Current Affair For Month “March, 2017”

Challenges to protect Forests in India

Date: March 20, 2017

India is one of the mega diversity countries in the world with different types of forests. Officially 20 per cent of geographical area in the country is under forest cover. The National Forest Policy (1988) aims to increase the forest cover to one third.

According to India State Forest Report released in 2015, the forest cover has increased by 5081 square kilometres between 2013 - 2015,...

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Natural swings partly responsible for Arctic sea ice loss

Date: March 17, 2017


Rapid loss of Arctic sea ice in recent decades is partly driven by natural swings, not just global warming triggered by human activities, says a study.

A shift in wind patterns is responsible for about 60 per cent of sea ice loss in the Arctic Ocean since 1979, the researchers found.

Some of this shift is related to climate change, but the study showed that 30-50 per cent ...

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Lok Sabha Passes the Admiralty Bill 2016

Date: March 12, 2017

The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha yesterday. The Bill aims to establish a legal framework to consolidate the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts, admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, arrest of vessels and related issues. It also aims to replace archaic laws which are hindering efficient governance. Read More


Saraswati Samman 2016: Mahabaleshwar Sail for his novel ‘Hawthan’

Date: March 10, 2017

 Konkani author Mahabaleshwar Sail has been honored with the 2016 Saraswati Samman for his novel ‘Hawthan’. The 74-year-old Sail’s novel Hawthan was published in 2009 and was shortlisted from 22 books written in various languages.

The Saraswati Samman is an annual award for outstanding prose or poetry literary works in any 22 Indian language listed in Schedule VII...

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The Indian Institute of Science :1st Indian university to be ranked among world’s top 10

Date: March 09, 2017

As per the THE ‘Best Small Universities in the World 2017’ ranking released on March 7, 2017, IISc has been placed at 8th position among the list of top 10 global universities.
However, besides IISc, no other Indian University could find any position under the top 20 ranking.

Key Features of the Ranking

In 2016, 2 Indian institutions were placed...

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India’s longest cable-bridge inaugurated in Gujarat

Date: March 09, 2017

The Prime Minister has inaugurated the 1.4 extra dose cable bridge on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai National Highway.The Four-Lane Extradoses Bridge over the Narmada at Bharuch on the National Highway 8, and Petrochemicals Complex of OPAL at Dahej to the nation. The 1.4 km bridge is reported to be the longest in the country. It is expected to ease traffic woes on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai National Highw...

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Transparency International :India Has Highest Bribery Rate Among 16 Asia-Pacific Nations

Date: March 09, 2017

According to the Global Corruption Barometer for the Asia Pacific Region released by Transparency International on March 7, in Berlin for 16 Asia Pacific countries, India tops the list for being the most corrupt nation.

The Transparency International (TI), an anti-corruption global civil society organisation, surveyed 21,861 people in 16 countries across the Asia Pacific region between ...

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#WeAreEqual Campaign- Ministry of Women and Child Development

Date: March 07, 2017

Targeted at raising awareness, Ministry of Women and Child Development initiated a social media campaign #WeAreEqual recently 13thFebruary, to highlight the need for equal opportunity to women in the fields of education, health, nutrition, safety and dignity. The Campaign is part of a series of initiatives to mark International Women’s Day on 8th March including the Nari Shakti Awards cer...

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PM releases Postage Stamp on 100 years of Yogoda Satsang Math

Date: March 07, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released a Special Commemorative Postage Stamp on 100 years of Yogoda Satsang Math at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi
The event was a part of the centenary celebrations of Yogoda Satsanga Society. The organisation was set up in 1917 by Paramahansa Yogananda, who is considered as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of modern times.

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Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) summit 2017

Date: March 07, 2017

Vice President Hamid Ansari arrived in the Indonesian capital on Monday on a two-day visit to attend the summit of the 21-nation Indian Ocean Rim Association, where he is expected to lay emphasis on connectivity, open maritime trade and rights of navigation.

He is also expected to pitch for cooperation among the think tanks of the member countries to evolve common strategies to meet the...

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