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 Bakloh belt of Himachal Pradesh.

Home-share booking site Airbnb launched a new platform ‘Trips’ in India to help users experience unique features about destinations across the country.

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat will arrive here on a four-day official visit to Nepal on March 28 during which he is scheduled to call on the country’s top leadership and hold talks on stepping up bilateral defence cooperation.

Idea Cellular has approved of a merger with Vodafone India and its wholly owned subsidiary Vodafone India Mobile Services, which will create India’s largest mobile phone company.

Roger Federer claimed a record-equalling fifth ATP Indian Wells Masters title by defeating Stan Wawrinka.

An Indian-American computer scientist, Anshumali Shrivastava has won National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award for his research on redesigning current machine-learning processes.

Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler died. He was 88.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) director Soumya Swaminathan has been named to a high-level group set up by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Pyarimohan Mohapatra, a politician from the Odisha Jana Morcha and a Member of Parliament, passed away. He was 77.

Justice Navniti Prasad Singh sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court.

India’s Vidya Pillai won silver in the World Women Snooker Championships.

India’s longest surface tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district completed the trial run.

The Union Cabinet cleared four supporting Goods and Services (GST) legislations which are helpful in the implementation of GST.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates once again topped the Forbes magazine list of the world’s richest billionaires, while US President Donald Trump slipped more than 200 spots to rank 544th.

According to the World Happiness Report 2017, Norway has been ranked as the happiest country in the world. India has been ranked 122nd among 155 countries.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed Ankur Khanna as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

IDBI Bank has appointed Mahesh Kumar Jain as its new Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer.

Ace shuttler and Rio Olympics silver medalist P V Sindhu was bestowed the Best Sportsperson of the Year award at the Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA).

Russia’s tennis player Elena Vesnina won the title of Indian Wells Tennis Tournament by defeating her compatriot and world’s seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

India’s legendary spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has equaled the record of South African bowler Dale Steyn, who took the most wickets in a season.

Soft drink major PepsiCo has roped in Rio Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu as brand ambassador for its sports drink Gatorade.

Pakistan’s first woman foreign secretary, Tehmina Janjua assumed charge.

E-commerce firm Snapdeal appointed Jason Kothari as the Chief Executive Officer of its digital payment platform FreeCharge.

An Indian-American legal luminary Amul Thapar has been nominated by US President Donald Trump to a key judicial position on the powerful US court of appeals.

According to the UN Human Development Index 2016, India has been ranked 131 out of 188 countries in a list that is topped by Norway.

Madhabi Puri Buch has been appointed as new whole time member of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

Former New and Renewable Energy Secretary Upendra Tripathy has been appointed as the full-time interim Director General of International Solar Alliance.

India’s former Ambassador to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri has been appointed as the chairman of a city-based autonomous think-tank, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) that works under the Ministry of External Affairs.

Chinese actress Li Li-hua died. She was 92.

Maggie MacDonnell, a Canadian teacher won the annual Global Teacher Prize at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai.

ISRO commissioned a one-metre hypersonic wind tunnel and shock tunnel, the world’s third largest such facility, at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.

Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will be merged with the country’s largest lender State Bank from April 1.

French mathematician Yves Meyer has been awarded the 2017 Abel Prize for his work on wavelets.

According to the global energy architecture performance index released by Geneva- based World Economic Forum (WEF), India has marginally improved its position to 87th place among 127 countries. Switzerland has topped this list.

Veteran Marathi journalist, writer and social historian Govind Talwalkar passed away. He was 91.

Diversified financial services major Religare Enterprises has appointed Manindar Singh as the group chief executive officer (CEO).

The Bihar government launched a programme to provide free Wi-Fi facilities in colleges and universities.

The Government has approved the construction of over 1.10 lakh houses for urban poor in six states at a cost of ₹5,773 crore under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) scheme.

The 2017 Finance Bill presented by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was passed in the Lok Sabha, making the Aadhaar card mandatory for filing Income Tax returns and getting a PAN.

Veteran pistol shooters Pemba Tamang (Army) and Samaresh Jung (CISF) won gold and bronze respectively in men’s 25m centre fire pistol event at the Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Memorial Masters Shooting competition.

Tamil Nadu won the 2017 Vijay Hazare Trophy of cricket for record fifth time defeating Bengal.

Essar’s Nand Niketan at Hazira (in Surat district, Gujarat) became India’s first private sector township to go cashless, using the mobile wallet for performing digital transactions.

Indian shooter Ankur Mittal equalled the world record in the double trap event, winning the gold medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Mexico.

SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya and Indian-origin physician Raj Panjabi have been named by Fortune magazine among the world’s 50 greatest leaders who are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same. Bhattacharya has been ranked 26th in the list while Panjabi has been placed at 28th spot.

The World Bank signed an agreement with the Centre and Uttarakhand to improve quality of healthcare services in all 13 districts of the state.

Four Indian destinations including Goa and New Delhi, have featured in the top 25 Asia list of TripAdvisor’s ‘Travellers Choice awards’. India takes the second spot in the Asia list with four winning destinations. Thailand leads with five wins.

Prominent Tamil writer, Ashokamitran died. He was 86.

Textile firm Welspun India has re-appointed Rajesh Mandawewala as the managing director for five years.

Financial services company Tata Capital launched a mobile app ‘myLoan’ to extend its personal loans.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has introduced online based citizen centric application VAHAN 4.0 and SARATHI 4.0 under digitization to ease out the processes and curb corruption.

Meghalaya will be host the National Games 2022 coinciding with the 50th year of the creation of the state.

The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NSEBC) as a constitutional body.

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh launched a Coffee Table Book titled “50 Years – The Great Indian Milk Revolution”.

State Bank of India (SBI) said it plans to dilute 10 per cent of its stake in the life insurance venture SBI Life through public offer.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the ‘World Environment Conference’, organized by the National Green Tribunal.

Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari will begin a visit to India on April 17.

Chief Pulmonologist, Randeep Guleria has been appointed the director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

West Bengal lifted the Santosh Trophy for the 32nd time by defeating Goa by 1-0.

Shuttlers Purva Barve and Varun Kapur won titles in their respective age group sections in the Li Ning-Israel Open 2017.

The Indian railways is firming up an integrated software, a first-of-its-kind for the national carrier, for data collection in fastest possible time.

Travel Services Provider Cox & Kings has launched Trip 360º in India aimed at adventure expeditions.

Tanushree Pareek became the first woman combat officer to be commissioned in the 51-year history of the Border Security Force.

China-backed bureaucrat Carrie Lam has been elected as Hong Kong’s first woman Chief Executive.

Actor Anupam Kher has been honoured with the Kala Ratan Award by Vice President Hamid Ansari.

HDFC Bank managing director Aditya Puri’s name has been featured in the list of world’s 30 best CEOs, published by American financial magazine Barrons.

According to a latest report of Sydney-based aviation think-tank Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), India’s domestic air passenger traffic stood at 100 million in 2016 and India has become the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic, beating Japan. America is ranked first and china second in this list.

Ravindra Jadeja became the 10th Indian player to accomplish the all-round ‘double’ of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket.

Ferrari’s driver Sebastian Vettel defeated Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton to win the Australian Grand Prix title.

State-run Pawan Hans has joined hands with public sector chopper maker Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) to train helicopter pilots.

Indian men’s compound archery team won a gold medal at the 2017 Asia Cup ranking tournament.

Mumbai’s Gauri Singhvi (14) has become the first girl to swim from Bandra–Worli Sea Link to the Gateway of India, which is a 36 km

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