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Monthly Current Affairs 2017-18

Solar Energy Scheme for Small Powerloom Units approved

Mar 19, 2017
This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.

ICAR, ICRISAT signed collaborative agreement for crop improvement

Mar 19, 2017
The collaboration is expected to benefit crores of Indian farmers, who are vulnerable to fluctuations in rainfall and demand for food items in the market.

India-Russia Military Industrial Conference held in New Delhi

Mar 19, 2017
The conference provided an opportunity to Indian industry to explore possibilities of manufacturing of parts and components of Russian equipment in India through partnerships with Russian companies.

Yogi Adityanath elected as Leader of UP BJP State Legislature Party

Mar 18, 2017
He was elected as an MP from Gorakhpur to the Lok Sabha in the 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections.

Trivendra Singh Rawat sworn-in as Uttarakhand Chief Minister

Mar 18, 2017
Trivendra Singh Rawat is the ninth chief minister of Uttarakhand. Also, he is the fifth BJP chief minister since the formation of the State in 2000.

World’s oldest red algae fossils found in India

Mar 18, 2017
The study was published in March 2017 in the journal PLOS Biology. As per the paper, until now, the oldest known red algae were 1.2 billion years old.

Japan launches satellite to monitor North Korea

Mar 18, 2017
Japan launched a new satellite to monitor North Korea’s movements amidst worries over its increasing missile launching missions.

H-1B premium processing suspended to handle huge rush: US

Mar 18, 2017
Temporary suspension of the premium processing of H-1B visas is an exercise to handle the huge rush of applications for work visas in the first week of April.

Sachin Tendulkar appointed as UNICEF Ambassador For ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

Mar 17, 2017
The ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 will be hosted in the United Kingdom from 23 June 2017 to 23 July 2017.

Kalpana Chawla remembered on 55th birth anniversary

Mar 17, 2017
A hill in the Columbia Hills inside Gusev crater on planet Mars is named after Kalpana Chawla and is called as Chawla Hill.

Karan Avtar Singh appointed as Chief Secretary of Punjab

Mar 17, 2017
Avtar Singh succeeded Sarvesh Kaushal who was posted as Special Chief Secretary-cum-Director General of the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration.

UK’s Newcastle University gets 1st license to make babies using 3-parent technique

Mar 17, 2017
Though the 3-parent technique is considered as a major breakthrough, it is well recognised that replacing a mother's faulty mitochondrial DNA is not that simple.

Dalai Lama Inaugurated the International Buddhist Conference in Bihar

Mar 17, 2017
The international conference to discuss Buddhism in the 21st century was inaugurated in Bihar on 17 March 2017.

Bandhan Bank signs pact with Avenues India to enhance customer support

Mar 17, 2017
The pact was signed to provide the merchants with seamless access to the Point of Sale (POS) and the payment gateway products.

Kansas recognises March 16 as Indian-American Appreciation Day

Mar 17, 2017
While issuing a proclamation to this effect, Kansas Governor said the unique contribution of Indian community has made Kansas a better place.

World Bank Group approved USD 210 million for strengthening gram panchayats in West Bengal

Mar 17, 2017
The loan will strengthen gram panchayaths to emerge as devolved service delivery and administrative units in the PRI system.

G20 meet of finance ministers and central bank governors to begin in Germany

Mar 17, 2017
The G20 finance ministers and chiefs of the central bank are scheduled to meet from 17 to 18 March in Germany to mainly discuss strengthening of global economic resilience in finance and digitalisation and to promote free trade.

World Bank Board approves USD 175 million National Hydrology Project of India

Mar 17, 2017
This loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of World Bank will have a 6-year grace period and a maturity of 23 years.

India and Brazil sign agreement to protect rights of detached workers

Mar 17, 2017
India and Brazil signed a Social security agreement that establishes the rights and obligations of nationals belonging to both the countries and provides for their equal treatment.

Jwala Gutta included in Governing Body of Sports Authority of India

Mar 17, 2017
In addition, BV Papa Rao, IAS (retired), was also added to the newly constituted governing body. He has the experience of being an officer on special duty of SAI from 1985 to 1990. At present, he is a sports administrator and advisor to Telangana Government.

Bibhu Prasad Kanungo appointed as Deputy Governor of RBI

Mar 17, 2017
In March 2016, Kanungo was appointed as Executive Director of RBI.

The Governor's Role In The Hung Assembly

Mar 17, 2017
Recent Assembly Election results have triggered a debate around the governor’s role in the government formation especially in case of Hung Assembly. We have elaborated this whole concept with its history.

New Zealand River gains legal status of a person, ending 140 years battle

Mar 17, 2017
A river in New Zealand has gained the legal status of a person, complete with all the respective rights, duties and liabilities.

Audit how much timber and money are generated from felling of trees in Delhi: High Court to CAG

Mar 17, 2017
The bench that asked to audit the aspects of how much timber and money are generated from the felling of trees in the city also asked the state government to reclaim the encroachment areas of forest.

Parliamentary panel suggests BSNL-MTNL merger for long-term survival

Mar 17, 2017
The DoT said that the PSUs have not been able to invest adequately in the expansion and modernisation of their network, leading to coverage issues.

Indian-American teen Indrani Das wins 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search

Mar 17, 2017
Das won the prestigious high school science and mathematics competition for her new approach to neurological damage.

Mercer released 2017 Quality of Living Survey

Mar 16, 2017
The highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America are Singapore (25) and Montevideo (79) respectively.

Union Government approves National Health Policy 2017

Mar 16, 2017
It envisages providing larger package of assured comprehensive primary health care through the ‘Health and Wellness Centers’.

New Chairperson of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Manhar Valjibhai Zala assumed office

Mar 16, 2017
The chairperson Manhar Valji and the other two members will hold the office for a period not exceeding three years.

UN launches Women in Politics Map 2017; India placed at 148th number

Mar 16, 2017
The report was launched on the sidelines of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, known as the largest inter-governmental forum on women's rights and gender equality.

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