Current Affairs - 2017

Daily Current Affairs Short Updates: March 22-23, 2017

Daily Current Affairs Short Updates for March 22-23, 2017 with important tid-bits on current events in National, International, Banking, Science and Technology, Banking, Business and Sports etc for various competitive exams.

Cabinet approves setting up of National Commission for Socially and Educationally backward classes

The Union Cabinet approved setting up of National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NSEBC) as a constitutional body. In this regard, constitutional amendment bill for amending Constitution mainly by insertion of Article 338B will be soon introduced in the Parliament. Union Cabinet has approved Creation of a National Commission for Socially and Educationally… Read More »

Cabinet approves of proposal to establish a Fund of Fund for Start-ups

The Union Cabinet has approved proposals to tweak Fund of Funds of Start-ups (FFS) rules to enable greater flow of resources. FFS was established in June 2016 with a corpus of Rs. 1,000 crores. The proposals approved are Alternate Investment Funds (AIFs) supported by FFS shall invest at least twice the amount of contribution received… Read More »

Union Cabinet approves amendments to Customs and Excise Act to facilitate GST Regime

The Union Cabinet has approved amendments to the Customs and Excise Acts related to abolition of cesses and surcharges on various goods and services to facilitate implementation of GST Regime Decision in this regard was taken by Union Cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. It has approved the following… Read More »

Amul Thapar named for top judicial post in US

Indian-American legal luminary Amul Thapar (47) was nominated by US President Donald Trump to a key judicial position on the Court of Appeals. If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Thapar will be part of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. He will be second Indian American on a circuit court of appeal, joining Sri Srinivasan.… Read More »

Taliban captures southern Afghan city of Sangin

The Taliban has captured the crucial city of Sangin in southern Afghanistan after a year-long battle. Afghan forces have made a tactical retreat from the centre of Sangin. The fall of Sangin came amid the insurgents’ year-long push to expand their footprint in the Taliban heartland of Helmand province. It signals growing strength of Taliban… Read More »

Singapore, Vietnam ink slew of MoUs in banking and infrastructure

Singapore and Vietnam have ramped up their business ties, signing off agreements on a string of new collaborations in banking, power generation and infrastructure. These agreements were signed on the third day of an official visit by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Both countries also have agreed to further discuss liberalising bilateral air services… Read More »

Ankur Mittal wins Gold medal in Men’s Double Trap event at ISSF

Indian shooter Ankur Mittal () won Gold medal in the Men’s Double Trap event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World24 Cup held in Acapulco, Mexico. He defeated James Willet of Australia, the gold medalist at ISSF World Cup held in New Delhi in February 2017. Ankur finished with a tally of 75, while… Read More »