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March 13, 2017

13th March 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (13th March 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 13th March 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (2nd Monday of March) is Commonwealth Day.
    • The 52 countries of the Commonwealth celebrate Commonwealth Day.
    • The year 2017 marks 40 years since Commonwealth Day became a global celebration marked on the same day every year: on the second Monday in March
    • Theme of Commonwealth Day 2017 - 'A Peace-building Commonwealth'
  • The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has today announced that the 2016 was worst year yet for Syria's children.
    • UNICEF's Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere said in Homs that millions of children come under attack on a daily basis and six million are now relying on humanitarian aid.
  • Japan is planning to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea starting from May to test its capability. 
    • It is Japan's biggest show of naval force in the region since the second World War. 
    • This comes amid rising tensions between the US and China over freedom of navigation in the sea.
National Current Affairs
  • The Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly is set to have 38 women MLAs.
    • This is the highest number for the state since Independence. 
    • Thirty-two female candidates from BJP won, while two each from BSP and Congress, and one each from Apna Dal and the Samajwadi Party were elected.
New Appointments
  • Goa Governor Mridula Sinha today appointed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar as the new Chief Minister of Goa.
    • Parrikar has been asked to prove majority within 15 days after taking oath with the swearing in ceremony likely to be held tomorrow. 
  • Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been given the additional charge of the Defence Ministry after President Pranab Mukherjee accepted Manohar Parrikar's resignation. 
    • Note : Jaitley had headed the Defence Ministry from May 2014 to November 2014 before Parrikar was appointed to the post.
Banking & Economic Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has removed the cash withdrawal limits for the savings bank accounts starting today. 
    • Important Points to Note
    • The limit was increased to ₹50,000 per week from February 20. 
    • The RBI had ended cash withdrawal limits for current account holders from February 1. 
    • The limits on bank withdrawals were placed after the demonetisation of old ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes.
Science & Technology
  • Africa has got its own domain name '.africa' for the continent 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered. 
    • The domain name '.africa' will be used to reflect a company's interest in the whole of Africa. 
    • Note : According to the World Bank, sub-Saharan Africa has one of the lowest rates of internet penetration in the world.

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