The Daily Brief – 3rd March 2018


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  • World Wildlife Day is observed every year on 3rd March to celebrate and raise awareness about the world’s wild fauna and flora. On this day in 1973, The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed. The theme for this year is ‘Big Cats: Predators under Threat’.
  • A tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between India, Russia and Bangladesh for cooperation in construction of Rooppur nuclear power plant near Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is first initiative under India-Russia nuclear deal to undertake atomic energy projects in third countries. It will also be India’s first atomic energy venture abroad.
  • The first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew reached Cape Town, South Africa as part of Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition. On board Indian Navy sailboat, INSV Tarini, the all-women crew completed the last phase of their maiden voyage with the touchdown.
  • The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has approved projects worth Rs 2,919 crore under Nirbhaya Fund for creating eight safe cities. They are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Lucknow.
  • Bharati Defence and Infrastructure Ltd (BDIL) delivered high-speed interceptor boat ICG C-162 to Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at BDIL jetty in Mangaluru, Karnataka. It is fifth interceptor boat delivered by BDIL’s Mangaluru shipyard to ICG. The sixth boat will be delivered after three-and-a-half months of the delivery of the fifth boat.
  • State-owned Public Sector Banks(PSB) have started rationalising overseas operations by consolidating 35 operations and closing down non-viable branches as part of the clean and responsible banking initiative. The consolidation oncludes bank branches, remittance centres and representative offices.
  • High-speed interceptor boat ICG C-162 was delivered by Bharati Defence and Infrastructure Ltd. to Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at BDIL jetty in Mangaluru, Karnataka. t is fifth interceptor boat delivered by BDIL’s Mangaluru shipyard to ICG.
  • Chinese government via China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has announced to build its first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Liaoning by the middle of the next decade. It was announced as part of its list of ambitions hope to achieve in weaponry and technical developments for People’s Liberation Army (PLA)-Navy by 2025.
  • Ace wrestler Navjot Kaur won a gold medal in the 65kg freestyle wrestling category of Senior Asian Championships(first for Indian in this year’s championships) held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. With this, she created history by becoming first Indian woman wrestler to win gold medal in Senior Asian Championships.
  •  Arunachal express, a new train, was launched between Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh and Anand Vihar Terminal in the national capital. This is the second direct train for Arunachal Pradesh and overall 14th for North East to connect with the national capital.

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