Current Events-March 10

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enlightenedThe Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha by voice vote on March 10, 2017 that will benefit about 1.8 million women working in organized sector. The bill seeks to increase the maternity leaves to 26 weeks by amending the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961 that provides for 12 weeks of maternity leave.

enlightenedPresident Pranab Mukherjee has inaugurated the two day 12th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership on March 9, 2017 in New Delhi.The first conclave has held in 2005.

enlightenedThe Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued a draft rule titled Information Technology (Security of Prepaid Payment Instruments) Rules 2017 on March 8, 2017 for digital wallet firms like Paytm, FreeCharge and Mobikwik.

enlightenedIndian payment and commerce company Paytm has withdrawn the 2 percent fee on adding money to mobile wallets using credit cards on March 10, 2017, just two days after imposing the fees.

enlightenedThe Reserve Bank of India has amended the provision for disbursement of loan by NBFC against the gold on March 9, 2017 in line with the provisions of the Income Tax Act.

enlightenedRashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat was conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) by Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University on its 8th convocation ceremony in Nagpur on March 9, 2017.

enlightened2017 IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award won by the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras(IIT-M) for its solar-direct current (DC) inverter system. The solar inverter system was developed by Centre for Decentralised Power Systems at IIT-M.

enlightenedFormer Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk was re-elected as the president of the European Council for the second time. He won the 27 votes out of 28 EU’s governments.Tusk will act as the president of EU council until the end of 2019.

enlightenedSouth Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has become the nation’s first democratically elected leader to be forced out from office over corruption charges.

enlightenedSenior Shiv Sena leader Vishwanath Mahadeshwar has been elected as 76th mayor of Mumbai and Hemangi Waralikar as deputy mayor. He replaced Snehal Ambekar.

enlightenedWilliam B Thomas(49) has been elected as the global Chairman of Netherlands based KPMG International for a four-year term. Thomas will take charge from John B Veihmeyer on October 1, 2017.

enlightenedFormer Indian cricketer and captain Sachin Tendulkar has roped as an ambassador of Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 which will begin from 24th June, 2017 in England and Wales said by International Cricket Council (ICC).

enlightenedIslamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran successfully test-fired a domestically produced ballistic missile Hormuz-2 from a navy vessel on March 9, 2017. The Hormuz-2 ballistic missile was test-fired off the coast of Iran and successfully destroyed a floating target about 250 kilometers (155 miles) away.

enlightenedChandrayaan-1, India’s first unmanned lunar spacecraft, which was generally considered lost, has been discovered by the NASA scientists still orbiting the Moon. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched its first lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 on October 22, 2008 and lost communication with the spacecraft on August 29, 2009.

enlightenedThe women safety app ‘Ammavin Aran‘ which means ‘mother’s fortress’ was launched by the AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran on March 9, 2017 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

enlightenedIndian women’s hockey team beat Belarus 3-1 in their fifth test to clinch the five-match Test series 5-0 on March 8, 2017 in Bhopal.

enlightened46th National Safety Week Campaign was commenced from 4th March 2017 to 10th  2017 National Safety Week (NSW) - March 4-10, 2017March 2017 to renewing the commitment of employees and general public to work safely throughout the year. This year's theme is “Keep Each Other Safe”.

-10 March 2017

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