Current Affairs March 13, 2017
Cash withdrawal limits from banks removed from today
All restrictions on cash withdrawal from savings bank account have been removed from today as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had announced about it last month.
- Earlier, it had removed cash withdrawal limits from ATMs from February 1.
World Bank offers over $1-billion loan to Maharashtra
The World Bank has announced an assistance programme of over $1 billion in the areas of urban transport and climate resilient agriculture in Maharashtra, over the next 2-3 years.
HSBC appoints Mark Tucker as new chairman
HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, tapped an outsider for its top job, appointing insurance veteran and AIA Group boss Mark Tucker as chairman to replace Douglas Flint, who plans to step down in 2017.
Defence Minister Parrikar steps down to be Goa CM
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has resigned to head a new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Goa.
- In the just concluded polls, the Congress emerged as the single largest party with 17 seats, but not enough to form government.
- Goa Governor Mridula Sinha has asked Parrikar to prove majority on the floor of the Goa Legislative Assembly 15 days after taking oath.
Finance Minister Jaitley given additional charge of defence
President Pranab Mukherjee accepted the resignation of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and assigned additional charge of the ministry to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on the recommendations of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Kerala announces 5% reservation for differently-abled in education
The Kerala government has decided to give differently-abled 5% reservation in higher education and 4% in job sector in the state.
- This was announced by the government recently while presenting its state budget 2017-18.
- Rs 250 crore had been earmarked by the state for schemes for the differently-abled, implemented through the Social Justice, Education and Health Departments, which is an increase of 35% compared to the previous year.
Golfer SSP Chawrasia Creates History By Successfully Defending His Hero Indian Open Title
SSP Chawrasia made history after retaining his title at the Hero Indian Open with a remarkable seven-stroke win in New Delhi.
- Chawrasia, 38, became the first Indian to successfully defend a European Tour title and the first player to win their first four events in their home country.
- He also became only the second Indian golfer to successfully defend the Hero Indian Open at the redesigned DLF golf and country club in Gurgaon.
- Chawrasia is the third player to win back-to-back Indian Open. The other two golfers who did so earlier are Jyoti Randhawa who won in 2006 and 2007 and Japan’s Kenji Hosoishi who won in 1967 and 1968.
Tendulkar allies with Aster DM Foundation to support children with cancer, heart diseases
The Aster DM Foundation has announced a partnership with legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to help young patients suffering from cancer and heart ailments in young patients.
Google uses Artificial Intelligence to diagnose breast cancer
US tech giant Google has announced that using artificial intelligence to identify breast cancer has borne fruitful results.
- Google used a flavour of Artificial Intelligence called deep learning to analyse thousands of slides of cancer cells provided by a Dutch university.
Pakistan set to conduct its first census in 19 years
Pakistan is set to conduct its first national census in 19 years with the assistance of over 200,000 troops.
Pakistani diplomat assumes office as SAARC Secretary General
Amjad Hussain B. Sial, a senior Pakistani diplomat, has assumed office of Secretary General of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).
- Sial has replaced Arjun Bahadur Thapa whose three-year tenure as the SAARC Secretary General expired in March 2017.
Malayalam film director Diphan passed away
Film director Diphan passed away at a private hospital, according to film industry sources.
John Hampshire, former England and Yorkshire batsman, passes away
Former England batsman and Test umpire John Hampshire has passed away at the age of 76 after a long illness