Current Affairs - 2017

Daily Current Affairs Short Updates: March 20-21, 2017

Daily Current Affairs Short Updates for March 20-21, 2017 with important tid-bits on current events in National, International, Banking, Science and Technology, Banking, Business and Sports etc for various competitive exams.

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

CCI gives nod to Reliance Communications, Aircel merger

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has given its approval to demerger of Reliance Communications (RCom) wireless division into Aircel Ltd. and Dishnet Wireless Ltd. The combined entity will have assets worth Rs. 65,000 crore.  The merger already has received approval from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) as well as from the… Read More »

Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell wins $1 million Global Teacher Prize

Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell who teaches at a school in a fly-in only village of Salluit in the Arctic region has won a $1-million Global Teacher Prize. She was bestowed with this award for changing the lives of her students and transforming her community. She was selected among 10 finalists chosen from 20,000 nominations and… Read More »

ICMR Director Soumya Swaminathan named to UN group on antimicrobial resistance

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appointed Soumya Swaminathan, Director of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in the high level group to provide expertise on and coordinate the global fight against antimicrobial resistance. The group comprises high level representatives of relevant UN agencies, other international organizations and individual experts across different sectors. Ms Swaminathan… Read More »

North Korea tests new high-performance Rocket engine

The North Korean military has tested a new high-performance rocket engine, giving new birth to isolated country’s rocket industry. The new engine will help North Korea to achieve world-class satellite launch capability.  The test was apparently timed to coincide with the visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to China, where he warned that… Read More »