Daily Current Affairs Short Updates: March 30, 2017
Daily Current Affairs Short Updates for March 30, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs
National Current Affairs
Parliament passes Finance Bill 2017
Parliament has passed Finance Bill 2017 after Lok Sabha negating all the five amendments made by the Rajya Sabha. The bill gives effect to the financial proposals of the central government announced in the budget for the financial year 2017-18. Earlier, the Rajya Sabha had returned the Finance Bill 2017 to the Lok Sabha with five amendments moved by the opposition.
High speed rail wire Wi-Fi facility inaugurated in National Rail museum
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated high speed rail wire Wi-Fi facility in National Rail museum, New Delhi. It is free Wi-Fi service built over the fiber network of Rail Tel to offer High- Speed Broadband like experience to users. He also launched a book ” Indian Railways- The Weaving of a National Tapestry” authored by Bibek Debroy, Sanjay and Vidya Krishnamurthi.
International Current Affairs
Turkey ends its military campaign in northern Syria
Turkey has announced end of its military campaign inside northern Syria without specifying whether it will pull its troops out from the neighbouring country. With this, Turkey’s half-year long offensive in Syria has been concluded successfully. In August 21016, Turkey had launched Operation Euphrates Shield inside Syria targeting Islamic State (IS) terrorists and Syrian Kurdish militia fighters (declared as terrorists by Turkey). Since the onset of the unprecedented operation, Turkey-backed Syrian rebels had captured everal towns including Jarabulus, Al-Rai, Dabiq and finally Al-Bab from militants. The strategic town of Al-Bab was the terrorists’ last stronghold in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.
Environment, Science and Technology Current Affairs
ISRO develops four Lithium Battery Techniques
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed four types of lithium ion batteries for satellite and launch vehicle applications. These four types of batteries are 1.5Ah, 5Ah, 50Ah and 100Ah. Out of these, 1.5Ah & 50Ah have been used for space applications and 5Ah & 100Ah batteries have qualified and are ready for induction in space applications. ISRO has supplied 50 Ah lithium-ion cells to Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).
NGT orders oil companies to stop plying BS-I, BS-II vehicles in Delhi
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed public sector oil companies to immediately stop plying Bharat Stage-I (BS-I) and Bharat Stage-II (BS-II) vehicles for transporting petrol or petroleum products in the national capital Delhi. The order was issued against Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd and Hindustan Petroleum. The NGT direction came during the hearing of batch of petitions filed by various contractors seeking registration of new BS-IV compliant diesel vehicles purchased for transport of petrol from company depots to identified petrol pumps in Delhi-NCR.
Persons in News
Sima Kamil becomes first woman to lead a major Pakistani bank
Sima Kamil became the first woman in Pakistan to head a major commercial bank after she was appointed as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of United Bank Limited (UBL). Prior to this appointment, she was deputy CEO of UBL. UBL is Pakistan’s third-largest lender, headquartered in the financial hub Karachi. It employs 15,000 people and has branches in 15 other countries, including Qatar, US and United Arab Emirates.
Carrie Lam becomes first woman Chief Executive of Hong Kong
Carrie Lam is set to become the first woman Chief Executive (CE) of the Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China. She will succeed Leung Chun-ying on July 1, 2017. In the elections, she had won 777 votes compared with 365 for her closest rival and was backed by China. Prior to getting electing as CE, she was the Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong SAR Government (from 2012 to 2017), the senior most rank of principal officials of Hong Kong. The CE of Hong Kong is the head and representative of the Hong Kong and also head of the Government of Hong Kong.
Sports Current Affairs
Srinath Narayanan set to become India’s 46th Grandmaster
Srinath Narayanan (23) is set to become India’s 46th Grandmaster after he defeated GM David Anton Guijarro of Spain at the ongoing Sharjah Masters 2017 chess tournament. He became an International Master at the age of 14 and crossed the 2500 Elo rating recently. He had already secured five GM norms. He was India’s youngest FIDE-rated player in 2002 when he was just eight. He also had finished as joint winner in the Under-12 World Championship in 2005 held in France.
Turkey’s runner Elvan Abeylegesse stripped of 1 world silver, 2 Olympic silver medals
Ethiopian-born Turkish middle and long-distance runner Elvan Abeylegesse (34) was stripped of two Olympic silver medals and one world silver after a re-analysis of an in-competition doping test dating back to 2007. She had tested positive for stanozolol, a banned steroid on August 25, 2007, after winning silver at the 2007 World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan. She was also retrospectively banned from September 2015 to September 2017. This ban has stripped her world silver and also the 5000 metre and 10,000 metre silver medals won at 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Ravichandran Ashwin awarded Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy
Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin was awarded Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016 as well as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016. With this, he became the third Indian to win this award after Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. She is also the second cricketer after Rahul Dravid to win the two awards in the same year. The Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy is awarded annually by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to its chosen world player of the year. It was first awarded in 2004 to Rahul Dravid.
ISKCON’S Govardhan Eco Village wins Water Award
The Govardhan Eco Village of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at Wada taluka in Maharashtra has received an award in the “Best Water NGO-Water Education” category instituted by Water Digest. The village is a farm community and retreat centre spread over a scenic landscape of 100 acres. Since its inception in 2003, it has made steady progress in Organic farming, Cow protection, Rural Education, Rural development, Alternative energy, Eco friendly constructions and Sustainable living etc. The Water Digest Water Awards are given annually to organisations, industry members and NGOs to honour and appreciate their outstanding and exceptional environmental initiatives and achievements.
Truecaller partners with ICICI Bank for UPI-based mobile payment
Truecaller partners with ICICI Bank to launch its new Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based mobile payment service “Truecaller Pay”. It will allow users of the app to instantly create a unique UPI Virtual Payment Address (VPA), send money to any UPI id or a mobile number registered with the BHIM app. It can be used to transfer money, recharge phone, pay postpaid phone bills etc. The non-ICICI bank users can use it by registering on to Truecaller Pay app.