29 March 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

29 March 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

Win Myint elected as Myanmar's next President

29 March 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

  • Myanmar's Parliament has elected ‘Win Myint’ (a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi) as the country's next President.
  • Win Myint has been a Speaker in the Lower House since 2012.
  • The President of Myanmar is the head of state and the head of government of Myanmar and heads the Cabinet of Myanmar.
  • The president is elected by ‘Presidential Electoral College’, (a three-committee body), not by the general population.
  • Each of the three committees made up of Amyotha Hluttaw, Pyithu Hluttaw members of parliament, or military-appointed lawmakers, nominates a candidate for the presidency.
  • The candidate with the highest number of votes from the Electoral College is elected president, while the two other candidates become vice-presidents.

Indu Bhushan appointed CEO Of Ayushman Bharat Mission

  • Indu Bhushan has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Union Government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission (ABNHPM) for two years.
  • The scheme has the benefits cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family per year. 
  • This will be the world’s largest government-funded health care programme.
  • Bhushan holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Master of Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
The Ayushman Bharat Mission initiatives:
  • Under Health and Wellness Centre, 1.5 lakh centers will bring health care system closer to the homes of people.
  • National Health Protection Scheme will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage up to 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.

Shekhar Kapur appointed as chairman of the central panel of 65th NFA

  • Veteran director Shekhar Kapur has been appointed as the chairman of the central panel of the 65th National Film Awards(NFA).
  • The central panel comprises a chairperson and 10 other members, including 5 regional chairpersons who head the respective regional panels.
  • Mr. Kapur is known for his work in Hindi cinema and International cinema.
No. Regional Chairpersons Names
1. South 1- panel Imtiaz Hussain (Film writer)
2. South -2 panel Mehboob (writer of Bollywood film song lyrics).
3. Western panel Rahul Rawail (Director)
4. Eastern panel P Sheshadri (Kannada cinema Director).
5. North panel Gautami Tadimalla(Tamil Film actress)
  •  The other members of the panel include Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Tripurari Sharma, Rumi Jaffery, Ranjit Das and Rajesh Mapuskar.

Lt Gen Harpal Singh takes Charge as Director General Border Roads

  • Lt. Gen Harpal Singh has been appointed as the Director General Border Roads (DGBR).
  • Earlier, he was holding the appointment of Director General Military Training at IHQ of MoD (Army).
  • Mr. Singh is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the Higher Command and National Defence College courses.
  • Lt Gen Harpal M.Tech from the Virginia State University (USA) Masters in Management Studies from Osmania University and M.Phil ( Defence Studies) from Madras University.
  • The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) develops and maintains road networks in India's border areas & friendly neighboring countries.
  • The BRO operates and maintains over 32,885 kilometers of roads and about 12,200 meters of permanent bridges in the country.

Important Dates

Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated across the country today

  • Today, the birth anniversary of 24th and last Jain Tirthankar ‘Bhagwan Mahavir’ is being celebrated across the country.
  • Mahaveer Janma Kalyana is one of the most important religious festivals for Jains.
Note: Mahaveer was born in Ikshvaku dynasty as the son of King Siddhartha of Kundagrama and Queen Trishala.

National Affairs

Puri Jagannath temple Ratna Bhandar to be opened after 34 years

  • The Odisha government has granted permission to the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) of Puri to open the Ratna Bhandar after 34 years for inspection by the Archaeological Survey of India(ASI).
  • Earlier, The Orissa High Court (monitoring the repair work undertaken by the ASI) had ordered the ASI to inspect the structural condition of the Ratna Bhandar and submit a status report.
  • Precious jewelry and ornaments of the deities are kept in the Ratna Bhandar which was last inspected in 1984.
  • The condition of the inside of the Ratna Bhandar would be inspected by the ASI.

EPFO launches portal for pensioners

  • The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has launched the pensioner’s portal through which all EPFO pensioners may get the details of pension-related information.
  • The facility has been made available at EPFO’s website epfindia.gov.in.
  • The enhanced “Track eKYC” has also been launched to check the status of Aadhaar seeded against their UAN.
  • EPFO assists the Central Board in administering a compulsory contributory Provident Fund Scheme, a Pension Scheme and an Insurance Scheme for the workforce engaged in the organized sector in India.

Harsimrat Kaur inaugurates the first mega food park in Rajasthan

  • The Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has inaugurated the first mega food park at Roopangarh Village near Ajmer (Rajasthan).
  • The food park is being set up at a cost of over Rs. 113.57 crores and will benefit around 25 thousand farmers in Ajmer as well as neighboring districts.
  • Mega Food Park is an inclusive concept and a scheme of the Ministry of Food Processing of the Government of India.
  • The objective of the food park is establishing a "direct linkage from farm to processing and then to consumer markets" through network of collection centres.

DERC announces new tariff schedule for 2018-19

  • Delhi's power regulator, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has announced a new tariff schedule for from 1st of April this year.
  • The new tariff will have an overall lowering effect on electricity bills for various categories of consumers in Delhi.
  • The DERC has also hiked the fixed charges but reduced the per unit rates of electricity consumed. 
  • Now, the consumers using up to 150 units of electricity, may have to pay marginally higher.
  • The Delhi government gives 50% subsidy to consumers using up to 400 units of electricity per month. 
  • The consumers using more than 400 units per month will be benefited more according to the new tariff schedule.


ISRO Launches Communication satellite GSAT-6A from Sriharikota

  • Today, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) GSLV-F08 (carrying the GSAT6A communication satellite) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota.
  • GSAT-6A (similar to GSAT-6) is a high-power S-band communication satellite based on the I-2K satellite bus.
  • The mission life of the spacecraft is about 10 years.
  • The satellite will provide a platform for developing technologies such as demonstration of the 6-meter S-Band Unfurlable Antenna, hand-held ground terminals and network management techniques, useful in satellite-based mobile communication applications.
  • This will be the 12th flight of GSLV and the sixth one with the Indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage.


17th Sub-junior National Wushu Championship begins in Jammu

  • The four-day national level 17th Sub-junior National Wushu Championship has begun in Jammu (winter capital city of Jammu).
  • The sports event is being organized by the ‘Wushu Association of India’ in collaboration with J&K State Sports Council.
  • Around 37 teams across the country and 12 boys from Army are participating in the national championship.

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