27th March 2017 – Current Affairs Today

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National Current Affairs

Animal Welfare Board Chaired By Environment Ministry

  • This action is made by the center due to the “JALLIKATTU PROTEST” and both these bodies had their different opinion.
  • AWBI board of members supported JALLIKATTU while the MoEF stayed against it.
  • All the administration and financial sectors will be looked after by the government and there will be no concession and negligence in its work.

Aadhaar Seeding Of Jan Dhan Accounts – Lead By Andra Pradesh

  • Andhra Pradesh tops the list with most number of aadhaar cards linked with Jan dhan accounts.
  • 73%of its accounts are seeded by aadhaar numbers and this was followed by Tripura at 87.08 per cent and Telangana 83.56 per cent.
  • By this move, 01 Crore Jan dhan accounts are created and Aadhaar-seeded accounts has risen to 63.61 per cent
  • By this linking, transparency in the banking account will be achieved and it will be easy to track all IT returns.

Centre Approves Constructing 10 Million MT Capacity Silos by 2019-20 End

  • Government of India has given its approval to the action plan of Food Corporation of India (FCI) for construction of 10 Million MT capacity steel silos by FCI as well as State Governments in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in a phased manner (3 phases) by the end of year 2019-20.
  • Under the agreement, Food Corporation of India (FCI) has already awarded contracts for creation of 6 Million MT silos while the State Governments have awarded contracts for 2.15 Million MT silos which means that contracts for 3.75 Million MT silos have been awarded.
  • The responsibility of designing, building, financing and operating the silos will be of private parties.

International Current Affairs

UNHRC Grants Additional 2 Years to Sri Lanka’s To Deliver War Probe

  • Sri Lanka has been granted the two years of extension it sought from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to set up a mechanism to probe alleged war crimes committed during the 37-year civil war which ended in May 2009.
  • The two year extension was approved by total 40 countries by adopting UNHRC resolution in Geneva.
  • The new resolution requests the Sri Lankan government to fully implement the measures identified in the Resolution 30/1 (in October 2015).
  • UNHRC has suggested Sri Lankan government to adopt laws allowing for special hybrid courts to try war criminals.

Business & Economy

Karnataka Bank Launches Rupay International Platinum Debit Card

  • Karnataka Bank has launched a new card option for its premium and HNI (high net worth individual) customers in line with the bank’s digital banking initiative.
  • The novel card named ‘MoneyPlant RuPay International Platinum Debit Card’ can be used for domestic and international cash withdrawals and purchases.
  • Withdrawal limit of  75,000 and purchase limit of Rs 2 lakh a day at point-of-sales terminals and e-commerce sites.
  • Two free accesses to airport lounges per quarter across above 30 airports in India and 300 plus airports worldwide.
  • Personal accident insurance coverage of Rs 2 lakh
  • Platinum debit card can be used to shop, dine-out, fill fuel, book tickets, pay bills online and withdraw cash in ATMs in India & worldwide.

People in News

BSF get Women Combat Officer Tanushree Pareek After 51 Years

  • Tanushree Pareek commissioned by BSF, the country’s largest border guarding force at the age of 25.
  • She also led the passing out parade of 67 trainee officers at the Border Security Force camp at Tekanpur.
  • She was selected in the all-India exam conducted by the UPSC in 2014 and went for a 52-week Assistant Commandant training program  at BSF Academy.

Awards

Inclusion Of Five Indian Cities In World Heritage Site

  • UNESCO ( UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL SCIENTIFIC and CULTURAL ORGANISATION ) has added five Indian cities in its list of tentative world heritage site.
  • These cities include
    1.Historic City of Ahmedabad,
    2.Delhi – A Heritage City,
    3.Jaipur City, Rajasthan,
    4.Ekamra Kshetra- The Temple City, Bhubaneswar and
    5.The Victorian & Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai.

Science & Technology

Three New Naval System To Indian Navy By DRDO

  • DRDO(DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION), has provided the INDIAN NAVY with three new naval systems to enhance its operation.
  • About Rs 2.56 lakh crore has been allotted for these system and Rs 1 lakh crore has been used in past two years.
  • IP based secured phone and gallium nitride technology has also been released.
  • The navel system include
    • Ushus –ii submarine sonar
    • Directing gear for hull-mounted sonar array
    • Internal navigation system for ship application

Scientists Working on Developing Solar-Powered Prosthetic Limbs

  • Researchers from the University of Glasgow have developed a unique technology that would make it possible to use the sun’s energy to charge the Prosthetic Limbs rather than using batteries
  • The technology involves installing a thin layer of pure carbon called Graphene,around a prosthetic arm, hand or leg. This allows light to pass through it and be easily used as solar energy.
  • The sun can provide up to 15 times more energy than is usually needed to power a prosthetic limb. The extra and renewable energy can be used to power sensors that increase sensation and feeling in a limb to the extent that the prosthetic can feel pressure, temperature and texture like natural skin.
  • The technology could also increase the functionality of robots, allowing them to have a better understanding of what they touch and interact with.

Indian Navy Conducts Successful Test-Firing of Surface-to-Air Missile from INS Vikramaditya

  • Indian Navy successfully conducted the maiden trial firing of newly installed surface-to-air Barak missile system from its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya
  • During the testing, the missile was fires against a live low flying high speed target, which was successfully destroyed by the Barak missile.
  • The success of the missile marks a significant milestone in enhanced operational and defence capabilities and providing air interception by the Navy’s aircraft carrier and the fleet.
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