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Important Current Affairs 29th March 2017 with FREE PDF

Important Current Affairs 29th March 2017 with Free PDF

Important Current Affairs 29th March 2017 with Free PDF

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We bring you Important Current Affairs 29th 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 29th March 2017: SPORTS

Ashwin receives Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy


 
Ravichandran Ashwin on 28 March 2017 was awarded the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy in Dharamsala.
●    Ashwin was honoured with the trophy for being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016.
●    With 48 wickets and 336 runs against his name in eight Tests, and 27 wickets in 19 Twenty20 Internationals during the voting period, Ashwin was a popular choice for the prestigious title.
●    With this, Ashwin has become the third Indian and the 12th player overall to win the award.
●    The award was judged by a voting academy, which was completely independent of the ICC. 
●    They panel took into consideration performances between 14 September 2015 and 20 September 2016. 
●    During this period, Ashwin produced some extraordinary all-round performances across all three formats of the game.
●    Other recipients of the award include Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Andrew Flintoff, Jacques Kallis Ricky Ponting and others.


 

Current Affairs 29th March 2017: NATIONAL NEWS


NITI Aayog to launch 3 year Action Plan from April 1

Putting a final lid on the Planning era, the Niti Aayog is gearing up to launch the three-year action plan from April 1 after the end of 12th Five Year Plan on March 31.
●    Under the new system, sources said states will be encouraged to meet the targets of various schemes or face the prospects of drying up of the fund flows.
●    The 12th five-year plan is coming to an end on March 31. 
●    The three-year action plan to be unveiled this month will come in force from April 1, which will also end the prevailing system of the centre patiently waiting (for) the state governments to implement the schemes.
●    The official said, "We have patiently waited for the state governments to adopt a number of reform-oriented legislative bills. 
●    But our experiences have largely been negative... therefore, the reform agenda arrived at after consensus will need to be adopted by them, and the states doing so will get incentives".


Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to host Smart India Hackathon 2017 Grand Finale in Nagpur


The Ministry of Road transport and Highways will host the Grand Finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2017 at Nagpur on 1st and 2nd April, 2017. 
●    Nagpur is one among 26 cities where the event will be held simultaneously, with the support and coordination of 29 Government departments. 
●    Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways & Shipping will  inaugurate the event at Sri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering in  Nagpur on 1.04.2017. 
●    Shri Sanjay Jaju, Director National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited is the Nodal Officer for MoRTH. 
●    The Smart India Hackathon 2017 was launched on Nov 9, 2016 in New Delhi by the Ministry of Human Resources Development to  harnesses the creativity and  expertise of students, build funnel for ‘Startup India, Standup India’ campaigns, crowd source solutions for improving governance and quality of life and provide opportunity to citizens to contribute innovative solutions for nation building.   
●    For the first time different government departments have directly engaged with students and challenged them to build digital solutions to improve their efficiency, plug revenue leakages and corruption. 
●    MoHRD had received 598 problem statements from 29 different government ministries and departments against which ideas were received from 7531 teams out of which 637 ideas and 84 teams comprising 672 youngsters have been selected for the finale. 


India becomes net exporter of Electricity for the first time 

India has become a net exporter of electricity during the April-February period this fiscal for the first time, power ministry said on Wednesday.
●    As per Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the designated authority of government of India for cross border trade of electricity, first time India has turned around from a net importer of electricity to net exporter of electricity. 
●    According to the statement, during the current year 2016-17 (April-February), India has exported around 5,798 million units to Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar which is 213 million units more than the import of around 5,585 million units from Bhutan.
●    Export to Nepal and Bangladesh increased 2.5 and 2.8 times respectively in the last three years. 
●    Ever since the cross border trade of electricity started in mid-80s, India has been importing power from Bhutan and marginally exporting to Nepal in radial mode at 33 kV and 132 kV from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh respectively.

Swachh Bharat Pakhwada for Clean and Green Ports and Harbours


To spread awareness on cleanliness as part of its ‘Swachhta Abhiyan’, the Ministry of Shipping is celebrating Swachh Bharat Pakhwada from 16th -31st March, 2017 and has undertaken  various activities under this campaign. 
●    The event was launched by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Shipping and Road Transport & Highways on 16th March 2017, in the premises of the Shipping Corporation of India in Mumbai.  
●    The Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan was launched by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 2nd October, 2014 to urge people to fulfill Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of a clean India, by his 150th birth anniversary in 2019.
●    The Swachh Bharat Pakhwada is a culmination of the year long efforts of the Ministry, the ports and other organizations like DG Shipping, SCI, Dredging Corporation Of India, Cochin Shipyard Limited, Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships, to spread cleanliness at their premises.  
●    The activities taken up during this period included  weeding out of old files, a drive for digitization of files, disposal of all obsolete articles, renovation of rooms, toilets and providing pure and clean drinking water to all employees.

Current Affairs 29th March 2017:  INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS


 

Indian Army Chief Visits Nepal and Bangladesh 


General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) is visiting Nepal and Bangladesh from 28 March to 02 April 2017 on his first foreign visit after assuming office. 
●    COAS will be visiting important military installations and meeting high ranking dignitaries including the Prime Minister, Defence Minister and the Chief of Army Staff. 
●    The delegation will also visit Nepalese Army Mountain Warfare School at Jomsom and the Pension Paying office at Pokhara where the COAS will address the Indian Army ex-servicemen of Nepalese origin.
●    The visit to Nepal assumes importance as the President of Nepal will confer the title of “Honorary General of the Nepalese Army” to the COAS at a special investiture ceremony on 29 March 2017. 
●    This historic tradition is a reciprocal arrangement that is continuing uninterrupted since its inception in 1969 and has been a hallmark of the special relationship between the Indian and the Nepalese Army. 
●    General Rajendra Chettri, the Chief of Army Staff of Nepalese Army was conferred the title of “Honorary General of the Indian Army” on 03 February 2016, during his first visit to India after assuming office.

Current Affairs 29th March 2017: GLOBAL NEWS


 

Theresa May Signs Brexit Letter to EU


British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday signed a historic letter that will launch Brexit when it is delivered to Brussels on Wednesday, a photo released by her office showed.
●    Sitting in front of a Union Jack national flag and a portrait of Britain’s first Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, a serene-looking Ms. May signed the letter to begin the country‘s departure from the European Union.
●    The letter will be taken from 10 Downing Street to Brussels, where it will be delivered by Tim Barrow, Britain’s E.U. ambassador, to EU President Donald Tusk on Wednesday.
●    Formally notifying Mr. Tusk of Britain’s intention to leave the bloc, by triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, sets the clock ticking on a two-year negotiating period to end the U.K.’s 44 years of membership.
●    Ms. May on Tuesday evening made separate phone calls to Mr. Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. 

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