23 March 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

23 March 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

23 March 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

Nation Paying tributes to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev on their 87th Martyrdom Day

  • Today, Nation is paying tributes to freedom fighters (Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev) on their 87th martyrdom day.
  • On this day in 1931, British rulers had executed them in Lahore for their revolutionary activities against the British rule.
  • They were hanged a day before the scheduled date of execution.

Canadian Mathematician Robert Langlands wins Abel Prize

  • Canadian mathematician ‘Robert Langlands’(81-year) has won the Abel Prize-2018 "for his visionary programme connecting representation theory to number theory”.
  • The programme has enlisted hundreds of the world’s best mathematicians over the last 50 years.
  • Langlands has received the financial award of USD 776,000 from Norway's King Harald V at an award ceremony in Oslo.
  • The Abel prize has been awarded annually since 2003 to one or more outstanding mathematicians in memory of the Norwegian mathematics genius Niels Henrik Abel.
  • Langlands was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
  • He graduated from the University of British Columbia with an undergraduate degree (in 1957) and an M.Sc. (in 1958) and from the Yale University of the US with a Ph.D. (in 1960).

Abel Prize: 

Yves Meyer
For his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets.
Robert Langlands
Canada /United States
For his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory

Important Dates

World Meteorological Day 2018 observed globally

  • The United Nations' (UN) World Meteorological Day is annually held on or around 23rd March to remember the World Meteorological Organization's establishment on that date in 1950.
  • The theme of WMD 2018 is ‘Weather-ready, climate-smart’.


Pulitzer Prize winner ‘Les Payne’ passes away

  • Journalist nearly four decades with Newsday ‘Les Payne’ (76-year) passed away at his home in Harlem, USA.
  • He was part of the Long Island newspaper's reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1974 for a series titled "The Heroin Trail”.
  • The Pulitzer Prize (established in 1917) is a yearly award (21-categories) for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.
  • The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.
  • In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a USD 15,000 cash award.

International Appointments

John R Bolton to be new National Security Adviser to President Trump

  • Former US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) John R Bolton will be the new National Security Adviser to President Donald Trump.
  • He will replace Lt Gen H R McMaster.
  • The National Security Advisor (NSA) is a senior aide in the Executive Office of the President, who serves as the chief in-house advisor to the President of the United States on national security issues.
  • The National Security Advisor is appointed by the President and does not require confirmation by the Senate.
S.N. Name Term of office Days
President(s) served under
1. Michael Flynn 24 days Donald Trump
2. Keith Kellogg 7- days Donald Trump
3. H. R. McMaster  410-days (till 9th April-18) Donald Trump
4. John R Bolton From 9th April 2018 Donald Trump

National Affairs

Andhra Govt launches Naipunya Rathams or World on Wheels

  • The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has launched ‘Naipunya Rathams’ (or World on Wheels), a multi-utility vehicle, aims to bring technology to the remote corners.
  • The project will be initially implemented in identified 28 Smart Villages in 13 districts and will be expanded to other Smart Villages in a phased manner.
  • The ‘Naipunya Rathaams’ will facilitate and look to improve digital literacy, digital skills and create an awareness of various government schemes that are underway in the new state of Andhra Pradesh.
  • World on Wheels Lab is a 20-seater high tech Bus with enabled digital inclusion and learning lab equipped with smart technology gadgets on computing and printing equipment, as well as software suites and e-learning tools.

Govt decides to declare 2018 as National Year of Millets

  • According to the union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, the union govt has declared 2018 as 'National Year of Millets to boost the cultivation of millets like ‘ragi and jowar’ on a mission mode to achieve nutritional security.
  • Millet cultivation has declined due to change in dietary habits and unavailability of millets.
  • This has led to a special focus on millets, which are being promoted under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM).
  • Under NFSM, maize and jau are also promoted separately.

Science & Defence

Navy warship INS Ganga decommissioned in Mumbai

  • An indigenously built frigate of the Indian Navy ‘INS Ganga’ has been decommissioned in Mumbai after over three decades of service.
  • The ship represented a big step forward in the nation's warship building capability.
  • INS Ganga (F22) is a Godavari-class guided-missile frigate of the Indian Navy, built by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.
  • She was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 30th Dec 1985.


Elavenil Valarivan wins Gold in Junior ISSF World Cup shooting

  • Indian shooter ‘Elavenil Valarivan’ (18-year) shattered the qualification world record in 10-meter women’s air rifle event of the season’s first junior ISSF World Cup in Sydney, Australia.
  • Elavenil also combined with Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta to claim the team gold medal.
  • Arjun Babuta bagged his second junior world cup medal, claiming a bronze in men’s 10-meter air rifle event.

BCCI clears Mohammed Shami of corruption charge

  • The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) cleared India speedster Mohammed Shami's central contract after its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) exonerated him of corruption charges leveled by his wife 'Hasin Jahan'. 
  • Shami has been given a Grade 'B' annual retainership contract (3 crore rupees).
  • He will also be free to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for his franchise Delhi Daredevils.

Williamson becomes NZ's most prolific test century maker

  • The New Zealand captain ‘Kane Williamson’ (27-years) has become New Zealand's most prolific test century maker, scoring his 18th hundred in cricket test against England at Eden Park in Auckland.
  • Now, Williamson has gone to the top of the list for most test centuries.
  • Williamson, Ross Taylor, and the late Martin Crowe shared the record previously with 17 centuries.

Most hundreds of NZ players:

Player Matches Inns Runs 100 50
1. KS Williamson 64* 114 5316 18 26
2. MD Crowe 77 131 5444 17 18
3. LRPL Taylor 84* 150 6266 17 28

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