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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 10TH MAR 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 10TH MAR 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. 10TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ELECTRONIC GOVERNANCE HELD IN NEW DELHI
i. The 10th edition of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance was held in New Delhi.
ii. Theme for this year was “Building Knowledge Societies: From Digital Government to Digital Empowerment”.
iii. Its objective is to ICEGOV 2017 focused on the use of technology to transform relationships between government and citizens, businesses & civil society.
iv. The ICEGOV 2017 was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Electronics & IT and Law & Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad.
v. The ICEGOV 2018 will be held in Galway, Ireland.

2. VASUNDHARA RAJE PRESENTED RS.1,66,000-CR RAJASTHAN BUDGET 2017-18
i. Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje who also holds the Finance portfolio, presented Rs.1,66,000-cr state budget for 2017-18 in the Legislative Assembly with focus on aiding farmers and promoting tourism in the state.
ii. The Budget is based on the government’s vision document mission 2020. It aims at a happy Rajasthan and a happy Rajasthani.
iii. Estimated Revenue Deficit for 2017-18 without effect of UDAY is Rs. 1528 c. And with effect of UDAY is Rs. 13528 cr.
iv. Estimated Fiscal Deficit for 2017-18 is Rs. 24753.53 cr which is 2.99% of GSDP. Estimated total revenue receipts for 2017-18 Rs. 130162 cr. Estimated own tax revenue for 2017-18 Rs. 59455 cr which is higher by 16.16%.
v. Estimated own tax revenue for 2017-18 was 8.34% of GSDP.

3. TAMIL NADU CM PALANISWAMI LAUNCHES RS 1580 CR HOUSING SCHEME
i. The Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami launched a Housing Scheme for construction of concrete houses for the economically poor section of the society.
ii. The project is estimated at Rs 1,580 cr and will be implemented by the state government with financial assistance from the Center.
iii. For the current fiscal 2016-17, concrete houses will be constructed for 50,170 beneficiaries in town panchayat limits.

4. MEGA CULTURAL FESTIVAL ‘INDIA BY THE NILE’ BEGINS IN EGYPT
i. The 5th edition of the mega cultural festival ‘India by the Nile’ began in Cairo, Egypt. It is the largest foreign festival in Egypt.
ii. The IBN Festival is organized by India to showcase Indian culture, dance, arts music, theatre, food, cuisine and Yoga & wellbeing to build a long lasting relationship between the two ancient civilizations.
iii. The festival started off at the foot of the Pyramids with ‘Crafts Mela’ showcasing the joint handicraft exhibition of India and Egypt.
iv. The exhibition is organized in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Textile; Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, the Egyptian Ministry of Solidarity and the Federation of Egyptian Industries.
v. The main focus of 2017 Nile Festival is on the youth of both countries. A special match between India’s under-16 football team and Egypt’s under-16 national team will be held to reflect the agenda.


5. EPFO EXTENDS DIGITAL LIFE CERTIFICATE SUBMISSION THROUGH JEEVAN PRAMAAN PATRA BY MARCH 31
i. The the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has extended the last date of submission of Digital Life Certificate through Jeevan Pramaan Patra up to 31st March 2017.
ii. Another 1 month time was given to pensioners because many pensioners failed to submit Aadhaar authenticated Jeevan Pramaan as life certificate for continuation of drawl of pension.
iii. In case a member has not been allotted an Aadhaar Number, a copy of the Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip is required to be attached for settlement of claims under EPS, 1995, namely for pension processing and monthly pension payments.

6. RBI WILL SOON INTRODUCE NEW RS 10 NOTES WITH MORE SECURITY FEATURES
i. The Reserve Bank of India on March 9 notified that it is soon going to issue Rs. 10 denomination notes with enhanced security features for circulation.
ii. RBI also notified that all the banknotes in the denomination of Rs 10 issued in the past will also continue to be legal tender.
iii. The note will be in the Mahatma Gandhi series-2005 and carry inset letter ‘L’ on both number panels. It will have the signature of Governor Urjit Patel.
iv. Numerals on both the panels will be in ascending size from left to right.The first 3 alpha-numeric characters (prefix) will remain constant in size.

7. NTPC COMMISSIONS 45 MW OF BHADLA SOLAR PLANT
i. Indian Public Sector Undertaking company National Thermal Power Corporation Limited has commissioned of 45 MW solar capacity at Bhadla in Rajasthan.
ii. Now the the total installed capacity of the project is increased to 160 MW. Last month, NTPC had commissioned 115 MW capacity out of the 260 MW Bhadla solar power project.
iv. NTPC intends to become a 130-GW company up to 2032 with a diversified fuel mix and a 600 billion units company in terms of generation.

8. KONKANI WRITER MAHABALESHWAR SAIL RECEIVES SARASWATI SAMMAN 2016
i. Noted Konkani author Mahabaleshwar Sail has been honored with the 2016 Saraswati Samman for his novel ‘Hawthan’. Sail’s novel Hawthan was published in 2009 and was shortlisted from 22 books written in various languages.
ii. The bi-lingual writer has written four Marathi dramas and seven Konkani novels till date.

9. VICE ADMIRAL GIRISH LUTHRA COMMISSIONS INS TILLANCHANG AT KARWAR
i. INS Tillanchang, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, at Karwar, Karnataka.
ii. INS Tillanchang is the 3rd ship of 4 follow-on WJFAC built by the Garden Reach  Vice Admiral Girish Luthra Commissions INS Tillanchang at KarwarShipbuilders and Engineers Kolkata.
iii. The ship is designed to take on both conventional and asymmetric threats.
iv. INS Tillanchang is about 50 m in length and is powered by 3 water Jet propulsion system which gives it speed of over 35 knots.
v. It is projected to be an ideal platform for missions like Coastal and Off-shore Surveillance, EEZ Control, Law Enforcement as well as non-military missions such as Search and Rescue, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.

10. VETERAN JOURNALIST ARVIND PADMANABHAN PASSES AWAY
i. Veteran journalist Arvind Padmanabhan, Executive Editor at IANS, has passed away after suffering massive cardiac in New Delhi.
ii. Padmanabhan was born in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. He had a long stint with IANS, joining the India Abroad newspaper that was then part of the wire service in 1999 as in-charge of its Business Section.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHERE WAS THE 10TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ELECTRONIC GOVERNANCE HELD?
a)  Mumbai
b)  New Delhi
c)  Chennai
d)  Kolkata
Q2. WHAT IS THE TOTAL BUDGET ESTIMATE PRESENTED BY RAJASTHAN CHIEF MINISTER VASUNDHARA RAJE FOR THE YEAR 2017-18?
a)  Rs.78,000 crore
b)  Rs.1,95,250 crore
c)  Rs.48,000 crore
d)  Rs.1,66,000-crore
Q3. ARVIND PADMANABHAN WHO DIED RECENTLY WAS A VETERAN __?
a)  Journalist
b)  Physician
c)  Politician
d)  Writer
Q4. THE 5TH INDIA BY NILE FESTIVAL HAS BEEN ORGANIZED IN WHICH COUNTRY?
a)  Uganda
b)  Kenya
c)  Egypt
d)  Sudan
Q5. WHO HAS BEEN CONFERRED WITH THE 2016 SARASWATI SAMMAN?
a)  Vijay Tendulkar
b)  Mahabaleshwar Sail
c)  K Aiyappa Panickar
d)  Padma Sachdev

ANSWERS: 

  1 - B  2 - D    3 - A    4 - C    5 - B

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