6 March 2017 Current Affairs : Survey of Ganga, ICEGOV 2017, Destination North East, Shahpur Kandi Dam

///6 March 2017 Current Affairs : Survey of Ganga, ICEGOV 2017, Destination North East, Shahpur Kandi Dam

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 – 6 March 2017

■ Chandigarh will host a 3-day long ‘Destination North East’ 2017 event showcasing North East as a potential destination for investment.

  • Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and an industry body PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry are organising the event.

■ Centre has launched the first ever across-the-river survey in Ganga to determine the population of aquatic life, including that of the endangered Gangetic doplhin. This study is crucial as the animal population in a river indicates the quality of its water. National Mission for Clean Ganga has said that the survey will create a baseline scientific data for the government to take suitable measures to improve quality of the river water. 

  • The first leg of the census was launched on March 1 from Narora to Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh.
  • A study to figure out fish species composition in the 2525 km-long river has been also been kick started from Harshil in Uttarakhand.

■ For the first time, India is going to host ICEGOV 2017 (International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance). This year it is the 10th edition of ICEGOV and it will focus on the use of technology to transform relationships between government and citizens, businesses, civil society. This conference will be hosted in collaboration with United Nations University and UNESCO.

  • The Objective of ICEGOV 2017 –  “To explore how Digital Government can lead to Digital Empowerment by local knowledge“.

International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) is an international conference series, established by the United Nations University in 2007. Its aim is to being together practitioners, developers and researchers from government, academia, industry, non-governmental organizations and UN organizations to share the latest in theory and practice of Electronic Governance.

■  Andhra Pradesh Government has renamed Tirupati Airport as Sri Venkateswara Airport and Gannavaram Airport as NTR Amaravati Airport. The state government has also approved 600 acre land allocation for Bhogapuram Airport and 75 acres for Savita University in the capital Amaravati.

■  The states Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir have signed a Secretary level fresh pact for the fast-track completion of the much-delayed 206 megawatt (MW) Shahpur Kandi dam project on the Ravi river.

■  For the first time in 16 years, Odisha has achieved highest decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR). According to the 4th round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), Odisha’s IMR has come down by 29% between 2005 and 2015 which is highest trend in the country. This is far better than the national average.


International Current Affairs Capsule – 6 March 2017

■ Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari is embarking on a two day visit to Indonesian capital Jakarta, to attend the Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association. Connectivity, open maritime trade and rights of navigation are expected to be priority areas to be discussed during his visit.

■  Bangladesh has banned extremist group Ansar Al-Islam which is blamed for the brutal murders of several secular activists and atheist bloggers in the country. Bangladesh’s Home Ministry issued orders as the group is involved in the anti-state activities.

  • It is the seventh radical extremist organisation, whose activities have so far been banned in Bangladesh.

 China is going to build its first national underwater observatory in the disputed South China Sea (SCS). This observatory will allow China to keep a check on underwater physical, chemical, and geological dynamics in real time.


Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 6 March 2017

■  Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang has slashed China’s GDP growth target for this year to 6.5 percent. The Chinese Premier set the target in a 42-page work report to the National People’s Congress, which is a 25-year low target of growth.


“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”

Q1. Which one of the following is the best description of the term “Merchant Discount Rate”?

A. The discount offered by banks to incentivise merchants to promote cashless payments among their customers
B. A transaction charge levied by the settlement provider in every card transaction
C. A transaction charge levied by the sponsoring bank of the point-of-service device
D. A charge that merchants are supposed to pay every time a debit card or credit card is swiped at their end for a transaction by a customer


Q2.  Which State Assembly recently passed a Bill aimed at overhauling private healthcare and taking stringent measures against health institutions indulging in medical negligence and corrupt practices?

A. Kerala
B. Madhya Pradesh
C. West Bengal
D. Rajasthan


Q3.  The nationwide “Swachh Shakti Saptah” has been launched from which city?

A. Gandhinagar
B. Gurugram
C. Ahmedabad
D. Noida

Answer these questions in the comments below. Discuss your thoughts on the news and issues mentioned in today’s current affairs post.

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