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March 01, 2017

1st March 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (1st March 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 1st March 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (1st March) is Zero Discrimination Day.
    • This is an annual worldwide event that promotes diversity and recognizes that everyone counts.
    • This day urges people to join together against discrimination and celebrate everyone's right to live a full and productive life with dignity.
    • Theme of Zero Discrimination Day 2017 : Make Some Noise for Zero Discrimination
  • Russia and China have vetoed a UN resolution to impose sanctions against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons.
    • It is the 7th time Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to protect the Syrian government. 
    • Note : Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons in 2013 under an agreement negotiated between Russia and the US.
  • To restrict immigration and smuggling, India has built a 2,700-kilometre barbed-wire fence around Bangladesh.
National Current Affairs
  • Today is 41st Civil Accounts Day.
    • Controller General of Accounts : Archana Nigam
  • The Centre has decided to amend the rules to allow online filing of performance reports of IAS and IPS officers
    • This move will help in checking delayed submission of the confidential reports and claims of bias in giving low ratings to an officer. 
    • The rules would be applicable to members of all India services – IAS, IPS and IFoS.
Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has asked banks to get all the accounts enabled with net banking by March 31 this year. 
    • A third of all bank accounts across the country are not linked to the internet yet, the government said. 
    • One lakh common service centres already launched by the government will help the banks on the move.
  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has temporarily halted all Aadhaar-based transactions by Axis Bank, and two other firms, over a recent instance of misuse of biometric data. 
    • The UIDAI had filed a police complaint against the three entities after one individual was found to have performed 397 biometric transactions. 
    • The three entities have submitted explanations to the UIDAI.
  • Retailers in Tamil Nadu will boycott global cola giants Pepsi and Coca-Cola, along with all their other soft-drink products, from today (March 1), citing health and environmental concerns. 
    • The decision, taken by major traders' associations, aims to promote home-grown businesses and products. 
Recent Committees in News
  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today announced setting up of the inter-disciplinary standing committee on cyber security to review the threats inherent in existing and emerging technology. 
    • The 11-member committee will study the adoption of various security standards and protocols, and suggest appropriate policy interventions for strengthening cyber security and resilience.
    • Head of this Committee : Meena Hemchandra (Executive Director, RBI)
Awards & Honors
  • Singer Rihanna has been honoured with the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award.
    • She received the award for her work in her native island of Barbados and the charities she has founded over the years.
Science & Technology
  • India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude. 
    • The interceptor was engaged against a Prithvi missile taking the trajectory of a hostile missile. 
  • A team led by John Goodenough, co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery which is being used in home electronics and phones, has developed the first solid-electrolyte battery that could lead to safer, faster-charging batteries. 
    • The new noncombustible battery has a longer life, up to 3 times more energy density than current liquid-electrolyte Li-ion batteries and operates under 60ÂșC.
Deaths
  • Gujarati writer Taarak Mehta (87), best known for his columns which were adapted for TV sitcom 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah', died today.
    • He has written over 80 books, six popular Gujarati plays and was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2015.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian shooter Jitu Rai won the Gold medal in the 50-metre air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Delhi today, with a world record finals' score of 230.1. 
    • This is Jitu's third medal in the competition, having won a gold earlier in the 10-metre air pistol mixed team event, and a bronze in the men's 10-metre air pistol.
  • The Union Government today felicitated Dipa Karmakar, besides six other Olympians from northeast states, as part of their outreach to sportspersons from those states. 
    • The athletes, who were awarded ₹2 lakh each, included women's hockey team captain P Sushila Chanu, archer Bombayla Devi and boxer Shiva Thapa.

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