Prepared by Ms.D.Sarala, Viluppuram
1. India Navy has commissioned INS Tillanchang at Karwar, Karnataka. It is a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) It is the third ship of four follow-on WJFAC built by the Kolkata based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE). INS Tillanchang has been indigenously designed and built and is an upgrade from the Chetlat class of Fast Attack Craft (FCA).The first two ships INS Tarmugli and INS Tihayu which were commissioned in 2016. These ships will play a vital role in light of India’s security environment. They are designed to take on both conventional and asymmetric threats.
2. The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has launched Stage II of HCFCs Phase Out Management Plan (HPMP) for the 2017-23 period. It aims to phase out use of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), harmful ozone-depleting substances (ODS) by switching over to non-ozone depleting and low global warming potential technologies.
3. The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders’ Summit was recently held in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia from March 5 to 7, 2017. The theme of the summit was ‘Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean’. It was attended by leaders from 21 member states of IORA. From India, Vice President Hamid Ansari attended the two-day summit.
4. The Citizens of Georgia gained permission to travel to the European Union Nations without having visa
5. Noted Bengali Folk singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya passed away recently
6. The State of Hawaii is seeking to challenge Trump’s new immigration order.
7. Pradeep Nair is appointed as the Regional Director of Ford Foundation for India Nepal and Srilanka
8. IDFC bank launched India’s first biometric based payment system “ Aadhaar Pay “
9. Karnataka Government has launched “ Pratibimba” Online web platform to report the performance and achievements of the citizens.
10.Egypt is hosting the fifth edition of the mega cultural festival “ India by the Nile “
11. BSE institute in Mumbai will organize a two day “ Dalal Street Lit Fest 2017”at its premises from 10 March 2017.
12.Jon Huntsman , former Utah Republican Governor accepted Trump’s offer to be Ambassador to Russia.
13. India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja became the first pair of spinners to be jointly top –ranked in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers.
Indian women hockey team beat Belarus to clinch five match test series.