Current Affairs March 2019

  • 14-Mar-2019
  • Indo-Oman Joint Ex Al Nagah 2019 Begins

    Indo Oman Joint Exercise Al Nagah III 2019, a joint military exercise between Indian and Royal Army of Oman (RAO), commenced this morning at HQ Jabel Regiment, Nizwa, Oman.
    The opening ceremony saw the unfurling of the national flags of both countries with Omani and Indian soldiers standing side by side signifying the growing cooperation, synergy and understanding between both the countries.
  • United States To Set Up Six Nuclear Power Plants In India

    The 9th round of the India-US Strategic Security Dialogue was held in Washington DC. Both sides reaffirmed to deny Weapons of Mass Destruction to non-state actors and work towards setting up US nuclear plant in India agreement.
    The two sides committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of 6 U.S. nuclear reactors in India.
  • US Special Operations Forces Hold Exercise With NSG In Hyderabad

    The United States Special Forces Group stationed in Japan is involved in a joint exercise with India’s National Security Guard in Hyderabad, aimed at enhancing the capabilities of the armed forces of the two countries.
    The US forces are from the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) stationed out of Okinawa in Japan. 
  • Arecanut Gets Its First GI Tag For ‘Sirsi Supari’

    The Registrar of Geographical Indications, Government of India, accorded a GI tag, ‘Sirsi Supari’, to arecanut grown in Sirsi, Siddpaur and Yellapur taluks of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka.
    The Totagars’ Cooperative Sale Society (TSS) Ltd, a Sirsi-based agri cooperative, is the registered proprietor of the GI ‘Sirsi Supari’. 

  •  India Extends USD 250 million To Nepal for Reconstruction of Infrastructures

    India has extended a grant assistance of up to USD 250 million to Nepal for the reconstruction of infrastructures in the areas of housing, education, health and cultural heritage that was destroyed during the devastating April 2015 earthquake which saw the death of over 9,000 people.
    During the India-Nepal Joint Project Monitoring Committee meeting in New Delhi, officials from the two countries reviewed the progress of post-earthquake reconstruction projects.

  • India Ranks 11th In Gold Holding: WGC Report

    India, which is the world’s largest consumer of gold, has the 11th largest gold reserve,with the current holding pegged at 607 tonnes, as per the latest report by the World Gold Council (WGC).
    India’s overall position in terms of total gold holding would have been tenth had the list included only countries. The top spot is occupied by the US with gold reserves of 8,133.5tonnes, followed by Germany with 3,369.7 tonnes
  • President Confers Gallantry And Distinguished Service Awards

    The President and Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces Ram Nath Kovind conferred 3 Kirti Chakras and 15 Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at a solemn ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. 2 Kirti Chakras and 1 Shaurya Chakra were given posthumously.
    The President also conferred 15 Param VishishtSeva Medals, 1 Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and 25 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals to senior officers of the Armed Forces for distinguished service of an exceptional order.
  • SBI Launched Doorstep Banking Service For Senior Citizens Over 70

    State Bank of India (SBI) has launched doorstep banking service for senior citizens over 70 years of age and differently-abled customers. 
    Eligible customers can avail this service at a nominal fee of 100 rupees per transactionfor financial transactions and 60 rupees for non-financial transactions.
    Doorstep banking services are available to KYC- compliant account holders, with a valid mobile number registered with the bank and residing within 5 kilometers radius from their home branch. 
  • World Kidney Day 2019: 14th March

    World Kidney Day (WKD) is observed annually on the second Thursday in March to create awareness on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease.
    The theme of WKD 2019 is Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere, which calls for universal health coverage for prevention and early treatment of kidney disease.
  • Special Olympics World Games 2019 in The UAE Makes History

    Special Olympics World Games 2019 which is being held from March 14 to March 21 in the UAE has made history by welcoming a record-breaking 200 nations ahead of the Games. Of the 200 nations, 195 will compete in the Games and five will observe.
     It is being held in West Asia for the first time. 7,500 athletes will take part in 24 Olympic-style sports over seven days. 
  • 13-Mar-2019
  • 4th Internet of Things India Congress To Be Held In Bengaluru

    The 4th IoT India Congress, an event which will see digital technology leaders converge to discuss and explore business opportunities in mainstreaming Internet of Things (IoT), will be held in Bengaluru in August 2019. 
    The IoT India Congress 2019 will include tracks on segments such as healthcare, manufacturing, telecom, smart cities, energy, retail, cybersecurity, skills and development, IoT Standards, legal and regulatory, and agriculture.
  • Erode Turmeric Gets GI Tag After An 8-Year Process

    After an eight-year-long process, Erode turmeric (of Tamil Nadu) finally got a Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the Geographical Indication Registry. 
    The Erode Manjal Vanigargal Matrum Kidangu Urimaiyalargal Sangham applied for the GI tag in January, 2011, at the office of the Deputy Registrar of GI Registry in Chennai. Erode turmeric is a rhizome, both finger and bulb obtained from the Erode local cultivar.
  • Delhi Government Sets-Up High-level Committee To Reform Higher Education

    The Delhi government’s Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), a think-tank that advises the government on key issues, has set up a 17-member high-level committeeto “reform higher education” in the capital. 
    The committee will be chaired by DDC vice-chairperson Jasmine Shah. Nalanda 2.0, a non-profit policy think tank is collaborating with the DDC as the knowledge partner in the initiative.
  • Axis Bank Names Rakesh Makhija As New Chairman

    Axis Bank has appointed Rakesh Makhija as Non-Executive Chairman for a period of 3 years. 
    The 67-year-old, who has served as an independent director on the lender's board since October 2015, will take over from Sanjiv Misra when his term ends on July 17. 
  • C Lalsawta Sworn In As Mizoram’s 1st Lokayukta Chairman

    Retired IAS officer C Lalsawta was sworn-in as the first Chairman of the newly-constituted Lokayukta in Mizoram. 
    He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the newly appointed Mizoram governor Jagdish Mukhi in a swearing-in ceremony held at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl.
  • HDFC Bank Becomes 3rd Indian Firm To Cross Rs6 trillion Market Cap

    HDFC Bank Ltd crossed the Rs6 trillion market capitalization mark for the first time, making it only the third Indian firm—after Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) and Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL)—to achieve the milestone. 
    RIL is the most valued company in India with a market cap of Rs8.50 trillion, followed by TCS at Rs7.48 trillion.
  • SEBI Lifts Foreign Investment Cap On Corporate Bonds

    Markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) withdrew the 20% limit on investments by Foreign Portfolio Investors in corporate bonds of an entity. The regulator stated that the restriction is being withdrawn in accordance with a circular issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
    In June 2018, Sebi had mandated that no Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) shall have an exposure of more than 20% of its corporate bond portfolio to a single corporate. 
  • All England Open Badminton Championships 2019: Complete List of Winners

    2019 All England Open, officially YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2019 was a BWF World Tour 1000 event which took place at Arena Birmingham in England from 6 to 10 March 2019. It had a total purse of $1,000,000.

  • Sailor Upamanyu Dutta Clinches Bronze In Asian Regatta

    Young Mumbai sailor Upamanyu Dutta bagged the bronze medal in the Laser Standard race for men in the Laser Asian Sailing Championship which concluded in Singapore.
    The young sailor sailed superbly to gain India’s first ever medal in the competitive single-handed Laser Standard category. Nethra Kumanan of Chennai achieved a creditable 4th position in the Laser Radial event for women.
  • 12-Mar-2019
  • New Visa Agreement Between India, Maldives Comes Into Effect

    The new visa agreement between India and Maldives came into force. The new policy provides a liberal visa policy for Maldivian citizens seeking medical treatment as well as education and business opportunities in India.
    The agreement has come into effect after all formalities including information being provided to all immigration offices, border points and customs authorities have been completed.
  • India-Bangladesh Jointly Inaugurated 4 Development Projects

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly unveiled e-plaques for development projects in Bangladesh through video conferencing. 
    This was the sixth such video conference between PM Modi and Prime Minister Hasina. Both the leaders launched the e-plaques for these projects in Bangladesh:
  •  PINAKA Guided Weapons System Successfully Test Fired

    Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test fired the PINAKA guided WEAPON rocket system from Pokhran range in Rajasthan.
    The weapon system is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance kit comprising of an advanced navigation and control system. The weapon systems impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies.
  • Dipa Karmakar Selected As Barbie Role Model

    Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar was selected as Barbie role model & was presented with a one-of-a-kind doll by Barbie as the company celebrates its 60th anniversary.
    She was part of the ‘Shero’ program launched in 2015 by the company.

  • Vice President's Visit To Paraguay And Costa Rica: Complete Highlights 

    The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu visited the Republic of Paraguay and the Republic of Costa Rica.  
    Visit To Paraguay: The Vice President met with the President of the Republic of Paraguay, Mr. Mario Abdo Benítez, the Vice President, Mr. Hugo Velázquez, and the President of the National Congress (Senate), Mr. Silvio Ovelar. He also addressed the India-Paraguay business forum and interacted with the Indian Diaspora in Paraguay. 
    Visit To Costa Rica: The visit of Vice President to the Republic of Costa Rica was the first ever high-level visit from India to the nation. The Vice President met the President of Costa Rica, Mr. Carlos Alvarado Quesada and held Delegation level talks with him which was followed by a joint press statement. 
  • Dr. A.K. Mohanty Takes Over As Director BARC

    Dr. A.K. Mohanty, Distinguished Scientist and Director, physics group of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Director, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata took over as Director, BARC from Mr. K.N. Vyas, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy.

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