Daily Current Affairs Short Updates for March 26-27, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.
National Current Affairs
Aadhaar card can’t be made mandatory for welfare schemes: SC
The Supreme Court has held that the Aadhaar card cannot be made mandatory by the government for extending the benefits of its welfare schemes to the people. The apex court allowed government to use Aadhaar in other schemes like the opening of bank accounts. Earlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that the Aadhaar card may become the only identity card in future, replacing all other types of identity cards such as Voter ID and PAN cards. Government also had made Aadhar mandatory for filing of Income Tax returns to curb tax evasion and frauds.
Government to redefine blindness to meet WHO stipulation
The Union Government has decided to change a four-decade-old definition of blindness to bring it in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria and ensure the Indian data on blindness meets the global estimates. As per National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) definition, in India person is blind if he is unable to count fingers from a distance of six metres. WHO definition stipulates this distance as three metres.
International Current Affairs
Gilgit-Baltistan legal part of J&K: British Parliament
British Parliament has passed motion hailing that Gilgit-Baltistan region is a legal and constitutional part of the Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir. It condemned Pakistan’s announcement declaring Gilgit-Baltistan as its frontier. It held that the region is a legal and constitutional part of the J&K, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947, and where people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression. The Motion also held that illegal construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has further aggravated and interfered with the disputed territory.
Pakistan starts building fence along disputed Afghan border
Pakistan has started building a fence along the Afghanistan border in high threat zones where militants have launched cross-border attacks on security posts in recent weeks. The two countries share a 2,400-kilometer border known as the Durand Line. It was drawn during colonial times and is not recognized by the Afghanistan government. Building a fence along the disputed border may further heighten tensions between both neighbouring countries, which have long accused each other of turning a blind eye to militants operating along the porous frontier.
Canada to host 9th World Environmental Education Congress
Canada is going to host 9th edition of World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) in Vancouver from September 9-15, 2017. The theme of the congress will be “Culture/Environment: Weaving New Connections”. The WEEC is an international event that seeks to addresses issues related education for environment and sustainability.
Persons in News
Tanushree Pareek becomes first woman field officer of BSF
Tanushree Pareek from Rajasthan became the first woman field officer in the Border Security Force (BSF). She was inducted into the BSF after a convocation ceremony held at the BSF academy at Tekanpur in Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh. BSF is country’s largest border guarding force. It is tasked to guard two of the India’s most sensitive frontiers (border) with Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is also deployed for conducting anti-Naxal operations and other duties in the internal security domain.
Gurinder Chadha awarded 2017 Sikh Jewel Award
Indian-origin British director Gurinder Chadha was honoured with the 2017 Sikh Jewel Award for her contribution to British cinema. She was presented award by UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon at the Vaisakhi Dinner organised by the British Sikh Association. Some of her noted films include Bend It Like Beckham, Bhaji on the Beach and Bride and Prejudice. Her latest film, “Viceroy’s House” is based on true events of the final five months of British rule in India and partition of India. It coincides with the 70th anniversary of the India’s Independence and the founding of Pakistan.
Dr. Randeep Guleria appointed Director of AIIMS Delhi
Dr.Randeep Guleria was appointed as the new Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi. He will have tenure of five years or till attaining the age of 65 until further orders. He succeeded Dr. M C Mishra, who had retired in January 2017 from the post of AIIMS director. Dr.Randeep Guleria is the first Indian to get a Doctorate of Medicine (DM) in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He had worked as a personal physician to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and has also treated Union ministers like Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj.
Sports Current Affairs
Shuttlers Purva Barve, Varun Kapur win international titles at Li Ning-Israel Open
Indian shuttlers Purva Barve (16) and Varun Kapur have won in their respective age group sections in the Li Ning-Israel Open 2017 badminton tournament held in Israel. Purva (ranked No. 70 in the world) won the tournament in the Under-19 Women’s Singles by defeating Lela Minadze of Russia by 21-6, 21-4 scoreline in 18 minutes. Varun defeated England’s Toby Dillingham by 21-10, 21-2 scoreline to win his second International title.
Australian Cricketer Shaun Tait retires from all forms of cricket
Australian Cricketer and world’s fastest bowlers in his prime Shaun Tait announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. In his 15-year career, he had featured in 35 ODIs, 12 T20 Internationals and only three Tests. He was an integral part of Australia’s victorious campaign in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
India wins 73 medals in 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
India’s special athletes have won 73 medals in the recently concluded 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Austria. Indian special athletes medal tally includes 37 golds, 10 silver and 26 bronze medals. India dominated in three team events – Floor Hockey (male), Traditional Floorball and Unified Floorball by winning 30 medals. Indian special women team also won 16 bronze medals. India also won 10 medals in Alpine skiing including 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals. The snowboarding team won 8 medals that included 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.
Sebastian Vettel wins 2017 Australian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel (Germany) of team Ferrari won the 2017 Australian Grand Prix held at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Australia. It was his win forty-third of his career and also his and Ferrari’s first win since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton (United Kingdom) and Valtteri Bottas (Finland) of Mercedes team were placed at second and third position respectively.
Events and Observances
Hyderabad to host 105th Indian Science Congress
Osmania University (OU) in Hyderabad (capital of Telagana) is going to host the 105th edition of the Indian Science Congress (ISC) from January 3-7, 2018. The theme of the congress will be ‘Science and Technology–Reaching the Unreached’. It will be the 7th time Hyderabad hosting ISC. Around 25 Nobel laureates are expected to participate in the conference.
3rd World Conference on Environment held in New Delhi
The 3rd edition of ‘World Conference on Environment’ was held in New Delhi. It was organized by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and inaugurated by the President Pranab Mukherjee. The 2-day conference discussed various issues like air pollution, water pollution, economics and clean technology, and the role of courts and tribunals for environmental protection. The conference conducted sessions on various environmental issues.