Thursday, 23 March 2017

21 March 2017 Current Affairs

Italy Ranked World’s Healthiest Country
Italy has been ranked as the healthiest country on Earth with a health score of 97.44 out of 100. According to the 2017 Bloomberg Global Health Index of 163 countries released on 20 March, 2017. The reason behind the healthy citizens of Italy is cited to lot of dependence on leafy diets drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Iceland placed second with a score of 96.20 and Switzerland placed third with a score of 94.96.

Roger Federer claimed Fifth Indian wells Masters Title
Roger Federer has claimed his fifth ATP Indian wells Masters title on 19 March, 2017. He was continuing his career resurgence with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over compatriot stan Wawrinka. Federer sidelined for around six months after knee surgery last year and returned to win his 18th Grand Slam Title at the Australian Open which was held in January 2017. With this title federer has joined Novak Djokovic as the only men to win five Indian wells Masters Titles.

21 March – International Day of Forests
The United National General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day Celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests, on each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The Theme of 2017 is Forests and Energy.

Snapdeal Names Jason Kothari as new Free Charge CEO
Jason Kothari was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Free charge by Indian e-commerce company Snapdeal CEO, Kunal Bahl on March 20, 2017. Kothari is succeder of Govind Rajan who resign his job last month. He is currently working as the Chief Strategy Officer of Snapdeal since January 2017. Prior to this he has worked in Housing. Com.

Tamil Nadu lifts Vijay Hazare Trophy
Tamil Nadu on 20 March 2017 won the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Cricket, for the fifth time. In the final played at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi, they defeated Bengal by 37 runs. It was Tamil Nadu’s third victory over Bengal in the final of this competitions. Ofting to bat first, Tamilnadu posted 217 runs on a century by Dinesh karthik. He made 112. In reply they bundled out Bengal for 180 in 45.5 overs.

Soumya Swaminathan appointed in UN Experts Committee
UN secretary General Antonio Guterres has included Director of Indian Council of Medical Research Soumya Swaminathan in the high level group set up by him to provide expertise on and coordinate the global fight against antimicrobial resistance. MS Swaminathan is also secretary in the Department of Health Research in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Justice Nava Nidhi Prasad Singh sworn in as Kerala HC Chief Justice
Justice Nava Nidhi Prasad Singh was on 20 March 2017 sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Kerala High Court. Article 2016, every high court shall consist of a Chief Justice and such other Judges as the president may from time to time deem it necessary to appoint. He practiced in commercial, taxation and constitutional matters in Patna and Jharkhand High Courts.

Pioneer of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Chuck Berry Dies at 90
American guitarist, singer and song writer, Chuck Berry who is recognized as one of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll music died at the age of 90. He received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1984 and was among the first inductees to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Berry was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most influential guitarists.

Five Indians named in WEF’s 100 Young Global Leaders List 2017
The annual World Economic Forum’s 100 young Global Leaders List released for the year 2017 have given place to five Indians for their innovative approaches.
1. Vijay Sekhar Sharma : Founder of CEO PayTM
2. Shruti Shibulal : The Tamara Hospitality
3. Ambarish Mitra: Founder & CEO of Blipper, a mobile phone App
4. Hindol Sengupta : Editor – at- large, Fortune India
5. Rwitwika Bhattacharya Agarwal : Founder & CEO of Swaniti Initiative.

Pujara becomes first Indian to face 500 balls in a Test Innings
India’s most consistent middle order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara Stormed his Way into record books, after playing a marathon innings against Australia on fourth day of the Third Test Match. Pujara becomes the first Indian batsman to face 500 balls in a Test Innings by surpassing Rahul Dravid’s previous best of 495 balls. Dravid did it on Pakistan in Rawalpindi in 2004.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

MEANING OF COOPERATIVE MARKETING

Cooperative marketing organisations are association of producers
for the collective marketing of their produce and for securing for the
members the advantages that result from large-scale business which an
individual cultivation cannot secure because of his small marketable
surplus.


H. Calvert di defines cooperation “as a form of organisation,
wherein person voluntarily associate together as human beings, on the
basis of equality for the promotion of the economic interest of
themselves”. Whereas Prof. Paul Lumbert has defined that “Cooperative
society is an enterprise formed and directed by an association of users,

applying within itself the rules of democracy and directly intended to
serve both its own members and the community as a whole”.


From the definitions discussed above, we may conclude that a
cooperative organisation is a voluntary business organisation established
by its members patrons to market farm products collectively for their
direct benefit. It is governed by democratic principles, and savings are
apportioned to the members on the basis of their patronage. The
members are the owners, operators and contributors of the commodities
and are the direct beneficiaries of the savings that accrue to the society.
No intermediary stands to profit or loss at the expense of the other
members.
  

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

20 March 2017 Current Affairs

Dalai Lama inaugurated 3-day Buddhist Conference in Bihar
The 3-day International Buddhist Conference began at Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Rajgir in Nalanda district in Bihar, recently. The event was jointly inaugurated the much respected religious leader Dalai Lama and the Union Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mahesh Sharma. Over 1000 delegates from 35 countries including Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Singapore were participating in this event.

Shahid Afridi appointed ambassador of Blind Cricket World Cup
Former Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi has been appointed as the ambassador or Blind Cricket World Cup’s fifth edition. The tournament will be hosted by the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council in the UAE and Pakistan in January 2018. Afridi is not only an icon in the arena of cricket, but also a philanthropist and a role model in social work.

Renowned Meteorologist Dev Raj Sikka Passes Away
Renowned Meteorologist and former director of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (Pune) Dev Raj Sikka passed away. He was 85. He is famously known as Monsoon Man and the Father of Indian Meteorology. He was first proposed a link between the EL Nino Phenomenon and the Indian Monsoon in 1982, but that time less importance was given to it.

March 20 – World Sparrow Day 2017
The World Sparrow Day was observed across the World on 20 March 2017. The day was created with an aim to raise awareness about the house sparrow and then other common birds to urban environments. The first World Sparrow Day was celebrated in 2010 across the World. World Sparrow Day is an international initiative of the Nature Forever Society of India in Collaboration with several national international Organisations including the ECO-Sys Action Foundation (France).

Mumbai lose its permanent status in BCCI
Mumbai on 19 March 2017 lost its permanent status in the Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Mumbai lost the voting rights in accordance with the new constitution of the Indian cricket Board. The board was finalized by the committee of Administrators (COA) appointed by the Supreme Court of India. The new rules of Memorandum of Associations (MOA) and Rules & Regulations of BCCI clearly state, there could be only one full member from a state.

Monday, 20 March 2017

ROLE OF CO-OPERATIVE MARKETING IN INDIA

Today cooperation has come to stay as an instrument of economic
growth and social reforms all over the world. It was introduced in
European countries over a century ago. The first cooperative society
which was formed in England at Rochdale in 1844, gave philosophy and
procedure of work on the basis of cooperative doctrine. It was found
useful and got recognition in all the countries. The society consisted of
twenty-eight weavers. These weavers were recognized as Rochdale
pioneers in the history of cooperative movement as they were torch
bearers and path finders.


Cooperation came to India in Germany was organized on the
pattern of Reiffision. They were successful and the conditions of Germany
was in those days were similar to that of India. Therefore, when F.
Nicholson presented his report, he advised the Government to start
cooperative activity on the basis of Raiffision method. In India
cooperation was introduced by an Act in 1904. The purpose of this act
was to alleviate the hardships caused by the agricultural indebtedness of
the farmers which became a chronic economic melody.
There is nothing novel about the cooperative doctrine in so far as
India is concerned. Sermons appear in Vedas about the necessity of
United Cooperatives living and common worship. From the writings in
Kautilya’s Arthashastra, it is clear that during Mauran Empire two
thousand years ago, the village was regarded a social cooperative unit.
Public utility works were a common obligation and joint responsibility of
all the villagers in those days, autonomous guilds of workmen and
industrial units worked on in cooperative manner and the earnings were

divided equally on as agreed upon. These are some prehistory examples
of cooperative spirit.


After the attainment of independence in 1947 the nation adopted a
policy of planned economic development for establishing and integrated
and just society providing individual liberty, equality of opportunity and a
basic economic minimum programme for all. In this context, cooperation
was considered as an effective and important instrument for achieving
the objectives of economic planning. For this purpose, All India Rural
Credit Survey Committee’s Report was considered. The committee felt
that with the introduction of 50 years of cooperative movement in India,
cooperative credit have become the needs of the farmers. It suggested
that there should be cooperative apex banks, district central cooperative
banks, and large sized primary agricultural credit cooperatives.
  

19 March 2017 Current Affairs

Yogi Adityanath sworn in CM of Uttar Pradesh
Gorakhpur Member of Parliament (MP) Yogi Adityanath was elected on 18 March 2017 as the leader of UP BJP state Legislature Party. With this election, Yogi Adityanath was set to become the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He was Sworn in CM of Uttar Pradesh on 19 March 2017 at a ceremony in Lucknow. He was took Oath as CM of UP in the presence of PM Modi, Amit Shah, L.K. Advani etc.

Amitabh launches World’s First Mobile APP on Breast Health
The Superstar of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan launched the World’s First Mobile App on Breast Health. He was launched the mobile app at an event organised by Mumbai based Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation. Both IOs & Android versions of the app which were available in Apple and Google Play store for free download. It aims to empower the nation about every aspect of Breast cancer and Benign non cancer Breast Health issues in 12 languages.

Punjab Govt gives 33% reservation for Women in State Jobs
In a major decision, the Punjab Cabinet has decided to provide 33% reservation for women in all govt jobs. Women will be given the reservation also in the contractual appointments of the state government. The decision was taken in the first cabinet meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh.

First Fully India made train Medha flagged off at Mumbai
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, via videoconferencing, flagged off the maiden run of the train Medha from Dadar to Borivali, at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus. The 12 coach train on the fast track halted at Bandra and Andheri stations in Mumbai. Medha has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, which has installed LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.

Former racing champion Ashwin Sundar dies
Former National racing champion Ashwin Sundar and his wife Niveditha died in a car accident at MRC Nagar in Chennai. The car in which the two were travelling caught fire after it hit a roadside tree. Sundar and his wife charred to death inside the vehicle. Sundar had won the national title in car racing and two wheeler events on several occasions.

18 March 2017 Current Affairs

World’s Oldest Red Algae Fossils Found in India
A group of scientists in India unearthed a pair of 1.6 billion years – old fossils that appear to contain red algae. It is estimated that it may be the oldest plant like life discovered on Earth. As per the records until now, the oldest red algae were 1.2 billion years old. But present found algae were more old that these algae. The preserved fossils came from phosphorite deposits at Jankikund, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh.

Trivendra Singh Rawat to be Next CM of Uttarakhand
BJP National secretary and in charge of Jharkhand. Trivendra Singh Rawat will be next CM of Uttarakhand. He name was announced by the party following a meeting of the legislative group in Uttarakhand, which took place in the presence of central party observers Narendra Tomar and Saroj Pandey. The BJP Parliamentary board had earlier authorised party national president Amit Shah to take a final decision on the next Chief Minister.

Mallikarjun Kharge set to become next PAC Chairman
Former Minister of Indian Railways Mallikarjun Kharge has been nominated for the post of Chairman of the public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament. Kharge will take charge from K.V. Thomas on May 1, 2017. Now, he will be entitled for a cabinet rank and an office at the Parliament House. The PAC is formed every year with a strength of not more than 22 members.

Scientists Developed Blood Test to Detect Autism
Scientists in the US have developed a blood test that has the potential to accurately detect autism in babies. Researchers at New York’s Rensselaer polytechnic Institute claim 96% of Children on the autism spectrum would picked up through the test. The test measures the level of 24 proteins that have been linked to autism.

Japan launches satellite to Monitor North Korea
Japan on 17 March 2017 launched a new satellite to track land and maritime movements in North Korea. The satellite will also be able to conduct surveys on the war weapons programme of the secretive nuclear armed state. The launch project was conducted jointly by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The move comes shortly after North Korea launched four banned ballistic missiles into the sea of Japan;s north west coast, alarming both Japan and US.

Michael clarke’s launches his autobiography “My Story”
Former Australia Cricket captain Michael Clarke has launched his autobiography named ‘My Story” in Kolkata in the presence of former India Cricket captain Saurav Ganguly. This book was triggered by how he was affected by “Phil Hughes” death when India were touring Australia in 2014-15. He was retired from all forms of cricket after the final test of the Ashes Series from August 2015.

First Airbus Training Center in Asia to be set up in New Delhi
France based Aircraft maker Airbus will set up Asia’s first training facility for pilots and maintenance engineers in New Delhi. Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the training center on March 17, 2017. The center will formed by the European Aviation major Airbus. It is to b e expected to be operational by the end of 2018.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

HISTORY AND GROWTH OF AGRICULTURAL MARKETING

Historically, Indian agriculture was mostly in the nature of
subsistence farming right up to the beginning of the both century. The
farmer used to sell only a small part of his produce to pay off rent and
debts, and also to meet his other requirements. Such sale was usually
done immediately after the harvesting of the crops, because, at that time,
there was no storing facilities. The poor and illiterate farmers used to
take his small surplus to the market where he was confronted with
powerful and organised traders who used to exploit and cheat him in a
variety of ways. Thus, agricultural marketing remained very
unsatisfactory up to the middle of both century, although the
development of sugar, textile, and jute industry had given new inputs to
cash crops, and department of a marketing system for sugar, cotton, and
jute had been evolved.


The following factors have led to the growth of marketing in the
field of agriculture.


Specialisation

The tendency towards increasing specialization by persons in
certain jobs has resulted in an increase in their efficiency and the
breakdown in the self-sufficiency of the family unit. Specialization, thus,
has resulted in increased production, which is the base for the growth of
marketing, and, in turn, of the economy.



Urbanisation

Urban people are the main buyers of agricultural surpluses. The
growing population of urban India and the faster transition from rural
India to urban India has necessitated a faster growth of agricultural
marketing.



Transportation and communication

The increasing transportation and communication facilities have
widened the market for farm products. The length and breadth of the
market to which a product is taken from the production areas have
increased. In the absence of these facilities, the movement of produce
from one area to another was limited, and the consumption of a product
was restricted only to the areas of production or, at the most, to nearby
areas.



Technological change in agriculture

Technological developments in agriculture, such as the evolution of
high-yielding varieties of seeds, increased use of modern inputs and
cultivation practices in the agricultural sector, have resulted in

substantial increase in farm production. The marketed surplus of the
agricultural produce has therefore increased. Production-conscious
farmers have also become income conscious. This has resulted in the
growth of the marketing system.


The importance of an efficient marketing system as a vital link
between the farmers and the consumers was recognized way back in
1928 by the royal commission on agriculture. Since then, a good deal of
progress has been made in organizing agricultural marketing by the
adoption of the various administrative and legislative measures by the
government from time to time. the establishment of the Directorate of
marketing and inspection in 1935, the enactment of the Act for the
grading and standardization of agricultural commodities, the conduct of
commodity market surveys, and the establishment of regulated markets
in the country- these are some of the measures which have been taken
up to improve the marketing situation and to make agricultural
marketing as efficient as possible.


During the first and second five ye
ar plans, agricultural marketing
did not receive importance. Whatever development that took place in the
sphere of marketing was due to the gradual progress towards the
commercialization of agriculture, as a result of its own dynamic nature,
and not because of any specific government efforts.


The National Commission on Agriculture remarked “There is an
increasing awareness that it is not enough to produce a crop or animal
product, it must be marketed well. Increased production, resulting in a
greater percentage increase in the marketable surplus accompanies by
the increase demand from urban population, calls for a rapid

improvement in the existing marketing system”. This statement
emphasized the increasing importance of marketing of agricultural
commodities and the need for the adoption of measures to increase
production.
  

17 March 2017 Current Affairs

Saudi Arabia Inaugurates Girls Council
In a bid to encourage women participation in Work Force, Saudi Arabia has for the first time decided to launch a Girl’s Council. The meeting in the al-Qassim Province was attended by 13 male numbers while the women were present too but they were in another room linked via video due to strict Saudi laws on gender segregation between unrelated men and women. The council was about women participation in the work force from 22% to 30% as part of its vision 2030 program.

Tata Steel, Wipro in World’s most ethical companies list
Two Indian Companies, Tata Steel and Wipro have been named in the list of world’s most ethical companies by American think tank Ethisphere Institute. In 2017, there were 124 honorees spanning five continents, 19 countries and 52 industry sectors. Ethisphere honours those companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change in the societies around the world.

Manhar Valji as Chairperson of Safai Karamcharis
Manhar Valji as Chairperson of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis. Along with two members-Manju Dealer and Dalip Kallu assumed office on 16 March 2017. The Commission consists of a Chairperson, a vice-Chairperson and five members. Among them at least one of the members shall be a Women.

Indrani Das wins “Junior Nobel Prize for Science
Indian – American teenager Indrani das won the top prize- $250,000 in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search Competition for her research on treating brain injuries and diseases. Another Indian-American. Arjun Ramani, took the third place, which carries a prize of $150,000 for his project on networks using the mathematical field of graph theory and computer programming.

Jwala Gutta appointed as a member of SAI Governing Body
India’s most successful doubles specialist Jwala Gutta has been appointed a member of governing body of Sports Authority of India (SAI) The 14-time national champion said she is looking forward to play her role in the development of sports in the country. The two-time Olympian Jwala, who has won the bronze medal at the 2011 World Championship said, the first meeting will be held on March 28 in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

Rowsell shand Announces Retirement for International cycling
Two times Olympic Gold medalist Joanna Rowsell Shand announced her retirement from International cycling. The 28-year old track cyclist won gold in the Women’s team pursuit at London Olympics 2012 and Rio Olympics 2016. Rowsell Shand was a five times World Champion and four-time European Champion.

India Joins WHO To End TB By 2030
India with World Health Organization (WHO) signed a ‘call for action’ and pledged to scale up measures to end the Tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. India among other countries in the South East Asian REgion, which bear half of the global tuberculosis burden. India reports 2.8 million new TB cases annually and nearly half a million deaths due to this disease.

G 20 meet of Finance Minister and Central Bank Governors begin in Germany
The Finance ministers and central bank governors from the group of G 20 economies are due to meet in Baden-baden in Germany from 17-18 March 2017. The meeting is expected to focus on strengthening economic resilience in finance and digitization and to promote investment in Africa. This meet will be the first such gathering of G 20 leaders to discuss global economic challenges.

Karan Avtar Singh appointed as CS of Punjab
Senior IAS officer Karan Avtar Singh was appointed as the Chief Secretary (CS) of Punjab on 16 March 2017. His appointment came after the swearing in ceremony of captain Amarinder Singh as Punjab Chief Minister. Avtar Singh succeeded Sarvesh Kaushal. He was also given the charge of Principal secretary of Department of personnel.

Friday, 17 March 2017

AGRICULTURAL MARKETING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Agriculture has been the life blood of the Indian economy. It is not
because of the fact that its contribution is lower than that of services in
the GDP. It is because that many of the services have been emerged due
to modern agriculture. The importance of agricultural marketing in the
economic development can be understood through following reasons.


(a) Optimum use of resourcesA good marketing system leads to the optimum use of resources
and output management. An efficient marketing system should be
developed so that we can scale down the losses arising out of inefficient

processing, storage, and transportation. As a result the income of the
farmers increase, and that result in his increased demand for industrial
products.


(b) Decreasing the channel membersAn efficient marketing system ensures higher levels of income for
the farmers by reducing the number of middlemen and malpractices
adopted by them. It avoids the commission based system in which
farmers are not involved. Take the case of ITC in which ITC through
e-choupals, have removed all the middle man and the benefits are
directly trickling down to the farmers. They are able to get adequate
prices for their crops. This again results in an increase in the marketed
surplus and income of the farmers which resultant into more demand of
the other products and ultimately leads to the economic development of
the country.


(c) Impact of green revolution and modern farmingThe Indian farmer has been shifting from traditional forming
system to modern farming system by leaps and bounds and this credit
goes to greater resolution which was responsible for providing modern
equipments to the Indian farmers.


(d) Contribution to national GDP growthAlmost two-thirds of the population still dependent on agriculture
and they contribute around 28 per cent of the GDP through this sector.
To sustain the growth of non-agricultural sector, resources have to be
obtained from agriculture sector. Besides physical resources, it also
provides financial resources for investment in the economy.
 
 
(E) Widening of marketsLike the securities markets, commodities markets have also started
working in India. These exchanges have started giving opportunities to

the farmers to trade their crops anywhere in the world. This helps in
increasing the demand on a continues basis, and thereby, guarantees a
higher income to the producer. This system helps the farmers in planning
their production in accordance with the needs of the economy.

(F) Better standard of livingBetter marketing system leads to the better standard of living of
the farmers. This system provides more disposable income in the hands
of the farmers and that income is spent by the farmers to avail and enjoy
modern facilities like telephones, bikes, TV, clothing, and even cars and
computers. Therefore, modern farmers are able to enjoy better standard
of living besides contributing to the growth of the economy.

(G) Infrastructure developerAn improved and efficient system of agricultural marketing helps in
the growth of agro-based industries and stimulates the growth of other
areas. This has resulted into investments in infrastructure in India.

(H) Earning foreign exchangeThe country is not only self-sufficient in the field of agri-products
but also exports these products. In the year 2001-02, 5.8 billion dollars
products were exported. This contribution was only from sea products.
Rice and wheat exports are around 10 million tons. Export of
horticultural produce has also shown strong growth rate besides cotton
and jute.

Today, when India is a progressive member of the WTO and the
world is hading towards globalisation, the significance of agriculture

marketing assumes greater importance. The growing urbanisation has
also increased the importance of marketing of foodgrains. The new class
of rich capitalist farmers have emerged who cultivate the land with the
profit motive. They go for all luxuries in life and this is a kind of signal
where we can say that if we develop a sound marketing system, it will
lead to more and more economic development of the country.
 

16 March 2017 Current Affairs

Krishi Unnati Mela 2017 inaugurated in New Delhi
The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare Radha Mohan Singh on 15 March 2017 inaugurated the Krishi Unnati Mela 2017 in New Delhi. The mela is jointly Organised by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s welfare. During the mela, technical sessions on various themes are planned to educate farmers on various Agricultural technologies and govt schemes for agricultural development.

Babul Supriyo Named Vice-President of FIFA U-17 World Cup LOC
Union Minister Babul Supriyo has been appointed as Vice-President of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Organizing Committee. Babul Suprio named VP of FIFA U-17 World Cup on 15 March 2017 by Praful Patel, President of All India Football Federation (AIFF). For the first, India to host FiFA U-17 World Cup from October 6 to 28, 2017. The six cities Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi, Margao, and Guwahati will host this World Cup.

Amarinder Singh takes Oath as Punjab CM
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Chief Capt Amarinder Singh took Oath as New CM on 16 March, 2017. This occasion was held at the Raj was held at the Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh. The Oath of office was administered by Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore. This was the captain Amarinder second stint as Punjab CM. Navjot Singh Sidhu & Manpreet Singh Badal were also take Oath as cabinet ministers along with Amarinder Singh.

US Senate confirms Seema Verma for Health care post
Indian -American Seema Verma is appointed for a top health care position in the Trump administration. Her appointment was confirmed by the US senate after 43 votes out of 55 has secured by Verma. Verma is expected to play a key role in the government’s bid to “repeal and replace”,She is known as the architect of health care reforms in several states in America.

Commerce Minister launched Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme
Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched the Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) on 15 March 2017. Sitharaman said that the scheme aims to address the needs of the exporters and added that the focus in not just on creating infrastructure but to make sure it is professionally run and sustained.

Justice Sharma sworn in as Upa Lokayukta of Assam
Former Judge of the Guwahati High Court Chittaranjan Sharma appointed as Assam’s Upalokayukta by Governor Banwarilal Purohit recently. Lokayukta is an anti corruption Ombudsman appointed in states. For the very first time the Maharashtra state has been initiated Lokayukta in the year 1971. At Present the Lokayukta system is functioning in 17 states.

Union Government approves National Health Policy
The Union Government has approved the National Health policy, which proposes to provide assured health services to all in the country. The policy was approved on 16 March 2017 at the meeting of Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The policy increases to gambit of sectors covered in the Primary Health Center (PHC) level and envisages a comprehensive approach.

Hockey India brings on Board Four Scientific Advisors
In search of better fitness standards, Hokey India brings on board four scientific advisors. It is eager to produce good results in major international events, including World Cups and 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Four scientific advisors from abroad to work with the fitness aspects of the senior and junior national teams.

Pakistan Cricket Board Suspended Mohammed Irfan
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended left arm pacer Mohammed Irfan in the spot fixing case which came to light during the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) Irfan and two other cricketers were interrogated by the PCB’s anti corruption unit for PSL. Irfan has been charged with failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department full details of any approaches or invitations received by a participant to engage in corrupt conduct.

India’s contribution to UN increases to Rs.244 crore
India’s Contribution to the United Nations has increased to Rs.244 core from Rs.157 crore during the fiscal year 2016-17 said by Union external Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Indian Government has also made voluntary contributions to the tune of 22 crore to international Organisations.