March 21 2017

  • Mumbai, 41-time Ranji Trophy champions, will no longer be considered a Full Member association in accordance with the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) new constitution
  • Tamil Nadu wins Vijay Hazare Trophy
  • A Canadian school teacher Maggie MacDonnell was awarded the annual Global Teacher Prize and won a $1-million prize during a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC), a Navratna construction major under the Ministry of Urban Development will execute a US $ 20 million (Rs.130 crore) social housing project in Mauritius.
  • The Government has approved a new scheme to provide financial assistance or capital subsidy to small powerloom units, for installation of Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) plant, in order to alleviate the problem of power cut and shortages faced by decentralized powerloom units in India.
  • All branches of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and State Bank of Travancore (SBT) will function as branches of State Bank of India from April 1, 2017
  • International Day of Forests: 21 March
  • Bharatiya Mahila Bank to be merged with SBI
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March 20 2017

  • March 20 is celebrated as international day of happiness
  • The annual world economic forum’s 100 young global leaders list released for the year 2017 contains give Indians including Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar sharma
  • Italy is ranked as world’s most healthiest country according to 2017 bloomberg global health index
  • India has been ranked 122 in world happiness index 2017 . Norway tops the list
  • Chenani-Nashiri tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir is India’s longest road tunnel
  • Swiss tennis legend Roger federer won 2017 BNP Paribas open tennis tournament
  • Uttarakhand high court has recognised the river Ganga as the first living entity of India
  • Reliance communication will merge with aircel 
  • India’s idea cellular limited will merge with Vodafone India ltd to become India’s  largest telecom company
  • Kishore piraji kharat has been appointed as MD and CEO of Indian Bank
  • Mera imobile is an app launched by icici bank to provide agricultural information in 11 Indian languages
  • March 20 : world sparrow day
  • Nand niketan township became India’s first private sector township to go cashless.Its located in Gujarat

March 19 2017

  • The three days International Buddhist Conference was held at the Rajgir International Convention Center (RICC) of Nav Nalanda Mahavira Deemed University, Rajgir, Bihar from March 17-19, 2017.
  • First Made-In-India Train, Medha, Flagged off at Dadar Station
  • Punjab Approves 33 Percent Reservation for Women in State Govt Jobs
  • An Indian-American computer scientist, Anshumali Shrivastava, was honored with the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Award for his research on redesigning current machine-learning processes.
  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, Yogi Adityanath took oath as the 32nd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on March 19, 2017 
  • State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has signed definitive agreements to buy Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation’s (GSPC) entire 80% stake in KG-basin natural gas block for $1.2 billion. 
  • Amitabh Bachchan Launches ‘ABC of Breast Health’ App

March 18 2017

  • The first edition of the Haryana Sahitya Sangam began on March 17, 2017 at Indradhanush Auditorium, Panchkula in Haryana
  • Sports Minister Vijay Goel Addressed Global Millennium Summit at Dubai
  • RBI Gets Centre’s Nod to Print Rs 10 Plastic Notes
  • State run United Bank of India on March 16, 2017 received a capital infusion of Rs 418 crore from the Centre as a part of its turnaround-linked capital infusion plan.
  • CASHe, a fin-tech product promoted by Aeries Financial Technologies has entered into a strategic partnership with Rubique, an online marketplace for financial products on March 16, 2017.
  • India and Russia have inked two pacts for long-term maintenance support for Sukhoi-30MKI jets on March 17, 2017 during the India-Russia Military Industrial Conference in New Delhi.
  • Boeing Signs $3.4 bn deal with US govt for AH-64E Apache helicopters
  • Eleven Indian women were honored with the ‘Women Icons’ Award among 25 Asian Women on March 17, 2017 in Singapore for dedicating their lives to social work.
  • Former Uttarakhand BJP chief Trivendra Singh Rawat was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the state on March 18, 2017 at the Parade Grounds in state capital Dehradun.Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul administered the oath of office and secrecy to 56-year-old Rawat and nine ministers at a ceremony.
  • Former Gujarat BJP MLA Manhar Valji Bhai Zala Appointed Head of Safai Karamcharis Commission
  • Parliamentary Panel Suggests Merging BSNL & MTNL 
  • The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have signed an agreement on March 16, 2017 in New Delhi to work together for crop improvement and agronomy programmes for grain legumes and dryland cereals.
  • Former Car Racer Ashwin Sundar Died in Car Accident
  • US State Kansas declares March 16 as ‘Indian American Appreciation Day’

March 17 2017

  • The Goods and Service Tax (GST) council headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley cleared the State GST (SGST) and Union Territory GST (UTGST) laws during its 12 Council meet on March 16, 2017.
  • Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated a Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) in Shimla on March 15, 2017 to connect all the police posts in the state with each other.
  • India and Brazil have finalised text of the Social Security Agreement(SSA) on March 16, 2017. It will be effective from 2018.
  • Australia Research Institute Signs Agreement with Indian Railways for Infrastructure Support
  • The two day G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meet began in Baden-Baden, Germany on March 17, 2017.
  • India ranks 148 in 2017 UN women in politics map
  • New Zealand’s Whanganui River on March 15, 2017 became the first river in the World to get the legal rights as possessed by a human being.
  • World Bank Approves $175 million loan for India’s National Hydrology Project
  • Bandhan Bank ties up with Avenues India
  • Former Minister of Inidan Railways Mallikarjun Kharge has been nominated for the post of chairman of the Public’s Account Committee (PAC) of Parliament.
  • Indian badminton player Jwala Gutta and retired IAS officer BV Papa Rao have been appointed as members of the Sports Authority of India (SAI)
  • Michael Clarke’s launches his autobiography ‘My Story’

March 16 2017

  • The Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA),Mussoorie and Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM),Namibia on March 15, 2017
  • Goa CM Manohar Parrikar wins floor test in Goa Assembly  
  • India along with other South East Asian Region countries signed a ‘Call for Action’ on March 16, 2017 to end tuberculosis (TB) and pledged to take efforts to end the disease by 2030
  • China, Saudi Arabia ink deals worth about $65 billion  
  • HDFC Bank Launches India’s First Digital Loans Against Securities 
  • Private insurer Future Generali India Insurance Company (FGII) has announced tie-up with Kolkata based UCO Bank for its products on March 15, 2017
  • SEBI Issues Guidelines for Celebrities to Endorse Mutual Fund Products At Industry Level
  • India’s public sector banking and financial services company State Bank of India(SBI) and real estate developers’ body CREDAI have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which is valid for a period of 3 years.
  • Dehradun based Indian multinational oil and gas company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGChas planned to invest Rs 21528 crore to develop India’s deepest gas discovery in UD-1 find by 2022-23.
  • According to the 2017 ranking, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has been ranked best Indian University and has been placed at 27th position among the universities in Asia
  • Singapore’s Changi Airport Named World’s Best Airport for 5th Consecutive Year.World’s Top 5 Airports 
    1 Changi Airport Singapore
    2 Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport)
    3 Incheon International Airport
    4 Munich Airport
    5 Hong Kong International Airport
  • An Indian-American teen Indrani Das(17) won the US’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition Regeneron Science Talent Search Awards Gala on March 16, 2017
  • Mumbai based Central Bank of India won the first prize in the implementation of Official Language Policy in the western region for the year 2015-2016  at the Official Language Conference  of Central and Western Regions in Udaipur
  • Amarinder Singh Takes Oath as Chief Minister of Punjab 
  • Bibhu Prasad Kanungo from Odisha has been appointed as Deputy Governor in Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for three years by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) .
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launches EchoStar 23 Satellite 

March 15 2017

  • The Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched a new scheme named Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) on March 15, 2017 for developing export linked infrastructure and boost the competitiveness of India’s shipments.
  • Annual Krishi Unnati Mela Begins in New Delhi
  • The Executive Committee (EC) of National Mission for Clean Ganga has given approval for 20 new projects worth nearly Rs 1,900 crore during a meeting held on March 2, 2017.
  • International Vision Zero Conference on Occupational, Safety and Health Begins In New Delhi
  • In a bid to encourage women participation in workforce, Saudi Arabia has for the first time decided to launch a Girl’s Council, without girls
  • The country’s largest lender, State Bank of India announced a One-Time Settlement (OTS) scheme worth Rs 6,000 crore on March 14, 2017 for tractor and farm mechanization loans to improve the loan recovery.
  • India’s contribution to UN increases to Rs 244 crore
  • Tata Steel & Wipro Named Among World’s Most Ethical Companies
  • Babul Supriyo Named Vice-President Of FIFA U-17 World Cup LOC
  • BJP Leader N Biren Singh Sworn in as Chief Minister of Manipur
  • Former Judge of the Gauhati High Court Chittaranjan Sharma has sworn in as Assam’s Upalokayukta by Governor Banwarilal Purohit on March 14, 2017
  • Mumbai based IndusInd Bank announced to acquire 100 per cent stake in brokerage firm IL&FS Securities Services to regulatory approvals on March 14, 2017
  • World Consumer Rights Day – March 15, 2017

March 14 2017

  • The Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha on March 14, 2017 
  • The Union government has launched Mission Fingerling on March 11, 2017 to achieve Blue Revolution with the holistic development and management of fisheries in the country.
  • Government Establishes Banana Research Centre in Vaishali District of Bihar
  • According to the Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey released on March 14, 2017, Vienna, the capital of Austria has topped the list of cities offering the highest quality of life for the eighth year in a row.In India, Hyderabad emerged as the best city in terms of living standards among Indian cities for the third year in a row.
  • Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was sworn in as Goa Chief Minister for fourth time at the Raj Bhavan in Panaji, Goa on March 14, 2017.Goa Governor Mridula Sinha administered the oath of office and secrecy to the Chief Minister and eight other ministers who also took the oath
  • Reliance Commercial Finance appoints Devang Mody as CEO
  • Commonwealth Day -March 13,2017

March 13 2017

  • The Arunachal Pradesh government has launched a new scheme Adarsh Gram Yojana that is in accordance with the basic philosophy of the Prime Minister “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas”
  • Pakistan to Conduct its First Census in 19 years From March 15
  • Bangladesh declares to Observe March 25 as ‘Genocide Day’
  • RBI Removes Limit on Cash Withdrawal from Savings Banks Accounts
  • Hyundai Signs 3 Bn Euro Deal For Iran Oil Project
  • Europe’s biggest bank HSBC Holdings Plc. has appointed Mark Tucker as its Chairman on March 13, 2017.
  • The Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional charge of the Defence Ministry on March 13, 2017 after Manohar Parrikar resigned to take on the new role of Goa Chief Minister.
  • Chinese smartphone company OnePlus has roped in Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan as its new brand ambassador for India on March 6, 2017.
  • Intel has announced a deal under which it will buy Israeli technology company Mobileye for $15.3 billion
  • SSP Chawrasia Becomes Second Indian Golfer to Defend Indian Open Title
  • Punjab defeated Railways by a 2-1 in a Group B final round league match of the 71st Santosh Trophy football tournament on March 13, 2017 in Goa.

March 12 2017

  • The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth
  • Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan, Judge of the Kerala High Court is appointed as Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court.
  • Former football player Umesh Sood passed away in New Delhi on March 12, 2017. 
  • Thailand’s Model, Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin was crowned Miss International Queen 2016 on March 10, 2017 in the 12th edition of the beauty pageant event in Pattaya City, Thailand. 
  • Narendra Kumar has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Central Water Commission (CWC)
  • Private sector lender Yes Bank has signed three projects to provide payments-related solutions to smart cities. The bank finds it as a good business opportunity. Yes Bank has currently ties up with Udaipur, Nashik and Puducherry for the introduction of digital payment systems under the smart city initiative. 
  • Central Railway zone of Indian Railway unveiled India’s first air-conditioned rail ambulance on 9 March 2017.

March 11 2017

  • Arunachal Pradesh Finance Minister Presents Rs 285 crore deficit budget for 2017-18
  • Rajya Sabha Passes Enemy Property Amendment Bill.Rajya Sabha passed a bill on March 10, 2017 by voice vote to amend a 49-year-old law regarding claims of succession or transfer of properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan and China in the 1960s or later .
  • State-run National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has installed India’s largest floating Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Plant at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) at Kayamkulam in Kerala on March 10, 2017.
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Executive Director of the UNEP, Erik Solheim have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Nairobi based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to formalise  joint cooperation in the area of environmental conservation in Indian Railways.
  • B.P. Kanungo appointed RBI deputy governor in place of R. Gandhi
  • India appoints Manjeev Singh Puri as next envoy to Nepal
  • The North Delhi Municipal Corporation launched India’s largest municipal waste-to-power plant at Narela-Bawana in New Delhi on March 10, 2017.
  • India successfully test-fired an extended range version of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from a test range off the Odisha coast on March 11, 2017.
  • NASA’s Announces ‘Europa Clipper’ Mission to Explore Jupiter’s Moon
  • The States of Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have decided to jointly conduct a synchronised Elephant census from May 9-12, 2017.
  • Chris Bertish, a South African surfer and a sailor became the first person in the world on March 9, 2017 to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard after completing an epic 4,050-mile voyage alone at sea.
  • The National Archives of India celebrated its 127th Foundation Day on March 11, 2017 at Janpath, New Delhi

March 10 2017

  • The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha.The bill seeks to increase the maternity leaves to 26 weeks by amending the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961 that provides for 12 weeks of maternity leave.
  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued a draft rule titled Information Technology (Security of Prepaid Payment Instruments) Rules 2017 on March 8, 2017 for digital wallet firms like Paytm, FreeCharge and Mobikwik.
  • RBI Restricts Cash Loan Against Gold by NBFC to Rs 25,000
  • Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat was conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) by Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University on its 8th convocation ceremony in Nagpur on March 9, 2017.
  • Donald Tusk re-elected as European Council president 
  • South Korea’s Parliament Vote Unanimously to Remove President Park Geun-hye
  • ICC appoint Sachin Tendulkar as official ambassador of women’s World Cup 2017
  • Chandrayaan-1, India’s first unmanned lunar spacecraft, which was generally considered lost, has been discovered by the NASA scientists still orbiting the Moon.
  • The women safety app ‘Ammavin Aran‘ which means ‘mother’s fortress’ was launched by the AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran on March 9, 2017 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

March 09 2017

  • The 10th edition of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV 2017) was held in New Delhi from March 7-9, 2017.
  • Odisha govt launches 181 helpline for distressed women
  • India and Belgium sign Protocol amending the India-Belgium Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement and Protocol
  • Mega Cultural Festival ‘India by the Nile’ Begins in Egypt
  • The the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has extended the last date of submission of Digital Life Certificate through Jeevan Pramaan Patra up to 31st March 2017 from 28th February 2017.
  • Indian Public Sector Undertaking company National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has commissioned of 45 MW solar capacity at Bhadla in Rajasthan 
  • Noted Konkani author Mahabaleshwar Sail has been honored with the 2016 Saraswati Samman for his novel ‘Hawthan’.
  • INS Tillanchang, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, at Karwar, Karnataka on March 9, 2017.
  • Virbhadra Singh led Himacha Pradesh government has launched mobile app and website titled ‘MeraHunar HP’ or ‘My Talent’  to help skilled and semi-skilled workers find jobs.
  • IBM Researchers Creates World’s Smallest Magnet to Store Single Bit Data

March 08 2017

  • Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah launched a comprehensive web-based platform Pratibimba to showcasing the government’s performance and achievements to the citizens on March 7, 2017.
  • India to host its  first mobile congress with a special focus on reaching out to the South East Asian markets at Pragati Maidan on 27th September 2017
  • PM Modi Inaugurates Petrochemicals Complex at Dahej & Extradosed Bridge Across River Narmada at Bharuch in Gujarat
  • The three day long ‘Destination North East-2017’ festival was inaugurated in Chandigarh on March 6, 2017 by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh.
  • The International Yoga Festival was inaugurated on March 8, 2017 by the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi.
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government of Delhi presented Rs 48,000 crore tax-free budget for 2017-18 on March 8, 2017 with main focus on improving education, transport, health and water distribution.
  • According to the Global Corruption Barometer for the Asia Pacific Region released by Transparency International on March 7, in Berlin for 16 Asia Pacific countries, India tops the list for being the most corrupt nation.
  • Vice President Hamid Ansari was on a two-day visit to Indonesia to attend the 21-nation Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia from March 6-7, 2017.
  • ESAF Microfinance Company has issued Commercial Papers (CP) worth Rs.330 crore. Private Sector Banks and NBFCs can subscribe for the CP.
  • IDFC Bank has launched India’s first biometric-based payment system “Aadhaar Pay” on March 7, 2017 in New Delhi.
  • Karur Vysya Bank launches 3 technology servicei.                                                      1.FASTag :
    ♦ The FASTag service has been launched in association with the Indian Highways Management Company, a subsidiary of National Highways Authority of India.
    ♦  The preloaded tags affixed on vehicles are valid at all toll plazas throughout the country.
    2.UPI app :
    United Payments Interface (UPI) is a mobile app that enables inter-bank transfer of funds. The transfer is effected through the IMPS (Immediate Payment Service) platform of NPCI (National Payments Corporation of India).
    3. BBPS :
    BBPS (Bharat Bill Payment System) will make utility bill payments such as electricity bills, water charges and gas cylinders, among others, at a single site instead of accessing multiple sites.
  • Mumbai based State Bank of India has launched a new facility ‘Work from Home’ to enable its employees to work from home on March 7, 2017
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has entered into a bilateral Advance Pricing Agreement (APA) with rollback provision with a Japanese subsidiary on 6th March, 2017.
  • List of Winners of BCCI Annual Award 2017
    i. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the “BCCI Annual Awards for 2015-16” on March 1, 2017. The awards were given away at a ceremony held in Bangaluru March 8, 2017                                                                                                   ii. Indian Skipper Virat Kohli was honored with the Polly Umrigar Award for third time. Earlier he received the award in 2011-12 and 2014-15. None of the player has ever achieved same award for three times.
    iii. Besides, R Ashwin was awarded the Dilip Sardesia Award for the second time for his brilliant performance in test cricket in 2016. He is also the only one to be awarded twice.
    iv. Vaman Viswanath Kumar and late Ramakant Desai were given the BCCI Special Award in recognition of their yeoman services to Indian Cricket
  • CBSE introduces Exam Locator app to help students
  •  Sentinel-2B satellite developed by European Space Agency (ESA) was launched on March 7, 2017 as a part of European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system. The satellite weighing 1.1 tonne was lifted into the orbit from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 01:49 GMT on 7 March using a Vega rocket.
  • Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO Mobiles has bagged the Indian team sponsorship rights for a five-year period starts on 1st April 2017 and continues until 31st March 2022.
  • Indian Spin duos Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin jointly claimed at No.1 in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers in what is the first time of two spinners the top spot. Both stood at the top at 892 points.
  • International Women’s Day Observed on March 8, 2017

March 07 2017

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the Revised Cost Estimate-I of 400 MW Koteshwar Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in Uttarakhand
  • The Cabinet gave its ex-post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Portugal on cooperation in the field of IT&E which was signed on January 6, 2017 in New Delhi
  • National conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan begins in New Delhi
  • The High Court of Manipur on March 3, 2017 declared the economic blockade in Manipur called by United Naga Council (UNC) as illegal.
  • PM Narendra Modi releases Special Commemorative Postage Stamp on 100 years of Yogoda Satsang Math
  • Indo-Nepal joint Military exercise ‘Surya Kiran-Xi’ begins in Uttarakhand
  • First smart tribal village Habbi inaugurated in Jammu and Kashmir
  • China overtakes eurozone as world’s biggest bank system
  • HDFC Life brings country’s first life insurance Chatbot with Haptik
  • The US based global rating agency Fitch on March 7, 2017 estimated India’s GDP to grow by 7.1 percent in the fiscal 2016-17.
  • India has announced an Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) on March 7, 2017 for conducting oil and gas exploration in India.
  • The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore is the only Indian University to be placed among the top 10 global universities by Times Higher Education (THE).
  • Hyderabad Airport Gains 1st Rank Worldwide in Airport Service Quality Survey
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi has been ranked world’s second best airport in the category of passenger handling capacity of more than 40 million passengers annually.
  • Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has won the best actress award at the International Film Festival and Awards of Australia (IFFAA) for her movie Sarabjit.
  • Former director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Lalji Singh has been selected for ‘SERB Distinguished Fellow’ award by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) to support his research.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of an incredible massive galaxy named as UGC 12591 which is located under 400 million light-years away from the Earth.
  • According to the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)-2017 report about 45 percent of country’s total bird spices were reported in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Rabi Ray, former Lok Sabha Speaker, passes away
  • Bengal’s Popular Folk Singer Kalikaprasad Bhattarcharya Dies

March 06 2017

  • Indian Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier, INS Viraat was decommissioned on March 6, 2017 at a solemn ceremony in Mumbai after nearly 30 years of service for Indian Navy. The ship which is famously known as the ‘Grand Old Lady’.
  • Sam Querrey (United States) beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) to clinch the Mexican Open in men’s single category. The 24nd edition -2017 Mexicano Telcel tennis tournament was played on outdoor hard courts.
  • Eminent Haitian Former president and agronomist Rene Preval has passed away at the age of 74. He was described as “a dignified son of Haiti“. 
  • According to research published in the journal Nature on March 1, 2017, scientists have discovered the oldestknown fossil in Canada which is believed to be as old as 3.7 billion years old or even 4.3 billion years old. 
  • Kerala’s playback singer Vaikom Vijayalakshmi created a new world record on March 5, 2017 by playing the maximum number of songs in the shortest time on Gayathri veena during a programme in Kochi. 
  • Karnataka based Canara Bank has received medals in the Collateral Awards Category at the 11th Global Communication Conclave held in Bangaluru on March 6, 2017. 
  • India’s women’s hockey team led by Ritu Rani defeated Belarus 3-1 to clinch their third consecutive win in the five-Test Series held in Bhopal. 
  • Bhagoria Festival, also known as Bhagoria Haat Festival, celebrated by the tribal people of the Indian state MadhyaPradesh began on March 6, 2017 in Jhabua district
  • India’s largest flag was inaugurated on March 5, 2017 by Anil Joshi, Cabinet Minister of Punjab, on the tallest flag post at the Indo-Pak Attari Border in Amritsar just 150 m away from the border. The flag post measured 110 metres (360ft) in length, 24 metres in width and 55 tons in weight.
  • A 14 days long joint military training exercise AL NAGAH-II, of the Indian Army and the Royal Army of Oman kicked off on March 6, 2017 at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh
  • The country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to reintroduce penalty on non-maintenance of minimum balance in accounts to be effective from April 1, 2017. 
  • The Indian men’s Rugby team, led by skipper Gautam Dagar, piped Pakistan by 14-12 to claim the 7th rank at the Asia Men’s Rugby Sevens Trophy held at Aspire Rugby Field in Doha, Qatar
  • Mumbai headquartered HDFC Bank has launched India’s first AI(artificial intelligence) based banking chatbot Electronic Virtual Assistant (EVA) for customer services.

March 05 2017

  • The Andhra Pradesh State Cabinet proposed to rename the Vijayawada Airport in Gannavaram as ‘Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Amaravati Airport’ and The Tirupati Airport at Renigunta has been renamed as ‘Sri Venkateswara Airport’ 
  • India to supply additional 60 MW power to Bangladesh
  • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced Tirtha Darshan Scheme on March 3, 2017 during the ongoing budget session of the Haryana Assembly.Under the scheme, senior citizens of Haryana domicile above the age of 60 years will be able to go on a Pilgrimage within the country at government expense.
  •  The International Monetary Fund reached a preliminary agreement with Ukraine on an updated Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies on March 4, 2017.
  • IRDAI Proposes 50% Hike In Motor Insurance Premium From April 1
  • K V Thomas, Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has come out with a solution of “Naming and Shaming” big corporate houses which default on repayment of bank loans to help financial institutions get back their money.
  • Facebook Launches ‘SheLeadsTech’ to Support Women Founded Startups in 
  • Ola Signs MoU with (MP)Madhya Pradesh Government to Train 25,000 People
  • M P Veerendra Kumar Presented Moortidevi Award
  • The 2017 ISSF World Cup was held at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad in New Delhi from February 22-March 4, 2017.Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu bagged the first ever gold medal in the newly included 10m pistol mixed event at the ISSF Shooting World Cup.Pooja Ghatkar clinched bronze medal in the women’s 10m air rifle event.India’s Deepak Kumar gave an impressive performance in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle.Jitu Rai won gold medal in the 50-metre free pistol event on March 1, 2017 in the ISSF World Cup
  • Britain’s Andy Murray won 2017 Dubai tennis championship

March 04 2017

  • The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unanimously cleared the crucial Central GST (CGST) and Integrated GST (IGST) draft bills on March 4, 2017 during its 11th meeting at Vigyan Bhavan.
  • Aadhaar Mandatory to Get Mid Day Meal and Booking Train Tickets Online
  • Assam Cabinet Declares Sanskrit as Compulsory Subject upto Class 8
  • A renewed agreement between Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir has been sealed for the completion of the Shahpur Kandi Dam project, work on which was halted two years ago following a dispute.
  • The West Bengal government has given an official status to Kurukh language in the state which has been listed as an endangered language by the UNESCO.
  • Sweden introduces military draft for both men and women
  • India’s largest lender has State bank of India has revised service charges various transactions, as well as cash deposits and for failing to maintain monthly average balance in their savings accounts
  •  Search Engine Giant Google India and Telangana government have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at supporting the digitisation efforts of the state.
  • The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), will house its regional entrepreneurship centre at Bengaluru ­based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C­CAMP), a biotechnology innovation incubator.
  • Airtel, Millicom ink pact to merge in Ghana
  • President Pranab Mukherjee awarded the prestigious President’s ‘Standard’ to 125Helicopter Squadron and “Colours” to Mechanical Training Institute (MTI) at the Tambaram air base, near Chennai on March 3, 2017
  • The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) under the Ministry of Environment and Forests coordinated nationwide ‘Operation Thunder Bird’ from January 30 to February 19, 2017 to combat illegal trade of wildlife animals in the country.The operation was undertaken in coordination with International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).
  • NGT Fixes Norms for Camping Activity Along The River Ganga
  • Former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra released book titled Numbers Do Lie, 61 Hidden Cricket Stories which takes a different look at stats
  • World Hearing Day – March 3, 2017

March 03 2017

  • Government Panel led by Partha Mukhopadhay Suggests Legal Framework to Secure the Rights of Migrants
  • Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has launched a portal named after latechief Minister Jayalalithaa ammakalviyagam.in which will be a hub of learning, interaction, opportunity, and connection on the occasion of her 69th birth anniversary celebrations.
  • Union Minister of Steel Chaudhary Birender Singh presided over the hair the proceedings of maiden regional conference of Eastern States at Gangtok, Sikkim on 2nd March, 2017.
  • Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government has come up with an initiative to extend the mid-day meal facility for the girl students upto class 12 in all Delhi government schools.
  • The Union Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated four key freight sector initiatives on March 2, 2017 at National Rail Museum, New Delhi 
  • The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was on a 5 day visit to United Kingdom from February 24-28, 2017 particularly to represent India at the royal event of 2017 UK-India Year of Culture. 
  • South Korea and United States Begin Annual Military Drill Foal Eagle
  • 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit Held in Pakistan
  • SIT Unearths Rs. 70,000 crore Black Money
  • The Government of India has directed all the banks to provide mobile banking facility to all customers by March 31, 2017.
  • Sri Lanka has bagged the most “Popular Tourism Destination” Award for the second consecutive year at the International Travel Fair (GITF) Travel Fair in Guangzhou, China.
  • Pakistan government on March 2, 2017 approved the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with its northwestern province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over three defence products for induction into the Indian Army in a formal ceremony on March 2, 2017 in New Delhi.
    ii. The products developed in DRDO’s laboratory include
    1.Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) SWATHI
    2.NBC Recce Vehicle
    3.NBC Drugs
  • French football legend Raymond Kopa passes away
  • National Defence Day – March 3, 2017
  • World wildlife day – March 3, 2017

March 02 2017

  • According to the fourth edition of the Annual Survey of India’s City Systems 2016 by Bengaluru-based advocacy group Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala has been ranked as the top Indian city to manage urban governance.
  • Kerala has achieved the maximum number of enrollment and registrations under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime when compared to other states of India
  • 100 districts in India Declared ODF under Swachh Bharat Mission
  • The Ministry of Women & Child Development is observing the Swachhta Pakhwada from March 1, 2017 to March 15, 2017 and raise awareness about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan among women and children.

  • Madhya Pradesh Presents 2017-18 Budget, Announces Deendayal Rasoi Yojna for Poor
  • The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has signed an MoU with Rotary India in New Delhi on March 1, 2017.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand via Video Conferencing
  • Ukraine region to use Russian ruble as currency
  • HDFC, ICICI, Axis to charge Rs 150 after 4 free transactions
  •  INHS Asvini, Mumbai was conferred with the Raksha Mantri’s Trophy and Citation for the best Service Hospital in the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2016 on March 2

  • JS Deepak named India’s next Ambassador to WTO
  • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has named Amjad Hussain B Sial, as secretary genera lwith immediate effect from March 1, 2017.

  • The Indian navy successfully test- fired indigenously built Kalvari class submarine an anti-ship missile for the first time, which reflects further bolstering India’s naval prowess.
  • Kripa Shankar Bishnoi, a former Indian wrestler has been appointed as an international match referee by United World Wrestling (UWW), the sport’s global governing body

Mar 01 2017

  • India & World Bank Signs USD 63 Million Financing Agreement for Tejaswini: Socio-Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women Project
  • The Government of India has officially notified the law that makes holding of more than 10 scrapped notes punishable with a minimum fine of Rs 10,000. The law was signed by President Pranab Mukherjee on February 27, 2017.
  • Reliance General Insurance, Catholic Syrian Bank announced tie up
  • India’s Core Sector Growth Slows Down to 3.4% in January 2017
  • Indian Film Lipstick Under My Burkha Wins Audience Award at Glasgow Film Festival
  • Nand Kumar Sai, a senior tribal leader from Chhattisgarh and ex-parliamentarian took over as the new Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) on February 28, 2017 in New Delhi.
  • Joint secretary Gopal Baglay has been appointed as the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs .He is replaced by Vikas Swarup .
  • India Successfully Test-Fires Indigenously Developed Supersonic Interceptor Missile
  • The global news agency, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been barred by the Indian Government from shooting in any of its 50 tiger reserves for a period of five years.
  • India to host women’s Youth World Boxing Championship in November 2017
  • Renowned Gujarati Writer Tarak Mehta Dies at 87
  • Zero Discrimination Day – March 1, 2017

Feb 28 2017

  •  India’s first integrated Heliport was inaugurated by the Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on February 28, 2017 at Rohini in North Delhi
  • The Ministry of IT and Electronics (MEITY) has taken the the responsibility NITI Aayog to promote the digital transactions in India
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up an 11 member Inter-disciplinary Standing Committee on Cyber Security on February 28, 2017.The committee will be chaired by RBI Executive Director Meena Hemchandra.
  • Lucknow based Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and India’s first small finance bank Capital Small Finance Bank (CSFB) signed Memorandum of Understandingto enable it to provide loans at a concessional rate to MSMEs.
  • Chennai-based private sector lender Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) has tied up with Centrum Group on February 27, 2017 in which the bank will refer its High Net Worth Individuals (HNI) to Centrum for wealth management and family office services.
  • American Express Launches ‘Buyer Initiated Payments’ to Avoid Cheque, Draft Payments
  • The Economic Survey Report by Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has estimated the India’s GDP growth at 7 percent for 2016-17 on February 28, 2017.
  • Canara, HSBC and Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance launched iSelect term plan to expand its online product suit.iSelect term plan provides enhanced protection cover for the family at an affordable premium.
  • GIFT-City partners with Dubai International Financial Centre
  • The Radhanagar beach on the Havelock Island in the Andamans and Nicobar Islands has featured among the top 10 in the ‘World’s Travellers’ Choice Award-Winning Beaches’ by TripAdvisor. 
  • NASA Plans to Send Robotic Spacecraft to Sun in 2018
  • Indian Badminton Duo Tarun Kona and Alwin Francis Wins Uganda International Series Doubles Title
  • National Science Day is celebrated every year on 28th February to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Sir Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman on 28 February 1928.