WEEKLY GK UPDATE 09 to 15 March 2017 for Bank SSC Exams
Dear Monowers, Nowadays Current Affairs play very crucial Role in Competitive Exams specially in Bank. So We have compiled here Weekly GK Update. In this Article, you can get All Important GK Update & Current Affairs from 09 March to 15 March, 2017. It is easy to prepare Current Affairs week wise rather than month wise. Get Latest National, International News, Awards, Appointments, Sports News of this Week below.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar resigned And appointed as the Goa chief minister
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar appointed as the Goa chief minister after BJP concluded hectic negotiations with regional parties and independents to stitch up the numbers to form a government. (Jaitley gets additional charge of Defence Ministry)
Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Summit in Jakarta
Vice President Hamid Ansari was on a two-day visit to Indonesia to attend the 21-nation Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia from March 6-7, 2017
The theme of Summit is ‘Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean’.
India launches second stage of HCFCs phaseout plan
Environment minister Anil Madhav Dave, on Monday released the second stage of the Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) phase-out management plan (HPMP), greenhouse gases that damage the earth’s ozone layer.
Environment Minister launches Web Portal for obtaining ‘Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Clearances
Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Anil Madhav Dave, launched the web portal for obtaining Coastal Regulation Zone clearances in New Delhi.
Govt introduces bill on inter-state river water row in Lok Sabha
The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017 has been introduced in the Lok Sabha which proposes to streamline the adjudication of river water disputes and make the present legal and institutional architecture robust.
Footwear Design And Development Institute Bill, 2017 Introduced In The Lok Sabha
The Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha in order to declare the FDDI as an Institution of National Importance (INI).
The Union government has launched Mission Fingerling to achieve Blue Revolution
The Union government has launched Mission Fingerling to achieve Blue Revolution with the holistic development and management of fisheries in the country.
Government Establishes Banana Research Centre in Bihar
The Union Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare Minister h laid the foundation stone of the Banana Research Centre at Vaishali, Bihar Centre to fulfill the aspirations of the local banana growers.
Digital wallet player Paytm will now levy a 2% fee for adding money to Paytm wallet using credit cards.
This is a result of multiple users using Paytm to get free credit by using credit cards to top up their digital wallets and transferring the money back to their bank accounts at zero transaction cost.
2 Day North-East Business Summit begins in New Delhi
A two-day North-East Business Summit (NEBS) begins in New Delhi. The summit aims to display the strengths, potentials, and initiatives of the North-East.
Parliament passes bill to raise maternity leave to 26 weeks
Parliament approved a bill granting women working in the organized sector paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, up from 12 weeks now, a decision which will benefit around 1.8 million women.
‘India by Nile’ fest to begin in Egypt
India has organized the fifth edition of the mega cultural festival ‘India by the Nile’ in Egypt on 8th March. For the first time, the Indian flag will be projected onto the Giza Pyramids as part of the celebration. The festival, to be held in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria.
World Bank loan for MP solar plant
The World Bank has agreed to provide a loan to develop internal transmission arrangements of the upcoming Rewa Ultra Mega Solar project in Madhya Pradesh.
Hyundai Signs 3 Bn Euro Deal For Iran Oil Project
Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Co has signed a deal worth 3 billion euros (USD 3.2 billion) with an Iranian investment fund to invest in a major Iranian oil project.
IBM Researchers Creates World’s Smallest Magnet to Store Single Bit Data
A team of researchers at IBM has created the world’s smallest magnet using a single atom which can store one bit of data on it.Currently, hard disk drives use about 100,000 atoms to store a single bit.
Iran successfully tests ballistic missile
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has successfully tested a ballistic missile named Hormuz 2.The missile destroyed a target from a distance of 250 kilometers (155 miles).
Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement signs between India-Belgium
India and Belgium have signed an agreement to amending the existing Agreement and Protocol between the two countries for avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income in New Delhi.
10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV)
The 10th edition of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV 2017) was held in New Delhi from March 7-9, 2017. The theme is ‘Building Knowledge Societies-From Digital Government to Digital Empowerment’.
STATES IN NEWS
The Arunachal Pradesh government has launched a new scheme Adarsh Gram Yojana
The scheme Adarsh Gram Yojana that is in accordance with the basic philosophy of the Prime Minister ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas’. The scheme aims to reach the poor people in rural areas of the state to serve them better.
The AIADMK IT Wing has launched the first-of-its-kind women safety application in Tamil Nadu.
The app is called ‘Ammavin Aran‘ meaning ‘mother’s fortress’.The app will give the user details about the nearest police station and hospital along with map details and phone number.
Rs605-crore ‘KCR Kit’ scheme for pregnant women, new born
The KCR Kit. The scheme is designed to address complications during the time of pregnancy and aimed at reducing infant mortality rate and encourage institutional deliveries.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched 181 helpline for distressed women in Odisha
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched 24*7 helpline number 181 to assist women in distress on the occasion of International Women’s Day (8th March 2017).
Virbhadra Singh led Himachal Pradesh government has launched mobile app and website titled ‘MeraHunar HP’ or ‘My Talent’to help skilled and semi-skilled workers find jobs.
The mobile app will connect prospective employers with job aspirants as the latter’s resume will contain addresses and contact numbers.
Karnataka CM launches ‘Pratibimba’ to project achievements
Karnataka Chief Minister launched a comprehensive web-based platform Pratibimba to showcase the government’s performance and achievements to the citizens.
BANKS IN NEWS
Central Bank of India has been awarded Official language policy award
Central Bank of India has been awarded first prize in the implementation of Official Language Policy in the western region for the year 2015-2016.
IndusInd Bank to acquire IL & FS Securities Services
IndusInd Bank has entered into an agreement with Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (IL& FS) to acquire 100% stake in IL& FS Securities Services Ltd (ISSL).
IDFC Bank Aadhaar Pay launched
IDFC Bank has launched India’s first biometric-based payment system ‘Aadhaar Pay’ in New Delhi.The Aadhaar Pay app has been developed by IDFC Bank under the guidance of the Ministry of IT, NITI Aayog, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
Airtel Payments Bank Over 1 lakh SB accounts opened in Tamil Nadu.
Airtel Payments Bank, offered by telecom major Bharti Airtel, announced that over one lakh savings accounts were opened in 100 villages acrossThrough the initiative, the villages would have access to banking services along with the option of making digital payments.
RBI Restricts Cash Loan Against Gold by NBFC to Rs 25,000
Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs) cannot lend more than Rs 25,000 in cash against gold according to RBI.The earlier provision for NBFC was that high-value loans against the gold of Rs 1 lakh and above must only be disbursed by cheque.
RBI to issue new Rs 10 notes soon with high-security features
The Reserve Bank of India notified that it is soon going to issue Rs 10 denomination notes with enhanced security features for circulation.
Karur Vysya Bank launches 3 technology services
Karur-based Karur Vysya Bank’ s Chief Executive K. Venkataraman has rolled-out of three technology services FASTag, UPI and BBPS.
Indian Public Sector Undertaking company National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) commissions 45 MW of Bhadla solar plant
Indian Public Sector Undertaking company National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has commissioned 45 MW solar capacity at Bhadla in Rajasthan. Now the total installed capacity of the project is increased to 160 MW.
Now, book an Uber when flying Jet Airways
Full-service airline Jet Airways has announced a partnership with ride-hailing app Uber to book airport cabs through the Jet Airways app itself.
Intel to buy Mobileye for $ 15.3 billion
U.S. chip giant Intel has agreed to buy Israeli driver-less technology firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion, the largest ever acquisition of an Israeli high-tech company. The $63.54 per share cash deal is the world’s biggest purchase of a company solely focused on the autonomous driving sector.
Google acquires Kaggle for boost data play
Technology giant Google has announced the acquisition of Kaggle, a start-up that hosts a number of data scientists, for an undisclosed amount at the Cloud Next 2017 conference.
Commonwealth Day has celebrated annually across the Commonwealth of Nations on 13th March 2017.
The objective is to come together and celebrate its values and diversity.
Theme is ‘A peace-building Commonwealth’.
World Consumer Rights Day being observed: 15 March
World Consumer Rights Day is being observed today (15 March 2017) which is an awareness day and theme for this year is ‘Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust’.
Biren Singh to be Sworn in Next CM of Manipur
The incumbent Chief Minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh resigned from the post giving way for formation of a new ministry under the BJP.
Bala Venkatesh Varma concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of India to Andorra
Shri D. Bala Venkatesh Varma, (lFS: 1988), presently Ambassador of lndia to the Kingdom of Spain, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of lndia to the Principality of Andorra, with residence in Madrid (Spain).
OnePlus India Ropes Amitabh Bachchan as its New Brand Ambassador
Chinese smartphone company OnePlus has roped in Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan as its new brand ambassador for India.
Reliance Capital’s CEO Sam Ghosh to quit after 9 years
Reliance Capital’s long serving CEO Sam Ghosh will leave the company on 31 March, after spending nine years at the financial services arm of Anil Ambani-led business conglomerate.
B P Kanungo was appointed Deputy Governor in Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
B P Kanungo was on Friday appointed Deputy Governor in Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for three years.He has been appointed in place of R Gandhi.
DEFENCE/ SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
INS Tillanchang commissioned to Indian Navy
The Vice Admiral Girish Luthra has commissioned INS Tillanchang to the Indian Navy in Karwar, Karnataka. INS Tillanchang is a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) and will add to the firepower of the Indian Navy.
AWARDS & HONOURS
Mahabaleshwar Sail Konkani writer gets Saraswati Samman
Eminent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail has been honored with the Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel ‘Hawthan’.
Thai contestant Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin was crowned Miss International Queen 2016
Thai contestant Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin was crowned Miss International Queen 2016 on Friday at a contest billed as the world’s largest and most popular transgender pageant.
Viola Davis Conferred with Harvard’s Artist of the Year Award 2017
The popular actress Viola Davis was awarded the 2017 Artist of the Year Award by Harvard Foundation during its 32nd annual Cultural Rhythms Festival in Memorial Hall’s Sanders Theatre at Harvard University in Cambridge.
‘Dangal’ won the Viewer’s Choice Best Film award at Zee Cine Awards 2017
Salman Khan won the Best Actor and Anushka Sharma was named the Best Actress for their film ‘Sultan’ based on votes by viewers. The song ‘Channa Mereya’ from the film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ was named the Viewer’s Choice Song of the Year.
Filmmaker and Children’s Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal Dies
Popular American author, filmmaker and public speaker, Amy Krouse Rosenthal died due to ovarian cancer. She was 51.
Ashwin, Jadeja jointly ranked number one in ICC Test rankings
India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have become the first pair of spinners to be jointly top-ranked in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers as Jadeja has caught up with his spin-partner in the rankings after the second Test against Australia in Bengaluru.
ICC appoint Sachin Tendulkar as official ambassador of women’s World Cup 2017
Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar was announced as the official ambassador of Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 by the International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upholds lifetime ban on Sergei Portugalov
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a lifetime ban levied against Sergei Portugalov, former chief of the Russian Athletics Federation’s Medical Commission for his role in providing illicit substances to Russian athletes.
Chawrasia clinches second successive Indian Open title in Golf
SSP Chawrasia has become only the second Indian golfer to successfully defend the Hero Indian Open title.He clinched a seven-stroke win at the redesigned DLF golf and country club in Gurgaon.
All England Open badminton: Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia lifts Men’s Singles crown
Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia has lifted the Men’s Singles crown at the All England Open badminton championships.In the final in Birmingham, the 34-year-old world number one defeated Shi Yuqi of China.
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