4th Week of March Current Affairs (Hindi)

भारतीय जनता पार्टी के नेता योगी आदित्‍यनाथ ने उत्‍तर प्रदेश के मुख्‍यमंत्री पद की शपथ ली । भारत के राष्ट्रपति श्री प्रणव मुखर्जी हरियाणा के सोनीपत में ओ पी जिंदल ग्लोबल विश्वविद्यालय में एक तीन दिवसीय अंतर्राष्ट्रीय सेमिनार का उद्घाटन किया। उत्तर कोरिया ने उच्च क्षमता वाले एक नए रॉकेट इंजन का परीक्षण किया है। रॉकेट इंजन को आसानी से मिसाइलों में प्रयोग किया जा सकता है। ‘रॉक एंड रोल’ के दिग्गज कलाकार चक बेरी का निधन हो गया। वह 90 साल के थे। पंजाब सरकार ने सभी सरकारी नौकरियों में महिलाओं के लिए 33 प्रतिशत पद आरक्षित करने का फैसला लिया। भारत और ओमान का संयुक्त सैन्य अभ्यास ‘अल-नगाह-द्वितिय 2017’ हिमाचल प्रदेश के बाकलोह क्षेत्र में संपन्न हुआ। होम-शेयर बुकिंग साइट एयरबीएनबी ने देश भर के गंतव्यों

4th week of March Current Affairs (English)

BJP leader Yogi Aditya Nath sworn-in as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated an international conference on the theme of “Universities of the Future: Knowledge, Innovation and Responsibility” at O. P. Jindal Global University (JGU), Sonipat, Haryana. North Korea has tested a new high-performance rocket engine. Rocket engines are easily re-purposed for use in missiles. The legendary architect of rock n roll music Chuck Berry has passed away. He was 90. The Punjab government has decided to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in all government jobs. The troops of Indian and Oman armies concluded their exercise ‘Al-Nagah-II 2017’ in Bakl

Army Chief to be honoured in Nepal

The Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, will be conferred the honorary title of General of the Nepalese Army during his ongoing visit to the Himalayan country. The President of Nepal, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, will confer the title of “Honorary General of the Nepalese Army” to Gen. Rawat at an investiture ceremony. General Rajendra Chettri, the Chief of the Nepalese Army, was conferred the title of “Honorary General of the Indian Army” in February during his first visit to India after assuming office. Gen. Rawat is on an official visit to Nepal and Bangladesh this is his first foreign visit after assuming office. Know more about this tradition: This tradition, a reciprocal arrangement

Top seven IITs to get Rs. 100 cr. each

The Centre will offer Rs. 100 crore each to the top seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the coming financial year to improve their quality further with a view to enhancing their global rankings. The IITs chosen are IIT Madras, IIT Mumbai, IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee and IIT Guwahati. The IITs will be given Rs. 100 crore so that they can take measures to improve their global rankings. These could be global collaborations or roping in global faculty. Or anything else, as per the requirements of the institutes. This offer would be seen as an initiative under a project called Vishwajeet . Know more- Vishwajeet (a hindi word which literally means, conqueror of th

ESI mobile clinics launched in India for the first time.

Workers in small industries covered by the ESI facility but unable to access the medical services due to locational problems will have something to look forward with the Government launching Mobile Clinics. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will be the first states in the country where the facility would be made available initially and later expanded to other parts of the country. The Union Minister for Labour and Employment, Bandaru Dattareya flagged off these mobile clinics that would serve the areas not covered by ESI Dispensaries in Telanagana and Andhra Pradesh. Each clinic will have a vehicle with a Doctor, pharmacist, attendant, driver and the necessary equipment and medicines. The vehicle

First woman combat officer in BSF.

Tanushree Pareek on Saturday became the first woman combat officer to be commissioned in the 51-year history of the BSF, the country’s largest border guarding force. She will now be posted to command a unit along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab. Pareek, 25, also led the passing out parade of 67 trainee officers that was reviewed by Union home minister Rajnath Singh .A resident of Rajasthan’s Bikaner, she is the first woman to join the force in the officer rank after she was selected in the all-India exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in 2014. KnowMore The BSF is primarily tasked to guard two of the most sensitive Indian frontiers with Pakistan and Bangladesh whi

Maj. Rohit Suri awarded Kirti Chakra

Major Rohit Suri, who was part of the surgical strikes last year, the senior most Lieutenant General Eastern Army Commander Praveen Bakshi, who was side stepped in the appointment of the Army Chief, was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, the highest Distinguished Service Medal. “Major Rohit Suri led the team of the Army’s 4 Para Special Forces which conducted surgical strikes on terrorist camps along the LoC. By his decisive thinking, professional approach, warrior ethos, exemplary leadership and courage beyond the call of duty, Maj. Rohit Suri ensured the execution of the task flawlessly with clockwork precision and eliminated four terrorists in close quarter combat. Mr. Mukherjee also

Mars may have had rings, & may come back- Scientists

A new model developed by scientists at Purdue University in the U.S. suggests that debris that was pushed into space from an asteroid slamming into Mars around 4.3 billion years ago alternates between becoming a planetary ring and clumping together to form a moon. According to one theory, Mars’ large North Polar Basin or Borealis Basin which covers about 40 per cent of the planet in its northern hemisphere was created by that impact, sending debris into space. That large impact would have blasted enough material off the surface of Mars to form a ring,” Know More about Mars: Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury. Named after

Current Affairs 2nd and 3rd week of March

Former President Barack Obama will be awarded with the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Nutan Guha Biswas, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). Senior IAS officer T Jacob has been appointed as Secretary, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has acquired 100 per cent stake in Imperial Credit Private Ltd, a Kolkata-based non-banking finance company. India’s Angad Veer Singh Bajwa teamed up with Haley Dunn of the USA won the bronze medal in mixed team skeet event of the ISSF World Cup. Finnish company Nokia Technologies announced its part

Current Affairs 2nd and 3rd week of March (Hindi)

अमेरिका के पूर्व राष्ट्रपति बराक ओबामा को 2017 जॉन एफ.केनेडी प्रोफाइल इन करेज पुरस्कार से सम्मानित किया जाएगा। महिला एवं बाल विकास मंत्रालय में अतिरिक्त सचिव नूतन गुहा बिस्वास को भारतीय अंतर्देशीय जलमार्ग प्राधिकरण (आईडब्ल्यूएआई) का नया चेयरपर्सन नियुक्त किया गया। वरिष्ठ आईएएस अधिकारी टी जैकब को संघ लोक सेवा आयोग (यूपीएसस) का सचिव नियुक्त किया गया। डा रेड्डीज लेबोरेटरीज ने इंपीरियल क्रेडिट प्राइवेट लिमिटैड में 100 प्रतिशत हिस्सेदारी का अधिग्रहण किया। इंपीरियल क्रेडिट कोलकाता स्थित गैर बैंकिंग वित्तीय कंपनी है। भारत के अंगद वीर सिंह बाजवा ने अमेरिका के हेली डुन के साथ मिलकर आईएसएसएफ विश्व कप की मिश्रित टीम स्कीट स्पर्धा में कांस्य पदक जीता। फिनलैंड की कंपनी नोकिया टेक्नोलाजीज ने भारत में अपनी

Indian Wells: Roger Federer beats Stan Wawrinka to win BNP Paribas Open

World number 10 Federer claimed the first set before being broken for the first time at this year's tournament in the first game of the second set. Wawrinka, the world number three, went 2-0 ahead before Federer won three games in a row on his way to the title. Elena Vesnina beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6-8) 7-5 6-4 in the women's final. Federer becomes the oldest champion in the tournament's history, surpassing Jimmy Connors, who was 31 when he triumphed in 1984.This was the 23rd meeting between Federer, an 18-time Grand Slam winner, and Wawrinka. Know More about Tennis- 1)The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly known simply as Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is

Kumarmangalam Birla to Chaired Vodafone-Idea entity

Vodafone, Idea to have equal stakes in the merged entity over a period of time. The U.K.’s Vodafone and Aditya Birla group firm Idea Cellular on announced that they have kick started a mega merger deal. Vodafone will own 45.1% of the merged entity, after it transfers about 4.9% to promoters of Idea and/or their affiliates for ₹38.74 billion rupees. Idea will have the sole right to appoint the chairman. Kumarmangalam Birla will be the Chairman of merged Vodafone-Idea entity and both the companies will have equal stakes in the merged entity over a period of time. The agreement contemplates completion of proposed amalgamation with a period of 24 months. Know more: The combined market share of b

Know Your English

How is the word ‘abysmal’ pronounced? The vowels in the first and last syllables are like the ‘a’ in ‘china’. The ‘bys’ in the second syllable is pronounced like the word ‘biz’. The word is pronounced ‘e-BIZ-mel’ with the stress on the second syllable. It comes from the Greek ‘abusos’ meaning ‘bottomless pit’. The word carries with it a negative connotation. When you say that someone’s performance was abysmal, you are suggesting that it was extremely bad; it was appalling. This is one of the meanings of the word. Ashwin’s performance at the interview was abysmal. The voter turnout for the elections was abysmal. What is the meaning and origin of ‘shooting from the hip’? For those of us who ha

RBI to introduce Rs 10 plastic notes

RBI has been authorized to conduct field trials of plastic notes of Rs 10 that have a longer life span. It has been decided" to conduct a field trial with plastic banknotes at five locations of the country. Approval for procurement of plastic substrate and printing of bank notes of Rs 10 denomination on plastic banknote substrates has been conveyed. Over the years, central banks across the world have been exploring different solutions like plastic notes and other developments in banknote substrates for extending the life cycle of banknotes. Know more- Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, Shimla and Bhubaneswar are the five cities where the plastic notes would be introduced in a field trial. According to t

India & WHO will end TB by 2030

India among other countries in the South East Asian Region, which bear half of the global tuberculosis burden, has signed a 'call for action' and pledged to scale up measures to end the disease by 2030. India reports 2.8 million new TB cases annually and nearly half a million deaths due to the disease. "Health ministers from countries in WHO South-East Asia Region, which bear half the global TB burden and WHO signed a 'Call for Action' for ending TB comprehensive measures to achieve the global target to end the disease by 2030," Six of the region's countries –- Bangladesh, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand are among the 30 high TB burden nations globally.. Know more- WHO's So

India at 148th place in women MPs.

United Nations: released a world ranking of the number of women parliamentarians that has placed India 148, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of UN Women, has called for reservations for women. The rankings of all 193 UN member countries released by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women showed that women made up 11.8 per cent of the Lok Sabha where 64 were elected to the 542-member house and 11 per cent of the Rajya Sabha with 27 of the 245 members. India ranked 88 in the number of women ministers with five or 18.5 per cent in the cabinet. The percentage of women in parliaments worldwide barely ticked up from 22.6 per cent in 2015 to 23.3 per cent in 2016. India`s percentage is abo

Cabinet approves National Health Policy

Assuring ‘healthcare services for all,’the NHP aims to strengthen primary health centres and district hospitals. The government has, approved the National Health Policy, which proposes to provide “assured health services to all” in the country. Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its nod to the policy, which has been pending for the last two years. Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda is likely to make a suo moto statement in the Parliament on the salient features of the Policy. Health Ministry said that in a major shift, the policy increases the gambit of sectors covered in the Primary Health Centre (PHC)-level and envisages a comprehensive approach. The proposed National

SSP Chawrasia won Indian Open title, second time:

Defending champion SSP Chawrasia claimed his second consecutive Indian Open title after racing to victory at 10 under DLF Golf Course. Five-time Asian Tour winner Chawrasia became only the second Indian to win the Indian Open in two successive years after Jyoti Randhawa. Another Indian, Anirban Lahiri finished tied sixth in the competition. He becomes the third player to win back-to-back Indian Open. Jyoti Randhawa did that in 2006 and 2007 while Japan’s Kenji Hosoishi had won it way back in 1967 and 1968. This is also the third year in succession that an Indian had won this title at home after Lahiri clinched victory in 2015. Know more: In February 2008, he won the inaugural Indian Masters,

Tendulkar appointed UNICEF ambassador for ICC Women’s World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on International Women’s Day, appointed cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar as the UNICEF Cricket For Good ambassador for the Women’s World Cup 2017, which will be hosted in the United Kingdom from 23 June-23 July. UNICEF and the ICC, together will engage the broader cricketing community to empower adolescent girls in particular, during the many ICC events over the next five years, develop and implement various community outreach programs and initiatives in collaboration with coaches, cricketers and cricketing personalities. During the events, there will be coaching clinics with participating teams. Know more: 1) The ICC Women's Cricket World Cup is the

The South-African Paddle boarder makes world-first Atlantic crossing:

A South African man has become the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard after completing an epic 4,050-mile voyage alone at sea. Chris Bertish pulled into Antigua, in the Leeward islands of the Caribbean, at 8.32am local time (12.32pm GMT) Thursday after departing from Agadir, Morocco, 93 days ago. Bertish, 42, a big-wave surfer as well as sailor, who won the renowned Mavericks surf contest in northern California in 2010, had contended with sharks, storms and loneliness on the adventure. His journey was accomplished on a custom-built 20ft-long board, built for $120,000 (£99,000). The board was designed by a British boat designer and naval architect, Phil Morriso

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