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Current Affairs of 6th and 7th March 2019 6 March 2019

National News


22 GPS stations set by GSI across India. 22 GPS permanent stations have been set up and remaining 13 will be operational by March 2020
In order to identify seismically hazardous zones and encourage mapping activities, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) launched 22 permanent Global Positioning System (GPS) stations across India, which is a part of its objective to establish and maintain a network of continuously operating 35 permanent GPS stations in a phased manner.

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis announced various welfare schemes for the Dhangar community including 10,000 houses, AshramShalas, Scholarships, admission seats and Hostels for students belonging to this community.

As Per NARSS 2018-19, 96.5% of Indian rural households have access to toilets
An Independent Verification Agency under the World Bank support project to the Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G)conducted the  National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS) between November 2018 and February 2019.

Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Prakash Javadekar, on the occasion of National Science Day, that is 28th February 2019, launched the Scheme for Translational and Advanced Research in Science (STARS) aimed at funding science projects.
It will be utilised to sponsor about 500 science projects, selected on the basis of competitions.

Dr Mahesh Sharma Inaugurates ‘Azaadi Ke Diwane’ Museum at Red Fort Complex in Delhi
The museum has been dedicated to the freedom fighters of our country. It has been constructed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and is the fifth museum to be dedicated to freedom fighters.
The other 4 are:
Subhash Chandra Bose and INA museum
Yaad-e-Jallian museum
Museum on 1857- dedicated to the country’s first war of Independence.
Drishyakala -dedicated to Indian Art

Textiles Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated Refurbished Handloom Haat in New Delhi
The Haat aims to provide infrastructural support to handloom agencies so that they can enhance their sales of handloom products and provide a platform to display a wide variety of handloom products that are produced all over the country.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates BOLD-QIT project in Assam
It was adopted to deal with the problem of border safeguarding in the areas where border fences can’t be constructed due to the Brahmaputra river.
Previous fencing projects include two smart-fencing pilot projects of 5Km each along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu. It is based on a security model similar to that of Israel.

The foundation stone for the ‘National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation’ (NIMHR), the first-of-its-kind institute in India, was laid down by Shakuntala D. Gamlin, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at Sherpur Village along Bhopal-Sehore highway, District Sehore, Madhya Pradesh.

Delhi government launches app ‘One Delhi’ to track bus, metro services
The app offers facilities such as:
Obtaining the estimated time of arrival and Tracking the real-time location for buses and metros.
Providing information about their fares and the best route and mode of travel between two places.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis unveiled the State’s new 5-year industrial policy which will be effective from 1st April 2019.
Its aim to emphasizes on high technology and employment generating businesses which aim to attract investments worth 10 lakh crore rupees.
It will create nearly 40 lakh Jobs by 2023-24 and the goal is to turn Maharashtra into a trillion dollar (one lakh crore) economy.

Government introduces schemes to provide financial assistance for transport, marketing of agriculture products to boost export.
The Government will reimburse a certain percentage of freight charges and provide assistance for marketing of agricultural produce under this transport and marketing assistance scheme.

Model guidelines for development and regulation of retirement homes issued by the Government
That address the special needs and protect the rights of senior citizens and retirees living in Retirement Homes who aspire to spend their retired life independently in a safe, secure and dignified environment.

NITI Aayog’s list of aspirational districts for the period of December 2018-January 2019 has been topped by 3 districts of Jharkhand- Chatra, Sahibganj, and Hazaribagh. These districts have performed well in ‘health and nutrition’ parameters.
In terms of education, the top ranks were attained by Sonbhadra (Uttar Pradesh), Sahibganj (Jharkhand) and Chatra (Jharkhand).
About Aspirational Districts Programme
It was launched on January 5, 2018, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Progress in six areas such as health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion, skill development, and basic infrastructure is considered.
Coal Minister Piyush Goyal dedicated to the nation a 1,000-megawatt (MW) thermal power project of Neyveli Tamil Nadu Power Ltd (NTPL) at Thoothukudi and a 150-MW solar power projects of NLC India Ltd (NLCIL) at Ramanathapuram and Virudhunagar districts in Tamil Nadu.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the scheme ‘Mukhya Mantri Karigar Sahayata’ for financial assistance to craftsmen. 
Under this Scheme-
Craftsmen with 10 years of experience and having an annual income below Rs.1 lakh are eligible to get the assistance of Rs.800 per month and For craftsmen above 80 years of age would get Rs.1000 per month allowance for those has the same experience and annual income as above.
Annual income certificate, residence proof, experience certificate and age proof are required to produce for availing the benefits of the scheme.


International News


Gurugram became world’s most polluted city in 2018
The report was based on a new study by Swiss-based company IQ Air AirVisual and non-profit organization Greenpeace on information from over 3000 cities.
Bangladesh became the most polluted country closely followed by Pakistan and India while Iceland, Finland, Australia, Estonia and Sweden were among the least polluted countries.

Red Flag 2019 (Red Flag Launched in 1975, Red Flag is the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise) the 12-day long advanced aerial combat training exercise held several times a year by the US Air Force, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, United States.
The exercise is scheduled from 3rd to 16th March 2019 and air forces from the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, the Netherlands, Singapore and Saudi Arabia are participating in it.

India has the cheapest mobile data in the world as per the research by price comparison site cable.co.uk.

Mumbai become the world’s 16th most costly prime residential market: Knight Frank Report
The Philippines’ capital Manila topped the global list with the highest price appreciation of 11.1% last year, followed by Edinburgh (Scotland) in the second position with a 10.6% rise.
Singapore was the only Asian city after Manila to feature in the top-ten list, with a price appreciation of 9.1%.

Malaysia joined the International Criminal Court
Malaysia is the 124th member of the court since its establishment in 2002.
♦ Headquarters –  The Hague, Netherlands
♦ President – Eboe-Osuji

Bank News


Loan Agreement worth USD 25.2 Million signed between India and the World Bank for Chhattisgarh Public Financial Management and Accountability Program
It aims to provide support to reforms such as expenditure planning, investment management, budget execution, public procurement and accountability which are undertaken by the state for expenditure management.

Loan Agreement worth USD 96 Million signed between India and World Bank for Additional Financing for Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project
It aims to provide financial support to Uttarakhand for adopting post-disaster recovery plans and disaster management techniques such as the reconstruction of bridges, road and river bank protection works, and in the construction of a training facility for the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).

The government has given a nod to the IDBI Bank to handle import and export transactions with Iran. This has been done to boost the trade between India and Iran amidst US sanctions on Iran.

World Bank to grant 250 Million dollars for National Rural Economic Transformation Project (NRETP) to boost Rural incomes in India.

World Bank to provide Rs 2,200 crores for a healthcare project to Andhra Pradesh
The project aims to improve the quality of healthcare, availability and accessibility of primary health services to the majority population of the state.
The loan has a six-year grace period and a maturity of 29 years and 6 months.

State Bank of India (SBI) and Hitachi Payment Services Pvt Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd, launched their merchant-acquiring joint venture, SBI Payment Services Pvt Ltd (SBIPSPL), for establishing a digital payments platform for India and other countries in the region, in Mumbai.
SBI has a 74% stake in the joint venture and the balance 26% is with Hitachi Payment Services.

The unemployment rate in India rose to 7.2% in February 2019, the highest since September 2016, and up from 5.9% in February 2018, according to data compiled by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).


Awards And Recognitions


On 4th March 2019, TVS Motor was awarded the ‘Green Era Award for Sustainability’ at Lisbon, Portugal. The company also won the ‘Quality and Business Excellence Award’ for its unmatched product quality. 

Historic Guinness World Record in yoga in Hong Kong made by over 1,000 people.

Swachh Survekhshan 2019 Awards presented by President Ram Nath Kovind
Indore bagged the award for the cleanest city for a third straight year in Swachh Survekshan.
New Delhi Municipal Council area gets cleanest small city award while  Uttarakhand’s Gauchar was adjudged Best Ganga Town in the survey.

Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, who integrated the East and West in his creative designs has been honoured with Pritzker Architecture Prize 2019. This prize was incorporated in 1979 and is said to be the highest international honour in the field of architecture.

Kylie Jenner becomes the world’s youngest self-made billionaire declared by Forbes magazine.

Mukesh Ambani ranks 13th richest person with $50 bn net worth in the Forbes Billionaire List
The list was topped by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and family with USD 131 billion wealth followed by Bill Gates (USD 96.5 bn) in the 2nd place and Warren Buffet (USD 82.5 bn) on the 3rd.



Appointments And Resigns


Randhir Singh has been appointed the chairman of Coordination Committee for 2022 Asian Games which will be hosted in Hangzhou, China.
Olympic Council of Asia
♦ Headquarter: Kuwait City, Kuwait
♦ President: Ahmad Al-Fahad AL-Ahmed Al-Sabah

Kaja Kallas appointed as the first female prime minister of Estonia.

Rakesh Kumar Vats appointed as Secretary-General of the Medical Council of India.


Science And Tech


India decided to collaborate with Bhutan, Nepal, Indonesia and Malaysia with an objective to increase the population of three Asian rhino species – Greater one-horned rhinoceros, Javan rhino and Sumatran rhino at Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, New Delhi.

Ten years after its launch, NASA’s Kepler Mission has discovered and received confirmation for its first exoplanet Kepler-1658 b.
Characteristics of Kepler-1658 b:
Very high-temperature
First exoplanet Kepler-1658b confirmed by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope
Thrice as large and 1.5 times as massive as the Sun.
Orbits at a distance of only twice the diameter of the Sun.

Google launches Bolo app to help children in India with reading, comprehension skills of students, especially the ones in rural areas.





Tata Motors’ SUV brand Harrier becomes VIVO IPL 2019’s official partner.

Mexican Open 2019: Kyrgios defeated Zverev to win Men’s singles title

Category     Winner
Men’s Singles   Nick Kyrgios (Australia)
Women’s Singles    Wang Yafan (China)
Men’s Doubles  Alexander Zverev (Germany)  and Mischa Zverev (Germany)
Women’s Doubles   Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) and Zheng Saisai (China)


39-year-old Pakistan-born South African cricket team’s leg-spinner, Imran Tahir, announced that he will retire from One Day International (ODI) cricket after the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Oceania Nations will participate in 2022 Asian Games
Oceania Nations which includes Australia, New Zealand and a swathe of Pacific islands will compete into Volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, football, swimming and track cycling events.

ICC bans former Zimbabwe Cricket Director Enock Ikope for 10 years for the offence of breaching 3 ICC’s anti-corruption codes.

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports recognises Kudo International Federation India as National Sports Federation.




Jerry Merryman, co-inventor of the World’s First Handheld Electronic Calculator Dies at 86

Professional WWE wrestler King Kong Bundy passed away

Chief adviser of All India Matua Mahasangha, Binapani Devi, dies at age 100



Important Days


Rare Disease Day: 28th February
The Theme of this year’s rare disease day was “Bridging health and social care”.

March 1, 2019, observed as World civil defence day
The theme of this year’s World Civil Defence Day was “Children’s safety, our responsibility”.

March 7 to be celebrated as ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’ across India
The government plans to have at least one PMBJP Kendra in each block by 2020.
These medicines are cheaper by 50% to 90% of the average market price.


Miscellaneous Current Affairs


The book “Designing Destiny: The Heartfulness Way” which has been written by spiritual teacher Kamlesh Patel who is famously known as Daaji, was launched recently. The book deals with issues pertaining to destiny and the way it shapes someone’s life.


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