Daily Current Affairs 28th March, 2017

Daily Current Affairs 28th March, 2017



Cyclone Debbie:

  • A powerful cyclone- Debbie– has pummelled the north-east Australian coast, causing major damage, torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes.

India, Nepal renew petroleum supply agreement

  • India and Nepal have signed an agreement to renew supply of petroleum to Nepal for a period of five years i.e. till 2022.
  • The renewed agreement, which was overseen by the Petroleum Ministers of both countries, was signed even as both sides pledged to build a new pipeline for LPG.
  • The agreement was signed between Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) and Nepal Oil Company (NOC) and was overseen by Petroleum Ministers of both countries.
  • The renewed agreement is an umbrella document between the two countries detailing the continued supply of petroleum, oil and lubricant products.
  • It also puts in place an institutional mechanism for cooperation in the areas of additional services and technical assistance between the two countries.
  • Under it IOC will supply about 1.3 million tonnes of fuel annually to Nepal with a promise to double the volume by 2020.
  • Both countries are also working to further deepen engagement in the oil and gas sector, including construction of petroleum product Motihari-Amlekhgunj Pipeline.
  • Once the pipeline completed, it will further ensure continuous and uninterrupted supply of products to Nepal.
  • India also agreed to extend the proposed Raxaul-Amlekhganj product pipeline to Chitwan and to start work on the pipeline in 2017-18.


Parliament Passes Mental Health Bill, 2016

  • The Parliament has passed the Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016 that decriminalises suicide attempt by mentally ill people and guarantees the right to better healthcare for people with mental illness.
  • It was first passed in Rajya Sabha in August 2016 and later in Lok Sabha in March 2017. Now it will go to president for assent.
  • The Bill defines “mental illness” as a substantial disorder of thinking, mood, perception, orientation or memory that grossly impairs judgment, behaviour, capacity to recognise reality or ability to meet the ordinary demands of life, mental conditions associated with the abuse of alcohol and drugs, but does not include mental retardation which is a condition of arrested or incomplete development of mind of a person, specially characterised by subnormality of intelligence.

Main Features

  • Rights of persons with mental illness: It gives every person right to access mental healthcare from services operated or funded by the government. It also includes good quality, easy and affordable access to services. It also provides right to equality of treatment, protect such persons from inhuman treatment, access to free legal services, medical records and right to complain in case of deficiencies in provisions.
  • Advance Directive: It empowers a mentally-ill person to have the right to make an advance directive that explains how they want to be treated for the requisite illness and nominate their representative.
  • Mental Health Establishments: Every mental health establishment must register with the respective Central or State Mental Health Authority. For registration, the concerned establishment must fulfill different criteria as mentioned in the Bill.
  • Procedure and process: It also outlines the procedure and process for admission, treatment and subsequent discharge of mentally ill persons. Community based treatment: It focuses on community based treatment and special provisions for women and health.
  • Mental Health Review Commission and Board: It will be quasi-judicial body responsible for reviewing procedure for making advance directives. It will advise the government on the protection of rights of mentally ill persons’. It will constitute Mental Health Review Boards in states’ districts will help of state governments.
  • Decriminalising suicide: It effectively decriminalises suicide attempt under the section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) by mentally ill persons by making it non-punishable
  • Prohibits electro-convulsive therapy: It will be not used for minors. It will be allowed only with the use of anaesthesia.

Government approves 101 cold chain projects to boost food processing sector

  • The Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (FPI) has sanctioned 101 new integrated cold chain projects across the country.
  • These projects will leverage a total investment of Rs. 3,100 crore for creation of modern infrastructure for the food processing sector.
  • Of the 101 new projects –53 projects are for fruits and vegetables, dairy (33) and remaining are fish, meat, marine, poultry, ready-to-eat/ready-to-cook sectors. Maharashtra as cornered the maximum number (21) of the projects followed by Uttar Pradesh (14), Gujarat (12), Andhra Pradesh (8) and Punjab and Madhya Pradesh (6 each).
  • These projects will benefit around 4.7 million tonnes of agri and horticulture produce with a value of up to Rs. 12,000 crore and help to reduce wastage by 13{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769}.
  • They will create additional capacity of 2.76 lakh MT of cold storage/controlled atmosphere storage.
  • It will also benefit 2.6 lakh farmers and provide employment to 60,000 people. The projects are aimed at doubling farmers’ income, reducing wastage in the agri-supply chain and creating huge employment opportunities.


KVB bags ‘best small bank’ award

  • Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) has been adjudged the ‘Best Small Bank for 2016’.
  • This is the eighth award won by KVB in the current fiscal.

Vijaya Bank inks MoU with Piaggio Vehicles

  • Vijaya Bank entered into an MoU with Piaggio Vehicles for providing financial support for the purchase of vehicles under Small Road Transport Operators (SRTO) scheme in Bengaluru.

Syndicate Bank opens 40 ‘Ananya’ branches

  • Syndicate Bank digitally inaugurated 40 ‘Ananya’ transformed branches.
  • Project Ananya is a two-year large-scale transformation project undertaken by the bank to provide customers with ‘best in class’ services while improving and modernizing the whole bank.
  • The aim is to enhance customer experience, improve sales focus, and improve digital transactions through a dedicated digit zone. The bank also launched its first MSME hub in Bengaluru.

ICICI Bank partners with Truecaller

  • ICICI Bank announced a partnership with mobile app firm Truecaller for a new UPI-based mobile payment service.The new feature called as Truecaller Pay, and it will allow users of the app to instantly create a UPI ID, send money to any UPI ID or a mobile number registered with the BHIM app.
  • It will also enable users to recharge their mobile number from within the Truecaller app itself.

Truecaller partners with Google

  • Leading communication app Truecaller has tied up with Google to integrate the tech giant’s video calling app Duo within the Truecaller app.
  • According to the agreement, Truecaller integration with Google Duo will be available in the  Android and iOS as a permission-based service, where users will be able to opt-in and out at any time.

By 2021, 4 out of 10 jobs would be lost to automation

  • Automation is the new normal in sectors like engineering, manufacturing, automobiles, IT and banking.
  • As automation adoption increases, all high transaction and labour intensive jobs will take a hit. Experts say, this will affect the bottom of the pyramid so much so that four out of every 10 jobs globally would be lost due to this by 2021.
  • There will be a visible change in the next 3-4 years, first major effects will be seen in the sectors like manufacturing, IT and ITeS and security services and agriculture.
  • By 2021, four out of every 10 jobs globally would be lost because of automation. And of these, one in every four will be from India. That sums up to 23{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} of job loss in India.
  • India produces 5.5 million jobs (across levels) every year, but this number falls short of jobs needed to employ available talent and automation is further increasing the gap.
  • Low skill and high transaction jobs will be affected as automation takes away their jobs. Hiring for short term projects, flexi hiring would be the way forward in these areas for roles that cannot be automated.

Odisha becomes first state to bring banking to remote rural areas through SHG

  • Odisha became the first state in the country to carry financial inclusion and extend banking services to unbanked areas through Self Help Groups (SHGs).
  • The state government signed an agreement with State Bank of India in this regard. The system would be of great help to people in rural areas under social security schemes.


Online Film Certification System

  • The ministry of Information and Broadcasting has launched an Online Film Certification System- or E-Cinepramaan.
  • This is aimed at enhancing ease of doing business in the country. The objective is to eliminate the need for human interface to the extent possible.
  • The new online certification system would be an important step in making the CBFC Office paper less and would enable effective monitoring & real time progress tracking for both CBFC Officials and the applicant (Producers).

Union Petroleum Ministry launches MoPNG e Seva

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

ESIC launched Mobile Clinic Services in AP and Telangana

  • The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) launched Mobile Clinic Services for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
  • Union minister of state for labour and employment Bandaru Dattatreya, launched the ESIC Mobile Clinic Services by flagging off ‘Jan Suraksha Ambulances’.
  • It is for the first time in the country that the ESIC Mobile Clinic Services are launched in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.


Bharat Dynamics, L&T sign up for torpedo export

  • Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL), a defence public sector undertaking, signed an MoU with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for export of torpedoes.
  • The torpedoes are designed and developed at Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhaptnam and manufactured by BDL.

Indian Navy de-inducts TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft

  • The Indian Navy has de-inducted TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft after 29 years of dedicated service to the nation and 30,000 hours of accident-free flying.
  • The aircraft was formally de-inducted at a ceremony held at INS Rajali naval air station in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu.
  • Now its role will be taken on by the newly inducted Boeing P-8I aircraft.


Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha gets Sikh Jewel Award

  • Indian-origin British Director Gurinder Chadha has been honored with the Sikh Jewel Award for 2017 for her immense contribution to British cinema.
  • Chadha, whose films include Bhaji on the Beach, Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice, received the award from UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. The event was organized by the British Sikh Association.


Indian-American Vanita Gupta appointed president of ‘Leadership Conference’

  • Indian-American Vanita Gupta has been appointed as president and CEO of ‘The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’, becoming the first woman to head the prestigious organization.
  • She will replace Wade Henderson who is stepping down after more than two decades. She will begin her new role on June 1, 2017.


Eminent Jurist TR Andhyarujina Passes Away

  • Senior Advocate and eminent jurist Tehmtan R. Andhyarujina passed away.
  • He was the Solicitor General of India from 1996 to 1998.


Minoru Kato appointed as new HMSI CEO

  • Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) has appointed Minoru Kato as a new President and Chief Executive Office of the company effective from April 1, 2017.


Satwik-Chirag pair wins Vietnam Challenger

  • Promising Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty clinched the $20,000 Vietnam Open International challenger badminton doubles title after defeating Thai pair of Trawut Potieng and Nanthakam Yordphaisong in a final in Hanoi, Vietnam.







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