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March 05, 2017

5th March 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (5th March 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 5th March 2017

National Current Affairs
  • India for first time is going to host ICEGOV 2017 (International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance). 
    • This year it is the 10th edition of ICEGOV and it will focus on the use of technology to transform relationships between government and citizens, businesses, civil society. 
    • This conference will be hosted in collaboration with United Nations University and UNESCO
    • Objective of ICEGOV 2017 : To explore how Digital Government can lead to Digital Empowerment by local knowledge.
  • The West Bengal Government has recently passed the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill, 2017, by a voice vote.
    • It repeals the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010.
    • It aims to overhaul private healthcare in state and take stringent measures against health institutions accused of medical negligence and corrupt practices.
  • For the first time in 16 years, Odisha has achieved highest decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR)
    • This decline is far better than the national average. 
    • According to the fourth round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), Odisha’s IMR has come down by 29% between 2005 and 2015 which is highest trend in the country. 
    • Note : It was 96 per 1000 births in 2000 has been reduced to 40 in 2015-16.
  • Andhra Pradesh Government has renamed Tirupati Airport as Sri Venkateswara Airport and Gannavaram Airport as NTR Amaravati Airport
    • The state government has also approved 600 acre land allocation for Bhogapuram Airport and 75 acres for Savita University in the capital Amaravati.

Business & Economic Affairs
  • Bihar government has pegged the Budget for the Tourism sector for 2017-18 at ₹109.87 crore, which is 84% less than the funds allocated last year. 
    • This comes despite tourism being identified among 10 priority sectors of the government under its Industrial Investment Promotion Policy, 2016. 
    • The cut is expected to hit government's plan to upgrade its hotels in the state.
  • China has announced that its Military Budget this year will grow by about 7%, which is the country's slowest defence budget rise since 2010. 
    • The rise of 7% in the defence spending is basically in keeping with last year's GDP output.
    • China's economic growth in 2016 was a nearly three-decade low of 6.7%.

MOUs & Agreements
  • The states Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir have signed a Secretary level fresh pact for the fast-track completion of the much-delayed 206 megawatt (MW) Shahpur Kandi dam project on the Ravi river.

Awards & Honors
  • INHS Asvini, Mumbai was adjudged the Best Service Hospital in the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2016
    • It was presented with the Raksha Mantri’s Trophy and Citation. 
    • The Command Hospital (Northern Command) Udhampur and Command Hospital (Southern Command), Pune were jointly adjudged the second best Service Hospitals. 

Science & Technology
  • INSViraat - the oldest serving aircraft carrier serving the Indian Navy for 30 years to be decommissioned tomorrow. 
  • China is going to build its first national underwater observatory in the disputed South China Sea (SCS). 
    • The observatory will allow China to keep a check on underwater physical, chemical, and geological dynamics in real time.

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