March 3 & 4 Current Affairs

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State :

Tamilnadu :

84 Tamil Nadu red sander woodcutters released in Andhra Pradesh

  • Eighty four suspected red sander woodcutters from Tamil Nadu, who were arrested in Tirupati by Andhra Pradesh Police for allegedly entering into Seshachalam forests, were released by the Task Force offcials on march 3.The PIL had requested the court to take an appropriate action against “erring officials” of that State.

State’s NPAs in housing loans higher than national average

  • Tamil Nadu, which accounts for 10% of the country’s housing finance market, has more non-performing assets (NPAs) than the national average, according to data from Crif High Mark Credit Information Services, a credit bureau . T.N. had 1.6 lakh crore-worth of housing loans as of Dec. 2017 .

Governor’s secretary gets notice

  • Secretary said: “In other words, they are the pillars and backbone of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. Examples galore in which Assembly Secretaries, belonging to the administrative side, had always relied more upon reporting wing with special assignments in crucial hours of crisis during special events in the legislature.”

‘India could be a market for Indonesian aircraft’

  • There might be a market in India for Indonesian aircraft, with the country manufacturing a number of small, short take-off landing aircraft, a top Indonesian official said . with the UDAN scheme “there might be something (trade) we can do in that area”.

Kerala :

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan admitted to Chennai hospital for ‘annual check-up

  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has been admitted to the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai for a “routine check-up” and will be discharged on March 4, a medical n bulletin from the hospital said. Mr. Vijayan was admitted to the hospital late on March 2, the hospital said. Earlier an official said an urologist was attending to the CM .

Applications invited for PG medical, dental courses

  • Applications have been invited from candidates who have qualified in the NEET-MDS 2018, for allotment or admission to Postgraduate Dental (MDS) courses 2018 in the Government Dental Colleges and to all the seats available in self- financing dental colleges in the State.

Kanam re-elected CPI State secretary

  • Kanam Rajendran was unanimously re-elected Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary for yet another term on the final day of the party State conference here on MARCH 4 . The four-day State conference, held ahead of the 23rd party congress to be held in Kollam in the last week of April, discussed a wide spectrum of issues related to the party and the government

228-crore projects forAlappuzha under AMRUT

  • Development projects worth 228 crore will be implemented under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) in Alappuzha municipality. Tender process had begun for the drinking water project. “As part of the project, old pipelines will be replaced. Four tanks will be constructed in the municipality for the distribution of drinking water,” Mr. Venugopal said .

Karanata:

26% pay hike for KPTCL employees

  • Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar has said that the salary of Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL) employees would be enhanced by 26% .

Cooperative bank email hacked, 22.15 lakh diverted

  • A person managed to hack into the official email of a cooperative bank in Hoskote and diverted ₹22.15 lakh by altering the recipient bank account details.
  • The CID officials have summoned the bank staff for questioning and are also tracking down the details of the bank account to which the money was transferred.

Andhra Pradesh :

Race to save 3,000-year-old treasures in A.P. village

  • The State Archaeology department has dug up artefacts from burial sites here dating back to 1000 B.C. and the megalithic era . The Commissioner, Department of Archaeology and Museums, G. Vani Mohan, said the objects would be sent to the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology to determine their antiquity through carbon dating. Closer study would yield insights into the lifestyle of the megalithic period, she said.

Pilot project in 5 districts to check manual scavenging

  • National Commission for Safai Karmacharis (NCSK) member Jagadeesh Hiremani on Saturday said five districts in the State were selected for a survey of prevalence of manual scavenging and rehabilitation measures. The pilot project, as part of a national-level exercise taken up by the Central government, would be completed by April-end .

India :

Myanmar puts off border pact with India

  • Myanmar has indefinitely deferred signing an agreement with India to streamline the free movement of people within 16 km along the border. India is keen to sign the agreement but Myanmar — citing “domestic compulsions” — has asked more time before the agreement is sealed .

Bank scams to dominate second part of budget session

  • Opposition parties are all set to raise the issue of financial scams involving public sector banks to corner the government in Parliament when the second part of the Budget session resumes .

ICHR conference to have paper questioning Aryan migration theory

  • Newly appointed ICHR chairman and archaeologist Arvind Jamkhedkar will deliver the presidential address at the conference titled ‘Indian History: Emerging Perspectives’

SSC decides to recommend CBI probe into paper leaks

  • The students have been protesting outside the SSC office at CGO complex here since February 27, seeking a CBI probe into the alleged paper leak in the Combined Graduate-Level (CGL) exam. In a statement, SSC chairman Ashim Khurana said that a delegation of candidates, who were protesting against the alleged paper leaks, met him along with BJP Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari and handed over a memorandum.

World :

Pakistan elects its first Dalit woman Senator

  •  Krishna Kumari Kohli’s surprise victory stirred a wave of optimism on social media, as Pakistanis celebrated the rare win for a woman from a marginalised community that lies at the bottom of the Hindu caste hierarchy. “I feel proud, I am thankful to Pakistan People’s Party that they nominated me,” Ms. Kohli told AFP on March 4 .

Italy votes under new electoral law

  • Italians went to the polls on march 4 in a vote that could bring political gridlock after an election campaign marked by anger over the listless economy, high unemployment and immigration.The vote is being held under a complex new electoral law that could mean the final result will not be clear until late on march 4 .

U.S. aircraft carrier to arrive in Vietnam for historic visit

  • A US Navy aircraft carrier will set anchor in Vietnam  for the first time since the end of the Vietnam War more than four decades ago, the media reported .U.S. military ties with Vietnam have deepened since 2016, when former President Barack Obama lifted the decades-old embargo on U.S. arms sales to the country as part of his Asia pivot.

Chinese Parliament set to endorse President Xi’s line-up

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping is marshalling his top team of personnel who intend to target poverty, curb growth of ‘grey rhinos’ that can destabilise the economy, and launch a fresh campaign against pollution.

Oscars 2018: Highlights from the 90th Academy Awards

  • Honouring the best in the world of movies, the Oscarsare not without their own quirks. From Greta Gerwig being the first woman to be nominated for her directorial debut ‘Lady Bird’, to Timothée Chalamet being the youngest nominee at the Oscars.

The Complete List Of Academy Award Winners 2018

Business :

Solar goal for 2022 too hot to handle

  • India had been on track to meet its target of 100 Gigawatt (GW) of solar energy capacity by 2022 but momentum has been severely eroded in the last few months, according to industry players. Issues such as uncertainty around import duties and future tax rates on existing power purchase agreements have dampened investor sentiment.

GST absolutely necessary for India, says Suresh Krishna

  • The implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) is absolutely necessary for the country as it has the potential to double the GDP, according to Suresh Krishna, chairman and managing director, Sundram Fasteners Ltd. (SFL). “There is nothing wrong in it (GST),” Mr. Suresh Krishna said

Sports :

IPL 2018: KKR appoints Dinesh Karthik as captain, Uthappa vice-captain

  • After playing 152 matches for five IPL teams in the last ten years, Dinesk Karthik will play for a sixth team — Kolkata Knight Riders and   The 32-year-old India wicket-keeper batsman, who was bought for 7.4 crore, will have Robin Uthappa as his deput .

Chennai Open: Mithun Perera wins his sixth PGTI title

  • Mithun Perera couldn’t control his emotions, how much ever he tried. After a par on the 465-yard 18th hole — he also finished the day at par-70 — the 31-year-old Sri Lankan dropped a tear or two at the Madras Gymkhana Club Annexe here on march 4, before being congratulated by a handful of followers.

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