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11th March- News & Current Affairs Update

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NATIONAL

  • The Art of Living ‘World Cultural Festival’ began in Delhi after it paid Rs 25 Lakhs to NGT and sought more time to pay the balance amount.  The event was inaugurated by the PM Narendra Modi.            Children perform a cultural dance during the opening day of the three-day long World Culture Festival on the banks of Yamuna River in New Delhi on Friday.
  • The Jawaharlal Nehru University has revoked the academic suspension of eight students including Kanhaiya Kumar in connection with the event at its campus to protest the hanging of Afzal Guru.
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party, using its majority in Lok Sabha  thwarted Shashi Tharoor’s second attempt in three months to introduce a private member’s bill to decriminalise homosexuality.          
  • The high court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2015, which seeks to remove anomalies in the pensionary benefits of high court judges, elevated from the bar, was passed by the Rajya Sabha. The bill has already been passed by the Lok sabha.
  • The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL seeking quashing of criminal prosecution against the Gujarat cops in the 2004 alleged fake encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan in view of the recent testimony of jailed Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative David Headley.
  • The US Senate has voted against the resolution aimed at blocking the sale of F-16 Fighter jets to Pakistan, by a vote of 71-24.

            

INTERNATIONAL

  • The Arab League declares the Lebanon-based Shiite group Hezbollah a terrorist organization.          
  • Japan’s emperor and prime minister attend a memorial service marking the fifth anniversary of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in which 15,894 people died and caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
  • United Nations report on South Sudan has blamed that the most horrendous human rights situations Govt forces, including use of rape as a widespread weapon of war and recommends the U.N. Security Council consider imposing a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan and referring the matter to the International Criminal Court.
  • Retired American neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson has formally endorsed Donald Trump as the Presidential nominee for the Republican party.           
  • A team of Japanese scientists has identified bacteria that can break down and metabolize plastic. The microbe appears to have evolved a pair of enzymes it uses to break down polyethylene terephthalate or PET, the most common thermoplastic polymer resin in consumer products.

SPORTS

  • Saina Nehwal, B Sai Praneeth, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma all exited from the All England Badminton tournament   on Friday. P V Sindhu has already out after losing her first round.           
  • Newcastle United F.C. (NUFC) appoint Rafael Benítez as manager on a three-year deal after sacking Steve McClaren.

            

  • Oman vs Netherlands match in the World T20 qualifier was washed away due to rain.
  • Bangladesh and Ireland  match in the World T20 qualifier was abandoned due to rain. Bangladesh had score 94/2 in 8 overs when the rain interrupted the match.

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

  • IndiGo is the first airline in Asia to have inducted the latest aircraft from Airbus- A320 Neo.

          

  • A report by the CAG has claimed a loss of Rs 12,488.93 crore to Govt of India due to under-invoicing of gross revenue by six telecom companies including Reliance Communications, Vodafone and Bharti Airtel.
  • The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill which provides for enhanced compensation to air travellers in case of death, injury, lost baggage or even inordinate delay in flights, was passed by Parliament.
  • Homegrown app-based taxi aggregator Ola has shut its hyperlocal food and grocery delivery services, Ola Cafe and Ola Store.

            

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