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 – 18 March 2017
■ Senior BJP leader Trivendra Singh Rawat will be sworn-in as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand and Governor KK Paul will administer him the oath of office and secrecy at a function in Dehradun’s Parade Ground. In the recent Uttarakhand Assembly elections, BJP has won 57 of the 70 seats, which is the biggest ever win by any party in this state so far.
■ The Election Commission will soon decide on which faction of the AIADMK will get its poll symbol ‘twin leaf’. The Commission has called both the V K Sasikala and the O Panneerselvam factions for a hearing on March 22 to decide on the symbol issue. Note that: Both the factions want to contest the April 12 – R K Nagar assembly by poll on the AIADMK symbol and have fielded their respective candidates. March 23 is the last date of filing nominations for this by election.
■ The Assam government has approved the recommendation of the Seventh Pay Commission constituted for over 4 lakh employees. The state cabinet has decided implementation will make state exchequer bear an additional burden of over three thousand crore rupees in the next financial year.
- The cabinet has also decided to give the six months’ arrear salary to its employees before the ensuing Bohag Bihu.
- The Cabinet also decided to set a directorate of the Information Technology Department in Assam.
■ A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking to ban legislators from practising other professions, including as advocates. Many legislators who double up as advocates are even retainers of big corporate bodies entities, giving rise to a situation of conflict of interest between their constitutional duties as a legislator and a lawyer meant to vouchsafe the private interests of their client. Currently, only public servants and judges are barred from engaging in other professions.
- Corruption cannot be curbed without having a uniform policy relating to conflict of interest and restricting legislators to practice other professions.
■ The scientists in India have uncovered a pair of 1.6 billion-year-old fossils that appear to contain red algae, which may be the oldest plant-like life discovered on Earth. Till now, the oldest known red algae was 1.2 billion years old only. These fossils were discovered in sedimentary rocks at Chitrakoot in central India.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 18 March 2017
■ Germany is to begin testing new voice recognition software to identify from which country the migrants without documentation have come from. The Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees said the automated new system would begin within two weeks.
- The aim is to detect Arabic-speaking migrants claiming to be Syrian to increase their chances of asylum.
- The new software will run alongside techniques already in use to establish a person’s identity.
- It is similar to the voice authentication technology used by banks and insurance companies and is capable of differentiating between dialects.
■ Pakistan is planning to declare the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region as its 5th Province, a move which may raise concerns in India as it borders the disputed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
- Gilgit-Baltistan is treated as a separate geographical entity by Pakistan. It has a regional Assembly and an elected Chief Minister. The $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) also passes through this region.
- Gilgit-Baltistan shares a geographical boundary with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and India considers it as part of the undivided Jammu and Kashmir, while Pakistan sees it as a separate from PoK.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 18 March 2017
■ A magisterial court in Mumbai has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant and an extradition order against businessman Vijay Mallya in a service tax default case. The court has also issued an NBW against erstwhile CEO of Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines Sanjay Agarwal. Service Tax Department counsel Advait Sethna has said that the non-bailable warrant against Mallya, is to be executed through the Ministry of External Affairs, and also an extradition order.
Sports News Current Affair Capsule – 18 March 2017
■ Sports Minister Vijay Goel has urged Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to provide adequate infrastructure to the state kickboxers after a medal-winning young Kashmiri athlete uploaded a video in social media requesting the government to improve facilities. Note that: Tajamul Islam, an 8-year-old Kashmiri girl, who had won a gold medal in 2016 World Kickboxing Championship in Italy in the sub-junior category, had released a video in social networking site twitter which has garnered much attention to the issue.
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