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March 25, 2015

25th March 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Prime minister Narendra Modi holds delegation level talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in New Delhi today.
    • India and Qatar signed Six agreements. Those are,
      1. Transfer of sentenced prisoners
      2. MoU for Cooperation in the field of Information and Communication Technology
      3. MoU between the ministry of earth sciences and Qatar Meteorological Department for Scientific and Technical cooperation
      4. MoU between Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar and Foreign Service Institute of the ministry of external affairs
      5. MoU for cooperation in the field of Radio and Television
      6. An agreement for Mutual Cooperation and Exchange of News
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit France, Germany and Canada next month, on a tour expected to focus on attracting investment to the country.
    • France : 9th to 12th April 2015
    • Germany: 12th to 14th April 2015
    • Canada: 14th to 16th April 2015
National Affairs
  • Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has sanctioned 17 new Mega Food Parks in 11 states, including Punjab and Haryana, taking the total number of such projects across the country to 42. 
  • Narendra Modi today launched his ambitious multi-purpose and multi-modal platform PRAGATI .
    • PRAGATI - Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation
    • PRAGATI is a unique integrating and interactive platform. 
    • The platform is aimed at addressing common mans grievances, and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Government of India as well as projects flagged by State Governments.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today approved the launch of the National Supercomputing Mission, a visionary programme to enable India to leapfrog to the league of world.
    • Estimated cost : Rs 4,500 crore
  • The Delhi Government Transport Department has requested the Department of Electronic and Information Technology (DEITY) to block the web-based apps of three major taxi operators Uber, Ola and Taxi For Sure alleging that they were still using their apps and providing service despite the ban.
      • The said ban was imposed on taxi operators providing their services through web-based apps by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) after a rape of a private executive last year.
    Science & Technology
    • Social media platform Twitter has launched "Twitter Samvad" in collaboration with the Indian government so as to allow people to receive tweets as SMSes from government offices, including the Prime Minister's Office.
      • The service was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
      • As of now, 16 government offices, including the ministry of railways, the Bengaluru police and the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are participating in Twitter Samvad.
      • Twitter global CEO : Dick Costolo
    Business & Economy
    • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed a 400 million US Dollars currency swap agreement with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
      • The agreement will allow the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to make withdrawals of US Dollar or Euro in multiple tranches up to a maximum of USD 400 million or its equivalent. 
      • The agreement will be valid for a period of 3 years.
    • IRCTC launched the RuPay debit card service today. 
      • Railway passengers can now book their tickets, do shopping and pay service bills using RuPay pre-paid cards.
      • The service was launched by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in collaboration with the Union Bank of India and the National Payment Corporation of India.
    Awards & Honors
    • Bangladesh has won the prestigious Women in Parliaments (WIP) Global Forum Award for regional leadership in reducing gender gap in politics.
      • Bangladesh won this award for its outstanding success in closing the gender gap in the political sphere in the regional category "South and Southeast Asia".
      • Prime Minister : Sheikh Hasina
      • State Minister for Foreign Affairs : Md. Shahriar Alam
    • Noted Hindi poet Gopaldas Neeraj has received the first National Kavi Pradeep Samman.
      • This award carries a cash prize of Rs two lakh, a shawl and a citation.
    • I&B Ministry bags the Platinum icon award for the Comprehensive Web presence.
      • The award was conferred by the Ministry for Communications & Information Technology under the category of Web Ratna Awards 2014.
      • Web Ratna Awards have been instituted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, acknowledges unique initiatives/practices of various states/UTs in the realm of e-governance.
    • Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee to be conferred Bharat Ratna on 27th March 2015.
    • Madan Mohan Malaviya's family to be given the Bharat Ratna award on 30th March 2015.
    • India Open Super Series Badminton tournament kicks off in New Delhi.
    • World Cup
      • Defending champions India take on co-hosts Australia in the second semi-final at Sydney, tomorrow.
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