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Current Affairs 23rd March 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Petroleum Minister launches MoPNG e Seva

Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched MoP&NG e-Seva, a dedicated grievances redressal platform on Social Media for all queries and grievances relating to Oil and Gas Sector.

  • The MOPNG e-Seva is an integrated grievances redressal platform across social media for all Oil & Gas related service issues.
  • This portal will be a single point interface for all customers to reach out to the government for addressing their feedback or grievances related to Oil & Gas Sector on social media.
  • MOPNG e-Seva will also deliver 24 x 7 support for consumers.
  • The e-Seva portal will serve as a single point for queries on Twitter and Facebook to begin with; and other social media platforms in due course.
  • A team of Nodal Officers from Oil Companies and Allied Services have been formed to address issues on real-time basis.

Director, FSB, Russia, calls on Union Home Minister

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, received the 9-Member Russian delegation led by the Director of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), Mr. Alexander Bortnikov here today.

  • Shri Rajnath Singh informed the visiting delegation that India and Russia are all weather friends and enjoy family like relations.
  • He said that our bilateral relations had withstood all trying times in the midst of changing nature of international and political relations.
  • Shri Rajnath Singh said that the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin, have been meeting on different occasions to share and strengthen the bilateral cooperation at the highest level.
  • He also mentioned that the Russian President is loved and respected by all Indians.
  • During the course of Delegation level meeting lasting for about 45 minutes, the Home Minister highlighted the sponsoring of terrorism by our neighbouring country, which is a threat not only to India and international community but to the humanity as a whole.
  • Shri Singh reiterated that India has a policy of zero tolerance for terrorism.

Airtel to buy Tikona Digital Operations

Bharti Airtel Ltd has agreed to buy Tikona Digital Networks Pvt. Ltd’s 4G business, including its broadband wireless access spectrum and 350 cellular sites in five telecom circles, the country’s largest telecom operator said on Thursday.

  • The deal size is “approximately Rs1,600 crore”, Bharti Airtel said in a regulatory filing
  • Mint had on 18 March first reported that the Bharti-Tikona transaction could be in the range of Rs800-1,000 crore.
  • Tikona has some debt on its books, which Bharti Airtel will assume, so the overall deal value is close to Rs1,500-1,700 crore.
  • “Tikona currently has 20 MHz spectrum in the 2300 MHz band in Gujarat, UP (East), UP (West), Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh circles.
  • Airtel plans to roll out high-speed 4G services on the newly acquired spectrum in the five circles immediately after the closure of the transaction.
  • The acquisition of the 4G business in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West) and Himachal Pradesh will be undertaken by Airtel, while in the Rajasthan circle, it will be accomplished through its subsidiary, Bharti Hexacom Ltd, the statement said.

G20 Leaders to meet at Varanasi next Week

India will host the third meeting of the G20 Framework Working Group (FWG) in Varanasi from March 28 to discuss challenges before the global economy and their possible solutions.

  • More than 100 high-level officials from G20 member and invitee countries, as well as international organisations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Labour Organization (ILO) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will take part in the meeting.
  • This is the first time that such a meeting is taking place outside the national capital.
  • The FYG is a core working group within the G20.
  • Its main mandate is to deliberate on the challenges facing the global economy and the policy options that countries can use to address these challenges.
  • India, along with Canada, has been co-chairing this group and the chief economic advisor of India holds the role of the Indian co-chair.

33rd India Carpet Expo to be inaugurated by Union Textiles Minister

The Carpet Export Promotion Council is organizing the 33rd India Carpet Expo, a sourcing platform for handmade carpets and other floor coverings, from 27-30 March, 2017 in Hall No. 11, 12 & 12A, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

  • The Expo, one of Asia’s largest handmade carpet fairs, will be inaugurated by the Union Textiles Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, on March 27, 2017.
  • Minister of State for Textiles, Shri Ajay Tamta; Textiles Secretary, Smt. Rashmi Varma, other officials and representatives from trade and media would also be present.
  • The Expo is being organized to promote the cultural heritage of Indian handmade carpets and other floor coverings, and the weaving skills of their makers, amongst visiting overseas carpet buyers.
  • The Expo is an ideal platform for international carpet buyers, buying houses, buying agents and architects to meet with and establish long-term business relationships with Indian carpet manufacturers and exporters.
  • It is a unique platform for buyers to source the best handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings under one roof.
  • The Expo has established itself as a popular sourcing platform for carpet buyers from all over the globe. India’s unique capability in adapting to any type of design, colour, quality and size, as per the specifications of carpet buyers has made it a household name in the international market.

PAN Card Can be Invalid if not linked to Aadhaar

According to the amendments to the Finance Bill, taxpayers will be required to link their PAN cards with Aadhaar numbers.

  • And for those who have not linked their PAN cards to Aadhaar numbers before the deadline will be deemed invalid.
  • All the taxpayers have been told to have a PAN number to file income tax returns and for those who do not come under the tax slab also use the PAN card as the proof of identity.
  • Over the past few years, the Centre has linked Aadhaar to a growing list of subsidies and schemes.
  • Recently, the ministry of human resource development had announced that the midday meal would no longer be free for those children without an Aadhaar card.
  • However, the government currently has no proposal to link Aadhaar numbers with railway passes.
     

Current Affairs 23rd March 2017: REPORTS AND RANKINGS

Sea Ice Hits Record Winter Low

The sea ice cover in the Arctic and the Antarctic hit new record lows for this time of year, marking the smallest polar ice caps in the 38-year satellite record, U.S. government scientists said on Wednesday.

  • In March, the Arctic ice sheet should be at its biggest, but on March 7 the ice cover reached “a record low wintertime maximum extent,” said a statement by NASA.
  • Data from the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, also showed that on March 3, “sea ice around Antarctica hit its lowest extent ever recorded by satellites at the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere”.
  • The disappearing sea ice comes as the planet has marked three years in a row of record-breaking heat, raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of global warming and the need to curb burning of fossil fuels which spew heat-trapping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.

Current Affairs 23rd March 2017: DAYS AND DATES

24 March : World Tuberculosis Day

As today is marked as World Tuberculosis Day, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) public health department released a report on the growing health problem in the city that showed a 21% rise in the number of multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB cases in 2016 compared to 2015.

  • MDR TB cases are difficult to treat as patients do not respond to two of the most powerful first line anti-TB drugs Isoniazid and Rifampicin.
  • This makes the treatment longer and results in higher mortality.
  • A total of 4,347 cases of MDR TB cases across public and private hospitals were reported by the BMC in 2016, compared to 3,608 cases in 2015.
  • Among fresh cases, there was an 8% increase in drug sensitive cases, which are relatively easier to treat as the first-line drugs work.
  • Out of 42,115 drug sensitive cases, 8.9% were paediatric cases.
  • Civic authorities said the cases have hiked as people have been made more aware about the disease and more private hospitals have reported about the number of cases they saw.
  • There was a 75% increase on TB reporting from private facilities in 2016.

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