Weekly GK Update 16 to 23 March, 2017

WEEKLY GK UPDATE 16 to 23 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 16 March to 23 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.

NATIONAL NEWS

The government has launched a new scheme Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES)
The  scheme for developing export linked infrastructure in states with a view to promote outbound shipments. Launched by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Yogi Adityanath, the 32nd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh now
Uttar Pradesh now have two Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma. Other states who have had two Deputy CM are Meghalaya, Telangana and Jharkhand.

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur to get supercomputing facility
The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, is the first academic institution to get a supercomputing facility under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM).

PM to inaugurate India’s longest road tunnel in J&K on April 2
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation, the country’s longest road tunnel named Chenani-Nashri tunnel, built on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which will cut short the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by nearly 30 km.

Amitabh Bachchan launches world’s first app for breast health
Mumbai-based Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation has released an app to provide information under one roof. The app – ‘ABC of Breast Health’ – will provide information in 12 languages.

India home to 101 billionaires, Mukesh Ambani tops the list: Forbes
India is home to world’s fourth highest number of billionaires with Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani (33rd position globally) leading the club of more than 100 super rich Indians.The list has been topped by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates for the fourth year in a row.

Android phone maker Samsung launched its digital payment application, called ‘Samsung Pay’,
Android phone maker Samsung launched its digital payment application, called ‘Samsung Pay’, in the country as Indians look to shift to newer payment methods after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation exercise

Amazon India brings out ‘A-Z GST Guide’ program
E-commerce major Amazon India has come out with a new program for sellers to get insights and help related to the goods and services tax (GST), called the ‘A-Z GST Guide’.

ONGC to invest Rs 21,500-crore in India’s deepest gas find
State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will invest over Rs 21,500 crore to develop India’s deepest gas discovery by 2022-23, helping it more than double output from its prime KG basin block.

Essar group: India’s first private sector township to go cashless
The Essar group’s township at Hazira in Surat district of Gujarat has become India’s first private sector township to go cashless.

Annual Krishi Unnati Mela Begins in New Delhi
The three-day annual Krishi Unnati Mela was inaugurated by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh at the Indian Agriculture Research Institute in Pusa, New Delhi.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Changi voted World’s Best Airport for 5th consecutive year
Singapore’s Changi Airport has been voted the World’s Best Airport by air travellers at the 2017 World Airport Awards for the fifth consecutive year.

Second India-UAE conference on globalization to be held in Dubai
The second India-UAE conference on globalization held at Dubai with an aim to promote cooperation between the two countries, organized by All India Management Association (AIMA).

World Bank announces 57 billion US dollar for sub-Saharan Africa
World Bank has announced 57 billion US dollar financing for sub-Saharan Africa over the next three fiscal years (2017-2019).

World Bank approves funding for India’s ambitious National Hydrology Project
The World Bank has approved a $175 million loan to India for the National Hydrology Project to improve India’s ability to forecast floods and reduce the recurring chances of floods and droughts.

March 16: Indian-American Appreciation Day recognised by Kansas
The U.S. state of Kansas has recognised March 16 as ‘Indian-American Appreciation Day’ to honor an Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was killed last month in a racially-motivated hate crime.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women launched the ‘Women in Politics 2017 Map’ in New York.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women launched the ‘Women in Politics 2017 Map’ in New York. The Women in Politics 2017 Map is the visual representation of women’s political empowerment in executive government and parliament as on January 1, 2017.

India, Russia sign long-term support pact on Sukhoi Su-30MKI
India and Russia have signed two long-term support agreements for the Sukhoi Su-30MKI combat aircraft fleet, of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Tata Steel, Wipro in world’s most ethical companies’ list
Two Indian companies namely Tata Steel Limited and Wipro Limited have been named in the list of World’s Most Ethical Companies 2017 by American think tank Ethisphere Institute.
World’s Most Ethical Companies 2017 list consists of 124 firms.

Pakistan successfully test-fires surface-to-sea missile
Pakistan Navy conducted a successful test of a land-based anti-ship missile, bolstering the operational reach of the country’s navy to launch long-range, anti-ship missiles from land.

STATES IN NEWS

Captain Amarinder Singh New CM of Punjab
Captain Amarinder Singh, who led the Congress to victory in Punjab after a decade, will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister for the second time.

India and ADB Signed $350 Million Loan for Roads in Madhya Pradesh
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $350 million loan for improving about 1,500 kilometers of major district roads in Madhya Pradesh in line with the State’s Road Development Plan.

Majuli all set to become India’s 1st carbon neutral district
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonow
al launched initiatives to develop Majuli, world biggest river island, as India’s first carbon neutral district and as a biodiversity heritage- yet not officially released.He launched “Forests are Lives” campaign to celebrate the importance of Assam’s rich forest and biodiversity

The three days International Buddhist Conference in Bihar
The three days ‘International Buddhist Conference’ organized by Ministry of Culture and Nava Nalanda Mahavira Deemed University in Rajgir, Bihar.

Punjab to provide 33 percent reservation for women in govt jobs
Punjab cabinet has decided to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in all government.and 33 per cent to 50 per cent in the Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies.

Trivendra Rawat elected as Uttarakhand CM
Trivendra Singh Rawat, a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Pracharak elected as Uttarakhand’s 9th Chief Minister after replacing of Harish Rawat.

BANKS IN NEWS

ICICI Bank’s New app for rural customers app ‘Mera iMobile’
ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank by consolidated assets has announced the launch of a mobile banking. App ‘Mera iMobile.This app will allow them to access banking services as well as information on agri-services.

NABARD launches water conservation campaign in Karnataka
NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) will help Karnataka with low-cost technologies for water conservation and efficient use of water in the drought-affected districts.

RBI proposes to fix upper limit in PPIs at Rs 1 Lakh
The RBI proposed to fix the upper limit for Pre-paid Payment Instruments (PPIs) at Rs 1 lakh in view of growing usage of PPIs for a purchase of goods and services.

Bharatiya Mahila Bank to be merged with SBI
The move will ensure that banking services are provided to more women at a faster pace, given the advantage of the large network of SBI.

CREDAI signs MoU with State Bank of India
State Bank of India and real estate developers’ body Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly conduct various initiatives towards development of the realty sector.

Private insurer Future Generali India Insurance Company (FGII), UCO Bank, tie up
Private insurer Future Generali India Insurance Company (FGII) has entered into a corporate agency tie-up for its products with public lender UCO Bank.

MoU/ AGREEMENTS

Idea Cellular board approves merger with Vodafone India
The boards of Aditya Birla Group and Vodafone Group have approved a merger between Idea Cellular and Vodafone India Ltd. British telecom major Vodafone and Aditya Birla group-run Idea Cellular announced the merger of their operations and Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla has been appointed as the Chairman of Vodafone-Idea merged entity.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Sparrow Day: 20 March
The World Sparrow Day was observed across the World on 20 March 2017.

World Meteorological Day 2017 observed globally
The World Meteorological Day was observed globally on 23rd March 2017.
The theme  2017 is Understanding Cloud’

Nation paying tribute on 86th martyrdom day: 23 March
Nation is paying tributes to freedom fighters -Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on their 86th martyrdom day (23 March).

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March
World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
In 2017,
The theme for World Water Day is:-  ‘Wastewater’.

International Day of Forests: 21 March
The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Forests, which promotes the importance of forests and trees in our lives.
The 2017 theme is ‘Forests and energy‘.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

‘My Story’ autobiography of  Former Australia captain Michael Clarke.
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has launched his autobiography named ‘My Story’ in Kolkata. This book was triggered by how he was affected by Phil Hughes’ death when India was touring Australia in 2014-15.

APPOINTMENTS

E-commerce firm Snapdeal appoints Jason Kothari as CEO of FreeCharge.
Snapdeal announced the appointment of Jason Kothari as the Chief Executive Officer of its digital payment platform FreeCharge. In addition to taking on the role of CEO, Jason will continue his key leadership role as Chief Strategy and Investment Officer at Snapdeal.

Shri Upendra Tripathy Appointed as Full Time Interim Director General of ISA
Mr. Upendra Tripathy, as the Interim Director General (IDG) of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) on a full time basis. Mr. Upendra Tripathy was the Former Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

ICC appoints Ankur Khanna as new CFO
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on announced the appointment of Ankur Khanna as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Khanna will join the ICC at the end of March leaving Air Asia India where he has held the post of CFO for the last one year.

The government has announced Madhabi Puri Buch as new whole time member of (SEBI)
The government has announced Madhabi Puri Buch as new whole time member of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for the period of three years.She is currently serving in the New Development Bank, Shanghai.

New (CEOs) of IDBI Bank, Indian Bank
C
hief Executive Officers (CEOs) of state-owned Indian Bank Mahesh Kumar Jain, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of IDBI Bank Kishore Piraji Kharat.

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi appointed as ambassador of Blind Cricket World Cup
He has been appointed as the ambassador for the fifth edition of the Blind Cricket World Cup 2018. The announcement was made by the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC).

Dilip Shanghvi appointed as member of RBI’s western board
Sun Pharmaceuticals Managing Director Dilip Shanghvi has been appointed by the central government as a member of the western area local board of Reserve Bank of India.

Mallikarjun Kharge becomes next PAC Chairman
Former Minister of Indian Railways Mallikarjun Kharge has been nominated for the post of chairman of the Public’s Account Committee (PAC) of Parliament.
Kharge will take charge from K.V. Thomas on May 1, 2017.

RANKINGS

India ranked 148 out of 193 UN member nations in representing women in the executive government Top 5 countries with highest women in parliament: Rwanda, Bolivia, Cuba, Iceland and Nicaragua.

Human Development Index, Norway on Top.
In the recently released Human Development Index by United Nations, India is ranked 131 out of 188 countries in the list,The list is topped by Norway followed by Australia and Switzerland on 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.

World Happiness Report Norway in the Top
The top three happiest countries in the list are- Denmark and Iceland. India ranked 122nd out of 155 countries in the recently released World Happiness Report, 2017.

DEFENCE/ SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launches EchoStar 23 Satellite
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket conducted its third flight of the year to launch a commercial communications satellite in the geosynchronous transfer orbit.

ISRO commissions two major facilities at ikram Sarabhai Space Centre at Thiruvananthapuram
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) commissioned two major facilities a Hypersonic Wind Tunnel and Shock Tunnel at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre at Thiruvananthapuram.

AWARDS & HONOURS

Indian-American Computer Scientist Anshumali Wins NSF’s CAREER Award
An Indian-American computer scientist, Anshumali Shrivastava, was honored with the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Award for his research on redesigning current machine-learning processes.

Major Rohit Suri awarded Kirti Chakrai.
Major Rohit Suri, from the Parachute Regiment who led the army team that carried out a surgical strike in PoK last year, was presented the second highest peacetime gallantry award Kirti Chakra by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Maggie MacDonnell was awarded the annual Global Teacher Prize
She is Canadian school teacher  won a $1-million prize during a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Indian-American Teen Indrani Das Wins 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search
An Indian-American high school student, Indrani Das, 17, of New Jersey, has won the 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search bagging the top award of 250,000 dollars.

OBITUARY

Former director of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Dev Raj Sikka passes away
Dev Raj Sikka, former director of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune died of a cardiac arrest.  He was 85 years old. He was the first to propose a link between the El Nino phenomenon and the Indian monsoon.

SPORTS NEWS

PepsiCo ropes in PV Sindhu as brand ambassador
PepsiCo’s sports drink brand Gatorade has roped in Indian shuttler PV Sindhu as its brand ambassador. Sindhu is the first Indian brand ambassador of the PepsiCo brand.

Joanna Rowsell Shand Announces Retirement
Two times Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell Shand announced her retirement from international cycling.

Tamil Nadu won Vijay Hazare Trophy
In Cricket, Tamil Nadu has won  Vijay Hazare Trophy, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, for the fifth time.In the Final played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi, Tamil Nadu defeated Bengal.

World famous tennis player Roger Federer claims fifth Indian Wells Masters title
Roger Federer (Switzerland) claimed his fifth BNP PARIBAS OPEN, ATP Indian Wells Masters title after defeating Stan Wawrinka in California, USA.

Jwala Gutta appointed SAI governing body member
India’s most successful Badminton Doubles specialist Jwala Gutta has been appointed a member of the governing body of Sports Authority of India (SAI).

Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Babul Supriyo named vice-president of FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Babul Supriyo has been named as Vice President of the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup organizing committee stated by Praful Patel, president of All India Football Federation (AIFF).

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