Prepared by D.Sarala
1. The Union Defence Ministry has approved most of the proposals of a committee of experts, headed by Lt. Gen. D.B. Shekatkar (Retd) to bring host of reforms in the military and improve financial management. Around 90 recommendations have been of the committee were approved. Most of these recommendations are measures to increase coordination among the three Services and cut down flab in Army to make it lean and agile.
2. 2017 Vietnam Open International Challenger Badminton Doubles Title won by Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty
3. Law commission of India submitted its report on “ Hate speech “on its 267th report to the Union Government.
4. 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.
5. Sharad Singh Negi was appointed as the Chairman of The Animal Welfare Board of India ( AWBI)
6. 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.
7. Union Ministry of Food processing industries has sanctioned 101 Cold Integrated Cold Chain Projects. The Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (FPI) has sanctioned 101 new integrated cold chain projects across the country. These projects will leverage a total investment of Rs. 3,100 crore for creation of modern infrastructure for the food processing sector.
8. India and Nepal have signed an agreement to renew supply of petroleum to Nepal for a period of five years i.e. till 2022. The renewed agreement, which was overseen by the Petroleum Ministers of both countries, was signed even as both sides pledged to build a new pipeline for LPG
9. 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.
10. Employees State Insurance Corporation ( ESIC) has launched Mobile Clinic Services in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
11. 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.
12. Odisha became the first in the country to carry out financial inclusion and extend banking services to remote rural areas.
13. Uttar Pradesh is going to provide free power connection to the below poverty line households in its urban and rural areas.
14. After 51 years, Tanushree pareek has been appointed as the first woman field officer of the BSF.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. The Indian Navy has de-inducted TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft after 29 years of dedicated service to the nation and 30,000 hours of accident-free flying. The aircraft was formally de-inducted at a ceremony held at INS Rajali naval air station in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu. Now its role will be taken on by the newly inducted Boeing P-8I aircraft. TU-142M was inducted into the Indian Navy at Dabolim Goa from the erstwhile USSR in 1988. Later it shifted base and made INS Rajali its permanent home in 1992. It had participated in all major naval exercises and operations such as operation ‘Cactus’ in Maldives, , Operation Vijay (1998), Operation Parakram (2002) and anti-piracy operations from 2011 to till date.
18. 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.
19. Australia is the only non nuclear armed state to boycott the UN negotiations on nuclear weapons ban.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. India is going to host the Hockey World League Final 2017 and the World Cup 2018 in Bubaneshwar.
24. Vani Gupta became the First woman to be appointed as the President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
25. World Theatre Day is observed every year on 27th March