15 March 2017 Current Affairs : World Consumer Rights Day, Parrikar Goa CM, ‘Operation Searchlight’

///15 March 2017 Current Affairs : World Consumer Rights Day, Parrikar Goa CM, ‘Operation Searchlight’

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 – 15 March 2017

■ N Biren Singh to take oath as the Chief Minister of Manipur in Imphal today. Governor Najma Heptulla will administer him oath of office and secrecy. Biren Singh will form the first BJP led Government in the state. He was unanimously elected as the leader of the 21-member BJP Legislature Party.

  • BJP minister Manohar Parrikar took oath as the Chief Minister of Goa in Panaji.

■  Parliament has passed the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016 with the Lok Sabha approving the amendments made to the Bill. The Rajya Sabha had earlier passed the bill with some amendments. The amendments to the bill guards against claims of succession or transfer of properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan and China after wars.

■ In Tamil Nadu, 77 fishermen were released from Sri Lankan jail. The Indian fishermen were brought to Karaikal port by Indian Coast Guard after being handed over by Sri Lankan Navy at international maritime boundary line.

■  Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has taken additional charge of the Defence Ministry, a dual position he had held for around six months in 2014.

■ Notwithstanding stiff opposition from Tamil Nadu, the Kerala Irrigation Department has completed work on the first of the half-a-dozen check-dams proposed across their inter-State river Bhavani to address drinking and irrigation water shortage in Attappady. 

  • This check-dam is the first major initiative on the part of the State to utilise 6 TMC water awarded from the Bhavani basin by the Cauvery Tribunal 10 years ago.
  • The Supreme Court has ratified the verdict and allowed the State to move ahead with its check-dam proposals. However, Tamil Nadu has been opposing this.


Bhavani River, is a tributary of the River Kaveri originating from the South West Corner of the Nilgiri hills of the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu. It enters kerala through Palakkad district through Attappady Reserve Forest which is a protected well known prominent forest area in Palakkad district of Kerala.



■ In Jammu and Kashmir, Cross LoC trade between India and Pakistan via Chakkan-da-Bagh trade point in Poonch has been suspended in view of the mounting tension along the Line of Control after ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops. The Pak Army has targeted Trade Centre complex during shelling on Sunday and Monday. On Monday, the weekly bus service between both the sides also remained suspended.

■ The Lok Sabha has passed the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016. This Bill aims to establish uniform legal framework by consolidating the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts, admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, arrest of vessels and related issues.  It also aims to repeal following 5 obsolete British statutes statutes (laws) on admiralty jurisdiction in civil matters which are 126 to 177 years old and were hindering efficient governance.

  1. Admiralty Court Act, 1840
  2. Admiralty Court Act, 1861
  3. Colonial Courts of Admiralty Act, 1890
  4. Colonial Courts of Admiralty (India) Act, 1891
  5. Provisions of the Letters Patent, 1865


International Current Affairs Capsule – 15 March 2017

■  World Consumer Rights Day is being observed today. It is an awareness day and theme for this year is ‘Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust’.

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

  • Note that: ‘Operation Searchlight’ began in the first hours of March 25 in Dhaka.
  • Pakistan Army swooped on unarmed civilians on the night of March 25, 1971, to crush the Bengali rebellion following refusal by the military leadership to accept the election results of 1970 in which the Awami League got thumping majority.


■  The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that companies can ban employees at work place from wearing religious or political symbols such as Islamic hijab, etc. The European top court has confirmed such a policy must therefore also ban other religious insignia such as crucifixes, skullcaps and turbans. However, the court said that the ban must be based on internal company rules requiring all employees to dress neutrally.

  • The court ruling was prompted by the case of a receptionist fired for wearing a headscarf to work at the security company G4S in Belgium.
  • Note that: The issues of Muslim dress and the integration of immigrant communities has featured prominently in debates in several European countries in recent years.


Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 15 March 2017

■   State Bank of India has announced a one-time farm loan settlement scheme worth 6,000 crore rupees primarily for tractors. One Time Settlement is announced for Agriculture Loans and the Scheme is valid until 31st of this month.

  • The loans disbursed before 2011 and falling under doubtful or loss category accounts as of September 2016, will be considered under the scheme.


■ According to data released by the Central Statistics Office,  Retail inflation rose to 4-month high of 3.65 per cent in February this year, mainly due to an increase in the prices of food items. Inflation measured in terms of the Consumer Price Index had stood at 3.17 per cent in January this year.

  • Wholesale inflation shot up to a 39-month high of 6.55 per cent in February this year, on account of costlier food and fuel items.
  • According to official data, food inflation jumped to 2.69 per cent in February, from minus 0.56 per cent in January.


Sports News Current Affair Capsule – 15 March 2017

■  Hockey India has roped in four foreign scientific advisors to work with the fitness aspects of the senior and junior national teams.

■  The pitch at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, which hosted the second Test between Australia and India last week, has been given a “below average” rating by the ICC match referee, Chris Broad. Earlier, Broad had rated the pitch for the Pune Test, which ended in just three days, as “poor”.  It is considered to be a better rating than poor or unfit for play which can bring in hefty sanction by the game’s governing body.



“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”

Q1. The ‘Vaccine Safety Net’ site has been launched by _ ?

  • A) The State Government of Tamil Nadu
  • B) The World Health Organisation
  • C) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India
  • D) The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Q2. ‘Mission Fingerling’, recently in the news, is associated with which ministry ?

  • A) Ministry of Power
  • B) Ministry of Food Processing Industries
  • C) Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
  • D) Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare


O3. ‘Capital Control’ represents any measure taken for _ ?


O4.  The largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. More than 20 million people are facing the threat of starvation and famine in which nations ?

  • A) Syria, Iraq and Jordan
  • B) Libya, Tunisia and Algeria
  • C) Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria
  • D) Myanmar, North Korea, Gabon and Ghana


Q5. ‘Colostrum’ is associated with _ ?

  • A) A gene found exclusively in the seafood and aquatic environment of Kerala
  • B) Early initiation of breastfeeding
  • C) Non-GMO drought-resistant wheat
  • D) An injectable contraceptive for women


Q6. The nodal Ministry of the Indian Government that deals with issues related to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is ?


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