Current affairs 21 March to 27 March
- World Forestry Day observed today:- World Forestry Day or International Day of Forests is celebrated worldwide every year on 21st of March at the international level in order to increase the public awareness among communities about the values, significance and contributions of the forests to balance the life cycle on the earth. In 1971, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), declared March 21st as World Forestry Day.
- RBI Deputy Governor K C Chakrabarty resigns:-KC Chakrabarty, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India, has quit three months ahead of completion of his term. Chakrabarty was appointed as Deputy Governor in June 2009 for a period of three years. In 2012, he got an extension of two years.
- Kuwait to host Arab Summit for first time:- Kuwait is set to organize the Arab Summit 2014 for the first time in the country from March 25 to 26. The summit, which is now in its 25th year, will gather the members of the Arab League and leaders from across the Arab world. This year’s summit, being held under the slogan “Solidarity for a Better Future“, will be presided by the Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah.
- Ukraine, European Union sign agreement on closer ties:- The European Union leaders and Ukraine’s interim Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, have signed several chapters of a landmark agreement meant to boost political ties between the two sides. The signature by Ukraine and the European Union of several chapters in a landmark association agreement shows how important the relationship between the two sides is, EU President Herman Van Rompuy says.
- Aditi Khanna became first women President of Indian Journalist’s Association:-Aditi Khanna was unanimously elected as the first women President of Indian Journalists’ Association (IJA) in London. This appointment of a lady as the President has happened for the first time in the 67-years long history of IJA.
- India, Singapore win 2014 UN Water for Life award:- India and Singapore won the 2014 edition of the UN-Water “Water for Life” Best Practices Award for their sustainable practices of water resources, authorities said on Friday.
- Indian journalist wins top digital activism award:- Indian journalist Shubhranshu Choudhary, who launched a unique grassroots communication platform in 2004 in Chhattisgarh called CGNet Swara to give voice to millions of tribals, was awarded a prestigious award for digital activism at the Barbican in London Thursday evening. Note: CGNet Swara is a mobile-phone service that allows people to upload and listen to hyper-local reports in their local language, providing a communication outlet for tribals and others that usually do not find space in the mainstream media. Reported stories are moderated by journalists and become available for playback online as well as over the phone.
- Today is World Water Day:-World Water Day was observed on 22 March 2014 with the theme Water and Energy to raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy.
- Rajesh Gopakumar selected for G D Birla Award 2013:- Physicist Rajesh Gopakumar was selected for the 23rd G D Birla Award for scientific research for the year 2013. It was announced by the K K Birla Foundation and the award carries a cash prize of 1.5 lakh rupees and a citation.
- RBI to utilise unclaimed bank deposits of 3650 crore rupees for education and awareness among depositors:- The RBI has decided to utilise unclaimed bank deposits, which are estimated at 3,650 crore rupees for education and awareness of depositors. The apex bank has announced the Depositor Education and Awareness Fund Scheme for the purpose.
- RBI notifies final guidelines on bad loans for NBFCs:- The Reserve Bank came out with final guidelines for the non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) with regard to the early detection and recovery of bad loans. The guidelines will be effective from 1st April. “Before a loan account turns into an NPA, NBFCs will be required to identify incipient stress in the account by creating a sub-asset category ‘special mention accounts’ (SMA),” the RBI said in a notification on Friday.
The RBI has set up three categories of SMAs:- 1. SMA-0 – principal or interest payment not overdue for more than 30 days but account showing signs of incipient stress;
2. SMA-1 – principal or interest payment overdue between 31-60 days; and
3. SMA-2 – principal/ interest payment overdue for 61-180 days.
- RBI issued notice to banks concerning discontinuation of Windows XP:- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued notice to banks to take measures to counter the threat expected to arise from discontinuation of Windows XP from 8 April 2014.Microsoft the maker of the Windows XP operating system will be withdrawing support for the operating system from 8 April 2014. Microsoft introduced Windows XP in October 2001.
- Aamir Khan as national icon for Lok Sabha polls:- The Election Commission is likely to sign up film star and now host of popular TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’, Aamir Khan, as its national icon next week. He will be part of EC’s voter awareness initiatives for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, and is expected to feature in print and audio-visual campaigns aimed at educating people about the importance of choosing the right candidate.
- First aircraft of AirAsia India lands in Chennai:- AirAsia India on Saturday took delivery of its first Airbus A-320 as it landed in Chennai after flying in from Toulouse headquarters of the European aircraft manufacturer. “Great news! India’s latest airline, AirAsia India, has taken delivery of its first A-320 equipped with Sharklets,” Airbus tweeted with a picture of the jet painted red and the name of the airline written in white.
- Government of India divested its 9 percent stake in Axis Bank:- The Government of India divested its 9 percent stake in Axis Bank on 21 March 2014. The divestment resulted into generation of 5500 crore rupees. The Government of India divested its 9 percent stake in Axis Bank on 21 March 2014. The divestment resulted into generation of 5500 crore rupees. Through a trust fund called Specified Undertaking of the Unit Trust of India (SUUTI), Government of India disposed 42.26 million shares or 9 percent of Axis Bank’s share capital.
- Former Brazilian international footballer Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini died:- Former Brazilian international footballer Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini died on 21 March 2014 after a heart attack. He was 83. He was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for many years.
- TCS ranked No 1 employer in Europe:- IT major Tata Consultancy Services on Friday said it has been named as the top employer in Europe for the second consecutive year by the Top Employers Institute. The company was recognised as an exceptional performer across six core human resources areas– primary conditions, secondary benefits, working conditions, training, career development and company culture.
- Give customers a free copy of credit profile: RBI :- Customers should be given a free copy of their credit profile as it would help in promoting financial discipline among loan seekers, an RBI report says. “The Committee has suggested that providing customers with a free copy of their Credit Information Reports (CIRs) would help create awareness about the need to have credit discipline, enable customers to correct their behaviour and improve their score well before they plan to avail fresh credit of any kind…,” the report said.
- Dalai Lama releases book on former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri:- Dalai Lama on Sunday released ‘Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership‘, a biography that encapsulates former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri’s life. The book presents a recollection of Shastri’s childhood, his adult and public life poignantly narrated by his son, Anil Shastri and perceptively interpreted by Pavan Choudary. Launched just a few weeks before the country decides on who it wants for its prime minister, the book contains an account of how Shastri handled questions of governance and politics even as he dealt with crises like the 1965 war with Pakistan.
- Jeev nominated for Asian Tour’s ‘Player of the Decade’ award:- Ace Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh said he was immensely proud on being named as one of five golfers nominated for Asian Tour’s ‘Player of the Decade’ award. The 42-year-old Indian, a two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion and a winner of six tournaments, was named alongside Korea’s K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang and the Thai duo of Thongchai Jaidee and Thaworn Wiratchant as the five players nominated for the prestigious award.
- ICC Twenty-20: Pakistan defeat Australia with 16-run:- Pakistan brought their campaign back on track as they rode on Umar Akmal’s scintillating 54-ball 94 to register a 16-run victory over tournament favourites Australia in the ICC World T20 in Mirpur on Sunday. In the end, Glenn Maxwell’s belligerent 33-ball-74 wasn’t enough for Australia to chase down the formidable total in this group league encounter. After posting 191 for five, Pakistan bowled out Australia, who were in the chase till the 15th over, for 175.
- Air India defends title in Senior Men National C’ship:- Defending champions Air India Sports Promotion Board retained their title after beating Comptroller & Auditor General of India 4-1 in an exciting final of the fourth Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) in Lucknow on Sunday.
- RSPB lift senior women hockey national title :- Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) shocked defending Champions Haryana 4-0 to clinch the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship (Division A) in Bhopal on Sunday. Coming into the match as the favorite for the title, Haryana could not live upto the expectations and allowed the pressure to seep in.
- World Tuberculosis Day being observed today:- World Tuberculosis Day is being observed today. The day is designed to build public awareness about the global resurgence of tuberculosis and efforts to eliminate the disease. In 2014, the slogan for World Tuberculosis Day is “Reach the 3 million”.
- SC directs Centre to withdraw all orders making Aadhar mandatory for any service:- The Supreme Court has directed the Government of India to withdraw all orders, which make the Aadhaar card mandatory for availing any service. The court has also directed the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) not to share any information pertaining to an Aadhaar card holder with any government agency without the prior permission of the card holder.
- Rationalised Roman for Kashmiri written by Dr. R L Bhat released:- The book Rationalised Roman for Kashmiri written by Dr R L Bhat was released on 23 March 2014. Book gave the explanation on how to write the language on a computer using Microsoft word or type writer without the need for any special fonts. To produce the book Rationalised Roman for Kashmiri (RRK), R L Bhat worked on scientific modification of English alphabet for writing Kashmiri language by using the principles of Brahmi alphabet to English letters.
- EPFO to provide permanent A/c number from October this year:- Retirement fund body EPFO will start providing permanent account numbers on the pattern of core banking services to its five crore subscribers from October this year. Permanent or universal account number (UAN) will facilitate subscribers to avoid filing PF account transfer claims on changing jobs. After getting UAN, a subscriber would not be issued new PF account number on joining new employer. It is expected to provide great relief to those workers in organized sector who frequently change jobs, particularly, in the construction sector.
- Vodafone launches M-Pesa in Tamil Nadu:- Telecom service provider Vodafone launched its popular mobile money transfer and payment service M-Pesa partnering with private sector ICICI Bank. With the use of an M-Pesa account, mobile customers in Tamil Nadu and Chennai circles, can deposit and withdraw cash; transfer money to any mobile phone; remit cash to any bank account; and can also make payments to utility bills, Vodafone said in a statement. Note: Vodafone has launched the M-Pesa services in various telecom circles, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, West Bengal, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh East and Western regions, Bihar.
- Rajiv Takru appointed Revenue Secretary:- Rajiv Takru, a 1979 batch IAS officer, has been appointed as the new Revenue Secretary and will succeed Sumit Bose, who retires on March 31. An official release said the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has also approved the appointment of G S Sandhu, a Rajasthan cadre IAS officer of the 1980 batch, as the Financial Services Secretary.
- Govind Mishra selected for Saraswati Samman 2013:- Govind Mishra, the renowned Hindi author will receive Sarawasti Samman for the year 2013 for his book Dhool Paudho Par published in 2008. This honour will make Mishra the second Hindi author to receive the honour after Harivansh Rai Bachchan.
- Arab League Summit begins in Kuwait city today:– The 25th edition of Arab League Summit begins in Kuwait city today. Top Arab leaders will attend the two day meet aimed at enhancing cooperation and solidarity among Arab states. Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah will preside over the summit. South Sudan will attend the summit for the first time while leader of Syria’s opposition National Coalition, Ahmad al-Jarba will address one of the sessions.
- Bank of India launched Instant Money Transfer Scheme:- Bank of India (BoI) launched Instant Money Transfer (IMT) scheme in Mumbai. IMT scheme allows customers to withdraw cash without using either debt card or credit card at BoI’s IMT-enabled ATMs. This is the first-of-its-kind initiative launched by a public sector bank.
- Britain Royal Mail issued a postage stamp of Noor Inayat Khan:- Royal Mail in Britain issued a postage stamp of Noor Inayat Khan, World War II heroine of Indian origin, on 25 March 2014. She fought fascism and died in the Dachau concentration camp. The stamp issued was a part of a set of 10 stamps in the Remarkable Lives series which honoured Noor on her centenary year.
- Legendary actress Nanda passes away at 75:- Veteran Bollywood actress Nanda, best known for her stellar performances in films like ‘Hum Dono’, ‘Ittefaq’ and ‘Gumnaam’, passed away today following a massive heart attack, family sources said. Tribute to Nirbhaya: Lightweight revolver ‘Nirbheek’ launched
- Sahara says ready to pay Rs.20,000 crore to SEBI:- Sahara group on Tuesday offered to the Supreme Court to pay market regulator SEBI in a span of one year Rs.20,000 crore of the money it has to return to the investors collected through Optionally Fully Convertible Debentures (OFCD). In a fresh proposal to the apex court bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice J.S. Kehar, the Sahara group said they will deposit Rs.2,500 crore within three working days of the acceptance of its proposal and three instalments of Rs.3,500 each would be deposited with SEBI June 30, Sep 30 and Dec 31. The balance of Rs.7,000 crore would be deposited March 31, 2015.
- IM chief Tehseen Akhtar arrested:- In a major breakthrough, chief of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu, one of the most wanted terrorists blamed for a number of terror attacks, has been arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police.
- Google partners with Ray-ban for Google Glass:- Google Inc has partnered with Luxottica SpA, the makers of Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglasses, to bring a high fashion sensibility to its high-tech wearable computer, Google glass, the company said on Monday. “Luxottica understands how to build, distribute and sell great products that their clients and consumers love — something we care deeply about at Glass, too,” Google said in a blog posting.
- J & K first to declare all Election booths as ‘No smoking Zones’ :- Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday became the first state in the country to declare all election booths in the coming Lok Sabha polls as no smoking zones. It will now be mandatory for all election booths to display the ‘No Smoking Area’ warning. Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir Umang Narula issued a circular, directing that all election booths in the state shall be ‘No Smoking Zones.
- Workdays for tribals under MNREGA raised from 100 to 150:- In a bid to woo tribals ahead of Lok Sabha polls, the government on Friday raised the workdays under its flagship rural employment guarantee programme MNREGA from 100 to 150 for tribals, a move that will benefit 14 lakh families.
- Aircel offers free Facebook access to its customers:- Telecom service provider Aircel has launched a service – Facebook for All – that provides free access to the social media platform for its customers. Under the service, Aircel enables its customers to network and be socially active on Facebook in nine different languages. Customers can have free access to Facebook Application, Facebook Messenger and Mobile version on their existing or new connections.
- Arjun Kapoor Named National Ambassador for Earth Hour 2014 :- Young actor Arjun Kapoor has been named the national ambassador of the Earth Hour to be observed March 29. He is glad that he can influence young minds and bring about positive change.
- Big B conferred Global Icon of the Year award:- Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was conferred India’s Global Icon of the Year award at the NRI of the Year awards in Mumbai.
- Vandana Foundation launched AQUATM in Mumbai:- A non-profit group Vandana Foundation launched AQUATM in Mumbai. The AQUATM is a water vending machine from which water can be purchased. This water wending machine will release 1 liter water at a price of 1 rupee.
- 3rd Nuclear Security Summit 2014 held in Netherlands:- The Third Nuclear Security Summit was held in The Hague, Netherlands from 24 to 25 March 2014. The summit was attended by 58 World leaders. The third NSS synergizes previous two summits without their backdrops. At the Summit, the leaders agreed to build a robust Nuclear Security Structure. Besides, the summit also saw the agreement on Strengthening Initiative wherein 35 countries agreed to incorporate the guidelines of IAEA into their national legislation to assess the security of nuclear materials.
- Facebook to acquire virtual reality technology firm Oculus VR:- Oculus VR founded by Palmer Luckey develops virtual-reality glasses for gaming. Oculus VR Inc. had developed the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset which received a lot of attention from video game developers. The headsets cover a user’s eyes and create an immersive world that reacts to turning one’s head or moving back and forth.
- Felix appointed India coach:- Olympian and former India captain Jude Felix was, on Wednesday, appointed coach of the National men’s hockey team. He will be on probation for three months. Felix, an accomplished centre-half, played more than 250 international matches and represented the country in the Olympics (1988, 1992), World Cups (1990, 1994), Asian Games (1990, 1994) and Champions Trophy (1985, 1987 and 1989).
- Indian-origin student Gopal Rao wins UK Twitter prize-An Indian-origin MBA student at the University of Cambridge has won accolades from British Foreign Secretary William Hague after winning a Twitter competition which asked a question regarding UK’s foreign policy. Hague had asked his followers on Twitter to tweet the answer to a question: “What do you think is the biggest contribution UK foreign policy can make to the world?”
- 7 million died in 2012 due to Air pollution: WHO:- Estimates released by WHO on 25 March 2014 reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died (1 in 8 persons) as a result of air pollution exposure. In its suggestion it says that reduction of air pollution could save millions of lives. This finding of WHO has confirmed that in the present world, air pollution is the world’s largest single environmental health risk. This data had revealed a link between that the exposure between the indoor and outdoor air pollution and cardiovascular diseases (strokes and ischaemic heart disease). It also has linked air pollution with the cancer. The report has also linked air pollution with development of respiratory diseases like acute respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
MCQ (15 MARCH-20 MARCH CURRENT AFFAIRS)
Q.1 who is current director of WHO?
a.Robert Azevedo b.christine ligarde c.Ban-ki moon d.Victor Yanukovijch
Q.2.Which of following is not a member of G-4?
a.India b.Japan c.Brazil d.Germany
Q.3. Malaysian Airlines flight that vanished from the radar screens over the South China Sea was coded as?
a)MH 777-200ER b) MH370 c) MA377 d) MA370
Q.4. 1st Asian Grand Prix Archery Championships was held in?
a. Bangkok b.China c.Brazil d.France
Q.5. Name the country that recently approved a new election law allowing multiple candidates to run for the post of President?
a) Ukraine b)Syria c) Germany d) Brazil
Q.6. 7th Asian Air Gun Championship was held in March 2014 in
a) Pune b) Kuwait c) Seoul d) Tokyo
Q.7.To which country India has pledged to provide an assistance of 4500 crore rupees to implement its 11th Five Year Plan?
a) Nepal b) Bhutan c) Afghanistan d) Sri Lanka
Q.8. Which country has planned to lease Himalayas to private companies to boost tourism?
a) India b) Nepal c) Bhutan d) China
Q.9. Mortal remains of about 282 Indian soldiers of 1857 mutiny were exhumed (dug out) on 2 March 2014 from the well at?
A.Nankana Sahib in Faisalabad B.Ajnala in Amritsar
C.Faridabad in Haryana D.Barrackpur in Uttar Pradesh
Q.10.Union Defence Ministry on 3 March 2014 ordered a CBI investigation into the purchase of jet fighter engines from a British firm. Name the firm?
A.Lockheed Martin B.Direction des Constructions Navales (DCNS)
C.Rolls-Royce (Correct Answer) D.ATA Defence
Q.11. Who has been appointed as the first Secretary General of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) on 4 March 2014?
A.Sumith Nakandala B.Kamlesh Singh C.Fuwad Thowfeek D.Surendra Pandey
Q.12.Jan Sena party is launched by which of following actor?
A.Chiranjivi b.Pawan kalian c.Mahesh Babu d.Sonu sood
Q.13.Name the first book written by Khushwant singh?
a.Train to Pakistan b.The good the bad and ridiculous c.Mark of Vishnu and others stories d.Delhi
Q.14.Mano majra is the book written by Khushwant singh ,later its name was changed to:-
a.Train to Pakistan b.The good the bad and ridiculous c.Mark of Vishnu and others stories d.Delhi
Q.15. The name of world’s first gun for woman launched recently is ___?
A.Nirbheek B.Shravya C.Jhansi D.Kalpana
Q.16 Which among the following national parks has been nominated to UNESCO’s world heritage site status for 2014?
A.Great Himalayan National Park B.Jim Corbett National Park
C.Anshi National Park D.Bannerughatta National Park
Q.17. According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which among the following are world’s top three arms importing countries?
A.China, India and Pakistan B.Pakistan, China and India
C.India, China and Pakistan D.China, Pakistan and India
Q.18. Which among the following countries is the largest supplier of arms to India in 2009-13?
A.Russia B.USA C.Israel D.Japan
Q.19 Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE) was launched to increase collaboration on energy security and clean energy between?
A.India and United States B.India and France C.India and Russia D.India and Israel
Q.20. Which among the following is the longest National Waterways of India?
A.Allahabad to Haldia B.Sadia to Kottapuram C.Kollam to Kottapuram D.Bhadrachalam to Vijayawada
Q.21. The “six degree channel” lies between which of the following Islands?
A.Andaman and Nicobar B.Nicobar and Sumatra C.Andaman and Sumatra D.Sumatra and Java
Q.22. Which of the following banks has become the country’s first bank to set up payment gateway?
A.State Bank of India B.ICICI Bank C.Axis Bank D.Canara Bank