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March 16 to 17 Current Affairs


International



New regional VP for IATA Asia-Pacific

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appointed Maunu von Leuders as regional Vice-President for Asia-Pacific based in Singapore.



National



Cabinet clears GST Constitution Amendment Bill

The Union Cabinet has approved Constitution Amendment Bill to pave the way for implementation of Goods and Services Tax, a new indirect tax regime that will subsume various levies such as excise and service tax.



MSD launches rotavirus vaccine

MSD Pharmaceuticals (called Merck in the US and Canada) announced the launch of RotaTeq, a vaccine to prevent rotavirus gastroenteritis, a condition that causes maximum number of deaths among children below five years.

The vaccine, approved by the Indian Drug Regulatory Authorities and the US Food & Administration, comes in three oral doses and is priced at Rs. 900 each.




Awards



Gollapudi Srinivas award for ‘Peepli Live' director

Anusha Rizvi, director of ‘Peepli Live', has been chosen for the 14 th ‘Gollapudi Srinivas National Award' for the year 2010, from the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation.



Best state association award

Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) conferred the prestigious ‘best state association' award on Andhra Pradesh Table Tennis Association (APTTA) in the annual general meeting held at New Delhi



BHEL awarded N and NPT certificates

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Tiruchi, has been awarded N and NPT certificates by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a professional body and engineering society.

The certification authorises BHEL to use N & NPT stamps for Nuclear vessels to Cl 1,2,3 requirements, piping systems to Cl 1,2,3 requirements, storage tanks to Cl 2&3 requirements , and Shop Assembly, Fabrication without design responsibility to Cl 1,2&3 requirements.




Business



ICSI signs MoU with United Stock Exchange

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and United Stock Exchange (USE) have signed a memorandum of understanding for exchange of information, consultation and cooperation.


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