Current Events- March 4

March 6, 2017, 10:59 a.m.

enlightenedThe Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unanimously cleared the crucial Central GST (CGST) and Integrated GST (IGST) draft bills on March 4, 2017 during its 11th meeting at Vigyan Bhavan.

enlightenedThe Union Ministry of Human Resource Development in its notification on February 28, 2017, made it mandatory for the students across the country to have an Aadhaar number for getting the their midday meals.

enlightenedIn a cabinet meeting on February 28, 2017, the Assam government led by the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal decided to make Sanskrit a compulsory language for students up to class 8 in the state. Besides, the government also decided to promote computer education in the state. The government would also appoint teachers for the two subject.

enlightenedA renewed agreement between Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir has been sealed for the completion of the Shahpur Kandi Dam project, work on which was halted two years ago following a dispute.

enlightenedThe West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill, 2017 was passed by the state legislative assembly on March 3, 2017 with full support.

enlightenedThe West Bengal government has given an official status to Kurukh language in the state which has been listed as an endangered language by the UNESCO. The language was given the official status on February 21 on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day.

enlightenedThe Syrian troops on March 2, 2017 successfully recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group for the second time in a year with support from Russian forces and warplanes.

enlightenedAs per the report by the Border Security Force (BSF), India has completed the process of fencing half of the 4,096 km of border area which it shares with Bangladesh and expects to finish fencing the rest by 2019.

enlightenedSweden’s coalition government of Social Democrats and Greens instituted a military draft for both men and women to tackle the deteriorating security environment in Europe and around Sweden.

enlightenedIndia’s largest lender has State bank of India has revised service charges various transactions, as well as cash deposits and for failing to maintain monthly average balance in their savings accounts.

enlightenedThe Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), will house its regional entrepreneurship centre at Bengaluru ­based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C­CAMP), a biotechnology innovation incubator.

enlightenedPresident Pranab Mukherjee awarded the prestigious President’s ‘Standard’ to 125 Helicopter Squadron and “Colours” to Mechanical Training Institute (MTI) at the Tambaram air base, near Chennai on March 3, 2017.

enlightenedThe Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) under the Ministry of Environment and Forests coordinated nationwide ‘Operation Thunder Bird’ from January 30 to February 19, 2017 to combat illegal trade of wildlife animals in the country.

enlightenedThe National Green Tribunal has passed an order on March 2, 2017 prohibiting all camping activity on beaches along the Ganga which fall within 100 meters from the middle of the river during lean season flow from Shivpuri to Rishikesh, a hub for eco-tourism and river rafting.

enlightenedRussian Tennis star Maria Sharapova has been granted wild card Italian Open as  makes her return from a doping ban. The Rome tournament runs from May 15 to May 21.

enlightenedFormer Indian cricketer Akash Chopra released book titled Numbers Do Lie, 61 Hidden Cricket Stories which takes a different look at stats.

enlightenedWorld Hearing Day is observed on each year on March 3rd to promote hearing since its pronouncement in 2007. The theme for World Hearing Day 2017 “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment” reflects to the economic impact of hearing loss.

-04 March 2017

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