The Daily Brief – 31st March, 2017

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  • India has ranked 170th worldwide in the Global Nutrition Report 2016 for the rate of anaemia among women.
  • Gujarat passes the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill 2017 which aims at adopting stringent measures to stop illegal animal slaughter.
  • Namami Brahmaputra, a five-day festival, is being celebrated in Assam as a tribute to the Brahmaputra river and to promote the trade, culture, and tourism in Assam. Brahmaputra is one of the major rivers of Assam and flows through China, India, and Bangladesh. It enters India through Arunachal Pradesh, where it is called Siang.
  • Turkey troops have concluded their military operation ‘Euphrates Shield’ in northern Syria. The aim was to strengthen Turkish-Syrian border against the ISIS and to enable Syrian refugees to return to their home.
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Peggy Whitson
  • US astronaut Peggy Whitson broke Sunita Williams record of Most Spacewalks by a Woman with her eighth space-walk outside the International Space Station.
  • El Salvador became the first country to ban Metals Mining nationwide. It also banned the usage of Cyanide and Mercury for mining.
  • Asian Hockey Federation has named SV Sunil the Asian Player of the Year 2016 and Harmanpreet Singh the Asian Promising Player of the Year 2016 (junior team).
  • Falcon 9 became the first recycled rocket, launched by SpaceX from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The rocket was used to launch SES communications satellite into space.

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