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Current Affairs of 1st March 1 March 2019

National News

SHREYAS portal will enable educational institutions and industry to log in and provide their respective demand and supply of apprenticeship and the matching of students with apprenticeship avenues will take place as per pre-specified eligibility criteria.

Van Dhan, a scheme for Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Minor Forest Produce (MFP) and Development of Value Chain of MFPs was launched by TRIFED(Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India) under Ministry of Tribal Affairs at a National Workshop in New Delhi.

Thaawarchand Gehlot launched 2nd edition of Indian Sign Language Dictionary
The Dictionary was developed by Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) and it included 6 thousand words under different categories such as legal, academic, technical, medical and everyday terms.

NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and Adobe signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) to collectively drive the charter of developing creative skills and spreading digital literacy across all Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) in India.
ATLs are being established in more than 5,000 schools in India where students of class 6th to class 12th acquire problem-solving and innovation skills, developing innovative solutions leveraging Tinkering technologies like 3D printers, robotics, miniaturised electronics, IOT and programming, do it yourself kits with support from teachers.

"International Digital Health Symposium" inaugurated by Anupriya Patel in New Delhi.
The Symposium provided a forum to learn from global leaders in the field of digital health and innovation and was an opportunity for countries to showcase innovations and share experiences of implementing digital health interventions for health systems strengthening and Universal Health Coverage.

India and Sweden intend to increase cooperation on AMR
About Anti-microbial resistance (AMR) which poses a dangerous challenge globally.
Anti-microbial drugs, when overused, AMR develops as microorganisms such as bacteria, virus and fungi that become resistant to drugs.

Tax info exchange agreement inked between India and Brunei
This agreement will facilitate both the countries to exchange information, including banking and ownership information for tax purposes and will also avail mutual assistance in collection of tax revenue claims.

MoU was signed between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) andCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in order to collaborate in the area of food and agriculture, at ICAR Headquarters, Krishi Bhawan,  New Delhi.

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced a new railway zone for Andhra Pradesh, that is the Southern Coast Railway and it will be headquartered in Visakhapatnam.

International News

UAE based company will release 12 bank notes of zero value which is the first ever limited edition commemorative series to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Dubai based  Indian artist Akbar Saheb has designed these special notes.


Bank News

IDBI Bank and Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) signed a bancassurance agreement under which the lender will offer LIC’s insurance products at its branches.

The Reserve Bank of India announced that in order to increase liquidity, it will infuse Rs. 37,500 crore into the system through the purchase of government securities under Open Market Operations (OMOs) in February.

According to BCG-IBA Report on EASE Reforms index released by Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Punjab National Bank (PNB) which is fraud hit bank, secured the top spot among all public sector banks in the implementation of ‘Reforms agenda’.

A private sector non-life insurance company in India ICICI Lombard has entered into a strategic partnership with Hyderabad based peer-to-peer lending platform AnyTimeLoan.in (ATL) to provide insurance coverage for its lenders and borrowers.

Awards And Recognitions

The Union Minister for Water Resources, River development and rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari presented 82 National Water Awards in 14 categories for the year 2018 at a ceremony held in New Delhi.
The department of geology at Kakatiya University, Warangal Telangana received the best campus in India in terms of water usage.
Madurai district received first prize for rejuvenations and creating new water bodies in the National Water Awards 2018.

"Sarvashreshtha Suraksha Puraskar" is awarded by Parijat Industries by NSCI (National Safety Council of India) for the year 2018.

First Indian-origin World War II spy (WWII spy), Noor Inayat, to get Blue Plaque at 4 Taviton Street in Bloomsbury, London (her former home).

Mukesh Ambani becomes first Indian to join top 10 richest list of Hurun Research.


Science And Tech

India’s first indigenous 4G/5G semiconductor chips unveiled by SIGNALCHIP
Bengaluru based semiconductor company “SIGNALCHIP” unveiled India’s first Indigenous Semiconductor Chips for 4G/LTE and 5G NR MODEMs at an event in New Delhi. 

Scientists Discovered "methane hydrates" a potential fuel of the future just two meters below the sea-floor in the Krishna-Godavari (K-G) basin off the coast of Andhra Pradesh in the Bay of Bengal.

Banglar Shiksha web portal launched by West Bengal Government.
"Banglar Shiksha" (banglarshiksha.gov.in)
This Web portal will store real-time data of 1.5 crore students, 5 lakh teachers and 1 lakh schools and will also address many issues like attendance of students and teachers.


Chris Gayle reached 10,000 ODI runs and became 1st batsman in the world to hit 500 sixes
He will retire from One-Day International cricket after this 2019’s World Cup in England and Wales.

International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup was held in New Delhi. It is a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan. India ranked 1st in the World Cup along with Hungary.
ISSF World Cup 2019 Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary won gold in 10m Air Pistol Mixed Category.
Saurabh Chaudhary won gold in 10m Air Pistol in a single category.
Apurvi Chandela won women’s 10m Air Rifle and bagged India’s first gold medal by breaking the world record in the Shooting World Cup 2019.


Important Days

National Science Day observed on 28th February
The National Science Day is observed annually to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by the physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, well-known as CV Raman.
The theme for this year’s National Science Day is ‘Science for the People and the People for Science’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the award ceremony and conferred Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) prizes for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 in New Delhi today.
It is awarded each year on the basis of conspicuously important and outstanding contributions to human knowledge and progress, made through work done primarily in India during the five years, preceding the year of the prize.


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