Daily GK Digest – March 11-14, 2017 for top current affairs.
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Daily GK Digest
Here is the daily GK Digest for March 11-14, 2017.
Daily GK Digest : Top Five Current Affairs.
UK Parliament clears Brexit bill to exit from European Union
- Britain’s Parliament has passed the Brexit bill’ paving the way for Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger negotiations for the UK’s exit from the European Union.
- The EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill passed the House of Commons without any changes. The bill was then passed unamended by the House of Lords.
- The bill is now expected to receive Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II to become a law.
- Ahead of the Commons vote, the heads of 35 Oxford University colleges had pleaded with MPs to allow European Union citizens the right to stay after Brexit.
BrahMos supersonic cruise missile successfully test fired
- India on Saturday has successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Odisha coast, DRDO officials said.
- The test launch comes just over a week after an indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile capable of destroying any incoming enemy missile at low altitude was launched from Odisha’s Abdul Kalam Island.
- This the third time that the missile has been test-fired in less than a month and is part of an effort to put in place a multi-layer missile defence system.
- BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has been designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture of India and Russia.
Lok Sabha Passes the Admiralty Bill,2016
- The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha.
- The Bill aims to establish a legal framework to consolidate the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts, admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, arrest of vessels and related issues.
- It also aims to replace archaic laws which are hindering efficient governance.
- The Bill confers admiralty jurisdiction on High Courts located in coastal states of India and this jurisdiction extends upto territorial waters.
India’s largest floating Solar PV plant in Kerala
- NTPC has started power generation from India’s largest floating solar power plant at Kayamkulam in Kerala, on 10 March, 2017.
- The 100 kWp floating solar generation plant, largest of its kind in India, was indigenously developed at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) in Kerala’s Kayamkulam district.
- Solar panels mounted on floating boards that hold them in place saves land usage and has been found to be efficient than the ones installed on land.
- The system was installed by Swelect Energy Systems Ltd, Chennai with support from NETRA & NTPC Kayamkulam station in a short span of 22 days.
Manohar Parrikar sworn in as new CM of Goa
- Manohar Parrikar took oath as the new Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday, but he must take a trust vote on Thursday to prove he has a majority, the Supreme Court ruled.
- The BJP was invited to form the government in Goa despite winning fewer seats in the election than the Congress. That decision taken by Governor Mridula Sinha was challenged by the Congress in court.
- The Congress won 17 seats in the election; the BJP won 13, but secured the support of small regional parties.
- Manohar Parrikar said on Monday that he had resigned as Defence Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet to return to his home state and to the post he held before he was called to Delhi.