31 March 2020 current affairs
  • South Western Railway to convert 312 coaches into Covid -19 isolation wards

Gearing up for an increased number of coronavirus patients, the South Western Railways is in process of forming makeshift isolation wards consisting of an estimated 2400 berths in 312 coaches. The coaches are set to be ready by April 15, the day the 3-week lockdown to contain the transmission of the novel coronavirus ends.

  • COVID-19: Nagpur cop makes lockdown violators bake under the sun

A senior police inspector from Koradi police station is under the spotlight for punishing people “unnecessarily wandering” on the street by making them sit in the scorching sun. The officer, Wazir Sheikh, took the action at his own level by chalking out rounds at an intersection and making people found “pointlessly loitering” on the streets sit for six hours under the scorching Nagpur sun, in what he calls a “detention camp”.

  • PMC seeks to set up 3 ICUs in civic hospitals, asks citizens to contribute

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has appealed for help to set up three Intensive Care Units (ICUs) with 50 beds collectively in three civic hospitals.
Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad said on Tuesday, “The PMC is working hard and trying to extend all possible facilities to fight COVID-19. We appreciate the volunteers lending a hand to migrants and the needy with food, medicines and other daily items, and providing accomodation facilities in hostels for student and migrants who are unable to reach their native place due to the lockdown”.

  • India Coronavirus | As cases rise to 1,397, govt says COVID-19 hotspots have increased due to ‘lack of people’s support’

Underlying that the government will further increase the availability of protective gear for medical professionals, he said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has identified suppliers in South Korea, Turkey and Vietnam to improve logistics in the country during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Coronavirus India Cases Latest Update, March 31: Cases rise to 1,397, death toll at 35; Govt says 6 lakh migrants housed in 61,000 shelters

Fresh cases were reported in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday as India entered its seventh day of lockdown. On Monday, India registered the sharpest spike in coronavirus cases — 227 people tested positive over the last 24 hours, taking the total to 1,397. Of these 102 people have been cured and 35 have died. The government maintains there is no community transmission of the virus.

  • Coronavirus | Trump says US in good shape to meet ‘peak’

The president said at least 10 US companies were now making the medical devices, and some might be exported. The virus can cause severe respiratory issues, and ventilators help keep patients breathing. However, several state and local officials have warned hospitals are at risk of running out of equipment.

  • Coronavirus | Search for hundreds of people after Delhi prayer meeting

At least six regions have reported cases that can be directly traced to the days-long congregation at a mosque. Delhi officials are now clearing the building, where more than 1,000 people have been stranded since the government imposed a lockdown last week.

  • Coronavirus | Goats take over empty streets of seaside town

Usually, the wild herd of about 122 Kashmiri goats venture from the Great Orme into Llandudno during bad weather. But town councillor Carol Marubbi believes the lack of people around because of coronavirus has drawn them down.

  • Coronavirus | Love knows no borders for elderly couple

Inga Rasmussen, 85, from Denmark and Karsten Tüchsen Hansen, 89, from Germany meet near the town of Aventoft to chat and share a drink, sitting at the recommended safe distance. The Germany-Denmark border was closed two weeks ago amid the outbreak.
Germany has some 63,000 confirmed cases of the virus, and Denmark over 2,500

30 March 2020 current affairs
  • IIT Madras collaborated With two Industry Partners for research projects

Indian Institutes of Technology-Madras (IIT-Madras) has partnered with two industry partners namely MagGenome Technologies and BUDDI Health. The partnership aims for research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and magnetic nanoparticles-based products.

  • Jharkhand launched PRAGYAAM to provide essential services

Jharkhand state government has launched PRAGYAAM, a Mobile application, on 30 March. The app was launched by the State Chief Minister Hemant Soren. The app aims to issue e-passes to everyone associated with the delivery of essential services during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

  • Rajasthan celebrated Statehood day on 30 March

Rajasthan state celebrated the statehood day on 30 March 2020. Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of Rajasthan on its State Day. The people of Rajasthan are known for their courage, bravery, and valour. Rajasthan: Rajasthan (meaning Land of Kings) was formed on 30 March 1949.

  • NIMHANS launches helpline for people facing mental issues during the lockdown

The government of India launched a toll-free helpline number for people who may face any mental health issues due to the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. It was launched by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore.

  • TRIFED launched Trifed VanDhan GIS-based website

A group of 500 officials from the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) has unveiled Trifed VanDhan GIS-based website, the power of Webinars to keep in touch with each other and keep moving and working. The move aims to support people working from home amid the lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

  • PMO sets up high-level panels to deal with situation post lockdown

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) constituted 10 different high-level committees on 29 March. The committee will suggest measures to ramp up healthcare, put the economy back on track, reduce the problems faced by the people post 21-day lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Tokyo Olympics might be held in 2021 July

Tokyo Olympics organizers are planning to host the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in July 2021. The event was delayed due to the coronavirus. The Tokyo Organising Committee is planning to begin the events from 23 July 2021. The day was suggested by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike.

  • UP govt transferred Rs.611 crore to the beneficiaries under MNREGA

On 30 March, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath transferred Rs.611 crore in the accounts of 27.15 lakh Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) labourers of the state. The move comes in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • The 49th edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair Spring has been postponed

The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) has postponed the 49th edition of Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF)-Delhi Fair Spring 2020. The fair was scheduled to held from 15-19 April 2020. The cancellation was in view of the COVID-19 outbreak. The announcement was made by the Director-General of EPCH.

  • Saudi Arabia to provide uninterrupted LPG supply to India

The Union Minister of Oil Dharmendra Pradhan said that Saudi Arabia has announced to provide uninterrupted liquid petroleum gas (LPG) supplies to India. On 29 March, he discussed global oil market developments with Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman and Aramco’s Chief Executive Amin Nasser. Saudi Arabia the LPG supplies to support the domestic requirement in India.

  • GoI launched CoNTeC, National Teleconsultation Centre

Government launched “COVID-19 National Teleconsultation Centre (CoNTeC).” It was launched by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Implemented by: The Project CoNTec was conceptualized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and implemented by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

  • FDA approved Convalescent plasma transmission to treat people from Coronavirus

The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) approved Convalescent plasma is the method to treat people who are critically ill with COVID-19. Convalescent plasma refers to the plasma extracted from those who are recovering from coronavirus (COVID-19). To run the process the doctors must get approval over the telephone. What is Plasma? Plasma is a fluid carries the blood components throughout the body.

  • RBI to implement Mega Bank Consolidation Plan on 1 April

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) stated that the schemes for the merger of 10 state-run banks into four lenders will come into force from 1 April. RBI also stated that the branches of merging banks will operate as of the banks in which the banks have been amalgamated. The banks sought to defer the merger schemes of lenders due to the lockdown triggered by coronavirus outbreak.

29 March 2020 current affairs
  • Government approves Rs 5,751.27 crores as additional assistance to 8 disaster-hit states

On March 27, 2020, The High-Level Committee (HLC) under the Chairmanship of Union Home Minister Amit Shah approved Rs 5,751.27 crores as additional Central assistance under National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to 8 States affected by floods, landslides, cyclones ‘Bulbul’ & drought during 2019.

  • Indian Army launches Operation Namaste: COVID-19

Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane launched ‘Operation Namaste’ initiative to protect 1.3 million strong forces from coronavirus and provide all possible assistance to the government to control the pandemic.

  • JICA signs agreement worth Rs 15,295 crore with India: Rail Infrastructure

Japanese government funding agency (JICA) signs an agreement worth Rs 15,295 crore with India to provide an Official Development Assistance (ODA) for 3 rail infrastructure projects.

  • Ministry of DoNER grants Rs 25-crore to combat the coronavirus in north eastern states

On March 27,2020, The Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Ministry and the North Eastern Council (NEC) will provide a financial assistance of Rs 25 crore to the States in the Northeast for gap funding to combat novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Centre releases Rs 4,431 crore to clear pending wages under MGNREGA

On March 27, 2020 the Centre released Rs 4,431 crores to clear pending wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005(MGNREGA) & will also pay all dues (Rs 11,499 crores) by April 10, 2020.

  • Report ‘Boom & Bust 2020’: 4 New Coal projects added in India while coal capacity declined to 66GW

In accordance with a report titled “Boom and Bust 2020:Tracking the Global Plant Pipeline” 47.4 GW coal fired power projects at different stages were cancelled in India in 2019 which reduced total under development coal capacity to 66 GW. The report was prepared jointly by Global Energy Monitor, Greenpeace International, the Sierra Club, and Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). The report is the fifth annual survey of the coal plant pipeline.

  • North Macedonia officially joins NATO as its 30th member

On March 27, 2020, The Republic of North Macedonia has inducted officially as the 30th and newest member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This membership comes after North Macedonia’s 2017 deal with Greece under which the former changed its name from Macedonia (a name same as Greek province). After the name change, Greece agreed to drop objections to its NATO and European Union (EU) membership. North Macedonia was granted a protocol on accession to NATO membership in February 2019.

  • US announced $174 mn aid to 64 countries including $2.9 mn to India to tackle COVID-19Coronavirus U

The United States of America (USA) will provide an additional USD 174 million financial assistance to 64 most at-risk countries which include USD 2.9 million to India as support for combating the coronavirus pandemic. In February 2020, the USA provided 100 million aid for the same purpose.

  • IMF launches Government Policy Tracker: COVID-19

On March 25, 2020 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has launched a policy tracker to track the policies of the governments so as to share knowledge about COVID-19 which helps to tackle the crisis.

  • RBI announces liquidity boost of Rs 3.74 lakh crore amid coronavirus outbreak

On March 27, 2020, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) declared an infusion of Rs 3.74 lakh crore into the banking system through three measures viz. targeted long-term repo operation (TLTRO), Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) and marginal standing facility (MSF). The decision has been taken to tackle financial system stress raised due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • India’s GDP to grow 2% in 2020-21: ICRA

On March 27, 2020, domestic rating agency ICRA notified that India’s Gross Domestic Product(GDP) is expected to contract by 4.5% in the April-June 2020 quarter & will rise 2% in 2020-21 due to the impact of coronavirus.

28 March 2020 current affairs
  • Coronavirus travel: China bars foreign visitors as imported cases rise

China has announced a temporary ban on all foreign visitors, even if they have visas or residence permits. The country is also limiting Chinese and foreign airlines to one flight per week, and flights must not be more than 75% full.
Although China reported its first locally-transmitted coronavirus case for three days on Friday, almost all its new cases now come from abroad.

  • Coronavirus: The woman behind India’s first testing kit

India has been criticised for its poor record of testing people in the battle against coronavirus. That, however, is set to change, thanks in large part to the efforts of one virologist, who delivered on a working test kit, just hours before delivering her baby .
On Thursday, the first made-in-India coronavirus testing kits reached the market, raising hopes of an increase in screening of patients with flu symptoms to confirm or rule out the Covid-19 infection.

  • Designer brand Ralph Lauren to make masks and gowns

The fashioner designer announced the shift in production through its charitable arm on Thursday. The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation will start making 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns in the US. Other fashion brands have also pledged to help make urgently needed medical wear.

  • Clap for Carers: UK in ’emotional’ tribute to NHS and care workers

People around the UK have taken part in a “Clap for Carers” tribute, saluting NHS and care workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The Royal Family and the prime minister joined well-wishers who flocked to their balconies and windows to applaud. A message from the NHS on social media described the tribute as “emotional”.

  • Coronavirus: India ‘super spreader’ quarantines 40,000 people

Indian authorities in the northern state of Punjab have quarantined around 40,000 residents from 20 villages following a Covid-19 outbreak linked to just one man.
The 70-year-old died of coronavirus – a fact found out only after his death. The man, a preacher, had ignored advice to self quarantine after returning from a trip to Italy and Germany, officials told BBC Punjabi’s Arvind Chhabra.

  • Coronavirus: Can one woman make kindness catch on in India?

With India under lockdown and social distancing being advised to deal with the threat of the coronavirus, an online collective of “Caremongers” is reaching out to help the elderly and other vulnerable groups. It started last week when Mahita Nagaraj, a digital marketing professional and single mum, received a call from a close friend in the UK requesting her to help arrange some medicines for her “very elderly parents”.

  • Coronavirus lockdown in India: ‘Beaten and abused for doing my job’

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, suddenly announced on 23 March that the entire country would be put under lockdown. This left many delivery services and vendors of essential services unprepared, leading to confusion and clashes between police and their staff in many areas. The BBC’s Vikas Pandey reports.

  • Classic Indian TV shows you can binge-watch during lockdown

Wondering what will you watch after new episodes of your favourite daily soaps stop playing on TV? Well, Indian television offered some really good shows in the 90s and early 2000s. Probably, you can catch up on those while you wait for your daily dose of entertainment to return.

  • Coronavirus | Kerala, Gujarat report deaths as cases cross 900 mark

At 180, Maharashtra has the most number of cases in the country and is followed closely by Kerala (176).

  • Fashion brand Armani to make medical overalls amid coronavirus crisis

To support healthcare workers in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, fashion group Armani announced it will be using its Italian production plants to make single use medical overalls.
Run by designer Giorgio Armani, the fashion house added it had increased its donation to Italian hospitals from 1.25 million euros to two million euros.

  • Coronavirus outbreak: Akshay Kumar and Varun Dhawan donate money to relief fund

As the country is witnessing a 21-day lockdown, celebrities are making sure to motivate fans to stay inside their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Many celebrities have also made donations towards coronavirus relief efforts. Akshay Kumar on Saturday donated Rs 25 crore towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s PM-CARES fund.

  • Explained: What is the US Defense Production Act, invoked to lift ventilator production?

On Friday, US President Donald Trump invoked the Defense (defence) Production Act in order to boost the production of ventilators as part of efforts to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. The total number of infected patients in the US has now crossed 100,000 surpassing China. Trump tweeted on March 24, “The Defense Production Act is in full force, but haven’t had to use it because no one has said NO! Millions of masks coming as back up to States.”

  • Roads blocked on Kerala-Karnataka border: Pinarayi says unable to contact Karnataka CM

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Saturday complained that there has been no major progress on the part of the Karnataka government to clear roads in border villages in Kasaragod district causing severe inconvenience to the locals there.

27 March 2020 current affairs
  • Coronavirus: RBI allows 3-month moratorium on loan EMIs, deferment of interest payment

The Reserve Bank of India has decided to allow all lending institutions to permit a three-month moratorium on payment of installments of all loans. It has also allowed deferment of payment of interest on working capital. The steps announced by the central bank Thursday were part of its contingency plan in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Rate cut and loan-repayment moratorium: How RBI is trying to reduce pandemic stress

The RBI’s Monetary Policy Commitee (MPC) on Friday (March 27) reduced the policy repo rate by 75 basis points to 4.4 per cent to help arrest the slide in economic growth in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Governor Shaktikanta Das said his address was coming amidst “extraordinary circumstances” and that the MPC voted for “sizeable reduction” in repo rate to revive growth and the mitigate the impact of the pandemic outbreak.

  • Sachin Tendulkar donates Rs 50 lakh to fight COVID-19

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Friday donated Rs 50 lakh to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which has so far claimed 17 Indian lives and wreaked havoc globally.

  • Let’s use follower’s advantage: We could learn to fight Covid-19 from South Korea

With the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the globe, the Indian economy faces a challenge as big as any it has faced in several decades. It is a humbling time, as all human beings stand together to confront a common threat. How this threat will pan out no one knows but what we do know is that the intensity of the challenge and its impact on our well-being will depend greatly on how we reach out to ordinary people, and the policies we implement.

  • Hydroxychloroquine now a scheduled H1 drug, recommended for treatment of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday declared Hydroxychloroquine as a scheduled H1 drug. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of the novel coronavirus for two categories of ‘high-risk population’. Hydroxychloroquine is an oral drug used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Handwashing is a habit that can and must be sustained even after coronavirus

The coronavirus has taken the world by storm. This highly contagious and deadly virus spreads primarily when people touch surfaces where the virus has been deposited by infected individuals, and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. This chain is best broken by the simple act of handwashing with soap, and this has been correctly projected as the silver bullet in our collective battle against this global health catastrophe.

  • In this Tripura village, a unique way to combat COVID-19

Check-posts made out of bamboo, handwritten ‘No Entry’ signs, buckets of water with cakes of soap — this is how Boiragi Para, a small village of 250 families in Tripura’s Mohanpur sub-division, is fighting the novel coronavirus.
As the nationwide 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is underway, Boiragi Para, and its thousand-odd people, have virtually cut themselves from any unregulated contact with the world outside. In fact, no one is allowed to enter the village without washing their hands.

26 March 2020 current affairs
  • West Bengal: Man Who Was Buying Milk Dies Hours After Police Thrash Him

A 32-year-old man in West Bengal’s Howrah district died hours after he was thrashed by police for stepping out of his house to buy milk during the nationwide lockdown on Wednesday.

  • No transport and no money, migrants take long road home

Antresh Kumar, 21, started walking at 3 am on Wednesday from Dharampuri in Najafgarh, South West Delhi. Facing the prospect of no work due to the 21-day lockdown, the daily wager decided that heading home to Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh was his best option. Even if it meant walking most of the 175 km, spending two days on the road, and risking police wrath.

  • ‘Stay indoors, they say, but what if you have nowhere to go’: The grim outdoors for Mumbai’s homeless.

Less than an hour after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown, Sana Shaikh, 34, mother of two, who stays on a street in Parel said, “Yeh sab bol rahein hain ghar ke andar jao. Aap batao hum log jiska ghar nahin hai, woh kya karein (They are asking people to stay indoors, but what about those who have nowhere to go)?.”

  • AIIMS sets up task force to develop management protocol for COVID-19

Amid the surge of coronavirus cases in the country, which stands at 650 as on Thursday, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi has set up a task force to develop a management protocol for COVID-19 and constituting several committees to be able to respond to challenges that may emerge in the coming days due to the rising number of infections.

  • Coronavirus: Train coaches to be used as isolation units, Railways to make ventilators

As the government prepares for a long battle against COVID-19, isolation wards in trains for rural and remote areas, and manufacturing of ventilators in its factories are at the top of the agenda for the Indian Railways.

  • Mamata writes to 18 CMs, seeks help for stranded workers from Bengal

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday wrote to 18 Chief Ministers urging them to provide necessary help to the workers from Bengal stranded in their states.After the countrywide lockdown owing to the Covid-19 pandemic came into effect Tuesday midnight, a large number of migrant workers from many states, including from Bengal, are stuck in various parts of the country.

  • Coronavirus: Prince Charles tests positive but ‘remains in good health’

The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House has announced. Prince Charles, 71, is displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, a spokesman said, adding that the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has been tested but does not have the virus.

  • Christchurch shootings: Brenton Tarrant pleads guilty to 51 murders

A man accused of deadly attacks on mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch a year ago has pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder. Brenton Tarrant, 29, also admitted the attempted murder of another 40 people, and one terrorism charge. He had previously denied the charges and was due to go on trial in June.

  • FAKE educational portal scams UPSC aspirants with cheap online test-series

The civil services (preliminary) examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is scheduled on May 31, 2020. The candidates have been preparing for the exam amidst the 21 days lockdown in their homes taking online classroom sessions and online test series. However, fraudsters are equally active in this period trying very hard to trick the aspirants and steal money.

  • Gujarat: Medical chief ‘beaten by cops’, dentist’s clinic ‘forcefully shut’

Even as the country is in the midst of a lockdown imposed in view of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of New Civil Hospital in Surat was allegedly beaten up by a police head constable and three traffic brigade officials on Wednesday, while the assistant of a Navsari-based dentist was beaten up and his clinic was forcefully shut on Tuesday, police said.

  • Recovered, Mumbai, Pune coronavirus cases return home to cheers by neighbours

AMIDST reports of coronavirus suspects facing harassment in several parts of the country, neighbours in Pune and Mumbai joined hands to welcome home Maharashtra’s first COVID-19 patients.

25 March 2020 current affairs
  • PM announces nationwide total lockdown

PM announces nationwide total lockdown for 21 days from March 25 to prevent spread of coronavirus.

  • ICMR recommended hydroxychloroquine for caregivers of COVID-19 patients

The National Task Force for the novel coronavirus constituted by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine for healthcare workers or persons staying with and caring for positive COVID-19 patients. This protocol has been approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DGCI), Dr V. G. Somani.

  • Sri Lanka contributes $5 mn to SAARC corona emergency fund

The Government of Sri Lanka has pledged to contribute $5 million to the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Corona Emergency Fund proposed by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on March 15, 2020 with an initial grant of $10 million from India to deal with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • RBI: On lending by banks to NBFCs is classified as a priority sector in FY21

To boost credit disbursement in the targeted segment like agriculture, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) and housing sector, RBI has extended the priority sector classification for bank loans to Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) for on-lending for the FY 2020-21.

  • UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launches ‘The Global Network Resiliency Platform’ to ensure availability of telecommunication services during the current coronavirus crisis
  • World Tuberculosis Day: observed on March 24 with its theme as ‘It’s time to End TB!’
  • International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations

International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims observed by the UN on March 24

  • BSE Sensex ends 692.79 points or 2.67 per cent higher at 26,674.03
  • NSE Nifty settles 190.80 points, or 2.51 per cent, higher at 7,801.05
  • Coronavirus outbreak: Govt. bans export of all sanitisers and ventilators with immediate effect
  • Tokyo Olympics 2020

Tokyo Olympics 2020 (scheduled for July 24-August 9) postponed to no later than the summer of 2021: International Olympic Committee

24 March 2020 current affairs
  • Hantavirus Kills One in China: Here’s Why You Should NOT Panic About it?

Earlier today, the death of a man in Yunnan, China was reported as being caused due to hantavirus, prompting some degree of alarmist coverage about the virus, and panic among civilians about a second possible viral outbreak. However, it is important to be fully aware of the specifics about the virus before alarming everyone and spreading major fear about it. Here, we look at what the hantavirus is, how might it spread, the diseases that it causes, how common it is, and exactly how worried should you be about the hantavirus.

  • Gujarat Government signs an MoU with Dutch Flying car-maker, PAL-V

A Dutch Flying car-maker, PAL-V (Personal Air Land Vehicle) will set up a manufacturing plant in Gujarat. A Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) was signed in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister (CM) Vijay Ramniklal Rupani between state industries Principal Secretary MK Das and Carl Maasbommel, Vice President of PAL-V’s international business development.

  • K becomes 1st co-chair of India-led global climate initiative ‘CDRI’

The Government of United Kingdom (UK) has become the first co-chair of the Governing Council on the India-led global climate initiative ‘Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)’,which was created by the Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on September 23, 2019 during the UN (United Nations) Climate Summit in New York, US(United States). The secretariat of the Coalition will be in New Delhi.

  • Coronavirus outbreak: India’s 1st AI summit ‘RAISE 2020’ postponed to October

Amid the growing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, the Indian government announced the postponement of the country’s 1st summit on Artificial Intelligence (AI), ‘RAISE 2020– Responsible Artificial intelligence (AI) for Social Empowerment’ to October 5-6, 2020.

  • Bridge constructed by BRO over Teesta River in North Sikkim opened for traffic

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) opened a 360 feet long bailey suspension bridge for traffic over Teesta River in Munshithang near Chungthang town, North Sikkim. The bridge constructed will be useful for the people residing in Lahen town, North Sikkim.

  • India ranks 120th, Singapore tops: Economic Freedom Index 2020

On March 23, 2020 the Heritage Foundation published its 26th annual edition of Economic Freedom Index 2020 to measure the level of economic freedom in 186 countries. India (56.5) ranks in 120th position & Singapore (89.4) tops the index for the 1st time.

  • Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan jointly contribute $3.5 mn to SAARC corona emergency fund

On March 22, 2020, The Government of Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan have pledged to contribute $1.5 million, $1 million and $1 million respectively to the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Corona Emergency Fund proposed by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on March 15,2020 with an initial grant of $10 million from India to deal with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • RBI outlined Business Continuity Plan for smooth functioning national payment systems

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), for the first time, shared its Business Continuity Plan (BCP) to ensure zero disruptions in the national payments systems (NPS) due to the coronavirus outbreak. The national payment system includes National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT), Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS), e-Kuber for government transactions.

  • In a first, Karur Vysya Bank introduces pre-paid card ‘Enkasu’ in Karur, TN

In a bid to promote digital India initiative of the central Government, Karur Vysya Bank (KVB), a Scheduled Commercial Bank in India, has launched India’s 1st prepaid wallet card ‘Enkasu’ (My cash in Tamil) in Karur,Tamil Nadu (TN) under its Quit cash movement.

  • RBI extends regulatory restrictions on PMC Bank for 3 more months till June 22, 2020

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the 6-month regulatory restrictions on Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) bank which was posted on September 23, 2019 due to financial irregularities, hiding and misreporting of loans given to real estate developer HDIL (Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited). Now, the restriction is extended for three more months i.e. from March 23, 2020 to June 22, 2020 to work out a revival scheme.

  • Covid-19: SBI becomes the 1st bank to launch emergency credit facility

On March 23, 2020, State Bank of India (SBI), an Indian multinational, public sector bank, became the 1st bank to launch COVID 19 emergency credit line (CECL) to provide funds to businesses affected by the infectious coronavirus.

  • RBI to inject Rs 30k cr into market for financial stability amid Covid-19

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is all set to inject liquidity of Rs 30,000 crore through open market operations (OMOs) on March 24 and March 30, 2020 to maintain financial stability and liquidity in all markets segments during coronavirus outbreak

  • IOC becomes 1st company to begin the supply of BS-VI fuel across country

On March 22, 2020, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the nation’s biggest oil firm, began the supply of the world’s cleanest petrol and diesel across the country. All 28,000 petrol stations of IOC’s across the country are dispensing BS-VI (Bharat Stage- VI) ultra-low sulphur grade fuel in order to reduce the pollution from vehicles in the air.

23 March 2020 current affairs

More than a billion people in India have been asked to observe a 14-hour long curfew to try to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the curfew last week, telling citizens that it would be a test in order to assess the county’s ability to fight the virus. Mr Modi urged citizens to stay indoors from 07:00 (01:30 GMT) until 21:00 on Sunday. India has so far recorded 315 cases.

  • Why has the rupee fallen against the dollar?

The rupee slumped on Friday to a record closing low of 75.20 against the U.S. dollar as deepening concerns about the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic sent global investors scurrying to dump most assets, especially emerging market holdings, and opt for cash and the relative safety of the greenback. The rupee has now depreciated by more than 5.3% in 2020, with the bulk of its losses, a 4.1% slide, having occurred in March.

  • Coronavirus | Why are only a fraction of cases tested?

With the number of COVID-19 cases accelerating in India, health authorities are now broadening the pool for testing. On Friday night, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) issued guidelines for a new testing strategy to effectively track COVID-19 cases. The focus remains on finding imported infections and testing their contacts who show symptoms, the new guidelines say all hospitalised patients with severe acute respiratory illness, shortness of breath and having fever and cough will be tested for COVID-19.

  • When will a COVID-19 vaccine be ready?

A Phase-1 clinical trial on 45 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 55 years has begun in Seattle, U.S., about 100 days after the whole genome sequence of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was shared by Chinese researchers. Different vaccine approaches are being undertaken against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) even as 11,402 people have succumbed to the pandemic worldwide so far (March 21, 3.40 p.m.). The vaccine that is being tested in the U.S. is called mRNA (or messenger ribonucleic acid)-1273 and developed in partnership with the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their collaborators at the biotechnology company Moderna, Inc. based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S

  • What are vaccines? How are these made?

Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to prevent diseases. A vaccine is a substance that resembles the disease-causing agent (also called pathogen) but does not cause the disease. It trains the body’s immune system to recognise and kill the pathogen, and creates a memory for the future. Vaccines are available to protect us against many life-threatening diseases such as polio, influenza, meningitis, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, and certain types of cancers. Vaccines have also been responsible for eradication (or near eradication) of deadly diseases such as smallpox and polio.

  • A day in the life of a healthcare provider working with coronavirus patients

On this episode, we take you to the front-lines of the Coronavirus health crisis, through the eyes of Dr Sushila Kataria, the Director and Head of Department of Internal Medicine at Medanta Medicity, NCR. She is currently looking after the 14 Italian tourists who were travelling in India and were tested positive for COVID-19 and leads us through the processes healthcare providers who work with COVID-19 patients go through, the precautions they have to take at work and home, and what the healthcare sector will desperately need if the number of Coronavirus patients increases substantially.

Former Hollywood producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for coronavirus while in prison. He is now in isolation, according to Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault last month and sentenced to 23 years in prison.

22 March 2020 current affairs
  • China reports no new domestic cases of COVID – 19 for 2nd successive day

China reported no new domestic cases of COVID – 19 for the second successive day. The Chineses National Health Commission registered 41 new imported cases of COVID-19 and no instances of internal transmission. The nation also recorded seven further fatalities. No new cases of the coronavirus have registered in Wuhan, where the outbreak is believed to have originated

  • Star health unveils ‘Star novel coronavirus policy’ for corona victims

On March 20, 2020, Star Health and Allied Insurance Co Ltd, a company specializes in providing health insurance at low-cost rates to its customers, has launched ‘Star Novel Coronavirus Insurance Policy’ that provides coverage for hospitalized patients who test positive for the current pandemic COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).

  • New draft defence procurement Procedure 2020 unveiled, aims to boost indigenization; introduced ‘leasing’ category

On March 20, 2020, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has proposed a new “Draft Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2020” featured promotion of indigenous manufacturing, during a meet in New Delhi. The proposed DPP 2020 will come into effect from 1st April 2020 by replacing DPP 2016, and would remain in force till 31 March 2025. Its draft has been finalized by a high-level committee headed by Apurva Chandra, Director General (DG) Acquisition, Ministry of Defence that was set up in August 2019.

  • PM Modi announces to observe “Janata Curfew” from 7 am to 9 pm on March 22, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared ‘Janata Curfew’ or ‘Citizen Curfew’ on Sunday i.e. on March 23, 2020 in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in India. In this regard Indian Nationals must stay at home from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm on Sunday.

  • TRIFED launches ‘Tech For Tribals’ program to bring technology to tribal entrepreneurs

On March 19, 2020, A 30- days long capacity building program called “Tech for Tribal” has been launched by the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED),which works under Ministry of Tribal Affairs in association with IIT-Kanpur ,IIT-Roorkee, IIM Indore, Kalinga Institute of Social Science, Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) and SRIJAN, Jaipur (Rajasthan) to provide entrepreneurship skills to the tribal people.

  • India Ranks 144th, Finland tops: UN’s World Happiness Report 2020

On March 21, 2020 the United Nations (UN) released the 8th World Happiness Report 2020 to measure the happiness of people of 156 countries where India(3.573) ranks in 144th position & Finland(7.809) tops the 3rd time.

  • NASA’s CNEOS detects 4 asteroids approaching the earth

On March 20, 2020 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) identifies 4 asteroids namely, 2020 FK, 2020 FS, 2020 DP4 & 2020 FF1 approaching the earth which follows Earth-intersecting orbits.

  • Crisil lowers FY21 growth to 5.2% from 5.7%

On March 19, 2020, Crisil downgraded India’s Gross Domestic Forecast (GDP) for fiscal 2021 to 5.2% from 5.7% due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • IRDAI sets up 16-member panel on governance at insurers headed by Pravin Kutumbe

On March 20, 2020, Insurance Regulation and Development Authority (IRDAI) instituted a 16-member committee headed by Pravin Kutumbe to further strengthen its guidelines on corporate governance. The committee consists of a head, six members from the insurance regulator besides members from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) along with other industry participants. The committee has to submit report to IRDAI in three months.

  • UK scientists discover fossil of the world’s oldest known modern bird, call it ‘Wonderchicken’

On March 18, 2020, Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom (UK) have discovered a fossil of the world’s oldest known modern bird skull dating to about 66.8m – 66.7m years ago- means the birds lived alongside dinosaurs for around a million years before the latter died out.

  • RBI extends restrictions on PMC Bank for three more months

Reserve bank of India extended the regulatory restrictions on Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC) Bank by another three months. The central bank also added that it has been in talks with various authorities for the quick sale of securities and recoveries of loans. The validity of the directive dated 23 September 2019, stands modified from 23 March 2020 to 22 June 2020.

  • DBS Bank, Bharti AXA join hands for insurance plan covering Covid-19

DBS Bank India tied-up with Bharti AXA to roll out a complimentary insurance plan covering all medical conditions. The plan would cover all medical conditions, including Covid-19, and up to 10 days of hospitalization, with a cover of Rs 5,000 per day, for 30 days, DBS Bank India said in a release. DBS customers can purchase health insurance products that are currently offered on the digibank app through their general insurance partners.

21 March 2020 current affairs

The number of coronavirus cases in the West is skyrocketing, and countries have announced drastic measures, including school closures and lockdowns. The outbreak hit many countries in Asia several weeks earlier – and some have been praised for containing the number of infections. For example, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan all kept case numbers relatively low – despite their proximity to mainland China.

“We have a simple message to all countries – test, test, test,” World Health Organisation (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva earlier this week. He was alluding to the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 10,000 people and infected nearly 250,000 in at least 159 countries. “All countries should be able to test all suspected cases, they cannot fight this pandemic blindfolded,” he said.

  • Delhi Nirbhaya rape death penalty: What do hangings mean for India’s women?

Four men found guilty of the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in the Indian capital, Delhi, seven years ago have been hanged. The hangings were the last step in the brutal December 2012 rape case that stunned India, brought thousands of protesters out on the streets and made global headlines for weeks. It also forced the authorities to bring in more stringent laws, including the introduction of the death penalty in rare cases. The judges perceived this particular crime fit for awarding the death penalty and on 20 March, the convicts were executed.

  • Prabhas: I have decided to self-quarantine

Telugu superstar Prabhas on Saturday announced he has decided to self-quarantine. The actor recently returned to India after a shooting schedule abroad. Prabhas wrote on Instagram, “On safely returning from my shoot abroad, in light of the increasing risks of COVID 19, I have decided to self-quarantine. Hope you all are also taking the necessary precautions to be safe.”

  • As coronavirus pandemic pushes up home internet usage, here’s a guide to monitor excessive broadband use

s more families choose to stay home and avoid stepping out because of the coronavirus outbreak, the usage of internet data has seen a dramatic increase. With millions of people working from home and family members spending more time streaming TV shows and movies, doing live video chats and watching live news, a new situation of internet overload has emerged.

  • Tripura to distribute free sanitary napkins to all school-going girls

Girl students in Tripura will soon get free sanitary napkins, as part of the BJP-IPFT government’s Menstrual Hygiene Scheme. The state government has allocated Rs. 4 crore for the scheme in the budget proposals laid in the Assembly on Friday. The estimates are yet to be passed as the House is still in session.

  • MS Dhoni likely to silently retire, not someone to make big announcements: Sunil Gavaskar

MS Dhoni’s chance of trying to earn back his place in the India team before the T20 World Cup has been temporarily hit by the postponement of the IPL, and cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar has said that it is highly unlikely that Dhoni could make a comeback to international cricket.
“I would definitely like to see Dhoni in India’s World Cup squad but it’s highly unlikely that it is going to happen,” Gavaskar told Dainik Jagran.

  • Italy virus toll tops 4,000, New York joins California in lockdown

NEW YORK: The grim toll of coronavirus deaths in Italy, the world’s worst-hit nation, surged past 4,000 on Friday as New York and other US states joined California in ordering a lockdown to try to bring the pandemic under control.

  • COVID-19 puts curbs on religious travel

NEW DELHI: With administrative directions on mass gatherings being issued across states, detection of a COVID-19 case in Amritsar, closure of the Tirupati, Vaishno Devi and Shirdi temples, and the calling off of Friday prayers at the bada Imambada in Lucknow, even the gods are out of bounds for people.

  • Clapping won’t help daily wagers, big financial package need of hour: Rahul Gandhi on COVID-19

Stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is mounting a “severe attack on the fragile economy”, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday called on the central government to announce a huge economic package to help the people tide over the crisis.

  • The Big Issue moves paper online to protect ‘vulnerable’ street vendors

The Big Issue will no longer be sold on UK streets from Monday. Big Issue founder Lord John Bird said the move was aimed at safeguarding the health of the vendors, many of whom are homeless. The papers’ vendors number between 1,500 and 2,000. They normally sell around 60,000 copies of the magazine every week.

20 March 2020 current affairs
  • Curfew in the time of Covid-19

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked of a situation that is worse than World War 2, he could well have been referring not just to the current scenario but to the days that await the country. In the next few weeks, India will know for certain the extent to which COVID-19 has spread in the country. Even without large-scale testing, if the disease has reached community transmission level, eventually, cases will start to present themselves in a manner that cannot be ignored. At the peak of its crisis in Wuhan, the virus went from around 10,000 cases to 50,000 within a few weeks, finally impacting 80,000 people in a city of about 11 million despite a complete lockdown and two new 1,000-bed hospitals being constructed. The same can be observed in Europe and Iran–a sudden sharp rise in reported cases as symptoms start to show. As the prime minister said, just when you think you have escaped it, the disease escalates.

  • Mumbai lockdown required, CM taking steps in that direction: Saamana on COVID-19

Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana on Friday said a complete lockdown of Mumbai was required to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, and that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was taking steps in that direction. The editorial comes a day after CM Thackeray urged the people of Maharashtra to maintain social distancing. However, Thackeray had said the government would not enforce a ban on public transport.

  • Coronavirus: IGNOU suspends activities at Learner Support Centers

To contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has suspended all activities at Learner Support Centers spread across the country. There are more than 1800 LSCs with over 35000 academic counsellors all over the country affiliated to 56 regional centres of the university where over 7 lakhs students are provided support services.

  • Video of people in Kerala maintaining ‘social distancing’ outside liquor stores goes viral

As people around the globe are urged to practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, photos and a video of people in Kerala showing others how to ‘break the chain’ even while standing in a queue is being shared widely. A video showing people maintaining a one-metre gap even while queuing up at a liquor shop is going viral.

  • Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Akshay Kumar and others shoot special video to spread awareness about coronavirus

The Bollywood fraternity has come together to be a part of a special video that informs and educates Indians about the ways to check the spread of coronavirus. The special video, which is a Rohit Shetty Picturez Initiative, was posted by megastar Amitabh Bachchan on his Twitter handle.

  • Pollution drop in China amid industrial slowdown

In China, where the coronavirus first appeared, industrial production, sales and investment all fell in the first two months of the year, compared with the same period in 2019. And the country’s industrial slowdown has been visible from space. Nasa said pollution-monitoring satellites had detected a significant drop in nitrogen dioxide over China.

  • Four members of the same family die in the US

A New Jersey mother and her three adult children have died from coronavirus, and three more relatives are in hospital, after they had a family dinner together, according to US media. Grace Fusco, 73, and three of her children died on Wednesday and Thursday. Three more of her children are now in hospital. Nineteen family members are now self-isolating, according to family representative Paradiso Fodera, and have waited nearly a week to learn the results of their virus tests.

  • No Russia lockdown as Putin puts on show of calm

Russia’s president had big plans for this spring, all about stressing stability and projecting strength. But that agenda has been hijacked by the spread of coronavirus and a dramatic plunge in both the oil price and rouble. April was earmarked for a vote to approve changes to the constitution, allowing Vladimir Putin to remain in power into his eighties.

  • California governor orders all 40 million residents to stay at home to limit outbreak

All 40 million residents in the state of California have been ordered to stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The state is one of the worst affected in the US after Washington and New York. There are now 910 coronavirus cases in California, including 19 deaths. New York has at least 5,298 cases, while Washington has at least 1,376 confirmed cases. California is the most populous US state and is the country’s largest state economy.

  • Coronavirus: Doctor turned away by 4 hospitals over virus fears, now on ventilator

A Jalgaon-based doctor, who suffered high-grade fever and breathlessness, was turned away from four private hospitals that demanded the family first get a clearance that the patient does not suffer from coronavirus. After several hours, the doctor was finally admitted at Jalgaon’s Government Medical College. However, due to the delay, he is now on ventilator support.

19 March 2020 current affairs
  • Chandigarh: Despite IDA advisory on COVID-19, govt dental clinics function as usual

Despite the Indian Dental Association (IDA) circulating an advisory to all dental professionals asking them to suspend non-essential and non- urgent dental care up to March 31, most government hospitals in the city claim they have received no order or recommendation to close such operations.

  • IIT-Delhi tightens entry norms, asks hostelers to pack bags and leave

IIT-Delhi Wednesday decided to restrict entry to the campus by shutting all but one gate and issued orders asking all students, except international students, to vacate their hostel rooms. This comes a day after the institute asked eight staff members and two guests to self-quarantine after it was found a person, who tested positive for COVID-19, had stayed in one of the institute’s guesthouses. IIT-D has also kept five students who returned from the US on March 10 in isolation within the campus for 14 days as a precautionary measure.

  • Ind-Ra revises rating watch on Yes Bank to ‘evolving’

Yes Bank on Thursday said that India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has revised rating watch on the bank’s long-term issuer rating of ‘IND BB-‘ to rating watch evolving (RWE) from rating watch negative (RWN).

  • Coronavirus scare: High tension in Noida high-rises, officials begin contact tracing

With Noida recording its fourth coronavirus case on Wednesday, the administration is working to trace anyone the four people came in contact with, even as their families were put under home quarantine. With panic spreading among residents of several high-rises in the area, health officials are also taking feedback by visiting each house within 1-2 km radius of the localities where the patients lived.

  • Dia Mirza’s appeal on tiger and nature conservation

Is it possible to make little lifestyle changes to help conserve nature and its wildlife? Actor and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Dia Mirza, in this inspiring video from Wildlife Trust of India and Club Nature, shared how the mighty tiger can be saved if we all decide to incorporate small steps. “The tiger is not only the apex predator but a key species. If tigers disappear from earth, so many other species depending on them will cease to exist. Tigers need forests as much as forests need tigers to survive. If tigers disappear, so will rivers and ecosystems that derive life from them. But the survival of forests now depend on choices that we as humans make,” she said in this video from 2016.

  • Live coverage coronavirus Italy and Iran ending for now :
  • Italy has now closed all of its schools for at least 10 days, while the death toll in the country has risen to 148.
  • Iran closed its schools and universities until early April – and limited travel between cities – as its death toll rose to 107.
  • An elderly person with underlying health issues has become the first person to die of the coronavirus in the UK, after being admitted to hospital in Berkshire.
  • The UK government says it is preparing for a “significant” spread of the virus.
  • Cases are rising in the US, with Tennessee and New Jersey confirming their first cases, the number of confirmed cases in the state of New York doubling, and California declaring an emergency.
  • World Health Organization head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “Countries have been planning for scenarios like this for decades. Now is the time to act on those plans.”
  • The International Monetary Fund announced $50bn in funding for affected countries.
18 March 2020 current affairs
  • Permanent commission to women in Indian Navy: SC

Justice DY Chandrachud directed the Centre to grant permanent commission to serving women officers in Navy within three months with increments. The judgment follows a verdict by the Apex Court in favour of granting permanent for women in the Indian Army. A permanent commission entitles an officer to serve in the Navy till he/she retires unlike Short Service Commission(SSC), which is currently for 10 years and can be extended by four more years, a total of 14 years.

  • Haryana’s Amin village renamed as Abhimanyupur

On March 16, 2020, The Central Government approved renaming the Amin village as Abhimanyupur in Kurukshetra district of Haryana as per the request of the State government. The decision has been taken by the Union Home Ministry after getting permission from a few central organisations.

  • India to provide NPR 107.01 million to build 3 schools in Nepal

On March 16, 2020, India assured to provide a grant of Nepalese Rupees(NPR) 107 million to construct 3 schools in Nepal & to create better facilities for students. The Embassy of India & the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration(MoFAGA) Nepal signed 2 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs)

  • Share of Indian vendors increased in defence contracts from (2015-16) to (2019-20) by over 35%

On March 16, 2020, the government stated that India’s share in contracts awarded by the Union Defence Ministry for the procurement of defence equipment has increased from 39.06%(2015-16) to 75.03%(2019-20).

  • Road accidents reduced by 10% after the Motor Vehicles(Amendment) Act 2019

Five months since new Motor Vehicles ActOn March 16, 2020, Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari revealed that the number of deaths caused due to road accidents have been reduced by 10% in India after the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019.

  • Government targeted to achieve sales around 70 lakh hybrid & electric vehicles by the end of 2020

On March 16, 2020 The Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change & Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar informed that the government has set an ambitious target to achieve sales of around 70 lakh hybrid & electric vehicles by the end of 2020.

  • Microsoft India & NASSCOM Foundation launches ‘Innovate for accessible India campaign’ to empower people with disabilities

On March 17, 2020, Microsoft India Private Limited, a subsidiary of American software company Microsoft Corporation & NASSCOM Foundation, the social arm of the Technology industry body- NASSCOM ( National Association of Software and Service Companies), have jointly launched the ‘Innovate for Accessible India campaign’, a nation-wide innovation challenge aimed at empowering people with disabilities with the new technologies required for better integration into society and access to equal opportunities.

  • Ravinder Singh Dhillon appointed as CMD of Power Finance Corporation

Ravinder Singh Dhillon CMD of PFCOn 16th March 2020, Ravinder Singh Dhillon, was appointed as a Chairman and Managing Director of Power Finance Corporation (PFC) by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet with effect from June 1, 2020.

  • Swiss scientists discover rain of molten iron on distant exoplanet ‘WASP-76b’

On March 11, 2020, A team of Scientists from the Astronomy Department of the University of Geneva (Switzerland) along with the teams in Portugal, Italy and Spain, have detected liquid iron rain on the highly heated exoplanet WASP-76b.

  • After Maharashtra & Odisha, J’khand becomes the 3rd state in India to launch ‘Star Rating program’ for industries

The state government of Jharkhand will launch its “Star Rating Program” on June 5, 2020, to rate industries based on the amount of pollutants generated by them. With this, it became the 3rd state in India to launch this system for industries after Maharashtra & Odisha.

17 March 2020 current affairs
  • Gold futures ease on weak global cues

On the Multi Commodity Exchange, gold prices for April delivery fell by Rs 477, or 1.21 per cent, to Rs 39,041 per 10 gram in a business turnover of 4,662 lots. Gold prices on Tuesday fell by Rs 477 to Rs 39,041 per 10 gram in futures trade as participants cut down their positions tracking a weak trend overseas. On the Multi Commodity Exchange, gold prices for April delivery fell by Rs 477, or 1.21 per cent, to Rs 39,041 per 10 gram in a business turnover of 4,662 lots.

  • Schools, colleges shut in UP till April 2 as confirmed cases reach 128 in India

France went into lockdown to fight the rapidly-increasing spread of coronavirus as Europe closed its borders. French President Emmanuel Macron said the European Union’s external borders would close for 30 days starting Tuesday, as the number of deaths worldwide passed 7,000. More than 175,530 cases have been recorded in 145 countries. The United States has began restricting citizens’ movements in a major escalation of attempts to contain the virus. Ukraine also announced shutdowns of public transport, bars, restaurants and shopping malls.

  • Pakistan records first death, patient returned from Iran

Pakistan has recorded its first death from the outbreak of the novel coronavirus spread. The patient had returned from Iran and was kept in quarantine for 14 days at the Iran Taftan border.

  • Gurgaon woman tests positive for coronavirus, first confirmed case in Haryana

A 29-year-old woman from Haryana’s Gurgaon district has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a health official said on Tuesday. The woman is an employee of a Gurgaon-based company and had recently travelled to Malaysia and Indonesia, the official said.

  • Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope holds urgent meeting on Coronavirus.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope holds an urgent meeting on Coronavirus. He is meeting leaders from the corporate and health sector; One Covid-19 patient has passed away in Mumbai today.

  • UK to unveil new financial measures to support economy

The government will unveil more financial plans to help the economy during the coronavirus outbreak, after the prime minister announced unprecedented peacetime measures. Boris Johnson has urged everyone to avoid unnecessary social contacts, to work from home where possible, and to stay away from pubs and restaurants. People in at-risk groups will be asked within days to stay home for 12 weeks.

  • Hong Kong to quarantine all arrivals from abroad

Hong Kong will quarantine all people arriving from abroad for 14 days, its leader Carrie Lam has said. The restrictions, which will kick in on Thursday, will not apply to those from Macau or Taiwan. Entrants from mainland China already had to self-isolate. Ms Lam said the majority of Hong Kong’s cases had been imported, adding that “strict measures” were needed. Hong Kong has seen 57 new infections over the past two weeks, 50 of which were imported, said Ms Lam.

  • What will happen to MS Dhoni if IPL 2020 is cancelled due to Covid-19?

Aakash Chopra answers burning question Former India batsman Aakash Chopra said MS Dhoni can make a comeback to international cricket with or without playing in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Aakash Chopra’s comments come at a time when uncertainty over the hosting of IPL 2020 is growing due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus in the country. IPL was scheduled to kickstart on March 29 but the cash-rich league was suspended until April 15. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly confirmed that the Indian cricket board will adopt a wait and watch approach and said the ‘first priority is safety’.

  • Taj Mahal: ‘Monument of love’ shuts down amid coronavirus fears

India’s iconic monument Taj Mahal has shut down to halt the spread of the coronavirus, officials say. The culture ministry said tens of thousands visit the “monument of love” every day and it was “imperative to shut it down”. The Taj Mahal is one of the world’s leading tourist attractions, and draws as many as 70,000 people every day. India has 126 reported cases of Covid-19 and three related deaths. It has tested 6,000 people so far.

  • Google removing fake corona videos from YouTube: Sundar Pichai

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that since January, Google has blocked hundreds of thousands of ads attempting to capitalise on the coronavirus pandemic

  • Mahesh Babu advises everyone to practise social distancing, stay indoors and prioritise public safety

The ‘Maharshi’ star also asked everyone to wash hands frequently and keep the environment clean Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu has urged everyone to stay indoors, sacrifice social life and prioritise public safety to prevent the spread of COVID—19.

16 March 2020 current affairs
  • IGNOU term-end June 2020 exam assignments: Last date for submission extended

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) on Monday, March 16 extended the last date for the submission of assignments for June 2020 term-end examinations. The last date for submission of assignments has been extended up to 30th April 2020 from the earlier scheduled date of March 31, 2020. In a press statement isuued on Monday, IGNOU said “The last date for submission of Assignments for June 2020 Term-end-Examination has been extended up to 30th April 2020.

  • IIT Hyderabad declares holidays till March end

Asks students who have gone home for the mid-semester break not to return to campus until March 29. The Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IITH), has declared holidays for the institute till the end of this month.

  • Coronavirus: BHU asks students to stay inside hostels, avoid crowded places

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has issued a series of guidelines for its students, teachers and patients visiting an affiliated hospital to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the campus. BHU vice-chancellor Prof Rakesh Bhatnagar held a high-level meeting on Sunday in the university to review preparations at the Sir Sunderlal Hospital (SSH) under the Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (IMS-BHU), to keep coronavirus away.

  • Activists urge Kejriwal to increase compensation for riot survivors

A group of activists, including Harsh Mander and Anjali Bhardwaj, has urged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to increase the compensation given to the survivors of the communal riots in north-east Delhi, including an increase in the compensation to the family of a deceased person from ₹10 lakh to ₹25 lakh.

  • Delhi reports India’s second COVID-19 death.

A 68-year-old woman in Delhi became the country’s second victim of coronavirus as several States went into battle mode to contain the spread of COVID-19, shutting down schools, theatres and colleges, and many public events, including the IPL, were postponed.

  • In communal flare-ups, rumours have tactical use

In instances of communal violence, truth is often the first casualty and a mobilisation tactic used by those behind fomenting trouble is to spread rumours that places of worship have been destroyed. A fact check by The Hindu found that while there were instances of stone pelting at temples, local residents, including Muslims, came forward to defend at least three temples during the recent outbreak of violence in north-east Delhi in which 53 persons were killed.

  • Renting an apartment or flat? Look out for these 5 things

New Delhi, There are several things that we need to keep in mind while hunting for a new apartment or a flat.People zero in on a house that fits their budget and lifestyle. But before signing the rent agreement there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • We have to fight this battle together, and we have to win it together. ​Our neighbourhood collaboration should be a model for the world: PM
15 March 2020 current affairs
  • RBI revised exposure limits for UCBs

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) revised exposure limits for urban cooperative banks (UCBs) to a single borrower and a group of borrowers to 15% and 25%, respectively, of tier-I capital.

  • Mumbai Central station to be renamed as Nana Shankarsheth Mumbai Central railway station

On 12th March 2020, the Maharashtra Government has approved to rename the Mumbai Central Station as Nana Shankarsheth Mumbai Central Railway Station.

  • Assam Government to construct 33 stadiums under Uttaran scheme

The Assam Government plans to construct 33 stadiums across the state under the Uttaran Scheme, 300 crores will be provided to construct these stadiums announced by Principal Secretary of Sports Avinash Joshi and Joint Director Kamaljit and 500 playgrounds are being built to encourage rural talents.

  • WINGS INDIA 2020 an international exhibition & conference held in Hyderabad

A 4 day (March 12-15) biennial event WINGS INDIA 2020 themed as ‘Flying For All’ is an International Exhibition & Conference on Civil Aviation sector held at Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad, is organized by Ministry of Civil Aviation & Airports Authority of India(AAI) & Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

  • Rs 1.83 lakh crore spent under MNREGA in 2017-2020

On March 13, 2020 the government states that Rs 1.83 lakh crore is spent under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, (MNREGA) in 2017-2020 which is nearly double the amount of Rs 92,483 crore spent in 2011-14

  • Union Cabinet approves Yes Bank reconstruction plan; SBI, HDFC, ICICI, Axis are among others to invest

The Cabinet approved the reconstruction scheme proposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) titled “Yes Bank Ltd. Reconstruction Scheme, 2020” for Yes Bank that will be led by State Bank of India (SBI). Other participants in the plan include HDFC (Housing Development Finance Corporation) Ltd, ICICI Bank (Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India), Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RK Damani, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and the Azim Premji Trust.

  1. A total ₹12,000 crore will be infused by all investors.
  2. Authorized capital has been raised to Rs 6,200 crore from Rs 1,100 crore.
  3. Private investors will have a lock-in period of 3 years for 75% of their investment.
  4. SBI will invest ₹7,250 crore in Yes Bank with a stake of 45% and will retain a minimum 26% stake in Yes Bank for three years, as per the RBI plan.
  5. HDFC and ICICI Bank will invest ₹1,000 crore each, while Axis Bank will put in ₹600 crore.
  6. ICICI Bank and HDFC will own about 6% stakes each and Axis Bank 3-4%. Kotak, Damani, Jhunjhunwala and the Premji trust are expected to chip in nearly ₹500 crore each and will own about 3% each.
  • 3rd edition of WION Global Summit 2020 held in Dubai,UAE

On March 5, 2020, WION (World Is One News), the India’s first International News Channel,has organized its 3rd edition of Global summit 2020 based on the theme “Navigating and negotiating global imperatives” at The Oberoi, in Dubai, UAE ( United Arab Emirates).

  • RBI issues guidelines for Ind AS implementation by NBFCs, ARCs

On March 13, 2020, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has framed regulatory guidance on Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) to be applicable on Ind AS implementing Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) and Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs) for preparation of their financial statements (FS) from financial year (FY) 2019-20 onwards. The guidance has been framed to promote a high quality, consistent implementation, and better supervision of FS.

  • Prashant Kumar appointed as MD & CEO, Sunil Mehta as Non-Executive Chairman & of YES Bank

On March 14, 2020 Government appointed former Chief Financial Officer & deputy Managing Director(MD) of SBI Prashant Kumar as MD & Chief Financial Officer(CEO), the former Punjab National Bank(PNB) MD Sunil Mehta as Non-Executive Chairman, Mahesh Krishnamurthy & Atul Bheda as non-executive directors of the reconstructed board of Yes Bank.

  • Newly Discovered insect species named after singer Lady Gaga

On March 11, 2020 A newly discovered species of treehopper has been named “Kaikaia Gaga” after American singer Lady Gaga. The species was named by Brendan Morris, PhD candidate in entomology from University of Illinois, United States (US).

  • Scientists at ARCI- Hyderabad develops ‘solar receiver tube technology’ for industrial process heat

On March 13, 2020, Scientists at the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad (Telangana), has developed a cost-effective ‘solar receiver tube technology’ that absorbs solar radiation and converts it into heat for the targeted applications, especially in industries.

14 March 2020 current affairs
  • Coronavirus | Tackling COVID-19 at the ground level in Tamil Nadu

The Health Department has been screening passengers of all international flights, categorising persons with symptoms for home or hospital quarantine. However, as of now, there is a lack of clarity on what private practitioners should do if they receive patients with symptoms of COVID-19 and history of travel to an affected country. If a person with symptoms of cold, cough and fever approaches a private practitioner, these are the steps that should be followed, says P. Sampath, Surveillance Officer and joint director, Epidemics, Tamil Nadu.

  • Coronavirus | One more case being treated at Telangana hospital

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has called for a Cabinet meeting on March 14 at 6 p.m. to consider the recommendations of senior officials and the Health Minister on preventive measures required to check the spread of coronavirus. Mr. Rao informed this in the Legislative Assembly during a short discussion on coronavirus here on Saturday. Assuring the House that the situation in Telangana was not alarming and that the government was ready to face any serious situation, he said one positive case of coronavirus with travel history from Italy was being treated in Gandhi Hospital.

  • Coronavirus live updates | Union Government declares COVID-19 as a ‘disaster’

Even as a 68-year-old woman in Delhi became India’s second victim of coronavirus, a national emergency was declared in the United States on Friday over the fast spreading coronavirus to free up $50 billion in federal aid. Mr. Trump also said he would “most likely” be tested for the virus himself soon after facing possible exposure.

  • Coronavirus | Thiruvananthapuram Collector orders shutting down of malls, beaches

District Collector S. Gopalakrishnan has ordered the closing down of malls, gatherings on beaches and at other public places under the Disaster Management Act as part of steps to contain the spread of COVID-19.

  • Gangsters Act slapped against 28 accused of violence during anti-CAA protests in Lucknow

The Lucknow police have slapped the Gangsters Act against 28 persons accused of vandalism and arson during the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in the city on December 19. They have been accused of setting the Sathkhanda police outpost under the Thakurganj area on fire with the “intent to kill” and firing on the police team, the Lucknow police said in a statement.

  • COVID-19: Srirangam temple authorities begin thermal scanning of devotees

Temple officials of the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam began thermal screening of devotees at the entrance of the temple on Saturday, following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • COVID-19: What China and South Korea are getting right, responses to the market crash and a regional update | The Hindu In Focus Podcast

As the spread of the coronavirus dominates headlines around the world our weekly international affairs round up from an Indian perspective tackles the issue form three angles. We discuss the progress made by China and South Korea, cited by the WHO, in containing the outbreak and the measures they took, look at the crash of global markets and how financial institutions reacted, and get a brief regional update from Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

  • COVID-19: Stories from around the world on coronavirus pandemic

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting more than 145,000 people worldwide and claiming the lives of over 5,400 people, a growing number of countries have ramped up their efforts to stem the outbreak. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now declared Europe as the “epicentre” of the coronavirus pandemic as several European countries reported steep rises in infections and death. While Italy, the second worst-affected country, reported 1,266 deaths so far, Spain reported a 50 per cent jump in fatalities to 120. France and Germany have also witnessed a significant jump in the number of cases and deaths. Elsewhere in the United States, President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency, declaring that “we will defeat this threat”.

  • Curtailed IPL is an option but no one knows when it will start, feel owners

A curtailed Indian Premier League was one of the options discussed at Saturday’s meeting between BCCI and the eight IPL franchise owners in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic even as Kings XI Punjab’s Ness Wadia said that he doesn’t know when the T20 event will commence. The BCCI on Friday suspended the IPL from March 29 to April 15 due to government-imposed travel restrictions and refusal of three states to host any matches.

  • Testing Norton 360 on Mac and Android phone: Here’s what I learnt

In recent times, cyber-security has become a major concern for many users, and the list of connected devices is no longer limited to just personal computers. Our smartphones, tablets, even smartwatches are all devices we need to keep safe, given the amount of personal information that is stored on these

13 March 2020 current affairs
  • ‘Kids, Vaayu, and Corona’: Govt releases comic book to teach children about COVID-19

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has coined a unique idea to spread awareness over COVID-19 amongst kids. The Ministry has come up with a graphic novel for children, named “Kids, Vaayu and Corona who wins the fight?” The story of the comic series revolves around a Superhero ‘Vaayu’ who works for better public health and environment. In the cover page, there are three kids who seem to be scared of coronavirus.The kids are guarded by Vaayu. He fights with the coronavirus.

  • IPL, all big events banned in Delhi amid coronavirus outbreak: Manish Sisodia

The Delhi government on Friday announced a few more preventive steps to curb the spread of coronavirus disease Covid-19, and banned the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in the national capital. “We have decided to ban any sports activity where people will gather in huge numbers like IPL. Social distancing is important to curb the breakout of coronavirus,” Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.

  • Google employee in Bengaluru office tests positive for coronavirus

A Google employee in Switzerland had earlier tested positive for Covid-19, prompting the tech giant to impose travel restrictions on employees to travel to Iran, Italy and China. “We can confirm that an employee from our Bengaluru office has been diagnosed with Covid-19. He was in one of our Bengaluru offices for a few hours before developing any symptoms. The employee has been on quarantine since then,” Google said in a statement on Thursday, as reported by ANI. It did no specify when the employee tested positive for the deadly disease.

  • As coronavirus spooks markets, RBI announces $2 billion money shot

The Reserve Bank of India made its first decisive move to counter the coronavirus triggered market volatility by opening a US dollar – Indian Rupee swap window for $2 billion but has kept options open to provide as much as the market needs with its coffers full.

  • RBI closely monitoring global situation, says will take all necessary measures

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Friday it is closely monitoring the global situation and will take all necessary measures to ensure that markets remain adequately liquid and stable, and continue to function normally. “The Reserve Bank of India is closely and continuously monitoring the rapidly evolving global situation and will take all necessary measures to ensure that money, debt and forex markets remain adequately liquid and stable, and continue to function normally,” it said in a release.

  • Air India cancels flights to Kuwait, curtails services to France, Spain, Italy due to coronavirus

Air India on Thursday decided to cancel all its flights to Kuwait till April 30 and curtail services to various other countries, including Spain, France and Sri Lanka. The move comes a day after the national carrier announced temporary suspension of its services to Rome, Milan and Seoul, amid the coronavirus pandemic which has triggered imposition of travel restrictions by various countries across the globe. An airline official said all flights operating to and from Kuwait have been cancelled till April 30.

  • Vodafone Idea rebounds 53% from day’s low on hopes of relief package

The market price of the telecom services provider was trading at its highest level since January 27, 2020. Shares of Vodafone Idea rallied 38 per cent to Rs 5.80 on the BSE on Friday after media report suggested that the Union Cabinet has likely approved a bailout plan for the stressed telecom industry which proposes to give relief to the telecom companies with respect to their pending adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues.

  • Deepika Padukone says ex ‘begged and pleaded’ to be forgiven after she caught him cheating

Actor Deepika Padukone has spoken about an old relationship, where she caught her ex-boyfriend red-handed for cheating on her. Actor Deepika Padukone is married to Ranveer Singh now but there was a time when she went through a lot of stress in her personal life. The actor was previously dating Ranbir Kapoor.

12 March 2020 current affairs
  • Andhra Pradesh YSR Congress accused of hounding Opp candidates

AMID CHARGES that the ruling YSR Congress Party in Andhra Party is trying to stop Telugu Desam Party candidates from filing nominations for the March 21 local body elections, two more TDP leaders came under attack on Wednesday afternoon in the state.

  • Sony’s first Android-based Walkman; but it’s strictly for the audiophiles, Sony NW-A105 Walkman is best suited for someone who appreciates 24-bit quality music and already owns high-end headphones.
  • BS-VI: Why are small-capacity engines losing power?

The past few months have seen a steady stream of BS-VI two-wheeler launches, and almost every one of them has seen a small loss in power and torque. Why is this happening, and why didn’t we see anything as dramatic during the switch from BS-III to BS-IV? The reason is because BS-VI demands a huge step up in terms of emissions control, so much so that nearly every manufacturer has had to switch from carburettors to the more finely controllable fuel-injection (FI) systems.

  • As Nations Work To Contain Coronavirus, What Is A Pandemic

New Delhi: The World Health Organization (W.H.O) has called the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 a pandemic on Wednesday, issuing a grim warning that the global spread and severity of the illness was due to “alarming levels of inaction”

What is a pandemic?

The threat of pandemic is ever-present. A pandemic can arise when a new virus that hasn’t affected humans before emerges, spreads and causes illness in humans. Viruses are unpredictable – scientists can never be certain of when or from where the next pandemic will arise. However, a pandemic is inevitable in this interconnected world. The question is not if the world will have another pandemic.

  • Sensex crashes by 2,500 points, Nifty down by 761 points as coronavirus declared pandemic

Indian equity markets opened in red on Thursday (March 12) with the BSE Sensex losing 1,672.09 points or 4.68% at 34025.31, and the Nifty plunging 490.40 points or 4.69% at 9,968 due to coronavirus fear and global sell-off. Nifty has opened below 10,000 level for the first time since March 26, 2018.

  • Coronavirus effect: Fate of IPL 2020 hangs in balance as top sports leagues take drastic measures

The Madras High Court on Thursday ordered issuance of notice to the Union Health Ministry and the BCCI on a PIL seeking a direction not to allow the conduct of IPL matches in view of the coronavirus outbreak. The BCCI remains hopeful of conducting its money-spinning domestic tournament without disruption. Globally, sports tournaments have been either postponed or suspended. Some prominent football leagues across Europe have ordered teams to play in empty stadiums.

  • Rupee crashes to near record low against the US dollar

The draft ‘YES Bank Ltd Reconstruction Scheme, 2020’ will be put up for the approval of the Union Cabinet The government is likely to announce a relief package for telecom companies as early as mid-April.

  • Patient who recovered from coronavirus has a message on how to stay safe

Elizabeth Schneider lives in Seattle, which has the most deaths in the United States from the disease sweeping the globe ‘The message is don’t panic,’ said Schneider. ‘If you think that you have it, you probably do; you should probably get tested’

  • Donald Trump ban on travel from Europe escalates pain for airlines

Trump’s move is sure to drastically escalate the disruptions facing global airlines and travelers on some of the most heavily traveled routes The disruption to air travel is also certain to ripple through economies, causing widespread damage to hotels, car rental companies, museums and restaurants.

11 March 2020 current affairs
  • Coronavirus LIVE updates: Govt working to bring back 6,000 Indians in Iran, MEA tells Rajya Sabha

The Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed two new cases from Delhi and Rajasthan, taking the number of cases in India to 52. However, the state health authorities put the figure at 61 with eight in Kerala, three each in Karnataka and Maharashtra.

  • Microsoft takes down global zombie bot network

Microsoft has said it was part of a team that dismantled an international network of zombie bots. The network call Necurs infected over nine million computers and one of the world’s largest botnets. Necurs was responsible for multiple criminal scams including stealing personal information and sending fake pharmaceutical emails. Cyber-criminals use botnets to remotely take over internet-connected devices and install malicious software.

  • E3 games show slated for June called off over virus fears

E3 would join a growing tide of events cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak, which is sweeping the world. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, a massive video-game conference scheduled to take over the Los Angeles Convention Center in June, is being cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. The cancellation is planned to be announced at 9:30 am Los Angeles time on March 11 by the Entertainment Software Association, according to a person familiar with the matter.

  • From reducing stress to noise pollution: How indoor plants benefit you

Help you breathe: Indoor plants can make the air in the house cleaner, filtering toxins and pollutants from the living space. Spider plant or snake plant, for instance, produce oxygen and purify the surrounding air by absorbing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene, according to Lifestyle Home Garden.

  • Pakistan plane crash: Fighter jet crashes near Islamabad park

In a statement, the PAF said the aircraft was carrying out rehearsals for the country’s Republic Day parade to be held on 23 March. Police and security forces have now cordoned off the site in the Shakarparian area, near several museums, golf clubs and Jinnah Stadium.

  • Google tells staff to work at home due to coronavirus

Google’s parent company Alphabet has asked its North American staff to work from home to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus. Last week the tech giant sent a memo to staff recommending that employees in Washington state work from home. It has now expanded that request to all of its almost 100,000 workers across 11 office in the US and Canada.

10 March 2020 current affairs
  • Narendra Singh Tomar announced that Government plans to achieve 75 lakh SHGs by 2022

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, announced that the Rural Development Ministry plans to add more than 14 lakhs SHGs (Self Help Groups) to achieve 75 lakh SHGs by the year 2022 to enable more women to get livelihood. The Minister announced this during the programme on Women’s Empowerment to mark the International Women’s Day held in New Delhi.

  • Odisha becomes the 1st state to introduce department for SHGs: “Mission Shakti”

On March 8, 2020 Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that Odisha is the 1st state to own a separate department for Self Help Groups named as ”Department of Mission Shakti”. It is created for the development of women & is dedicated to all the women of Odisha.

  • Sanitary napkin disposal bags for each pad, mandatory from January 2021: Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change & Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar stated that ,sanitary pad manufacturers should mandatorily supply biodegradable bag for disposal of each pad from January 2021, while interacting with female workers’ of SWaCH Pune(Solid Waste Collection and Handling or, officially, SWaCH Seva Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit, Pune) during International Women’s day.

  • Lt General Milind Hemant Thakur inaugurated the renovated Animal Memorial in Bengaluru, Karnataka

Lieutenant General Milind Hemant Thakur, Director General of Supply and Transport Corps, Indian Army, inaugurated the renovated Animal Memorial at Agram grounds in ASC Centre and College, Bengaluru, Karnataka. The renovated animal memorial has now been extended by constructing two walls supported by Roman pillars.

  • 10th FICCI-IBA Bankers’ Survey July-Dec 2019 released in New Delhi; Highest NPAs in Infrastructure sector

On March 8, 2020, FICCI has released the 10th round of FICCI-IBA survey in New Delhi which was conducted by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) for the period of July to December 2019. The survey has analyzed 18 banks consisting of public sector, private sector and foreign banks which together represented 50% of the banking industry, as classified by asset size. The survey required view of bankers on the measures that would help in improving the economic situation.

  • Nupur Kulshrestha becomes Indian Coast Guard’s first woman DIG

Nupur Kulshrestha becomes the 1st woman to be promoted as Deputy Inspector General(DIG )of Indian Coast Guard.She joined Indian Coast Guard in 1999.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind honoured 15 Women with ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ for 2019- “National award for women”

President Ram Nath Kovind honoured 15 women with ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’(Women Shakti Award)for 2019 at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. The award is conferred annually to eminent women and institutions in recognition of their service towards the cause of women empowerment & social welfare.

  • Hockey India 3rd annual awards 2019 in New Delhi; Manpreet singh, Rani rampal wins Player of the year awards

Hockey India, the governing body with mandate to conduct all activities for both men and women’s hockey, has organized its 3rd Annual Awards 2019 at Hotel the Lalit in New Delhi to honour the best hockey players and former legends of the game from India.

09 March 2020 current affairs
  • Today morning, 2 militants were killed in an encounter in Shopian.

ANI quotes Vijay Kumar, IG Kashmir: Today morning, 2 militants were killed in an encounter in Shopian. Their bodies have been recovered and identification process is underway.

  • Mumbai: Girl at home with boyfriend jumps from window as mother walks in

MUMBAI: A teen girl who was with her boyfriend jumped off from her first floor flat in Kurla in Mumbai after her mother walked in on them, police said on Sunday. The incident took place on Friday afternoon in the suburb’s Bail Bazar area, an official said.

  • Coronavirus outbreak Latest Updates: Coronavirus cases rise to 43 in India; over 3,800 people dead globally

China has reported 40 new cases of coronavirus infection on Monday. 22 deaths were reported and one death has been reported so far outside the Hubei province. Wuhan in Hubei has been the epicentre of the outbreak. With above 80,000 cases, China remains the hardest-hit by covid-19.

  • The CBI has carried out searches at seven locations in connection with the Yes Bank scam

The CBI has carried out searches at seven locations in connection with the Yes Bank scam pertaining to the Rs 600 crore alleged bribe to the family of its co-founder Rana Kapoor by DHFL, officials said.

  • The slump in global gas prices is likely to result in the domestic natural gas price dropping more than 20 per cent from April 1, which is expected to boost demand and increase consumption, including of city gas
  • BS 6 Mahindra KUV100NXT petrol prices to start from 5.50 lakh

The Mahindra KUV 100NXT (current version) was launched in the Indian market back in late 2017. Now, the homegrown automaker is planning to introduce an update to the crossover hatch which would make it a BS 6 compliant vehicle.

  • Allahabad High Court asks govt to remove posters of anti-CAA protest accused

The court ordered the removal of hoardings put up the Uttar Pradesh government, with names, addresses and photos of those accused of violence during CAA (the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.) protests.

08 March 2020 current affairs
  • Govt. approves Companies (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 with 72 changes to Companies Act 2013; 66 compoundable offences decriminalized

In order to further promote ease of doing Business, the Union Cabinet headed by Narendra Modi has approved the Companies (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 to amend the Companies Act, 2013 with a total of 72 changes in its 65 sections. The focuses of these changes are decriminalization of various provisions Act i.e. to lessen of criminal penalties in relation to certain sections, and to permit direct overseas listing of Indian corporates.

  • Wealth Report 2020: India’s UHNWI population to increase by 73% in 5 years & Ranks 12th

On March 5, 2020,According to the “Wealth Report 2020” released by Knight Frank LLP,a leading International Property Consultant, India had 5,986 UHNWIs Ultra high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) in 2019 and they expected to increase by 73% in the coming 5 years.This will almost double the current count to 10,354.

  • 10 projects of Rs 301.54 crores sanctioned for Food Processing Sector

On March 5, 2020 in a meeting of The Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC)which was held under the chairmanship of Union Food Processing Industries Minister Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal sanctioned 10 projects of Rs 301.54 crore with total grant-in-aid of 67.29 crore for which will generate employment for 10,000 people & also will benefit nearly 40,000 farmers.

  • Indian female labour-force participation dropped from 34% in 2006 to 24.8% in 2020: UNGC Study

In accordance with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) India study, India is the only country among the 153 surveyed countries where the economic gender gap is larger than the political gap. Its female labour-force participation has declined from 34% in 2006 to 24.8% in 2020

  • Tata AIA Life to provide football coaching to under-privileged girls under its ‘Bachhpan Ka Rakshakaran’ program

On March 5, 2020, In order to create interest in education for the under-privileged girls aged 12-16 years, by using football coaching as a medium, Tata AIA Life Insurance, a joint venture company formed by Tata Sons Ltd and AIA Group Ltd(AIA), has launched a ‘Bachhpan Ka Rakshakaran’ program in association with Mumbai based Non-profit ‘Oscar Foundation’.

  • Paytm, Hyderabad Metro tie up for QR-based tickets

On March 6, 2020, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) in partnership with Paytm has launched a QR-code-based metro ticketing system at Rasoolpura metro station Hyderabad.

  • Commerce ministry clears TCS, DLF proposals to set up SEZs for IT sector in Haryana and UP

On March 06, 2020, The highest decision-making body for special economic zones (SEZs) chaired by the commerce secretary Anup Wadhawan, has approved the proposals of Information technology (IT) major TCS (Tata Consultancy Services Limited) and DLF (Delhi Land and Finance) Limited a premier real estate company in India to establish a special economic zones (SEZs) for IT sector in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Haryana respectively.

  • Mahindra-Ford venture set to name Anurag Mehrotra as Chief Executive

On 5th March 2020 the Managing Director of Ford India, Anurag Mehrotra was appointed as the Chief Executive officer for the New joint venture formed by Mahindra and Ford with effect from April 1, 2020.This joint venture is formed to develop and sell Ford branded cars in India and other emerging markets. The joint venture created is valued at $275 million (Rs 1,925 crore).

  • Chandrayaan-3 will be launched in the first half of 2021: Jitendra Singh

On March 04, 2020, According to the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh, a possible schedule for the launch of Chandrayaan-3 is planned to be implemented in the first half of 2021.

  • Nasa’s named Mars 2020 rover as Perseverance

On March 6, 2020 NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) announced the name of the 5th Mars (red planet) rover as Perseverance. Previously the rover was known by its codename as Mars 2020. The name was suggested by Alexander Mather, 7th standard student and was announced by Nasa’s director of science, Thomas Zurbuchen at an event in Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia.

  • Indian runner Prachi provisionally suspended after testing positive for Oxandrolone

Indian 400-meter runner Prachi choudhary from Uttar Pradesh was tested out of competition and was provisionally suspended by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on March 6,2020, for the presence of anabolic steroid, Oxandrolone.

  • Smriti Irani releases book titled “Chronicles of Change Champions” at New Delhi

On March 5, 2020 Smriti Zubin Irani Union Minister of Women & Child Development released a book titled “Chronicles of Change Champions” at New Delhi. The book is written with the 25 innovative initiative taken under the “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” (BBBP) scheme at the state and district level.

07 March 2020 current affairs
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will be skipping Ayodhya’s famous ‘Aarti’

Lucknow: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will be skipping Ayodhya’s famous ‘Aarti’ due to Coronavirus scare during his visit to the religious city today.The Shiv Sena chief is visiting the city to mark 100 days of his newly-formed government in Maharashtra. Earlier, Mr Thackeray was scheduled to visit the makeshift temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya and then attend the evening ‘Aarti’ on the banks of the Saryu river.

  • 2020 Hyundai Creta: How It’s Made

The manufacturing of the new-generation Hyundai Creta has begun in full swing at the company’s manufacturing facility in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and we had access to the entire assembly line. Let us paint you a picture of how the new-generation Creta is manufactured.

  • What it means for mutual fund investors: Yes Bank crisis

On 5th March, the RBI restricted withdrawals from Yes Bank to just ₹50,000 per person. The move follows a long period of debt troubles for the bank which struggled to raise additional capital. Some debt mutual funds have already written off their Yes Bank exposure and more are likely to follow suit.

  • Maximum investment in Yes Bank will be ₹10,000 crore, says SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar

State Bank of India, which can pick up a maximum 49% stake in  troubled lender Yes Bank, according to the Reserve Bank of India’s draft reconstruction scheme, sees a maximum investment of ₹10,000 crore in the bank, its chairman Rajnish Kumar has said. “We have received draft scheme of reconstruction for Yes Bank. Our investment and legal team is doing due diligence,” Mr Kumar said in a press conference.

06 March 2020 current affairs
  • Yes Bank crisis: Sitharaman blames stressed loans under UPA; Chidambaram hits back

NEW DELHI: The ongoing Yes Bank crisis has triggered a war of words between Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman
and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram. Addressing a press conference over the crisis, Sitharaman blamed loans given under the UPA regime to stressed corporates for the financial troubles at the private lender.

  • How deadly is the coronavirus?

WASHINGTON: How deadly is the coronavirus that exploded from China? The answer reflects a hard reality about fast-moving outbreaks: As cases pop up in new places, the first to get counted are the sickest.

  • DAY-NULM signs MoU with Amazon for e-marketing of products made by SHGs

Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) that functions under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs signed MoU with Amazon for e-marketing of products made by Self Help Groups (SHGs) across the country in urban areas.

  • India signs deal with the US for Air Force One

The desi “Air Force One” will be ready to fly the President or Prime Minister by 2021. It is equipped with advanced missile defence measures. India has signed around $190 million to deal with the US for two self-protection suites (SPS).

  • Yes Bank LIVE Updates: RBI, SBI, govt breathe life into dying lender

Yes Bank News Updates: In the reconstruction scheme for YES Bank, the government has said that the SBI is willing to investment in the troubled private lender Breaking her silence on YES Bank crisis, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has assured YES Bank customers that each depositor’s money is safe. “I’m in constant touch with RBI,” she added.”The RBI Governor has assured me that the matter will be resolved soon. Both RBI & Govt of India are looking at this, I’ve personally monitored the situation for a couple of months along with RBI & we have taken the course that will be in everybody’s interest,” she added. Earlier, SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar, after meeting with Sitharaman, also said the state-owned lender had given “in-principle” approval of intent to invest in YES Bank. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das also assured the apex bank would take “very swift action” on the YES Bank’s revival process.

  • MCA introduced LLP settlement Scheme, 2020 to allow one-time condonation of delayed filing of required documents with ROC

On March 4, 2020, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has introduced a scheme namely “LLP Settlement Scheme, 2020” for limited liability partnership (LLPs) by allowing a one-time condonation of delay in filing statutorily required documents with the Registrar of Office (ROC). Simply, the scheme is providing a three-month window from 16th March, 2020 to 13th June, 2020 to LLPs for completing delayed filings of four forms which were due for filing till 31st October, 2019

  • SC allows trade in cryptocurrency by rejecting RBI 2018 circular

Supreme Court (SC) has lifted ban on trading in virtual currency, cryptocurrency and bitcoins by cancelling the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) 2018 circular that barred banks from serving companies dealing in cryptocurrency exchanges. The decision in this regard has been taken by the three-judge Bench of headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and consisted of Justice Shripathi Ravindra Bhat, and Justice V Ramasubramanian.

  • 5th edition of India Pharma & India Medical Device 2020 Conference held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat

On March 5, 2020 The 5th edition of India Pharma 2020 and India Medical Device 2020 Conference & Exhibition will be held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat from March 5 to 7, 2020 and the 3 day conference was inaugurated by Shri Sadananda Gowda, Chemicals and Fertilizers (C&F) Minister & Shri Mansukh Mandviya, Minister of State (MoS of C&F) addressed the conference.

  • QS World University Ranking 2020 by subject: IIT Bombay & IIT Delhi find place in top 50 for engineering institutes

On March 5, 2020,According to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2020 by Subject, Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Bombay and IIT Delhi have made it to the top 50 institutes in the world for the category of engineering and technology (E&T) and ranked 44th and 47th respectively with a score of 81.9 and 81.4. While, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge,US (Unites States) ranked at top position in the list of E&T category with a score of 98.1. In 2019, IIT Delhi was ranked 61st and IIT Bombay was 53rd.

05 March 2020 current affairs
  • ISRO postpones the launch of GISAT-1 satellite

ISRO launch of earth observation satellite GISAT-1 has been postponed due to technical reasons. Earlier, it was planned to launch the earth observation satellite on 5 March. ISRO has revised the launch date, and it will be informed in due course. The satellite was one of the key launches planned by the country’s space agency for 2020.

  • Google to open its cloud region in Delhi

Google to open the cloud region in Delhi. It will be made operational by 2021. This will be Google’s second cloud region in India. The first one was in Mumbai that was launched in 2017

  • NABARD infused Rs 1.46 lakh crore in the rural banking system during current

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has infused Rs.1.46 lakh crore in the rural banking system during the current fiscal. The bank stated that it had given Rs.66,397 crore in short-term credit and Rs.6,704 crore in long-term credit to rural cooperative banks

  • Centre approves ten projects worth Rs.301.54 crores for the food processing sector

The Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC) held under the Chairpersonship of Union Food Processing Industries Minister Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal approved ten projects in New Delhi. The cost of the project worth Rs.301.54 crore and a total grant-in-aid of Rs.67.29 crore has been sanctioned.

  • Mumbai to host 2023 IOC session

Mumbai will be hosting the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) session in 2023. The announcement was passed by IOC president Thomas Bach.

  • JK government launched Student Health Card scheme for school children

Jammu and Kashmir government has launched Student Health Card scheme in Jammu on 5 March. It was launched by Lt. Governor G.C. Murmu at a programme organized by Directorate of Mid Day Meal, School Education Department in association with National Health Mission at Teachers Bhavan Jammu.

  • Sri Lanka will lead science, technology and innovation sector in BIMSTEC

The 20th Session of the senior officials’ meeting (SoM) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 3 March 2020. The meeting was chaired by Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha.

  • Cabinet approved MoU between India and Cote dlvoire for cooperation in the field of health

The Union Cabinet approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India and the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene of Cote d’Ivoire.

  • UK court rejects fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s bail plea for fifth time.
  • Special train carrying members of Shiv Sena departs for Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Mumbai, ahead of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s scheduled visit to the temple town on March 7.
  • Sikkim government suspends issuing ILP to foreigners due to coronavirus scare.
  • India to face Australia in Women’s T20 World Cup final on Sunday after hosts beat South Africa by five runs in second semifinal in Sydney.
  • Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks came three days after Iran became the fourth Muslim-majority country to officially react to the communal violence that threw life out of gear in northeast Delhi.
  • Seminar on “Changing Characteristic of Land Warfare & its Impact on the Military” commenced at Manekshaw Auditorium NewDelhi. General MM Naravane COAS emphasized on the need of AI & precision guided weapons in present day warfare.
04 March 2020 current affairs
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights moves the Supreme Court against CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act)

  • Sri Lankan general election to be held on 25 April

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapksa dissolved the parliament on 2 March. He called for general elections on 25 April 2020. President is empowered to dissolve the parliament after four and a half years of its first sitting.

  • Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched Phase II of Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen

The Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched Phase II of Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) (SBM(G)) at a National Dissemination and Consultation workshop on 4 March in New Delhi. The move comes after the approval of cabinet for the Phase II of the Mission is a great recognition to the signification achievements made under SBM (G) under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

  • Scientists found bacteria that can replace fertilizers, fungicides in tea plants

Researchers at the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST) Guwahati found significant plant-growth-promoting and antifungal activities of endophyticactino bacteria associated with Tea plant and related genera, Eurya.

  • Scientists from IIT Delhi, DRDO received National Award

Scientists from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and IIT-Delhi received National Award for Young Women Showing Excellence through Application of Technology for Societal Benefits

  • India Pharma 2020 and India Medical Device 2020 Conference to be held in Gujarat

India Pharma 2020 & India Medical Device 2020 Conference & Exhibition has been scheduled to be held at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat from 5-7 March 2020. The conference will be inaugurated by the Chemicals & Fertilizers Minister Shri Sadananda Gowda.

  • NASA reveals hole on Mars that could hold clue to life on Red Planet

NASA released a photo of the mysterious hole on Mars that could hold a clue to life on Mars. The unusual hole on the planet was discovered in 2011. The image was taken by the High-Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) instrument.

  • First direct discussion between the US President and Taliban ended well

The first direct discussion between the US President Donald Trump and a senior Taliban official was 3 March. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Taliban’s chief negotiator, and Mr. Trump held a 35-minute telephone call. Both parties have agreed to avoid violence.

  • Scientists say Black carbon might influence melting of Gangotri Glacier

Scientists from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG) said that black carbon concentration in the Gangotri glacier was increased by 400 times during summer.

  • SCTIMST develops flow diverter stent to treat aneurysms

Researchers from Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology (SCTIMST) developed an innovative intracranial flow diverter stent. The device is used for the treatment of aneurysms of the blood vessels of the brain.

  • Govt. issues format for filing complaints of alleged corruption against public servants with the Lokpal, 11 months after the anti-corruption ombudsman.
03 March 2020 current affairs
  • Pune to host 108th Indian Science Congress annual session in 2021

On March 2, 2020 The Indian Science Congress association (ISCA) announced that Pune will host the annual session of 108th Indian Science Congress on January 3-7, 2021 at Symbiosis International University’s Lavale campus with the theme,”Science and Technology for Sustainable Develop

  • Centre notifies the National Chambal Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh as eco-sensitive zone

On March 2, 2020 Centre notified 870 sq km around the National Chambal Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh(MP) as eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) to prohibit polluting activities like industries, major hydroelectric project,mining, stone quarrying & big construction within the ‘no-go area’ for the purpose of conservation of water bodies, unique geographical features(ravines), flora & fauna.

  • Overview of Myanmar President U Win Myint visit to India from Feb 26-29, 2020

The President of Myanmar U Win Myint along with First Lady, Daw Cho Cho, paid a four days visit to India from February 26-29, on the invitation of Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, to deepen bilateral ties.

  • BEE introduces Deep freezer and Light commercial air conditioners under star rating programme

On March 2, 2020, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE),an agency of the Government of India, under the Ministry of Power, has launched star rating programme for Light Commercial Air Conditioners (LCAC) and Deep Freezers, in its 19th foundation day in New Delhi.

  • 11th National Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) conference 2020 held in New Delhi

A 3-day long 11th National Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Conference -2020 based on the theme ‘Empowering Youth for Technology Led Farming’ was held in New delhi.It wasinaugurated by Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar.

  • India among top suppliers of pharma drugs used in trafficking: INCB Report 2019

In accordance with the “Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2019”, by International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) released by United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), India is named among the top manufacturers of illicit and licit drugs that are smuggled to other countries.

  • SBI switched to Cash Budget Based Assessment (CBBA) method of assessment for corporates

On March 1, 2020, State Bank of India (SBI) has switched to “Cash Budget Based Assessment (CBBA)” from “Projected Balance Sheet (PBS)” method of Fund Based Working Capital (FBWC) limits for assessment of the working capital requirement for corporates or large advances. CBBA of limits has been initiated for assessment of the FBWC limits for units with total FBWC exposure of more than ₹50 crore from the banking system.

  • RBL Bank ties-up with Zomato to launch co-branded credit card powered by Mastercard

On March 02, 2020, RBL Bank (formerly known as Ratnakar Bank),an Indian private sector bank, has entered into a partnership with Online food ordering and delivery app Zomato to launch co-branded credit cards, powered by Mastercard, for Zomato users.

  • Paytm Insurance Broking secures brokerage licence from IRDAI

On March 3, 2020, Indian digital payments platform Paytm’s subsidiary, Paytm Insurance Broking, has received the brokerage licence from the Insurance Regulatory and Authority of India (IRDAI).

  • OECD downgraded India’s FY21 GDP growth to 5.1% from 6.2%

On March 2, 2020, Global agency Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in its report titled “OECD Interim Economic Assessment Coronavirus: The world economy at risk” has trimmed India’s real GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth forecast to 5.1% from the earlier projection of 6.2% for 2020 due to the impact of deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) on the domestic as well as the global economy. For 2021, India’s real GDP growth is projected at 5.6% from the earlier forcast of 6.4%.

  • OECD downgraded India’s FY21 GDP growth to 5.1% from 6.2%

On March 2, 2020, Global agency Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in its report titled “OECD Interim Economic Assessment Coronavirus: The world economy at risk” has trimmed India’s real GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth forecast to 5.1% from the earlier projection of 6.2% for 2020 due to the impact of deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) on the domestic as well as the global economy. For 2021, India’s real GDP growth is projected at 5.6% from the earlier forcast of 6.4%.

  • MoS Santosh Gangwar launched Humsafar mobile app for doorstep diesel delivery in New Delhi

On March 2, 2020 Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (MoS- Independent charge) for Labour & Employment, launched ‘Humsafar’ mobile application in New Delhi, which delivers diesel to doorstep of bulk users.

  • Tourism ministry launched Multilingual version of “Incredible India” website in New Delhi

On March 2, 2020, The Minister of State (MoS) for Tourism & Culture, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel has launched the multilingual version of ‘Incredible India’ website and mobile app in New Delhi with the aim to provide more information about India’s tourist destinations, attractions, experiences, and where the value lies.

  • SCTIMST develops Flow Diverter Stents Technology for the treatment of Aneurysms of brain

On March 2, 2020 a research team of Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology (SCTIMST),Thiruvananthapuram, an Institute of National Importance under the Department of Science and Technology has developed an innovative intracranial flow diverter stent named as Chitra Flow Diverter for the treatment of aneurysms of the blood vessels of the brain.

  • Indian Hockey men’s team ranked 4th for the 1st time & Women’s team ranked 9th : FIH World Rankings 2020

Federation Internationale Hockey or International Hockey Federation (FIH) World Rankings 2020, ranks Indian Hockey men’s team in 4th for the first time with 2064.14 points & Women’s team is ranked 9th with 1543 points.The men’s list is topped by Belgium for the first time with 2481.34 & women’s list is topped by Netherlands with 2626.03 points.

02 March 2020 current affairs
  • UGC develops Jeevan Kaushal scheme to upgrade life skills for UG students

It is aimed to enhance an individual’s ability to be fully self-aware by helping oneself to overcome all fears and insecurities and to grow fully from inside out and outside in. 03 March 2020 Current Affairs:The University Grants Commission (UGC) has developed “Jeevan Kaushal” (life skills) curriculum for undergraduate students at Universities and Colleges. The information was passed by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

  • Fitch lowers India’s economic growth forecast for FY20 to 4.9% from 5.1 %

On March 02, 2020, Fitch Ratings Inc, an American credit rating agency,has lowered India’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth forecast to 4.9% for the fiscal year –FY20 (2019-2020) ending March 31,2020.

  • ICAR signs MoU with Haridwar-based Patanjali for farm research, training

On March 01, 2020, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), an autonomous body responsible for coordinating agricultural education and research in India, has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hardiwar (Uttarakhand)- based Patanjali Bio Research Institute (PBRI) to add a new dimension to the field of farming by undertaking research work as well as training and education.

  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal honoured with Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee award for politics : Swarajya Awards 2020

On February 28, 2020 Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was honoured with Swarajya Awards 2020 under the category, Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee Award for Politics at the 6th India Ideas Conclave at Tent City Narmada in Gujarat. The award is instituted by India Foundation & Indic Academy, & presented by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Speaker of People’s Majlis of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed.

  • Overview of 70th Berlin film festival 2020 awards held in Germany

The 70th edition of Berlin International Film Festival( Berlinale) 2020 was held in Berlin, Germany from 20 February–1 March 2020. It was the first under the leadership of new Berlin Film Festival heads, business administration director Mariette Rissenbeek and artistic director Carlo Chatrian.The Opening film of the festival was ‘My Salinger Year’& the Closing film was ‘There Is No Evil’.

  • Former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin bin Haji Muhammad Yassin becomes Malaysia’s 8th Prime Minister

On March 1, 2020, 72 years old Former Deputy Prime MInister Muhyiddin bin Haji Muhammad Yassin took oath of office as Malayasia’s 8th Prime Minister(PM) at National Palace in Kuala Lumpur.He is from Malaysian United Indigenous Party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).He succeeds 94-year-old Mahathir bin Mohamad,who abruptly resigned & was in office since the general elections 2018.

  • Pekka Lundmark appointed as CEO of Nokia

On March 2, 2020 Nokia appointed Pekka Lundmark as CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and he will take charge from September 1, 2020. He will be the successor of Rajeev Suri, who was more than a decade in charge of Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks.

  • Highlights of 1st Khelo India University Games 2020 held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

The 1st edition of the 2020 Khelo India University Games (KIUG) was held from February 22 – March 1, 2020 at KIIT University (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University) in Bhubaneswar,Odisha.

  • Former India hockey player & Padma Shri awardee Balbir Singh Kullar passed away at 77

On March 1, 2020 Balbir Singh Kullar, former Indian hockey player, Padma Shri awardee and a Punjab Police Officer passed away at the age of 77 in Sansarpur, Jalandhar district, Punjab. Balbir was born on 8th August 1942 in Sansarpur, Punjab. He also served as an Indian national team selector.

  • Dronacharya awardee & athletics coach Joginder Singh Saini passed away at 90

On March 1, 2020 Senior athletics coach & Dronacharya awardee Joginder Singh Saini, who trained some of India’s finest track and field stars, passed away at the age of 90, in Patiala, Punjab, due to age related problems. He served as the chief national athletics coach for many years from the year 1970 to 1990.

  • Senior IPS officer S N Shrivastava gets additional charge of Delhi Police Commissioner

On February 28, 2020 Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer S N Shrivastava who was appointed as the Special Commissioner of Delhi Police (Law & Order), is given additional charge of the Delhi Police Commissioner by the Union Home Ministry. He succeeds Amulya Patnaik.

01 March 2020 current affairs
  • World Defence Day is celebrated

on 1 March World Defence Day is celebrated on 1 March 2020. The day is observed to raise awareness of public protection from natural and technogenic disasters and rescue service work. History: World Civil Defense Day was instituted by the International Civil Defense Organization (ICDO) General Assembly in 1990. It commemorates the day when the ICDO Constitution came into force as an intergovernmental organization in 1972.

  • Zero Discrimination Day is observed

on 1 March Zero Discrimination Day is observed on 1 March. The day promotes diversity and recognizes that everyone counts. The symbol for Zero Discrimination Day is the butterfly. It is used by people to share their stories and photos as a way to end discrimination and work towards positive transformation. History: The United Nations celebrated Zero Discrimination Day on 1 March 2014, after UNAIDS.

  • Punjab to reduce government employees retirement age to 58 years

Punjab State government announced major changes in the 2020-21 budget. The budget announcement was made by Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal. He presented a Rs.1,54,805 crore budget in the state Assembly.

  • World economy faces worst performance since the past decade

Bank of America Corporation (BofA) economists stated that the world economy is heading for its worst performance since the 2009 financial crisis. The decline is due to the increasing spread of coronavirus across the world. The economists stated that they are expecting 2.8% global growth in 2020, which is the weakest since 2009.

  • Astronomers discovered 17 new planets

Columbia researchers have discovered 17 new planets by combing through data gathered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. The planets include a potentially habitable Earth-sized world. The researchers looked for planets, especially those lying in the potentially habitable “Goldilocks Zone” of their stars, where liquid water could exist on a rocky planet’s surface. Over 16 new planets were discovered.

  • RBI mandates banks to link all new floating rate loans to medium enterprises with external benchmark from April 1,2020

All new floating rate loans given to medium enterprises will be linked with external benchmarks from April 1, according to the Reserve Bank of India. The move is aimed at further strengthening monetary policy transmission so that benefits of reduction in key lending rate (repo) can be passed on to medium enterprises also.

  • Government to include non-scheduled urban, district cooperative banks in 3 schemes for MSME

The Centre has decided to include non-scheduled urban and district central cooperative banks in three big ticket schemes to facilitate access to finance for the MSME sector.

  • Bengaluru recorded 2019’s highest number of digital transactions while MH topped among states

Bengaluru accounted for the highest number of digital transactions in India in 2019, followed by Chennai, Mumbai and Pune, while United Payments Interface (UPI) was the most preferred mode of payment, said a new report by online payment processor Worldline India.

  • PM lays foundation stone of the 296-km-long Bundelkhand Expressway in Chitrakoot (UP).
  • Norway’s Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein participates in Mithi river clean up in Mumbai.
  • Janata Dal (United) Lok Sabha Member Baidyanath Prasad Mahto from Valmiki Nagar constituency passed away on February 28, 2020.