Latest Current Affairs of March 2017

India's rank in the World Happiness Report 2017 published by United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (with Norway, Denmark and Iceland in the top 3 positions)122
The team which has won the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy defeating Bengal in the finals becoming the only team to win it five timesTamil Nadu
The joint military exercise conducted by the armies of India and Oman in Himachal Pradesh from Mar 6 to Mar 19 was namedAl-Nagah-II 2017
The Indian cricketer who has set a new Indian record for having played the longest innings by facing 525 balls in a test match against Australia (Rahul Dravid held the record of facing 495 balls in 2004)Cheteswar Pujara
The former director of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, (he first proposed a link between the El Nino phenomenon and the Indian monsoon and was known as Father of Indian Meteorology), who passed away on 18 March 2017Dev Raj Sikka
The venue of 3-day International Conference on Buddhism in the 21st Century – Perspectives and Responses to Global Challenges and Crises held from 17 to 19 Mar 17 (Inaugurated by His Holiness Dalai Lama and closing address by the Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee)Rajgir, Bihar
The place in Himachal Pradesh at which India's first Pristine air-quality monitoring station has been dedicated to the nation by National Physical LaboratoryPalampur
The Indian cricketer who has been appointed United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Cricket for Good ambassador for the upcoming ICC’s Women’s World Cup 2017 which is scheduled from June 24-23 JulySachin Tendulkar
The rank of India in the Women in Politics (Women in Ministerial Positions) report released by UN Women and Inter-Parliamentary Union recently (first position - Bulgaria)88
The rank of India in the Women in Politics (Women in Parliament) report released by UN Women and Inter-Parliamentary Union recently (frist position - Rwanda)148
The eminent Indian scientist who has been conferred Honorary D. Litt by Mumbai University (presented by the President Shri Pranab Mukherjee)M.S. Swaminathan
The river in New Zealand which has been granted the legal status of a person for the first time in the worldWhanganui River
The Chairman of International Cricket Council who has resigned from his post after being in office for less than a year Shashank Manohar
The theme of Commonwealth Day observed on 13 March 2017 (second Monday of March) by Commonwealth of NationsA Peace-building Commonwealth
The Indian golfer who has won the Indian Open Golf tournament for the second successive timeSSP Chawrasia
The place in Kerala where NTPC has installed India's largest floating solar photo voltaic plantKayamkulam
The badminton player from Taiwan who has won the All England Open Badminton Championship Women's Singles titleTai Tzu-ying
The Malaysian player who has won the All England Open Badminton Championships Men's Singles titleLee Chong Wei
The mission launched by the Central Government to achieve Blue Revolution (development of fisheries) is namedMission Fingerling
The Konkani writer who has been awarded the Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel HawthanMahabaleshwar Sail
The only black woman to be nominated for three Academy Awards who has been named Harvard's Artist of the Year 2017Viola Davis
The period of maternity leave which has been allowed under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 with the Materntiy Benefits (Amendments) Bill, 2016 passed by the Parliament recently26 weeks
The theme of International Women's Day observed on 08 March 2017Be Bold for Change
The Bengaluru based institution which has become the first Indian institute to be ranked (at 8th position) in the Top-10 list of Times Higher Education list of best small universitiesIndian Institute of Science
The place in gujarat where India's longest Extra-dosed bridge (across Narmada) was dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra ModiBharuch
The 11th edition of 14 day Indo-Nepal Joint Military Exercise being conducted at Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand) with the participation of elite DURGA BAKSH Battalion of Nepal and the EKTA SHAKTI Battalion of The Punjab RegimentSurya Kiran - XI
The second edition of joint exercise between the Indian and Oman Army which commenced at Bakloh, Himachal PradeshAl Nagah-li 2017
The place in Punjab where country's largest national flag measuring 120 x 80 feet has been hoisted atop a 360-feet tall flag postAttari (Amritsar)
The venue of 3 day festival Destination North East 2017 being organised by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region from 6 to 8 March 2017Chandigarh
The American physician and researcher who passed away on 04 March 2017 (He had performed the first human liver transplant in 1963, and the first successful human liver transplant in 1967)Thomas E Starzl
The Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) developed by DRDO and handed over to Indian Army for induction is namedSWATHI
The State which is scheduled to hold India's biggest river festival Namami Brahmaputra from March 31 to April 4Assam
The Pakistan diplomat who has been elected to the post of Secretary General of SAARC succeeding Nepal's Arjun Bahadur ThapaAmjad Hussein B Sial
The former Portuguese footballer who has been appointed the head coach of India's U-17 football team by the All India Football FederationLuis Norton De Matos
The Telecom Secretry who has been chosen to be India's permanent representative to the World Trade Organisation with effect from 01 June 2017J.S. Deepak
The place in Haryana from which Swachh Shakti Saptah was launched by Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Narendra Singh TomarGurugram
The columnist, humorist, writer and playwright famous for his column Duniya Ne Undha Chasma in Gujarati who passed away on 01 Mar 2017Tarak Mehta

Books in News

Rekha - The Untold Story - Yasser Usman

The Rise of Sivagami: Book 1 of bahubali - Anand Neelakanthan


Important Days of March

Zero Discrimination Day: 01 March 2017

Designated by: UNAIDS

Theme: Make Some Noise for #Zero Discrimination

First Observed in: 2014

World Wildlife Day: 03 March 2017

Designated by: United nations General Assembly

Theme: Listen to the Young Voices

First Observed in: 2014

World Hearing Day: 03 March 2017

Designated by: W.H.O.

Theme: Action for Hearing Loss, Make a Sound Investment

First Observed in: 2007

World Kidney Day: 09 March 2017

Designated by: International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF)

Theme: Kidney Disease and Obesity

First Observed in: 2006

World Consumer Rights Day: 15 March 2017

Designated by: Consumers International

Theme: Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust

First Observed in: 1983

International Day of Happiness: 20 March 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2013

International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination: 21 March 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration

First Observed in: 1966

International Day of Forests: 21 March 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Forests and Energy

First Observed in: 2013

World Poetry Day: 21 March 2017

Designated by: UNESCO

First Observed in: 2000

World Down Syndrome Day: 21 March 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: MyVoiceMyCommunity – Enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to be fully included in the community

First Observed in: 2012


Nari Shakti Puraskar - 2016

For the complete list of recipients of Nari Shakti Puraskar 2016 visit this page.


National Health Policy - 2017

Visit this page for a detailed article on Objectives of National Health Policy 2017.


Visitors Award 2017

Visitor’s Award for the Best University 2017 - Jawaharlal Nehru University

Visitor’s Award for Innovation - Dr. Deepak Pant from Central University of Himachal Pradesh

Visitor’s Award for Research - Dr. Shyam Sunder from Banaras Hindu University and Prof. Niranjan Karak from Tezpur University.


BCCI Annual Awards 2015-16

Col. CK. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award: Rajinder Goel, Padmakar Shivalkar

BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award for Women: Shantha Rangaswamy

BCCI Special award: VV Kumar, Late Ramakant Desai

Polly Umrigar Award: Virat Kohli

Dilip Sardesai award (For India’s best cricketer in the West Indies series 2016): Ravichandran Ashwin

Woman Cricketers

Jagmohan Dalmiya Award [Best Woman cricketer (Sr.) of 2015-16]: Mithali Raj of Railways

Jagmohan Dalmiya Award [Best Woman cricketer (Jr.) of 2015-16]: Deepti Sharma of Uttar Pradesh

Best Umpire in Domestic cricket in 2015-16: Nitin Menon

Best performance in BCCI Domestic tournaments of 2015-16: Mumbai Cricket Association


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Ranji Trophy

Lala Amarnath Award for the best all-rounder in the Ranji Trophy 2015-16: Jalaj Saxena of Madhya Pradesh

Lala Amarnath Award for the best all-rounder in domestic limited-overs competitions, 2015-16: Axar Patel of Gujarat

Madhavrao Scindia Award (Highest scorer in the Ranji Trophy 2015-16): Shreyas Iyer of Mumbai

Madhavrao Scindia Award (Highest wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy 2015-16): Shahbaz Nadeem of Jharkhand

U-23

M.A. Chidambaram Trophy (Highest scorer in (U-23) Col. CK. Nayudu Trophy 2015-16: Jay. G. Bosta of Mumbai

M.A. Chidambaram Trophy (Highest wicket-taker in (U-23) Col. CK. Nayudu Trophy 2015-16: Satyajeet Bachhav of Maharashtra

U-19

NKP Salve Award (Highest scorer in (U-19) Cooch Behar Trophy in 2015-16: Arman Jaffer of Mumbai

NKP Salve Award (Highest wicket-taker in (U-19) Cooch Behar Trophy in 2015-16: Ninad Rathva of Baroda

Vijay Merchant Trophy

Raj Singh Dungarpur Award ( Highest scorer in (U-16) Vijay Merchant Trophy in 2015-16): Abhishek Sharma of Punjab

Raj Singh Dungarpur Award ( Highest wicket-taker in (U-16) Vijay Merchant Trophy in 2015-16): Abhishek Sharma of Punjab


Olympians as National Observers

The Government has designated the following Olympians as National Observers who will play a key role in implementation of action plans for Mission Olympics 2020, 2024 and 2028.

SportsNational Observers
AthleticsMs. P.T. Usha and Ms. Anju Bobby George
ArcheryDr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh
BadmintonMs. Aparna Popat
BoxingMs. Mary Kom and Shri Akhil Kumar
HockeyShri Jagbir Singh
ShootingShri Abhinav Bindra
TennisShri Somdev Devvarman
WeightliftingMs. Karnam Malleshwari
WrestlingShri Sushil Kumar
FootballShri I.M. Vijayan
SwimmingShri Khajan Singh
Table TennisShri Kamlesh Mehta

First Fully Made-in-India Train

On March 18, 2017 the Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu flagged off the first made-in-India rake, Medha from Dadar to Borivali.

Medha rake costs Rs .43.23 crore, which is approximately Rs. 1 crore less than German-made Bombardier rake, which is Rs. 44.36 crore.

Medha has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, which has installed LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.

The rake can run at a speed of 110 kmph, whereas local trains don’t run above 90 or 100 kmph. Like the existing rakes, this train has cushioned seats in first class and stainless steel seats in general compartments. The rake has a capacity of 6,050 passengers and the number of seats is 1,168.


New Chief Ministers

Uttar Pradesh : Yogi Adityanath

Uttarakhand : Trivendra Singh Rawat

Punjab : Capt Amarinder Singh

Goa : Shri Manohar Parrikar

Manipur : Biren Singh


Operation Thunder Bird

Operation Thunder Bird was an initiative launched by INTERPOL. It involved police, customs, border agencies, environment, wildlife and forestry officials from 43 countries and territories. It resulted in a range of seizures including, 60 tonnes of wood and timber, 4,770 birds, 1,240 reptiles including at least 560 turtles and tortoises, 100 wild cats, 2.75 tonnes of pangolin scales, 2.54 tonnes of raw and processed ivory and 25 tonnes of various animal parts, including meat, horns and feathers.

In India, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, coordinated Operation Thunder Bird, from January 30 to February 19, 2017.

A total of 2, 524 Live species of scheduled animals, 19.2 kg of elephant ivory, 1 tiger skin, 9 carcasses of wild animals, 1 organ pipe coral, 1 jar snake venom, 8 leopard skins and 1 Indian Mujtac skin was seized and 71 persons were arrested during the operation.

The operation saw an overwhelming response from the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttrakhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.


In-Residence programme of Rashtrapati Bhavan

In-Residence Programme was launched by the President of India on December 11, 2013, to encourage the creative and innovative potential of people and open up Rashtrapati Bhavan for greater participation and involvement of citizens in its activities.

Ten Innovation Scholars, two Writers and two Artists selected commenced their stay in Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 3, 2017. They will be in residence till March 18, 2017.

PersonInnovation
Shri Surjeet Singh (Haryana)Surjeet Basmati 1- a high yielding and salt tolerant paddy variety)
Shri Moa Subong (Nagaland)Bamhum – an innovative wind musical instrument
Shri Ajay Kumar Sharma (Uttar Pradesh)Farmer friendly compressor for biogas bottling
Shri Akash Manoj (Tamil Nadu)A non-invasive self diagnosis of silent heart attack
Shri Girish Badragond (Karnataka)Low cost bore-well scanners
Shri Mansukhbhai Prajapati (Gujarat)Mitti cool refrigerator, non-stick clay tawa and clay cooker
Shri Subhash Ola (Rajasthan)Modified milk boiler
Ms. Shalini Kumari (Bihar)Modified walker with adjustable legs
Shri Paresh Panchal (Gujarat)Bamboo strip, incense stick and incense making machine
Smt. Santosh Pachar (Rajasthan)Laxmangarh selection: improved carrot variety

Writers who are staying at the Rashtrapati Bhavan are Dr. Ashok Kumar P. Chavda from Gujarat who is recipient of Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar and Bengali poet, Shri Prabal Kumar Basu who received Gouri Bhattacharjee Memorial Award for his first book of poems ‘Tumeei Pratham’.

Artists who are staying at Rashtrapati Bhavan are Shri Rahul Shailendra Kokaste winner of 50th Maharashtra State Award, 2010 and Shri Dheeraj Yadav winner of 57th Lalit Kala Academy 2016 Award.


INS VIRAAT DECOMMISSIONED

Formerly known as HMS Hermes

Recommissioned in Indian Navy: 12 May 1987

Decommissioned : 06 March 2017

Guests of Honour at the ceremony: Admiral Sir Philip Jones, KCB, ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff of Royal Navy and Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha, PVSM, AVSM, NM the commissioning Commanding Officer of INS Viraat.

Chief Guest: Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff

A Special Postal Cover released to commemorate 30 years of Glorious Service to The Nation by INS Viraat

INS Viraat holds the world record as mentioned in the Guinness Book of records for being the longest serving warship of the world.

Under the Indian Flag, the ship has clocked more than 22,622 flying hours by various aircraft in the past three decades and has spent nearly 2252 days at sea sailing across 5,88,287 nautical miles (10,94,215 KM). This implies that Viraat has spent seven years at sea, circumnavigating the globe 27 times.

Aircraft carriers now in Indian Navy: INS Vikramaditya.

To be inducted shortly: INS Vikrant.




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Current Affairs Questions

1. Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences is a laboratory of the

  1. Defence Research and Development Organisation
  2. Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  3. Indian Council of Medical Research
  4. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

2. Operation Save Kurma was launched by Wildlife Crime Control Bureau to save which of the following?

  1. Dugongs
  2. Turtles
  3. Dolphins
  4. Boars

3. Sri Venkateswara Airport is the new name of airport at which of the following cities?

  1. Tirupati
  2. Madurai
  3. Amravathi
  4. Vijayawada

4. With which sport is Jitu Rai associated?

  1. Archery
  2. Gymnastics
  3. Swimming
  4. Shooting

5. Copernicus is an earth observation program launched by -

  1. NASA
  2. European Commission
  3. China
  4. Japan

6. Which country is the largest producer of cotton?

  1. India
  2. China
  3. Indonesia
  4. Brazil

7. Who was the first woman President of South Korea?

  1. Han Myung-Sook
  2. Yingluck Shinawatra
  3. Park Geun-Hye
  4. Aung San Suu Kyi

8. Who was the Chairman of the Committee constituted to suggest ways to strengthen border protection and address vulnerabilities in fencing along the Indo-Pakistan border?

  1. Vinod Rai
  2. Ajit Doval
  3. Arvind Gupta
  4. Madhukar Gupta

9. The first officially recognised cricket test match was played between which two countries?

  1. Australia and England
  2. Australia and West Indies
  3. Australia and New Zealand
  4. England and New Zealand

10. Which country has launched its population census after a gap of 19 years?

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Pakistan
  3. Nepal
  4. Sri Lanka

11. On which day in March is the World Sparrow Day observed?

  1. March 19
  2. March 20
  3. March 21
  4. March 22

12. Which High Court recently ruled that parents can evict their abusive adult children from their house?

  1. Uttarakhand High Court
  2. Allahabad High Court
  3. Bombay High Court
  4. Delhi High Court

13. Which High Court recently declared Indian rivers, the Ganga and Yamuna as living entities, bestowing on them same legal rights as a person?

  1. Uttarakhand High Court
  2. Allahabad High Court
  3. Patna High Court
  4. Kolkata High Court