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Important Current Affairs 12th March 2017 with Free PDF


Important Current Affairs 12th March 2017 with Free PDF

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We bring you Important Current Affairs 12th March 2017 with Free PDF in English and Hindi, which will update you with latest headlines, news from various domains i.e: National News, Sports, Business, Awards & recognition. It will help you in preparation of competitive exams like: SSC, SBI, IBPS PO, Clerk, Railways & Various other Entrance examinations.


Pradeep Nair named Regional Director of Ford Foundation for India, Nepal and Sri Lanka

Pradeep Nair on 8 March 2017 was named the Ford Foundation Regional Director for its office serving India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
●    Nair previously headed the then US President Bill Clinton's Climate Initiative in India.
●    Pradeep Nair is a seasoned public and private sector leader.
●    He holds a deep regional expertise and more than 20 years of experience building partnerships among government, corporate, philanthropic and civil society partners in the dynamic South Asia region.
●    He joined the Ford Foundation with a record of guiding the growth and development of regional institutions.
●    As India Country Director, he established the organisation's India office and played


Narendra Modi presents Swachh Shakti Awards 2017 to women sarpanch

PM Narendra Modi on 8 March 2017 presented Swachh Shakti Awards 2017 to women sarpanch in Gandhinagar, Gujarat who have contributed immensely to the movement towards a clean India. 
●    The awards were presented on the occasion of International Women's Day 2017.
●    PM Modi honoured ten women with the Swachh Shakti Samman for their exemplary work in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
●    He urged the gathering to maintain the momentum which has been generated towards cleanliness. 
●    The Prime Minister asserted that Swachhata, or cleanliness, has to be become our habit. 
●    He said the poor gain the most when we achieve cleanliness and eliminate dirt. 
●    The Prime Minister said that the women who were being honoured today have shattered many myths, and have shown how a positive change has begun in rural India.

Minister of Railways inaugurates extension of Ranchi-Barkichanpi Passenger upto Tori
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated the extension of passenger train viz. 58653/58654 Ranchi-Barkichanpi Passenger up to Tori to provide train services on new broad gauge Barkichanpi-Tori section (29.5Km) through Video Conferencing from Rail Bhawan . 
●    Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha Shri S.K. Singh, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A. K. Mital, Member Traffic Railway Board Shri Mohd. Jamshed, other Railway Board Members and senior officials were also present on the occasion.
●    The abstract schedule including timings, composition, days of run etc. of the train service extended.
●    Indian Railway extended one pair of passenger train viz. 58653/58654 Ranchi-Barkichanpi Passenger up to Tori to provide train services on new broad gauge Barkichanpi-Tori section (29.5Km).

Centre to Launch Pilot Project on Ornamental Fisheries with total outlay of Rs. 61.89 crore

 Recognizing the potential and scope of ornamental fisheries, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, has envisaged a program to unlock the country’s ornamental fisheries sector through a special drive by launching a pilot scheme for the development of ornamental fisheries with a total outlay of Rs. 61.89 crore. 
●    Implementation of the pilot-scale Ornamental Fisheries Project focuses mainly on creating an enabling environment for a sustainable and holistic development of Ornamental Fisheries for the socio-economic development of the people involved in this activity as well as for exports. 
●    The thrust areas have been identified for enhancing ornamental fisheries production through cluster-based farming and conservation of natural resources, both inland and marine, through habitat restoration and creating awareness amongst the stakeholders. 
●    The major objectives of the pilot project are:
●    To promote ornamental fish culture with cluster-based approach, 
●    To augment ornamental fisheries trade and export earnings, 
●    To create employment opportunities for the rural & peri urban population and  
●    Use of modern technology and innovation to make ornamental fisheries a thriving activity.


NASA Is About to Create the Coldest Place in the Known Universe

 NASA is about to launch the coldest place on Earth - the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) - into orbit, where astronauts will use it to create never-before-seen conditions with temperatures 100 million times colder than the depths of space.
●    The Cold Atom Lab will hitch a ride on a SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station, where it's hoped the super-chilled box will reveal strange new physics when atoms are cooled to a mere billionth of a degree above absolute zero.
●    Studying these hyper-cold atoms could reshape our understanding of matter and the fundamental nature of gravity. 
●    In case you've never considered what the coldest place on Earth was until about 30 seconds ago, NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory is an ice chest-sized box equipped with lasers, a vacuum chamber, and an electromagnetic 'knife' to slow particles to an almost motionless state.
●    The instrument is still in its final stages of construction, so this mission, set to launch in August, will be its first big test.


Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin joint No. 1 in ICC Test rankings

India’s spin twins Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are on top of the world. According to the latest International Cricket Council rankings for Test bowlers, Jadeja has joined Ashwin as the world’s leading bowlers.
●    Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin finished with six-wicket hauls in the second India vs Australia Test in Bangalore. 
●    This was the first time in a Test match when four bowlers -- Australia’s Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood also returned six-wicket hauls -- finished with six-fours.
●    India won a dramatic Test match by 75 runs after Australia were set a winning target of 188 on a wearing Day 4 wicket at Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium.
●    In a Test match that was marred by DRS controversies and some pantomime, Jadeja and Ashwin stood out with their performances.
●    Ravindra Jadeja’s seven wickets in the match, which included a crucial six for 63 in the first innings, helped him move up one rank to reach the top position for the first time in his career. 
●    The last time two bowlers shared the top spot was in April 2008 when Dale Steyn and Muttiah Muralidaran were at the top.


President of India inaugurates the 12th CII-Exim bank conclave on India Africa Project Partnership

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 12th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership today (March 9, 2017) in New Delhi. 
●    Speaking on the occasion, the President said that our connection with Africa is not new. 
●    The bonds between our countries have strengthened over the years. 
●    We are committed to building genuine partnerships that create jobs and opportunities for our peoples. 
●    Mindful of our common history and shared future, we have decided to elevate our relationship. 
●    For the first time ever, we welcomed representatives of all 54 countries of Africa at the third India-Africa Forum Summit in October 2015. 
●    We have since then broadened our diplomatic footprint. 
●    Our leadership has visited almost every African country in the last eighteen months. He stated that he personally went to Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana and Namibia last year.