Current Affairs Daily Digest: March 12-13, 2017
The Current Affairs Daily Digest for March 12-13, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.
National Current Affairs
Central Railway unveils India’s first air-conditioned rail ambulance
Central Railway zone of Indian Railway has unveiled India’s first air-conditioned rail ambulance. The four-coach AC ambulance will be stationed at Kaylan (Maharashtra). It is modified version of AC coaches used for passenger services. This rail ambulance can carry and treat 50 patients at one time. It also has in house operation theatre to carry out minor surgeries and provide immediate relief. It will be mainly be used during train accidents as it can carry accident victims to hospital in a short time. However, in normal times, it will be used for providing medical facilities in large congregations.
States Current Affairs
Congress wins 2017 Punjab Legislative Assembly election
Indian National Congress (INC) won the 2017 Punjab Legislative Assembly election by winning 77 seats of the total 117 seats. Aam Admi Party (AAP) won 20 seats, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) won 15 seats, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) won 3 seats and Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) won 2 seats. The election was held on 4 February 2017 in single phase. It saw voter turnout of 77.36%.
BJP wins 2017 Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly election
Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) won the 2017 Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly election by winning 57 seats of the total 70 seats. Indian National Congress (INC) won 11 seats and Independents won 2 seats. The election was held on 15 February 2017 in a single phase for 69 seats except Karnaprayag. It saw voter turnout 65.64%. Chief Minister Harish Rawat of Congress lost from both seats Haridwar (Rural) and Kichcha contested by him.
BJP wins 2017 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election
Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) won the 17th Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election by winning 312 seats of the total 403 seats. BJP’s allies Apna Dal (Sonelal) and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party won 9 and 4 seats respectively. Samajwadi Party won 47 seats, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) won 19 seats and Congress won 7 seats. The election was held from 11 February to 8 March 2017 in 7 phases. It saw voter turnout of 60-61% voter turnout compared to 59.48% in 2012 elections.
Congress emerges largest party in 2017 Goa Legislative Assembly election
Indian National Congress (INC) emerged as the single largest party in the 2017 Goa Legislative Assembly election by winning 17 seats of the total 40 seats. Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) won 13 seats, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak, Goa Forward Party and Independents won 3 seats each, Nationalist Congress Party won 1 seat. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar lost from the Mandrem constituency by nearly 4000 votes. The election was held on February 4, 2017 in the single phase. It saw voter turnout of 83%. In this election, Goa became the first state in the country to use Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in the entire state.
Congress emerges largest party in 2017 Manipur Legislative Assembly election
Indian National Congress (INC) emerged as the single largest party in the 2017 Manipur Legislative Assembly election by winning 28 seats of the total 60 seats. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 21 seats, Naga People’s Front National People’s Party won 4 seats each, Lok Janshakti Party, All India Trinamool Congress and Independents won 1 seat each. The election was held on 4 March & 8 March 2017 in two phases. It saw record turnout of 86%.
Sports Current Affairs
British F1 legend John Surtees passes away
British Formula One (F1) legend John Surtees passed away. He was 83. He was the only racer to have won world championships on motorbikes and in Formula One. He had won the 500cc motorcycle world championship in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 with the MV Agusta factory team by scoring 22 wins at the top level. He had made his debut for Lotus and winning the Formula One title for Ferrari in 1964. He had suffered a life-threatening accident in Canada, in 1965, from which he recovered to continue racing.
SSP Chawrasia defends Indian Open Title
SSP Chawrasia (38) created history after defending his title at the Hero Indian Open with a remarkable seven-stroke win in New Delhi. He is only the second Indian golfer after Jyoti Randhawa to successfully defend the Hero Indian Open. It was his sixth win on the Asian Tour and overall sixth international victory. With this victory, he also became the first Indian to win back-to-back Indian Open titles at different venues (DGC & DLF Golf & Country Club). He also became first Indian to successfully defend a European Tour title and the first player to win their first four events in their home country.
9 March: World Kidney Day
The World Kidney Day was observed on 9 March to raise awareness of the importance of kidneys for good health. The theme for year 2017 was “Kidney Disease and Obesity: Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys”. It aimed to promote education about the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney diseases.The World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) and International Society of Nephrology (ISN). The day was launched as a global health awareness campaign to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.
HSBC appoints Mark Tucker as its New Chairman
Europe’s biggest bank HSBC Holdings Plc has appointed Mark Tucker as its chairman. He will replace Douglas Flint and would take over as group chairman designate from September 2017 and as non-executive group chairman on October 2017. Tucker is an ICAEW chartered accountant. Currently, he is group chief executive and president of AIA Group Limited, the largest independent public listed pan-Asian life insurance group. He also has been an independent non-executive director of the Goldman Sachs group since November 2012.