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BUSINESS


Airtel to buy Telenor India

In what will lead to yet another multinational exit in the telecom space, Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced acquisition of Telenor India. 
●    It’s a no-cash deal that will see Norway’s telco packing up and leaving the country as business had become unsustainable. 
●    This money will primarily go towards payment of spectrum that Telenor has acquired, it is learnt. 
●    Bharti claimed the acquisition will bolster its footprint with the additional spectrum band, besides eliminating smaller and fringe players.
●    The acquired company’s debt of about Rs 1,500 crore will be serviced by Telenor itself.   
●    While Bharti would gain around 44 million new subscribers, adding to its current base of 269 million, once the deal fructifies by end of the year, Telenor would get to exit without paying any severance charges for its infrastructure contracts and tower lease deals. 


PERSONS


Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo - the New Somalia President

A former prime minister who holds dual Somali-US citizenship has been declared Somalia's new president.
●    Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo was named the new leader after two rounds of voting on Wednesday and quickly took the oath of office.
●    Incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud conceded defeat.
●    The protracted vote began on Wednesday after 14,000 elders and prominent regional figures chose 275 members of parliament and 54 senators, who in turn chose whether to back Mohamud for a second term or one of 21 rivals.
●    Fears of attacks by al-Shabab, an armed group, limited the election to the country's legislators, who voted at a heavily guarded former air force base in the capital, Mogadishu.
●    The airport, where the vote was taking place, was guarded by the African Union peacekeeping force AMISOM and is surrounded by high concrete barriers to protect it from attack.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


 Nadella Lays Out Plan to Democratise Tech in India

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday laid out a vision of democratising access to advanced technology and said the emerging digital technologies had the power to significantly empower ordinary Indians, and small and medium businesses in the country.
●    Nadella also announced several new solutions designed by Microsoft with this purpose. 
●    Among Microsoft's new offerings are a lighter version of its Skype video and voice calling app to cater to the mass of Indians who own mid-range and low-end smartphones, and a skilling-cum-job search/hiring platform for low-skilled people. 
●    The new Skype, called Skype Lite and built with the help of Microsoft's development centre in Hyderabad, occupies just over a third of the storage space of the original Skype, consumes far less data and has features that are not available yet on the original version — it integrates, for instance, your Skype calls, messages and contacts with your mobile calls, SMSs and contacts, so you can do everything from the one app.


 
NATIONAL NEWS


Gramin Khel Mahotsav held


The Delhi Gramin Khel Mahotsav 2017 is being organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in association with Delhi Government from 25th to 31st March 2017, to invite the talent from rural areas of NCT of Delhi to come and participate in a multi-sport championship to promote the culture of sport in Delhi. 
●    Announcing this today Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel said, a need has been felt to deepen the sports culture among the rural youth. 
●    The festival will help involve rural youth in large number to participate in popular sports and will encourage them to achieve excellence and adopt healthy lifestyle. 
●    The qualifying matches will be organized in the respective blocks. 
●    The Inter-block competitions will be held in Bawana and Finals will be conducted in Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi. 
●    Before start of semi-finals and finals, an opening ceremony will be held on 28th March, 2017 and the conclusion of the game will be followed by a closing ceremony on 31st March, 2017 at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi. 

SPACE SCIENCE


7 Earth Size Planets Found Orbiting Star - May Hold Life

For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life.
●    This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery.
●    The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter. 
●    Three are in the so-called habitable zone, the area around a star where water and, possibly life, might exist. 
●    The potential for more Earth-size planets in our Milky Way galaxy is mind-boggling. 
●    The history of planet-searching shows "when there's one, there's more," said Massachusetts Institute of Technology astrophysicist Sara Seager.
●    Last spring, the University of Liege's Michael Gillon and his team reported finding three planets around Trappist-1. 
●    Now the count is up to seven, and Gillon said there could be more. Their latest findings appear in the journal Nature.


NATIONAL NEWS

 Prakash Javadekar lays foundation stone of New Building of Kendriya Vidyalaya Shahdara Delhi 

The Government is working actively on providing quality education to students, as it believes that only a proper and quality education has the potential of developing a good citizen with strong character. 
●    Stating this at the foundation laying ceremony of new building of Kendriya Vidyalaya Shahdara here today, Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar emphasised the need for improving and providing quality education to students across the country on a priority basis. 
●    He said Kendriya Vidyalayas are a synonym of quality education, as parents have a long cherished dream of their wards getting good education.  
●    He said in addition to education sports activities are also an import aspect of education as the student learns and gains a feeling of collectiveness through sports after sweating and toiling hard. He said that it is sweating on the ground that makes a better student.   
●    The Minister said keeping in view the shortage of land in Metro cities and other places the Government has decided to relax the land requirement norms to build new Kendriya Vidyalayas in the country. 
●    The Minister said the land requirement in 06 Metro cities will now be 2.5 Acre instead of present 4 Acre and 5 Acre instead of 8 Acre in other places across the country.


 
NATIONAL NEWS

Sikkim becomes 22nd State to join UDAY


The Government of India and the State of Sikkim signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the Scheme Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) today, for operational improvement of the State’s Power Distribution Department. 
●    With the signing of MoU, the total number of States covered under UDAY has reached twenty-two. 
●    Sikkim would derive an Overall Net Benefit of approximately Rs. 207 crores through UDAY by way of cheaper funds, reduction in AT&C and transmission losses, interventions in energy efficiency, etc. during the period of turnaround.
●    The MoU paves way for improving operational efficiency of the Power Distribution department of the State. 
●    AT&C losses and transmission losses would be brought down through compulsory distribution transformer metering, consumer indexing & GIS mapping of losses, upgrade/change transformers, meters etc., smart metering of high-end consumers, feeder audit etc., besides eliminating the gap between cost of supply of power and realisation. 
●    The reduction in AT&C losses and transmission losses to 15% and 3.50% respectively is likely to bring additional revenue of around Rs. 179 crores.

NATIONAL NEWS

Health Ministry undertakes largest ever drug survey in the world for determining the quality of drugs

 The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India had entrusted the work relating to carrying out a Survey of the extent of Problems of ‘Spurious and Not of Standard Quality Drugs’ to the National Institute of Biologicals (NIB), Noida. The NIB has since submitted the report to the Government.
●    The statistical design of the Drug Survey included as many as 224 Drug molecules belonging to 15 different therapeutic categories of the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) 2011. As part of this survey, 47,954 drug samples relating to 23 dosage forms were drawn from 654 districts of 36 States and Union Territories from the supply chains including retail outlets, Government sources and from eight airports and sea ports.
●    A nationwide training in drugs survey methodology was imparted at 28 centres across the country to over 1800 Sample Drawing Officers (SDOs) and representatives of the Civil Society / Pharmacy Council of India (PCI). 
●    The role of the Civil Society / Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) representatives was to observe that the drugs samples are drawn in accordance with the sampling methodology and the highest degree of transparency and objectivity is maintained in the process to eliminate any bias.
●    All the samples were subjected to test / analysis as per pharmacopoeial requirements in the Central and State Drug Testing Laboratories that have been accredited by NABL. Overall, out of the 47,012 samples tested, 13 samples were found to be Spurious and 1,850 samples were found to be ‘Not of Standard Quality’ (NSQ). As such, the percentage of NSQ Drugs in India has been found to be 3.16% and that of Spurious drugs 0.0245%.


 

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