WEEKLY GK UPDATE 24 to 31 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 24 March to 31 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.
1st time India becomes Net Exporter of Electricity
As per Central Electricity Authority, the Designated Authority of Government of India for Cross Border Trade of Electricity, 1st time India has turned around from a net importer of electricity to Net Exporter of electricity.
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE) to launch F&O series in 15 companies
Indian capital markets (BSE) (NSE) will introduce futures and options (F&O) contracts in 15 companies including InterGlobe Aviation and Indian Bank from 31 March 2017.
Pawan Hans to start ‘Dilli Darshan’ chopper rides at Rs 2,500
National chopper operator Pawan Hans is set to launch its “Delhi Darshan” rides with a 10-minute sortie costing Rs 2,499 per person.
Union Petroleum Ministry launches MoPNG e Seva
Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched MoP&NG e-Seva. It is a dedicated grievances redressal platform on Social Media for all queries and grievances relating to Oil and Gas Sector.
Osmania University to host 105th Indian Science Congress
i. The 105th session of Indian Science Congress (ISC) will be hosted by Osmania University, Hyderabad during January 3-7, 2018.
India signs First Loan Agreement with New Development Bank
New Development Bank (NDB) granted US$ 350 Million Loan for Development and Upgradation of Major District Roads Project in Madhya Pradesh was signed between Government of India and the New Development Bank (NDB).
Paytm, The first e-commerce company to become ASCI member
The country’s fast-growing e-commerce industry Paytm is all set to become a member of the self-regulatory voluntary organization Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) from April, 2017.
The 3rd meeting of G-20 framework working group held at Varanasi
The 3rd G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) Meeting under the G-20 German Presidency was held in Varanasi on 28th and 29th of March, 2017.
Union Government launches System ‘e-cinepramaan for Online Film Certification
Information & Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu launched the online film certification system,’e-cinepramaan’with an aim to censor corruption and promote clean cinema.
Kerala, Tripura and Arunachal joined UDAY
26 states have joined the Centre’s power distribution company debt relief scheme, Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojna (UDAY). The government estimates that Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura will gain net benefits of approximately Rs 4,178 crore, Rs 309 crore and Rs 810 crore respectively.
CCI imposes reduced penalty of Rs591 crore on Coal India for fuel supply pacts
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a reduced penalty of Rs 591 crore on Coal India Ltd for fuel supply pacts.
Railways will set up Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at about 500 stations
Railways will set up Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at about 500 stations. Christened as Railwire Saathi, the Wi-Fi kiosks will function like a PCO for Digital India and enable people to use services like e-commerce, online banking and much more.
CBEC renamed as CBIC under GST regime
The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) will be reorganized for the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime and will be renamed as the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) following Parliamentary approval.
Chenani-Nashri Tunnel: The longest road tunnel in South Asia
In the Historic move, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will formally open the longest road tunnel of South Asia- Chenani-Nashri Tunnel on 2nd April 2017.
El Salvador becomes first country in the world to ban metals mining
El Salvador, Central America’s smallest nation, has become the first country in the world to ban metals mining nationwide.
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks Sunita Williams’ spacewalking record
American astronaut Peggy Whitson made history when she floated outside the International Space Station (ISS). She broke the record for the most spacewalks by a woman.
World Environmental Education Congress 2017
The 9th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) will be held in Vancouver, Canada between September 9-15 2017. The theme will be ‘Weaving new connections’.
Bangladesh celebrates 46th Independence Day
On March 26 Bangladesh celebrates its Independence day. Bangladesh’s President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed wreaths at National Memorial in Savar paying respects to those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom.
Sima Kamil becomes first woman to lead a major Pakistani bank
United Bank Limited (UBL) has appointed Sima She will take charge on June 1, 2017 by replacing outgoing CEO Wajahat Hussain. She is the first woman to head a major commercial bank in Pakistan.
Conference on ‘Make in India’ held in Houston
A first-ever Houston India conference on ‘Make in India’ was held in Houston, the USA, for bringing together various constituencies that have an interest in doing business in India and discussing the latest developments.
World Bank signs US$ 100 million credit agreement with Uttarakhand, Centre
The World Bank has signed a 100 million US dollar credit agreement with the Centre and Uttarakhand in New Delhi to improve the quality of health care services in all 13 districts of the state.
India Notifies Amended Tax Treaty with Singapore
The government notified the amended India-Singapore tax treaty under which capital gains tax will be levied at source of investments with effect from April 1,2017.
STATES IN NEWS
NTPC commissions 55 MW solar project at Bhadla
State-run power producer NTPC has commissioned 55 Mega Watt (MW) of Bhadla Solar Power Project in Rajasthan.
Prez Pranav Mukherji inaugurated ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ festival in Assam
The biggest river (First Male River) festival of India, Namami Brahmaputra, begins in 21 districts of Assam. The main purpose of the 5-day festival (31stMarch to 4th April) is to give a boost to the investment and tourism prospect in the state.
Govt signs deal for Hydrocarbon project in Neduvasal, protests intensify
The Government of India signed a contract for the Discovered Small Fields (DSF) Bid 2016 with GEM Laboratories for extracting Hydrocarbons at Neduvasal,in Tamil Nadu.
AP tops in Aadhaar seeding of Jan Dhan accounts
The list of state with highest seeded Aadhaar numbers was topped by Andhra Pradesh which had linked 87.73 per cent of its Jan-Dhan accounts with Aadhaar numbers followed by Tripura at 87.08 per cent and Telangana 83.56 percent.
BHEL commissions 250-MW eco-friendly unit in Gujarat
State-owned power equipment maker BHEL has commissioned a 250-MW eco-friendly unit using low-grade coal (lignite) as a primary fuel.
ESIC launched Mobile Clinic Services in AP and Telangana
It is for the first time in the country thatThe Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) launched Mobile Clinic Services for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. ESIC Mobile Clinic Services by flagging off ‘Jan Suraksha Ambulances’
BANKS IN NEWS
40 ‘Ananya’ branches opened by Syndicate Bank
Syndicate Bank digitally inaugurated 40 ‘Ananya’ transformed branches. Project Ananya is a two-year large-scale transformation project undertaken by the bank to provide customers with ‘best in class’ services while improving and modernizing the whole bank.
Karnataka Bank, SBI Card launch co-branded credit card
Karnataka Bank and SBI Card have launched co-branded credit cards for the customers of
Karnataka Bank. Two variants of the co-branded credit card named ‘Karnataka Bank Platinum SBI Card’ and ‘Karnataka Bank SimplySAVE SBI Card’ will be launched.
SBI Card launched a unique credit card ‘SBI Card Unnati’
SBI Card launched a unique credit card ‘SBI Card Unnati’ targeted at all SBI customers, including Jan Dhan account-holders across the country.
KVB bags ‘best small bank’ award
Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) has been adjudged the ‘Best Small Bank for 2016’. This is the eighth award won by KVB in the current fiscal.
SBI’s Arundhati Bhattacharya among world’s greatest leaders
State Bank of India (SBI) Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya has been ranked 26th among the world’s 50 greatest leaders, according to Fortune Magazine.
Truecaller partners with Google and ICICI Bank
1. Leading communication app Truecaller has tied up with Google to integrate the tech giant’s video calling app Duo within the Truecaller app.
2. ICICI Bank announced a partnership with mobile app firm Truecaller for a new UPI-based mobile payment service.The new feature called as Truecaller Pay,
GIC to be first PSU general insurer to launch IPO
General Insurance Corporation (GIC Re) is likely to be the first PSU insurer to tap the capital market as the Finance Ministry has started scouting for merchant bankers to manage its Initial Public Offering (IPO), The government holds 100 per cent stake in GIC Re.
HDFC Bank’s Aditya Puri named in world’s 30 Best CEOs list
American financial magazine Barron’s has listed the name of HDFC Bank Managing Director Aditya Puri’s name in its list of world’s 30 best CEOs.
Amazon makes entry in UAE by acquiring Souq.com
Amazon,the USA based e-commerce giant made its entry in UAE by acquiring Souq.com, the Middle East’s largest online retailer.
AAI, DRDO and Govt. of Jharkhand Signed a Tripartite MoU
The Airports Authority of India (AAI), the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Government of Jharkhand signed an MoU for the development of the Deoghar Airport in Deoghar district of Jharkhand.
Pawan Hans ties-up with HAL to train helicopter pilots
State-run Pawan Hans has joined hands with public sector chopper maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to train helicopter pilots.
Airtel acquires Tikona’s 4G business for 1,600 crore
Bharti Airtel has acquired Tikona Digital’s 4G airwaves for Rs 1,600 crore, ramping up its high-speed broadband spectrum capacity to take on Reliance Jio Infocomm and the Vodafone-Idea Cellular in the competitive market.
World Theatre Day is observed globally on 27th March
The Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), France. The first World Theatre Day Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962.
The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) is observing the 10th anniversary of ‘Earth Hour’ today
‘Earth Hour’ being observed today: 25 March The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) is observing the 10th anniversary of ‘Earth Hour’ today.
World Tuberculosis Day celebrated on 24 March each year.
The theme for World Tuberculosis Day 2017 is ‘Unite to End TB: Leave no one behind’.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
Indian Army Chief Releases Book on Rashtriya Rifles:
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) in New Delhi, released the book ‘Home of the Brave’ on the history of army.
Radha Mohan Singh launched Book titled ’50 Years – The Great Indian Milk Revolution’
The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has launched a Coffee Table Book titled “50 Years – The Great Indian Milk Revolution” commemorating National Dairy Development Board’s (NDDB) Golden Jubilee year.
Sunaina Singh appointed as new Vice-Chancellor of Nalanda University
Sunaina Singh has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of Nalanda University. She was Vice Chancellor of Hyderabad-based EFL University. She has replaced George Yeo.
UN appoints David Beasley to head World Food Programme
United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres has appointed former South Carolina Governor David Beasley to head the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP).
Tanushree Pareek became the first woman combat officer to be commissioned in BSF
She is resident of Rajasthan’s Bikaner, she is the first woman to join the force in the officer rank after she was selected in the all-India exam conducted by th Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in 2014.
Vanita Gupta appointed president of ‘Leadership Conference’
Indian-American Vanita Gupta has been appointed as president and CEO of ‘The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’, becoming the first woman to head the prestigious organization.
RBI okays appointment of T S Anantharaman as part-time chairman of CSB
The Reserve Bank of India has accorded its approval for the appointment of T S Anantharaman as part-time Chairman of the bank.
India has become the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic
India has become the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic, beating Japan. United States with 815 million passengers in 2016 enjoyed the top position, followed by China with 490 million.
India ranks 87th on energy architecture performance: WEF
India has marginally improved its position to 87th place on a global energy architecture performance index, but ranks among the worst for pollution, a survey showed.
DEFENCE/ SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
ISRO commissions world’s third largest hypersonic wind tunnel
It is world’s third largest hypersonic wind tunnel commissioning at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
NASA, ISRO jointly working on project NISAR
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are jointly working on the development of Dual Frequency (L and S band) Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging Satellite named as NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR)
INLCU L51 commissioned into India Navy
Indian Navy inducts surveillance ship INLCU L51, the first of the eight ships of the Landing Craft Utility MK IV Class, was commissioned into the India Navy in Port Blair.
Indian Navy fires surface-to-air missile from INS Vikramaditya
The country’s sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya successfully carried out the maiden test of the newly installed Barak short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM).
AWARDS & HONOURS
Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha gets Sikh Jewel Award
Indian-origin British Director Gurinder Chadha has been honored with the Sikh Jewel Award for 2017 for her immense contribution to British cinema.
Yves Meyer wins the 2017 Abel Prize
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the Abel Prize for 2017 to mathematician Yves Meyer.
Veteran actor Anupam Kher was honored with the Kala Ratan Award
Anupam Kher was honored him the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.
Raghu Rai conferred with Lifetime Achievement award
Raghu Rai was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Mr. Venkaiah Naidu for “his remarkable contribution to the field.”
The 8th Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2016
The 8th Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2016 (Northern and Eastern Region) were announced at the Chinmaya Mission in New Delhi.
Writer Ashokamitran passes away
Prominent Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademi winner in 1996. Ashokamitran died at the age of 86.
Eminent Jurist TR Andhyarujina Passes Away
Senior Advocate and eminent jurist Tehmtan R. Andhyarujina passed away. He was the Solicitor General of India from 1996 to 1998.
FIFA U-17 World Cup: Kolkata to host final
FIFA confirmed that the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata will be the venue of the final of the FIFA Under 17 World Cup to be held later in 2017. The slogan of the tournament will be “Football Takes Over“.
India’s S V Sunil named player of the year for 2016 in Asian Hockey Awards
Indian forward player S V Sunil was named the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Player of the Year for 2016. Drag-flicker specialist Harmanpreet Singh was chosen as the Promising Player of the Year in the continental body’s annual awards.
Sachin Tendulkar launches own mobile app 100MB
Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar launched his Android and iOS app called ‘100MB’. The app has been developed by Pune-based technology firm JetSynthesys.
Men’s hockey World League Final 2017
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed Bhubaneswar as the venue for two of its major events the Men’s Hockey World League Final in December 2017 and the men’s World Cup in 2018.
Satwik-Chirag pair wins Vietnam Challenger
Promising Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty clinched the $20,000 Vietnam Open International challenger badminton doubles title
14-year-old becomes first girl to swim from Sea Link to Gateway of India
Gauri Singh, 14-year-old girl became the first girl to explore the route from Sea Link near Worli Koliwada to the Gateway of India.
India’s off-spinner R Ashwin receives Sir Garfield Sobers trophy.
Ravichandran Ashwin become the third Indian received Garfield Sobers Trophy for being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh.
Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait retires from cricket
Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait has announced his retirement from international cricket.
Vettel wins Australian Grand Prix
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari.
It was Vettel’s fourth win for Ferrari and his first since the Singapore Grand Prix in September 2015.
Ankur Mittal wins gold in double trap at ISSF World Cup
Young Indian shooter Ankur Mittal, defeated rival James Willett, and bagged the first World Cup gold medal of his career in double trap at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup.
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