Current Affairs March 2017 - Miscellaneous


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  • State Bank of India (SBI), India’s largest public lender, will resume charging customers who don’t maintain Monthly Account Average Balance (MAB) in their savings bank accounts from April 1, 2017.

  • The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the ‘Standard’ to 125 Helicopter Squadron and ‘Colours’ to Mechanical Training Institute of Indian Air Force.

  • The Union Government has approved outright sale of state-owned SAIL’s three special steel units: Alloy Steels Plant (ASP), Salem Steel Plant (SSP) and Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Plant (VISP).

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced a mobile application named 'Exam Locator' to help students appearing for class 10th and 12th examinations to locate their exam centres.

  • Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali inaugurated the first smart tribal model village 'Habbi' in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) by the Nagpur-based Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University for his contribution in the field of veterinary sciences and social work.

  • 1253 stations have been identified for development under Adarsh Station Scheme. Out of 1253 stations, 1017 stations have already been developed and remaining railway stations are planned to be developed by 2017-18.

  • Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Co has signed a deal worth 3 billion euros (USD 3.2 billion) with an Iranian investment fund to invest in a major Iranian oil project.

  • The Bandhan Bank Ltd inked an agreement with Avenues India Pvt Ltd, a payment solution provider in India, to provide the merchants with access to the point of sale (POS) and the payment gateway products.

  • The U.S. state of Kansas has recognised March 16 as ‘Indian-American Appreciation Day’ to honour an Indian techie who was killed in a raciallymotivated hate crime.

  • Russian bank VTB has decided to close its only office in New Delhi, India to cut costs but will continue to work in India.

  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched initiatives to develop Majuli, world biggest river island, as India’s first carbon neutral district and as a biodiversity heritage.

  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will help Karnataka with low-cost technologies for water conservation and efficient use of water in the drought-affected districts.

  • The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) directed all mobile phone service providers to reverify existing customers, prepaid and post-paid, using their unique Aadhaar identity number and biometric details. Aadhaar-based e-KYC would also be mandatory for customers procuring new SIM card.

  • The External Affairs Ministry and the department of posts announced the opening of a Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. It would be the 86th POPSK in the country.

  • National chopper operator Pawan Hans is set to launch its "Delhi Darshan" rides with a 10-minute sortie costing Rs 2,499 per person.

  • Shuttlers Purva Barve and Varun Kapur handed India double delight by winning their respective age group sections in the Li Ning-Israel Open 2017 badminton tournament held in Israel.

  • Tanushree Pareek became the first woman combat officer to be commissioned in the 51-year history of the BSF, the country’s largest border guarding force.

  • The two-day ‘World Conference on Environment’ organized by the National Green Tribunal in New Delhi concluded on 26th March.

  • The Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) has been adjudged the ‘Best Small Bank for 2016’.

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

  • The Insurance Regulatory and Development authority of India (IRDAI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 20 lakh on ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company on various charges like free look cancellations not being in line with regulations and delay in processing surrenders/partial withdrawals.

  • NTPC has commissioned 55 Mega Watt (MW) of Bhadla Solar Power Project in Rajasthan, with this, the installed capacity of Bhadla Solar Power project has become 260 MW and that of NTPC's solar power projects has become 620 MW.

  • Whanganui River, which is viewed by the Maori Iwi tribe in New Zealand as their ancestor, has been legally granted the status of a person.

  • Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Act of 2017 (HR 1449) was introduced in the US House of Representatives by Ted Poe, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism.

  • Thailand celebrates National Elephant Day on 13 March.

  • The winner of the All England Open Men's Singles title is Lee Chong Wei.

  • In UK, the House of Lords has passed the Brexit bill, which will allow government to trigger Article 50 to pave its way to leave the European Union (EU).

  • Indian hockey player S V Sunil honoured with the Asian Player of the Year 2016 by the Asian Hockey Federation.

  • The theme of the 2017 World Autism Awareness Day is “Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity”.

  • The High Court of Uttarakhand ordered a ‘complete’ ban on mining activities in the State for four months.

  • The Law Commission of India submitted its 267th report to the Union Government on Hate Speech.

  • India has renewed its agreement on the supply of petroleum with Nepal.

  • World Bank signed USD 100 million credit agreement to improve quality of health care services in all 13 districts of Uttarakhand.

  • The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) signed a MoU with Sashastra Seema Bal for execution of skill development Programmes.

  • Sentinel-2B satellite in the series of Sentinel satellite was launched by European Union.

  • The Swachh Shakti 2017 – A Convention of Women Sarpanches was held in Gujarat.

  • The 11th edition of North-East Business Summit (NEBS) started in New Delhi.

  • Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University recently conferred honorary degree of Doctor of Science on RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat.

  • Donald Tusk was recently re-elected as the President of the European Council.

  • Diego Maradona has been named as the new ambassador of the Chinese Super League.

  • 50 un-served airports and airstrips of the state governments, Airports Authority of India and Civil enclaves will be revived after the approval by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).

  • The anti-missile system that is being deployed by the US in South Korea is THAAD.

  • Padma Bhushan awardee, K Srinath Reddy, was appointed as the adviser to the Odisha government for its ongoing public health programmes.

  • US President Donald Trump’s new executive order spared Iraq from the immigration ban.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently released a special commemorative postage stamp on 100 years of Yogoda Satsang Math, which is located at Dakshineswar, Kolkata, West Bengal.

  • The Union Cabinet approved the signing of a MoU on renewable energy with Portugal.

  • The former President of the USA, George W Bush, authored the book Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors.

  • Lipstick Under My Burkha won the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival 2017.

  • Reliance Industries won the 7th National Award for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals and Downstream Plastics Processing Industry in the category of Innovation in Polymeric Materials.



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