prestigious award for his Malayalam travelogue Hymavathabhoovil, which dwells upon ancient trails of Indian culture, myth, literature and people strewn in the plains, valleys and mountains of India.

The award was presented by Jnanpith laureate M T Vasudevan Nair at a function at the Tagore Centenary Hall in Kozhikode.

The book also highlights environmental concerns over “fragile mountain ecosystem” and calls for action over lack of water resources and waste disposal systems.

Kumar has earlier won the Sahitya Akademi award for the same book.

81. India to host women’s Youth World Boxing Championship

India will host the World Women’s Youth Boxing Championship in November this year, the first major international event to be held in the country since 2010.

In 2010, India had hosted the Commonwealth Championships followed by the Commonwealth Games.

The country has not hosted a major boxing event since then, primarily because of the administrative turmoil that gripped the sport in 2012.

82. Jitu Rai wins gold at ISSF World Cup in 50m free pistol

Shooters Jitu Rai and Amanpreet Singh has won gold and silver respectively in men’s 50m free pistol at the ISSF Shooting World Cup.

Jitu’s winning score of 230.1 was a world record, while Amanpreet shot 226.9 to win silver.

The bronze went to Vahid Golkhandan of Iran, who shot 208.8.

83. Dwayne Smith announces retirement from international cricket

West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith has announced his retirement from all international cricket.

His last West Indies appearance came at the 2015 World Cup.

Smith made his international debut on West Indies’ tour of South Africa 2003-04.

Smith played only nine more Tests, scoring a total of 320 runs in the format

He played 105 ODIs scoring 1560 runs. He also took 61 wickets in ODIs.

In 33 T20 internationals, he scored 582 runs.

84. Australian cricketer Sarah Coyte announces retirement

Australian women cricketer Sarah Coyte, who was also a part of Australia’s 2014 World T20-winning squad, has announced her retirement from all forms of the game.

Coyte’s decision arrives a year after she stepped down from international duty with the Southern Stars to combat mental health issues.

Coyte earned herself a national call-up in December 2010 against New Zealand, and went on to play 47 T20 matches, four Tests and 30 One-Day Internationals for Australia.

85. Andy Murray beats Fernando Verdasco to win first Dubai Championships title

Britain’s Andy Murray saw off Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in straight sets to win the Dubai Championships for the first time.

The world number one dropped his first two service games but recovered to win 6-3 6-2 in one hour and 14 minutes.

It is Murray’s first tournament win of 2017 and the 45th of his career.

86. Mexican Open: Sam Querrey shocks Rafael Nadal to win title

American Sam Querrey claimed the biggest title of his career after defeating Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the final of the Mexican Open.

The world number 40 won 6-3 7-6 (7-3) against the second seed, who was chasing his 70th career title.

87. Writer Taarak Mehta passes away

Popular Gujarati humourist Taarak Mehta passed away after prolonged illness. He was 88.

Mehta’s famous works include “Duniya Ne Undha Chasma”, which inspired the hit Hindi sitcom “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah” on SAB TV.

He has also written six popular Gujarati plays.

Born in Ahmedabad on December 26, 1929, Mehta was honoured with Padma Shri in 2015

88. Raymond Kopa, French Football Legend Passes Away

Former France soccer great Raymond Kopa has died at the age of 85.

He was one of four French players, with Michel Platini, Zinedine Zidane and Jean-Pierre Papin, to have won the Ballon d’Or, football’s top individual award.

Kopa, who was born in northern France in a family of Polish immigrants, won three consecutive European Cups with Real Madrid from 1957.

89. Former Member Of Parliament Syed Shahabuddin Dead At 82

Former Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer and MP Syed Shahabuddin, who was suffering from prolonged illness, died at a hospital in Noida. He was 82.

Born in 1935 in Ranchi, now in Jharkhand, he joined the IFS in 1958 but took premature retirement in the 1978 to delve into politics.

Mr Shahabuddin was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1979 from Kishanganj in Bihar,a constituency that sent him to Lok Sabha multiple times.

90. Rabi Ray, former Lok Sabha Speaker, passes away

Eminent socialist leader, former Union Minister and former Speaker of Lok Sabha Rabi Ray passed away in Cuttack. He was 91.

He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1967, from the Puri parliamentary constituency, and was the leader of the Samyukta Socialist Party in the Lok Sabha.

In 1974, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha from the State, and was made a Cabinet Minister in 1977 by the then Prime Minister Morarji Desai.

However, in 1989, when Rabi Ray was elected to the 9th Lok Sabha on a Janata Dal ticket from the Kendrapara constituency and was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

91. ‘Number Do Lie’ authored by former cricketer Aakash Chopra

Former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra released book titled Numbers Do Lie, 61 Hidden Cricket Stories which takes a different look at stats.

The defensive opening batsman narrated about the cricket records and player performances more lucidly that reflects player’s impact in the game of cricket.

It is based on the Impact Index analytics by Jaideep Verma, Soham Sarkhel and Nikhil Narain.

 

Weekly Current Affairs March 2nd Week

1. 8 March: International Women’s Day

8 March is International Women’s Day, an event held around the world to commemorate the struggle for women’s rights.

Originally called International Working Women’s Day, it was first celebrated on February 28, 1909, in New York in remembrance of a 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union when 15,000 workers marched through the city’s lower east side to demand social and political rights.

This year’s theme is “be bold for change”.

2. Indo-Nepal joint Military exercise ‘Surya Kiran- XI’ begins

A joint military exercise ‘Surya Kiran-XI’ between India and Nepal has begin in Pithoragarh area of Uttarakhand.

This is a battalion level joint exercise between the two armies.

The two-week long exercise is aimed at training of both the troops in the area of various counter insurgency operations over a prolonged period.

Nepal

  • Capital: Kathmandu
  • Currency: Rupee
  • President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari
  • Prime Minister: Pushpa Kamal Dahal

3. India has highest incidence of bribery in Asia Pacific: Survey

Over 900 million people–one in four–across the 16 nations in the Asia Pacific region paid a bribe in the past year when trying to access basic services like education or healthcare.

Among them India has the highest bribery rate of 69%, said a survey released by anti-graft Transparency International (TI).

India was closely followed by Vietnam (65%). Thailand (41%), Cambodia, Pakistan and Myanmar, each with 40%, were next. The rate was much lower in China (26%) and it was the lowest in Japan (0.2%).

The report also stressed that 41% people in India said that the level of corruption had increased in the last year.

Interestingly, India’s neighbours like Pakistan (35%), Sri Lanka (21%) and Myanmar (22%) ranked lower in the list.

Transparency International

  • Aim: Its nonprofit purpose is to take action to combat corruption and prevent criminal activities arising from corruption.
  • Headquarters: Berlin, Germany
  • Founded: 1993
  • Chairman: Jose Ugaz (Peru)

4. South Korean President Park Geun-hye removed from office

South Korea’s Constitutional Court voted unanimously to remove the country’s President, Park Geun-hye, from office.

With the impeachment, Park becomes the first South Korean President to be removed from office.

As per the law of the country, Park’s successor must be elected within 60 days.

At present, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn is serving as the acting President of the country.

5. India by Nile opens with Crafts Mela

The mega cultural festival ‘India by the Nile’ got off to a colourful start at the foot of the Pyramids with a Crafts Mela, showcasing joint handicraft exhibition of India and Egypt.

The Embassy of India in Cairo, in collaboration with Teamwork Arts, presented ‘Crafts Mela’ as part of the IBN 2017 cultural festival.

The festival, which is a celebration of Indian music, dance, theatre, visual arts, food and wellbeing, is the largest foreign festival in Egypt showcasing 70 events across the country.

6. Pakistan set to conduct its first census in 19 years

Pakistan is set to conduct its first national census in 19 years with the assistance of over 200,000 troops.

Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor and Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb addressed a joint conference about preparation for the sixth census, which will be conducted in two phases and will be completed on May 25.

The national census will be conducted from 15 March.

7. Bangladesh declares March 25 as ‘Genocide Day’

Bangladesh’s unanimously adopted a resolution declaring March 25 as Genocide Day, in remembrance of the atrocities carried out by the Pakistani Army in the night of March 25, 1971.

Condemning the denial of history by Pakistan, the Bangladeshi legislators passed the motion unanimously after a marathon seven-hour discussion.

A total of 56 MPs, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, took part.

8. Vienna is the world’s nicest city to live in, Baghdad the worst

Vienna, Austria’s grand capital on the Danube river, has topped consulting firm Mercer’s list of cities offering the highest quality of life for the eighth year in a row, while Baghdad is again considered the worst place to live.

The survey of 231 cities helps companies and organisations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff.

Global centres London, Paris, Tokyo and New York City did not even make the top 30.

Singapore was the highest ranked Asian city, at 25 while 29th-placed San Francisco was the United States’ highest entry. Top of the list in Africa was South Africa’s Durban at 87.

9. 2017 Commonwealth day: 13 March

Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations held on the second Monday in March.

This year it was celebrated on March 13.

This year’s theme is “A Peace-building Commonwealth”.

Commonwealth of Nations

Aim: The Commonwealth, is an intergovernmental organization of 52 member states that were mostly former territories of the British Empire.

  • Headquarters: London  
  • Head: Queen Elizabeth II
  • Secretary-General: Patricia Scotland
  • Founded: 1949
  • Members: 52

10. World Consumer Rights Day: 15 March

In order to get consumer issues noticed across the world, each year World Consumer Rights Day is observed on 15 March.

World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) is an opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers,

The theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2017 is ‘Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust’.

11. Centre to pay rent through vouchers soon in 100 cities

The Centre is all set to roll out a Rs 2,700-crore welfare scheme in 100 smart cities to give rent vouchers to the urban poor.

The government would launch the new rental housing policy with the rent vouchers for below poverty line (BPL) families.

Though the policy has been in the works for three years, the first component is likely to be rolled out in 2017-18 financial year in the smart cities.

The scheme is expected to cost Rs 2,713 crore every year to implement in smart cities.

Aimed directly at the urban poor and helping the migrant population, the scheme would involve distribution of rent vouchers by urban local bodies.

12. Mobile World Congress to be held in India on September 27

India will organize its first mobile congress in September with a special focus on reaching out to the South East Asian markets.

There is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and an edition in Shanghai.

India is emerging as one of the global leaders in telecom which we will also showcase in the Indian Mobile Congress,” COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews said.

13. Two-day International Yoga festival begins in Delhi

The two-day International Yoga Fest has begin in New Delhi on 08 March 2017.

More than 3,500 participants including eminent yoga gurus, yoga masters, scholars, policy makers and representatives from 15- 18 countries will participate in this mega event.

It will comprise parallel yoga workshop, lectures, Satsang, cultural programmes and yoga demos.

14. First smart tribal village inaugurated in J&K

Jammu and Kashmir Minister for food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Zulfkar Ali, inaugurated the first tribal model village Habbi in Kotranka in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri District.

The village has been introduced with smart classes in the schools, better roads, electricity and water facility.

15. CBSE launches ‘Exam Locator’ app to help students to find exam centre

With the board exams just around the corner, the CBSE has come up with a mobile application to help students locate their examination centre.

The app, named ‘Exam Locator’, will help students to quickly know the exam centre on the basis of their roll number.

The student’s information, address and photograph of the exam centre will be displayed on the screen for easy identification.

The route map can also be accessed via the application.

CBSE

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 3 November 1962
  • Chairman: Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi

16. 11th North East Business Summit begins in New Delhi

The 11th North East Business Summit (NEBS) begins in New Delhi.

The two-day event is an initiative to facilitate investment, highlight strengths of the North-East Region (NER) and business opportunities which North-East has to offer.

The 11th NEBS aims to display the strengths, potentials and initiatives of the NER, promote investment in the region and also have focused deliberations on strategic areas like healthcare, infrastructure and connectivity, agriculture and horticulture, food processing, service sector and energy to highlight the investment and business opportunities in these sectors as well as ease of doing business in the NE States and address the key issues.

The Summit will also showcase the untapped business potential of North-East to investors worldwide.

17. Karnataka CM launches ‘Pratibimba’ to project achievements

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has launched a comprehensive web-based platform showcasing the government’s performance and achievements to the citizens.

Developed as the Chief Minister’s dash board, ‘Pratibimba,’ which means reflection, will serve as a tool to improve efficiency in governance and allow citizens to track government’s progress, officials said.

They said ‘Pratibimba” is a reflection of the growth story and development of the state, and the dash board will reflect the works of all the departments across flagship schemes, key programmes and projects undertaken in the state.

18. Odisha launches helpline service for women

To deal with cases of violence against women, Odisha on Wednesday launched a statewide women’s helpline number — 181.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the helpline service at a function organised by the Women and Child Development department.

All calls on this number will land at the District Women and Child Cell where at least one constable will be present round the clock.

As per NCRB 2015 statistics, Odisha is ranked fifth in the country in terms of the number of rape cases.

On the other hand, The Himachal Pradesh government would also launch ‘Women Helpline’ number 181 soon for ensuring safety of women, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said.

19. President of India inaugurates the 12th CII-Exim bank conclave on India Africa Project Partnership

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 12th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership today (March 9, 2017) in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that our connection with Africa is not new. The bonds between our countries have strengthened over the years.

For the first time ever, we welcomed representatives of all 54 countries of Africa at the third India-Africa Forum Summit in October 2015. We have since then broadened our diplomatic footprint.

20. Navy commissions INS Tillanchang at Seabird naval base in Karwar

Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, chief commanding flag officer of the western command of the Indian Navy, commissioned INS Tillanchang, the water jet fast attack craft at the Seabird naval.

The indigenously built vessel will patrol the Karnataka sea coast and will be headquartered in the Karwar naval base.

The craft has been named after Tillanchang, one of the islands in Andaman and Nicobar.

21. Himachal Pradesh launches mobile App ‘Mera Hunar’

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has launched mobile App and website ‘Mera Hunar HP’, a first of its kind in the country.

‘Mera Hunar’ is a web based platform where the skilled, semi-skilled persons can apply for various jobs as per their convenience like plumber, carpenter, mechanic, security guards, drivers, tourists guides, etc online. The platform is available both in English and Hindi.

This platform will directly connect the prospective employers with the job seekers as the application, will contain the address and the phone numbers of those looking for jobs and other details as well.

22. ‘International Vision Zero Conference’ on Occupational, Safety and Health

The international conference on the VISION ZERO and its relevance to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), is being organized from 15th to 17th, March 2017 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi by Directorate General Factory Advice and Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), Government of India, Ministry of Labour and Employment and German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), Germany in association with International Social Security Association (ISSA).

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 by exchanging knowledge, practices and experience.

23. 2017 National Safety Week: March 4-10, 2017

46th National Safety Week Campaign was commenced from 4th March 2017 to 10th March 2017 to renewing the commitment of employees and general public to work safely throughout the year.

It is observed by National Safety Council (NSC) since 1972.

2017 theme is “Keep Each Other Safe”.

24. Kiren Rijiju  launches mobile app “MySSB”

An in-house developed mobile application “MySSB” was launched by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju.

The Minister lauded the efforts in developing the application and expressed hope that SSB will continue keeping the welfare of its personnel on priority basis.

25. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates India’s largest municipal waste to power plant

Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated India’s largest state of the art municipal waste to power plant in New Delhi.

The plant has been is best example of private people partnership model in Delhi.

Addressing the gathering, Naidu said that the one of the aim of Swachh Bharat Mission is 100 per cent management of municipal solid waste by 2019 in the country.

26. Exhibition “Revolutionary Patriots (1905-1947)” Inaugurated

On the occasion of 127th Foundation Day of National Archives of India (NAI), an exhibition entitled “Revolutionary Patriots (1905-1947)” was inaugurated in New Delhi by Shri N.K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture in the presence of Shri Raghvendra Singh, Director General of NAI and many dignitaries.

Addressing on the occasion, Shri N.K. Sinha praised the initiative of NAI and opined that the Digital Technology can make a lot of difference in collection and preservation of historical treasures in NAI.

Shri Raghvendra Singh in his address said that the efforts are being made to make NAI more accessible not only for researchers but also for students and others.

Dr. T.C.A. Raghvan, Former High Commissioner of India to Pakistan delivered the Foundation Day Talk on “Foreign Policy and National Archives of India” on the occasion.

27. Assembly Election results in Five states

The Election Commission (EC) finished vote counting for assembly election results in five states, including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur.

Uttar Pradesh

  • Total Seats: 403
  • Bharatiya Janata Party: 312
  • Samajwadi Party: 47

Uttarakhand

  • Total Seats: 70
  • Bharatiya Janata Party: 57
  • Congress: 11

Punjab

  • Total Seats: 117
  • Congress: 77
  • Aam Aadmi Party: 20

Goa

  • Total Seats: 40
  • Congress: 17
  • Bharatiya Janata Party: 13

Manipur

  • Total Seats: 60
  • Congress: 28
  • Bharatiya Janata Party: 21

28. NTPC installs India’s largest Floating Solar PV Plant in Kerala

NTPC started power generation from India’s largest floating solar power plant at Kayamkulam in Kerala.

The 100 kWp floating solar generation plant, largest of its kind in India, was indigenously developed as a part of ‘Make In India’ initiative, at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) in Kerala’s Kayamkulam district, the company said in a statement.

29. President Appoints New Chief Justices in MP, Patna, Kerala, Chattisgrah, Jharkhand HCs

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee announced the appointment of new Chief Justices in the state of Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Patna and Jharkhand High Courts on March 10, 2017.

Chhattisgarh High Court: Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan

Kerala High Court: Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh

Madhya Pradesh High Court: Justice Hemant Gupta

Patna High Court: Justice Rajendra Menon

Jharkhand High Court: Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty

30. Central Railway introduces rail ambulance

The Central Railway introduced a fully air-conditioned rail ambulance at Lonavala.

The train, painted in red and white, will be stationed at Kalyan and essentially help railway employees and their families on the Central Railway.

The ambulance will have four coaches called “operation theatre-cum-recovery vans”.

Besides primary treatment, the rail ambulance can be used to offer life support and perform minor surgical operations in times of emergency.

This is an upgrade from the Accident Response Train (ART) that is used for transportation

31. Hyderabad best Indian city in living standards: Mercer

Hyderabad for the third year in a row has emerged as the best city in terms of living standards among Indian cities.

The National Capital for the second straight year hit the lowest score among Indian cities for living standards, as per the Mercer’s Quality of Living rankings 2017.

Both Hyderabad and Pune ranked higher for quality of living than the country’s traditional business centres Mumbai and New Delhi, which have been ranked at 154 and 161, respectively, by the report.

However, Hyderabad fell by five places to 144 in this year’s rankings from 139th rank last year due to decreased power supply and water availability.

Austrian capital Vienna topped the Mercer’s list while Baghdad was at the lowermost place.

32. Karnataka has Rs 10 crore for women entrepreneurs

The Karnataka government has launched a Rs 10-crore fund for women entrepreneurs, through which the Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology can sanction upto Rs 50 lakhs for any woman innovator looking for funds for proof of concept validation, certification, and for other purposes such as to cover costs in manufacturing pilot devices.

The state government announced the new Idea2POC (Idea to Proof of Concept) fund on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Karnataka already has three other Idea2POC funds, one for all technology sectors (Rs 10 crore), one focused on agriculture (Rs 2.5 crore) and another focused on tourism (Rs 2.5 crore).

33. Telangana launches Rs 605-crore ‘KCR Kit’ scheme for pregnant women

Focussing on women welfare and new born, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has come out with an innovative scheme – KCR Kit.

The scheme is designed to address complications during the time of pregnancy and aimed at reducing infant mortality rate and encourage institutional deliveries.

The KCR Kit consists of 16 essential things needed for a new-born and will be useful for up to three months.

The kit comes packed with soaps useful for mother and child, baby oil, baby bed, mosquito net, dresses, sarees, hand bag, towels and napkins, powder, diapers, shampoo and toys for the kid.

The government proposes to earmark Rs 605 crore for the scheme.

34. SBI launches ‘Work from Home’ facility for employees

Country’s largest lender State Bank of India has launched a new facility to enable its employees to work from home.

The Board of the bank has recently approved the ‘Work from Home’ policy to enable its employees to work while at home using mobile devices to address any urgent requirement they may have, that prevents their travelling to work.

The lender will be using mobile computing technologies and shall have continuous control over all the enabled devices centrally to manage and secure the data and applications on the mobile devices, the bank said in a statement.

35. HDFC Bank launches Artificial Intelligence driven chatbot EVA

HDFC Bank has announced the launch of an electronic virtual assistant (EVA), an artificial intelligence-driven chatbot, for customer services.

Eva is India’s first AI-based banking chatbot and can answer millions of customer queries across multiple channels instantly.

HDFC Bank

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: 1994
  • Chairman: Aditya Puri
  • Tagline: We Understand Your World  

36. Canara Bank bags medals at PR Council’s communication conclave

Public sector Canara Bank has won a number of medals in the Collateral Awards Category at the 11th Global Communication Conclave held in Bangaluru by the Public Relations Council of India (PRCI).

The bank won a gold medal for a radio jingle and silver medals for Corporate Film and Brochure (CSR).

It won bronze medals for its in-house magazine (regional language),corporate advertisement – print, table calendar – 2017 and Big Diary 2017.

Canara Bank

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Founded: 1906
  • Chairman: T.N. Manoharan
  • CEO: Rakesh Sharma
  • Tagline: Together We Can

37. BCCI confirms OPPO as Indian cricket team’s new sponsor

Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has confirmed Oppo as its new sponsor. Oppo will replace Star on India’s jersey after the latter’s contract ran out.

BCCI had released tender asking for bids and has now confirmed Oppo as the new sponsor.

The deal will start from April 2017 and Oppo mobiles will be Indian team’s new sponsor for a period of 5 years.

The new deal means the jerseys of India’s senior team, Under-19 team, India-A team and also of the India’s women team will have the Oppo written on them instead of Star from now on.

The new deal was signed for Rs 1079 Crores which is five times more than the previous deal.

38. China’s banking system overtakes eurozone to become the biggest in the world

China’s banking system is now the biggest in the world, new analysis has shown.

The country’s banks have more assets than those of the eurozone for the first time.

Three of the world’s four largest banks by assets are now Chinese.

The total assets of the country’s banking system were $33 trillion at the end of 2016; more than the eurozone’s $31 trillion for the eurozone and more than double the US’ $16 trillion.

China

  • Capital: Beijing
  • Currency: Yuan, Renminbi
  • President: Xi Jinping
  • Prime Minister: Lee Keqiang

39. Economy to grow 7.1% in FY17: Fitch

Global rating agency Fitch said Indian economy will grow by 7.1 per cent in the current fiscal before stepping up to 7.7 per cent in the next two financial years.

The US-based agency, however, termed the 7 per cent GDP growth for the October-December quarter as “surprising”, a tad lower than 7.4 per cent in the previous quarter.

40. HDFC Bank digitises over 1200 dairy co-operatives across India

Private sector lender HDFC Bank has digitised payments at over 1,200 dairy co-operatives in the country.

It benefits 3.2 lakh dairy farmers across 16 states under the aegis of its Milk to Money (M2M) programme.

Launched in 2010, M2M is aimed at bringing dairy farmers into the organized banking system, digitising the entire dairy value chain.

41. NBFC cash loan against gold restricted to Rs. 20,000

The Reserve Bank of India has sharply brought down the threshold above which non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) can disburse loans against gold only by cheque.

The central bank said with immediate effect such loans amounting to Rs. 25,000 and above can be disbursed only by cheque as against the earlier threshold of Rs. 1 lakh and above.

This move is in line with the rules issued under the Income Tax Act.

42. SBI, German Development Bank KfW sign USD 274 million agreement

State Bank of India has signed an agreement with German Development Bank KfW for a USD 274 million (Rs 1,800 crore)-loan facility to finance affordable housing segment in the country.

With its focus on housing loans for economically weaker sections (EWS) and lower income group (LIG) households, the facility is designed to complement the government’s flagship affordable housing programme, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

43. Yes Bank bullish on smart cities, signs up 3 projects

Mid-sized private sector lender Yes Bank is looking at smart cities initiative as a lucrative business opportunity and has signed up three projects to offer payments-related solutions, a senior official said.

“We have tied up with Udaipur, Nashik and Puducherry for introducing various solutions for the smart city initiative,” its digital banking head Ritesh Pai told PTI.

At present, its larger rival ICICI Bank is the only other bank which had announced a project to work in Ahmedabad late last year.

44. Limits on cash withdrawal from savings bank account removed

All restrictions on cash withdrawal from savings bank account have been removed from today as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had announced about it last month.

Last month, the RBI had issued a notification saying that the withdrawal limit of cash from savings bank accounts will be relaxed to Rs. 50,000 from February 20 and there would be no restrictions from March 13.

45. Karnataka Bank signs MoU with Bajaj Allianz

City-based Karnataka Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company for General Insurance business.

With the agreement, the bank would be able to provide vast choice of non-life insurance products to its customers across all its 747 branches.

The corporate agency agreement was inked at the Head Office of Karnataka Bank in Mangalore.

46. ICICI Bank, SBI, Standard Chartered top bank frauds list: RBI

ICICI Bank topped the list of banks that witnessed most number of frauds during April-December period of 2016 with state-owned SBI taking the second spot, RBI data said.

During the first nine months of the current fiscal, as many as 455 fraud cases involving Rs 1 lakh and above were detected in ICICI Bank, closely followed by SBI (429), Standard Chartered (244) and HDFC Bank (237).

However, in value terms, frauds involving Rs 2,236.81 crore were reported in SBI, followed by Punjab National Bank (Rs 2,250.34 crore) and Axis Bank (Rs 1,998.49 crore).

47. Upcoming Rewa solar plant to receive loan from World Bank

The World Bank has agreed to provide loan to develop internal transmission arrangements of the upcoming Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS) project in Madhya Pradesh.

It will provide 25 per cent of the loan amount under its Clean Technology Fund (CTF), where the money will be provided at an interest rate of only 0.25 per cent.

This would be the first solar power project of the country to receive a loan under CTF.

World Bank

Aim: The World Bank (WB) is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs. It comprises two institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the International Development Association (IDA).

  • Headquarters: Washington D.C.  
  • Members: 189
  • President: Jim Yong Kim (South Korean-American)
  • Founded: July 1944
  • Parent Organization: World Bank Group  

48. Central Bank of India gets Official language policy award

Central Bank of India has been awarded first prize in the implementation of Official Language Policy in the western region for the year 2015-2016.

Sudhir Pathak, Chief Manager, Central Bank of India, received the trophy and certificate from Kalyan Singh, Governor of Rajasthan, at the Official Language Conference of Central and Western Regions in Udaipur recently.

Central Bank of India

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: 21 December 1911
  • Chairman: Rajeev Rishi
  • Tagline: Central to You Since 1911

49. D. Bala Venkatesh Varma concurrently accredited as Ambassador of India to Andorra

D. Bala Venkatesh Varma has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of lndia to the Principality of Andorra, with residence in Madrid (Spain).

He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

He is presently working as the Ambassador of lndia to the Kingdom of Spain.

Andorra

  • Capital: Andorra la Vella
  • Currency: Euro
  • Prime Minister: Antoni Martí

50. Donald Tusk re-elected as European Council president

The European Council has re-elected Donald Tusk as its president for a second term of two and a half years, from 1 June 2017 to 30 November 2019.

Donald Tusk was also re-appointed as President of the Euro Summit for the same period.

He is the second full-time President of the European Council, following the creation of the post on 1 December 2009 under the Treaty of Lisbon.

51. Shiv Sena’s Vishwanath Mahadeshwar is new Mumbai mayor

Shiv Sena nominee Vishwanath Pandurang Mahadeshwar was elected the new mayor of Mumbai in an election which had turned predictable after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of the contest.

Mahadeshwar has been elected as the 76th mayor of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, India’s richest civic body.

The Shiv Sena has been ruling the BMC since 1997 though in alliance with BJP.

52. WWC2017: Sachin Tendulkar announced official ambassador by ICC

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has been announced as the official ambassador of Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 by ICC on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

The World Cup kicks off from June 24 at England and Wales with eight cricketing nations going head-to-head for the prestigious trophy.

The 21-day tournament having 28 matches will be played at five different venues with the final at Lord’s.

53. Narendra Kumar takes over as Chairman Central Water Commission

Shri Narendra Kumar, an officer of Central Water Engineering Service (1979 batch) has assumed the charge of Chairman, Central Water Commission (CWC).

He has served in various capacities in CWC as Assistant Director in Design Organisation, Deputy Director in Project Appraisal Directorate and Director in Dam Safety Organisation and Project Monitoring Directorate.

He has also served as Senior Joint Commissioner in Command Area Development wing of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation from 2002 to 2005.

54. India appoints Manjeev Singh Puri as next envoy to Nepal

Manjeev Singh Puri has been appointed the new Indian envoy to Nepal.

Puri, presently the Ambassador of India to Belgium, is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

Puri will succeed Ranjit Rae, whose term came to an end last month.

55. BP Kanungo appointed RBI Deputy Governor

BP Kanungo was appointed Deputy Governor in Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for three years.

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment to the post with effect from on or after April 3.

He has been appointed in place of R Gandhi.

56. OnePlus ropes in Amitabh Bachchan as its new brand ambassador

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has roped in Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan as its new brand ambassador for India.

For OnePlus, the latest flagship OnePlus 3T is rated as the best smartphone based on consumer ratings on Amazon India, said the company.

57. 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.

A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said that the resignation of Parrikar as the defence minister, on advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been accepted with immediate effect.

58. Biren Singh will be new Chief Minister of Manipur

Biren Singh of the BJP is all set to be the new Chief Minister of Manipur.

He has just been appointed as the leader of the legislature party.

He will meet with the Governor shortly and stake a claim to form the government in Manipur.

The BJP is set to form the next government in Manipur.

This is for the first time that the BJP is setting up a government in the North Eastern state of Manipur.

59. Manohar Parrikar to be sworn in Goa Chief Minister today

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manohar Parrikar, who has resigned as Defence Minister, will be sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa at Raj Bhavan on March 15.

Mr. Parrikar, along with members of his Cabinet, will be sworn in by Governor Mridula Sinha.

60. HSBC appoints Mark Tucker as new chairman

HSBC has appointed Mark Tucker, the chief executive of Asian insurer AIA, as group chairman.

Mr Tucker will take over on 1 October, succeeding Douglas Flint who has been in the role since 2010.

The appointment breaks an HSBC tradition of appointing insiders to the chairmanship.

61. KPMG appoints Bill Thomas as Global Chairman

William B Thomas has been elected Chairman of KPMG International.

He will lead the KPMG global network of professional services firms for a four-year term, effective October 1, 2017.

He will succeed John B Veihmeyer, who is completing his term as Chairman and retiring from the firm at the end of September 2017.

62. Mallikarjun Kharge set to be PAC chairman

The Congress leadership has nominated party floor leader in LoK Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge for the post of Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament.

He will succeed his party colleague K V Thomas who is completing three terms in the post.

Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) leadership wrote to the Lok Sabha Speaker, conveying Kharge’s name for the PAC chairmanship, a post that traditionally goes to the main Opposition party.

A senior leader from Karnataka belonging to the Dalit community, Kharge is a former Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka and was union minister for railways and labour.

63. Hyderabad, Delhi airports ranked high in service quality

Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd and Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, both managed by GMR-led consortium, have secured top rankings in airport service quality by the Airports Council International.

While Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has become world’s number 2 airport in the over 40 million passengers per annum (mppa) category, Hyderabad airport was ranked number 1 in the 5-15 mppa category in the Airports Council International 2016 rankings.

DIAL’s score increased from 4.96 in 2015 to 4.99 in 2016 that helped IGIA scale over several other airports and attained the second position globally, after Incheon, South Korea.

64. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wins best actress award at IFFAA

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who played the character of Sarabjit Singh’s sister Dalbir Kaur in the film Sarabjit, has won the Best Actress award at the International Film Festival and Awards of Australia (IFFAA).

Sarbjit The Film, directed by Omung Kumar, was the biopic on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian farmer who was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan and was sentenced to death.

He was attacked by inmates at a prison in Lahore in April 2013 and died a few days later.

The film showcased his journey inside the jail, and his sister’s unending fight to free him.

65. Viola Davis named Harvard Foundation ‘Artist of the Year’

Actress, award-winner and New England native Viola Davis has been named the 2017 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year.

The “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Fences” star was honored at the foundation’s annual award ceremony during Harvard’s Cultural Rhythms Festival.

Other recipients of this award include Denzel Washington, Lucy Liu, Matt Damon, Jackie Chan, Will Smith, Halle Barry, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J and Quincy Jones.

66. Konkani author Mahabaleshwar Sail gets Saraswati Samman

Eminent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail has been honoured with the 26th Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel ‘Hawthan’.

The selection for the award, is made by a jury presided by former chief justice A S Anand.

The award carries a cash prize of 15 lakh and a citation.

Goa-based Sail is a renowned bi-lingual writer who has four Marathi dramas and seven Konkani novels to his credit.

67. IIT-M solar inverter system wins award

Indian Institute of Technology-Madras has won the 2017 IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award for its solar-direct current (DC) inverter system.

The system, developed using micro grid technology, 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.

68. Bhagwat conferred honorary degree of Doctor of Science

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was conferred honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) by the city-based Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University.

Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao awarded the degree to Bhagwat, a veterinary doctor by training, at the convocation of the varsity.

He was conferred the degree for his contribution in the field of veterinary sciencesand social work.

69. Zee Cine Awards 2017 winners

Best Film: Pink

Best Actor Female: Alia Bhatt – Udta Punjab

Best Actor Male: Amitabh Bachchan – Pink

Best Debutante Female: Ritika Singh – Saala Khadoos

Best Debutante Male: Jim Sarbh – Neerja

Best Director: Ram Madhvani – Neerja

Best Supporting Actor Female: Shabana Azmi – Neerja

Best Supporting Male: Rishi Kapoor – Kapoor and Sons

Best Actor in a Negative Role: Jim Sarbh – Neerja

Best Actor in a Comic Role: Rishi Kapoor – Kapoor and Sons

Viewer’s Choice Best Film: Dangal

Viewer’s Choice Best Actor: Salman Khan (Sultan)

Viewer’s Choice Best Actor Female: Anushka Sharma (Sultan)

70. Thai model wins transgender beauty pageant

Thailand’s own Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin was declared winner at the Miss International Queen event in Pattya City.

The contest was originally scheduled for November but was postponed following the death of Thailand’s king.

Miss International Queen began in 2004 and has been held annually in Pattya City since then.

71. Santosh Trophy started in Goa

Goa will face Meghalaya in the opener of a Group A league match of the 71st Santosh Trophy at the SAG Athletics Stadium in Goa.

Santosh Trophy is a major Football tournament in India.

The Santosh Trophy has returned to Goa after 21 years

72. All England Badminton Championship

Here is the list of the winners of All England Badminton Championship 2017:

Men’s Single: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei

Women’s Single: China’s Tai Tzu-ying

Men’s Double: Indonesia’s Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo

Women’s Double: South Korea’s Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee

Mixed Double: China’s Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong

73. Commonwealth Games: Durban, South Africa will not host Games in 2022

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will no longer be held in Durban, South Africa.

David Grevemberg, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said the city did not meet the criteria set by his organisation, and the search for a new host city had already begun.

Durban was awarded the Games in September 2015 and was due to be the first African city to host the event, which was first held in 1930.

74. SSP Chawrasia defends Indian Open title

SSP Chawrasia clinched his fourth European Tour title when he won the Indian Open for the second successive year with a seven-shot victory over Malaysia’s Gavin Green.

Chawrasia has become the first Indian to defend a European Tour title.

75. Former Haiti President Rene Preval dead at age 74

Rene Preval, a two-time president of Haiti, died at the age of 74.

Preval was President of the Caribbean nation from 1996 to 2001 and from 2006 to 2011.

He was the nation’s leader when a major earthquake killed more than 200,000 people in 2010.

Haiti

  • Capital: Port-au-Prince
  • Currency: Gourde
  • President: Jovenel Moise

76. Ex-CJP Sajjad Ali Shah passes away

Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Sajjad Ali Shah passed away at the age of 84 in Karachi.

Sajjad Ali Shah remained Chief Justice of Pakistan from June 4, 1994 to December 2, 1997.

Justice (Retd) Sajjad was appointed the CJP by former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

He was the 13th Chief Justice of Pakistan.

77. Veteran journalist Arvind Padmanabhan passes away

Veteran journalist Arvind Padmanabhan, Executive Editor at IANS, died of cardiac arrest.

Padmanabhan, who would have turned 50 next month, breathed his last at the Holy Family Hospital.

78. Chemistry Nobel winner George Olah dies at 89

George A. Olah, whose work won a Nobel Prize in chemistry and paved the way for more effective oil refining and ways of producing less polluting forms of gasoline, has died at age 89.

Olah’s research brought him the 1994 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his groundbreaking study of the unstable carbon molecules known as carbocations.

Weekly Current Affairs March 4th Week

1. World Tuberculosis day: 24 March

World Tuberculosis Day is observed on March 24 each year.

It is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease.

The theme of this year’s World TB Day is “Unite to End TB”.

2. World Meteorological Day: 23 March 2017

World Meteorological Day is held annually on 23 March.

‘Understanding Clouds’ is the theme of World Meteorological Day 2017 to highlight the enormous importance of clouds for weather climate and water.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations.

It is the UN system’s authoritative voice on the state and behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere.

World Meteorological Organization

  • Headquarters: Geneva
  • Founded: 1950
  • Members: 191
  • Secretary-General: Petteri Taalas

3. India ranks 87th on energy architecture performance: WEF

India has marginally improved its position to 87th place on a global energy architecture performance index, but ranks among the worst for pollution, a survey showed today.

Switzerland topped the annual list released by Geneva- based World Economic Forum (WEF) and was followed by Norway, Sweden, Denmark and France in the top five.

India’s rank improved three places from 90th last year.

Bahrain is ranked the lowest at 127th.

4. SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya among Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders of the world

SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya and Indian-origin physician Raj Panjabi have been named by Fortune magazine among the world’s 50 greatest leaders who are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same.

Bhattacharya, Chairman of India’s largest bank and the first-ever woman to do so, has been ranked 26th on the list while Panjabi, founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, follows closely on the 28th spot.

The list has been topped by President of Baseball Operations at Chicago Cubs Theo Epstein, followed by Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma on the second spot, Pope Francis (3), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Cochair Melinda Gates (4) and Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (5).

5. Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

The Taliban have captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle, officials say.

A spokesman for Helmand’s governor confirmed the district police and governor’s headquarters were now in militant hands.

Hundreds of members of the Afghan security forces died there in recent fighting.

6. ‘Earth Hour’ 2017: 25 March

2017 Earth Hour was observed worldwide on 25 March 2017.

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007.

7. Conference on ‘Make in India’ held in Houston

A first-ever conference was held bringing together various constituencies that have an interest in India and discussing the latest developments and the best practices of doing business in India.

The two-day Houston India Conference was hosted by Asia Society Texas Center .

The theme of the Conference is ‘Make in India -The Inside Story’.

The central focus of the conference is to provide a collaboration platform and share today’s India story with the audience in Texas who are interested in investing in India.

8. World Theatre Day: 27 March

World Theatre Day (WTD) is celebrated on March 27. It was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute.

  • Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion.

9. India Overtakes Japan to Become Third Largest In Domestic Air Traffic

India has become the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic, beating Japan, an industry report has said.

  • India’s domestic air passenger traffic stood at 100 million in 2016 and was behind only the US (719 million) and China (436 million), Sydney-based aviation think-tank Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said in its latest report.

10. 9th World Environmental Education Congress to be held in Vancouver

9th World Environmental Education Congress will take place from September 9-15, 2017 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) is an international congress addressing education for environment and sustainability.

WEEC 2017 is the 9th congress and will feature the theme of Culture/Environment: Weaving New Connections.

Points to Remember

  • Theme of 9th WEEC congress is “Culture/Environment: Weaving New Connections”.
  • Ottawa is the Capital of Canada.
  • Justin Trudeau is the Prime Minister of Canada.
  • Dollar is the Currency of Canada.

11. India becomes associate member of International Energy Agency

India has joined the International Energy Agency as an associate member, a development that the IEA said makes the prestigious Paris-based body more relevant and reflects the country’s move to the centre stage of the global energy dialogue.

Power, coal, renewable energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan and IEA executive director Fatih Birol announced India’s entry into the elite group.

With India as a member, International Energy Agency now formally covers 70% of the world’s energy consumption.

Points to Remember

  • The International Energy Agency (IEA) is a Paris headquartered autonomous intergovernmental organization established in the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1974 in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis.
  • IEA has 29 members.
  • Fatih Birol is the executive director of IEA.

12. NATO formally invites Montenegro as 29th member

NATO invited the Balkan nation of Montenegro to become its 29th member, agreeing to expand for only the seventh time in its history despite Russia’s angry objections.

The decision is still subject to formal approval by the U.S. Senate, the alliance’s 27 other national parliaments and Montenegro’s parliament.

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic attended the signing of an accession protocol at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Points to Remember

  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949.
  • It is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
  • It has 28 members.
  • Jens Stoltenberg is the Secretary General of NATO.

13. Govt approves 1.17 lakh more affordable houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

The government has approved construction of 117,814 more affordable houses for urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) in six states with a total investment of Rs 5,773 crore and with central assistance of Rs 1,816 crore.

With this, the total number of affordable homes sanctioned under PMAY(Urban) so far has gone up to 1,760,507, with a total investment of Rs 96,018 crore and a central assistance of Rs 27,714 crore.

14. 3rd International Conference on Alternate Fuels and Raw Materials in Cement Industry

The “3rd International Conference on Alternate Fuels and Raw Materials in Cement Industry -Towards Realising Swachh Bharat Dream”, was inaugurated in New Delhi.

Ms. Ravneet Kaur, Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion lauded the efforts and initiatives of the Cement Industry in enhancing the AFR usage to increase the Thermal Substitution Rate (TSR) which is very low at 1% as against the average 60% world-over.

She mentioned that with Indian Cement Industry currently producing 7% of the Global Cement requirement.

15. AP tops in Aadhaar seeding of Jan Dhan a/cs

Post demonetisation of specified bank notes on November 8, 2016, more accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) have been seeded with Aadhaar numbers.

Of the 25.51 crore PMJDY accounts on November 9, around 53.65 per cent were seeded with Aadhaar numbers. Four months hence, the number of PMJDY accounts has gone up to 28.01 crore, and the share of Aadhaar-seeded accounts has risen to 63.61 per cent.

As on March 15, Andhra Pradesh had linked 87.73 per cent of its Jan-Dhan accounts with Aadhaar numbers. This was followed by Tripura at 87.08 per cent and Telangana 83.56 per cent.

16. Bengaluru gets India’s first vertical garden

Bengaluru got its first vertical garden, which it hopes will help in curbing pollution and in beautifying the city.

SayTrees, an NGO, installed the first vertical garden in the city on one of the pillars of the Hosur Road flyover

The garden boasts of around 3500 saplings of more than 10 species

17. Petroleum Minister launches MoPNG e Seva

Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched MoP&NG e-Seva, a dedicated grievances redressal platform on Social Media for all queries and grievances relating to Oil and Gas Sector.

The MOPNG e-Seva is an integrated grievances redressal platform across social media   for all Oil & Gas related service issues.

This portal will be a single point interface for all customers to reach out to the government for addressing their feedback or grievances related to Oil & Gas Sector on social media.

MOPNG e-Seva will also deliver 24 x 7 support for consumers.

The e-Seva portal will serve as a single point for queries on Twitter and Facebook to begin with; and other social media platforms in due course. A team of Nodal Officers from Oil Companies and Allied Services have been formed to address issues on real-time basis.

18. 33rd India Carpet Expo to be inaugurated by Union Textiles Minister

The Carpet Export Promotion Council is organizing the 33rd India Carpet Expo, a sourcing platform for handmade carpets and other floor coverings, from 27-30 March, 2017 in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The Expo, one of Asia’s largest handmade carpet fairs, will be inaugurated by the Union Textiles Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, on March 27, 2017.

Minister of State for Textiles, Shri Ajay Tamta; Textiles Secretary, Smt. Rashmi Verma, other officials and representatives from trade and media would also be present.

19. Pawan Hans to start ‘Dilli Darshan’ chopper rides at Rs 2,500

National chopper operator Pawan Hans is set to launch its “Delhi Darshan” rides from next month with a 10-minute sortie costing Rs 2,499 per person.

Besides, the state-owned aviation firm will also offer a 20-minute helicopter ride for Rs 4,999.

The company’s Chairman and Managing Director, B P Sharma, had at the inauguration of its first heliport in north Delhi’s Rohini area announced the roll out of these services from April 1.

20. CBEC to be as Renamed CBIC

The apex policy making a body for indirect taxes, CBEC is being rechristened as the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) in the run up to the Goods and Services Tax regime to be rolled out from July 1.

The CBIC will have 21 zones, 101 GST Tax payer Services Commissionerates comprising 15 sub-Commissionerates, 768 Divisions, 3,969 Ranges, 49 Audit Commissionerates and 50 Appeals Commissionerates.

21. Osmania University to host 105th Indian Science Congress

Osmania University will host the 105th edition of the Indian Science Congress during January 3-7, 2018.

Achyuta Samanta, General President of the Indian Science Congress Association, (ISCA) and founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar, said the conference will be on the theme ‘Science and Technology – Reaching the Unreached’.

Five universities, including KIIT, had vied to host the event.

22. President of India inaugurates ‘World Conference on Environment’

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the ‘World Conference on Environment’ organized by the National Green Tribunal in New Delhi on March 25, 2017.

The President said recent studies and systematic reviews indicate that environmental factors are responsible for an estimated 24% of the global burden of disease in terms of healthy life years lost and 23 % of all deaths.

Children are the worst sufferers of the adverse impact of environmental diseases and die due to diarrhoea, malaria and respiratory diseases – all of which are environment related.

19% of the deaths caused by Cancer worldwide are attributed to carcinogens that unmindful industrialization produces.

23. Thaawarchand Gehlot inaugurates ‘National Conference on Down Syndrome’

Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment inaugurated a “National Conference on Down Syndrome” in New Delhi.

Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition associated with intellectual and learning disabilities.

Delayed development and behavioural problems are often reported in children with Down syndrome.

Persons with Down Syndrome have 47 chromosomes as compared to 46 in majority of people. This one Extra chromosome causes its own impact and slows down learning process.

24. Human Trafficking Cases Maximum in West Bengal

West Bengal topped the list of states with the maximum number of human trafficking cases in 2016 followed by Rajasthan as the two accounted for around 61 per cent of such cases in the country.

  • Of the 8,132 such cases registered across the country last year, 3,576 were from West Bengal and 1,422 from Rajasthan, government officials said.
  • Rajasthan was followed by Gujarat where 548 such cases were reported last year. Maharashtra reported 517 cases.
  • Among the Union Territories, Delhi recorded the maximum number of human trafficking cases in 2016. Of the 75 cases registered among the UTs, 66 were registered in Delhi.

25. Third meeting of G-20 framework working group to be held at Varanasi

The 3rd G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) Meeting under the G-20 German Presidency is being co-hosted by Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in Varanasi on 28th and 29th of March, 2017.

  • The first two G 20 FWG meetings under the G-20 German Presidency have already been held at Berlin in Dec 16 and at Riyadh in Feb 17.
  • The G-20 is the group of 19 countries and European Union (EU) deliberating on global economic issues and other important development challenges.

26. After Almost 30 Years in Service, TU142M to Retire

The Indian Navy is preparing for de-induction of TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft after its 29 years of dedicated service to the nation.

  • The aircraft would be formally de-inducted by Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff at a special ceremony scheduled to be held at INS Rajali, India’s premiere Naval Air Station in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu on 29 March 17.
  • To commemorate the stellar service of the TU142M, a TU Static Display Aircraft would also be inaugurated by the Chief of Naval Staff at INS Rajali.
  • The Indian Navy and the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh have decided to convert the aircraft into a museum at a cost of US$ 0.75 million.

27. International Diamond Conference held in Mumbai

The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC) organised International Diamond Conference at Hotel Hyatt Mumbai.

  • The theme of this session was “Mines to Market 2017”.
  • The conference was held with an objective of bringing together the leading Miners, Diamantaires, Retailers, Bankers and Analysts from across the globe on a platform to discuss the supply and demand issues faced by the Global Diamond Industry.

28. Dr. Mahesh sharma inaugurates ‘national tribal and north east art conclave’

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism inaugurated the “National Tribal and North East Conclave-2017” organized by Lalit Kala Akademi under Ministry of Culture in New Delhi.

The conclave platform features more than a dozen forms of tribal art.

Most of these artists from 100 and more artist contingents, have showcased their art forms at Festivals of India held abroad and distinguished platforms elsewhere.

Points to Remember

  • Dr. Mahesh Sharma is the Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism.
  • National Tribal and North East Conclave-2017” is being organized by Lalit Kala Akademi.

29. India and Bavaria to Set up Joint Group to Identify Areas of Co-Operation in Water Sector

Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti has suggested formation of a joint group to identify areas of co-operation in water sector.

This was stated that by the Minister, when Minister of Environment and Consumer Protection of the Free State of Bavaria, Federal Republic of Germany, Ms. Ulrike Scharf called on her in New Delhi.

Bharti said that Bavaria has a rich experience of successfully cleaning the river Danube in Germany and India may benefit from their experience.

Points to Remember

  • Uma Bharti is the Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  • Bavaria is a German Province.
  • Danube River originates in Germany.
  • Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade, reside on the Danube River.

30. India becomes Net Exporter of Electricity for the first Time

As per Central Electricity Authority, the Designated Authority of Government of India for Cross Border Trade of Electricity, 1st time India has turned around from a net importer of electricity to Net Exporter of electricity.

During the current year 2016-17 (April to February 2017), India has exported around 5,798 Million Units to Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar which is 213 Million units more than the import of around 5,585 Million units from Bhutan.

Export to Nepal and Bangladesh increased 2.5 and 2.8 times respectively in last three years.

Ever since the cross border trade of electricity started in mid-Eighties, India has been importing power from Bhutan and marginally exporting to Nepal in radial mode at 33 kV and 132 kV from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

On an average Bhutan has been supplying around 5,000- 5500 Million units to India.

31. Arun Jaitley clears major military reforms proposal

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, who got the additional charge of the defence ministry a week ago, has given the green light to widespread military reforms.

The reforms are based on a report by the Lt General (retired) DB Shekatkar committee, which made recommendations on enhancing the combat potential of India’s three armed forces.

The committee set up by then defence minister Manohar Parrikar in 2015 submitted its report on December 21 last year.

Points to Remember

  • Arun Jaitely was given additional of Defence Ministry as Manohar Parrikar resigned from the post to swear in as Goa Chief Minister.
  • DB Shekatkar Committee was appointed by the government to enhance the combat potential of the armed forces and re-balancing defence expenditure.

32. Smart India Hackathon 2017 Grand Finale to be held in Nagpur

The Ministry of Road transport and Highways will host the Grand Finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2017 at Nagpur on 1st and 2nd April, 2017.

Nagpur is one among 26 cities where the event will be held simultaneously, with the support and coordination of 29 Government departments.

The Smart India Hackathon 2017 was launched on Nov 9, 2016 in New Delhi by the Ministry of Human Resources Development.

It aims to  harnesses the creativity and  expertise of students, build funnel for ‘Startup India, Standup India’ campaigns, crowd source solutions for improving governance and quality of life and provide opportunity to citizens to contribute innovative solutions for nation building.

Points to Remember

  • Smart India Hackathon was was launched on Nov 9, 2016 in New Delhi by the Ministry of HRD.
  • It is being organised with the support of 29 Government departments.
  • It is to be held in 26 cities.

33. SC bans sale, registration of BS-III vehicles from April 1

Vehicles that are not BS-IV compliant, whether two-wheeler, three-wheeler, four-wheeler or commercial vehicles will not be sold in India by any manufacturer or dealer on and from April 1,” a Bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta ordered.

The health of the citizen is more important than the commercial interests of the automobile industry, the apex court observed while banning sale and registration of BS-III vehicles from April 1.

The Court further prohibited all the vehicle registering authorities from registering BS-III vehicles on and from April 1 under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

Points to Remember

  • Bharat stage emission standards’ are emission standards instituted by the Government of India to regulate the output of air pollutants from internal combustion engine equipment, including motor vehicles.
  • All new vehicles manufactured after the implementation of the norms have to be compliant with the regulations.
  • BS IV will be implemented from April 1, 2017.

34. President of India to Inaugurated ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ Festival

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee is on a visit to Assam on March 31, 2017 where he inaugurated the ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ festival in Guwahati.

The five day long ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ festival is being organized by the Government of Assam with aim to strengthen the bonds among various communities of Assam.

35. Gujarat first in construction of houses for urban poor

Gujarat is far ahead of other States in construction of affordable houses for urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on June 25, 2015.

In Gujarat, 25,873 houses have so far been built for the benefit of urban poor accounting for 32% of the total 82,048 such houses built under PMAY(Urban) in 30 States and Union Territories.

Gujarat is followed by Rajasthan with 10,805 houses constructed so far (13.17% of total), Karnataka-10,447, Tamil Nadu- 6,940 and Maharashtra-5,506 (6.70%).

36. Centre to build 1 crore houses under PMAY-G by 2019

The Government has said that it has approved the construction of 1 crore houses with the financial implication of Rs. 81,975 crore for the period 2016-17 to 2018-19 under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna-Gramin.

The Minister of State for Rural Development Shri Ram Kripal Yadav said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha that as per provisional figures of Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011, approximately 4 crore rural households face housing deprivation.

After accounting for the houses that were constructed under Indira Aawas Yojana, IAY and State sponsored housing schemes since 2011, it has been estimated that 2.95 crore more houses, with an anticipated variation of ± 10%, would need to be constructed to achieve the objective of ‘Housing For All’ by the year 2022.

Points to Remember

  • Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojana (PMGAY), previously Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), is a social welfare flagship programme, created by the Indian Government, to provide housing for the rural poor in India.
  • A similar scheme for urban poor was launched in 2015 as Housing for All by 2022.

37. As a small finance bank, Disha to offer gold, MSME loans to rural borrowers

Micro-finance platform Disha plans the formal launch of its small finance bank (SFB) in the next quarter, followed by 30-40 branches in the next three months.

The SFB, under parent Fincare Business Services, also looks to offer products such as gold loans and micro-enterprise loans to rural customers.

38. 4 PSBs detect 315 cases of fake certificates for appointment

Four public sector banks (PSBs), including IOB and BoB, have detected 315 cases wherein candidates submitted fake certificate at the time of appointment.

PSBs have managerial autonomy in recruitment of officers, clerical and sub-staff.

Oriental Bank of Commerce, Indian Overseas Bank, Bank of Baroda and Andhra Bank reported four, 253, 30 and 28 cases, respectively, involving fake certificates.

The candidates submitted fake caste, qualification and service certificates.

In the case of IOB, 89 officials were found to be involved.

39. Assam govt showers subsidized loans on its employes

Assam government has signed two MoUs with SBI to provide housing loan at hugely subsidised interest rates of 5% for its women employees and 5.5 % for men, and education loan for higher education for their children at 4% interest rate.

Both types of loans will be free of any collateral security and processing fee.

State finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the children of government employees can avail educational loan for higher studies through the education loan portal www.vidyalakshmi.com launched by the centre on August 15, 2015 by the finance ministry under Pradhan Mantri Vidya Lakshmi Karyakram (PMVLK).

The housing loan for the employees will come under the state government’s scheme “Apun Ghar.”

The maximum limit of the housing loan is Rs 15 lakh.

40. World Bank signs US$ 100 million credit agreement with Centre, Uttarakhand

The World Bank has signed a 100 million US dollar credit agreement with the Centre and Uttarakhand in New Delhi to improve quality of health care services in all 13 districts of the state.

World Bank said in a statement that most public health facilities in the middle and upper mountainous areas of Uttarakhand are unable to function optimally.

The project also aims to reduce the financial risk for its citizens and make affordable, quality health care available to all, the statement said.

41. Vijaya Bank inks MoU with Piaggio Vehicles

Vijaya Bank entered into an MoU with Piaggio Vehicles for providing financial support for the purchase of vehicles under Small Road Transport Operators (SRTO) scheme in Bengaluru.

  • Vijaya Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Dr Kishore Sansi flagged off the first batch of vehicles under the MoU in the presence of Executive Directors B S Rama Rao, Y Nageswara Rao, and Piaggio Vehicles Vice-President Praveen Nagpal.

42. KVB bags ‘best small bank’ award

Karur Vysya Bank has been adjudged the ‘Best Small Bank for 2016’ (balance sheet size of less than Rs.1-lakh crore).

  • K Venkataraman, Managing Director, KVB, received the award from Sudhir Munguntivar, Minister of Finance and Planning, Government of Maharashtra, at a function in Mumbai.
  • This is the eighth award won by KVB in the current fiscal.

43. Syndicate Bank opens 40 ‘Ananya’ branches

Syndicate Bank has digitally inaugurated 40 ‘Ananya’ transformed branches.

  • The bank also launched its first micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) hub in Bengaluru.
  • The hub is expected to cater to more than 150 branches across the Bengaluru region, and aims to reduce the turnaround time of the loan-sanctioning process.
  • The bank embarked upon project Ananya in February 2016, and is operating under four pillars of transformation — business process re-engineering, digital channels, sales and customer relationship management, and HR transformation.

44. Odisha to bring banking to remote rural areas through Self Help Groups

Odisha became the first state in the country to carry financial inclusion and extend banking services to unbanked areas through Self Help Groups (SHGs).

The state government signed an agreement with State Bank of India in this regard.

In the first phase SHGs would be engaged as Banking Correspondents in around 1,000 remote Gram Panchayats having no banking facilities.

Points to Remember

  • State Bank of India will help in this Mission.
  • Bhubaneswar is the capital city of Odisha.
  • Naveen Patnaik is the Chief Minister of Odisha.
  • S.C. Jamir is the Governor of Odisha.

45. ICICI Bank partners Truecaller for UPI-based payment

ICICI Bank has announced a partnership with mobile app firm Truecaller for a new UPI-based mobile payment service.

Called Truecaller Pay, it will allow users of the app to instantly create a UPI id, send money to any UPI id or a mobile number registered with the BHIM app, ICICI Bank said in a statement.

It will also enable users to recharge their mobile number from within the Truecaller app itself, it said.

Points to Remember

  • ICICI Bank was founded in 1994. Its headquarters is in Mumbai.
  • M. K. Sharma is its Chairman and Chanda Kochhar is MD & CEO.
  • Truecaller is a software which finds contact details globally given name or telephone number.
  • BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) is a Mobile App developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), based on the Unified Payment Interface (UPI).
  • BHIM app was launched by Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, at a Digi Dhan mela at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on 30 December 2016.
  • BHIM app has been named after Bhim Rao Ambedkar and is intended to facilitate e-payments directly through banks.

46. IRDAI slaps penalty on ICICI Pru Life

The insurance regulator has imposed a penalty of Rs 20 lakh on ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company on various charges, including free look cancellations not being in line with regulations; maturity claims not being settled within prescribed time period, resulting in huge number of claims outstanding; and delay in processing surrenders/partial withdrawals.

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India has also charged the private sector life insurer for considerable number of annuities being outstanding for want of verification certificate.

Points to Remember

  • Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) is an autonomous, statutory agency tasked with regulating and promoting the insurance and reinsurance industries in India.
  • It was founded in 1999 under the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999.
  • Its headquarters is in Hyderabad and TS Vijayan is the Chairman.

47. CCI imposes Rs 591 crore penalty on Coal India

Fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 591.01 crore upon Coal India Limited (CIL).

CIL and its subsidiaries violated the Competition Act by imposing unfair and discriminatory conditions in Fuel Supply Agreements (FSAs) with power producers for supply of non-coking coal.

Points to Remember

  • Competition Commission of India was founded on 14 October 2003.
  • Devender Kumar Sikri is the present Chairperson of CCI.

48. SBI to offer ‘zero annual fee’ credit cards to accounts with Rs 20,000

State Bank of India has said that it will offer credit cards to every account holder who has a balance of Rs 20,000-25,000, without going into credit history.

This is the first major joint collaboration between Arundhati Bhattacharya-led SBI and SBI Card after the bank hiked its stake in the joint venture to 74% by buying out part of its partner GE Capital’s stake for Rs 1,168 crore.

GE Capital will sell its remaining stake to a private equity investor in coming days.

49. Tendulkar exited from Musafir.com

Sachin Tendulkar has exited travel portal Musafir.com as an investor after a period of five years.

Post his retirement in 2013, the master blaster had opted for a sweat equity of 7.5 per cent in exchange for appearing in the firm’s ads.

He was being paid Rs1 crore every year for the past five years and was assured a minimum of Rs 20 crore at the time of exit.

50. SBI launched ‘SBI Card Unnati’

SBI Card launched a unique credit card ‘SBI Card Unnati’ targeted at all SBI customers, including Jan Dhan account-holders across the country.

Tailored for new users of credit cards — those who do not have a credit history — ‘Unnati’ would have no annual fees for the initial four years and will be offered through the 20,000-plus SBI branches.

Any SBI customer with a balance of at least Rs 25,000 in his/her savings account with the bank would be eligible for the Unnati credit card.

Points to Remember

  • State bank of India was founded in 1955.
  • Earlier it was known as Imperial Bank of India and Bank of Calcutta.
  • Arundhati Bhattacharya is the Chairperson of SBI.

51. Axis Bank ties up with Wells Fargo for Inward remittances

Axis Bank has tied up with Wells Fargo, the third largest American bank by assets, to offer real time remittances from the Indian diaspora to their relatives back home.

Under the arrangement between the two banks, any member of the Indian diaspora with an account with the Wells Fargo will be able to transfer money to their relatives back home and there will be no transaction fee applicable to the money transfers from USA.

But the relative or the beneficiary in India will need to have an account with Axis Bank.

Points to Remember

  • Axis Bank Ltd is the third largest private-sector bank in India.
  • Axis Bank was founded in 1993 as UTI bank.
  • Axis Bank headquarters is in Mumbai. Shikha Sharma is its MD & CEO while Sanjiv Misra is the Chairman.
  • Wells Fargo & Company is an American international banking and financial services holding company headquartered in San Francisco, California.
  • Wells Fargo was founded in 1852. It is the third largest American bank by assets.

52. Kotak Mahindra Bank launches scheme to double customers to 16 million

Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched a new zero balance digital banking account free of cost which is linked to Aadhaar system.

Kotak expects to double its number of customers through this new account, called 811 signifying the date prime minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation of high value currency notes.

The 811 account can be opened through the mobile phone using the Aadhaar one time password authentication and a income tax pan number, the bank said. It will offer 6% interest per annum.

Points to Remember

  • Kotak Mahindra Bank is an Indian private sector bank headquartered in Mumbai.
  • In February 2003, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) gave the licence to Kotak Mahindra bank.
  • 811-Account is launched by Kotak Mahindra Bank.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank has recently acquired ING Vysya Bank.

53. RBI approved appointment of T S Anantharaman as part-time chairman of CSB

The Reserve Bank of India has accorded its approval for the appointment of T S Anantharaman as part-time Chairman of the Catholic Syrian bank.

Anantharaman has been holding the position of Non-Executive Director of the bank since August 28, 2009.

54. BSF gets first woman combat officer after 51 years

Tanushree Pareek has become the first woman combat officer to be commissioned in the 51-year history of the BSF, the country’s largest border guarding force.

She will now be posted to command a unit along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab.

A resident of Rajasthan’s Bikaner, she is the first woman to join the force in the officer rank after she was selected in the all-India exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in 2014.

55. Sima Kamil becomes first woman to head a major Pakistani bank

Sima Kamil was named the first woman to head a major commercial bank in Pakistan.

Sima, currently a deputy CEO at the country’s third-largest lender United Bank Limited (UBL), will take charge on 1 June.

UBL, headquartered in the financial hub Karachi, employs 15,000 people and has branches in 15 other countries, including the US, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

56. Anil Ambani inducted into the Atlantic Council

Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani has been inducted into the international advisory board of global think-tank The Atlantic Council.

Other global business leaders include Thomas Enders,CEO, Airbus Group, Rupert Murdoch,CEO, 21 Century Fox, Stephen A. Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone Group, and Marillyn A. Hewson, Chairman, Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The Atlantic Council is a foreign policy think tank head quartered in Washington, DC.

It aims to shape policy choices and strategies and provide a forum for navigating the economic and political changes.

Points to Remember

  • Atlantic Council was founded in 1961.
  • Its Headquarters in Washington DC.
  • Jon Huntsman is the current Chairperson while Frederick Kempe is the President and CEO.

57. U.N. picks former U.S. state governor to run World Food Programme

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has appointed former South Carolina Governor David Beasley to run the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP).

Beasley will replace another American, Ertharin Cousin, who has been the WFP executive director since 2012.

America was the top contributor to WFP in 2016 with $2 billion, a third of the agency’s budget.

Points to Remember

  • World Food Programme (WFP) is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations and the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security.
  • WFP was founded in 1961.
  • Headquarters of WFP is in Rome, Italy.
  • Antonio Guterres is the 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • He is from portugal and has also served as the 114th Prime Minister of Portugal.

58. Nomura names Prabhat Awasthi as new India Head

Global investment bank Nomura has appointed Prabhat Awasthi as its new India head.

Awasthi, who is currently Head of Equities, India, will replace Vikas Sharma as the country head from April 1.

Vikas Sharma has been elevated to Head of Asia Ex-Japan from April 1.

59. Sunaina Singh Appointed Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University

President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Sunaina Singh, currently head of the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) in Hyderabad, as the new vice chancellor of Nalanda University.

As per rules, the president has to choose the vice-chancellor from a group of at least three names forwarded by the university’s governing board.

Earlier on January 27, President Mukherjee appointed computer scientist and former IIT Delhi board chairman, Vijay P Bhatkar as the university’s chancellor.

Points to Remember

  • Nalanda University (also known as Nalanda International University) is located in Rajgir, near Nalanda, Bihar.
  • Vijay P Bhatkar is the Chancellor of Nalanda University.

60. Vanaja N Sarna appointed Central Board of Excise and Customs chief

Senior bureaucrat Vanaja N Sarna was appointed as chairperson of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).

Sarna, a 1980 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), is at present member in the CBEC, an apex policy making body for indirect taxes.

She will take over charge from incumbent Najib Shah.

Points to Remember

  • CBEC will be rechristened as Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) after necessary legislative approval in the GST regime.
  • The CBEC – which works under Finance Ministry – comprises of a chairperson and a maximum of six members.

61. Ravish Kumar wins the inaugural Kuldip Nayar Journalism Award

The first Kuldip Nayar Journalism Award was given to NDTV’s Ravish Kumar.

The award ceremony was held in New Delhi’s India International Centre on 19 March 2017.

Kuldip Nayar and the Gandhi Peace Foundation have jointly instituted the award.

The award carries a cash component of Rs 1 lakh.

62. Venkaiah Naidu confers lifetime achievement award on photographer Raghu Rai

Photojournalist Raghu Rai was conferred with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry for “his remarkable contribution to the field.”

Rai was honoured with the award by I&B minister M. Venkaiah Naidu at 6th National Photography Awards organised by the photo division of the ministry in the capital.

The ministry felicitated a total 13 photographers. Among the winners were K.K. Mustafah, Atul Choubey, Dipayan Bhar and Ravinder Kumar.

63. HDFC Bank’s Aditya Puri Among 3 Indians On World’s 30 Best CEOs List

American financial magazine Barron’s has listed the name of HDFC Bank managing director Aditya Puri’s name in its list of world’s 30 best CEOs.

  • The 66-year-old holds 23rd position in the list beating social media giant Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg who is listed on the 30th spot.
  • The top position has been secured by Mary Barra of General Motors.
  • Microsoft’s Indian Origin CEO Satya Nadella is on fifth spot. Another Indian Origin

64. Anupam Kher receives Kala Ratan Award

Veteran actor Anupam Kher was honoured with the Kala Ratan Award by Vice President Hamid Ansari.

  • Anupam Kher was also honoured with the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.

65. Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha Honored with Sikh Jewel Award

Indian-origin British director Gurinder Chadha has been honored with the 2017 Sikh Jewel Award for her immense contribution to British cinema.

Chadha, whose films include “Bhaji on the Beach,” “Bend It Like Beckham” and “Bride and Prejudice,” received the award from Michael Fallon, U.K. Defense Secretary.

The high commissioner of India to the U.K., Y. K. Sinha, who was the guest of honor, was also present on the dais.

Points to Remember

  • Gurinder Chadha is an Indian-origin British director.
  • Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha is the high commissioner of India to the United Kingdom.

66. Army Chief Bipin Rawat Conferred With Honorary Military Rank By Nepal

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat is in Kathmandu on a four-day official visit to Nepal during which he was conferred with the honorary rank of general of the Nepal Army.

He is scheduled to visit Pashupati Nath temple, Manag and Muktinath temple.

General Rawat’s trip to Nepal comes days after Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan visited the country.

Points to Remember

  • Chief of Staff of Nepal Army is Purna Chandra Thapa.
  • General Rawat became the 27th chief of the Indian Army on December 31.
  • Kathmandu is the Capital of Nepal.
  • Bidhya Devi Bhandari is the President of Nepal.
  • Pushpa Kamal Dahal is the Prime Minister of Nepal.
  • Rupee is the Currency of Nepal.

67. Indian-origin Priti Patel be awarded Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award


Priti Patel, the UK Government’s Secretary of State for International Development and first ever UK-India diaspora Champion, has been awarded India’s highest honour for members of the Indian diaspora.

The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award was granted to Patel by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, for her exceptional contribution to national and international politics, her role in strengthening UK-India relations, and for supporting the Indian diaspora in the UK.

The award was presented to Patel by the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Y K Sinha, at a special ceremony at India House in London.

68. ISKCON’s Govardhan Eco Village gets ‘Water’ award

The Govardhan Eco Village of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at Wada taluka near Mumbai, has received an award instituted by Water Digest, a news portal on water management.

The Goverdhan eco village received the award in the “Best Water NGO-Water Education” category.

To commemorate the ‘World Water Day 2017’, Water Digest, in association with UNESCO, Ministry of Water Resources & ASSOCHAM, had recently announced the 11th Water Digest Water Awards which are given annually to organisations, industry members and NGOs.

69. S.V Sunil named Asian Hockey Player of Year

India forward SV Sunil was named the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Player of the Year for 2016.

On the other hand, Harmanpreet Singh was chosen as the Promising Player of the Year in the continental body’s annual awards.

Sunil, regarded highly for his pace, played a vital role in India’s memorable run in last year’s Champions Trophy in London, where they claimed a silver for the first time.

70. ISSF World Cup: Ankur Mittal wins double trap gold in Mexico

Ankur Mittal has delivered India’s nine-member contingent its first medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup (Shot Gun) in Acapulco, Mexico by shooting gold in the men’s double trap.

Mittal, who won silver at last month’s ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, beat the gold medalist at that event, Australian James Willet.

71. Shashank Manohar to remain ICC chairman

Eight days after he stepped down as independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Shashank Manohar has agreed to defer his decision following an ICC Board resolution to request him to remain in post was passed with overwhelming support.

Earlier, the 59-year-old had stressed that his decision to retire as ICC chairman was because of personal reasons and not due to the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s January verdict on how Indian cricket should be run.

72. Santosh Trophy: Bengal beat Goa in final to win record 32nd title

Bengal lifted the Santosh Trophy for the 32nd time after Manvir Singh struck in the 119th minute for a 1-0 win over Goa, extending their domination in the premier domestic football tournament.

  • After playing out a goalless 90 minutes, Manvir finally came good in the dying moments of extra time to leave the home crowd shocked at the GMC Stadium.
  • Bengal, thus, ended a six-year wait having last won the title in 2011. Goa last won it in 2009.

73. R Ashwin breaks Dale Steyn’s record of most wickets in a Test season

R Ashwin has set yet another record of most wickets in a Test season.

  • Ashwin eclipsed Dale Steyn’s tally of 78 which was set in 2007/08.
  • On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara became India’s highest run-getter in a Test season. Pujara, who has scored 1316 runs in the 13 Test matches this home season, went past Gautam Gambhir’s aggregate of 1269 runs.

74. Vettel beats Hamilton to win Australian Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel beat Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes in a straight fight as Formula 1’s new era started at the Australian Grand Prix.

  • This was Vettel’s first win since the Singapore GP in September 2015.
  • Briton’s Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas finished third.

75. Shaun Tait announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Shaun Tait, the Australian fast bowler, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on March 27.

  • The 34-year-old pacer played three Tests, 35 One-Day Internationals and 21 Twenty20 Internationals for his country.
  • Tait, who was nicknamed as “The Wild Thing”, once bowled at 161.1km/h in an ODI against England at Lord’s in July 2010.

76. 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium named as venue for final

The iconic Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata has been named as the venue for the final of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be held in India from October 6-28.

  • The semi-finals of the tournament will be held in Guwahati and Navi Mumbai, while the opening games will be held in New Delhi and Navi Mumbai.
  • The quarter-finals, meanwhile, will be hosted by Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Kolkata.

77. India ends with 73 medals from 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

India finished its campaign at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria with a total of 73 medals.

  • Special Olympics Team India Competing against 2700 athletes from 107 countries won 37 gold, 10 silver and 26 bronze medals and secured 5th position in the overall medal tally.
  • The quadrennial event was held from March 14-25, with Indian athletes finishing with an impressive medal haul.

78. Bhubaneswar to host men’s Hockey World Cup 2018

The International Hockey Federation and Government of Odisha has officially confirmed that the Men’s Hockey World League Final 2017 and Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 will be held in Bhubaneswar.

The Kalinga Stadium will host the two of hockey’s biggest events.

The Men’s Hockey World League Final in 2017 will take place between December 1-10 and will welcome eight of the world’s best men’s teams.

The Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 will take place in late November/early December and will see 15 teams join hosts India at the event.

The venue successfully hosted the 2014 Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy.

Points to Remember

  • Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 will be held in Bhubaneswar.
  • Men’s Hockey World League Final 2017 will be held in Bhubaneswar.
  • Kalinga Stadium is located in Bhubaneswar.

79. Tamil Nadu beat India ‘B’ to win Deodhar Trophy

Dinesh Karthik cracked 126 as Tamil Nadu defeated India B by 42 runs in the final to clinch the Deodhar Trophy 50-overs cricket tournament at the ACA-VDCA stadium in Visakhapatnam.

The wicketkeeper-batsman shared a 136-run stand with Narayan Jagadeesan (55) for the fourth wicket which drove Tamil Nadu to 303/9 in 50 overs.

India B were bowled out for 261 in 46.1 overs as Tamil Nadu completed a domestic double of winning the Deodhar Trophy as well as the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Points to Remember

  • The Deodhar Trophy is a List A cricket competition in Indian domestic cricket. It is named after Prof. D. B. Deodhar (known as the Grand Old Man of Indian cricket). Tamilnadu is the winner of 2017 edition.
  • The Vijay Hazare Trophy is a limited-over cricket domestic competition involving state teams. It is named after the famous Indian cricketer Vijay Hazare. Tamilnadu is the winner of 2017 edition.

80. Mohammad Irfan banned for a year

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan was today slapped with a one-year ban and fined $ 1,000 after he admitted to have failed in reporting a spot-fixing approach by bookmakers during the Pakistan Super League.

Irfan had earlier been suspended on March 14 after he appeared before the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit after the PSL final in Lahore.

He played four Tests and 20 Twenty20 internationals along with 60 one-day internationals, where he has taken 83 wickets at an average of 30.71.

81. Bhubaneswar to host Asian Athletics meet from July 6-9

Bhubaneswar will host the Asian Athletics Championships from July 6-9, the continent’s governing body of the sport announced at its Council Meeting in Bangkok.

Kalinga Stadium of the Odisha capital will host the continent’s flagship event.

Capital of Jharkhand, Ranchi was to host the event from June 1-4 but it made a late pull out due to financial issues and Bhubaneswar was then chosen by the Athletics Federation of India as the venue.

India has hosted the event earlier on two occasions — in New Delhi (1989) and Pune (2013).

Points to Remember

  • Bhubaneswar is the Capital of Odisha.
  • Kalinga Stadium is located in Bhubaneswar.
  • Naveen Patnaik is the chief minister of Odisha while SC Jamir is the Governor.

82. Popular Tamil writer Asokamitran passes away

Noted Tamil litterateur Asokamitran passed away after a brief illness, aged 85.

A well known novelist and essayist, he was noted for his subtlety and refreshing creativity in expression.

Born Thiagarajan, he assumed the pseudonym Asokamitran in the 1960s.

His work “Appavin Snegithargal”, a collection of short stories won him the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1996.

He was given the ‘Tiru Vi Ka’ Award in 2014 for his contribution to Tamil literature by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

83. Renowned playwright Arun Sarma dies

Renowned playwright and Sahitya Akademi Award winner Arun Sarma died at a private hospital in the National Capital after a brief illness.He was 85.

  • Born in 1931 in Dibrugarh district of Assam, Sharma has written more than 50 plays and books in his career.
  • He also won a number of awards, including Padma Shri, Sahitya Academy and Assam Valley Literary.

84. Former solicitor general Andhyarujina passes away

Former solicitor general of India Tehmtan Andhyarujina passed away.He was 83.

He practised law for six decades and has left behind a legacy in judgments he helped shape with his submissions as counsel, on constitutional law.

Andhyarujina was also the state advocate general from 1993 to 1995, before he became the solicitor general in 1996-1998.

85. Coffee Table Book titled “50 Years – The Great Indian Milk Revolution” launched

The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has launched of Coffee Table Book titled “50 Years – The Great Indian Milk Revolution” commemorating National Dairy Development Board’s (NDDB) Golden Jubilee year.

Shri Radha Mohan Singh also said that since 1998, the poor and marginal milk producers have worked hard to make the country world’s top milk producer.

86. Army Releases Book on Rashtriya Rifles

General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), on 27 March 2017 at South Block, New Delhi, released the book ‘Home of the Brave’ on the history of Indian Army’s Counter Insurgency Force, the Rashtriya Rifles (RR).

  • The book is authored by Nitin A Gokhale, Defence & Security Analyst and Brig S K Chatterji (Retired).
  • Home of the Brave traces the early history of the RR, its organization, including its raising and subsequent deployment in Punjab, the North East and in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • The RR, a formidable Counter Insurgency Force, has won many laurels in the operations.

87. Book to chronicle life of Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain

A book titled ‘Zakir Hussain: A Life for Music, In Conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir’ will chronicle the Tabla maestro’s life through a series of in-depth interviews.

To be released by Harper Collings Publishers India in January 2018, the book will offer an intimate look at Hussain’s life and career.

Written by Nasreen Munni Kabir, the book will offer readers a personalised view into Indian classical music and the thinking of a world musician.

Points to Remember

  • Zakir Hussain is an Indian tabla player in Hindustani classical music.
  • He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002, by the Government of India.

88. Suresh Prabhu releases Book Titled “Indian Railway- The weaving of a National Tapestry”

Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu released the book titled “Indian Railway- The weaving of a National Tapestry” jointly authored by Shri Bibek Debroy (Member, NITI Aayog) Shri Sanjay Chadha (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce) & Ms. Vidya Krishnamurthi.

In addition, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu also launched Hi-speed free Wi-Fi services for the visitors at National Rail Museum. Chairman,

Railway Board, Shri A. K. Mital, the three authors of the book, Shri Ashwani Lohani, CMD, Air India and other Railway Board Members and senior officials were also present on the occasion.