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Current Affairs of 2nd March 2 March 2019

National News

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has organized a national conference on "Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme" at Dr Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi on 1st March 2019.
The motive behind this conference is to lay an impact on the need for the creation of an inclusive society that accepts and respects disabled persons without discrimination.

Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) took part in the 3-day "Mainamati Maitree Exercise 2019" as a part of ‘Confidence Building Measures’ between India and Bangladesh held in a general area of BSF’s Srimantapur border outpost near Agartala, Tripura.
♦ Capital – Dhaka
♦ Currency – Taka
♦ Prime Minister – Sheikh Hasina

Bank News

AIIB approved USD 455 Million loans for the Andhra Pradesh Rural Roads Project
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
♦ President – Jin Liqun
♦ Headquarters – Beijing, China

DCB Bank launches Open Banking Platform for next-generation banking solutions
t will provide seamless integration of banking services by improving the existing banking technology infrastructure and at the same time meet the growing demand for innovative solutions from new-age customers.
DCB Bank (Headquarters) – Mumbai, Maharashtra

IFFCO Tokio General Insurance launched "Bank locker protector policy", the first stand-alone bank locker cover offered by any insurance company with a plan to protect the contents of a bank locker such as jewellery, title documents, and other valuables.
♦ A joint venture between the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-operative (IFFCO) and its associates and Tokio Marine and Nichido Fire Group which is also the largest listed insurance group in Japan.
♦ Chairman – Mr K. Srinivasa Gowda
♦ Headquarters – Gurgaon, Haryana

Moody has projected Indian economy growth at 7.3% for 2019-20

Awards And Recognitions

Vice President Shri M Venkaiah Naidu presented Kalam Innovation in Governance Award 2019, at the third edition of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Summit on Innovation and Governance held in New Delhi.


Appointments And Resigns

Ajay Narayan Jha became Member of the 15th Finance Commission
The 15th Finance Commission was constituted by a Presidential Order in November 2017 under the Chairmanship of Shri N. K. Singh for a period of 5 years – April 2020 to March 2025.

RBI approved the merger of DBS Bank’s Indian unit with its wholly owned local subsidiary, DBS Bank India.

Science And Tech

IRCTC iPay: IRCTC’s own payment aggregator launched
It will provide an improved online digital payment convenience and ease of doing business to passengers availing online travel-related services through the IRCTC website.

Rice Knowledge Bank-Assam, which is an agriculture web portal is dedicated to magnifying knowledge on rice production technologies and techniques, best production practices and state agriculture facts, was launched under World Bank funded project – Agri-business and Rural Transformation (APART).
The motive behind this is to curtail the gap between research and on-field rice production practices for small-scale farmers in Assam.



India claimed 8 medals at the Makran Cup boxing tournament in Iran
Haryana’s Deepak Singh won the only gold for India, beating JaafarNaseri in the (46-49kg) light fly category.

England Women tour of India 2019 for 3-match ODIs and T20Is
India women’s cricket team clinched the 3-match Women’s One-day International (WODI) series against England 2-1.
Smriti Mandhana was named the Player of the Series.

Important Days

Zero Discrimination day observed on 1st March
Theme- “Act to change laws that Discriminate”.
The butterfly is the symbol for Zero Discrimination Day and is widely used by people to share their stories and photos as a way to end discrimination and work towards positive transformation.


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