Current Affairs Daily Digest: March 5-6, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for March 5-6, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

India’s tallest Tricolor hoisted at Attari border in Punjab

India’s tallest national flag measuring 360 feet was hoisted at Attari-Wagah joint checkpost in Punjab. It broke earlier record of national flag hoisted in Ranchi which is 293 feet high. The flag at Attari-Wagah is 120 feet in length, 80 feet in breadth. It is hosted on a pole which is 360 feet high, having concrete base is 30 feet in length and another 30 feet in breadth. The foundation of the flag can withstand high velocity winds up to 180 km an hour. It is all-weather flag based on motorized mechanism and will be lowered only in case of wear and tear. The flag will be an attraction for the tourists who visit the Attari border to watch the Beating the Retreat ceremony.

India to supply additional 60 MW power to Bangladesh

India is going to supply additional 60 MW power from its ONGC-Tripura power (OTPC’s) Palatana plant to Bangladesh. In this regard, both countries will ink an agreement soon. India started supplying 500 MWs power to Bangladesh in 2013 after a deal was signed between India’s NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited and Bangladesh Power Development Board in February, 2012. The deal was a follow-up of agreement inked during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visit New Delhi in 2010.

India to train Myanmar Navy

The Indian Navy will set up meteorological facilities and impart training to Myanmar Navy. This was agreed upon during a recent visit of Myanmar delegation to Kochi, Kerala. The delegation was given a tour of Indian Naval Meteorological and Analysis Centre (INMAC) and School of Naval Oceanology and Meteorology (SNOM). The decision to train Myanmar Navy is in par with India’s overall effort to boost strategic cooperation under the ‘Act East’ policy. Besides, it will help offset increasing Chinese presence in its neighbourhood.

WCD Ministry to set up Women’s Entrepreneurship Council

The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has proposed the setting up Women’s Entrepreneurship Council for taking up with the government the problems faced by business women. The Council will be modelled on the lines of chambers of commerce. It will seek to resolve issues through policy changes.

Government approves strategic sale of state-owned SAIL’s 3 special steel plants

The Union Government has approved strategic sale of state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited’s (SAIL) three special steel plants.  These are Alloy Steels Plant located at Durgapur (West Bengal), Salem Steel Plant (Tamil Nadu) and Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Plant (Bhadravati, Karnataka). Government is expecting to raise 15,000 crore rupees from strategic disinvestment in 2017-18.

International Current Affairs

Iran’s S-300 air defence system becomes operational

Iran’s advanced S-300 air defence system became operational. The system was delivered by Russia following Iran’s July 2015 nuclear deal with P5+1 nations. Iran was trying to acquire this defence system for years but Russia had held off delivery in line with UN sanctions imposed over its nuclear programme. It purpose to deploy S-300 air defence system is to ward off repeated threats by Israel to bomb its nuclear facilities, The S-300 is Russian long range surface-to-air missile systems that can defend against aircraft and cruise missiles and even intercept ballistic missiles.

States Current Affairs

Maharashtra Government decides to regulate web-based taxi services

Maharashtra government has decided to regulate the web-based taxi services in the state to ensure affordable travel for commuters. In this regard, Maharashtra City Taxi Regulations 2017 will be implemented in the state. Under new regulation, the service provider will have to register in the city to operate the taxi service. It will regulate fares of web-based taxi services. There will be a display of the route and fare to be recovered in the vehicle along with GPS/GPRS system in the vehicle and with the driver. It will help to bring transparency in the tariffs. These taxi services will have separate permits and will run on clean fuel. They will be air-conditioned. Even black and yellow taxis can upgrade to air-conditioned and register as app-based service.

Google India and Telangana inks MoU for supporting digitisation efforts

Google India and Telangana Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at supporting the digitisation efforts of the state. Under it, Google India will provide Google Cloud access and credits to all cloud platform products to eligible startups engaged with Telangana government’s T—Hub initiative. It will also provide technical mentorship and advisory support to various startups through its Developer Relations. Google India will introduce Android Fundamentals courses to skill students pursuing engineering and MCA on mobile app development. They will also work on promoting digital literacy among rural women through programme ‘Internet Saathi’.

Science and Technology Current Affairs

Hubble Telescope discover Massive galaxy

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has captured an image of an incredibly massive galaxy dubbed as UGC 12591 that is 400 million light years away from the Earth. It is situated in the westernmost region of the Pisces-Perseus Supercluster, one of the largest known structures in the cosmos. It sits somewhere between lenticular and spiral shapes. The galaxy and its halo together are four times the mass of the Milky Way and several hundred billion times the mass of the Sun. The HST is into low orbit space telescope launched in 1990 by NASA and European Space Agency (ESA). It is named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble and is still in operation.

Persons in News

Haiti’s former President Rene Preval passes away

Former President of Haiti Rene Preval passed away. He was 74. He was an agronomist and champion of the poor. He had served for two terms from 1996-2001 and 2006-2011 as President of Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Preval was the only Haitian leader who had completed two terms as president, the constitutional limit, without suffering a coup since the end of the François Duvalier dictatorship in 1986. He was born on January 17, 1943 in Port-au-Prince. He had studied agronomy in Belgium and lived for five years in New York in the 1970s.

P K Purwar appointed as CMD of MTNL

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed P K Purwar as Chairman and Managing Director of state-run telecom major Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL). His name for the appointment was suggested by search-cum-selection committee which was earlier constituted under the chairman of Public Enterprises Selection Board. Currently, he is working as Director (Finance) in MTNL. He had held additional charge of the post of MTNL CMD between June 2014 and June 2015 following superannuation of A K Garg in May 2014. Later in June 2015, he was again given this additional charge.

Former IFS and MP Syed Shahabuddin passes away

Former IFS and MP Syed Shahabuddin passed away at the age of 82 after suffering from prolonged illness. He had worked as a diplomat for the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), but later became a politician. He had served as a diplomat, an ambassador and was the Joint Secretary in charge of South East Asia, Indian Ocean and the Pacific in the Union Ministry of External Affairs. He had served as Member of Parliament (MP) for three terms from 1979-1996. He is well known for his involvement in the Shah Bano case and his opposition to the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

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