Daily GK Digest – March 3rd, 2017 for top current affairs of today.
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Daily GK Digest
Here is the daily GK Digest for March 3rd, 2017.
Daily GK Digest : Top Five Current Affairs for Today
70% of world’s lion population in India: Environment Ministry
- Environment Minister Anil Dave has said that India currently has 70% of the world’s lion population, their number going up to 2,400 because of spirited conservation methods.
- Speaking on the ‘World Widlife Day’ organised by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) at the Delhi zoo, the minister noted that India does not need lessons in wildlife conservation.
- The illegal animal products seized from poachers were also burnt in an incinerator at the zoo as part of the event.
Vice President to attend IORA Summit in Jakarta
- Vice President Hamid Ansari will attend the Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) on March 7 in Jakarta, Indonesia where the 21-nation grouping will discuss ways to strengthen maritime cooperation and fight against violent extremism.
- The summit, will be preceded by a meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials on March 5 and a meeting of the Council of Ministers on March 6.
- Theme of the summit is ‘Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean’.
- IORA is a regional forum which aims at facilitating and promoting economic co-operation, bringing together, inter-alia, the representatives of the Member States’ governments, businesses and academia.
Sudan appoints PM for the first time since 1989
- Historic moment for Sudan as it gets its first prime minister, after the post was scrapped in 1989 over an Islamist-backed coup.
- Bakri Hassan Saleh, a former army general and top aide to President Omar al-Bashir was sworn in on Mar 2, after he was named prime minister, a day earlier by the executive bureau of the president’s National Congress Party (NCP).
- Bakri Hassan Saleh is a military officer, involved in the bloodless coup that brought President Bashir to power three decades ago.
- The 68-year-old took the oath as prime minister at a presidential palace in Khartoum. He will also continue in his post as first vice president.
Bill against outsourcing jobs reintroduced in US Congress
- In a move aimed at curbing outsourcing of jobs to countries like India, a bipartisan bill has been reintroduced in the US Congress.
- This bill intends to make companies that move call centres overseas, ineligible for grants or guaranteed loans from the government.
- The legislation is similar to a bill introduced in 2013 that would have required disclosure of a call centre location to consumers, along with the option to transfer to a domestic call centre.
Army gets weapon locating radar from DRDO
- An indigenous weapon locating radar was handed over to the army by state-run military weapons developer DRDO and it is likely to deployed along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
- The DRDO also handed over a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) recce vehicle and NBC drugs to the army.
- The Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) Swathi provides fast, automatic and accurate location of enemy weapons like mortars, shells and rockets in its 50 km range, a senior DRDO official said.
- The radar can simultaneously handle multiples projectiles fired from different weapons at different locations, the defence ministry said.