March 2011 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs March 2011: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of March 2011 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • Porbander Member of Legislative Assembly Arjun Bhai Modhwadia was appointed the new president of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee after his predecessor Siddharth Patel resigned from the post.
  • Welcoming the Supreme Court's verdict quashing P J Thomas' appointment as chief vigilance commissioner, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan demanded the resignation of those 'responsible' for his posting including Home Minister P Chidambaram.
  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently announced the appointment of Lakshmi Puri as the Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women.
  • United States President Barack Obama has nominated two Indian American women to key posts in his administration. Chicagoan Deepa Gupta was nominated as member of National Council on the Arts, while Nisha Desai Biswal has been named as member.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Two Indian American scientists -- Dr Romesh C Batra and Dr Kodi S Ravichandran -- were among the four Outstanding Scientists of 2011 honoured with the Governor's Award for Science Innovation by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.
  • The Pakistan government has announced it would posthumously confer the Hilal-i-Pakistan, one of the country's highest civilian honours, on late United States Special Representative Richard Holbrooke. Acting on the advice of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, President Asif Ali Zardari approved the award of the Hilal-i-Pakistan.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • After inducting advance fighter jets from China, Pakistan plans to buy six state of the art submarines from the neighbouring country in an apparent bid to boost its under-sea warfare capabilities. Islamabad is planning to buy six submarines outright with options of joint development of conventional submarines with China.
  • India has emerged as the world's largest arms importer, overtaking China which shares the second spot with South Korea followed by Pakistan, according to new data on international arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
  • Two days before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh plays host to his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani at Mohali during the World Cup semi-final match between the two neighbours, the home secretaries of India and Pakistan met to hold talks on a range of bilateral issues.
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • A meeting of technical experts from India and Pakistan agreed on the location of an additional gate near Attari to facilitate cross-border travel and trade.

Top Economics Current Affairs
  • India's population rose to 1.21 billion people over the last 10 years -- an increase of 181 million, according to the new census released on Thursday. Significantly, the population growth is slower for the first time in nine decades.
Top India Current Affairs
  • According to United States report has said, India has become a hub of drugs and is an attractive trans-shipment area for heroin bound for Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and North America despite constant efforts by governments at all levels to combat this sort of crime.
  • India has reached an appreciable level of competence in missile technologies, with a reach capability of 3,500 kilometres. Defence Research and Development Organisation is developing Agni missile with a capacity to reach 5000 kilometres.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran and India need to help spread justice in the world as both countries share humane perspectives on international affairs. 
  • With high levels of radioactive substances being detected in seawater near a quake-crippled nuclear power plant in Japan, International Atomic Energy Agency said Japanese authorities will measure the radioactivity, results of which will be provided.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Arjun Singh, who had served in various capacities including as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, died. He was 81. Admitted to the AIIMS some days ago with chest pain and neuro problems, Singh complained of breathing problem around 1730 hours. He suffered a heart attack and breathed his last around 1815 hours.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • Nepal's former Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, the last of the country's veteran leaders who founded Nepali Congress, died at the age of 87 late night.
  • It hasn't been a smooth drive for Pakistan's first woman cabbie, but Zahida Kazmi is happy to have made a dent in a male-dominated profession. Kazmi took up taxi driving following her husband's death in 1992, when she had to take on the responsibility of single-handedly raising six children.
  • Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama formally conveyed to the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile his decision to devolve 'political authority' to pave the way for putting in place a new democratic system to pursue the cause of Tibet.
  • United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Cairo to engage with the new Egyptian leadership on hosts of issues including Egypt's transition to democracy and bilateral ties. Clinton became the highest US official to visit since Hosni Mubarak was toppled.
  • A Bangladeshi-origin British Airways software engineer was jailed for 30 years for plotting to blow up a plane in association with American born Al Qaeda terror leader Anwar al-Awlaki. Rajib Karim, 31, from Newcastle used his job to access information for an Al Qaeda preacher based in Yemen to target BA's flights in the United States.
  • A boy from Rajkot has become the youngest student to equal the world record of obtaining full 1,000 marks in an online computer exam conducted by United States-based multinational Microsoft Corp. Akshit Jayesh Dhruv, a Std V student, appeared in the exam on March 16 and obtained full marks, said Chirag Kothari, centre head of Inside Tomorrow Computer Academy, where the 11-year-old studied.
  • Parmesh Bhatt, businessman and event manager, has lived in Japan for 40 years. Proud of his integration into his adopted country, Bhatt boasts that he can even teach Japanese language to the Japanese.
  • Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar met Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama at his residence in Dharamshala during his six-day visit to Himachal Pradesh. The leaders discussed various issues over an hour-long meeting.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam leader Vijayakant is inclined to lead a Third Front to contest the April 13 assembly polls with the Left parties and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam to be the likely constituents, DMDK sources said on Thursday.
  • Communist Party of India-Marxist Politburo member and Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has assets worth Rs 76.65 lakh, according to the affidavit filed by him as part of his election nomination papers for the April 13 assembly polls in the state.
  • The Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly, which could not transact any business for more than a week because of the deadlock over the issue of land allocations to the private companies by the previous governments, is all set to increase the salaries and allowances of its members.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed interceptor missile which destroyed a 'hostile' target ballistic missile, a modified Prithvi, at an altitude of 16 km over the Bay of Bengal. The 'hostile' target ballistic missile, a modified surface-to-surface 'Prithvi', was first lifted off from a mobile launcher around 0933 hours from the launch complex-3 of ITR at Chandipur-on-sea, 15 km from Balasore.
  • India successfully test-fired two indigenously developed, nuclear capable ballistic missiles, both having a strike range of 350 km, from separate locations off the Orissa coast.
Top World Current Affairs
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spy planes mounted a 24-hour air space surveillance over Libya, as British Defence Secretary Liam Fox hinted that a no-fly zone could be enforced without wiping the North African nation's air defences.
  • An international coalition led by the US has launched 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' and fired Tomahawk missiles on Libyan defence targets to enforce a no-fly zone over strife-torn African nation as per a United Nations Security Council resolution.
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