The Daily Brief – 28th March, 2017

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  • Jharkhand banned illegal slaughter houses after a similar decision in Uttar Pradesh by the CM Yogi Adityanath.
  • India is going to amend the definition of blindness from someone who cannot count fingers from a distance of six metres to conform to the WHO’s definition of blindness which defines it as someone who cannot count fingers from a distance of three metres.
  • In light of the growing tension between the two nations, Pakistan and Afghanistan have started to construct a fence along the 2400-kms Afghan-Pakistan border, known as the Durand line, to stop Islamic militants from Afghanistan from crossing over to Pakistan.
  • This year’s World Environmental Education Congress to be held in Vancouver, Canada with the theme- ‘Culture Environment: Weaving New Connections’.
  • India refused to participate in the United Nations conference for global ban on Nuclear weapons. The conference was the first multilateral negotiations on nuclear disarmament at the United Nations in the last 20 years.
  • The State Bank of India in Odisha signs an agreement with the government to bring banking to remote rural areas through SHGs (Self-help groups), making it the first state to do so.
  • Randeep Guleria was appointed as the director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) by the Prime Minister.
  • ISRO launches 36th scientific expedition mission to Antarctica with a focus on Climate Change.
  • Astronomers found a brown dwarf which is said to be of the purest composition and of the highest mass. Brown dwarfs are intermediate between planets and full-fledged stars.
  • India defeated West Indies to retain its No. 1 spot in the ICC Test Rankings.
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  • Senior Advocate Tehmtan R. Andhyarujina passed away in Mumbai. He was well known for the Keshavananda Bharti case, also known as the Basic Structure Doctrine case. He even authored a book on the same.
  • A book on the history of Rashtriya Rifles, named ‘Home of the Brave’ was released by the Indian Army.

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