General - Current Affairs for March, 2015

General Current Affairs for March, 2015

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▼ HP becomes first state to adopt e-Vidhaan mobile app   [03-30-15]

The App was launched on 30th Mar’15 in the presence of Speaker Brij Behari Lal Butail. The apps could be accessed by all the members 45 minutes before the question hours on android and tablets having information about day business.

▼ Rajasthan becomes first state to fix minimum educational qualification for contesting PRI elections   [03-30-15]

On 27th Mar’15 Rajasthan Govt. passed the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2015 which stipulates a minimum qualification of Class X pass from a recognized board for contesting election for the post of member of Zila Parishad or Panchayat Samiti while minimum qualification of class VIII pass has been stipulated for the post of Sarpanch (village head).

▼ New Foreign Trade Policy was unveiled on April 1st, 2015   [03-30-15]

The government will unveil the new Foreign Trade Policy on first of April. The policy is aimed at giving fillip to exports with an objective to drive economic growth and create more employment opportunities. The foreign trade policy, which is usually announced in April, provides guidelines for enhancing exports with the overall objective of pushing economic growth and generating employment.

▼ National mourning observed in India on 29thMarch 2015 at the passing of Lee Kuan Yew   [03-30-15]

He was the former PM of Singapore. The National Flag will be flown at half-mast throughout India and there will be no official entertainment on the day.

▼ NIC organised the Web Ratna Awards 2014 on 25thMarch 2015   [03-30-15]

National Informatics Centre (NIC). Comprehensive Web Presence- Ministry, the Platinum was bagged by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Golf by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Silver by Controller General of Accounts. For Comprehensive Web Presence -State category the Platinum award has been won by Maharashtra followed by Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand in the Gold and Silver section respectively.

▼ Delhi HC becomes first Indian court to set up commercial courts for speedy case disposal   [03-30-15]

Chief Justice of Delhi HC G Rohini designated four benches to act as commercial courts. Out of this, two single judge benches with original jurisdiction will deal with the suits involving commercial disputes relating to intellectual property rights, arbitration, insurance, banking, taxation, company cases etc and the other two benches with appellate jurisdiction will hear appeals against the commercial disputes cases.

▼ Ministry of AYUSH launches Ayush Man Bharat on Doordarshan   [03-30-15]

‘Ayushman Bharat’ as the title of the programme suggests aims at popularizing traditional Indian medicines among the masses. Through this programme, masses will be able to have interaction with the experts of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy and people will be able to get solutions to their problems.

▼ Indo Myanmar border- venue for new land customs station   [03-30-15]

Land Customs station at the Indo-Myanmar border trade centre at Zokhawthar in Champhai district of Mizoram.

▼ Uttarakhand gets first cyber police station to check cyber crimes on 26thMarch 2015   [03-30-15]

The station is opened in Dehradun which is fully equipped to tackle bank and online frauds including crimes committed through social networking websites and mobile applications.

▼ Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Aasiya Andrabi booked in J&K for raising Pakistan flag   [03-30-15]

The case against Andrabi has been registered at Nowhatta Police station under Section 13 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

▼ Chhattisgarh to become venue for first National Skill University: MSDE   [03-30-15]

To setting up the university the policy would be finalized in the next three months.

▼ Maharashtra makes sale of gutkha non bailable offence   [03-30-15]

The manufacture and sale of Gutka is banned in Maharashtra, but it is not implemented effectively as there are no such restrictions in neighbouring states due to which the tobacco-laced chewing products are smuggled in.

▼ Section 66A of the IT Act was struck down by SC on 24thMarch 2015   [03-29-15]

Terming liberty of thought and expression as cardinal, a bench of justices J Chelameswar and R F Nariman said, the public's right to know is directly affected by section 66A which gives the police power to arrest a person for posting offensive content online and provides for a three-year jail term. The government has welcomed the Supreme Court decision to scrape the section 66 (A ) of the Information Technology, IT Act and said that the section 66( A) is unacceptable in current form.

▼ German airliner A-320 crashed in France on 24thMarch 2015   [03-29-15]

The Airbus A-320 belonging to GermanWings, an affiliate of German airline Lufthansa, was travelling from the Spanish coastal city of Barcelona to the German city of Duesseldorf when it went down.

▼ Andhra Pradesh government names new capital Amravati   [03-29-15]

Since Amaravati is also associated with Telugu heritage dating back to the Satavahana kingdom, CM Naidu felt that it would be the most appropriate name for the AP capital.

▼ Amitabh Bachchan appointed brand ambassador for combating hepatitis B   [03-29-15]

He was appointed as the brand ambassador for India’s fight against Hepatitis B after his successful stint as UNICEF’s goodwill brand ambassador of pulse polio campaign in India.

▼ 7 days of national mourning observed in Singapore following Lee Kuan Yew's death   [03-29-15]

Lee Kuan Yew served as the city-state's prime minister for 31 years. He was 91-year old led Singapore's transformation from a small port city to one of the wealthiest nations in the world.

▼ INS Viraat decommissioned by Indian Navy in February 2016   [03-29-15]

It was initially commissioned in the Royal British Navy in 1957 and inducted in Indian Navy in 1987.

▼ Mary Kom speaks out against cancer and cardiac diseases in Shillong on March 21, 2015   [03-29-15]

She was addressing a press conference at Don Bosco Technical School in Shillong, in connection with an awareness campaign to combat cancer and cardiac diseases amongst women in Meghalaya.

▼ Janta Express derailed near Rae Barielly, UP on 20thMarch 2015   [03-29-15]

Two coaches of Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Express derailed claimed lives of many peoples.

▼ BIRAC ACE Fund launched on March 19th2015 where BIRAC stands for Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council   [03-28-15]

Govt launches BIRAC to accelerate growth of entrepreneurs in Biotechnology. This equity fund will be operated by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, BIRAC, a Public Sector Undertaking under the Department of Biotechnology of Ministry of Science and Technology.

▼ Rail tickets to have all India Helpline number and security helpline number   [03-28-15]

Indian Railways provided the All India Helpline Number ‘138’ for passengers, for queries and complaints related to medical emergency, cleanliness, food and catering, and coach maintenance. Security helpline number 182 is used to report unsavoury situation during journey. India Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation, IRCTC has been directed to make necessary arrangements to ensure printing of the numbers on the hard copies as well as SMS of e-tickets.

▼ Shakti all women's cab service launched by New Delhi Municipal Council   [03-28-15]

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is planning to introduce a fleet of taxis with women drivers next month.

▼ Adhaar card not compulsory to obtain subsidies on government schemes-SC   [03-28-15]

The Supreme Court made it clear the Aadhaar cards, issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), are not mandatory as far as availing the subsidies associated with numerous govt. schemes is concerned.

▼ London- Venue where the Mahatma Gandhi statue by British sculptor Philip Jackson unveiled   [03-28-15]

Mahatma Gandhi's statue was unveiled at London's Parliament Square.

▼ Central government employees to be allowed to visit SAARC nations except Pakistan on LTC   [03-28-15]

The Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions said, the decision has been taken to promote people-to-people contact and boost tourism among the SAARC regions. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, SAARC is a group of eight nations comprising Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and India.

▼ Governor announces new city Naina around Navi Mumbai International Airport   [03-28-15]

Maharashtra government would be developing a new city - 'NAINA' - over an area of 600 sq km around the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport.

▼ Vessel Barracuda has been imported from Mauritius and commissioned in 12thMarch 2015   [03-28-15]

It was handed over to Mauritius in December 2014 but was commissioned by Indian Prime Narendra Modi on his state visit to Mauritius.

▼ First indigenously developed and manufactured vaccine launched against Rotavirus on 9thMarch 2015   [03-28-15]

The Rotavirus vaccine will boost efforts to combat infant mortality due to Diarrhoea. Each year, Diarrhoea caused by rotavirus causes 10 lakh hospitalizations and kills nearly 80 thousand children under the age of 5 years.

▼ Hyderabad has best quality of Living: Mercer's Report 2015   [03-28-15]

In South Asia, Colombo (132), ranks highest and is followed by emerging Indian cities Hyderabad (138) and Pune (145). Both cities rank higher for quality of living than the country’s more traditional business centres, Mumbai (152) and New Delhi (154).

▼ Vienna has best standards of living: Mercer's Quality of Living Report 2015   [03-28-15]

Zurich, Auckland and Munich are in second, third, and fourth place respectively. In fifth place, Vancouver is the highest-ranking city in North America and the region’s only city in the top 10. Singapore (26) is the highest-ranking Asian city, whereas Dubai (74) ranks first across the Middle East and Africa. Montevideo in Uruguay (78) takes the top spot for South America.

▼ Unique Delhi Hub Project- First TOD Smart City in Delhi   [03-28-15]

An agreement for developing the first smart sub-city in East Delhi was signed between National Building Construction Corporation Ltd (NBCC) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on 4 March 2015. The sub-city will be pedestrian-friendly, integrated by multiple modes of transport, walk to work concept, reducing the need to travel for daily needs.

▼ NPCI reaches new milestone   [03-28-15]

NPCI chief A P Hota, in a statement said this electronic benefit transfer programme will not only be unique but also be one of the largest in the world. NPCI is the nodal agency for all retail payment system under the Jan Dhan scheme.

▼ BBC broadcasts Nirbhaya documentary following government ban   [03-27-15]

A BBC statement from London said the channel was responsible only for airing the documentary in UK and said the film had handled the issue "responsibly". "The BBC will broadcast Storyville - India's Daughter, in the UK on BBC Four.

▼ World's tallest and largest Indian tricolour unfurled at Faridabad   [03-27-15]

The flag weighs 48 kilograms and has 96 feet by 64 feet dimension. It was hoisted at a height of 250 feet (75 meters), making it the largest and the highest hoisted Indian flag in the world.

▼ EC launches NERPAP in India   [03-27-15]

During the programme, EPIC data of electors will be linked with Aadhar data of UIDAI for the purpose of authentication. NERPAP will focus on improving image quality of electors along with sorting issues like corrections of errors etc.

▼ India to launch IPV/Inactivate Polio Vaccine   [03-27-15]

This injectible vaccine is a part of Polio Endgame Strategy of the World Health Organisation and is based on recommendations by National Technical Advisory Group on

▼ Atal Innovation Mission to foster scientific innovation in infrastructure development   [03-27-15]

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), an innovation promotion platform in the NITI Aayog, with an initial fund of Rs 150 crore for research and development.

▼ ISM Dhanbad to be upgraded to IIT as per Budget 2015-2016   [03-27-15]

As per the draft prepared for 12th 5-year plan (DRAFT Twelfth Five Year (2012-17), Planning Commission, Yojana Bhawan, Government of India), there is a proposal to upgrade ISM Dhanbad to IIT.

▼ Annal Hazare launches 1100 km long march against Land Acquisition Ordinance   [03-27-15]

Anna declared on his blog that march will lead Sevagram in Wardha to New Delhi. The march will take up to three months to cover the distance. At the end of the long march Jail Bharo Andolan will be organised at Ramlila Maidan.