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1. KERALA’S CAPITAL THIRUVANANTHAPURAM RANKS BEST CITY IN URBAN GOVERNANCE SURVEY
i. According to the 4th edition of the Annual Survey of India’s City Systems 2016 by Bengaluru-based advocacy group Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala has been ranked as the top Indian city to manage urban governance.
ii. Kerala has achieved the maximum number of enrollment and registrations under the Goods and Services Tax regime when compared to other states of India.The state has recorded nearly 60% registration of an estimated 2.5 lakh traders in Kerala migrating to the new platform.
iii. A business entity that is currently registered under any of the existing tax regimes is compulsorily required to enroll under GST law irrespective of the threshold limits.
iv. The existing threshold limit specified by the GST council is 20 lakhs for all the states except for North Eastern States where the limit is 10 lakhs.
2. 100 DISTRICTS IN INDIA DECLARED ODF UNDER SWACHH BHARAT MISSION
i. Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, has informed that the number of Open Defecation Free districts in India has crossed 100, making it a milestone achievement under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
ii. Over 1.7 lakh villages over the country has also become ODF.
iii. Haryana Minister for Development & Panchayats, and Agriculture, Shri O.P Dhankar declared that Haryana will become an ODF State by November 2017.
iv. The announcement was made during the launch of the week-long Swachh Shakti Saptah in Gurugram, Haryana by Shri Tomar to highlight the role of women in Swachh Bharat Mission and to recognize their leadership.
3. MINISTRY OF WOMEN & CHILD DEVELOPMENT OBSERVES SWACHHTA PAKHWADA THROUGHOUT INDIA
i. The Ministry of Women & Child Development is observing the Swachhta Pakhwada to raise awareness about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan among women and children.
ii. The Swachhta Pakhwada is observed by various Ministries of Government of India to achieve the goal of universal sanitation, hygiene and ‘open defecation free’ India by 2019.
iii. Senior officials from the Ministry and associated organisations travel across the country on these days and conduct activities such as Swachhta Pledge, slogan writing and poster making competition, street play, demonstration and sessions on health, hygiene and sanitation for children, waste management etc.
iv. Special programmes for girl child under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao would be undertaken.
4. MADHYA PRADESH PRESENTS 2017-18 BUDGET, ANNOUNCES DEENDAYAL RASOI YOJNA FOR POOR
i. Jayant Malaiya, Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister, presented Rs.1,85,564.27 cr Budget for 2017-2018 in the state Assembly.
ii. The minister estimated the net expenditure to be Rs 1,69,954.46 cr with a revenue surplus of Rs 4596.40 cr for 2017-18.
iii. The Government has proposed to raise VAT on aviation turbine fuel sold for fuelling at Indore and Bhopal airports from 4% to 25%.
iv. The Minister announced Deendayal Rasoi Yojna and allocated a sum of Rs 10 cr for creating necessary infrastructure to implement the scheme in order to provide food at subsided rate to the poor in urban areas.
5. PM MODI ADDRESSES INTERNATIONAL YOGA FESTIVAL
i. PM Narendra Modi addressed International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand via Video Conferencing and voiced that there is ample substantiation that practicing ancient yoga to keep the fight against stress and life-style related issues.
ii. The PM asserted that Yuga instills togetherness & harmony through Yoga and termed perfect way to achieve not only a healthy body, as well as produces disciplines among people and has the strength to combat climate change.
iii. The PM also went on to emphasize that Indian tradition not only puts on cleanliness of individuals but also on his surroundings.
6. PAKISTAN DIPLOMAT SIAL ASSUMES OFFICE AS NEW SEC GEN OF SAARC
i. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation has named Amjad Hussain B Sial, as secretary general with immediate effect from March 1, 2017.
ii. Sial from Pakistan succeeds Nepal’s Arjun Bahadur Thapa as the SAARC secretary general who was appointed the Secretary-General in 2014.
iii. Prior to this appointment sial was Special Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, from Pakistan Foreign Service.
7. NAVY SUCCESSFULLY TEST-FIRES ANTI-SHIP MISSILE FROM KALVARI SUBMARINE
i. The Indian navy successfully test- fired indigenously built Kalvari class submarine, an anti-ship missile for the 1st time, which reflects further bolstering India’s naval prowess.
ii. The weapon was fired from the 1st vessel in the series of 6 Scorpene-class submarines and it successfully hit a surface target during the trial in the Arabian Sea.
iii. Besides Indian Navy is among a select few nations in the world to have anti-ship missile firing capability from submarines.
8. AIFF APPOINTS LUIS NORTON DE MATOS NEW HEAD COACH OF INDIA U-17 FOOTBALL TEAM
i. The All India Football Federation appointed Portugal’s Luis Norton de Matos as the head coach of the India U-17 World Cup team for the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
ii. De Matos will replace Nicolai Adam who was forced to resign under controversial circumstances after a revolt from the players.
OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS
Q1. WHO HAS BECOME NEW SECRETARY-GENERAL OF SOUTH ASIAN ASSOCIATION FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION?
a) Amjad Hussain B Sial
b) Ahmed Saleem
c) Abul Ahsan
d) Arjun Bahadur Thapa
Q2. THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL YOGA FESTIVAL HAS STARTED IN WHICH STATE?
d) Madhya Pradesh
Q3. WHICH INDIAN CITY HAS BEEN RANKED AS THE BEST CITY IN THE 4TH EDITION OF THE ANNUAL SURVEY OF INDIA’S CITY SYSTEMS 2016 BY JANAAGRAHA CENTRE FOR CITIZENSHIP AND DEMOCRACY?
b) New Delhi
Q4. THE NATIONWIDE SWACHHTA PAKHWADA HAS BEEN ORGANIZED BY WHICH MINISTRY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAN?
a) Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
b) Ministry of Women & Child Development
c) Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
d) Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga
Q5. WHICH STATE HAS EMERGED AS THE TOP MOST STATE TO ACHIEVE MAXIMUM REGISTRATION UNDER THE GOODS AND SERVICES TAX REGIME WHEN COMPARED TO OTHER STATES OF INDIA?
a) Tamil Nadu
d) Uttar Pradesh
1 - A 2 - C 3 - D 4 - B 5 - C