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 – 7 March 2017
■ Campaigning for the 7th and last phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh and the 2nd and final phase in Manipur has ended. 40 constituencies spread over 7 districts of Eastern UP will go to polls in this phase tomorrow. These districts are Ghazipur, Varanasi, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Sant Ravidas Nagar-Bhadohi, Sonebhadra and Jaunpur.
■ Newly constructed Tezu airport is set to be the first civilian airport of Arunachal Pradesh. It will smoothen transport to several high-altitude districts of Arunachal Pradesh near the India-China border.
- It is noteworthy that, Tezu is the nearest town to Walong, where a legendary battle between Indian and Chinese soldiers took place in October 1962.
- Strategic Significance : The route to Tezu is critical as the Himalayan range famously known as ‘the hump’ during World War II, can be accessed only through the mountain roads that begin at Tezu.
|Cultural Background of the region :
The ancient inhabitant of this land of valley and rivers are the Mishmi tribes. The Mishmi tribes have traditions and customs dating back to the times of Mahabharata. Anectodes of Hindu traditions say that, Lord Krishna’s first queen Rukmini was a Mishmi.
The major Mishmi festival is known as Tamladu puja, celebrated each year on 15 February.
■ A Manipur High Court bench has declared as illegal the over 4 month long economic blockade in Manipur called in by United Naga Council (UNC). The court has directed the authorities to deal with those supporting the blockade as per the law.
- Normal movement of vehicles ferrying essential items along NH-2 and NH-37 remain affected since the economic blockade called by UNC since November 1 last year.
- A bench of Chief Justice RR Prasad and Justices N Kotiswar Singh and Justice Kh Nobin Singh passed the order on a public interest litigation.
■ A 2-week long, joint military exercise SURYA KIRAN-XI between India and Nepal will begin in Pithoragarh area of Uttarakhand. This is a battalion level joint exercise between the two armies. The Surya Kiran series of exercises are being conducted biannually, alternatively in India and Nepal.
- It is aimed at training of both the troops in the area of various counter insurgency operations over a prolonged period.
- It will also focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and environmental conservation.
■ While making observations on discharge of Mr Advani and other BJP leaders MM Joshi and Uma Bharti, the apex court has kept the option open on reviving the conspiracy charge against them for the demolition of Janmabhoomi-Babri structure in Ayodhya in 1992. The Supreme Court has said it will not accept the discharge of senior BJP leader LK Advani and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case only on technical grounds.
- Altogether, 13 persons including Mr Advani, Mr Joshi and Ms Bharti were discharged of conspiracy charge in the case, the trial of which is being held at a special court in Raebareli.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 7 March 2017
■ The US President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order barring travelers from six Muslim majority countries to the United States for 3 months, and all refugees for four months. These countries are Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The move comes after the US federal appeals judges blocked a similar order last month.
- Iraq has been removed from the new one after agreeing for additional visa vetting measures. It was covered in the previous 7-nation ban.
- The new order will not affect legal permanent residents – those with green cards – or travelers who already had valid visas as of January 27th, 2017.
- The new directive says refugees already approved by the State Department can enter the US. It also lifts an indefinite ban on all Syrian refugees.
■ The Ministry of External Affairs has issued travel advisory to Indian citizens visiting Rio de Janerio in Brazil to monitor local media and follow the guidance of local authorities. The Brazilian city is witnessing protests and the law and order situation is bad there.
■ The US has issued a travel warning for its citizens visiting Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The State Department said that terrorist groups in South Asia may be planning attacks in the region, possibly against US facilities, citizens and interests. The statement added that extremist elements are also active in India, as outlined in a recent emergency message.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 7 March 2017
■ The government has sought explanation from companies selling packaged mineral water over different Maximum retail price’s of bottles for various places. It has also directed that the sale price should be same at airports, hotels and malls.
■ The Commerce and Industry Ministry said Trade Mark Rules, 2017 have come into effect from today which will replace the erstwhile Trade Mark Rules 2002 and streamline and simplify the processing of Trade Mark applications.
- In the revamped rules, the number of Trade Mark forms have been reduced from 74 to eight.
- The fee for online filing has been kept at 10 per cent lower than that for physical filing to promote e-filing of trade mark applications.
- The fees for Individuals, Start-ups and Small Enterprises have been reduced to 4,500 rupees for e-filing of trade mark applications.
Sports News Current Affairs – 7 March 2017
■ The Indian women’s Hockey team have defeated a spirited Belarus side 2-1 to register their fourth consecutive victory in the five-match Test series in Bhopal.
“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”
Q1. “Womenomics”, refers to the efforts of which one of the following nations to bring more women into the workforce?
Q2. The maximum tax rate, as per the revised draft of the model GST law, which can be levied on any good or service will be how much – taking the sum of the central and state GST ?
A. 28 per cent
B. 38 per cent
C. 36 per cent
D. 40 per cent
Q3. ‘East Turkistan Islamic Movement’ is name of an insurgency in which one of the following countries?
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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