1.  International Relations

Directions to Check Influx from Myanmar

1 14 Daily Current Affairs Update | 17 March 2021

The states Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh have received directions from the Home Ministry to check the illegal influx from Myanmar.

India already has seen influx of Rohingyas who have migrated from Myanmar.

Refugee status to a foreigner cannot be granted by the state governments.

Quick Fact: India has not signed the United Nations Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol.

  1. Environment

Preservation of Palamau Tiger Reserve

2 14 Daily Current Affairs Update | 17 March 2021

The Government of Jharkhand has been in the process of convincing the central government not to lay the third Broad Gauge Rail Line in the core area of the Palamau Tiger Reserve.

The reserve is bounded by the Anuranga river on its north and the North Koel river on the west.

The Palamau Tiger Reserve spreads over three districts namely Latehaar, Garhwa, and Lohardaga.

Quick Fact: Palamau Tiger Reserve is located in the state of Jharkhand.

  1. Art and Culture

Rakhigarhi to be Developed as Iconic Archaeological Site

3 14 Daily Current Affairs Update | 17 March 2021

The Ministry of State of Culture and Tourism has recently said that Rakhigarhi will be developed as one of the five iconic archeological sites.

Union Budget 2020 has announced 5 iconic archeological sites which will be developed by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI).

Along with Rakhigarhi, the sites being developed under 5 iconic archeological sites are Shivsagar (Assam), Hastinapur (Uttar Pradesh), Dholavira (Gujarat), and Adichanallur (Tamil Nadu).

Quick Fact: Rakhigarhi is one of the largest Harappan sites in India.

  1. Government Schemes

National Ayush Mission (NAM) Information Provided

4 14 Daily Current Affairs Update | 17 March 2021

The Ministry of Ayush’s state minister has recently provided information regarding the National Ayush Mission (NAM)

It is a centrally sponsored scheme introduced for the development and promotion of the AYUSH system of medicine including Homeopathy

The establishment of Ayush Hospitals comes under respective State Governments and Union Territories as Public Health is a state subject

Quick Fact: National Ayush Mission (NAM) is the Ministry of Ayush’s flagship scheme approved in 2014.

  1. Geography

Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to reopen Baralacha Pass

5 15 Daily Current Affairs Update | 17 March 2021

Border Roads Organisation (BRO) started work to reopen Baralacha Pass in Himachal Pradesh before schedule to restore connectivity to Leh in Ladakh

It is a high mountain pass in the Zaskar range

It acts as a water divide between river Bhaga and river Yamuna

Quick Fact: Border Roads Organisation (BRO) works under the Ministry of Defence

  1. Polity

Supreme Court’s Template for State Election Commissioners

6 14 Daily Current Affairs Update | 17 March 2021

The Supreme Court said that election commissioners across the country should be independent and SECs are not persons holding office with the state government or central government.

This observation was given by the Supreme Court in a case related to the Municipal Elections in Goa.

The Government of Goa moved the Supreme Court against the High Court ruling which had quashed an order passed by the government of Goa determining the seat reservation in wards of Municipal Councils.

Quick Fact: State Election Commissioner is appointed by the Governor of the State

  1. Environment

Project RE-HAB To Reduce Human-Elephant Conflicts

7 13 Daily Current Affairs Update | 17 March 2021

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) launched a unique project of creating bee fences to reduce the conflicts between human-elephant in the country.

The objective of this project is to reduce the attacks of elephants in human habitations using honey bees.

The KVIC launched project RE-HAB in four locations around Chelur village in Kodagu district and these locations are at the periphery of the Nagarahole National Park and Tiger Reserve.

Quick Fact: Project RE-HAB is a sub mission of the KVICs National Honey Mission

  1. Polity

Centre Vs Delhi

8 13 Daily Current Affairs Update | 17 March 2021

The Central Home Ministry has moved a bill named Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the Lok Sabha.

The bill gives discretionary powers to the Lieutenant Governor even in matters where Delhi’s Legislative Assembly is empowered to make laws.

Quick Fact: 69th Constitutional Amendment Act has given Delhi the present status of Union Territory with a Legislative Assembly.

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