Daily Current Affairs Short Updates: March 28, 2017
Daily Current Affairs Short Updates for March 28, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs
National Current Affairs
President Pranab presents Dr. BC Roy National Awards
President Pranab Mukherjee presented Dr. B. C. Roy National Awards to 49 physicians for the year 2014, 2015 and 2016. Besides, he also presented Hari Om Ashram Alembic Research Awards to four physicians. Dr. B. C. Roy National Award is the highest recognition for medical practitioners in India. It was instituted by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in 1976 in memory of renowned physician and former West Bengal Chief Minister Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.
Government imposes 10 % import duty on wheat, turdal
Union Government has imposed 10% import duty on wheat and tur dal with immediate effect to protect farmers’ interest amid projection of a record crop this year. Earlier in December 2016, government had reduced customs duty on wheat to 0 from 10% to boost domestic availability and check retail prices. There has been nil duty on tur dal. The estimated revenue implication of this decision is about Rs. 840 crore at the current levels of imports. The move will help curb sharp fall in the wholesale prices of these commodities and ensure support price to farmers.
International Current Affairs
Cyclone Debbie makes Landfall in Australia’s Northeast Coast
Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) and Coca Cola India have signed MoU to train 50,000 street food vendors. The MoU was signed as part of FSSAI’s ‘Clean Street Food’ initiative to train street food vendor in the next three years. Under, it Coca-Cola will be responsible for the execution through its trainer network, while FSSAI will ensure relevance of training content.
India becomes third largest aviation market globally
As per latest report by the Sydney-based aviation think-tank Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), India has become the third largest aviation market globally in terms of domestic passenger traffic. The report stated that India’s domestic air passenger traffic at 100 million in 2016 has overtaken that of Japan (97 million) to bag the third spot. Now India is behind US (719 million) and China (436 million).
Persons in News
Indian-American Vanita Gupta appointed president of Leadership Conference
Indian-American Vanita Gupta was appointed as President and CEO of ‘The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’. With this she became first woman to head the prestigious organisation. She will succeed Wade Henderson who is stepping down after more than two decades. She will also lead its sister organisation ‘The Leadership Conference Education Fund’. Vanita Gupta is known for her fearless advocacy of all human beings. She had headed civil rights division in the Department of Justice in the Obama Administration.
Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada passes away
South Africa’s revered Indian-origin anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada passed away. He was 87. He was one of Nelson Mandela’s closest aides in his struggle to end the white minority rule. He was frequently referred to Mandela as his ‘elder brother’. He was among three political prisoners who were sentenced to life imprisonment together with Nelson Mandel after the infamous Rivonia Trial of 1964. He had spent 26 years and 3 months in prison, including 18 years on the infamous Robben Island. He was also a prolific writer and had penned six books himself or with co-authors.
Sitaram Swain chosen for Glenfiddich’s Emerging Artist of the Year award 2017
Odisha-based installation artist Sitaram Swain was chosen as the Glenfiddich’s Emerging Artist of the Year 2017. He will be the sixth recipient of the honour. He will represent India at the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence (AiR) programme at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Scotland with seven artists from around the world.
Renowned playwright Arun Sarma passes away
Renowned playwright Arun Sarma passed away in New Delhi after a brief illness. He was 86. He was born in 1931 in Dibrugarh district. In his career, he had written more than 50 plays and books. He has won a number of awards, including Padma Shri, Sahitya Academi and Assam Valley Literary.
Sports Current Affairs
Bhubaneswar to host 2017 Men’s Hockey World League final
Bhubaneswar, capital city of Odisha will host 2017 Men’s Hockey World League final and 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup. It was announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Odisha will be the title sponsor of both events. The Men’s Hockey World League will be involving eight of World’s best teams including hosts India, will be played from December 1 to 10, 2017. The Hockey World Cup is scheduled between November 28 to December 16, 2018 and will see participation of 15 teams.
Gauri Singh becomes first girl to swim from Sea Link to Gateway of India
Gauri Singh (14) from Rajasthan became the first Indian girl swim from Sea Link near Worli Koliwada to the Gateway of India in the Arabia Sea. She took over 6 hours 30 minutes to complete the 36 km long distance route. Singh hails from Udaipur and is a class 8th student.