Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Current Affairs-GK Update: 7th March 2017

Current Affairs and GK Update 6th march 2017
1. Indo-Nepal joint Military exercise 'Surya Kiran-X' begins today:
  • Today, the two-week long joint military exercise between India and Nepal “SURYA KIRAN-XI” has begun in Pithoragarh area of Uttarakhand.
  • Exercise is aimed at training of both the troops in the area of various counter-insurgency operations over a prolonged period.
  • It will also focus on other important aspects such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and environmental conservation.
  • The Surya Kiran series of exercises are being conducted biannually, alternatively in India and Nepal.
2. Indo-Oman military exercise 'Al-Nagah-II' begins in Himachal:
  • Indian and Royal Oman armies has begun joint exercise “Al Nagah-two” in Bakloh area of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Total sixty contingents from both sides are taking part in the exercise.
  • The exercise would be mainly focused on counter-terrorism and forest warfare.
  • Earlier this kind of exercise was conducted in the year 2015.
3. National Conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan to be held today:
  • Today, the Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has inaugurated the day-long national conference on ‘Jal Kranti Abhiyan’ in New Delhi.
  • About 700 participants representing various stakeholder groups such as farmers, panchayat members, NGOs, and students will attend the conference.
  • The objectives of the Abhiyan is strengthening grass root involvement of all stakeholders including Panchayati raj institutions and local bodies for participatory irrigation management.
4. Cabinet approves India-Portugal MoU on renewable energy
  • The Indian cabinet gave post facto approval to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on renewable energy between India and Portugal.
  • The MoU was signed on January 6, 2017. The MoU aims to promote bilateral technical cooperation on new and renewable issues. 
  • The MoU envisages constitution of a Joint Working Group which can co-opt other members from Scientific Institutions, Research Centres and Universities.
5. Cabinet approval to MoU on energy efficiency between India-UAE
  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave ex-post facto approval to the MoU between India's National Productivity Council (NPC) and UAE's Al Etihad Energy Services for various services in the field of energy management and conservation.
  • Under the MoU, the NPC, an autonomous body of the Commerce and Industry Ministry's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion will provide energy assessment services, training, and certification of energy auditors and demand side management.
6. Cabinet approves MoU with UN Women
  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the signing of an agreement between India and UN Women to strengthen gender equality in governance institutions.
  • The MoU between India and the United Nations Entity of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) seeks to provide technical support to the Ministry of Panchayati Raj to improve the opportunities for gender equality through legislation, policies, and programs in ministry's institutions.
  • Activities under this MoU will be implemented at the district and sub-district level in six states - Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
7. International conference on e-governance begins today:
  • Today, the three-day international conference on e-governance “ICEGOV 2017” has been inaugurated by the Minister of Electronics and IT, Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi.
  • The event being organized by the Electronics and IT Ministry in collaboration with UNESCO will discuss the role of technology in transforming relation between government and its citizens, businesses and civil society.
8. PM Narendra Modi to dedicate to nation Petrochemicals Complex at Dahej in Gujarat:
  • Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated to the nation a Petrochemical Complex of ONGC Petro Additions Limited at Dahej.
  • He will also dedicate a four-lane bridge over the Narmada at Bharuch on NH-8.
  • The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of Bharuch Bus Port.
9. PM Modi to releases Special Commemorative Postage Stamp on 100 years of Yogoda Satsang Math:
  • Today, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released commemorative Postage Stamp on 100th Anniversary of the “Yogoda Satsang Society” of India at a function in New Delhi.
  • Yogoda Satsanga Society is a non-profit religious organization founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1917.
10. M P Veerendra Kumar presented Moortidevi award:
  • Eminent Malayalam journalist and author M P Veerendra Kumar will be presented the 30th Moortidevi award by Bharatiya Jnanpith organization.
  • He was chosen for the prestigious award for his Malayalam travelogue 'Hymavathabhoovil'.
  • The award was presented by Jnanpith laureate M T Vasudevan Nair at a function at the Tagore Centenary.
11. Trade Mark Rules 2017 come into effect from today:
  • The Trade Mark Rules, 2017 have come into effect which replaced the erstwhile Trade Mark Rules 2002.
  • It will streamline and simplify the processing of Trade Mark applications.
  • Now, the fees for Individuals, Start-ups and Small Enterprises have been reduced to 4,500 rupees for e-filing of the trade mark applications.
  • In the revamped rules number of Trade Mark forms have been reduced from 74 to 8.
  • The fee for online filing has been kept at 10% lower than that for physical filing to promote e-filing of trade mark applications.
  • The number of adjournments in opposition proceedings has been restricted to a maximum of two by each party, which will help dispose off matters in time.
12. Vaikom Vijayalakshmi becomes first to play Gayathri veena for record five hours
  • Kerala’s playback singer Vaikom Vijayalakshmi created a new world record by playing the maximum number of songs in the shortest time (5 hrs) on Gayathri veena during a program in Kochi.
  • She played a total of 69 songs including various classical and filmy songs on the Gayathri veena became the first person to achieve the feat in the world.
13. International conference on e-governance begins today:
  • Today, the three-day international conference on e-governance “ICEGOV 2017” has been inaugurated by the Minister of Electronics and IT, Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi.
  • The event being organized by the Electronics and IT Ministry in collaboration with UNESCO will discuss the role of technology in transforming relation between government and its citizens, businesses and civil society.
14. Ola signs MoU with Government of Madhya Pradesh
  • Taxi aggregator Ola has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Madhya Pradesh State Skill Development Mission (MPSSDM) and Directorate of Skill Development.
  • In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Skill India initiative, the MOU is focused towards training, skill development and empowerment of 25,000 driver partners in the next two years.The aim of MoU is nurturing micro-entrepreneurship and skilling 50 lakh drivers by 2020.
15. HDFC Bank launched chatbot Eva for customer services
  • Mumbai-headquartered HDFC Bank has launched India’s first artificial intelligence based banking chatbot Electronic Virtual Assistant (EVA) for customer services .
  • Eva is India's first AI-based banking chatbot and can answer millions of customer queries across multiple channels instantly. It can assimilate knowledge from thousands of sources and provide answers in simple language in less than 0.4 seconds.
16. Canara Bank bags medals at PR Council's communication conclave
  • Public sector Canara Bank has won a number of medals in the Collateral Awards Category at the 11th Global Communication Conclave held in Bengaluru by the Public Relations Council of India (PRCI).
  • The bank won a gold medal for a radio jingle and silver medals for Corporate Film and Brochure (CSR). 
  • It won bronze medals for its in-house magazine (regional language), corporate advertisement – print, table calendar - 2017 and Big Diary 2017.
17. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Rabi Ray passes away:
  • Noted socialist leader and former Lok Sabha speaker Rabi Ray (91-year) passed away at a Hospital in Cuttack(Odisha).
  • He was the union minister of health and family welfare in the Morarji Desai ministry and the speaker of ninth Lok Sabha from 1989-1991.
  • In 1991, he was re-elected to the 10th Lok Sabha from Kendrapada in Odisha.
  • He was born at Bhanragarh village in Khurda district of Odisha.
18. OPPO wins Indian cricket team sponsorship rights for five years
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that mobile manufacturing company Oppo Mobiles India Private Limited will be the new team sponsor of the Indian cricket team from April 1, 2017 for a period of five years.
  • It has replaced Star India.

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