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Important Current Affairs 26th March 2017 with Free PDF

Important Current Affairs 26th March 2017 with Free PDF

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We bring you Important Current Affairs 26th March 2017 with Free PDF in English and Hindi, which will update you with latest headlines, news from various domains i.e: National News, Sports, Business, Awards & recognition. It will help you in preparation of competitive exams like: SSC, SBI, IBPS PO, Clerk, Railways & Various other Entrance examinations.


 

CURRENT AFFAIRS 26 MARCH 2017: SPORTS


India ends with 73 medals from 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

India's 'special' athletes have once again done the country proud. They have raked in a rich haul of medals in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Austria including 37 gold. 
●    The team for specially-abled sportspersons of the Special Olympics Bharat (SOB) not only competed with 2,600 athletes from over 105 countries, but also won a total of 73 medals. 
●    The victorious delegation will return to India on March 26. In the event, held in Austria between March 18 and March 24, a total of 37 gold, 10 silver and 26 bronze medals were added to India's kitty. 
●    The games included seven disciplines including Alpine Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Floor Hockey, Floor Ball (and Unified floor Ball), at the mega event.
●    While three team events-Floor Hockey (male), Unified Floorball and Traditional Floorball-logged in 30 gold medals, the highest number in a single day, the 'special' women hockey team also collected 16 bronze medals.


ANKUR MITTAL WINS DOUBLE TRAP GOLD IN SHOTGUN WORLD CUP


Extending his good form, Ankur Mittal clinched the gold medal at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in the double trap event, pipping his Australian rival James Willet in the final in a world record equalling effort in second World Cup appearance of the year.
●    Mittal had to settle for silver at the recent International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi, where Willet had won the gold.
●    Mittal ended with 75 points out of possible 80 in the six-man final to win India's first medal in the competition while Willet managed 73.
●    Ankur shot strong throughout the day, ending second in qualification with a score of 138 out of a possible 150. 
●    He also got the better off China's Ying Qi 6-5 in a shoot-off to decide second and third spots after both had finished their qualifying rounds on the same score.
 


Lukas Podolski’s farewell


The harsh reality is that Gareth Southgate’s first match since taking the England job full-time ended in disappointment and Germany have still not conceded a goal since Euro 2016, a sequence incorporating seven games – or, to put it another way, coming up for 11 hours of football.
●    Ultimately, though, England should not be too desolate bearing in mind their impressive contribution for long stages. 
●    A reasonable argument could be made that they were the superior team for the opening hour and, though Southgate will not want to make a habit of losing gallantly, he could be forgiven for thinking his new-look team deserved better than to lose to a spectacular 68th-minute goal from Lukas Podolski, making his final appearance for the German national side.
●    Podolski chose a good moment to score with a firecracker of a shot on a night when England’s new 3-4-3 formation, featuring a full debut for Michael Keane, coped ably and Southgate’s decision to try a new formation was justified by the overall performance.
 

CURRENT AFFAIRS 26 MARCH 2017: NATIONAL NEWS


NTPC commissions 20 MW capacity at Bhadla solar project


State-run power producer NTPC today said it has commissioned 20 mega watt (MW) of Bhadla Solar Power Project in Rajasthan.
●    “We wish to inform that 20 MW of Bhadla Solar Power Project has been commissioned. With this, the commissioned capacity of Bhadla Solar Power Project, NTPC and NTPC group, has become 205 MW, 41,927 MW and 48,893 MW respectively,” NTPC said in a BSE filing.
●    Last month, NTPC had commissioned 115 MW capacity out of 260 MW of Bhadla Solar Power Project.
●    NTPC has planned capacity addition of about 1,000 MW through renewable resources by 2017. Towards this, NTPC has already commissioned 310 MW solar PV projects.
●    The 50 MW Solar PV at Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh, 260 MW Solar PV at Bhadla in Rajasthan and 250 MW Solar PV at Mandsar in Madhya Pradesh and 8 MW Small Hydro Projects are under implementation, as per the company’s portal.


Samsung Pay launched in India


Samsung today launched a new digital payments service in the country, called Samsung Pay, that hopes to bring debit cards, credit cards and wallets under one umbrella.
●    Samsung Pay, a service that users of Samsung S7 Edge, S7, S6 Edge Plus, A series 2016 and 2017, and Note 5 users will get via a service update, will be available on Visa, Mastercard and Rupay payment cards. 
●    ICICI, HDFC, Standard Chartered, SBI, Axis bank cards will be supported, along with Paytm and Amex cards. UPI and CitiBank card support is also expected to become available soon.
●    After updating their Samsung phones to the latest software, users can open the Samsung Pay app and link their bank or Paytm or credit/debit card accounts.
●    First, a user must first link their card or wallet to the Samsung Pay account.
●    For phones, the user can then make a transaction by swiping the pay service from the bottom of the screen.
●     The screen will offer options of cards or accounts to pay from. The user selects the card and brings it close to the POS (point of sale) machine. 
●    Once the merchant has entered the amount for the transaction, the machine connects to the payment gateway and asks the user for the bank/ATM pin. Entering the PIN completes the transaction.


CURRENT AFFAIRS 26 MARCH 2017: BANKING


Bank of India, Union Bank of India sell stake in TransUnion CIBIL


Public sector lenders Union Bank of India (UBI) and Bank of India (BoI) said on Thursday that they have sold their entire stakes in TransUnion CIBIL to TransUnion International Inc. for Rs381.24 crore. The banks each held a 5% stake.
●    Banks have been trying to sell assets to shore up their capital after being hit by bad loans.
●    In the September quarter, Bank of India sold its 18% stake in Star Union Daiichi Life Insurance to Life Insurance Corp. of India, earning Rs495 crore in pre-tax profit.
●    Bank of India posted a net profit of Rs101.72 crore for the December quarter. Its capital adequacy ratio was at 12.11%.
●    After the latest stake sales, TransUnion International will hold 92.1% in Cibil.
●    The rest of the shares are owned by Aditya Birla Trustee Co. Pvt. Ltd, India Alternatives Private Equity Fund and India Infoline Finance Ltd.

CURRENT AFFAIRS 26 MARCH 2017: SPACE SCIENCE

NASA Develops Next-Gen Atomic Clock For Space Exploration

 
In a key advance for safely navigating future human exploration of the solar system, NASA said it is set to send its next-generation atomic clock to space in late 2017.
●    This clock will be smaller, lighter and magnitudes more precise than any atomic clock flown in space before, NASA said.
●    Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California have completed integration of the instrument, the Deep Space Atomic Clock, with the spacecraft that will take it into orbit later in 2017, the US space agency said in a statement on Tuesday.
●    Timekeeping plays a critical role in spacecraft navigation and will be especially important for future deep space missions.
●    Most spacecraft are tracked using "two-way" methods -- the ground-based antenna 'pings' the spacecraft and waits for the signal to return.

CURRENT AFFAIRS 26 MARCH 2017: APPOINTMENTS

Madhabi Puri Buch appointed as Sebi Whole-Time Member
 
Madhabi Puri Buch was today appointed as a Whole-Time Member of capital markets regulator SEBI.

●    She is founder-director of Agora Advisory Pvt Ltd and currently at the New Development Bank in Shanghai, China.
●    Buch has been appointed to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) post for a period of three years, an order issued by the Personnel Ministry said.
●    She will get pay as admissible to a additional secretary to Government of India or a consolidated salary of Rs 3.75 lakh per month, it said.

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