Monday, 27 March 2017

27 March 2017 Daily GK Update & Current Affairs

Daily GK Update 27 March 2017
1. World Theatre Day: 27th March
  • The World Theatre Day (WTD) is celebrated globally on 27th March.
  • World Theatre Day was created in 1961 by an international non-governmental organization International Theatre Institute (ITI), France.
  • ITI was founded in 1948 by UNESCO and the international theater community.
2. World's largest capstone discovered by archaeologists in Telangana:
  • The archaeology department of Telangana has discovered the world's largest capstone after excavating an ancient human burial site in Siddipet district, Telangana. 
  • The capstone of the menhir burial reportedly weighs about 40 tonnes. 
3. Uttarakhand Assembly introduces Lokayaukta Act:
  • The crucial 2011 Lokayukta Bill has been introduced in Uttarakhand Assembly.
  • Governor of State, KK Paul, said he has kept the issue of Lokayukhta on top priority.
  • The new government will also revive the Transfer Act brought in 2011 by the erstwhile Khanduri government to curb corruption.
4. Environment Ministry official to chair animal welfare board:
  • The government has notified that Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory advisory body under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF) will now be permanently chaired by a senior MoEF official. 
  • This step came into effect due to the recently held Jallikattu Protest in Karnataka. Central Government applies its preference now in the management of the organization by making a new Board of 18 members, chaired by Sharad Singh Negi, Special Secretary and Director-General (Forests).
5. CCEA approved closing of CHBL and ICBL:
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved closure/winding up of CREDA HPCL Biofuel Ltd (CHBL) and IndianOil - Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) Biofuels Limited (ICBL)
  • Joint Ventures between CREDA HPCL Biofuel Ltd (CHBL) and IndianOil-CREDA Biofuels Limited (ICBL) were formed for carrying out energy crop (Jatropha) plantation and production of bio-diesel in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
6. Ravish Kumar awarded first Kuldip Nayar journalism award:
  • Eminent TV journalist Ravish Kumar (Senior executive editor of NDTV India) has been awarded inaugural ‘Kuldip Nayar journalism award’ for his contribution to the field of journalism at the India International Centre, New Delhi.
  • He conferred with an award plaque along with a cash amount of Rs. 1 lakh.
  • The award was set up to honor those working in vernacular media.
7. Govt launches Online Film Certification System:
  • The Union government today launched 'e-CinePramaan', the Online Film Certification System of the Central Board of Film Certification. 
  • This will make the process for films to obtain a certificate fully digital and will include QR Codes to check fraudulent certificates. 
  • "A highlight of online film certification is elimination of middlemen and of corruption," said I&B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
8. Pawan Hans ties-up with HAL to train helicopter pilots:
  • State-run Pawan Hans has joined hands with public sector chopper maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to train helicopter pilots.
  • Pawan Hans is a joint venture where state-owned ONGC holds 49 per cent.
9. BHEL commissions 250-MW eco-friendly unit in Gujarat:
  • State-owned power equipment maker BHEL has commissioned a 250-MW eco-friendly unit using low-grade coal (lignite) as a primary fuel. 
  • The lignite-based thermal unit, based on circulating fluidised bed combustion (CFBC) technology, is the second such facility to be commissioned at Bhavnagar Energy Company’s (BECL) 2x250-MW thermal power project at Padva in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat.
10. Conference on 'Make in India' held in Houston:
  • A first-ever Houston India conference on 'Make in India' was held in Houston, the USA, for bringing together various constituencies that have an interest in doing business in India and discussing the latest developments.
  • The two-day Houston India Conference was hosted by Asia Society Texas Center which began on 25th March 2017. The theme of the Conference is 'Make in India -The Inside Story'.
11. HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri features in World's best CEOs list by Barron's:
  • Managing Director (MD) of HDFC Bank Aditya Puri (66-year) got featured in the World's Best CEOs list of American financial magazine Barron’s.
  • He ranked at 23rd position. Puri transformed HDFC into one of the world's higest-quality banks.
  • Barron's is America's premier financial magazine, provides in-depth analysis and commentary on the markets, updated every business day online.
  • The list is topped by Mary Barra (General Motors, 1st), Gary Dickerson (Applied Materials, 2nd). & Stephen Hemsley (United Health Group, 3rd).
12. GIC to be first PSU general insurer to launch IPO:
  • General Insurance Corporation (GIC Re) is likely to be the first PSU insurer to tap the capital market as the Finance Ministry has started scouting for merchant bankers to manage its Initial Public Offering (IPO), yet not officially released.
  • The government holds 100 per cent stake in GIC Re, which provides reinsurance support to 54 general and life insurance companies, both public and private, in the Indian market.
13. Karnataka Bank’s launched platinum card:
  • Karnataka Bank has launched the ‘MoneyPlant RuPay International Platinum Debit Card’ to provide more privileges to its premium and HNI (high net worth individual) customers.
  • The card can be used for domestic and international cash withdrawals and purchases. The card has a withdrawal limit of Rs5,000 and purchases limit ofRs2 lakh a day at point-of-sales terminals and e-commerce sites.
14. Repco ties up with NHB:
  • Repco Home Finance Ltd (RHFL) has signed an agreement with National Housing Bank (NHB) for implementation of a credit-linked subsidy scheme for the middle-income group.
  • The scheme will be implemented for one year with effect from January 1, 2017, in all statutory towns. The scheme divides middle-income group into two categories with annual household income up to Rs12 lakh and Rs 18 lakh. 
  • The subsidy will be available for the two brackets for a loan amount of Rs 9 lakh and Rs 12 lakh at the rate of 4 per cent and 3 per cent per annum, respectively, for a tenure of 20 years. The maximum subsidy amount for an individual beneficiary is Rs 2.35 lakh.
15. Kolkata to host India's first ever FIFA U-17 World Cup final:
  • Kolkata's iconic Salt Lake Stadium has been selected by FIFA to host the final of the Under-17 World Cup on October 28. 
  • The tournament will start in New Delhi and Navi Mumbai with the tournament's two opening matches being held on October 6. Notably, Guwahati and Navi Mumbai will host the semi-finals of the tournament.
16. 14-year-old becomes first girl to swim from Sea Link to Gateway of India:
  • Gauri Singh, 14-year-old girl became the first girl to explore the route from Sea Link near Worli Koliwada to the Gateway of India
  • The 36 km long distance route, which she started was completed in 6 hours and 30 minutes.
17. West Bengal win Santosh Trophy for 32nd time:
  • West Bengal has won the 71st edition of premier domestic football tournament ‘Santosh Trophy’ by defeating Goa 1-0 in the final at Bambolim, Goa.
  • The match-winner came in extra time through Manvir Singh, after a goalless 90-minutes of play.
  • West Bengal has appeared in the Santosh Trophy finals 43 times and won the trophy 32nd times (the most by any team).
  • Santosh Trophy is an annual Indian football tournament started in 1941.
18. Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait retires from cricket:
  • Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait has announced his retirement from international cricket. Tait, who last played for Australia in a Twenty20 international against India in January 2016. 
  • Recently Shaun Tait, has become an Overseas Citizen of India three years after getting married to Indian model Mashoom Singha.

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