Current Affairs Weekly Roundup: March 4th Week (20th to 26th)

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Current Affairs Weekly Roundup: March 4th Week (20th to 26th)
APPOINTMENTS
  • Sowmya Swaminathan, appointed to expertise and coordinate the global fight against antimicrobial resistance in UN
  • Ex-Air-Asia CFO Ankur Khanna appointed as the CFO of International Cricket Council.
  • Upendra Tripathy is appointed as the Interim Director General of the International Solar Alliance on a full time basis.
  • Madhabi Puri Buch as new whole time member of SEBI for a period of 3 years.
  • Beijing favourite Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong’s new leader and the first leadership vote since mass “Umbrella Movement” rallies
AWARDS
  • NASA paid a tribute to the singer American singer song-writer Chuck Berry by sending his song to space in the deep space
  • Anupam Kher of Bollywood will be awarded Kala Ratan Award.
BANKING & BUSINESS:
  • Power Finance Corporation and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company signs MOU to meet operational requirements under the UDAY scheme.
  • Ed CIL Bags Rs. 70 Crore Orders From Mauritius to supply 26,800 educational tablets.
  • Realty firm Super tech invests Rs.4000 Crore on ‘Affordable Homes
  • Vodafone and Idea to become the world’s second largest merger
  • Standard Chartered has sold almost 4% stakes in Redington ltd for Rs.176 crore. It was bought by Dahlia Commodities services private ltd.
  • India Ranks 87th on energy architecture performance on World Economic Forum
  • India’s GDP growth is expected to slow to 6.7 per cent in the Jan-Mar quarter of this fiscal year.
  • Indian Overseas Bank will get Rs.1100 crore as ‘turnaround linked capital’ infusion from the government. to enhance their capital base
  • Bank of Baroda has raised Rs.1000 crore by issuing Basel III compliant additional tier I bonds.
  • HDFC plans to raise Rs.1498 crore by issuing debentures with a view to augment its long term resources of the capital of the Corporation.
  • South Indian Bank has introduced Aadhaar-based payment app ‘SIB M-Pay’.
  • Repco Home Finance Ltd made a tie up with National Housing Bank for implementation of credit linked subsidy scheme for the middle income group.
  • World Bank signed a USD 100 million credit agreement with the Centre and Uttarakhand to improve quality of healthcare services in the state.
  • Samsung launched its digital payment application called “Samsung Pay”
  • Bharti Airtel acquires Tikona Digital Networks’ 4G business for Rs.1,600 crore, in the 2300 MHz band in Gujarat, U.P. (East), U.P. (West), Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh circles.
  • Tata Capital launched a mobile app ‘myLoan’ to extend its personal loans offering to young.
  • Amazon, Grofers and Big Basket has entered into proposal to invest $500 million in India’s e-retail of food products.
  • Qbera in association with RBL Bank, has launched its operations focusing on loans for those earning less than Rs.6 lakh per annum
  • Karnataka bank introduced a card product “Money plant TM Rupay” with withdrawal limit of Rs.75000 and purchase limit of Rs. 2 lakh per day.
  • In order, India has signed a 100 million US dollar agreement with World Bank to develop Uttarakhand health systems.
  • Axis Bank will open an international finance branch at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) in Gandhinagar.
DEATHS
  • Former Rajya Sabha member Pyarimohan Mohapatra, the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Biju Patnaik passes away
  • Former Tour de France champion Roger Pingeon has died of a heart attack at the age of 76.
  • George E. Bria, the Associated Press reporter and chief U.N. correspondent died. He was 101.
  • Gujarati Poet Chinu Modi passed away.
  • David Rockefeller, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist, died.
  • Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) fought for Northern Ireland’s peace, died
  • Prominent Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademi award winner Ashokamitran died.
IMPORTANT DAYS
  • March 21st – World Forestry Day. Theme 2017: Forests and Energy
  • March 21st – International Day For Elimination Of Racial Discrimination. Theme – “Racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration”
  • March 22nd – “World Water Day”Theme for the year 2017 is “Wastewater”.
  • World Meteorological Day – March 22nd.  Theme of  2017 – “Understanding Clouds”
  • March 24 – World TB Day. The theme for the year 2017 is “Unite to End TB”.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS:
  • Lok Sabha passed the Finance Bill making Aadhaar mandatory for tax returns and getting a permanent account number (PAN) for 2017-18,
  • As per the revised UN report Norway is the world’s happiest country. In the study of 155 countries, India ranked at 122 in 2017 report
  • Italy ranks first in the world’s healthiest country list. India ranks 143 in a list of 188 countries.
  • World Economic Forum’s list of 100 Young Global Leaders under 40 years of age, 5 Indians have been name in the list
  • India and Pakistan agreed on redesigning the Miyar Hydroelectric project, of Indus Water Commissioners in Islamabad.
  • Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen launched the island’s first every home-built submarine project.
  • India notified the Third Protocol amending the existing India-Singapore Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA).
  • The global networking giant Cisco unveiled its first ‘Made in India’ router which can be used by small and medium businesses (SMBs)
  • President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina started off the 46th ‘Independence Day’ Bangladesh.
NATIONAL AFFAIRS
  • ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ was inaugurated at the head office of ‘Shipping Corporation of India’ in Mumbai.
  • India-made suburban train “Medha” of 105 km flagged off by railway minister SureshPrabhu.
  • Krishi Unnati Mela is jointly organised by the Indian Council of Agricultural research and the Union ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s welfare.
  • Abhay Command & Control Center Is India’s First One-Stop Crime Control Room In Rajasthan
  • Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) in New Delhi celebrated its 5th foundation day
  • The country’s first-of-its-kind dictionary introduced, which aims to bring together various sign languages for speech and hearing impairments.
  • International Yoga Film Festival at Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) auditorium in the Capital.
  • IIT-Kharagpur gets supercomputing facility under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM).
  • Tanstia–FNF service centre have signed an MoU with IIT-Madras for technology transfer of water treatment analysis in rural areas.
  • NABARD has projected credit potential of Rs 1.72 lakh crore towards the priority sector lending by the banks in Rajasthan for the year 2017-18.
  • Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Asia list, Bali in Indonesia ranked number one in the list.
  • Government of India signed MoUwith Asian Development for $350 million loan for improving major district roads in Madhya Pradesh
  • Union Environment Ministry and the Southern Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered to shut the two oil firms of KTV
  • APOLLO tyres and Department of Defence is joined to develop new tyres for defence services.
  • Kandla Port Trust is planning to raise $150 million through ECBs (external commercial borrowings).
  • The ‘Sustainable Water Security Mission’ which was launched by Former CM J.Jayalalithaa is set to restart in Chennai.
  • The first battalion of 9th Gorkhas celebrated 200-years of its raising in Secunderabad, Telangana.
  • Murugappa group firm’s Carborundum Universal, has become the most advanced and integrated electro-mineral complexes in the world.
  • Reliance Infrastructure has emerged as the lowest bidder for the development of a Rs. 800crore national highway project in Tamil Nadu.
  • National chopper operator Pawan Hans launched its “Delhi Darshan” rides with a 10 minute sortie costing Rs.2,499 per person.
  • Osmania University will host the 105th Indian Science Congress. Theme for the session is “science and technology reaching the unreached”.
  • Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC), CBEC is being renamed as the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC), after getting legislative approval.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been named for Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
  • State-run Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) will sanction Rs 13,000 crore for clean energy projects next fiscal
  • India has become the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic, beating Japan.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
  • Japan launched a new satellite in Tanegashima to track land and maritime movements in North Korea.
  • Scientist has developed a new bio-gel material which changes shape in response to its environment
  • Broadband speed testing firm Ookla says Airtel as India’s fastest network.
  • An Indian-origin surgeon in U.K., with the help of a 3D printer, has successfully reconstructed a 53-year-old cancer patient’s jaw.
  • The fully indigenous cryogenic upper stage is ready to be flagged off from ISRO Propulsion Complex, on March 27th in Satish Dhawan Space Centre Sriharikota.
  • NASA will send its next generation atomic clock into space later this year, for safely navigating future human exploration of the solar system.
  • Australian night parrot came three years after the bird was declared extinct and 2000 km from where it was first rediscovered.
SPORTS
  • Pujara, in Ranchi, was unbeaten on 186 against Australia when he faced the 496th ball of his innings and bettered Dravid’s record.
  • National record holder K.T. Irfan won the bronze in the 20km men’s event in the Asian race walk championships.
  • Roger Federer claimed a record-equalling fifth ATP Indian Wells Masters title with Novak Djokovic
  • Tamil Nadu became a five-time winner of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
  • Vidhya Pillai Bags Silver In World Women’s Snooker Championship
  • Neeraj Kumar won gold in men’s standard pistol in the 11th Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Masters shooting championship.
  • Indian para athletes bagged eight medals, including three gold, at the ‘Ninth Fazza International IPC Athletics GP’, in Dubai.
  • Ravindra Jadeja grabs top spot in bowling and Cheteshwar Pujara second in batting list
  • Ankur Mittal clinched the double trap gold in the final of the shotgun World Cup.
  • Gatrode is sports drink brand of Pepsico, has roped in PV Sindhu, badminton player as its brand ambassador.
  • The Bhakshi stadium in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir is all set to be developed into a world-class facility as per the FIFA norms for Rs. 48 crore.
  • Sebastian Vettel beats Lewis Hamilton to win the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.