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Daily Update On Current Affairs - March 31, 2017

Current Affairs

Here's your daily summary of Current Affairs.

Kanha Tiger Reserve Becomes First In India To Get An Official Mascot

Kanha in Madhya Pradesh became first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot named Bhoorsingh, the Barasingha, to create a better connect with its visitors, especially the younger generation. The mascot Bhoorsingh will soon feature in more artwork, posters, and merchandise for the park management at Kanha.

Key Facts: The mascot aims to present the hard ground swamp deer (Barasingha) as the spirit of the reserve and spread awareness to save it from possible extinction. It will also create a unique identity for Kanha, and help spread awareness and allow the younger generation to connect with the wildlife. The mascot has been designed by cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty, who runs a popular website greenhumour.com which showcases over 350 cartoons, comics, and illustrations on wildlife and nature conservation, environment, sustainability etc.

Indian Navy Unveils Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System At Rajali Air Station

The Indian Navy has unveiled the Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) at Rajali Air Station in Tamil Nadu. The aim of IAAMS is to modernise the meteorological infrastructure of the nine Naval Air Stations (NAS). It is expected to bring accuracy in weather monitoring mechanism in the Indian Navy.

Parliament Passes The Finance Bill, Lok Sabha Rejects All Five Amendments Suggested By The Rajya Sabha

Parliament has passed the Finance Bill 2017 after the Lok Sabha rejected all five amendments moved to it by the Rajya Sabha. The bill seeks to give effect to the financial proposals of the Central Government for the financial year 2017-18. The amendments of the Upper House included curbing more powers to tax officials and a cap on donation by companies to political parties.

Heat Wave Engulfs Many Parts Of The Country

Many parts of the country are suffering record temperatures at the start of summer. Odisha continued to sizzle as the mercury soared past 43℃ across 13 towns today even as India Meteorological Department issued a heatwave warning for the next two days. Western Odisha town Bolangir and Titiligarh were the hottest places, where the maximum day temperature read 43.8℃ while most parts of central Odisha pockets reeled under the rising temperature. 

Five people have died of heat stroke in Maharashtra and 40℃ and above temperatures have led to heatwave warning in parts of the state. Districts in central and north Maharashtra are worst affected. Village Bhira in Raigad district recorded the highest temperature at 46.5℃ on Tuesday. The Indian Meteorological Department says it will send a team to verify it. Akola recorded 44.1℃ and Wardha, Nagpur and Chandrapur have recorded 43℃. 

In the past few days, it has been hotter than 40℃ in Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh. Heatwave conditions remain mainly in North Gujarat region. MET office has predicted similar weather conditions in these regions for the next 2-3 days.

President Presents Padma Awards on 30th March

President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Padma awards on 30th March at a Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Veteran Politicians Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Sharad Pawar and renowned Space Scientist Prof. Udipi Ramachandra Rao were given Padma Vibhusan. Former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma was given the second highest civilian honour posthumously. Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and renowned gastroenterologist Tehemton Erach Udwadia received the Padma Bhushan.

Stamping And Tagging Of Hand Baggage To Be Done Away With In 7 Major Airports From April 1, 2017

Stamping and tagging of the hand baggage of fliers at seven major airports, including Delhi and Mumbai, will be done away with from April 1. The CISF said today, the other airports which will see the new system of baggage security coming in include the ones in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Cochin and Ahmedabad. CISF Director General O P Singh said that it has put in place the required security systems that will help us in ushering in this passenger-friendly move. The move, the CISF chief said, will enhance passenger experience and provide hassle free security environment to them. The move was earlier announced by the aviation security regulator, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.

Government Announces Regional Aviation Routes And Airlines Under Udaan Scheme; All Flights In First Round To Become Operational Within Four To Six Months

The Government today announced regional aviation routes and airlines after the first round of bidding under UDAAN. Announcing this, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathy Raju said, in the first round will become active within 4-6 months. He said UDAAN will have a positive effect on the economy in terms of employment and investment. 128 Regional Connectivity Schemes have been awarded in this round. UDAAN network will cover the whole country, giving a major economic boost to hinterland areas. Alliance Air, Spice Jet, Air Deccan, True Jet and Air Megha are the airlines chosen for this project in the initial phase.

Turkey Ends Its Military Campaign In Northern Syria

Turkey has announced that its military campaign inside northern Syria is over, without specifying whether it will pull its troops out from the neighbouring country. Turkey's top advisory national security council chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the half-year long offensive military campaign in Syria has been concluded successfully. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also said, the operation has been completed but did not rule out new military campaigns inside Syria under a different name.

Use Of BitCoins And Other Virtual Currencies Not Authorized By Government

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has clarified that the use of BitCoins and other virtual currencies are not approved by the Govt of India. As these currencies have an electronic origin, they are vulnerable to hacking and malware attacks, thus making them potentially extinct. The exchange of these currencies takes place within a network of anonymous users.

Dr. B. C. Roy Annual Awards And Hari Om Ashram Alembic Research Awards Presented By President

The Annual Dr. B.C. Roy Awards and the Hari Om Ashram Alembic Research Awards were presented to distinguished doctors at New Delhi on the 28th March 2017.

Notable persons awarded this year are:
Dr. Geethalakshmi, Vice-Chancellor of the Tamil Nadu MGR Medical University
Dr.Palanivelu, Chairman of the Coimbatore-based GEM Hospitals
Dr.Anand K.Khakkar of the Apollo Hospitals, Chennai
A team of 9 Doctors from AIIMS University, Delhi were also given the Dr.B.C. Roy Award

Under the Hari Om Ashram category, the following Doctors were honoured:
Dr.Rajashekaran, Chairman, Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore
Dr.Sundaresan, senior scientist at Arvind Medical Foundation, Madurai
Dr.R. Rakesh Kumar of AIIMS, Delhi
Dr.Neena Srivastava, Professor at King George Medical University, Lucknow
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