2 March 2017 Current Affairs : TN Karuvelum trees removal, World Bank Tejaswini, RBI Cybersecurity Committee

///2 March 2017 Current Affairs : TN Karuvelum trees removal, World Bank Tejaswini, RBI Cybersecurity Committee

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National Important Current Affairs Update – 2 March 2017

■  President Pranab Mukherjee will set to visit the ongoing 3rd edition of the KOCHI-MUZIRIS Biennale, which is the biggest contemporary art exhibition in the country at Kochi. He will inaugurate a seminar on ‘Importance of Sustainable Culture Building’ at the Biennale venue. He will deliver the 6th KS Rajamany memorial lecture on ‘India@70’ organised by KS Rajamany Foundation.

■  India Meteorological Department (IMD) weather model has shown a 47% probability of summer temperatures being above normal.

  • Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir are expected to be particularly hot with predicted temperatures, likely to be above 1 degree C from their normal summer temperatures.
  • Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana are other States in the “core heat zone” that are likely to see significantly warmer temperatures.
  • Note that: 2016 was the warmest year in a century, according to the IMD, with the country 0.91 C warmer than the 1961-1990 average.


■  The Madurai bench of the Madras high court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to enact a law with prohibitory and penal clauses within two months to eradicate seemai karuvelam trees (prosopis juliflora).

  • The seemai karuvelam tree sucks a lot of water. It has invaded into water bodies and dry lands of government and private people, affecting the agricultural activities.
  • About Seema Karuvelam trees: The prosopis juliflora as its known biologically, is a species native to West Africa and was brought to Tamil Nadu in 1960s as fuelwood. Slowly, it has spread into dams and rivers, causing problems in the water starved state. Apparently, this plant does not let other species to co-exist with it.


■  Senior tribal leader from Chhattisgarh and ex parliamentarian, Nand Kuamr Sai has assumed charge as the chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST). 

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) was established by amending Article 338 and inserting a new Article 338A in the Constitution through the Constitution (89th Amendment) Act, 2003.

The erstwhile National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes was replaced by two separate Commissions namely- the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), and the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST).


■  The Centre will amend the rules to allow online filing of performance reports of IAS and IPS officers. This move will help in checking delayed submission of the confidential reports and claims of bias in giving low ratings to an officer. The rules would be applicable to members of all India services – IAS, IPS and IFoS.

■  India has successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude.


International Daily Current Affair Capsule – 2 March 2017

■  A Financing Agreement for IDA credit of US$ 63 million for the “Tejaswini” Socio-Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women Project” was signed between India and the World Bank.

  • The objective of Tejaswini project is to improve completion of market-driven skills training and secondary education for adolescent girls and young women in select 17 districts of Jharkhand.
  • The project has three main components, (i) Expanding social, educational and economic opportunities (ii) Intensive service delivery (iii) State capacity-building and implementation support.
  • About 680,000 adolescent girls and young women in the project Districts are expected to benefit from the program.

■  A team led by John Goodenough, co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery which iswidely used in home electronics and phones, has developed the first solid-electrolyte battery that could lead to safer, faster-charging batteries. The new noncombustible battery has a longer life, up to 3 times more energy density than current liquid-electrolyte Li-ion batteries and operates under 60ºC.

■  The armies of India and Oman are scheduled to conduct their second bilateral exercise in March, Al Nagah-II 2017,  with a focus on counter-terrorism. The aim of this exercise is to build and promote bilateral Army-to-Army relations and enhance interoperability while exchanging skills and experiences between the Indian Army and the Royal Army of Oman. 

■  Singer Rihanna has been honoured with the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award. She has received the award for social work in her native island of Barbados and the charities she has founded over the years.


Economics News Current Affair Capsule – 2 March 2017

■  The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced setting up of the inter-disciplinary standing committee on cyber security to review the threats inherent in existing and emerging technology.

  • The head of this Committee is Meena Hemchandra (Executive Director, RBI)
  • This 11-member committee will study the adoption of various security standards and protocols, and suggest appropriate policy interventions for strengthening cyber security and resilience.

■  Retailers in Tamil Nadu will boycott global cola giants Pepsi and Coca-Cola, along with all their other soft-drink products, from March 1st, citing health and environmental concerns. This decision, taken by major traders’ associations, aims to promote home-grown businesses and products.


■ The price of one cylinder of non-subsidised LPG gas has been increased by 86 rupees with effect from the 1st of March 2017.  The Petroleum Ministry said, the increase is in line with the rise in global LPG product prices. Now the rate of the non- subsidised cylinder will be 737 rupees in Delhi and the consumers will receive subsidy amount of 303 in their bank accounts. Thus, the net price for the consumer for the subsidized cylinder will be 434, which remains unchanged.


Sports News Current Affair Capsule – 2 March 2017

■ Indian shooter Jitu Rai won the Gold medal in the 50-metre air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Delhi. This is Jitu’s third medal in the competition, having won a gold earlier in the 10-metre air pistol mixed team event, and a bronze in the men’s 10-metre air pistol.

■  The AIFF has appointed Portugal’s Luis Norton de Matos as the head coach of the India Under-17 team for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. He was a former manager with the Benfica Reserve side, De Matos replaces Nicolai Adam, who was forced to resign under controversial circumstances after a revolt from the players.

■  The Union Government has felicitated Dipa Karmakar, besides six other Olympians from northeast states, as part of their outreach to sportspersons from those states. These athletes, who have been awarded Rs 2 lakh each, included women’s hockey team captain P Sushila Chanu, archer Bombayla Devi and boxer Shiva Thapa.



■  Gujarati writer Taarak Mehta, who is best known for his columns which were adapted for TV sitcom ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’, has died at age of 87 years. He has written over 80 books, six popular Gujarati plays and was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2015.


Questions to test your General Knowledge:

Q1. India Meteorological Department (IMD) is an agency of  _ ?

  1. Ministry of Earth Sciences
  2. Ministry of Science and Technology
  3. Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
  4. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

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