Daily Current Affairs 19th March, 2017

Daily Current Affairs 19th March, 2017


First Made-In-India Train, Medha, Flagged off at Dadar Station

  • India’s first home made train for Western Railway Fleet, Medha was flagged off for its maiden run by the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, via videoconferencing from Dadar to Borivali at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on March 18, 2017.
  • Currently there are two rakes of Medha which will run on the Western Railway network.TRain
  • Medha has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai. The train has been installed with LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.
  • Led lights will save approximately 30-35{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} energy and has in-built systems to minimise breakdowns during the travel.

Punjab to provide 33 percent reservation for women in govt jobs

  • Punjab cabinet has decided to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in all government jobs.
  • The cabinet also decided to increase representation of women in the Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies from the present 33 per cent to 50 per cent.


ONGC Signs Pact to Acquire Entire Stake of GSPC in KG Block for $1.2 billion

  • State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has signed definitive agreements to buy Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation’s (GSPC) entire 80{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} stake in KG-basin natural gas block for $1.2 billion.
  • The company will close the deal and pay debt-ridden GSPC the money after getting the regulatory approvals like government nod for transfer of participating interest (PI) and change of operatorship.
  • Under the farm-in and farm-out agreement, ONGC will pay $995.26 million for three discoveries in the KG-OSN-2001/3 block that are under trial production since August 2014.
  • Besides, another $200 million will be paid for six other discoveries for which GSPC has been finalising an investment plan to bring them to production. ONGC will also have to pay for the entire development cost of the six discoveries
  • Jubilant Offshore Drilling Pvt Ltd and Geo Global Resources (India) Inc each holds 10{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} stake in the block.


Amitabh Bachchan Launches ‘ABC of Breast Health’ App

  • Megastar Amitabh Bachchan launched the World’s first mobile Application named ‘ABC of Breast Health’ during an event organized by the Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation at Mumbai’s JW Marriott Hotel on March 15, 2017.
  • The app is launched for both IOS and Android versions and is available in Apple and  Amitabh BachchanGoogle Play Store for free download.
  • Aim: To educate the nation about every aspect of breast cancer and non-cancer breast health issues. The app is available in 12 languages including English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya and Assamese.


Indian-American Computer Scientist Anshumali Wins NSF’s CAREER Award

  • An Indian-American computer scientist, Anshumali Shrivastava, was honored with the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Award for his research on redesigning current machine-learning processes.Indian-American Computer Scientist Anshumali Wins NSF’s CAREER Award
  • Each year about 400 scholars receives the CAREER Award across all disciplines to support the research and educational development of young scholars likely to become leaders in their fields.


Yogi Adityanath Takes Oath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh

  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, Yogi Adityanath took oath as the 32nd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on March 19, 2017 at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan in Lucknow in the presence of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.
  • Uttar Pradesh Governor, Ram Naik administered the oath of office and secrecy to Adityanath.


BCCI Formulates New Constitution for Full Member Association

  • The Committee of Administrators, constituted by the Supreme Court to manage the affairs of the cricket board, finalized and uploaded a new constitution for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on March 18, 2017. However, the constitution prepared is not permanent.
  • The new constitution has removed the 41-time Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai as its Full Member and has given all north-eastern states the Full Membership status.
  • The Mumbai Cricket Association and the Saurashtra Cricket Association which were Full Members earlier were downgraded to Associate membership.
  • In addition to all North Eastern States, Bihar, Telangana and Uttarakhand have also got the Full Member status.







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