Online Current Affairs for March 2017


World Meteorlogical Day: 23 March


  • Each year, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), its members and the worldwide meteorological community around the world celebrate World Meteorological Dayon 23rd March around a chosen theme.
  • The theme for this year's World Meteorological Day is 'understanding clouds', which highlights the enourmous importance of clouds for weather climate and water.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
World Meteorlogical Day is celebrated on which date? 
- 23 March. 
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World Water Day: 22 March


  • World Water Day, held every March 22, is taking place around the world on Wednesday, aiming at attracting attention to the water crisis with this year's theme: "Why Waste Water."
  • The day was originally launched in 1993 by the U.N.
  • To coincide with the 2017 date, reports have been published warning of severe water scarcity in parts of Africa and Iran.
  • As drought conditions are reported throughout East Africa, World Water Day feels more timely than ever.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
World Water Day is celebrated on which date? 
 - 22 March. 
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ICC Test Rankings: Ravindra Jadeja No.1 bowler, Cheteshwar Pujara No.2 batsman


  • Ravindra Jadeja gained seven points to become the sole world number one bowler in the ICC's Test rankings.
  • He held the top spot jointly with Ravichandran Ashwin, who lost 37 points after a dismal performance in India's drawn Test against Australia in Ranchi.
  • Jadeja, who took nine wickets in the third Test of the ongoing four-match series against Australia, is also the highest wicket-taker in the series with 21 scalps.
  • He grabbed five for 124 and four for 52 in in Ranchi, to gain seven points after starting joint-first with Ashwin at 892 points.
  • Jadeja has also closed in on a major landmark as his tally of 899 rating points puts him on the brink of becoming only the second India bowler after Ashwin to touch the 900-point mark.
  • Ashwin, who had a highest rating of 904 points, has slipped 37 points behind Jadeja to 862 points after finishing with two wickets in Ranchi.
  • Meanwhile, top-ranked Steve Smith has reached a career-high rating of 941 points after scores of 178 not out and 21.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who gained seven points to become the sole world number one bowler in the ICC's Test rankings?
 - Ravindra Jadeja
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Shri Upendra Tripathy Appointed as Full Time Interim Director General of ISA


  • Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, Government of India and Ms. Sgolene Royal, Minister for Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs Government of France jointly decided to appoint Mr. Upendra Tripathy, as the Interim Director General (IDG) of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) on a full time basis.
  • Mr. Upendra Tripathy was the Former Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy from 1st April, 2014 until 31st October 2016.
  • Mr. Tripathy is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Karnataka Cadre.
  • He has worked with local, provincial and union governments in India for the last 36 years.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been appointed as Full Time Interim Director General of International Solar Alliance (ISA)? 
- Shri Upendra Tripathy. 
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Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav in north eastern states to show oneness of culture


  • Dance, music, drama, puppetry, and handicrafts showcasing the spectacular diversity of India, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Bengal through folk, tribal and classical art forms in all its dimensions will be the focus of the fifth Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav being organized in the northeast from 23 to 31 March 2017.
  • An Exhibition on Buddhist art and tradition is also being organized at Parade Ground of Tawangon the occasion of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav to showcase the splendour and magnificence of the cultural sphere. Craftsmen from all over the country will display and sell handicrafts to the general public.
  • Chefs of traditional delicacies from different regions of the country will treat the visitors to an unparalleled culinary experience.
  • Day-long performances of traditional performers of fringe-folk arts like;
    1. ‘Behroopiyas’,
    2. ‘Baazigars’,
    3. ‘Kacchi Ghori’, etc.
    will take place in the Parade Ground from 23 March to 25 March 2017.
  • The essential thrust of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (RSM) is to present the rich diversity and uniqueness of Indian culture and to promote the cultural inter-linkages amongst the states to strengthen National integration and also to bid the artists of other parts of the country with the people of North East in a single thread of culture.
  • The Mahotsav was envisioned to preserve, promote and popularize the heritage and cultural diversity of Indian culture and reconnect the new generation with Indian culture.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
5th Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav being organized in the northeast from which date? 
- 23 to 31 March 2017.
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Govt proposes to lower cash transaction limit to Rs 2 lakh


  • The government today proposed to lower the cash transaction limit to Rs 2 lakh, from Rs 3 lakh announced in the Budget, as it introduced 40 amendments to the Finance Bill in an unprecedented move.
  • As the Finance Bill was taken up for consideration in the Lok Sabha, the opposition parties including ;
    1. TMC,
    2. BJD and
    3. RSP
    protested against the introduction of these many amendments, saying it was being done as a "back-door entry".
  • Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, however, overruled the objections raised by the opposition parties, saying the 'incidental provisions' involved in the amendments constitute a 'Money Bill' and therefore can be considered as part of the Finance Bill.
  • The proposed amendments to the Finance Bill include a provision to cap legal cash transactions at Rs 2 lakh.
  • While presenting the Budget on February 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed to make any cash transaction beyond Rs 3 lakh as illegal with effect from April this year.
  • A penalty of equal amount would be levied in case of any violation of the provision, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia tweeted after the amendment was moved.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The government proposed to lower the cash transaction limit to which amount , from Rs 3 lakh announced in the Budget, as it introduced 40 amendments to the Finance Bill in an unprecedented move? 
- Rs 2 lakh. 
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Samsung Pay launched in India


  • Samsung today launched a new digital payments service in the country, called Samsung Pay, that hopes to bring debit cards, credit cards and wallets under one umbrella.
  • Samsung Pay, a service that users of;
    1. Samsung S7 Edge,
    2. S7,
    3. S6 Edge Plus,
    4. A series 2016 and 2017, and
    5. Note 5
    users will get via a service update, will be available on Visa, Mastercard and Rupay payment cards.
    1. ICICI,
    2. HDFC,
    3. Standard Chartered,
    4. SBI,
    5. Axis bank cards
    will be supported, along with Paytm and Amex cards.
  •  UPI and CitiBank card support is also expected to become available soon.
  • The Samsung Pay service is also supported on Samsung Gear S3.
  • Nearly 90% of all POS machines in India work on magnetic technology for payments with cards.
  • The Samsung Pay service uses a similar technology. The service creates a magnetic field between the POS machine and the phone to replicate a card transaction.
  • The Samsung Pay app also offers promotions from banks on reward points. It shows offers from Paytm as well.
  • The app also comes with built-in customer support.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which mobile company has launched a new digital payments service in the country, that hopes to bring debit cards, credit cards and wallets under one umbrella? 
 - Samsung. 
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Russia’s VTB bank to shut India office


  • Russian bank VTB has decided to close its only office in India to cut costs but will continue to work in India.
  • The decision to shut the branch in India was taken as part of a strategy of VTB Group aimed at optimising costs.
  • The bank will continue to work on the Indian market, expanding our cooperation with local partners.
  • While closing its office in New Delhi, VTB added that it saw commodities and investment banking as priority areas for the bank in India.
  • VTB is also planning to cut costs in Europe by slimming down its operations to focus on Frankfurt.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Russian bank has decided to close its only office in India to cut costs but will continue to work in India?
 - VTB. 
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Kuldip Nayar journalism awards: First winner Ravish Kumar


  • For his contributions in the world of journalism, eminent TV journalist Ravish Kumar on Sunday was honoured with the first Kuldip Nayar journalism award.
  • He was conferred with an award plaque along with a cash amount of Rs 1 lakh.
  • In the event organised by the Gandhi Peace Foundation at the India International Centre, veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar was present to bestow the award named after him.
  • Accepting the award conferred on him, journalist Ravish Kumar said that in today’s age there is time to explore possibilities. He said that there are journalists who are constantly looking to fulfil the potential present in them.
  • The Kuldip Nayar journalism award was set up to honour those working in vernacular media and will be awarded every year from now on.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
For his contributions in the world of journalism, which eminent TV journalist was honoured with the first Kuldip Nayar journalism award?
 - Ravish Kumar. 
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Sarbananda Sonowal launches initiative to make Majuli carbon neutral


  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today launched initiative to develop Majuli, the world’s largest river island, as the country’s first carbon neutral district and a biodiversity heritage site.
  • Majuli is facing existential crisis and therefore initiatives like designating carbon neutral district and biodiversity heritage site are needs of the hour to preserve its rich heritage and legacy.
  • Sonowal also launched through remote a registry in Majuli which would record and analyse the climate impact of all proposed projects in the state’s newest district.
  •  He said the Sustainable Actions for Climate Resilient Development (SaCReD) Initiative would ensure that infrastructure in Majuli had less carbon.
  • The chief minister also launched “Forests are Lives” campaign to underline the importance of Assam’s rich forest and biodiversity and urged all to take a pledge to conserve its biodiversity to make the state pollution free.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Chief Minister has launched initiative to develop Majuli, the world’s largest river island, as the country’s first carbon neutral district and a biodiversity heritage site?
- Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. 
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PepsiCo’s Gatorade India appoints PV Sindhu as brand ambassador


  • PepsiCo’s sports drink brand Gatorade has roped in Indian shuttler PV Sindhu as its brand ambassador.
  • The move is as part of the global beverage major’s commitment towards dialling up the communication on the benefits of its healthier food and beverage offerings to consumers.
  • Sindhu is the first Indian brand ambassador of the brand, and she joins the likes of Ussain Bolt and Lionel Messi.
  • As part of the deal, Gatorade will be unveiling a new campaign featuring Sindhu in a digital film that shows the brand’s close partnership with the athlete.
  • In 2016, Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal and currently ranks amongst the top 10 players in the world.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
PepsiCo’s sports drink brand Gatorade has roped in which athlete as its brand ambassador?
 - Indian shuttler PV Sindhu. 
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ABB India bags The India Smart Grid Foundation (ISGF) innovation award for restoring 1,035 MW Sharavathi plant in Karnataka


  • ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB) India has restored and modernised the critical 1,035 MW Sharavathi hydropower plant in Karnataka that accounts for 25 per cent of Karnataka Power Corporation’s generation.
  • The Sharavathi project with seamless integration of complete plant data, is an example of ABB’s future-ready technologies enabling the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and aligns with the government’s push for 24x7 reliable power for all with focus on smart power infrastructure and digitalisation.
  • Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. (KPCL), the state-owned electric utility in-charge of Sharavathi, expected the renovation of its second largest generating station to take two years.
  • Working round the clock, the ABB team, with support from KPCL management, helped restore the entire plant – comprising 10 units - in just six months.
  • The restoration and modernisation will help lower overall costs generally associated with higher capex and maintenance costs for individual systems such as advanced alarm management and remote communication with the state power grid and KPCL headquarters.
  • For restoring the crucial power infrastructure, the ABB has bagged the The India Smart Grid Foundation (ISGF) innovation award.
  • The award is a testimony to our customer focus and speed, complementing ABB’s next level automation platform with timely delivery and execution,
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which organization of India win the India Smart Grid Foundation (ISGF) innovation award for restoring 1,035 MW Sharavathi plant in Karnataka? 
 - ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB). 
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Rajya Sabha Passes Bill to Ensure Rights of HIV/AIDS Patients


  • A crucial bill to ensure equal rights to people afflicted by HIV and AIDS in getting treatment, admission in educational institutions and jobs, was passed by the Rajya Sabha.
  • The bill was introduced in the upper house of Parliament in 2014 and then referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee which gave its report in 2015.
  • The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Prevention) and Control) Bill, 2014, moved by Health Minister JP Nadda, was passed in the Upper House by a voice vote.
  • During the debate on the measure, many members suggested amending the Section 14(1) of the bill, to remove the phrase "as far as possible" for providing medical treatment to the Centre and the states to those infected with HIV and AIDS.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which bill was passed in the Upper House by a voice vote recently to ensure equal rights to people afflicted by HIV and AIDS in getting treatment, admission in educational institutions and jobs? 
- The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Prevention) and Control) Bill. 
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4 Indian cities among cheapest globally: Economist Intelligence Unit


  • Four Indian cities are among the cheapest to live in globally, while Singapore has been ranked as the most expensive for the fourth consecutive year, as per a report by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
  • Bangalore (3rd place),
    Chennai (6th),
    Mumbai (7th) and
    New Delhi (10th)
    have been ranked by EIU among the 10 cheapest cities in the world.
  • Almaty has been ranked as the cheapest city in the world followed by Lagos.
  • Karachi was placed 4th,
    Algiers (5th),
    Kiev (8th) and
    Bucharest (9th) rank.
  • The EIU's Worldwide Cost of Living 2017 report -- a ranking of the world's major cities -- said Asia is home to some of the world's most expensive cities and also to many of the world's cheapest cities.
  • Singapore retained its title as the world's most expensive city for the fourth consecutive year, while Hong Kong remained second, closely followed by Zurich at the 3rd place.
  • Others in the 10 most expensive list include;
    Tokyo at the 4th position,
    Osaka (5th),
    Seoul (6th),
    Geneva (7th),
    Paris (8th),
    New York (9th) and
    Copenhagen at 10th place.
  • New York is the only North American city among the 10 most expensive cities, although Los Angeles remains highly ranked, in 11th place.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
How many Indian cities are among the cheapest to live in globally, as per a report by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)? 
- Four. 
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Bhagat Singh's death anniversary: 23 March


  • The 23rd of March will mark the 86th martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, one of the most revered figures of the anti-colonial movement.
  • On this day, Indians pay homage to three martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country.
  • Freedom fighter Bhagat Singh who was hanged along with his comrades Sukhdev Thapar, and Shivaram Rajguru for revolting against a British colonel are remembered on this day and homages are paid to the freedom fighters for the contribution to the freedom struggle of India.
  • The Border Security Force is also planning to put on display the pistol used by the freedom fighter Singh to kill British officer John Saunders in 1928, at its new arms museum in Indore.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The 23rd of March will mark the 86th martyrdom day of which freedom fighter? 
 - Bhagat Singh. 
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Salman Khan tops Forbes India Celebrity rich list


  • Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has unseated his actor Shah Rukh Khan to become the top earning celebrity of 2016 in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 List with an estimated income of Rs. 270.33 crore.
  • The other leading names in the list include;
    1. Virat Kohli,
    2. Akshay Kumar and
    3. M S Dhoni chronologically.
  • However, the 50-year-old Salman is ranked at No 2 in terms of fame, which is topped by ace cricketer Kohli.
  • In the fifth rich 100 celeb list released by Forbes India, the ranking is based on two parameters:
    1. estimates of entertainment-related earnings and
    2. estimates of fame during the period October 2015 to September 2016.
  • SRK at No 2, has reportedly earned Rs. 221.75 crore and also comes at No 3 in terms of fame.
  • He lost his perch at the top in what was a mixed year for him both in terms of box office success and brands endorsed.
  • When it comes to fame ranking, test cricket captain Virat Kohli is the most popular celebrity and this has improved his earnings.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who topped the Forbes India Celebrity rich list of 2017? 
- Salman Khan. 
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ICMR head named to UN group on antimicrobial resistance


  • Indian Council of Medical Research director Soumya Swaminathan has been named to a high-level group set up by UN Secretary.
  • General Antonio Guterres to provide expertise on and coordinate the global fight against antimicrobial resistance.
  • Swaminathan, 57, has been named to the ad hoc Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, which will be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and World Health Organisation Director-General Margaret Chan.
  • Swaminathan is also Secretary, Department of Health Research in India's Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
  • Last September, UN Member States adopted the Political Declaration of the High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance that contained a request for the UN Secretary-General to establish such a body.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Indian Council of Medical Research director Soumya Swaminathan has been named to a high-level group set up by which organisation? 
- United Nations. 
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World Poetry Day: 21 March


  • Held every year on 21 March, World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity.
  • Practiced throughout history – in every culture and on every continent – poetry speaks to our common humanity and our shared values, transforming the simplest of poems into a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.
  • UNESCO first adopted 21 March as World Poetry Day during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999, with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
World Poetry Day is celebrated on which date? 
 - 21 March. 
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BIRAC Celebrates Its 5th Foundation Day on 20th – 21st March, 2017


  • The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC); a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) is completing 5 years and will be celebrating its 5th Foundation Day on 20th – 21st March, 2017.
  • The Theme of the Foundation Day is [email protected]: Impacting the Biotech Ecosystem”.
  • During these 5 years, BIRAC’s efforts have been focused on;
    1. enhancing the innovation research capacities within the biotech industries, and 2. encouraging young entrepreneurs to take their innovation ideas towards scale-up and commercialization, so as to meet the country’s challenge for Affordable Product Development for masses without undermining the quality.
  • The Foundation Day will be followed by the Grand Challenges India Meeting 2017 being organized by the BIRAC – PMU of DBT – BMGF and Wellcome Trust.
  • BIRAC was incorporated on 20th March, 2012 as a non-profit Public Sector Enterprise under the aegis of Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
  • BIRAC completed 5 years of establishment in March, 2017.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC); a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) is completing 5 years and will be celebrating its 5th Foundation Day on which date? 
 - 20th – 21st March, 2017.
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International Day of Forests: 21 March


  • This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us.
  • This year we highlight the importance of wood energy in improving people's lives, powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change.
  • 2017 Theme: Forests and energy
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
International Day of Forests is celebrated on which date? 
- 21 March. 
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