Current Affairs Daily Digest: March 9, 2017
The Current Affairs Daily Digest for March 9, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.
NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS
PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Asia’s largest petrochemicals plant in Dahej
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Petro auditions Limited (OPal) in the industrial town of Dahej in Gujarat. The plant, which is claimed to be the largest petrochemicals plant in Asia with occupation over 1700 metres of land. It is the single largest petrochemical plant in India and at full capacity will annually produce 14 lakh metric tonnes of polymers. OPaL is a joint venture company promoted by ONGC, GAIL and GSPC.
Sports Ministry constitute high level committee to address grievances of women sports persons
The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has constituted a high level committee to resolve the grievances and complaints of women sports persons. It will be headed by Joint secretary Sports. It will comprise athletes, advocate, and senior officer of MYAS and sports journalist (all women). Women athletes can approach the committee for their grievance redressal.
National Archives of India to celebrate its 127th Foundation Day
The National Archives of India (NAI) will celebrate its 127th Foundation Day on March 11, 2017. NAI was established on 11th March 1891 at Calcutta as the Imperial Record Department. It is a repository of the non-current records of the Union Government and holds them in trust for the use of administrators and scholars. It functions as an Attached Office of the Department of Culture under the Ministry of Culture. It is headquarters are at Janpath, New Delhi and has a Regional Office at Bhopal and three Record Centres at Bhubaneswar, Jaipur and Pondicherry.
India by the Nile festival held in Egypt
The mega cultural festival ‘India by the Nile’ was held at foot of the Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt. The this year event marked the special moment as India celebrates 70 years of independence and also 70 years of its diplomatic relations with Egypt. The festival is a celebration of Indian music, dance, theatre, visual arts, food and wellbeing. It was organised by the Embassy of India in partnership with the Ministry of Textiles, Export Promotion Council dor Handicrafts (India) and Ministry of Social Solidarity (Egypt) and Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI).
BANKING, BUSINESS & ECONOMY
IDFC launches Biometric Based Payment System Aadhaar Pay
IDFC Bank became the first bank in the country to launch the biometric-based payment system Aadhaar Pay through its network. Aadhaar Pay will enable merchants to receive payments from customers without any physical payment instrument. Customer can use this service by first linking his bank account to the Aadhaar number. To make a payment, customer just has to select the bank’s name and enter the Aadhaar number. The fingerprint will serve as the password to authenticate the transaction.
SBI launces Work from Home facility
The State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a new “Work from Home” facility to enable its employees to work while at home using mobile devices. This facility aims to address any urgent requirement employees may have, that prevents their travelling to work. For this purpose, SBI will use mobile computing technologies and shall have continuous control over all the enabled devices. It will centrally manage and secure the data and applications on the mobile devices.
EVENTS AND OBSERVANCES
11th North-East Business Summit held in New Delhi
The 11th edition of North-East Business Summit (NEBS) was held New Delhi. The two-day summit aimed to facilitate investment, highlight strengths of the North-East Region (NER) and business opportunities which North-East can offer. The summit also showcased the untapped business potential of North-East to investors worldwide.
March 8: International Women’s Day
The International Women’s Day (IWD) is observed every year on March 8 to commemorate the struggle for women’s rights and to highlight the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. The 2017 theme of IWD is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. Its campaign theme is “#BeBoldForChange”.
National Safety Week observed
The National Safety Week (NSW) was observed from March 4 to 10 to raise safety awareness among people. It was observed by the National Safety Council (NSC) of India. It seeks to prevent and lessen the loss of human life and tackle financial losses to the family by availing them of safety, health and environment-related support services. The 2017 theme was “Keep Each Other Safe”.
INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS
13th Economic Co-operation Organisation summit held in Islamabad
The 13th edition of Economic Co-operation Organisation (ECO) summit was held in Islamabad, Pakistan. The purpose of the summit is to increase cooperation in areas such as trade, tourism, energy, economic growth and productivity. The ECO is a Eurasian political and economic intergovernmental organization formed in 1985 by Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. It now also includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Halil Ibrahim Akca from Turkey is its current Secretary General.
Jon Huntsman appointed as US Ambassador to Russia
Former Utah Republican Governor Jon Huntsman was appointed as US Ambassador to Russia. His appointment now requires Senate confirmation. Earlier, Huntsman had served as US Ambassador to China under former President Barack Obama.
PERSONS IN NEWS
MP Veerendra Kumar awarded Moortidevi award 2016
Noted Malayalam author and journalist M P Veerendra Kumar was awarded 30th edition of Moortidevi award 2016 by the Bharatiya Jnanpith organization. He was awarded for his Malayalam travelogue “Hymavathabhoovil”, which dwells upon ancient trails of Indian culture, myth, literature and people strewn in the plains, valleys and mountains of India. It also highlights environmental concerns over “fragile mountain ecosystem” and calls for action over lack of water resources and waste disposal systems. Mr. Kumar is Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi and a Rajya Sabha MP. Moortidevi award is given annually for books written in all Indian languages besides English pertaining to Indian philosophy. It consists of a Saraswati statue, a citation plaque and cash award of Rs. 4 lakh.
Former Puducherry Minister M Chandrakasu passes away
Former Puducherry Minister M Chandrakasu passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 67. He had represented Nedungad constituency in the outlying enclave of Karaikal for six terms. He had served as Agriculture Minister in the All India N R Congress (AINRC) government formed by N Rangasamy in 2011.