The Daily Brief – 19th March 2017


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  • A passport seva kendra was inaugurated at a post office in Bikaner The central government has taken the step of opening passport seva kendras in post offices for people’s convenience. Similar kendras will be inaugurated in Jhunjhunu, Kota, Jhalawar (RPT Jhalawar) and Jaisalmer by March 31.
  • Mumbai lost its permanent status in the Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI. The new constitution of the Indian cricket board, finalised by the Committee of Administrators appointed by the Supreme Court of India also granted full membership with voting rights to all the North Eastern states, as recommended in Lodha Panel
  • India’s first home made train for Western Railway Fleet, Medha was flagged off for its maiden run from Dadar to Borivali at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on March 18, 2017. Medha has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • The two day G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meet began in Baden-Baden, Germany. The meeting focused on strengthening economic resilience in finance, digitalization and promote investment in Africa. The G20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. It was founded in 1999.

    Yogi Adityanath
  • Punjab government has decided to provide 33 percent reservation for women in all government jobs. The reservation would apply even in the contractual appointments of women in the state government jobs. The representation of women in Panchayati Raj Institutions and urban local bodies would go up from 33 percent to 50 percent.
  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, Yogi Adityanath (former name; Ajay Singh Bisht) took oath as the 32nd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Shahid Afridi, former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team ‘Boom Boom’, has been selected the ambassador for the 5th Blind Cricket World Cupby the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC). Blind Cricket World Cup will be held in United Arab Emirates(UAE) and Pakistan in January 2018.
  • Scientists at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in United States have for the first time in the world, discovered a way to accurately predict whether a child has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by analyzing a blood sample. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.
  • The computer engineering students at Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Pune and technology giant IBM have developed a robot named Chintu to assist senior citizens in their everyday tasks. Chintu will assist senior citizens in conducting everyday tasks such as reading the newspaper/book when they feel lonely as well as generate reminders on their daily medication.
  • Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has launched his autobiography named ‘My Story’ in Kolkata. This book was triggered by how he was affected by Phil Hughes’ death in 2014. Michael John Clarke is a former international cricketer and captain of Australia.

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