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March – 2019

 

 

CURRENT AFFAIRS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2019

 

Awards

The​​ Indian economist who has been conferred the prestigious Bodley Medal,

the highest honour bestowed by the University of Oxford's​​ world-famous Bodleian Libraries

Amartya Sen

The American mathematician who has become the​​ first woman to be awarded the Abel Prize, also known as the Nobel for mathematics

Karen Uhlenbeck

The Indian writer who has been awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize by the Yale University, Connecticut (USA)

Raghu Karnad

The BBC journalist who has been chosen for the Chameli Devi Jain Award-2018 for Outstanding Woman Journalist for the year 2018

Ms. Priyanka Dubey

 

 

The naval base at which a state of the art "Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Training Facility - ABHEDYA",​​ was commissioned by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil​​ Lamba

INS Shivaji, Lonavla

The present Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of Eastern Naval Command who has been chosen to be the next Chief of Naval Staff with effect from 31 May 2019

Vice Admiral Karambir Singh

The joint military exercise between armies of India &Sri Lanka to be conducted from 26 March to 08 April 2019 in Sri Lanka.

Exercise Mitra Shakti-VI

The inaugural Africa-India Field Training Exercise for India and African nations held from 18 March to 27 March 2019 at Aundh Military Station, Pune

AFINDEX-19

The third in the series of bilateral joint exercise between India and Oman scheduled to be held from 12 to 25 March 2019 at Jabel Al Akhdar Mountains in Oman is named

Exercise Al Nagah III

The place in Uttar Pradesh where the facility to manufacture AK-203 rifles was

Ordnance Factory,

inaugurated by the PM Shri Narendra Modi

Korwa​​ (Amethi)

 

The 8th edition of​​ India-Bangladesh joint military​​ exercise being conducted at Tangail, Bangladesh from 02 March to 15 March 2019

Sampriti-2019

 

The mission in which a missile (A-SAT) launched from APJ Abdul Kalam island shot down a low earth satellite at a height of 300 km was named

Mission Shakti

 

 

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Sports

The team which has won the 2018-19 edition​​ of Indian Super League​​ defeating

FC Goa in the finals

Bengaluru FC

The cricket playing nation which has won its first test match in its cricket history (against Ireland) in Dehradun

Afghanistan

The Indian gymnast who has been chosen as the a Barbie Role Model by US based toy maker Mattel Inc.

Dipa Karmakar

The Indian chess player who has become the 61st person from the country to become a Grandmaster

P Iniyan

The Swiss tennis player who has become the second person in the world to win 100 ATP titles in his career (after Jimmy Connors)

Roger Federer

The West Indian cricketer who has become the first in the world to hit more than 500 sixes in international cricket

Chris Gayle

 

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Persons

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ The former Supreme Court Judge who has been chosen to be India's first Lokpal

Justice Pinaki

Chandra Ghosh

The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet Minister for Information Technology, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development who has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for 2019

Nara Lokesh

The new Chairperson of the newly constituted National Commission for Backward Classes

Bhagwan Lal Sahni

 

Banking

The bank on which the Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs. 2

crores for non-compliance of regulatory directions about SWIFT operations

Punjab National

Bank

The public sector bank which has become the first in the country to link savings bank interest rate to RBI repo rate

State Bank of India

Railways

The manufacturing unit of Indian Railways which has become the world's largest

rail coaches maker surpassing the top Chinese manufacturers

Integral Coach

Factory, Chennai

 

Places

The new name of the capital city Astana of Kazakhstan in the honour of

outgoing President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Nursultan

The place in Uttar Pradesh at which the foundation stone of National Institute of Unani Medicine was laid by Union Minister of State (IC) for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso​​ Naik

Ghaziabad

 

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ ​​ Miscellaneous​​ 

 

The cloud gaming subscription service launched by multinational technology

company Google capable of streaming video games in 4K resolution at 60 frames per​​ second

Google Stadia

The tropical cyclone​​ which hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Madagascar​​ and caused loss of thousands of​​ lives

Cyclone Idai

The German car manufacturer which has been imposed a penalty of Rs. 500 crore by the National Green Tribunal

Volkswagen

The day in March which has been declared to be observed as​​ Jan Ausadhi Diwas​​ to create awareness about use of generic medicines

07 March

The rank of India in the Internet Inclusive Index released by Economic Intelligence Unit (Top 3 countries are Sweden, Singapore and USA

47th

 

Important

Wayanaad Robusta​​ coffee is grown specifically in the region of Wayanad district of​​ Kerala.

Chikmagalur Arabica​​ coffee is grown specifically in the region of Chikmagalur district in the​​ Malnad region of​​ Karnataka.

Araku Valley Arabica​​ coffee can be described as coffee from the hilly tracks of Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha region at an elevation of 900-1100 Mt​​ MSL.

Bababudangiris Arabica​​ coffee is grown specifically in the birthplace of coffee in India and the region is situated in the central portion of Chikmagalur​​ district.

NOTE: The Monsooned Malabar Robusta Coffee, a unique specialty coffee from India, was given GI certification earlier.

 

World Happiness Index 2019

 

Rank

Country

Rank

Country

1.

Finland

140

India

2.

Denmark

67

Pakistan

3.

Norway

93

China

4.

Iceland

125

Bangladesh

5.

Netherlands

130

Sri Lanka

 

Swachh Survekshan 2019

Cities covered:​​ 4327

Overall national ranking

Indore; 2. Ambikapur; 3. Mysuru; 4. Ujjain; 5. New Delhi (NDMC)

India's cleanest big city:​​ Amdavad

India's cleanest medium city:​​ Ujjain

India's cleanest small city:​​ New Delhi Muncipal Council

 

 

GI Tags

The following items were granted Geographical Indication Tags recently

Marayoor Jaggery​​ (Idukki,​​ Kerala)

Sirsi Supari​​ (Siddpaur, Sirsi and Yellapur taluks of Uttara Kannada,​​ Karnataka)

Thirubhuvanam Silk Saree (Thanjavur, Tamil​​ Nadu)

 

 

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One Nation One Card
Launched at: Ahmedabad​​ 

  • The card will allow users to pay for all modes of vehicles across​​ India.

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    The Indigenous Automatic Fare Collection System based on One Nation One Card Model i.e. National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) is the first of its kind in​​ India.

  • It consists of NCMC Card, SWEEKAR (Swachalit Kiraya: Automatic Fare Collection System) and SWAGAT (Swachalit​​ Gate).

  • The Gate & Reader prototype has been made by​​ BEL.

 

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan Yojana

 

Launched by : Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Launched at:​​ Vastral​​ in Gujarat.

The scheme assures a monthly pension of​​ Rs. 3000​​ for the enrolled unorganized sector workers during their old age.

Informal sector workers earning less than Rs. 15000 per month to enroll as beneficiaries in the nearby Common Service Centre.
A contribution of equal amount as that of the beneficiary will be made by the Union​​ Government.

The contribution of a subscriber ranges from Rs 55/- to Rs 200/- depending on his entry age which is 18 to 40.

Important Days of March

 

Zero Discrimination Day: 01 March​​ 2019 Designated by:​​ UNAIDS

First Observed in:​​ 2014

World Wildlife Day: 03 March 2019

Designated by: United nations General Assembly Theme: Life Below Water: For People and Planet First Observed in: 2014

World Hearing Day: 03 March 2019 Designated by:​​ W.H.O.

Theme: Check your Hearing First Observed in:​​ 2007

International Women's Day: 08 March 2019 Designated by: U.N.O.

Theme: Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change First Observed by UN in: 1975

International Day of Happiness: 20 March 2019 Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2013

International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination: 21 March 2019 Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies First Observed in: 1966

International Day of Forests: 21 March 2019 Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Forests and Education – Learn to Love Forests First Observed in: 2013

World Poetry Day: 21 March 2019 Designated by: UNESCO

First Observed in: 2000

World Down Syndrome Day: 21 March 2019 Designated by: UN General Assembly

Focus: Leave No One Behind First Observed in: 2012

World Water Day: 22 March 2019​​ Designated by: UN General Assembly Theme: Leaving no one behind

First Observed in: 1993

World Tuberculosis Day: 24 March 2019 Designated by: WHO

Theme: It's Time

First Observed in: 1982

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims: 24 March 2019

Designated by: UN General Assembly First Observed in: 2011

International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade: 25 March 2019 Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Remember Slavery: The Power of​​ the Arts for Justice First Observed in: 2008

 

Abbreviations in NEWS

SHREYAS: Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills

QRSAM: Quick Reach Surface-to-Air Missiles

YUVIKA:​​ YUva VIgyani KAryakram

 

Books in News

Every Vote Counts​​ - Navin Chawla (former Chief Election Commissioner)

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