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March 23, 2017

23rd March 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (23rd March 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 23rd March 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today is World Meteorological Day.
    • This day is celebrated every year on 23 March to commemorate the entry into force in 1950 of the convention that created the World Meteorological Organization.
    • Theme of the World Meteorological Day 2017 : Understanding Clouds
  • Today (23rd March) is Pakistan Day.
    • This day commemorates the historic Pakistan Resolution on March 23, 1940 - a day which marks the the birth of a separate state for Muslims.
National Current Affairs
  • Today is 86th Shaheed Diwas (Martyr’s Day)
    • 86 years ago, on March 23 in 1931, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Hari Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar were hanged by the British for their alleged involvement in the killing of John Saunders. 
    • They sacrificed their lives for the independence of India but their inspiring actions continued to stir the desire for freedom until it was achieved in 1947. 
  • The UGC has directed all universities and educational institutions to include the students' photograph and Aadhaar number in degrees and certificates awarded by them. 
    • "Having security features in the mark sheets and certificates issued by varsities are useful for verification and curbing duplication," the directive said. 
    • The move also aims to ensure uniformity and transparency across the country.
  • The Election Commission today finalised VK Sasikala camp's party name 'AIADMK Amma', whereas former Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam camp's party was named 'AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma'. 
    • While Sasikala's camp has been allotted hat as the party symbol, Panneerselvam's camp has been allotted electric pole as the party symbol.
  • The Cabinet today approved a National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes as a constitutional body
    • The new panel will replace the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) that looked into the inclusion and exclusion of OBCs for quotas, among other issues. 
    • Being a constitutional body, the recommendations of the panel would ordinarily be binding on the Centre.
  • The government has decided to train about 1.65 lakh teenagers in the age group 15-19 to share correct information about sexual health with their peers. 
    • The teenagers would feel more comfortable discussing their problems with peer educators from within their own community, officials said.
    • The educators will answer adolescents' queries from sexual and reproductive health to substance abuse.
  • The Centre today approved projects to construct National Highways in Meghalaya and Mizoram at the cost of ₹6,721 crore. Work on the 403-kilometre project will begin during the financial year 2017-18.
    • It will improve infrastructure in Meghalaya and Mizoram and enhance connectivity with inter-state roads and international borders, read an official statement.
  • The Bihar government today launched a programme to provide free WiFi facilities in colleges and universities
    • The objective is to provide free Wi-Fi facility to help youths to move ahead in life and to become digitally  smart,” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said
  • The Centre 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
    • Of the total investment, the central assistance will be ₹1,816 crore under the scheme.
    • The six states included Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala, and Jharkhand.
MOUs & Agreements
  • The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-ln) and the US Homeland Security Department on cooperation in the field of Cyber Security. 
    • The MoU was signed in January 2017 in New Delhi. 
    • It intends to promote closer co-operation and exchange of information pertaining to the Cyber Security between both strategic partners in accordance with the relevant laws, rules and regulations and on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and reciprocity.
Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Lok Sabha today passed the Finance Bill with an amendment that allows companies to make unlimited donations to political parties without having to disclose such donations. 
    • Note : Earlier, companies were not allowed to make political donations that amount to more than 7.5% of their average net profit over the last three years.
Science & Technology
  • US President Donald Trump has signed a bill authorising $19.5 billion to NASA for the fiscal year 2017, to fund various NASA projects including work towards a crewed mission to Mars by 2030s.
    • The bill also pushes for probable human spaceflight mission to the moon.
    • The signing comes after Trump administration proposed reducing NASA budget to $19.1 billion for 2018.
Sports Current Affairs
  • 3-Day Jashne Nauroze Archery Tournament 2017 began at the premises of Tourist Facilitation Center, Kargil.
  • 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 today. 
    • He finished with a record score of 75 to win his career's first World Cup gold. 
    • He had earlier won a silver in the same competition in New Delhi last month.
  • BCCI today announced the annual player contracts for the men's team, doubling the annual retainer amounts for all categories. 
    • Grade A players (featuring Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni etc) will be paid ₹2 crore per annum while Grade B and Grade C will be paid ₹1 crore and ₹50 lakh respectively. 
    • Important Points to Note
      • Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay have been promoted to the Grade A category.
      • The remuneration and grading this year was decided by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.

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