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Important Current Affairs 7th March 2017 with Free PDF

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GLOBAL NEWS


 Donald Trump Signs Revised Executive Order on Travel Ban

President Donald Trump signed a revised executive order on Monday banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from traveling to the United States but removing Iraq from the list, after his controversial first attempt was blocked in the courts.
●    The new order, which takes effect on March 16, keeps a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. 
●    It applies only to new visa applicants, meaning some 60,000 people whose visas were revoked under the previous order will now be permitted to enter.
●    Immigration advocates said the new ban still discriminated against Muslims and failed to address some of their concerns with the previous order. 
●    Legal experts said it would, however, be harder to challenge because it affects fewer people living in the United States and allows more exemptions to protect them.
●    Trump, who first proposed a temporary travel ban on Muslims during his presidential campaign last year, had said his original Jan. 27 executive order was a national security measure meant to head off attacks by Islamist militants.
●    It sparked chaos and protests at airports, where visa holders were detained and later deported back to their home countries.

NATIONAL NEWS

Over 30% of India's Youth Not in Employment, Education : OECD Report

India’s economy may be growing more than twice as fast as the rest of the world but the story on the jobs creation front is just the opposite. 
●    India’s economy will grow at 7% in the current fiscal year, according to the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development.
●    But India’s rate of employment has declined and job creation has not kept up with the growing working-age population.
●    Over 30% of youth aged 15-29 in India are not in employment, education or training (NEETs). This is more than double the OECD average and almost three times that of China.
●    According to the OECD, youth inactivity presents the share of young people (age 15-29) not in employment, education or training (NEET) as a percentage of the total number of young people in the corresponding age group.
●    The current government is making efforts to correct the situation. 
●    It has reduced administrative requirements for complying with existing labour laws and increased transparency in routine interaction between firms and administrations, thereby making the labour regulations friendlier for job creation. 
●    More needs to be done to streamline labour laws and states have a role to play too, said Joumard.

GLOBAL NEWS


China Overtakes Eurozone as World's Largest Banking System

China’s banking system has surpassed that of the eurozone to become the world’s largest by assets, a sign both of the country’s increased influence in world finance and its reliance on debt to drive growth since the global financial crisis. 
●    While China’s gross domestic product surpassed the EU’s economic bloc in 2011 at market exchange rates, its banking system did not take over the top spot until the end of 2016, Financial Times analysis shows.  
●    The lag reflects Beijing’s increased “financial deepening” — the term for the growth of a country’s financial system relative to gross domestic product. 
●    This has been fuelled by an extraordinary increase in bank lending since 2008, when the government unleashed aggressive monetary and fiscal stimulus to buffer the impact of the global crisis. 
●    Chinese bank assets hit $33tn at the end of 2016, versus $31tn for the eurozone, $16tn for the US and $7tn for Japan. 
●    The value of China’s banking system is more than 3.1 times the size of the country’s annual economic output, compared with 2.8 times for the Eurozone and its banks.

NATIONAL NEWS

Noida Gets Baxi - First Bike Taxi Service

Following the approval of the regional transport authority, Noida is all set to get its first bike taxi service after the state assembly election results are declared on March 11. 
●    The bike taxi service is being introduced by Baxi, an operator that already runs its service in Gurgaon.
●    Initially, 10 bikes will be stationed at the Noida City Centre Metro station subsequently, the number of bikes across the city will be increased.
●    The operator has already registered one bike with the transport authority. 
●    Officials said that the bike taxi service will boost last-mile connectivity to offices, schools, colleges and residential areas from the city’s metro stations and bus stops.
●    A trip from Noida City Centre, up to 3 kilometres, would cost around Rs25 on these bikes. 
●    The fare meters would work on time and distance.

GLOBAL NEWS

Zimbabwe Bans Corporal Punishment for Children

Children across Zimbabwe won new rights Thursday, March 2nd, when the High Court handed down a ruling outlawing corporal punishment against minors, both at home and in school.
●    If upheld by the country's constitutional court, the ruling will change the way Zimbabwe's parents have dealt with their children for centuries.
●    Some parents have criticized the ruling, arguing it impedes their rights as parents. Many rights groups have celebrated the corporal punishment ban as a victory for Zimbabwe's constitution.
●    The case was originally brought by Ms. Linah Pfungwa, on behalf of her 6-year-old daughter, with support from the Justice for Children's Trust, a non-governmental organization providing free legal services to minors in civil and criminal cases.
●    The case was won on the argument that corporal punishment and violence of any kind subjected to children breaches the child's rights under Zimbabwe's constitution.


RANKINGS & REPORTS


IISc First Indian University to be Ranked Among Top 10 in the World

For the first time, an Indian educational institute has broken into the top 10 of a global university rankings. 
●    On Tuesday, the Times Higher Education 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'. 
●    India's overall show in the ranking took a hit this year, as there were two institutions in the top 20 last year, though none were in top 10. 
●    Small universities are those with fewer than 5,000 students.
●    IISc, a public university for scientific research and higher education, was established in 1909 with active support from Jamsetji Tata and Sir Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore. 
●    In 2015-16 it became the first Indian institute to be ranked among the top 100 in THE World University Rankings for engineering and technology at 99th position.

NATIONAL NEWS

Shri Venkaiah Naidu to inaugurate the 3 day International Yoga Fest tomorrow

A three days International Yoga Fest from 8th-10th March 2017 will be held at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. 
●    The International Yoga Fest is being organized as  a Curtain Raiser for International Day of Yoga (IDY) 2017.
●    Speaking to media persons at a  press briefing, Director  Morarji Desai  National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) Dr. Ishwar V. Basavaraddi said that  the Minister of Information and Broadcasting and  Urban Development  and Housing, Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the International Yoga Fest (IYF) tomorrow and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, will preside over the function. 
●    Secretary AYUSH  Sh. Ajit M. Sharan, Yog Rishi Swami Ramdev, Dr. H.R. Nagendra, Swami  Chidananda Saraswati, Sh. O.P. Tiwari, Smt. Hamsa Jayadeva,  Swami Bharat Bhushan,  Swami Ritawan Bharati, Sister BK Asha, Sh. S.Sridharan, Swami Darshak, Swami Ullasa will be the Guests of Honor.   
●    Shri  Basavaraddi  further said that the main purpose of the Fest is to sensitize the masses regarding celebration of International Day of Yoga held every year.

NATIONAL NEWS


Sports Minister Vijay Goel to inaugurate “Women and Sports in India” Conference on 8th March 2017 in New Delhi 

On the occasion of the International Women Day, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is organizing a conference on 'Women and Sports in India on 8th March 2017. 
●    The daylong conference will deliberate upon various issues for encouraging more and more women to take up sports.
●    The conference will be inaugurated by the Minister of state (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel and several top women sports personalities are expected to participate in the discussions.
●    The objective of this conference is to discuss various issues that women athletes or coaches face in the field of sports and to further improve upon them. 
●    Among other issues,  the discussion will focus on the following :
●    Creation of safe spaces for girls athletes and women coaches
●    Zero tolerance towards sexual harassment in sports complex
●    Inclusion of gender sensitization modules in coach training modules
●    Women representation in sports institutions, federations and other sports bodies
●    Gender parity in terms of support to women athletes

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Important Current Affairs 6th March 2017 with Free PDF

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SPORTS NEWS

Ashwin Sets Record for Most Balls Bowled in a Test Season

 The Indian bowlers bowled with a lot of intent on day two of the second Test between India and Australia at Bengaluru on Sunday.

  • They constantly put pressure on the Australians throughout the day, but the visitors still managed to eke out a 48-run lead at the end of day’s play.
  • Matt Renshaw and Shaun Marsh’s gritty fifties helped Australia post 237/6 until the close of play.
  • India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has bowled a total of 41 overs in the match so far, surpassed Anil Kumble’s record for the most deliveries bowled in a Test cricket season on Sunday.
  • The Quint takes a look at the records that were set on the second day of the second Test between India and Australia.


NATIONAL NEWS

India's Tallest National Flag Hoisted at Indo-Pak Border

Anil Joshi, the Cabinet Minister of Punjab, on 5 March 2017 inaugurated tricolour on the tallest flag post at Indo-Pakistan Attari border.

  • The flag was hoisted on the Indian side, which is located just at a stone throw away distance from Pakistan.
  • The flag post was built at an approximate cost of Rs 3.50 crore was a project of the Amritsar Improvement Trust Authority of Punjab Government.
  • Due to the election Code of Conduct is in place in the state, the minister has availed special permission from the Election Commission for the inauguration.
  • The flag post became attraction for thousands of tourists who were present at Wagha border to watch the Beating Retreat Ceremony during the sunset.
  • Even visitors from Pakistan’s gallery were also watching the Indian flag with keen interest touching the sky.


SPORTS NEWS

Meg Lanning Breaks Record for Most Hundreds in Women's ODIs

In the 3rd ODI against New Zealand Women at Mount Maunganui, Australia Women's captain Meg Lanning etched her name in the history books by becoming the first women cricketer to register 10 ODI centuries.

  • She was able to achieve the landmark from just 57 matches was even more impressive.
  • Lanning went past England Women legend Charlotte Edwards who had topped the charts with 9 ODI centuries.
  • The 24-year old managed to break new ground in the deciding clash of the 3-match ODI series for the Rose Bowl.
  • She led from the front to score an unbeaten 116-ball 104 to help her team chase down a stiff target of 271 and secure the prestigious trophy for the Southern Stars.
  • The 37-year old, who announced her retirement from the international stage during May last year, had scored 9 ODI tons from 191 matches.


OBITUARY

Pioneer of Liver Transplant, Starzl Passes Away

Dr Thomas E Starzl, a surgeon who performed the first successful liver transplant on a human patient, passed away on 4 March 2017 in Pittsburgh. He was 90.

  • Dr Starzl’s death was announced by the University of Pittsburgh. He had been affiliated with the university since 1981.
  • Born on 11 March 1926, Thomas Earl Starzl was an American physician and researcher. He was an expert on organ transplants.
  • He is often referred to as "the father of modern transplantation."
  • He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.
  • In 1950, he earned a Master of Science degree in anatomy from the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.
  • In 1952, he obtained a PhD in neurophysiology and an MD with distinction.
  • After obtaining his medical degree, he trained in surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.


SPORTS NEWS

Sam Querrey Wins the ATP Mexican Open

USA’s Sam Querrey on 4 March 2017 defeated second-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-6 to win the ATP Mexico Open Men’s Singles title.

  • The match was held in Acapulco, Mexico.
  • It is Querrey’s first win over Nadal, improving his FedEx Head2Head record against Nadal to 1-4.
  • Querrey is also the first American champion in 24-year history of the ATP Mexico Open.
  • Born on 7 October 1987, Sam Querrey is an American professional tennis player.
  • In January 2011, he achieved his career-high singles ranking of world no. 17.
  • He has won nine Singles titles.
  • His best performance in a Grand Slam event was at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, where he reached the quarterfinal.

In the third round of the tournament, Querrey defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in four sets.


WORLD NEWS

North Korea Fires Four Ballistic Missiles into Sea

North Korea fired four ballistic missiles early Monday morning in what Japan's leader described as "an extremely dangerous action."

  • A fifth missile failed to launch, a US official told CNN.
  • Military authorities in South Korea, Japan and the United States all confirmed the launch of four projectiles, which traveled almost 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) towards the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.
  • One US official said they were intermediate-range missiles.
  • The launch underscored the rapid evolution of North Korea's weapons program, which experts say has begun moving at a faster rate to develop and deploy missiles.
  • US intelligence is closely monitoring the underground nuclear test site via satellite amid signs the regime could be preparing for another underground test.
  • While an underground test is impossible to predict, officials say some signs of activity at the site are similar to those that occurred just before the last test.


NATIONAL NEWS

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’ here today.

  • The Member of Parliament, Smt. Kirron Kher said that North East is a very good tourist destination because of its scenic beauty and hospitable nature of its people.
  • The President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr. Gopal Jiwarajka lauded the DoNER Ministry’s effort in promoting North East Region for investment and tourist destination. He expressed hope the people of North East too would participate towards the development of NER.
  • The DG, CSIR, Dr. Girish Sahni and senior officers of the Ministry of DoNER and CSIR were also present on the occasion.
  • The ‘Destination North East-2017’ is being organized by Ministry of DoNER to showcase North East as a potential destination for investment and highlight the rich traditions and customs of the region.
  • The core theme of the festival is to highlight the use of appropriate technologies in all sectors of development for North Eastern Region.


NATIONAL NEWS

13th Executive Committee Meeting of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) inaugurated

The Ministry of Power, Government of India is hosting the 13th Executive Committee (ExCo) Meeting of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) at POWERGRID Corporate Center, Gurugram.

  • This is the first ever Executive Committee Meeting of ISGAN being held in India and would have multiple sessions on 6th, 7th and 9th March, 2017.
  • The ISGAN ExCo was opened by Mr. Michele de Nigris, Chair, ISGAN Presidium, Shri I.S. Jha, CMD, POWERGRID and Dr. Arun Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary (Distribution), Ministry of Power by lighting the lamp.
  • In the inaugural session Shri Verma, shared India’s training modules on Smart Grids and Model Smart Grid Regulations for guidance of the ISGAN Community.
  • Smart Grid implementation in India would get a boost from deliverables obtained through decisions and actions taken in 13th ISGAN ExCo Meeting as ISGAN aims to improve the understanding of smart grid technologies, practices and promote adoption of related enabling government policies.
  • A total of 36 representatives from 18 countries namely Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, US and UAE are participating in this event.

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NATIONAL NEWS

 National Conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan to be held 


 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. 
●    Union Ministers of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan and Shri Vijay Goel will also attend the conference. About 700 participants representing various stakeholder groups such as farmers, Panchayat members, officials, NGOs and students will be attending the daylong conference. 
●    Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti launched Jal Kranti Abhiyan on June 05,2015 to consolidate water conservation and management in the country through a holistic and integrated approach involving all stakeholders making it mass movement. 
●    One of the main objectives of the Jal Kranti Abhiyan is “ strengthening grass root involvement of all stakeholders including Panchayati Raj institutions and local bodies for Participatory Irrigation Management.” 
●    There are four important components of Jal Kranti Abhiyan viz. Jal Gram Yojana, Development of Model Command Area, Pollution Abatement and Mass Awareness Programme. Under Jal Gram Yojana two water stressed villages in each district of the country are to be selected and a comprehensive water security plan is formulated to achieve water security for these villages. 
●    So far 726 such villages have been identified against the total target of 828. Integrated Water Security Plan for 180 Villages have been prepared and 61 of them have been approved. 

NATIONAL NEWS


NDMA conducts training conference on capacity building for Disaster Management


 In its efforts to enhance disaster preparedness, mitigation and response measures by building capacity at the local level through engagement with the paramilitary and armed forces, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) conducted a training conference here today on capacity building of the various organisations of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and other stakeholders. 
●    Lt. Gen. N. C. Marwah (Retd.), Member, NDMA, who chaired the meeting, said it is very important for NDMA and CAPFs to work together for disaster preparedness and mitigation. 
●    A discussion was held on strengthening the Disaster Management wings of CAPFs by retaining their personnel who have had a stint at National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as trainers in their DM training institutes. 
●    The need to train volunteers right up to the village level and equipping them to act as first responders in the event of a disaster was also discussed. NDMA's 'Aapda Mitra' is one such volunteer training programme which aims to train at least 200 volunteers at the district level across the country. 
●    Senior officials from NDMA, MHA, NDRF, NIDM, Fire Services, Home Guards and Civil Defence, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), National Cadet Corps (NCC), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Indian Coast Guard attended the conference.


BUSINESS


 
Cognizant acquires Japan’s Brilliant Service


 IT services firm Cognizant on Thursday said it has acquired Japanese company Brilliant Service Co for an undisclosed amount.
●    As part of the acquisition, a team of 70 professionals with extensive digital solutions experience and insights in the Japanese market will join Cognizant.
●    Headquartered in Osaka, Brilliant is a products and solutions company that specializes in digital strategy, product design and engineering, the Internet of Things (IoT), and enterprise mobility.
●    Founded in 2004, Brilliant provides end-to-end Android/iOS applications, embedded software, user experience design and online-to-offline services to major corporations in Japan across industries like telecommunications, manufacturing, and consumer goods.
●    “Products in every industry are becoming smart with sensors, analytics, and new content. Intelligent products and solutions are key to building real-time businesses that can quickly respond to evolving customer and technology demands,” Cognizant Asia-Pacific head Jayajyoti Sengupta said.

OBITUARY


Former IFS and MP Syed Shahabuddin passes away


 Former Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer and Member of Parliament (MP) Syed Shahabuddin passed away on 4 March 2017 following a prolonged illness at a hospital in Delhi NCR. He was 82.
●    Syed was well known for his concern in the Shah Bano Case and antagonism to the Demolition of Babri Masjid.
●    Shahabuddin was the former President of All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat, an umbrella organization of Indian Muslim outfits.
●    Born in Ranchi, Jharkhand, Shahabuddin began working as a diplomat for the Indian Foreign Services. 
●    He later became a politician and served three terms from 1979-1996 as a Member of Parliament of India.
●    It was him who in the 1980s assembled Muslim MPs from all the parties and met the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to highlight the problems being faced by Muslims in India.
●    He was also very eloquent on Babri Masjid issue. He created awareness about the issue among the public.


DAYS & DATES

World Wildlife Day 2017 observed globally


 The World Wildlife Day was observed across the world on 3 March 2017 with the theme 'Listen to the young voices'. 
●    The day is seen as an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora.
●    The call of the 2017 UN World Wildlife Day is to engage and empower the youth. It tends to give a new opportunity to provide incentives to the youth to tackle conservation issues. It is also an opportunity for them to engage with one another and together forge an inspired path to a better world.
●    The day is celebrated and implemented by the secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in collaboration with other relevant United Nations organizations.
●    With 183 Member States, CITES remains one of the world's most powerful tools for biodiversity conservation through the regulation of trade in wild fauna and flora.
●    The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 20 December 2013 proclaimed 3 March as the World Wildlife Day.


NATIONAL NEWS


Health Ministry approves 4,000 PG seats in medical colleges, hospitals


 For the academic session 2017-18, the Central government on Thursday has approved over 4,000 Post Graduate seats in medical colleges and hospitals across the country, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said. 
●    Terming it an “all time record number”, the Health Minister said that these 4000 seats will take the total number of Post Graduate (PG) seats to 35,117.
●    The Health Minister’s remarks came after the Centre had announced the creation of additional 5,000 PG medical seats every year during this year’s budget with an aim to bolster availability of specialist doctors at secondary and tertiary levels.
●    The Minister also said that the total increase, 2,046 seats are in medical colleges. 
●    This includes Diplomate of National Board (DNB) seats, equivalent to MD/MS, which have increased by 2,147 in the last one year. 
●    Nadda said there had been a total addition of 4,193 PG seats in the country so far, and a further addition of more than 1000 seats is likely during March 2017. 


NATIONAL NEWS


70,000 crore in black money detected: SC-appointed SIT

 Justice (retd) Arijit Pasayat, deputy chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigating Team (SIT) on black money, on Thursday disclosed that so far around 70,000 crore had been detected in black money, including over 16,000 crore by Indians stashing funds abroad.
●    After a meeting with officers of several government agencies dealing with economic and financial affairs here, Justice Pasayat said the SIT would submit its sixth interim report to the Supreme Court in the first week of April.
●    He said the SIT during the past two years had made several recommendations through its interim reports to the apex court to check the generation and tap the black money at source. 
●    On Odisha-specific economic offences and unearthing of black money, Justice Pasayat said the meeting was specifically convened to ensure a smooth coordination between all investigating agencies for easy detection of ill-gotten money.

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National News

Railways launch Roll-on Roll-off service for trucks in Delhi

Railways on Thursday launched Roll-on Roll-off (RO-RO) service from Gurugram to carry loaded trucks on wagons to decongest roads in the national capital region. 
●    About 30 loaded trucks were transported on the flat wagons from Garhi Harsuru station in Gurugram for Muradnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
●    RO-RO service aims to reduce carbon emission and congestion on the roads of the national capital region (NCR) as about 66,000 diesel-guzzling trucks pass through Delhi and its adjoining areas in a day.
●    According to railways, there are about 20,000 trucks which are not meant for the NCR, but enter the region to travel further. 
●    There are eight entry/exit routes in the NCR which will be utilised for RO-RO service to take trucks off the road.
●    It is a win-win situation for truckers as well as for railways as goods will be transported in safe and faster way, saving cost on diesel and man-days besides reducing the pollution level, he said.

National News

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi Meets PM Modi

PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi on Thursday shared with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the company’s various initiatives, such as its investments on locally sourced juice innovations and products inspired by India’s traditional recipes.
●    In a statement issued after her meeting with the Prime Minister, Nooyi said: “As I shared with Prime Minister Modi, PepsiCo is well-positioned to help the government deliver on the national development goals he has outlined for farmers and supporting their livelihoods. The Prime Minister and I had an engaging dialogue on how PepsiCo is making investments to grow, process and use more Indian-grown fruit juice in our sparkling beverages.
●    Last year, Modi had asked aerated drink-makers to focus on blending natural fruit juices in fizzy drinks to help augment fruit sales for farmers. 
●    Earlier this week, the company expressed its intent to create an integrated citrus cluster in Maharashtra after it has established a citrus processing facility in Nanded.
●    On Thursday, she also tweeted about her meeting with Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman to discuss the Indian business environment and future opportunities.
●    On 21 February 2017, the Ministry of Defence gave its in-principle approval to set up 38 radar stations to boost surveillance of the country’s 7,517 km long coastline.

Science & Technology

 'Supersolids' Confirmed as New State of Matter

An international team of scientists has announced the discovery of a new state of matter in a material that appears to be an insulator, superconductor, metal and magnet all rolled into one, saying that it could lead to the development of more effective high-temperature superconductors.
●    If these properties are confirmed, this new state of matter will allow scientists to better understand why some materials have the potential to achieve superconductivity at a relativity high critical temperature(Tc) - "high" as in −135 °C as opposed to −243.2 °C. 
●    Because superconductivity allows a material to conduct electricity without resistance, which means no heat, sound, or any other form of energy release, achieving this would revolutionise how we use and produce energy, but it’s only feasible if we can achieve it at so-called high temperatures.
●    When put through an array of tests, this structure displayed a combination of insulating, superconducting, metallic, and magnetic phases, including a brand new one, which the researchers have named 'Jahn-Teller metals'. 

Business

Snapchat Raises $ 5.3 Billion Each

Snapchat, the disappearing message service with big media ambitions, has finished raising $1.8 billion, according to a Wednesday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
●    While most start-ups raise money by putting together a group of investors who buy a specified amount of stock at a particular time, Snapchat collected the capital over more than a year. 
●    Snapchat, based in Los Angeles, said in the filing that it began raising the latest round on Feb. 17, 2015.
●    Over the last year, new investors, including General Atlantic, Sequoia Capital, T. Rowe Price and the hedge fund Lone Pine, have bought stakes in Snapchat, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks were private. 
●    As a private company, Snapchat is not required to disclose the identities of investors or its valuation. 
●    A representative for Snapchat declined to comment on the funding. The start-up’s previous investors include Fidelity Investments and Coatue. 

Persons

Richard Branson Launches New Space Company 'Virgin Orbit'

Virgin Group’s commercial space venture, Galactic Ventures, has spun off one of its projects into a new company called Virgin Orbit and it could end up being its most lucrative.
●    Virgin Orbit will focus on launching small satellites into space using its LauncherOne orbital launch vehicle. 
●    This vehicle is essentially a 747-400 airplane designed to hold a rocket under its wing. 
●    Once the aircraft reaches a certain altitude, the rocket would be fired off into space to deliver small satellites for companies that want to take images of Earth, providing Internet and other communications services.
●    This new company reflects two trends: the development of mini-satellites and the growing demand by companies to gain access to space in a more cost-effective way.
●    Richard Branson, the billionaire entrepreneur who founded Virgin and has been the driving force in launching its space tourism company, said that Launcher One was created with the same philosophy as Space Ship Two.

National News

 Ravi Shankar Prasad Inaugurates ‘Training of Self-Organized Small & Medium Traders on Digital Payment Initiatives’

The Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad today called for a national movement to make digital transaction a way of life for all sections of the society. 
●    The objective of these training programmes is to understand and adopt simplified digital payment mechanisms like UPI, USSD, BBPS, AEPS etc. in a convenient manner, which would contribute towards establishing digital economy and convey the benefits of digital payments to traders through capacity building programs. 
●    About 13500 small and medium unorganized / self organized businesses/ traders are targeted. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) shall be mobilizing traders and trade union leaders for training on digital payment initiatives. 
●    Under this programme, NIELIT shall be organizing 5 Regional Workshops at Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and 30 State Workshops and 100 Digi Dhan Camps, all over India.

National News

President of India Inaugurates the Centenary Celebrations of Women’s Indian Association

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Centenary Celebrations of Women’s Indian Association today (March 3, 2017) 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. 
●    The President remembered Dr. Annie Besant and Smt. Sarojini Naidu who had played a leading role in the foundation of the Indian Women’s Association. 
●    He said that role of Women’s Indian Association in the enactment and implementation of the Child Marriage Restraint Act - for raising the minimum age for marriage of women and the Sarada Bill - for abolishing the

National News

Devadasi system is well recognised.  

Work on Shahpur Kandi Dam to Resume Soon Punjab and J&K sign agreement to this effect

In a major step today towards utilization of India’s rights on Eastern rivers of Indus basin, the  mediation efforts of Ministry of Water Resources , RD&GR persuaded the States of J&K and Punjab to reach an agreement to resume works on Shahpur Kandi Dam project in Pujab/ J&K. 
●    The agreement to this effect was signed by Shri KS Pannu,Secretary     (Irrigation),Punjab and Shri Saurabh Bhagat, Secretary ( Irrigation),J&K in the presence of Union Water Resources Secretary Dr.Amarjit singh in New Delhi last evening.
●    The project was being built with an estimated cost of Rs. 2285.81 crore (April, 2008 price level) and is included in the Scheme of National Projects by Government of India. 
●    Under the scheme, MoWR,RD&GR provides central assistance @ 90% of the balance cost of works component of irrigation and water supply. 
●    The construction of Shahpur Kandi project was taken up in May 1999 but later halted in 2014 due to dispute between Punjab and J&K. 
●    The Ministry of WR,RD&GR had been making all out efforts to resolve the issues and resume construction which resulted in yesterday’s agreement.

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NATIONAL NEWS


JNU Wins Visitor's Award for Best University of 2017

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) 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' while 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 President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will present the Visitor's Awards for the year 2017 at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 6, 2017, as part of the 'Festival of Innovations'. 
●    The Visitor's Award for 'Innovation' will be given to Dr. Deepak Pant, Department of Environmental Science, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Central University of Himachal Pradesh for development of a reactor for direct conversion of waste plastic to LPG in small scale.


 

DEFENCE

Navy Successfully Test Fires Anti-Ship Missile for 1st Time

The Indian Navy on 2 March 2017 successfully conducted the maiden firing of an anti-ship missile from an INS Kalvari class submarine.
●    The test firing was conducted in the Arabian Sea and the missile successfully hit a surface target at extended ranges during the trial firing.
●    INS Kalvari is a class of diesel-electric attack submarine. These submarines are based on the Scorpene-class submarine being built for the Indian Navy.
●    While INS Kalvari is designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, they are being manufactured by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.
●    All six Kalvari class submarines being built in India will be equipped with anti-ship missiles.
●    These missiles will provide the submarines the ability to neutralise surface threats at extended ranges and boost India’s maritime security.
●    The following are some of the recent measures undertaken by the Indian Navy and the Government to boost coastal security.
●    On 21 February 2017, the Ministry of Defence gave its in-principle approval to set up 38 radar stations to boost surveillance of the country’s 7,517 km long coastline.

GLOBAL NEWS


Scientists Find the Earliest Known Evidence of Life on Earth

A team of researchers in Canada have found what might be the oldest set of fossils in the history of the world. 
●    These fossils have been found inside a rock which has been dated at 3.7-billion years old. 
●    This set of life forms is rather unique in their age relative to that of the Earth’s formation at 4.5-billion years ago.
●    Billions of years ago, microbes lived and died around the Nuvvuagittuq belt – once a hydrothermal vent on the ocean floor. 
●    What scientists have found in the samples picked up at the Nuvvuagittuq Supracrustal Belt (NSB) included evidence the life. 
●    This life, they say, lived billions of years ago, living on iron provided by the vents.
●    Evidence was found of fossils that were likely entombed at a hydrothermal vents at NSB. Studies were done on the inner bits of samples from NSB using a Raman microscope. 
●    Inside samples from the site were found carbonate, apatite, and magnetite. These minerals can be found quite often where organic matter is formed. 
●    Tiny filaments and tubes added to evidence of ancient bacteria.

NATIONAL NEWS

 
Centre Stays Order to Stop Stamping Baggage at 7 Airports


The confusion over stamping of hand baggage at seven airports of the country — including Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport — ended on Thursday, with the Bureau for Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) stating that all cabin bags needed to be stamped.
●    The BCAS had issued a circular on February 24 saying that it has stopped stamping of baggage tags at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin airports.
●    But the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which mans airports across the country, expressed its inability to implement the order. 
●    On Thursday, a joint meeting was held between ministers of state and officials of Union ministry of home affairs and Union ministry of civil aviation at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan to discuss the modalities of implementation of the order.
●    A similar exercise was to be conducted simultaneously at the remaining 52 airports under CISF cover for recommending modifications in the security architecture and CCTV systems so that the scheme could be implemented at these airports as well. 


DEFENCE


President of India presents ‘Standard’ to 125 Helicopter Squadron and ‘Colours’ to mechanical training institute of Indian Air Force 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the ‘Standard’ to 125 Helicopter Squadron and ‘Colours’ to Mechanical Training Institute of Indian Air Force today (March 3, 2017) at Air Force Station, Tambaram, Tamil Nadu. 
●    Speaking on the occasion, the President complimented the 125 Helicopter Squadron and Mechanical Training Institute of Indian Air Force and said these units have a glorious past, embedded with rich heritage, stellar efforts and selfless service to the Nation. For their unflinching devotion, professionalism, ethos and courage, the Nation honours them with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation. 
●    The President said that India is a responsible and emerging power in a multipolar, multilateral world. The ever changing socio-economic and geo-political scenario in our region of influence demands a strong deterrent against those with nefarious designs to affect the progress, prosperity and security of our Nation. 
●    Apart from providing deterrence against inimical entities, both external and internal, our Armed Forces have been at the forefront of providing succour to our citizens during natural calamities. The relentless and selfless operations showcase the fortitude and determination of its gallant air warriors. 
●    The President said that the Indian Air Force has evolved into a technologically advanced entity whilst safeguarding the sovereignty of our Nation. The resilience and tenacity displayed by the air warriors is worthy of emulation by the youth of our country. 


NATIONAL NEWS

India to Host 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance: ICEGOV 2017

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 Thursday, 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 & Justice in the presence of Ms. Maria Manuel Leitao Marques, Minister of Presidency and  Administrative Modernization, Portugal, Shri P. P. Chaudhary, Hon’ble MoS, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Mr. P. K. Sinha, Cabinet Secretary,  and Ms Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology.
●    The key objective of ICEGOV2017 is to explore how Digital Government can lead to Digital Empowerment by local knowledge. It is a recognition of India’s emerging role as a massive cyber power, accelerated by the Digital India push which has acquired international acknowledgment. Digital Governance is  the future of Good  Governance, in sync with the Honourable Prime Minister’s vision to transform India into a transparent and digitally empowered country.
●    ICEGOV 2017 is the 10th edition of ICEGOV, which will focus on the use of technology to transform relationships between government and citizens, businesses, civil society. It will try to inculcate an outlook to create new forms, paradigms, foundations for technology-enabled governance, collaboration, development.  The 10th ICEGOV will bring together academia, governments, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector to share the insights and experiences in theory and practice of Digital Government.
●    In addition to research papers, experience papers, poster papers and doctoral research papers, the programme will also include keynote lecturers like Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor from United States, Geoff Walsham, Professor from United Kingdom , Frank La Rue, Assistant Director General for Communication and information, UNESCO, plenary discussions and invited sessions by major institutional actors in the area. The programme  also includes Digital Exhibition and special events highlighting the Indian experience and achievements in digital governance.

APPOINTMENTS


Luis Norton de Matos appointed Head Coach of India U-17 football team

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on 1 March 2017 appointed Portugal’s Luis Norton de Matos as the Head Coach of the India U-17 team for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
●    The World Cup is scheduled to be held in October 2017.
●    De Matos replaces Nicolai Adam, who was resigned under controversial circumstances after a revolt from the players.
●    Born on 14 December 1953, Luis Norton de Matos is a former Portuguese footballer.
●    He played as a forward.
●    He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 210 games and 36 goals over the course of nine seasons.
●    In 1989, he became a manager and worked with several clubs.
●    The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be the 17th edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
●    The FIFA U-17 World Cup is the biennial international men's youth football championship contested by the U17 national teams of the member associations of FIFA.

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NATIONAL NEWS

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 today. 
●    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. 
●    It may be recalled that Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has been advocating the involvement of voluntary organization and NGOs into the Namami Gange programme to make it a mass movement. 
●    The MoU was signed by Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga Shri UP Singh and Vice Chairman of Rotary India Shri PT Prabhakar.

NATIONAL NEWS


CBDT signs 10 unilateral APAs with taxpayers

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on 28 February 2017 signed ten Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with taxpayers. 
●    The APAs were signed in various sectors of the economy like Telecom, Pharmaceutical, Banking & Finance, Steel, Retail and Information Technology, etc.
●    In the current financial year, a total of 76 APAs have already been signed by CBDT. 
●    With this, the total number of APAs entered into by the CBDT reached 140 in number. This includes 10 Bilateral APAs and 130 Unilateral APAs. 
●    The CBDT expects more APAs to be signed before the end of the current fiscal.
●    Two of these ten agreements are Bilateral APAs with the United Kingdom and Japan. While, seven of these agreements have rollback provisions in them. 
●    The APAs entered into over the last week pertain to various sectors of the economy like Telecom, Pharmaceutical, Banking & Finance, Steel, Retail, Information Technology, etc. 

NATIONAL NEWS

Govt. Notifies Law to Criminalise Possession of Banned Notes

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 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 and given time to deposit such scrapped notes with RBI till March 31.
●    With the law coming into force, possession of more than 10 pieces of the old notes by individuals and more than 25 pieces for study, research or numismatics purpose will be a criminal offence, attracting fine of Rs 10,000 or five times the cash held, whichever is higher.
●    The Act also ends the liability of the Reserve Bank and the government on the demonetised currency notes.

SPORTS


Kohli First to be Named India's Best International Cricketer Thrice

India skipper Virat Kohli, who has been on a roll with the willow, was on Wednesday named for the prestigious Polly Umrigar award while all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin will be presented the Dilip Sardesai award at the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) annual awards on March 8 here.
●    Kohli, who first received the award in 2011-12 and in 2014-15, will become the first Indian cricketer to be bestowed with the honour on three occasions.
●    Ashwin, who won the Dilip Sardesai award in 2011, will become the first Indian cricketer to receive the honour twice.
●    The Chennai tweaker, who was adjudged the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test cricketer of the year, was instrumental in India’s Test series wins against New Zealand, England and Bangladesh with both the bat and the ball.
●    The BCCI Annual Awards committee consisting of N. Ram, Ramachandra Guha and Diana Edulji had nominated former domestic cricketers Rajinder Goel and Padmakar Shivalkar for the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.

ECONOMY

 Govt. Asks Banks to Get all Accounts on Net Banking by March 31

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, which recently took over the responsibility of promoting the digital payments ecosystem in the country from Niti Aayog, has asked the banks to enable all bank accounts with net-banking facility before March 31. 
●    Most banks in the country, including both public and private, charge for net banking services such as electronic fund transfer, and some lenders even levy a charge for providing internet banking services to their customers.
●    On February 15, the Government of India (Allocation of Business) rules were amended through a notification entrusting the IT ministry to promote digital payments. 
●    Earlier, the government had set up a panel under the Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant to push adoption of online transactions in the backdrop of demonetisation. 

ECONOMY


HDFC, ICICI, Axis to Levy Rs. 150 after Four Transactions a Month

Banks including HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank on Wednesday began charging a minimum amount of Rs 150 per transaction for cash deposits and withdrawals beyond four free transactions in a month.
●    The charges would apply to savings as well as salary accounts effective from Wednesday, leading private sector player HDFC Bank said in a circular.
●    The bank would also cap the third party cash transactions at Rs 25,000 per day, while cash handling charges would be withdrawn effective today, the circular added.
●    In case of ICICI Bank, the charges are same as they were before the demonetisation move announced on November 8, while there is an increase in such fees in case of some others.
●    For non-home branches, ICICI Bank would not charge anything for first cash withdrawal of a calendar month and Rs 5 per thousand rupees thereafter subject to a minimum of Rs 150.

NATIONAL NEWS


LPG Prices Raised by Rs. 86, Steepest Hike in India's History

In the steepest hike in Indian history, the price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) was hiked by Rs 86 cylinder on Thursday, due to change in international trends.
●    The hike is not applied to all the cylinders, but only on Non-subsidised LPG, bought by those who have either given up their subsidies or exhausted the quota of 12 bottles of 14.2-kg in a year at below market price.
●    The LPG was yesterday priced at Rs 651.50 per 14.2-kg cylinder which raised to cost Rs 737.50 today.
●    The steepest hike comes only a month after the price of a cylinder was hiked by Rs 66.5 on February 1.
●    LPG rates have received several upswings since October 2016. 
●    In September, a non-subsidised LPG cylinder was priced at Rs 466.50 in Delhi and has risen by Rs 271 per bottle or 58 per cent in six instalments.


 

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Pakistan to host ECO Summit


Pakistan will host a multi-nation regional economic summit on March 1 aimed at increasing cooperation in areas such as trade, energy, tourism and economic growth.
●    Pakistan is hosting the 13th Economic Cooperation Organisation Summit in Islamabad on March 1. 
●    The Summit will be preceded by the Senior Official’s Meeting on 26—27 February and Council of Foreign Minister’s Meeting on 28 February,” PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told reporters.
●    Most member states have confirmed their participation in the Summit whose theme is ‘Connectivity for Regional Prosperity’.
●    The leaders would deliberate and decide on ways and means to augment cooperation in the areas of connectivity, trade, energy, tourism, investment, industry, economic growth, productivity, social welfare and environment.
●    Initiatives for furtherance of education and scientific linkages, cultural and people-to-people contacts within the ECO would also be deliberated upon during the Summit.

NATIONAL NEWS

Pepsi and Coke banned in Tamil Nadu


Traders in Tamil Nadu have decided that they will not sell soft drinks manufactured by Multinational Companies (MNCs) from 1 March, and promote only Indian brands, The Hindu reported today. 
●    The decision comes in the aftermath of the massive Jallikattu protests which recently rocked the state.
●    Many people who made the Jallikattu protests about preserving the local culture had also lashed out at PETA, headquartered in the United States, and American brands such as Pepsi and Coke.
●    Peramaippu, with 6,000 affiliated member associations and 15.87 lakh members, will spend February educating traders and consumers about the alleged ills of the foreign brands. 
●    It will also ask restaurants and hotels too to not sell these brands.

NATIONAL NEWS


India Healthier in Last 10 years : Survey


India's health indicators show significant improvement over the last decade with a decline in infant mortality complimented by a better sex ratio, more institutional deliveries and wider vaccine coverage.
●    The population rate is also a showing positive change, according to the new set of government data gathered during the fourth phase of National Family Health Survey.
●    Haryana projected a commendable change in its sex ratio at birth. While 762 females were born per 1,000 males in Haryana during NFHS 3 (2005-06), the ratio improved to 836 females per 1,000 males in the survey in 2014-15. 
●    But the sex ratio at birth improved marginally nationally with 919 females born against 1,000 males during the fourth phase of the survey. 
●    During 2005-06, 914 females were born per 1,000 males.
●    India's total fertility rate also declined to 2.2 from 2.7 over last decade, inching closer to the replacement level of 2.1. 
●    Overall, the level declined by 1.2 children per woman from NFHS 1 to NFHS 4. 
●    The data shows Uttar Pradesh showcased maximum decline in TFR, which dropped from 2.7 to 1.1 in last eight years.

OBITUARY


Noted Gujarati Writer Tarak Mehta died


Popular Gujarati writer and noted play writer Tarak Mehta passed away on 1 March 2017 at his Ahmedabad residence. Mehta passed away at 87.
●    Tarak Mehta suffered from age related illness for a long time.
●    Tarak Mehta was an Indian columnist, humorist, writer and playwright.
●    He wrote around 80 books on various pressing issues.
●    Three books are based on the columns he wrote in Gujarati newspaper Divya Bhaskar. The remaining books were compiled from the stories in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.
●    The popular comic television serial ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah' is a television adaptation of Taarak Mehta's column 'Duniya Ne Undha Chasma'.
●    He had translated and adapted several comedies into Gujarati. Tarak Mehta had also served in Films Division-Mumbai as a script writer.
●    Gujarat Sahitya Akademi awarded him Sahitya Gaurav Puraskar in 2011 and Ramanlal Nilkanth Hasya Paritoshik in 2017.
●    For his contribution to the literature, he was honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2015. Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian honour of the Union Government.


NATIONAL NEWS

IMD Predicts 'Over Normal' Temperature this year due to Global Warming


According to NOAA and NASA scientists, 2016 set a global heat record for the third year in a row, but seems that's not enough as more hot weather is expected in the coming days, especially in India.
●    The IMD said that several states are likely to witness heatwave conditions and that the northwest region of the country would be the worst affected with temperatures of more than one degree Celsius above normal.
●    In the rest of the country, temperatures are likely to be a degree Celsius above normal.
●    This includes Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana.
●    While 2016 has been termed as the hottest year since 1901, Phalodi in Rajasthan recorded 51 degrees Celsius - the highest ever recorded in the country.
●    Last year, more than 1,600 people died due to extreme climate conditions. 
●    Of them, 700 died due to heatwave conditions. This included over 400 deaths in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. 

NATIONAL NEWS


Air Costa Stops Operation


Air Costa on Tuesday temporarily suspended its operations, becoming the second regional airline in less than eight months to abruptly stop services after Air Pegasus.
●    Air Pegasus is unlikely to resume services from tomorrow as announced in January when new investors were roped in.
●    Facing financial issues with the lessors, Air Costa has decided to ground its two leased aircraft, Embraer E190, which can seat over 100 passengers. 
●    The airline has only these two planes in its fleet.
●    Rival Air Pegasus too had to shut operations for similar reason in July 2016.
●    Air Pegasus, which has been grounded since July last year, is unlikely to restart services again from tomorrow as the new investors are still carrying out their “due diligence“.
●    Last month, Bengaluru-based airline group Flyeasy had announced acquiring up to 74 per cent stake in Air Pegasus in a deal worth Rs 86 crore.

NATIONAL NEWS

Projects worth Rs 1050 Crore Awarded to arrest sewage pollution in Ganga from Patna


In a major step taken to develop adequate sewage treatment infrastructure in Patna to keep Ganga clean, projects worth  Rs 1,050 crore have been awarded under  Namami Gange programme. 
●    The amount will be spent for setting up two two Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs),renovation of one existing STP , construction of two pumping stations and laying of new underground sewage network of about 400 kilometers.
●    Contracts to build STP of 60 MLD capacity and laying of new underground sewage network of  227 kilometers  in Saidpur zone of the city have been awarded to UEM India Pvt. Ltd and Jyoti Build Tech Pvt. Ltd at a total cost of  Rs 600 crore. 
●    Three other firms – Larsen & Turbo Ltd, Voltas Ltd and GAA Germany JV have been awarded separate projects in Beur zone of the city worth over Rs 450 crore to build one STP of 23 MLD, renovate existing STP of 20 MLD and lay down new underground sewage network of about 180 kilometers. 
●    The scope of work also includes creation of main pumping stations of 83 MLD and 50 MLD capacity in Saidpur and Beur zones respectively. The contracts also include the cost of operation and maintenance of STPs and sewage networks for a period of 10 years.

NATIONAL NEWS

Swachh Bharat Milestone- 100 districts in India declared ODF


Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation today launched Swachh Shakti Saptah, a week-long programme of activities across the country to highlight the role of women in Swachh Bharat Mission and to recognize their leadership.
●    Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, made the national launch of Swachh Shakti Saptaah in Gurugram, Haryana, at a joint event with the Government of Haryana. 
●    Over 1000 women swachhta champions from grassroots in Haryana attended the event. Deputy Commissioners of 11 ODF districts of Haryana were honoured on the occasion. 
●    The week will culminate with a mega-event in Gujarat named Swachh Shakti 2017 where the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will address 6000 women sarpanches and honour them for their contribution to Swachh Bharat.
●    The Minister also announced that the number of ODF (Open Defecation Free) districts in the country has now crossed 100. 
●    Over 1.7 lakh villages have become ODF. He said that the achievement of this milestone today has made it an occasion of double celebration for the Mission. 
●    He lauded everyone involved in the Swachh Bharat Mission, especially the administrations of these 100 districts, for their exceptional efforts towards making the Prime Minister’s vision of a Swachh and Open Defecation Free India a reality.


 

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DEFENCE

INS Viraat to Bow Out of Service


INS Viraat, the second aircraft carrier in the Indian naval fleet, will be decommissioned on March 6, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra said on Monday.
●    INS Viraat is the second centaur class aircraft carrier in service which has spent 30 years in the Indian Navy and before that 27 years in the Royal Navy of UK.
●    The next aircraft carrier is under construction at Cochin. It will be named Vikrant. 
●    As per the contract with the Cochin Shipyard, the ship will commence trials by end-2018 or early 2019.
●    He said the Navy is looking for multi-role helicopters (MRH) with combat and evacuation capabilities to act as force multipliers. 
●    These choppers are meant for anti-surface and anti-submarine roles and for rescue and evacuation.
●    The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) will look at issues like whether the MRH can be developed on a strategic partnership model.

APPOINTMENTS


Sumit Mullick Appointed as Maharashtra Chief Secretary


Senior IAS officer Sumit Mullick was today appointed as the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra.
●    He will succeed Swadheen Kshatriya, who was due for retirement on January 31, but was given a month's extension.
●    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis signed the file on Mullick early this morning, an official from the CMO said.
●    Mullick, a 1982 batch IAS officer is Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) and currently serving as the Chief Protocol Officer in the General Administration department.
●    He had earlier served as the Divisional Commissioner of Amravati and worked as Secretary of School Education.
●    He was also Secretary to the Governor.
●    Mullick is the senior most bureaucrat in the state after Kshatriya and will retire in April 2018.

AWARDS


Rajinder Goel, Padmakar Shivalkar to Receive Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award


The mobile phone of Padmakar Shivalkar, the champion Mumbai left-arm spinner who was unfortunate not to play for India, did not stop ringing on Monday evening after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nominated him for the Col CK Nayudu lifetime achievement award.
●    Former Haryana left-arm spinner Rajinder Goel, Ranji Trophy’s highest wickettaker with 637 scalps, too didn’t get to play for India as his career ran parallel to that of Bishan Singh Bedi. He has also been bestowed with the same honour.
●    Shivalkar was denied an opportunity to play for India due to the famous spin quartet of Bedi, Erapalli Prassana, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and R Venkataraghavan.
●    Shivalkar, who was known to recite songs during his playing days, did forget to sing the line of the famous Bollywood song ‘main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya’.

NATIONAL NEWS
 

India and ADB sign loans and grants for first phase of long East Coast Economic Corridor


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed here $375 million in loans and grants to develop 800-kilometer Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor, which is the First Phase of a planned 2,500–kilometer long East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC). 
●    The Corridor is expected to spur development on India’s eastern coast in line with the Government of India’s Make in India policy to stimulate manufacturing, and Act East policy to integrate the Indian economy with Asia’s dynamic global production networks.
●    The signing event was held on 23.02.2017 followed the ADB approval of $631 million in loans and grants in September 2016 to develop the Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor. 
●    ADB’s approved loans comprise a $500 million multi-tranche facility to build key infrastructure in the four main centers along the corridor – Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Amaravati, and Yerpedu-Srikalahasti in the State of Andhra Pradesh. The First Tranche of $245 million was signed today that will finance sub-projects to develop high-quality internal infrastructure in 2 of the 4 nodes of the corridor–Visakhapatnam and Yerpedu-Srikalahasti.
●    Another component of the approved ADB funds signed on 23.02.2017 was a $125 million policy-based loan that will be used for capacity development of institutions engaged in corridor management, provide support to enhance ease of doing business and for supporting industrial and sector policies to stimulate industrial development. 


NATIONAL NEWS
 


Minister for Civil Aviation Dedicates First Integrated Heliport to the Nation


The First Integrated Heliport was dedicated to the Nation by Ministry of Civil Aviation in association with Pawan Hans today at Rohini Heliport, Delhi. After inaugurating the facility the Minister for Civil Aviation Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that the heliport was an excellent infrastructure but pointed out that helicopter services in India are still at a nascent stage. 
●    He added that the facility will keep the cost under control as MRO facility has been incorporated. This would also help in job creation. Speaking to media later, he said that joy rides have a future. He also expressed the hope that the pilot training centre would come up soon.
●    The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jayant Sinha said that the Aviation sector is making history almost every day and that the heliport is one such event. 
●    The Secretary for Civil Aviation, Shri R.N. Choubey said that it is part of National Aviation Policy to have four heliports, one in each region and Rohini’s heliport is the first step. He also said that helicopter operations could be shifted from I.G.I to Rohini. 
●    The Rohini heliport has been completed in almost two years at a cost of nearly 100 crores. 
●    The Heliport consists of a terminal building having capacity of 150 passengers, 4 hangers with parking capacities for 16 helicopters and 9 parking bays. 

NATIONAL NEWS

4th India-CLMV Business Conclave Inaugurated by Sitharaman  


Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman will inaugurate the 4th India CLMV Business Conclave here on Monday.
●    The 4th India CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam) Business Conclave will have deliberations on manufacturing, renewable energy, agriculture and skilling among others.
●    Aimed at identifying specific project opportunities and seek business partnerships in the region, the two-day programme will consist of business to business meetings and sectoral sessions.
●    The conclave will focus on sectors such as Pharma, Healthcare, manfAgri Business, Food processing, Gems and Jewellery, Textiles, Leather, Renewable Energy and education.
●    It will be addressed by Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, Cambodia; Dr Than Myint, Union Minister, Minister of Commerce, Myanmar; Cao Quoc Hung; Vice Minister of Industry and Trade, Vietnam.
●    Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is also expected to attend the conclave to be organised by CII and the ministry of commerce and industries.

APPOINTMENTS

Nand Kumar Sai assumes charge as Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes 


Senior tribal leader from Chhattisgarh and ex parliamentarian Shri Nand Kumar Sai assumed charge as the chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) today in New Delhi.
●    Speaking on the occasion Shri Sai said it will be his endeavor to protect rights of tribal living in far flung areas of the country. He said a large percentage of tribals in our country are still not aware of their rights guaranteed to them by the constitutions. Shri Sai said he will see to it that NCST is converted into an important tool for the overall social economic development of STs in the country.
●    Earlier on his arrival to the office of NCST, Shri Sai was greeted by Vice Chairperson of NCST Miss Anusuia Uikey, Members Shri Bari Krishna Damor and Shri Harshadbhai Chunilal Vasava and Secretary of the Commission Shri Raghav Chandra.
●    Born on January 1, 1946 at village Bhagora of Jaspur District in Chhattisgarh Shri Sai studied at NES college Jashpur and obtained Post Graduate degree in Political Science from Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Raipur.
●    Shri Sai was elected to MP legislative assembly in 1977, 1985 and 1998. He was elected to Chhattisgarh legislative assembly in 2000 and was the first leader of opposition in the assembly. Shri Sai was elected to Lok sabha in 1989, 1996 and 2004. He was also elected to Rajya Sabha in 2009 and 2010. He also served as member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Coal and Steel and member of the Parliamentary consultative committee of Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Social Justice and empowerment.


NATIONAL NEWS

Parshottam Rupala launches NDDB’s Cattle Feed Knowledge Portal


The Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Parshottam Rupala has said that agriculture is the backbone of rural economy in the country and dairying plays an important role in it. Even though India is the largest milk producer in the world, there is ample scope to improve per animal productivity. 
●    Shri Rupala stated it while inaugurating a National Workshop on Improving Feed Production Efficiency & Quality Control Aspects of Cattle Feed Plants organized by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in Anand, today. 
●    Shri Dilip Patel, Member of Parliament, Shri Dilip Rath, Chairman, NDDB and Dr HPS Makkar, FAO, Rome graced the occasion. Around 200 cattle feed plant professionals from all over the country participated.
●    The Chairman, NDDB informed that the dairy cooperative network produces about 3.6 million tonnes per annum with an installed capacity of about 5 million tonnes in 70 cattle feed plants. 
●    In addition the private sector produces an additional 4.5 million tonnes. A total of 8 million tonnes per annum is sufficient for only about 8 million of the more than 100 million breedable animals.
●    During the workshop issues related to cattle feed production, quality control aspects in a feed plant, improving feed production efficiency, latest trends in feed milling operation, least cost feed formulation and modernization of a quality control lab were discussed in details.


 

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We bring you the Latest  (Gk)General Knowledge, Daily Current Affairs news, Events, General awareness Today  27th February 2017 Section in FREE PDF (English & Hindi), a section which outlines the latest important news, Events headlines which are hardly covered elsewhere.


NATIONAL NEWS


Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi chairs 75th meeting of Central Waqf Council in New Delhi, today


The Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that some vested interests are creating various obstacles in development of waqf properties and utilisation of these properties for welfare of the society. Shri Naqvi said that serious irregularities in some State Waqf Boards have also come to notice. A high-level inquiry has been going on into these matters and strict action will be taken against those people who are responsible. Shri Naqvi stated it while addressing the 75th meeting of Central Waqf Council in New Delhi, today. 
●    There are about 4,49,314 registered and non-registered waqf properties across the country. The number of these properties will be increased after computerisation of waqf boards. It has also been come to our notice that some waqf boards are not registering the waqf properties properly during the computerisation process. Strict action is being taken in such complaints.  
●    Shri Naqvi said that in the Budget 2017-18, Rs 3.30 crore has been allocated for computerisation of records of state waqf boards; Rs 9.70 crore have been given for strengthening of state waqf boards while Rs 3.18 crore have been allocated as grants-in-aid to Waqf.  
●    The Budget of Minority Affairs Ministry has been increased to Rs 4195.48 crore for 2017-18. This is Rs 368.23 crore more than 2016-17 Budget of Rs 3827.25 crore with an increase of about 9.6 per cent.

NATIONAL NEWS


Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates Jammu Art Exhibition at Delhi

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 a group exhibition of paintings by Jammu artists at Lalit Kala Akademi here today. 
●    While inaugurating the exhibition, he said that Jammu has creative talent in abundance, but needs more exposure. 
●    Dr Jitendra Singh said that more updated and latest methods of art propagation should be adopted. Elaborating further, he said, for example, in today’s time, an artist can use social media options to achieve worldwide reach for his creation even without booking a gallery hall or spending much money. 
●    Accompanied by artists Mahesh Sharma, Vijay Anand and Sanjay Sharma, the Minister discussed the theme and the colour technique with the respective artists. 
●    The various displays put up in the exhibition included abstract paintings with focus on essence of nature, figurative and realistic works representing the magnanimous landscape and paintings with bold palette nice strokes.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS


India & Ukraine to strengthen bilateral cooperation through Cinema


India and Ukraine have agreed to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the twocountries through the medium of Cinema. The cooperation would be worked out through a policy and institutional framework to showcase films through the medium of Film Festivals and utilizing the Film Facilitation Office platform established by India. 
●    The screening of films with subtitles was also discussed in order to reach out to people. These issues were discussed during the meeting between Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Ukrainian delegation led by Mr. Iurii Artemenko, Member of the Parliament of Ukraine and Chairman of the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine today in New Delhi. 
●    Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore and Secretary I&B were also present during the discussions.
●    During the discussions, Shri Naidu said that Ministry of Information & Broadcasting would extend all possible support to promote exchange programs between public broadcasters of the two countries, content creation, screening and distribution of films. The possibility of translating programs and content and providing subtitles in respective languages of both the countries was also discussed with respect to the Public Broadcasters of both the countries.
●    Mr. Iurii Artemenko, said that Ukraine Government were taking efforts to organise an Indian Film Festival in Ukraine to promote Cultural ties between the two countries through the medium of Cinema. 
●    He extended a personal invitation to I&B Minister for the Film Festival to be organised in the near future. He also expressed interest for showcasing programmes based on Indian weddings, Touristic places such as Rajasthan and different Indian Cuisines.

NATIONAL NEWS


Bet Dwarka Darshan Circuit to be developed under HRIDAY


Union Ministry of Urban Development on 23 February 2017 approved the development of 6-kilometer-long Bet Dwarka Darshan Circuit in Gujarat. 
●    The circuit will be developed at an expense of Rs 16.27 crore under the Central Scheme ‘Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY)’.
●    The Bet Dwarka Darshan Circuit that connects the famous Dwarkadish Haveli and Hanuman Dandi was approved by the HRIDAY National Empowered Committee chaired by Rajiv Gauba, Secretary (UD). 
●    Hanuman Dandi is the only temple housing Hanumanji and his son Makardhwaj, in Dwarka district of Gujarat.
●    Ranchod Talav and Shankhudhar Lake are the two important water bodies along the circuit.
●    Darshan Circuit works to be taken up include 
●    Development of streets and pedestrian pathways
●    Laying of cycle tracks along beach side and plantation, LED lighting and plazas for vending spaces
●    Other facilities includes the provision of benches, changing rooms, resting spaces, drinking water and toilet facilities
●    Craft and food bazaar will be developed


AWARDS


Oscar Awards 2017 conferred


The 89th Academy Awards, popularly called Oscar Awards, were conferred on 26 February 2017 (27 February 2017 as per Indian time). The award ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
●    The Oscar Awards for the year 2017 were presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 24 categories.
●    The nominees for the 89th Oscar Awards were announced on 24 January 2017, via global live stream from the Academy. Movie La La Land received the most nominations with a record-tying fourteen.
●    Best Film - Moonlight
●    Best Actor - Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea)
●    Best actress - Emma Stone (La La Land)
●    Best Dayrector- La La Land
●    Best Supporting Aktres - Viola Davies (fence)
●    Best Supporting Actor- Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
●    Edited Skriple - Moonlight
●    Original Song - City of Stars (La La Land)
●    Origen score - La La Land
●    Best Cinematography - La La Land
●    Best Animated Feature - Jutopia
●    Best Animated Short Film - mentha
●    Best Foreign Language Film - The salesmen
●    Best Visual Effects - The Jungle Book
●    Best Production Design - La La Land
●    Best Sound Editing - Arrival
●    Best Sound Mixing - Hakso Ridge
●    Best Makeup and Heyrstail- Suicide Squad
●    Best Costume Design - Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them

PERSONS

Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar

In an expected but triumphant win for Best Actor in a Supporting Role during the 89th Academy Awards, Mahershala Ali gave a humble speech, thanking those in his life who helped him achieve such a deserved feat.
●    “I want to thank my teachers, my professors,” the “Moonlight” actor began. “One thing they consistently told me was that it wasn’t about you. 
●    It’s not about you, it’s about these characters, you are a servant. You’re in service to these stories and these characters.” 
●    He went on to thank “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins and the film’s cast and crew. He also nodded to his wife and daughter, who was born four days ago.
●    “I want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process, and carrying me through it all,” he said, in an elegant kickoff to the night.
●    Ali is the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar, a particularly notable achievement in 2017, when the White House has placed travel restrictions on individuals from several Muslim-majority nations. 
●    This win also makes Ali the fifth black actor to achieve a Supporting Actor Oscar. 
 


SPORTS

ISSF World Cup: Pooja Ghatkar Clinches Bronze in 10m Air Rifle Event

Pooja Ghatkar overcame some technical issues to clinch the women's 10m air rifle bronze medal as India opened their account on a positive note in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup here on Friday.
●    The 28-year-old Ghatkar, a former Asian champion, shot 228.8 in the final of 10m air rifle to finish third on the podium and win her maiden World Cup medal, at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.
●    China's Mengyao Shi won the gold medal with a score of 252.1, setting a new world record in the event. Mengyao's compatriot Dong Lijie bagged the silver with a score of 248.9 on day one of competitions.
●    Ghatkar, who had missed out on a Rio Olympic Games quota place by a whisker last year, said she was looking ahead having buried that chapter.
●    Ghatkar, who started the final with a 10.4, was consistent with her scores barring a couple of blips and was placed second with 104.6 at the end of first competition stage.


NATIONAL NEWS

RAHAT medical project launched in Rajasthan


The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje inaugurated a medical project called Rajasthan Heart Attack Treatment programme (RAHAT), launched by Eternal Heart Care Center Hospital in Jaipur, on 25 February 2017.
●    The programme involves creation and management of a telemedicines platform to treat ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), a very serious type of heart attack.
●    The telemedicines platform will help capture and transmit patient's EKG along with clinical history from remote geographical locations to the heart command center (HCC) hub, where a team of expert cardiologists will provide an immediate interpretation of the EKG and real time STEMI guidance and management through tele-consultation after instantly recognising the EKG abnormalities. 
●    The programme aims to provide timely treatment to those who undergo heart attack in rural and remote areas.
●    Under it, the patients suffering a stroke would be provided with immediate ambulance service and telemedicine service.


 

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