Current Affairs March 26 2017
RBI allows exchange of Rs 4,500 in old notes in Nepal
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will allow an exchange of up to Rs 4,500 in banned Indian currency notes to each Nepali national.
- An RBI team led by Dipali Pant Joshi, executive director, RBI, held talks with a Nepali team, in Kathmandu and offered to provide exchange facilities up to INR 4,500 in banned Indian currency notes and gave one week’s window to complete the exchange formalities.
Axis Bank to open international finance branch at GIFT City Gandhinagar
Axis Bank will open an international finance branch at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) in Gandhinagar.
- Bank’s CEO and MD Shikha Sharma announced the same at the 52th convocation of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A).
Indian Navy to scale Everest as part of ‘Seabed to Summit’
An Indian Navy team is set to scale Mount Everest as a part of its ‘Sagar Tal se Sagar Matha (Seabed to Summit)’ expedition.
- The 24-member team, with personnel from INS Chakra and INS Chennai, will plant an ice-axe on the 8,848-metre high peak.
Indian Railways to install Wi-Fi kiosks at 500 remote stations for e-services
Aiming to provide connectivity in remote areas, Railways will set up Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at about 500 stations and help people access an array of online services, including various government schemes.
- Christened as Railwire Saathi, the Wi-Fi kiosks will function like a PCO for Digital India and enable people to use services like e-commerce, online banking, offer them access to open school/university and insurance schemes, e-ticketing for train and bus services among others.
BSF gets first woman combat officer after 51 years
A resident of Rajasthan’s Bikaner, Tanushree Pareek has become the first woman combat officer to be commissioned in the 51-year history of the BSF, the country’s largest border guarding force.
- She will now be posted to command a unit along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab.
Anti-corruption cell to be set up in Manipur
The BJP-led Manipur government has decided to set up an anti-corruption cell at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
- The decision to set up the anti-corruption cell was taken for gathering information on corrupt elements in public service.
India Overtakes Japan To Become Third Largest In Domestic Air Traffic
India has become the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic, beating Japan
- India’s domestic air passenger traffic stood at 100 million in 2016.
- United States with 815 million passengers in 2016 enjoyed the top position, followed by China with 490 million
India wins 73 medals in 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games including 37 golds
India’s special athletes gave an impressive performance and won 73 medals in the recently concluded 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Austria.
- This year’s edition witnessed 2,600 athletes from over 105 countries competing with each other and the Special Olympics Bharat team won 37 golds, 10 silver and 26 bronze medals.
Cheteshwar Pujara sets a record by scoring the most runs in a Test season by an Indian
Pujara achieved the landmark for scoring the most runs in a Test season, surpassing the mark of 1269 by Gautam Gambhir which he achieved in the 2008/09 season.
Vettel wins Australian Grand Prix
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel stormed to victory ahead of the UK’s Lewis Hamilton and Finland’s Valtteri Bottas at the Australian Grand Prix held in Melbourne, Australia.
Bangladesh celebrates 47th Independence Day
On March 26 Bangladesh celebrates its Independence day.
- Bangladesh’s President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed wreaths at National Memorial in Savar paying respects to those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom.