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Important Current Affairs 21st March 2017 with Free PDF

Important Current Affairs 21st March 2017 with Free PDF

Important Current Affairs 21st March 2017 with Free PDF

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Current Affairs 21st March 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

AYUSH Minister to inaugurate conference of State Health Ministers in New Delhi tomorrow

The third Conference of Health/AYUSH Ministers of States/UTs will be organized by the Ministry of AYUSH in New Delhi tomorrow. 
●    It will be inaugurated by the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shri Shripad Yesso Naik. The day long conference will provide an opportunity to interact with all the States/UTs for the development of AYUSH sector. 
●    The conference will be attended by state AYUSH/Health Ministers/Secretaries and officials; senior officials of AYUSH Ministry and representatives of AYUSH organizations.
●    The purpose of this Conference is to discuss the various issues connected with propagation and mainstreaming of AYUSH, and also to take stock of the progress made and developments that took place during the last two years. 
●    The Conference aims also to deliberate upon how to take AYUSH systems forward in the healthcare delivery system of the country, as acceptance of AYUSH systems among the people of not only this country, but the world over is increasing.
●    It is the endeavour of the Ministry to make AYUSH systems of medicine as the preferred, affordable, safe and credible solutions for health problems among the people at large. 
●    The Conference is expected to streamline the coordination with the States/UTs to ensure and effect better and affordable healthcare delivery in the country.

Current Affairs 21st March 2017: International Relations

Petroleum Minister meets Mr Showkutally Soodhun, Vice-Prime Minister of Mauritius

Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan met H.E. Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Housing and Lands of Mauritius, Mr Shokutally Soodhun. Mr Soodhun is on a three day visit to India for the meeting of the Joint Committee on Hydrography and to further strengthen India-Mauritius bilateral maritime cooperation. 
●    India and Mauritius enjoy old and time-tested ties which are rooted in culture and kinship which have grown from strength to strength in recent years. 
●    In the hydrocarbon sector, Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL), India’s PSU refinery, has been supplying the Island nation’s petroleum product requirements since 2006. 
●    Both countries are presently working towards further deepening the engagement in the oil and gas sector. 
●    During the meeting, Shri Pradhan assured India’s continued support to Mauritius in meeting its energy requirement. 
●    He also expressed India’s commitment in Mauritius becoming a regional petroleum hub, through requisite oil and gas sector infrastructure development, including to ensure energy security of Mauritius. 
●    Both Ministers expressed their keenness to work towards further strengthening the bilateral engagements in the hydrocarbon sector and make it one of the important areas of bilateral cooperation between both the countries.

 20 million dollar deal between India & Mauritius

NBCC, a Navratna construction major under the Ministry of Urban Development will execute a 20 million US dollars (Rs 130 crore) social housing project in Mauritius. 
●    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed here today in the presence of Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and the visiting Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Housing and Lands, Showkutally Soodhun.
●    As per the MoU, NBCC will undertake construction of 700 duplex type houses with 50 sq mt net floor area with two bedrooms, living and dining rooms, kitchen, bathrooms and toilets each in 18 months in Dagotiere and Mare Tabac.
●    The visiting dignitary also informed that NBCC will also execute construction of new Supreme Court Building at a cost of 33 million US dollars (Rs 220 crore) in Port Louis in 24 months. 
●    An agreement has been signed earlier this month in this regard.Government of India has sanctioned a grant of 353 million US dollars for execution of five projects in Mauritius including Metro Express Project, new ENT Hospital and supply of digital tablets to primary school children.
●    The visiting Mauritius leader thanked India for assisting his country in several fields.

Current Affairs 21st March 2017: Days and Dates

World Poetry Day celebrated 

The World  Poetry Day was celebrated on 21 March 2017 across the globe. 
●    The objective behind the day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression as well as to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their societies.
●    The day also provides an occasion to honour poets, revive oral traditions of poetry recitals, promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry.
●    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) first adopted 21 March as World Poetry Day during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999.
●    Each country is invited to celebrate the day in its own manner with the active participation of National Commissions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and public and private institutions concerned.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination observed

Every person is entitled to human rights without discrimination. 
●    The rights to equality and non-discrimination are cornerstones of human rights law. 
●    Yet in many parts of the world, discriminatory practices are still widespread, including racial, ethnic, religious and nationality based profiling, and incitement to hatred.
●    Refugees and migrants are particular targets of racial profiling and incitement to hatred. 
●    In the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants adopted in September 2016, United Nations Member States strongly condemned acts and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance against refugees and migrants, and committed to a range of steps to counter such attitudes and behaviours, particularly regarding hate crimes, hate speech and racial violence.

Current Affairs 21st March 2017: APPOINTMENTS

 Navniti Prasad Singh sworn in as Kerala HC Chief Justice

Justice Navanita Prasad Singh was on 20 March 2017 sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Kerala High Court.
●    The Governor of Kerala Justice (retd) P Sathasivam administered the oath of office to Justice Singh at a function held at the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram.
●    After doing schooling from Scindia School in Gwalior, he did graduation and LL.B. from the Delhi University.
●    He practiced in commercial, taxation and constitutional matters in Patna and Jharkhand High Courts.
●    His private corporate clients include State Bank of India, Lalit Narain Mithila University and other statutory authorities.
●    He was designated as a Senior Advocate on 11 December 2004 by the Patna high court. 
●    He was elevated as a Judge of the Patna High Court on 6 March 2006.
●    Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh was born on 6 November 1955.

Current Affairs 21st March 2017: SPORTS

Tamil Nadu wins Vijay Hazare Trophy

Tamil Nadu has won the domestic 50-over competition, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, for the fifth time. 
●    In the Final played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi yesterday, they defeated Bengal by 37 runs.
●    Opting to bat, Tamil Nadu posted 217, riding on a century by Dinesh Karthik. He made 112. 
●    In reply, they bundled out Bengal for 180 in 45.5 overs. 
●    Aswin Crist, Rahil Shah and M. Mohammad bagged 2 wickets each, while for Bengal, Sudip Chatterjee top scored with 58. 
●    Karthik was named man of the match.
●    It was Tamil Nadu’s third victory over Bengal in the final of this competition.

Current Affairs 21st March 2017: ECONOMY

Bharatiya Mahila Bank to merge with SBI

The government on Monday said it has decided to merge the Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with the State Bank of India (SBI) to ensure greater banking services outreach to more women.
●    The decision has been taken in view of the advantage of the large network of SBI.
●    The objectives of affordable credit to women as well as propagation of women-centric products need to be quickly achieved through a wider network and lower cost of funds.
●    SBI group already has 126 exclusive all-women branches across the country while BMB has only seven.
●    In the three years since BMB was set up in 2013, it has extended loans of Rs 192 crore to women borrowers. 
●    The SBI group has provided loans of about Rs 46,000 crore to women.
●    SBI has more than 20,000 branches. Out its workforce of around 2 lakh, 22 per cent are women.

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