1. Assam Government launches Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana:
- Assam Government has launched Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) to bring about paradigm shift towards holistic development of villages in the state.
- The scheme is a mega mission aimed at bringing in revolutionary changes by doubling the farm income in the State.
- As per Situation Assessment Survey (period from 2002-03 to 2012-13), the farm income in Assam was recorded only 0.88% as against national average of 5.2%.
- The scheme has financial outlay of Rs. 30,000 crore and will be implemented in all the villages in Assam in the next five years culminating in 2021-22.
2. Health Ministry launches Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign:
- The Health Ministry has launched Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign in the country at a function in Bengaluru.
- The campaign against these two diseases will start from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Goa and Lakshadweep, covering nearly 6 crore children.
- The Minister urged parents, caregivers, community leaders, teachers, angan waadi workers and other frontline health workers to become the active part of this campaign.
- The Measles and Rubella (MR) campaign targets around 41 crore children across the country, the largest ever in any campaign.
- All children aged between 9 months and less than 15 years will be given a single shot of MR- vaccination.
3. Vijay Goel lays foundation stone of 1st center of excellence for differently abled sportsmen:
- The Union Minister for Sports Vijay Goel laid the foundation stone of the country's first centre of excellence for differently abled sportsmen at Gandhinagar (Gujarat).
- The center is proposed with an estimate of 50 crores rupees and will provide World class facilities such as indoor halls, dedicated tracks and 100 bedded hostel.
- Para-athletes will also be trained for various international competitions including
- Around 50 differently-abled sportspersons between age group 8-12 will be imparted training in Athletics, Swimming and power lifting at the training centre.
4. HRD ministry to set up NTA to conduct exams for higher, secondary education:
- The Union Human Resource Development Ministry will set up a National Testing Agency (NTA) department to conduct examinations for higher and secondary education.
- The decision has been taken keeping in view that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been conducting examinations in which around one million students appear every month.
- Initially, examinations like IIT, NIT and even university exams will be conducted by the NTA.
- The Human Resources Development Ministry will bring in a graded regulatory mechanism as part of key reforms in the University Grants Commission (UGC) to usher in greater transparency, freedom, and autonomy.
- The minister has announced that an open web-based platform 'SWAYAM' will be launched next month.
- The two thousand courses will be run for students across the country through SWAYAM.
5. I&B Minister to release annual book 'India-2017' & 'Bharat-2017':
- Today, the union minister of Information and Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu has released the annual year book “India-2017” and “Bharat-2017” at a function in Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.
- These books give comprehensive information about the country and various States/Union Territories including functioning of the Government and the economy, important for competitive exams.
- It also provides detailed information on various schemes and projects of Government.
- This yearbook published annually by media unit of Publications Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
6. Anand Kumar Gupta appointed new Director of NTPC:
- Anand Kumar Gupta (56-years) has been appointed as the new Director (Commercial) of National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC).
- He will be responsible for the activities relating to Commercial, International and Domestic Business development and Consultancy business of NTPC.
- NTPC's core business is generation and sale of electricity to state-owned power distribution companies and State Electricity Boards in India.
7. Uber launches taxi hiring service UberHIRE in 9 cities:
- US-based cab aggregator Uber has now launched ‘UberHIRE’ in 9 Indian cities, including Delhi, Mumbai and Pune that will allow users to hire a cab for up to 12 hours.
- It will be available at a minimum fare of Rs 449 for up to 2 hours and up to 30 kilometres.
- After a successful pilot run in Kochi, UberHIRE launched in New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Vizag and Nagpur.
8. Penalty of equal amount for receiving cash over Rs. 3 lakh:
- According to the Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia, the penalty for doing cash transaction will be steep and the receiver will have to pay an amount equivalent to the cash received.
- A steep penalty awaits those accepting cash in excess of 3 lakh rupees, beginning April 1, to settle any transaction.
- A ban on cash transaction of more than 3 lakh rupees has been proposed in the Budget for 2017-18.
- A person doing a transaction of 5 lakh rupees in cash, then the penalty will be 5 lakh rupees which will be levied on the receiver.
- He said, the government, will track all large cash transactions, and also curb the avenues of conspicuous consumption through cash.
9. World's smallest pacemaker unveiled:
- The world's smallest pacemaker has been successfully implanted for the first time in a patient in the US.
- The pacemaker as big as a large vitamin capsule and provides the most advanced pacing technology.
- The pacemaker is for patients with bradycardia, a condition characterized by a slow heart rate, usually fewer than 60 beats per minute.
- Pacemakers are the most common way to treat bradycardia to help restore the heart's normal rhythm and relieve symptoms by sending electrical impulses to the heart to increase the heart rate.
10. Bureau of Civil Aviation Security suspends IndiGo's security training center license:
- The apex aviation security agency Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has suspended the license of budget carrier IndiGo's aviation security training facility.
- The regulatory authority took the decision after several lapses were detected in the examination procedure that it was following.
- The training academy is run by IndiGo's parent company, InterGlobe Aviation.
- IndiGo will have to outsource the training programme, which will result in additional cost for the carrier.
11. India to host World Billiards Championship for next 4 years:
- According to the Billiards and Snoooker Federation of India (BSFI), India will host the World Billiards Championship for the next four years.
- BSFI secretary S Balasubramaniam said, "This will be the only World Championship recognised by all".
- The World Billiards Limited will only have ranking events.
12. India wins Davis Cup(4-1) over New Zealand:
- A lanky Ramkumar Ramanathan was fluent in his win over Finn Tearney while Yuki Bhambri struggled past Jose Statham as India completed an emphatic 4-1 victory over New Zealand in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie, in Pune.
- Ramkumar sealed the tie for the hosts by thumping Tearney 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 in the fourth rubber before Yuki won the dead fifth rubber against Statham 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
- India now play second round tie at home in April against Uzbekistan.
13. Indian boys win team gold in Asian Junior Squash:
- India defeated Malaysia 2-0 to win the gold medal in the boy's team event at the Asian Junior Squash championship in Hong Kong.
- India's no.1 player Velavan Senthilkumar defeated second seed Malaysia's Ong Sai Hun.
- Then Abhay Singh prevailed over Darren Rahul in hard-fought five games to lift the title for India.
- Indian boys had won the title for the second time,
- Earlier, in 2011 they defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in Colombo.