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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19TH MAR 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19TH MAR 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. LABOUR MINISTRY PROPOSES LABOUR CODE TO PROVIDE SOCIAL SECURITY COVER TO ALL WORKERS
i. The Union Ministry of Labour & Employment has proposed a preliminary draft of Labour Code to provide social security cover to the entire workforce in the country including self-employed and agricultural workers.
ii. The Code on Social Security & Welfare 2017 seeks to simplify, rationalize, consolidate, and amend the laws relating to social security of workforce so as to make them less complex for easier comprehension, implementation and enforcement.
iii. This is for the 1st time that the ministry has formulated a code to cover agricultural workers along with self-employed people and target to provide social security benefits to 45 cr workers.

2.  FIRST-EVER HARYANA SAHITYA SANGAM BEGAN IN PANCHKULA
i. The 1st edition of the Haryana Sahitya Sangam began at Indradhanush Auditorium, Panchkula in Haryana.
ii. The 3 day event was inaugurated by the CM Manohar Lal Khattar and has been organized as a part of the Haryana Swarna Jayanti celebrations.
iii. The objective of the festival is to highlight the contribution of Haryana in the field of literature and culture and to provide a platform for young and budding writers to get genuine and wide range of guidance.

3. SPORTS MINISTER VIJAY GOEL ADDRESSES GLOBAL MILLENNIUM SUMMIT AT DUBAI
i. Shri Vijay Goel, The Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports was invited as the Chief Guest at the 2-day Global Millennium Summit in Dubai.
ii. The Summit has been organized by the Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi in association with the Office of International Programmes and IIM-Ahmedabad.
iii. Goel said that a National Youth Policy has been launched in 2014 replacing the previous National Youth Policy, 2003 for the youth of India.
iv. The new policy empowers youth of the country to achieve their full potential, and through them enable India to find its rightful place in the community of nations.
v. The Global Millennium Summit is a 1st-of-its-kind initiative where an Indian institute has organized an International Summit. The theme of the summit is ‘Future of this Millennium’. The Summit aims to provide the youth across the world with a platform to discuss, act and interact.


4. RBI GETS CENTRE’S NOD TO PRINT RS 10 PLASTIC NOTES
i. The Reserve Bank of India has got the approval from the Central Government to conduct the field trial of plastic banknotes of Rs. 10 denomination prior to introducing it as legal tender.
ii. RBI got the approval to go ahead with the procurement of the requisite plastic substrate material for printing of Rs. 10 denomination notes. Substrate refers to the underlying substance or layer on which currency is printed.
iii. This information was shared by Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal in the Lok Sabha.
iv. The field trial will take place across five cities having diverse geographical and climatic conditions. These cities include Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, Shimla and Bhubaneswar.

5. INDIA & RUSSIA INK LONG-TERM SUPPORT CONTRACT ON SUKHOI SU-30MKI
i. India and Russia have inked pacts for long-term maintenance support for Sukhoi-30MKI jets during the India-Russia Military Industrial Conference in New Delhi.
ii. The agreement was signed by UAC President Yuri Slyusar, Alexander Artyukhov, UEC Director General and HAL Chairman Suvarna Raju in presence of Finance-Cum-Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov.
iii. The objective of having long-term supply agreements is to increase the efficiency of aircraft maintenance support and to ensure licensed production and strengthen the operational availability of the Sukhois.
iv. The agreement involves long-term supply of spares and rendering technical assistance for 5 years for Su-30 MKI aircraft at an expected cost of $300 million.

6. 11 INDIAN WOMEN AWARDED WITH ‘WOMEN ICONS’ AWARD IN SINGAPORE
i. 11 Indian women were honored with the ‘Women Icons’ Award among 25 Asian Women in Singapore for dedicating their lives to social work.
ii. The award was organised by Business Excellence & Research Group Pvt. Ltd and supported by Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.
iii. Among the award winners was Vandana Sharma who served for a decade in the Indian Armed Forces and also ventured into the corporate world.
iv. Besides, another winner, Revathi Siddharthe Roy holds several ‘Women Empowerment’ campaign.
v. Other winners were: Deepshikha Kumar of SpeakIn, Dr Aparna Hegde of ARMMAN, Kanika Gupta Shori of Square Global, Mini Dwivedi Gopinathan of PlayStreet Specially Abled Educare Trust, Minal D’Rozario of Ideosphere, Saloni Mardia Kothari of Mtlexs Online, Swati Nathani of Team Pumpkin and Sonia Kulkarni of Ketchum Sampark PR.

7. TRIVENDRA SINGH RAWAT SWORN IN AS NEW CM OF UTTARAKHAND
i. Former Uttarakhand BJP chief Trivendra Singh Rawat was sworn in as the new CM of the state at the Parade Grounds in state capital Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Governor K K Paul administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rawat and 9 ministers at a ceremony.
ii. The other members who took oath include Harak Singh Rawat, Satpal Maharaj, Madan Kaushik, Subodh Uniyal, Arvind Pandey, Yashpal Arya and Prakash Pant who have been made Cabinet ministers.
iii. Besides, Dhan Singh Rawat and Rekha Arya took oath as ministers of state.
iv. Rawat is the 8th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand and 5th BJP CM of the state.

8. FORMER GUJARAT BJP MLA MANHAR VALJI BHAI ZALA APPOINTED HEAD OF SAFAI KARAMCHARIS COMMISSION
 i. Manhar Valji Bhai Zala was appointed as the new Chairperson of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis.
ii. Besides, Manju Diler from Uttar Pradesh and Dilip Kallu Haathived from Maharashtra have been appointed as the members of the NCSK.

9. NOBEL LAUREATE POET AND PLAYWRIGHT DEREK WALCOTT PASSES AWAY
i. Nobel laureate poet and playwright Derek Walcott died at his home on the Caribbean island of St Lucia after a long illness.
ii. Walcott won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 and the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry in 2011.
iii. Among his best known collections are, In A Green Night: Poems 1948 – 1960 and the epic Omeros, inspired by Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT PROPOSED A DRAFT OF LABOUR CODE TO PROVIDE SOCIAL SECURITY COVER TO THE ENTIRE WORKFORCE IN THE COUNTRY. WHO IS THE UNION MINISTER OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT?
a)  Bandaru Dattatreya
b)  Sis Ram Ola
c)  Mallikarjun Kharge
d)  Narendra Singh Tomar
Q2. THE 1ST EDITION OF THE 3 DAY HARYANA SAHITYA SANGAM WAS HELD IN WHICH CITY OF HARYANA?
a)  Kurukshetra
b)  Panipat
c)  Rohtak
d)  Panchkula
Q3. THE TWO DAY 2017 GLOBAL MILLENNIUM SUMMIT WAS ORGANIZED IN WHICH COUNTRY?
a)  Dubai, UAE
b)  Canberra, Australia
c)  Kathmandu,Nepal
d)  Moscow, Russia
Q4. HOW MANY INDIAN WOMEN HAVE BEEN HONORED WITH THE 2017 ‘WOMEN ICONS’ AWARD AMONG THE 25 ASIAN WOMEN IN SINGAPORE FOR DEDICATING THEIR LIVES TO SOCIAL WORK?
a)  10
b)  11
c)   20
d)  15
Q5. WHO HAS BEEN SWORN IN AS THE NEW CHIEF MINISTER OF UTTARAKHAND?
a)  Harak Singh Rawat
b)  Madan Kaushik
c)  Dhan Singh Rawat
d)  Trivendra Singh Rawat
Q6. NOBEL LAUREATE DEREK WALCOTT WHO DIED AT THE AGE OF 87 WAS HONORED WITH THE NOBEL PRIZE IN WHICH FIELD?
a)  Mathematics
b)  Physics
c)  Literature
d)  Peace

ANSWERS: 

1 - A    2 - C      3 - A      4 - B               5 - D    6 - C

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