Current Affairs Daily Digest: March 8, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for March 8, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

India’s longest cable-stayed bridge inaugrated in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest cable-stayed bridge in Bharuch, Gujarat. It is 1.4-kilometer long four-lanes bridge over the river Narmada. It has 216 cables of 25-40 metres length. It is 21 meters wide, having a 17.4-metre wide four-lane road, a three-metre wide footpath. The bridge was built by Larsen and Toubro (L&T) as a part of 6 laning project of the NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) and was completed well ahead of its schedule. It will ease the traffic flow on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai National Highway which is considered to be one of the busiest in India.

IISc ranked 8 among world’s best 10 universities

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was ranked 8th in the top 10 of Times Higher Education’s (THE) Best Small Universities-2017 global rankings. IISc was only the Indian university to feature in the list of 20. It is also the second-highest ranked Asian University. The global rankings ranked only those universities with fewer than 5,000 students. The list was topped by California Institute of Technology (Caltech). IISc has a full-fledged postgraduate and Ph.D. programme and around 3,400 students study in it. In the world university ranking, however, it ranks in the range of 201-250 when compared with larger universities also.

CBSE introduces Exam Locator app to help students

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has launched a mobile application named ‘Exam Locator’ to help students appearing for class 10th and 12th examinations to locate their exam centres. It will help students to quickly know the exam centre on the basis of their roll number. Student can easily find the address, geolocation and images of the designated centre on the map.

INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

China overtakes Eurozone as world’s largest banking system

According to Financial Times, China’s banking system has overtaken the eurozone to become the world’s largest by assets. It indicates both, China’s increased influence in world finance and its reliance on debt to drive growth since the 2009 global financial crisis. Chinese bank assets had hit $33 trillion at the end of 2016, versus $31 trillion of the eurozone, $16 trillion of the US and $7 trillion of Japan. The value of China’s banking system is more than 3.1 times the size of its annual economic output, compared with 2.8 times for the eurozone and its banks. China’s GDP had surpassed EU’s economic bloc in 2011 at market exchange rates, but its banking system did not take over the top spot until the end of 2016.  Add image Top Banks in World

STATES CURRENT AFFAIRS

HC declares Manipur economic blockade illegal

Manipur High Court has declared four month long economic blockade called by United Naga Council (UNC) as illegal. The court passed the order on public interest litigation and directed the authorities to deal with those supporting the blockade according to the law. The UNC cadres had blocked key national highways (number 2 and 37) connecting Manipur with rest of the northeast region since November 2016. It had completely stopped normal movement of vehicles ferrying essential items, severely affecting the normal life in the state. The UNC was protesting against creation of seven new districts in the state, citing that it will bifurcate ancestral land of the Naga people.

Odisha Government appoints K Srinath Reddy as Health Adviser

Odisha Government has appointed K Srinath Reddy as an adviser to the state government on health matters with cabinet minister’s rank. He will advise the state government in proper implementation and smooth delivery of various ongoing government health programmes and improve key health indicators of the state. K Srinath Reddy is an eminent cardiologist, epidemiologist and a global leader in public health. He is President of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). He is former head of the Department of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He was awarded Padma Bhusan, third-highest civilian award of the country.

First smart tribal village inaugurated in Jammu and Kashmir

The first smart tribal model village ‘Hubbi’ was inaugurated at Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. It was inaugurated by the Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali. The village was developed by Rural Development Department of the State Government. The smart tribal village has been introduced with smart classes in the schools, better roads, electricity and water facilities.

Hyderabad Airport ranks 1st in Airport Service Quality Survey

GMR’s Hyderabad International Airport ranked 1st in the world in the prestigious Airports Council International (ACI)-Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey in the 5-15 million passengers per annum (MPPA) category in 2016. It has improved its ASQ survey score from 4.4 in 2009 to 4.9 in 2016 (measured on scale of 1 to 5). Hyderabad Airport is designed to cater to 12MPPA is running in to its 9th year of operation. It has witnessed a growth of more than 20% in 2016 with a passenger throughput of close to 15MPPA.

EVENTS AND OBSERVANCES

International Yoga fest held in New Delhi

The two-day International Yoga fest was held at Talkatora stadium in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu. It was organised by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in association with the Indian Yoga associations. More than 3,500 participants including eminent yoga gurus, yoga masters, scholars, policy makers and representatives from 15- 18 countries had participate in this mega event. Parallel yoga workshop, lectures, Satsang, cultural programmes and yoga demos were organised in this event. Besides, exhibition of more than 50 stalls of books, DVDs, yoga appliances and other yoga related products were displayed.

National conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan held in New Delhi

The national conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan was held in New Delhi. It was organized by the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. Its main objective was to strengthen grass root involvement of all stakeholders including Panchayati Raj institutions (PRIs) and local bodies for Participatory Irrigation Management. The main four important components of Jal Kranti Abhiyan were Development of Model Command Area, Jal Gram Yojana, Pollution Abatement and Mass Awareness Programme. Around 700 participants representing various stakeholder groups such as farmers, officials, Panchayat members, NGOs and students had participated in the event.

ECONOMY & BUSINESS CURRENT AFFAIRS

Tech Mahindra acquires US healthcare provider CJS Solutions Group

Software services firm Tech Mahindra Ltd has signed a definitive agreement to acquire US-based healthcare information technology consulting company CJS Solutions Group that does business as The HCI Group.  The deal values CJS Solutions at an enterprise value of $110 million. The HCI Group works with global tier-I healthcare service providers, primarily in US and UK and also has a presence in Europe, West Asia and Asia-Pacific. It provides end-to-end implementation of electronic health record (EHR) and electronic medical record (EMR) software, training and support services.

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