This Daily Current Affair Capsule is a brief collection of important news from national dailies and government releases on PIB useful for UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc. It covers national, international, economic, sports news.
National Important Current Affairs – 17 March 2017
■ The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Aids to Navigation (AtoNs) between India and Bangladesh. A navigational aid (also known as ‘aid to navigation’, ‘ATON’, or ‘navaid’) is any sort of marker like lighthouses, buoys, fog signals, and day beacons, which aids the traveler in navigation. This term is most commonly used to refer to nautical or aviation travel. Common types of such aids include.
■ The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has envisaged a programme to unlock the potential of country’s ornamental fisheries sector. The government will launch a pilot scheme for promoting ornamental fisheries sector with an outlay of Rs 61.89 crore to meet rising demand in domestic and export markets.
- It will be implemented in eight states — Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
- The pilot project will focus on creating an enabling environment for a sustainable and holistic development of ornamental fisheries for the socio-economic development of the people involved in this activity as well as for exports.
- The pilot project on ornamental fisheries shall be implemented by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) through the Fisheries Departments of States/UTs.
■ Congress leader Capt. Amarinder Singh has been sworn in as the Punjab Chief Minister at the Raj Bhavan, by Governor V.P. Singh Badnore. The oath of office and secrecy was administered to Capt. Amarinder Singh and seven Cabinet Ministers and two Ministers of State.
■ Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is set to become the new Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee(PAC). He will replace K V Thomas who will complete his third term in April.
■ The Tamil Nadu Finance Minister D Jayakumar has presented a tax free and revenue deficit budget for the fiscal 2017-18. It is the first Budget presented by the state Finance Minister as well as the first budget of the AIADMK government headed by E. Palaniswami.
■ Goa Chief minister Manohar Parrikar has won the floor test in the Goa state assembly with 22 legislators support out of legislators out of 40-member House. While the opposition Congress has only 16 votes. Note that: The state assembly conducted the floor test on March 16, 2017 following an order by the Supreme Court.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 17 March 2017
■ India’s contribution to the United Nations rose 55% to Rs 244 crore in 2015-16 compared with the previous fiscal. The Indian government has also made voluntary contributions to the tune of Rs 22 crore to international organisations, including UN agencies, in the last financial year.
- Each UN member is required to contribute to the organisation’s Regular and Peacekeeping budgets.
- These obligatory contributions are calculated based on a member’s relative ‘capacity to pay’.
- Capacity to pay is defined through a scale of assessment that takes into account the member country’s Gross National Income relative to the Global Gross National Income, adjusted further for the level of its national external debt and low per capita income.
■ The U.S. state of Kansas has recognised March 16 as ‘Indian-American Appreciation Day’ to honour an Indian techie who was killed last month in a racially-motivated hate crime.
- Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was killed when 51-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani at a bar in Olathe on February 22 before yelling “get out of my country.”
- Madasani and American national Ian Grillot were injured in the attack.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 17 March 2017
■ HDFC Bank in collaboration with National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) has launched an instant Digital Loan against Securities (LAS) product. It will reduced the time to disburse the overdraft facility in just 3 minutes rather than several days previously. This is a first-of-its-kind initiative in India and probably the first in the world as well.
■ The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, TDSAT, has refused to stay Reliance Jio’s free promotional offer, asking regulator TRAI to re-examine issues relating to the approval granted to the operator to continue with the freebies within two weeks.
- TDSAT had earlier reserved the order on an appeal seeking a stay on Reliance Jio’s free offer after hearing all the parties concerned, including TRAI, telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, and newcomer Jio.
- Note that: Airtel had sought a stay on TRAI’s approval to Jio to continue with the free services. It also sought to restrain Jio from providing its consumers the zero tariff plan and promotional plans.
- Reliance Jio had launched the inaugural free voice and data plan in September last year, and in December, extended the freebies till 31st March 2017.
Sports News Current Affair Capsule – 17 March 2017
■ India’s most successful Badminton Doubles specialist Jwala Gutta has been appointed a member of the governing body of Sports Authority of India (SAI).
- The 14-time national champion is two-time Olympian Jwala won the bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships.
- She is also a 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games champion and a silver medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Games in women’s doubles.
“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”
Q1. The “red corridor”, which is often in the news, is most appropriately related to which of the following ?
- A) The human trafficking network
- B) Insurgency-affected regions
- C) Regions documenting unusually high number of arsenic poisoning cases
- D) The drug trafficking network
Q2. What is Coalbed Methane ?
- A) A form of natural gas
- B) A sweet gas
- C) Both a and b
- D) Neither a nor b
O3. Which union ministry has launched “Mission Fingerling” to achieve Blue Revolution? [
- A) Ministry of Food Processing Industries
- B) Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
- C) Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
- D) Ministry of Shipping
O4. Which state government will launch “Namma Canteens” to serve cheap food?
- A) Andhra Pradesh
- B) Kerala
- C) Tamil Nadu
- D) Karnataka
Q5. Who is the author of the book “So You Want to Know About the Environment”?
- A) Bijal Vachharajani
- B) Roopa Pai
- C) Rachel Ignotofsky
- D) Sumana Roy
Q6. Who is the newly appointed Chairman of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis?
- A) Manju Diler
- B) Manhar Valji Bhai Zala
- C) Narain Das
- D) Dalip Kallu H
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