CURRENT AFFAIRS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2019
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
The American mathematician who has become the first woman to be awarded the Abel Prize, also known as the Nobel for mathematics
The Indian writer who has been awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize by the Yale University, Connecticut (USA)
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
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
inaugurated by the PM Shri Narendra Modi
The 8th edition of India-Bangladesh joint military exercise being conducted at Tangail, Bangladesh from 02 March to 15 March 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
The team which has won the 2018-19 edition of Indian Super League defeating
FC Goa in the finals
The cricket playing nation which has won its first test match in its cricket history (against Ireland) in Dehradun
The Indian gymnast who has been chosen as the a Barbie Role Model by US based toy maker Mattel Inc.
The Indian chess player who has become the 61st person from the country to become a Grandmaster
The Swiss tennis player who has become the second person in the world to win 100 ATP titles in his career (after Jimmy Connors)
The West Indian cricketer who has become the first in the world to hit more than 500 sixes in international cricket
The former Supreme Court Judge who has been chosen to be India's first Lokpal
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
The new Chairperson of the newly constituted National Commission for Backward Classes
Bhagwan Lal Sahni
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
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
The manufacturing unit of Indian Railways which has become the world's largest
rail coaches maker surpassing the top Chinese manufacturers
The new name of the capital city Astana of Kazakhstan in the honour of
outgoing President Nursultan Nazarbayev
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
The cloud gaming subscription service launched by multinational technology
company Google capable of streaming video games in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second
The tropical cyclone which hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Madagascar and caused loss of thousands of lives
The German car manufacturer which has been imposed a penalty of Rs. 500 crore by the National Green Tribunal
The day in March which has been declared to be observed as Jan Ausadhi Diwas to create awareness about use of generic medicines
The rank of India in the Internet Inclusive Index released by Economic Intelligence Unit (Top 3 countries are Sweden, Singapore and USA
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.
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
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)
One Nation One Card
Launched at: Ahmedabad
The card will allow users to pay for all modes of vehicles across India.
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.
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)