Daily Current Affairs, 07th March 2018 - VISION

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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Daily Current Affairs, 07th March 2018

1)  Neiphiu Rio Appointed Nagaland CM
•Nagaland Governor PB Acharya has appointed Neiphiu Rio as the new Chief Minister of the state.  Mr Riowill replace TR Zeliang. The Governor has received letters of support in favour of Rio from MLAs of BJP, JD (U) and an Independent besides NDPP legislators.

•Mr Rio will take the oath of his duties shortly. The Governor has also requested Mr Rio to prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before 16th of March.

2)  Transport Ministry Launches A Scheme And Sukhad Yatra App
•Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari has announced that soon there will be no human interface in granting driving licences to heavy vehicle drivers in the country. He has launched the scheme for District Driving Training Centres in New Delhi.

•The process of approving such driving licenses will be made fully computerised. The Minister also launched Sukhad Yatra mobile App and Toll-free Emergency number (1033) for highway users.

3)  Iraq Becomes India’s Biggest Oil Supplier
•Iraq has become India’s biggest crude oil supplier by overtaking Saudi Arabia with a wide margin in this current financial year.

•Iraq supplied 38.9 million tonnes (MT) of oil, which was more than 20% of country’s oil needs. India is 80% dependent on imports to meet its oil needs.

4)  Washington Becomes 1st State To Approve Net-Neutrality Rules
•Washington has become the first state to enact its own net-neutrality requirements after U.S. regulators repealed Obama-era rules designed to keep the internet an even playing field.

•The new law also requires internet providers to disclose information about their management practices, performance and commercial terms. Violations would be enforceable under the state’s Consumer Protection Act.

5)  Microsoft Inks Renewable Energy Deal For Bengaluru Facility
•Tech giant Microsoft has inked its first renewable energy deal in India for powering its new facility in Bengaluru. The facility, which will be operational starting June, is spread over 5.85 lakh square feet.

•The agreement will see Microsoft purchase 3 megawatts of solar-powered electricity from Atria Power for its new office building in Bengaluru, meeting 80% of the projected electricity needs at the facility.

6)  European Development Bank Approves India’s Membership
•India is all set to become the 69th member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) after shareholders of the international financial institution gave their nod to the country’s candidature. 

•The formal membership process will now get underway, which includes the purchase of shares by India at an estimated cost of around 1 million euros. The EBRD’s Board of Governors, which represents all the existing shareholders of the UK-based bank, voted in favour of India’s membership application.

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