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Current Affairs of 8th March 8 March 2019

National News


Mukhyamantri Anchal Amrit Yojana (free milk scheme for Anganwadi children) was launched in Dehradun by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.
The scheme aims to provide 100 ml milk twice a week, free of cost, to 2.5 lakh children at 20,000 Anganwadi kendras of Uttarakhand.

A series of visually impaired friendly Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 20 coins unveiled by PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the new series of visually impaired friendly coins of in the denominations of Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20 at an event held in New Delhi where visually impaired children were specially invited. The exact date of issuance of new series coins is yet to be announced Rs 20 coins unveiled by PM Modi India’s first 20 rupee coin.

IRDAI, NHA form a working group chaired by Dinesh Arora to curb fraud in Ayushman Bharat scheme
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) and National Health Authority (NHA) have formed a joint working group (JWG) in order to suggest ways for more effective implementation of the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).

Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Safety in Mines, Testing and Research Station (SIMTARS), Australia for cooperation in occupational safety.
It was aimed at exploring new opportunities in the area of occupational safety, health and welfare of persons engaged in mining operations.

The president of French space agency CNES (Centre national d’études spatiales), Jean-Yves Le Gall and K Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed an agreement in Bengaluru, to implement the short-term plan for the French-Indian programme to develop a space-based maritime surveillance system.
The CNES-ISRO agreement, intended to supply an operational system for detecting, identifying and tracking ships in the Indian Ocean, provides for a maritime surveillance centre to be set up in India in May 2019.

Mamata Banerjee launched Yuvashree Arpan scheme for financially assisting young entrepreneurs
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched a new scheme called Yuvashree Plan II or Yuvashree Arpan under which 50,000 youths will receive financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh for setting up their own business initiatives.


Bank News


A credit firm CRIF Highmark has collaborated with CreditVidya– data analytics firm, to enable lenders to provide credit to new borrowers or those who are underserved.

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation & Development (OECD) has cut the forecasts for the global economy in 2019 and 2020, owing to trade disputes and uncertainty over Brexit that would largely affect the world commerce and businesses.

Import of Solid Plastic Waste banned by India
The government has put a complete ban on the import of solid plastic waste/scrap into the country.


Awards And Recognitions


The Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar won the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award for being the best airport in size and region (2-5 million passengers in Asia-Pacific) for the year 2018.
♦ Capital – Bhubaneswar
♦ Chief Minister – Naveen Patnaik
♦ Governor – Ganeshi Lal


Appointments And Resigns


Soumya Swaminathan appointed as Chief Scientist at WHO

Ajit Kumar Mohanty appointed as the Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre
His tenure would last for a period of three years.

Ausaf Sayeed appointed as new Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia

Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan resigns from his post


Science And Tech


e-Dharti App was launched by Hardeep S Puri
e-Dharti GeoPortal was also launched by Hardeep Puri to allow the lessee of the property to see the basic details of property along with its location on the map.
The government will be able to know the actual status of its vacant properties through the App.
The Payment system in Land and Development Office (L&DO) has been digitized and now, the public can submit their application online through L&DO website.

9 missions of national importance have been unveiled by the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PMSTIAC). These missions cover important fields such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, electric vehicles and deep ocean exploration.

A study reveals that India’s measles vaccine campaigns have helped save thousands of children




16-year-old P. Iniyan became 61st Chess Grandmaster of India
India’s first Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand congratulated him on his achievement via Twitter.




Kenyan athlete, Daniel Rudisha passed away at the age of 73

Kenyan athlete, Daniel Rudisha passed away

Former Puducherry LG Virendra Kataria died aged 88

Important Days


March 8 observed as International Women’s Day
The theme for this year is Think equal, build smart, innovate for a change.
The WCD Ministry will involve RMK (Rashtriya Mahila Kosh) to get the majority of women to join the Mahila e haat- a digital platform for selling products that are made by women.


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