2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 World Wildlife Day 2017 Observed Globally on 3rd March [ Important Days ]

    March 3rd of each year marks as World Wildlife Day globally. Aim is to raise awareness about animals and plants that adorn planet Earth. This day celebrated and implemented by the secretariat of the CITES in collaboration with other relevant United Nations Organizations.

    World wildlife Day 2017 observed globally on 3<sup>rd</sup> March

    World wildlife Day 2017 observed globally on 3rd March

    World wildlife Day 2017 observed globally on 3rd March

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  • 2 India Aims to Achieve 8% Growth Despite Note Ban [ Eco. ]

    India’s economy will continue its momentum despite demonetization. It achieves an 8 % growth next year. According to recent data, growth for the September- December quarter stood at 7 per cent.

    Image of Dharmendra Pradhan

    Image of Dharmendra Pradhan

    Image of Dharmendra Pradhan

    Highlights:

    • Article is pub

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  • 3 DMRC Enters Limca Book of Records [ Eco. ]

    DMRC has listed by entering the prestigious Limca Book of World Records. For constructing 200 Girders in just one month on the Noida – Greater Noida corridor. This project has been executed by DMRC on behalf of Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) Ltd. Maximum number of U-girders

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  • 4 Union Government Notifies Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, 2017 [ Policy-Governance ]

    Union Government has notified Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, 2017. This law makes custody of more than an exact number of the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1, 000 notes a criminal affair. This Act is provided in the public interest for the cessation of liabilities on

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  • 5 Black Money: Next Frontier is to Bring Land and Realty Under GST [ Eco. ]

    The steps taken to reduce black cash and streamline election finance, the one of the biggest sources of black money is land and real estate. Bring supply of land and real estate into the GST. The GST law does not include LARE (Land and Real Estate).

    Highlight

    • Few clarification

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  • 6 New Cruise Ship Tour Launched by China in South China Sea [ Env. ]

    A new Chinese cruise ship began its first journey to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on 3rd march 2017, the latest effort by Beijing to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway. The Nanhai Cruises Company is owner of cruise ship.

    Key Details

    • New Cruise

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  • 7 PK Purwar: Appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of MTNL [ Appointments ]

    PK Purwar has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of state-run telecom major Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL). Between June 2014 and June 2015, he was additional incharge of the post Chairman and Managing Director of MTNL 7 back again in June 2016.

    Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited

    Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited

    Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited

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  • 8 New Train of Indian Railway’S Thought: RO–RO Service to Cut Down Traffic Woes in Delhi [ Env. ]

    The RO-RO is a boon for Delhi as it would have a direct impact on its air ambient quality and the capital would breathe clean air. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched Roll-on Roll-off (RO-RO) service.

    Railways launch RO-RO service for clean environment

    Railways Launch RO-RO Service for Clean Environment

    Railways launch RO-RO service for clean environment

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  • 9 NMCG, Rotary India Signs MOU for Namami Gange Programme [ Env. ]

    The NMCG and Rotary India signed a MOU for the success of Namami Gange Programme. National Mission for Clean Ganga under Ministry of Water Resources, MOU with Rotary India was signed on 2 March 2017 in New Delhi.

    • The MoU was signed by Director General, National Mission for Clean

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 ISSF World Cup: Jitu Rai Wins Gold in 50m Pistol [ Sports ]

    Indian shooter Jitu Rai won a gold medal in 50m men’s air pistol event in the International Shooting Sport Federation ISSF World Cup. Rai will be competing in the 10m and 50m categories, and will be one of India’s biggest medal hopes this term India’s first gold medal in the comp

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  • 2 India Signs Financing Agreement with World Bank for Tejaswini [ Health ]

    Union Government has signed a Financing Agreement with World Bank. Financing Agreement was signed by Mr. Raj Kumar, joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank (

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  • 3 Government’S National Family Health Survey 4 Shows Improved Sex Ratio and Decline in IMR [ Health ]

    National Family Health Survey -4 (NFHS-4) surveys conducted for the year 2015 - 16 was unveiled by Health Ministry in New Delhi. India’s health index has shown an improvement over the last decade including an improvement in sex ratio at birth and a decline in infant mortality rat

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  • 4 Tarak Mehta Noted Gujarati Writer is No More [ Edu. ]

    Popular Gujarati writer and noted play writer Tarak Mehta died on 1st March 2017 at his Ahmedabad residence. Mehta passed away at the age of 87 years. Mehta had been suffering from a prolonged illness in the months leading up to his death.

    Popular Gujarati writer and noted play writer Tarak Mehta

    Popular Gujarati Writer and Noted Play Writer Tarak Mehta

    Popular Gujarati writer and noted play writer Tarak Mehta

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  • 5 Central Board of Direct Taxes Signs 10 Unilateral APAs with Taxpayers [ Eco. ]

    The central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) signs 10 Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with Indian taxpayers on 28 February 2017. The 10 APAs signed in sectors likes’ telecom, Pharma, banking and finance, steel, retail and information technology.

    Highlights

    • CBDT expects more APAs

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  • 6 SIDBI Sanctions Rs.1, 112 Crore This Fiscal to Startups [ Policy-Governance ]

    Expert committee set up by SIDBI has sanctioned Rs. 300 crore to fund managers. They would invest in startups, taking total sanctions so far fiscal to over Rs. 1, 100 crore. This money will be released spread over the 14th and 15th finance commission cycles.

    Small Industries Development Bank of India

    Small Industries Development Bank of India

    Small Industries Development Bank of India

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  • 7 Sumit Mullick Appointed as Chief Secretary of Maharashtra [ Appointments ]

    Senior IAS officer Sumit Mullick was appointed as Chief Secretary of Maharashtra. He is succeeded by Swadheen Kshatriya. CM Devendra Fadnavis clears appointment of Sumit Mullick. He is senior most bureaucrat of state presently.

    CM clears appointment of Sumit Mullick

    CM Clears Appointment of Sumit Mullick

    CM clears appointment of Sumit Mullick

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  • 8 India’S First Integrated Heliport Inaugurated in Delhi [ Sci-Tech ]

    India’s Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated country’s first integrated heliport at North Delhi. Heliport has been developed by Pawan Hans; it is a state-owned helicopter service company. Facility has been successfully tested.

    Integrated heliport, Delhi India

    Integrated Heliport, Delhi India

    Integrated heliport, Delhi India

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  • 9 Gopal Baglay Appointed as New Spokesperson of MEA [ Appointments ]

    Gopal Baglay has been appointed as new spokesperson of Indian foreign ministry succeeding Vikas Swarup. Former spokesperson Vikas Swarup was appointed as India’s High Commissioner to Canada. Baglay has served as deputy high commissioner to Islamabad.

    Gopal Baglay appointed as new spokesperson of MEA

    Gopal Baglay Appointed as New Spokesperson of MEA

    Gopal Baglay appointed as new spokesperson of MEA

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 National Science Day Observed in India [ Sci-Tech ]

    In India February 28 is celebrated as National Science Day every year. It aims to impart scientific temper in minds of people of all age groups. Theme of year 2017 is “Science and Technology for especially abled persons”.

    National Science Day observed on 28 February

    National Science Day Observed on 28 February

    National Science Day observed on 28 February

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  • 2 Pests Eat Away India’S 35% of Total Crop Yield: ICAR Scientist [ Agri. ]

    About 30 - 35 % of annual crop yield in India gets wasted because of pests. Large-scale crop-loss is having an adverse effect on agricultural biosafety. It is paramount to food security of country. It is discovered by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) scientist.

    Pests eat away India’s 35% of total crop yield

    Pests Eat Away India’s 35 % of Total Crop Yield

    Pests eat away India’s 35 % of total crop yield

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  • 3 Scientists Develop a New Flexible Material That Tougher Than Steel [ Sci-Tech ]

    Japanese scientists have develop a new flexible material that is tougher than steel. Newly discovered material is combining hydrogels with woven glass fibre fabric. It may have a wide range of potential applications.

    Newly developed fiber-reinforced hydrogel

    Newly Developed Fiber-reinforced Hydrogel

    Newly developed fiber-reinforced hydrogel

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  • 4 ZTE Launch World’S First 5G IT Baseband Unit (BBU) in Partnership with Intel [ Eco. ]

    ZTE has launched next generation 5G IT baseband units (BBU) with Intel Corporation. Companies used Mobile World Congress (MWC) to show off world’s first 5G IT baseband units (BBU). ZTE is China-based smartphone manufacturer.

    Image of ZTE Gigabit Phone

    Image of ZTE Gigabit Phone

    Image of ZTE Gigabit Phone

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  • 5 Pakistan and Turkey Signs 10 Agreements to Enhance Bilateral Ties [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Pakistan and Turkey entered into 10 accords of cooperation in diverse areas. It including hydrocarbon and solar energy, and financial intelligence related to terrorism financing. It is to enhance their bilateral cooperation in various fields.

    Turkey PM Binali Yildirim R meets Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif L

    Turkey PM Binali Yildirim R Meets Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif L

    Turkey PM Binali Yildirim R meets Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif L

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  • 6 Gopi, Athare Win Men’S and Women’S Races in Delhi Marathon [ Sports ]

    Rio Olympian Thanackal Gopi won men’s title in second edition of IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon. While Monika Athare claimed honors in women’s section. Half marathon title won by G Lakshamanan. Manju Yadav won women’s half marathon title.

    IDBI Federal Life Insurance- New Delhi Marathon 2017

    IDBI Federal Life Insurance- New Delhi Marathon 2017

    IDBI Federal Life Insurance- New Delhi Marathon 2017

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  • 7 Government Frames National Transit Oriented Development Policy [ Policy-Governance ]

    Union Urban Development Ministry formulated ‘National Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy’. Policy framework aims to promote living close to mass urban transit corridors like Metros, monorail and bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors.

    Government frames Transit Oriented Development Policy

    Government Frames Transit Oriented Development Policy

    Government frames Transit Oriented Development Policy

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  • 8 Kohli Named Captain of the Year at ESPNcricinfo Awards [ Sports ]

    Test skipper Virat Kohli has been named as ‘Captain of Year’ at 10th annual ESPNcricinfo Awards. While England’s Ben Stokes won Test Batting Performance of the Year Award. West Indians topped chart with awards for Sunil Narine, Carlos Brathwaite and Hayley Mathews.

    Virat Kohli named captain of the year at ESPNcricinfo Awards

    Virat Kohli Named Captain of the Year at ESPNcricinfo Awards

    Virat Kohli named captain of the year at ESPNcricinfo Awards

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  • 9 Saina Nehwal to Represent Olympic Committee in BWF [ Sports ]

    Saina Nehwal was appointed a member of International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission (AC) last year. She is joining Badminton World Federation (BWF) Athletes’ Commission as a representative of IOC AC.

    Saina Nehwal Badminton player India

    Saina Nehwal Badminton Player India

    Saina Nehwal Badminton player India

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 India & Ukraine to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation Through Cinema [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India and Ukraine have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation between two countries through medium of Cinema. Cooperation would be worked out through a policy and institutional framework.

    India Ukraine to strengthen bilateral cooperation in Cinema

    India Ukraine to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation in Cinema

    India Ukraine to strengthen bilateral cooperation in Cinema

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  • 2 RAHAT Medical Project Launched in Rajasthan [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Medical project Rajasthan Heart Attack Treatment programme (RAHAT), launched by a private hospital in Rajasthan. It is to provide people timely treatment during heart attacks in remote as well as rural areas.

    Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje launched Medical Project RAHAT

    Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje Launched Medical Project RAHAT

    Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje launched Medical Project RAHAT

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  • 3 India to Provide Financial Assistance to Bangladesh for Development of Sylhet [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India and Bangladesh have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for development of Sylhet city. It is a metropolitan city in northeastern Bangladesh. It had been a part of the former Assam province of India.

    India and Bangladesh have signed MoU

    India and Bangladesh Have Signed MoU

    India and Bangladesh have signed MoU

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