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 affairs.

National Current Affairs

India, Pakistan to review Miyar project

India and Pakistan have agreed on redesigning the Miyar Hydroelectric project at the end of two-day talks of Indus Water Commissioners held in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan. The Pakistani delegation was headed by Mirza Asif Saeed while P.K. Saxena led the Indian team.  Both countries also agreed that the Lower Kalnai and the Pakal Dul projects would be inspected again. The talks between the two neighbouring countries began after 22 months when Pakistan in 2015 skipped consultations following objections on the Kishenganga and the Ratle hydroelectric projects by India. Kishenganga is in arbitration. Pakistan’s request for arbitration on Ratle is still pending with the World Bank, which is the guarantor of the 1960 Indus Water Treaty.

Home Ministry issues advisory for Flag Code of India

The Union Home Ministry has issued an advisory to all states and UTs, ministries and departments of Central government to ensure strict compliance of provisions contained in the Flag Code of India, 2002 and The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971. The Advisory stated that the National Flag represents hopes and aspirations of the people and hence should occupy a position of honour.  It directed that mass awareness programmes should be carried out in this regard through advertisements in the electronic and print media.

International Current Affairs

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 in Afghanistan.

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 to boost connectivity to take their strategic partnership forward.

US President signs bill authorising NASA funding, Mars exploration

US President Donald Trump signed a bill known as the NASA Transition Authorization Act, authorising $19.5 billion funding for the NASA programmes and setting a new goal to send humans to Mars. It gives the US space agency the funding for fiscal year 2018 and opens a new vista to human exploration of the space. It also asks the agency to create a plan to send a crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s. The bill will make sure that NASA’s most important and effective programmes are sustained.

Persons in News

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. Currently he is district judge in the US state of Kentucky, as a judge on court of appeals for the sixth circuit, a high court.

Five Indians in WEF’s 2017 young global leaders list

Five Indians were named in 2017 World Economic Forum’s 100 Young Global Leaders list. They are Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Paytm Founder and CEO), Shruti Shibulal (The Tamara Hospitality), Ambarish Mitra (Founder and CEO Blippar), Hindol Sengupta (Editor-at large Fortune India) and Rwitwika Bhattacharya-Agarwal (Founder and CEO Swaniti Initiative). There were nine global leaders from South Asia, out of which five are from India. Besides, there are some persons of Indian origin from US and Europe named in the list. Each year, the WEF selects 100 young business leaders, under the age of 40, who are tackling the world’s most complex challenges with innovative approaches.

Places in News

Essar’s Nand Niketan: India’s first private sector township to go cashless

Essar’s Nand Niketan at Hazira (in Surat district, Gujarat) became India’s first private sector township to go cashless, using the mobile wallet for performing digital transactions. Mumbai-based tech company was roped by the township to provide smartphone based application for mastercard-enabled mobile wallets. So far around 8,000 prepaid cards were issued in the township to the employees, merchants and shop owners operating within its precincts. An average of Rs 2 lakh worth of digital transactions are being executed every day.

Sports Current Affairs

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 Willet managed 73 points win silver medal. China’s Ying Qui won bronze medal with 52 points. Ankur had also had won Silver medal in Men’s Double trap at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi in February 2017.

Shahid Afridi appointed ambassador of Blind Cricket World Cup

Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) has appointed former all-rounder Shahid Afridi (37) as the ambassador for the fifth edition of the Blind Cricket World Cup. The PBCC is going to host fifth edition of the tournament which will be played in ODI format in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Pakistan in January 2018. Nine members of World Blind Cricket Ltd will participate in the tournament and four of them have agreed to play in Pakistan.

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