Current Events-March 11

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enlightenedThe Assembly Elections in the five states- Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur were considered the first big test for the BJP after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation drive, which wiped out 86 per cent of currency from the nation’s economy. Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) emerged victorious in state election of Uttar Pradesh. Congress’ candidates have won in 77 seats in the 117 member Punjab Assembly to get a majority win. Congress emerged as the single largest party in Goa.

enlightenedThe Arunachal Pradesh Finance Minister Chowna Mein presented a Rs 285 crore deficit budget for the 2017-18 fiscal in the state Assembly on March 10, 2017 with focus on women empowerment, infrastructure development and law & order

enlightenedRajya Sabha passed a bill on March 10, 2017 by voice vote to amend a 49-year-old law regarding claims of succession or transfer of properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan and China in the 1960s or later .

enlightenedState-run National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has installed India’s largest floating Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Plant at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) at Kayamkulam in Kerala on March 10, 2017.

enlightenedThe Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made six subjects mandatory for class 10th standard board exams from 2017-18 instead of five subjects which includes two languages, social science, mathematics and science.

enlightenedThe Pakistan’s Law Minister Zahid Hamid introduced two constitutional amendment bills in the National Assembly (lower house) on March 10, 2017 for the revival of the military courts that had ceased to function on January 7, 2017 after the expiry of their two-year term. The two bills introduced includes, the 28th Amendment Bill-2017 and the Pakistan Army Amendment Bill-2017.

enlightened B P Kanungo was appointed as deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for three years. He will take charge on or after April 3, 2017. He will replace R Gandhi.

enlightenedManjeev Singh Puri was appointed as the new Indian envoy to Nepal on March 10, 2017. He is the succeedor of Ranjit Rae.

enlightenedThe North Delhi Municipal Corporation launched India’s largest municipal waste-to-power plant at Narela-Bawana in New Delhi on March 10, 2017. The 24 megawatt (MW) Narela-Bawana waste-to-energy plant was inaugurated by the Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu at the Civic Centre.

enlightenedIndia successfully test-fired an extended range version of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from a test range off the Odisha coast on March 11, 2017.

enlightenedThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on March 9, 2017 officially announced the name of its upcoming mission to explore the Jupiter mysterious moon. The mission to explore the habitability of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa will be called as Europa Clipper. The mission is being planned for launch
in the 2020s.

enlightenedThe States of Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have decided to jointly conduct a synchronised Elephant census from May 9-12, 2017.

enlightenedA team of scientists at CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Visakhapatnam have discovered 3 new canyons in the depths of Bay of Bengal close to Kovvada in Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh on March 10, 2017.

enlightenedChris Bertish, a South African surfer and a sailor became the first person in the world on March 9, 2017 to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard after completing an epic 4,050-mile voyage alone at sea.

enlightenedThe National Archives of India celebrated its 127th Foundation Day on March 11, 2017 at Janpath, New Delhi.

-11 March 2017

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