Current Affairs Daily Digest: March 14-15, 2017
The Current Affairs Daily Digest for March 14-15, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.
National Current Affairs
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley assumes additional charge of Defence Ministry
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional charge of the Union Defence Ministry after Manohar Parrikar resigned to take charge as Goa chief minister. His appointment comes after, President Pranab Mukherjee accepted resignation of Parrikar as the Defence Minister, on advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This will be second time that Arun Jaitley will be holding the additional portfolio of Defence Ministry during the present NDA government. Earlier hhe was incharge of the ministry from May 26, 2014 to November 9, 2014.
States Current Affairs
Biren Singh sworn in as CM of Manipur
BJP’s N Biren Singh took oath as the Chief Minister of Manipur. He was administered oath to the office and secrecy by Governor Najma Heptulla. National People’s Party’s (NPP) Joykumar takes oath as the deputy chief minister. This is for the first time in India’s history since independence, BJP was able to form government in Manipur. In the recent assembly election BJP, which was the second largest party behind Congress (28 seats), had claimed that it enjoyed the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member assembly. Manipur will be the third northeastern state where BJP will be in power.
Manohar Parrikar Sworn in as Goa Chief Minister
Former Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar took oath as the Chief Minister of Goa for the fourth time. He was administered oath to the office and secrecy along with nine ministers of his government by Governor Mridula Sinha. BJP under leadership of Manohar Parrikar was able to form government in the state after it cobbled up a coalition with two regional parties and some Independent MLAs. The recent state election, had given fractured mandate with no clear mandate to any party. Congress had won the most 17, seats in in the 40-member assembly followed by BJP with 13 seats. Remaining seats were won by regional parties and independents.
International Current Affairs
Pakistan to conduct its first census in 19 years
Pakistan is going to conduct its first national census in 19 years and overall sixth population census. It will be conducted in two phases and will be completed by May 25, 2017. It will be conducted by 118,918 civilian enumerators with the assistance of over 200,000 soldiers. The soldiers will provide security and help in verification of data collected by the enumerators. The first phase will start from March 15, 2017 and conclude on April 15, 2017. After a ten day gap the second phase will start from April 25, 2017 and conclude on May 25, 2017. Last time Pakistan had conducted a census in 1998, which recorded a national population of approximately 180 million at that time.
Bangladesh declares March 25 as Genocide Day
Bangladesh Parliament has unanimously adopted a resolution declaring March 25 as Genocide Day. It will be remembrance day of the atrocities carried out by the Pakistani Army in the night of March 25, 1971. The Pakistan Army on the night of March 25, 1971 had launched ‘Operation Searchlight’ to crush the Bengali rebellion following refusal by the West Pakistan military leadership to accept the election results of 1970 in which the Awami League got thumping majority.
US Senate confirms Seema Verma for health care post
The United States (US) Senate has confirmed Indian-American Seema Verma for a top health care position in the Donald Trump administration. She is the second Indian-American in the administration to be confirmed by the Senate after US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley. Seema Verma will head the $1 trillion Centres of Medicare and Medicaid Services that provides health care to 130 million people in US.
Banking, Business & Economy Current Affairs
SBI incorporates new subsidiary firm to manage its estate matters
India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has incorporated SBI Infra Management Solutions Pvt. Ltd (SBIIMS) to manage its premises and estate related matters. SBIIMS primary role will be to handle non-core business such as transaction management, facility management, project management, advisory services and implementation of policies and initiatives. It will help in saving time of banks’ executives who were involved in managing this non-core business and they can now focus on core banking services. SBIIMS will have its own circle office in each local head office centre and about 100 zonal offices at administrative office centre of the bank on pan India basis.
RBI removes all limits on Cash Withdrawal from Savings Banks Accounts
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has removed all limits on cash withdrawal from savings bank account imposed on November 8, 2016 after the demonetisation drive. Earlier, RBI had removed all curbs on branch withdrawals from current account, cash credit and overdraft accounts on January 30, 2017 and limits placed on daily cash withdrawals from ATMs from February 1, 2017. Last month, the cash withdrawal limit from savings bank accounts was increased from Rs 24,000 to Rs 50,000 per week by the RBI. In February 2017, RBI also had increaded the cash withdrawal limit from savings bank accounts from Rs 24,000 to Rs 50,000 per week.
Persons in News
Noted Malayalam film maker Diphan passes away
Noted Malayalam film director Diphan passed away after prolonged illness. He was 45. He was son of award winning veteran Malayalam film dubbing artist Anandavalli who had dubbed for over 200 heroines in Malayalam cinema. Diphan had started his career as an assistant to noted action director Shaji Kailas who dominated Malayalam cinema in 1990’s and early 2000. Diphan started as an independent director with the political drama titled Leader (2003). Subsequently he directed Puthiya Mugham (2009), Hero, SIM, Gangs of Vadakkumnathan and The Dolphins.
Justice Sharma sworn in as Upalokayukta of Assam
Justice (Retd) Chittaranjan Sharma was sworn in as Assam’s Upalokayukta. He was administered oath to the office by Governor Banwarilal Purohit at a simple ceremony at the Raj Bhawan. Justice Sharma was a former Judge of the Guwahati High Court.