Daily : March 4, 2017



Question: 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance: ICEGOV 2017 is being organized in which of the following cities?
(a) Bengaluru
(b) Mumbai
(c) Delhi
(d) Surat
Ans: (c)
Related Fact :

  • The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India is organizing a three-day International Conference – 10th ICEGOV 2017 in Delhi from 7th March to 9th March, 2017.
  • The conference is being organized in collaboration with United Nations University and UNESCO.
  • The Theme of ICEGOV 2017 will be “Building Knowledge Societies: From Digital Government to Digital Empowerment”.
  • The key objective of ICEGOV2017 is to explore how Digital Government can lead to Digital Empowerment by local knowledge. It is recognition of India’s emerging role as a massive cyber power, accelerated by the Digital India push which has acquired international acknowledgment.
  • The 10th ICEGOV will bring together academia, governments, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector to share the insights and experiences in theory and practice of Digital Government.
  • This is the first time the conference is being hosted in India, in collaboration with United Nations University and UNESCO.
  • 560 papers from around 60 countries will be presented, which is highest number of paper submission in the history of ICEGOV.


Destination North East, 2017

Destination North East, 2017

Question: ‘Destination North East, 2017’ aims at…
(a) Planning visit of the President to north east region.
(b) Improving transport infrastructure in the region
(c) Highlighting the region as a potential destination for investment in various sector.
(d) None of the above.
Ans: (c)
Related Fact :

  • Destination North East, 2017 is scheduled to be held in Chandigarh from March 6-8, 2017 by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • The objective of Destination North East, 2017 is to showcase North East as a potential destination for investment and highlight the rich traditions and customs of the region.
  • It will also highlight the use of appropriate technologies in all sectors of development for North Eastern Region, with the major participation of Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India and Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).
  • Destination North East, 2017 will include round table discussions and exhibition stalls showcasing various features of the North East Region in order to attract investments in Tourism, Food Processing, Handlooms and Handicrafts,, Horticulture and Floriculture, Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Organic Farming and Bamboo Development etc.
  • The mega event will also include cultural programmes to highlight the rich tradition and culture of the North Eastern Region.


Appointment of the New Secretary General

SAARC’s New General Secretary

Question: Who has been appointed as the new General Secretary of SAARC recently?
(a) Amjad Hussain B. Sial
(b) Arjun Bahadur Thapa
(c) Vikas Swaroop
(d) G Parthsarthy
Ans: (a)
Related Fact :

  • On 1st March, 2017, Mr. Amjad Hussain B. Sial assumed charge of the office of Secretary General of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). He is the 13th general secretary of SAARC.
  • He has succeeded Nepal’s Arjun Bahadur Thapa, who was appointed the Secretary-General in 2014.The Pakistani turn starts from March 1, 2017, and continues till February 28, 2020.
  • Mr. Sial is a seasoned diplomat from Pakistan Foreign Service. He has a rich experience in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy both at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad and Missions abroad. He was Director (Pakistan) from 2003-2006, at SAARC Secretariat Kathmandu.
  • Before joining SAARC Secretariat he was Special Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad.
    About SAARC:
    The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is a regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of nations in South Asia. Its member states are- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan joined SAARC as a Member at the Fourteenth SAARC Summit, Delhi, in April 2007.
    The heads of Seven South Asian Countries of SAARC (Bangladeshi, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) signed the charter to establish the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on December 8th, 1985. The SAARC secretariat was established in Kathmandu on 16th January 1987.
  • Abul Ahsan (Bangladesh) was the first general secretary of SAARC.
  • Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed (Maldives) is the only woman to have served as SAARC general secretary.
  • There have been two general secretaries from India so far: Kishore Kant Bhargava and Sheel Kant Sharma.


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