Friday, 3 March 2017

Current Affairs-GK Update: 3rd March 2017

Current Affairs and GK Update 3rd march 2017
1. World Wildlife Day: 3rd March
  • The World Wildlife Day has been observed across the world on 3rd March 2017 with the theme 'Listen to the young voices'.
  • The day is celebrated and implemented by the secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in collaboration with other relevant United Nations organizations.
2. Govt. launches nationwide 'Swachh Shakti Saptah':
  • The Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar has launched “Swachh Shakti Saptah” to raise awareness on sanitation and cleanliness in Gurugram, Haryana.
  • The govt. has decided to observe 'Swachh Shakti Saptah' from 1st to 8th March 2017 across the country.
  • Around 1,500 women sarpanches of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) and Gurugram division sarpanches are participating in this event.
  • The closing ceremony of the program will be held at Gandhinagar in Gujarat on 8th March, 2017.
3. Navy successfully test-fires missile from Kalvari submarine:
  • Indian Navy has successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile from an indigenously built INS Kalvari submarine in Arabian sea.
  • The anti-ship missiles will provide the Kalvari class submarines ability to neutralize surface threats at extended ranges.
  • INS Kalvari is the first of India’s six scorpene-class submarines which are being built under the Project 75.
4. Indigenously developed weapon-locating radar SWATHI handed to Army:
  • The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) formally handed over an indigenously developed Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) system dubbed as ‘SWATHI’ to Indian Army
  • The DRDO also handed over a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) recce vehicle Mk-I and NBC treatment drugs to the Indian Army. 
  • SWATHI was Developed by DRDO’s Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE). It has a range of 50 km which brings all artillery guns presently in service worldwide under its coverage.
5. Centre approves over 4,000 PG seats in medical colleges & hospitals:
  • Centre has approved over 4,000 Post Graduate seats in medical colleges and hospitals across the country for the academic session 2017-18. 
  • Health Minister J P Nadda in an official statement stated that with this, the total number of PG seats available in the country will go up to over 35 thousand. He also said this will further boost nation's resolve to strengthen tertiary care and improve the medical education in the country. 
  • Centre had announced the creation of additional 5,000 PG medical seats every year during this year's (2017) budget with an aim to bolster availability of specialist doctors at secondary and tertiary levels. 
6. P K Purwar appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of MTNL:
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of ‘P K Purwar’ as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) for five years.
  • Purwar is currently working as the Director (Finance) in MTNL.
7. Government’s biotech innovation BIRAC Regional Entrepreneurship Centre set up in Bengaluru:
  • The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms – C-CAMP, technology, and innovation hub, will house the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) Regional Entrepreneurship Centre (BREC) in Bengaluru.
  • The center has been set up with the objective of encouraging the spirit of bio-entrepreneurship, facilitating the creation of life science start-ups and mentoring start-ups to increase their chances of success.
8. India to attend Lahore meet on Indus Waters Treaty World Bank:
  • India has accepted an invitation to attend the next meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), to be held in Lahore in March 2017. 
  • The last round of the PIC was held in July 2016. This development came after two months of diplomatic negotiations, with World Bank officials playing mediator in encouraging Pakistan to extend the invitation and for India to accept.
  • IWT is a water-distribution treaty between India and Pakistan. It was brokered by the World Bank (then the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development). 
9. JNU wins Visitor's Awards 2017 for best university:
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has won the annual Visitor's Award for the 'Best University', 2017.
  • Deepak Pant from the Central University of Himachal Pradesh won the Visitor's Award for 'Innovation' while the Visitor's Award for 'Research' has been jointly won by Shyam Sunder from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Professor Niranjan Karak from Tezpur University.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee will present the Visitor's Awards on 06 March 2017 at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan as part of the 'Festival of Innovations'. 
10. Pak diplomat Sial assumes office as new Sec Gen of SAARC:
  • Amjad Hussain B Sial (Pakistan) has become the new Secretary-General of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
  • Earlier, Outgoing Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa (Nepal) had completed his term on Feb 2017.
  • Sial served at SAARC Secretariat as director in Kathmandu.
11. GAIL signs 1st time-swap deal for US LNG with Gunvor:
  • State-run gas company Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL) has signed a time-swap deal with Swiss trader Gunvor to sell some of its US Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as the Indian firm tries to ease the burden of its costly foreign LNG supplies.
  • It is the first time-swap agreement by GAIL, which is trying to juggle its LNG portfolio to cut costs for price-sensitive Indian customers after a sharp fall in Asian spot prices made its US gas unattractive.
12. Jindal Steel to make high nitrogen steel for DRDO:
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed a technology transfer agreement with Haryana-based Jindal Stainless Ltd.(JSHL) for manufacturing High Nitrogen Steel (HNS). 
  • HNS has higher ballistic strength. It is not only tough but also has good strength. It is non-magnetic and corrosion-resistant. Its cost is about 40% less than that of Rolled Homogeneous Armour steel (RHA). 

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