Weekly Current Affairs – 20th to 26th March 2017

  • The 3-day International Buddhist Conference began at Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Rajgir in Nalanda district in Bihar which was jointly inaugurated by Dalai Lama and the Union Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mahesh Sharma.
  • On 20 March 2017, the World Sparrow Day was observed across the World.
  • With a health score of 97.44 out of 100 Italy has been ranked as the healthiest country on Earth.
  • 21 March is observed as the International Day of Forests (IDF). The Day Celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests, on each International Day of Forests.
  • Chuck Berry, the noted American guitarist, singer and song writer who is recognized as one of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll music died at the age of 90.
  • Jason Kothari was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Free charge by Indian e-commerce company Snapdeal CEO, Kunal Bahl on March 20, 2017.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara, India’s most consistent middle order batsman stormed his Way into record books, after playing a marathon innings against Australia on fourth day of the Third Test Match. Pujara becomes the first Indian batsman to face 500 balls in a Test Innings.
  • National record holder K.T. Irfan won the bronze medal in Men’s 20 KM race walk event at the Asian Race walking Championships in NOmi, Japan.
  • 22 March 2017  observed as the World Water Day (WWD) globally with the theme why waste water?
  • 23 March 2017 observed as the World Meteorological Day 2017 globally  with the theme “Understanding Clouds”.
  • On 86th martyrdom day of India’s freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev the whole nation remembering the legends on March 23.
  • According to the UN Development Programme’s Human Development Report India ranked 131 of 188 when it comes to the Human Development Index (HDI).
  • Ankur Khanna was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of International Cricket Council (ICC).
  • Ed Sheeran from UK, the 26 year old English Singer, song writer and record producer will be honoured with the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 2017 Hal David Starlight Award.
  • The Union Govt recently informed that five Indian Cities Ahmedabad, Delhi, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar and Mumbai were included in the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Every year, on 24 March, TB Alert Joins hundreds of other Organisations around the World in raising awareness of TB.
  • Ravish Kumar was honoured with the first Kuldip Nayar Journalism Award, for his contributions in World Journalism.
  • Noted Tamil writer Thiagarajan, passed away on 23 March 2017 following a brief illness in Chennai. He was 85.
  • Scientists of Berlin in Germany are flipping the switch on what’s being described as the world’s largest artificial sun.
  • The Bihar government has been launched an ambitious programme to provide free WIFi facilities in colleges and universities.
  • Six Indian Americans have been nominated among a total of 88 recipients for the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honour, the highest civilian award in the US for immigrants. Besides, a Pakistani – American Dr. Adil Haider has also been named for the Prestigious Award.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will Inaugurate India’s longest road tunnel, built on the Jammu – Srinagar National Highway, on April 2.
  • The Indian Navy successfully test fired the short-range Barak surface-to-air missile from the Air Craft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
  • The Taliban has captured the crucial city of Sangin in southern Afghanistan after a year-long battle.
  • Aiming to provide will set up WiFi hotspot kiosks at about 500 stations. Named “Railwire Saathi”.
  • A capstone in the shape of a human body was excavated at Narmeta Village, Siddipet District by Telangana State Department of Archaeology and Museums. This is the largest capstone ever discovered by the department in its 100-year history.
  • The two day Houston India Conference was hosted by Asia Society Texas Center. The Theme of the conference is “Make in India – The Inside Story”.
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