Thursday, 23 March 2017

Daily GK Update 23rd March 2017: Current Affairs

Daily GK Update 23rd March 2017
1. Nation paying tribute on 86th martyrdom day: 23 March
  • Nation is paying tributes to freedom fighters -Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on their 86th martyrdom day (23 March).
  • On this day in 1931, British rulers had executed them in Lahore for their revolutionary activities against the British rule.
2. World Meteorological Day 2017 observed globally:
  • The World Meteorological Day was observed globally on 23rd March 2017.
  • The theme of WMD 2017 is 'Understanding Cloud' to highlight the enormous importance of clouds for weather climate and water.
  • The day is organized every year by World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
3. Fateh Bahadur appointed as Protem Speaker of UP:
  • UP Governor Ram Naik has appointed three-time BJP MLA Fateh Bahadur as the ‘Protem Speaker’ of the newly-constituted Assembly to administer the oath to newly elected MLAs in Uttar Pradesh.
  • He also nominated four MLAs Durga Prasad Yadav (Samajwadi party), Ram Pal Verma & Fagu Chauhan (BJP) and Ramveer Upadhyaya(BSP) to assist the Protem Speaker.
  • The Governor will administer the oath to the Protem Speaker and the four nominated members on Monday at Raj Bhavan.
4. Cabinet approves amendments to NABARD Act, 1981:
  • Union Cabinet has approved proposal for amending National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act, 1981. 
  • Decision in this regard was taken in the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
5. Govt approves 1.17 lakh more affordable houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana:
  • The government approved construction of 117,814 more affordable houses for urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in six states (Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha) with a total investment of Rs 5,773 crore and with central assistance of Rs 1,816 crore.  
  • With this, the total number of affordable homes sanctioned under PMAY so far has gone up to 1,760,507, with a total investment of Rs 96,018 crore and a central assistance of Rs 27,714 crore. 
6. PM to inaugurate India’s longest road tunnel in J&K on April 2:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation, the country’s longest road tunnel named Chenani-Nashri tunnel, built on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which will cut short the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by nearly 30 km.
  • The Prime Minister will inaugurate the 9.2 km long twin-tube tunnel on JK highway on April 2, 2017.
7. NABARD launches water conservation campaign in Karnataka:
  • NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) will help Karnataka with low-cost technologies for water conservation and efficient use of water in the drought-affected districts.
  • The main focus of the save water programme would be to create awareness and to cover maximum number of villages in the districts.
8. ISSF World Cup: Ankur Mittal wins double trap gold in double trap event:
  • Indian shooter Ankur Mittal (24-year) clinched his first men's double trap event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico.
  • He defeated his Australian rival, James Willet.
  • Mittal shot the score of 75 out of possible 80 points in the six-man final to finish ahead of Willet (73 points).
  • Ying Qui (China) settled for the bronze medal with an overall score of 52 before being eliminated after 60 targets in the finals.
  • Earlier, Ankur had won silver in the same event at last month's World Cup in New Delhi.
9. Austria: India bags 18 medals in Olympics World Winter Games
  • India’s special athletes have won 18 medals so far in the ongoing 2017 Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
  • The medal tally includes six gold, four silver, and eight bronze.
  • The team of 89 differently-abled sports person of the Special Olympics Bharat (SOB) is participating in the competition.
  • Over 2,600 athletes from 105 nations are taking part in the event.
10. Indian para-athletes win 8 medals in IPC Athletics Grand Prix:
  • Indian Para-athletes bagged eight medals (3 gold, 1 silver, and 4 bronze) in the 9th Fazaa International IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai.
  • India is currently at the seventh spot out of 48 participating countries.
  • Sundar Singh Gurjar (21-year) won a gold each in men's Javelin Throw F-46 and Discus Throw F-46 competitions.
  • The third Indian gold was bagged by Narender Ranbir in men's Javelin Throw F-44 with an effort of 47.75m.
11. PepsiCo ropes in PV Sindhu as brand ambassador:
  • PepsiCo’s sports drink brand Gatorade has roped in Indian shuttler PV Sindhu as its brand ambassador.
  • Sindhu is the first Indian brand ambassador of the PepsiCo brand.
12. India and ADB Signed $350 Million Loan for Roads in Madhya Pradesh:
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $350 million loan for improving about 1,500 kilometers of major district roads in Madhya Pradesh in line with the State’s Road Development Plan.
  • The Project will involve upgrading roads with concrete pavements, strengthening culverts and bridges, and maintaining the improved road assets for a period of five years.
  • Along with ADB’s loan, the Government of Madhya Pradesh will provide counterpart support of $150 million.
13. Assam govt & SBI sign MoU over housing, educational loan at subsidized interest rates:
  • The Assam govt has signed a MoU with State Bank of India (SBI) to provide Housing and Educational loan at subsidized interest rates to the employees of the state government.
  • The state Government will provide interest subsidy at the rate of 3.50% for the housing loan and education loan at 4%.
  • Maximum limit of Housing Loan is Rs. 15 lakh and the High education loan is Rs. 10 lakh.
  • There are provisions for the collateral free loan, Zero Margin, Zero Processing Fee with longer repayment tenure.
14. High level committee to examine working of CCIM, CCH and their governing legislation:
  • The high-level Committee has been formed to examine the working of the regulatory bodies Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH) and their governing legislations namely, Indian Medicine Central Council Act 1970 and Homoeopathy Central Council Act 1973 respectively, for suggesting suitable reforms for AYUSH.
  • The committee will be headed by Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog. Other members of the committee are Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NITI Aayog and Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH. 

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