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47) PRESIDENT OF FRANCE VISITS INDIA French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in New Delhi today on a four-day visit to India. The visit aimed at strengthening the bilateral economic, political and strategic dimension of engagement between the two countries. Macron presided over the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance in New Delhi. 48) NIEPHUI RIO: Leader of People’s Democratic Alliance sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Nagaland 49) S C GRANTS ‘RIGHT TO DIE’ In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court recognised right to die with dignity and allowed an individual to issue an advance directive in the form of a ‘living will’ authorising someone to withdraw his/her life support, if he/she went into a vegetative state because of an incurable and irreversible medical condition. The Court observed that right to die with dignity was a facet of right to life and liberty guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. A “living will” is a document executed by an individual in full possession of his/her decision-making capacity, without any duress, enunciating the condition of ill health in which he/she would not like to prolong life by artificial support. 50) PRITZKER ARCHITECTURE PRIZE: Balkrishna Doshi, whose pared-back homes established his reputation as an architect for the poor, has been awarded this prestigious prize. Doshi, 90, is the first Indian to win the $100, 000 award, established by the Pritzker family in Chicago, and is considered the highest honour in architecture. 51) PASSPORT DETAILS MUST FOR BIG LOANS With a view to enable banks to take timely action and inform the relevant authorities to prevent fraudsters from fleeing the country, it has been decided to make mandatory to seek passport details of borrowers taking loans of Rs 50 crore and more. For all existing loans of over Rs 50 crore, banks have been asked to collect passport details of borrowers within 45 days. 52) CHANDRAGIRI: This railway station near Tirupati has become the first ‘all-women staff railway station’ in Andhra Pradesh under the South Central Railway management. 53) JEFF BEZOS: The 32nd annual World's Billionaires List released by the American magazine Forbes includes names of a record 2208 billionaires. CEO of Amazon Inc., Jeff Bezos topped the list with a fortune of $112 billion, leaving behind Bill Gates at 2nd position, at $90 billion. Mukesh Ambani was ranked at 19th place. 54) RAILWAYS UPGRADES TRAINS REPORTING SYSTEM Railways Ministry has discontinued the practice of manually recording punctuality of trains 41 major railway junctions across the country. Arrival and departure of trains now will be recorded with data loggers to establish authentic punctuality status. A data logger is an electronic device that records data over time by sensing status of relays. 55) Ministry of External Affairs and the International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs organized 'Vision for Future' event in New Delhi on March 6 to commemorate 70 years of the Indo-Russia ties. 56) WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP PLATFORM NITI Aayog launched the Women Entrepreneurship Platform on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The initiative is aimed at promoting a vibrant ecosystem for supporting and strengthening women entrepreneurship. The initiative will work on three pillars: Ichha Shakti: Motivating aspiring entrepreneurs to start their enterprise Gyaan Shakti: Providing knowledge support required for stating an enterprise Karma Shakti: Providing hands-on support in setting-up the enterprise. 57) MARCH 08: THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN's DAY Observed across the world to empower women in all settings, be it rural and urban, and recognise the activists who are working constantly to assert women’s rights and realize their full potential. The theme for this year was 'Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives'. 58) UDYAM SAKHI PORTAL LAUNCHED The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) launched Udyam Sakhi (saheli of entrepreneur) Portal for women entrepreneurs of India to nurture entrepreneurship and create business models for low cost products and services in order to empower women. The portal would provide assistance for entrepreneurship learning tools, incubation facility, training programs for fund raising, providing mentors, etc. 59) ‘SUVIDHA’ SANITARY NAPKINS LAUNCHED Government has launched the 100 per cent Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkin named ‘Suvidha’ under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana. It will be available for Rs 2.50 per pad at over 3200 Janaushadhi Kendras across India and would ensure ‘Swachhta, Swasthya and Suvidha’ for the underprivileged Women of India. 60) INDIA LAGS BEHIND IN CLOUD POLICY A report by "BSA | The Software Alliance", a global software watchdog promoted by the Microsoft shows that India’s ranking in the adoption of cloud-friendly policies has come down to 20 in 2017 from 18 in 2016, out of 24 leading IT economies. This indicates that the legal and regulatory environment in the country is restricting innovation.
109) MISS INTERNATIONAL 2017: Kevin Liliana of Indonesia won the title at Tokyo, Japan. 110) Indian Film Personality of the Year Award: conferred on Amitabh Bachhan at the International Film Festival of India, Goa for his outstanding contribution in Indian Film Industry through films, music and entertainment. Shri Bachhan has also been decorated with Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan and has won 4 National and 15 Filmfare awards. 111) 48th International Film Festival of India was held at Goa from Nov 20 to 28. Film ‘Beyond the Clouds’ by legendary Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi was the curtain raiser (first) at the festival. Canada is the focus country this year. 112) RUSSIA CASTS VETO FOR SYRIA Russia once again cast its veto at the UN Security Council to block the extension of a UN-led investigation by Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) to determine who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria. It was the 10th time that Russia has used its veto power to stop council action that targeted its ally Syria. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted. 113) Shagun Chowdhary became the first Indian woman trap shooter to win an Olympic berth as she won the national champion crown at the 61st National Shooting Championship in New Delhi today. 114) MOODY’s UPGRADE INDIA’s RATING US-based credit rating agency Moody’s has upgraded India’s sovereign credit rating by a notch to ‘Baa2’ with a stable outlook citing improved growth prospects driven by economic and institutional reforms. The continued progress on economic and institutional reforms will, over time, enhance India’s high growth potential, it said. The rating upgrade has come after a gap of 13 years. 115) The Union Cabinet has approved setting up of a National Anti-profiteering Authority under the GST, as it seeks to ensure that consumers get the benefit of reduced prices under the new indirect tax regime. 116) The 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference was held in Vancouver, Canada. 117) A DIGITAL TRACKING PILL APPROVED The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved first of its kind a psychiatric medication system in the form of a pill with a built-in digital tracking device. Named Abilify MyCite, a form of aripiprazole, has an embedded ingestible sensor that records when the medication is taken. Made by Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., the medication system is intended to treat schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder and depression in adults. 118) Ministry of Power and New & Renewable Energy launched the ‘Saubhagya’ Web Portal for efficient implementation and monitoring of the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana. 119) The parties to COP-23 agreed to continue the deliberations into 2018 through ‘Talanoa Dialogue’. Talanoa is a traditional approach used in Fiji and the Pacific region to engage in an inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue.
158) Uttar Pradesh government has launched a free household power connection scheme 'Prakash hai to vikas hai' for the poor in the state to mark former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday 159) Indian boxers claimed three gold, a silver, and a bronze medal at the Galym Zharylgapov Boxing Tournament in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. 160) Global human rights movement Amnesty International has appointed Kumi Naidoo as its next Secretary General. 161) ASEAN- PBD TO BE HELD IN SINGAPORE The ASEAN Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2018 convention will be hosted by Singapore on Jan 6-7, 2018. This year’s celebrations have been given this name to mark the 25 years of relationship with ASEAN. The PBD conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the Government on issues of concern to our Diaspora and to explore opportunities for investment in India and contribution to the country of their origin. 162) Harry Kane of England scored record 39 goals in English Premier League in 2017, beating the 22 year-old record of Alan Shearer of 36 goals. He scored overall 56 goals in all formats, creating another record of highest number of goals in a year. 163) Manu Bhaker of Haryana won nine gold medals in the National Shooting Championship in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. 164) WORLD’S LONGEST GLASS BRIDGE The world’s longest glass bridge with fully transparent bottom has been opened in China to the public. Located in Shijiazhuang, the 488 meters long bridge lies 218 meters above hanging between the two cliffs in Hongyagu Scenic Area in Pingshan county. 165) India’s first runway on a ‘sea bridge’ as likely to be built at Lakshadweep’s Agatti Airport bybuilding an RCC platform on the beach to enable bigger aircrafts to operate on the island. 166) Karnataka's capital city Bengaluru has become the first Indian city to have its own logo after the state government launched it. The logo has been designed by using both English and Kannada alphabets. 167) ‘BLUE FLAG’ LAUNCHED TO CLEAN BEACHES The Environment Ministry has launched a pilot project 'Blue Flag' to enhance standards of cleanliness on beaches and to improve their development. Denmark based NGO Foundation for Environmental Education issues the Blue Flag certification to the eligible beaches that meet its stringent standards of up keep and cleanliness. 168) The World Bank approved $ 318 million loan for Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Project to promote agriculture technologies, water management and market opportunities for farmers in the state. 169) After the United States, the Guatemala has become second country to announce that it would be moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 170) Marvellous Thieves by Paulo Lemos Horta The New Wealth of Nations by Surjit S. Bhalla Inside Parliament: Views from the Front Row by Derek O’Brien, Trinamool Congress MP
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