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Current Affairs March - Part 1 | Ekagra Academy

As per the latest trends, Current Affairs are the most important part of scoring good marks in the competitive examination. In the recent SSC CPO examination, most of the questions asked were mentioned in the previous blog provided by us. So here we are again with the new current affairs of March month. Hope this would help you in the upcoming examination.

Indian wrestlers win 4 medals including two golds at Dan Kolov-Nikol Petrov tournament

● Indian wrestlers have won four medals including two golds at the Dan Kolov-Nikol Petrov tournament in Ruse, Bulgaria.

● Bajrang Punia won gold in the freestyle wrestling 65kg category.

● Pooja Dhanda claimed gold in the 59kg category.

● Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik settled for a silver medal in the 65kg category final after a defeat by Sweden’s Henna Johansson of Sweden.

● In the men’s freestyle category, Sandeep Tomar won silver after he lost his final in the 61 kg category.

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft marks debut unmanned flight

● An American spacecraft designed to fly astronauts to the International Space Station from the United States was launched on 2 March for its debut unmanned flight.

● SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifted off at 0749 GMT from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

● SpaceX is a private company and contractor of the US space agency NASA for ISS flights.

● Elon Musk is the Chief executive officer CEO of SpaceX The 7th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Intersessional Ministerial Meeting concluded

● The 7th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Intersessional Ministerial Meeting Concludes in Cambodia

● The Meeting was chaired by Chutima Bunyapraphasara, Acting Minister of Commerce of Thailand.

● The RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement between the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the six Asia-Pacific states.

● These six Asia-Pacific countries are Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.

CISF creates set new Guinness World Record for the longest single line moving bicycle parade

● The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) created a new Guinness World Record for the longest single moving line bicycle parade at the Yamuna Expressway.

● The 1,327 bicycles parade covered 3.2 km distance non-stop with a uniform distance between bicycles in a single line.

● Earlier the record was held by Hubballi Bicycle Club, India, with 1,235 bicycles in a single chain.

Abhinandan Varthaman to get Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar

● Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be the first recipient of the Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar.

● The award is instituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti.

● Varthaman, piloting a Mig-21 Bison, shot down a Pakistan Air Force F-16 with an R-73 air-to-air missile in a dogfight on February 27.

● The award, instituted this year, carries a cash prize of Rs 2.51 lakh, a memento and a citation and will be presented to Varthaman on April 17 Centre for Disability Sports to be set up at Gwalior 

● A Centre for Disability Sports will be set up at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.

● The Centre will ensure effective participation of Persons with Disabilities in sports activities and also enable them to compete at national and international levels.

● The project is expected to be completed by 31st March 2021.

● It will have an Outdoor Athletic Stadium, Indoor Sports Complex and Aquatic Centre having two Swimming Pools, one covered Pool and an Outdoor Pool.

Indian Bank receives Best Bank Award

● Public sector Indian Bank has bagged the Best Bank Award from the Tamil Nadu

government for meeting the needs of women's self-help groups (SHGs).

● Chief Minister of the state K Palaniswami handed over the award to the executive director of the bank M K Bhattacharya.

PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan (PM-SYM) Yojana

● Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan (PM-

SYM) Yojana in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

● The national pension scheme is for workers and labourers of unorganised sector.

● It was announced in the interim budget in February this year.

● It will provide monthly pension of 3000 rupees to the employees of unorganised sector after 60 years of age.

Rajnath Singh inaugurated project BOLD-QIT on India-Bangladesh border

● Rajnath Singh inaugurated the project BOLD-QIT (Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique) on India-Bangladesh border in Dhubri District of Assam.

● Border Security Force, BSF is responsible for the safeguarding of over four thousand kilometers long International Border with Bangladesh.

● At various places, it is not possible to erect Border Fence due to the geographical barriers.

● To overcome this problem, in the year 2017, Ministry of Home Affairs decided to go for technological solution besides the physical presence of manpower of BSF.

Maharashtra govt to appoint Lokpal in universities

● Maharashtra government will appoint a Lokpal in all universities except agricultural universities to resolve student grievances.

● The appointment of the students' ombudsman would be made in the next two to three months.

● Maharashtra would be the first state in the country to have such a Lokpal for universities.

● The Lokpal will be a person related to the university and someone not below the rank of the retired district judge or a retired vice-chancellor.

ISRO launches Yuva Vigyani Karyakram for school children

● Indian Space Research Organisation has launched “Yuva VIgyani Karyakram”, for the School Children to be studying in the ninth standard.

● ISRO Scientists will impart basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the young ones.

● “Catch them young” residential training programme will be of around two weeks duration during summer holidays

● It will have a proposal to select 3 students from each State and Union Territory, covering CBSE, ICSE and State syllabus.

PM Modi launches card that can be used to pay for bus travel, toll, parking, shopping

● Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) dubbed as ‘One Nation One Card’.

● The indigenously-developed card will enable users to pay for multiple kinds of charges including transport, metro services, toll tax, parking charges, retail shopping as well as to withdraw money across the country.

● In short, it is a one-stop card for multiple utilities.

● This card runs on RuPay card and it will eliminate all travel related problems.

Women officers to get permanent commission in all 10 branches of Indian Army

● Women officers will be granted Permanent Commission in the Indian Army.

● They will get permanent comission in all the ten branches where they are inducted for Short Service Commission (SSC).

● Now, the Permanent Commission will be granted in Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Army Air Defence, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Army

Ordnance Corps and Intelligence to women officers.

● Earlier they get Permanent Commission only in two streams of Judge Advocate General and Army Education Corps.

● SSC women officers will give their option for Permanent Commission before completion of four years of Commissioned Service.

India signs loan agreement with World Bank for Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project

● India signed a loan agreement with the World Bank for 96 Million US dollars for additional financing of Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project.

● World Bank has been supporting the State Government since 2014 to restore housing and rural connectivity.

● The Project has completed more than two thousand permanent houses and 23 public buildings and restored over one thousand 300 kilometers of roads and 16 bridges so far.

● The additional financing of 96 million US dollars will further help in the reconstruction of bridges, road and river bank protection works in the state.

Kylie Jenner is world youngest billionaire: Forbes

● Kylie Jenner is named the youngest self-made billionaire of all time by Forbes magazine.

● She is both, the world youngest billionaire and also the youngest self-made billionaire ever.

● Jenner, 21, the half-sister of reality television stars Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.

● She made it onto the annual Forbes list of billionaires after debuting her Kylie Cosmetics online in 2015 with $29 lip kits containing matching lipstick and lip liner.

Indore bags cleanest city award for 3rd straight year

● Indore has bagged the cleanest city award for third straight year under Swachh Survekshan, 2019.

● President Ram Nath Kovind presented Swachh Survekhshan-2019 Awards in New Delhi.

● New Delhi Municipal Council area got the cleanest small city award.

● Uttrakhand Gauchar was adjudged the Best Ganga Town in the survey.

● Swachh Survekshan 2019 covered all Urban Local Bodies in the country, making it the largest such cleanliness survey in the world.

UK CM Rawat lays foundation stone for Doon-Mussoorie ropeway project

● Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has laid the foundation stone for the Dehradun-Mussoorie ropeway project.

● The 300-crore rupees ropeway project is expected to be completed in three years.

● It will be one of the world longest ropeways, and will shorten the one-hour zigzag drive to just 15 minutes from Purkul village the base camp at Dehradun to Mussoorie.

● Poma, a French company which manufactures cable-driven projects, will provide the technical support to the ropeway.

Ajit Kumar Mohanty appointed Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre

● Distinguished scientist Ajit Kumar Mohanty has been appointed Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).

● It is the country premier multi-disciplinary nuclear research facility based in Mumbai.

● Mohanty has been appointed Director for a period of three years.

● Founder: Homi J. Bhabha

● Founded: 3 January 1954

International Women Day: 8 March

● International Women Day is being observed on 8 March across the world.

● NGOs and other organisations across the world observe the day on the 8th of March every year to highlight the achievements of women.

● The theme for this year women day is Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.

● The purpose of the theme is to achieve gender equality by putting innovation by women and girls.

India envoy to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria returned to Islamabad

● India High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria reached Islamabad.

● He has completed his consultations in New Delhi where he was called following the Pulwama attack.

● Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan- based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir Pulwama district on February 14.

● India launched a counter-terror operation in Balakot on February 26 President presents Nari Shakti awards on International Women's day

● President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Nari Shakti awards 2018, in New Delhi.

● The highest civilian honours for women in India were presented on the occasion of International Women's Day

● Forty-One individuals and three institutions were given the award.

● Ministry of Women and Child Development confers Nari Shakti Puraskar to women and institutions in recognition of their relentless service towards the cause of women empowerment and social welfare.

Padma Lakshmi appointed as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

● Padma Lakshmi has been appointed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as its newest goodwill ambassador.

● She is an Indian-American television personality, food expert and an award-winning author.

● The announcement was made by UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, on the eve of International Women's Day.

● She will join a roster of UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, which includes globally celebrated actors, athletes, musicians, and other high-profile influencers.

MP government issues ordinance to give 27% quota to OBCs

● The state government in Madhya Pradesh has issued an ordinance raising reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) to 27 per cent from the present 14 per cent.

● The ordinance was sent to Governor Anandiben Patel for her assent on.

● The ordinance could be issued before the Lok Sabha poll model code of conduct comes into effect.

● With this, MP is possibly the only state in the country to have 27 per cent quota for OBCs.

Sailor Upamanyu Dutta clinches bronze in Asian regatta

● Mumbai sailor Upamanyu Dutta bagged the bronze medal in the Laser Standard race for men in the Laser Asian Sailing Championship in Singapore.

● Also, Nethra Kumanan of Chennai achieved a creditable 4th position in the Laser Radial event for women.

● Upamanyu entered the event in Singapore as one of the favoured contenders who won the Euromed Championship in Malta last month.

● The young sailor sailed superbly to gain India's first ever medal in the competitive single-handed Laser Standard category.

Egypt's President el-Sissi Elected as the new chairman of African Union

● Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took over as chair of the African Union (AU).

● The post rotates annually between the five regions of the continent.

● He is expected to focus on the fight against armed groups on the continent and rebuilding efforts of countries recovering from conflict.

● Sisi takes the helm from Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who focused on creating an Africa wide free-trade zone during his tenure.

● The African Union (AU) is an union consisting of 55 countries of Africa with exception of various territories of European possessions located in Africa.

● It was founded on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and launched on 9 July 2002 in South Africa.

British Academy Film Awards announced

● Film "The Favourite" won seven honours in British Academy Film Awards, BAFTA 2019, in London.

● The Favourite won best actress for Olivia Colman and best supporting actress for Rachel Weisz, Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup and Hair.

● Also, Netflix production 'Roma' also had a successful night picking up four prizes - best film, best director, best cinematography and best film not in the English language.

● Rami Malek won best actor for playing Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody

The 61st annual Grammy award highlights and List of Winners

● The 61st annual Grammy Awards were announced at Staples Center in New York.

● Former First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at the start of the 2019 Grammys.

● The award show was hosted by Alicia Keys.

● At a ceremony dominated by female performers and presenters, Kacey Musgraves won album of the year.

● Cardi B became the first woman to win best rap album as a solo artist.

● Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” won four awards and Gaga’s “Shallow,” from the movie “A Star Is Born,” won two awards.

Some winners from the 61st Annual Grammy Awards are as follows

● Album of the year: "Golden Hour" by Kacey Musgraves

● Record of the year: "This is America" by Childish Gambino

● Best new artist: Dua Lipa

● Best R&B album: "H.E.R." by H.E.R.

● Best rap song: "God's Plan" by Drake

● Best country album: "Golden Hour" by Kacey Musgraves

● Song of the year: "This is America" by Childish Gambino

● Best pop duo/group performance: "Shallow" by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Sapta Shakti Command of Indian Army conducting 'Exercise Rahat' in Jaipur

● Jaipur based Sapta Shakti Command of Indian Army is conducting a two- day Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Exercise “Exercise Rahat”.

● The exercise began in Jaipur and it involves all stakeholders at the national and state level.

● This is the eighth such exercise conducted by the Indian Defence Forces.

● The exercise is being conducted in pursuance of the directions of Prime Minister

● Narendra Modi during Combined Commanders Conference - 2015, to achieve ‘Disaster Resilient India’.

Challachitram National Film Festival to begin from March 1

● Challachitram National Film Festival will be held at Guwahati in March 2019, with a special award for entries from the northeastern region.

● The theme of this three-day film festival is 'Our Heritage, Our Pride'.

● Chalachitram is a Guwahati-based organisation working for showcasing the heritage and culture of the northeast to national and international audience through films.

● The first prize winner in the competitive section would get Rs one lakh, the special prize for participants from the region would be Rs 50,000.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran breaks into men's singles top 100

● Prajnesh Gunneswaran has made it to the top-100 of Men's Singles Tennis rankings.

● He ranked 97 with a jump of six places.

● Prajnesh is the third Indian player to break into the top-100 barrier after Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri.

● He reached the semifinals of the ATP Chennai Challenger last week to ensure his entry into the coveted bracket. 

Google shut down its ‘Allo’ app

● Google's smart messaging app, Allo, is finally shutting down.

● Starting from March 12, 2019, you will no longer be able to use the app for an exchange of smart replies.

● Launched in 2016, Allo was launched alongside the video chat service Duo.

● While Duo kicked off, Allo didn't make it big with the masses.

Axis Bank appoints Rakesh Makhija as new Chairman

● Axis Bank appointed Rakesh Makhija as its new Non-Executive Part-Time Chairman.

● Rakesh Makhija, who is the Chairman of SKF India, will take over from current Axis Bank Chairman Sanjiv Mishra.

● The appointment will be effective from July 18, 2019, till July 17, 2022.

● Rakesh Makhija is an Independent Director on the Board of Axis Bank since October 27, 2015.

Areca nut gets ‘Sirsi supari’ geographical indication tag

● Arecanut (also known as supari or betel nut) is the latest entrant in the list of agricultural produce with a GI (geographical indication) tag.

● The Registrar of Geographical Indications, Government of India, accorded a GI tag, ‘Sirsi Supari’, to areca nut grown in Sirsi, Siddpaur of Uttara Kannada district in

Karnataka.

● ‘Sirsi Supari’ is unique in taste from areca nuts grown in other parts of the country due to the differences in the chemical composition of different areca nuts.

● The World Intellectual Property Organisation defines GI as a search sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities due to that origin.

World Kidney Day: 14 March 2019

● The World Kidney Day 2019 is being observed on March 14, 2019.

● This Day is observed annually on the second Thursday in March

● It aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys.

● Theme: ‘Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere’.

● As per the World Health Organisation, kidney diseases are responsible for almost 1.5 per cent of the current global burden of disease and for 2.1 per cent of the total deaths.

● It is the 12th leading cause of death globally. 

The United States to set up six nuclear power plants in India

● India and the US said they have agreed to build six American nuclear power plants in India, in a boost to bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation.

● The two countries said this in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the 9th round of India-US Strategic Security Dialogue.

● India and the US signed a historic agreement to cooperate in the civil nuclear energy sector in October 2008.

● The United States also reaffirmed its strong support to India’s early membership in the 48-member NSG.

WEF recognises Naresh Lokesh as Young Global Leader for 2019

● Andhra Pradesh IT minister Nara Lokes has been recognised as the Young Global Leader, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).

● The list has 127 of the world's most promising social activists, business leaders, public servants, artists and technologists under the age of 40. 

● The individuals are expected to take part in the five year-programme that will help them to identify new ways to learn new ideas.

● Lokesh is the minister of Information Technology, Electronics and Communications in Andhra Pradesh.

Special Olympics World Games 2019 makes history

● Special Olympics World Games 2019 which are being held from March 14 to March 21 in UAE, has made history by welcoming a record-breaking 200 nations ahead of the Games.

● Of the 200 nations, 195 will compete in the Games and five will observe.

● It is a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement.

● It is being held in West Asia for the first time. 7,500 athletes will take part in 24 Olympic-style sports over seven days. 

● Saudi Arabia will send female athletes for the first time, with 14 women participating.

World Sleep Day: 15 March 2019

● World Sleep Day, observed on 15 March, is intended to highlight the importance of sleep.

● Slogan: 'Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging'

● It is a call to action on crucial elements related to sleep, which include medication for sleep, education to increase awareness and social aspects.

● The day aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

● It is required our bodies and brains to fresh themselves.

Hyderabad named country’s best city for 5th year

● Global consulting firm Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking 2019 has named Hyderabad the most liveable city in India for the fifth consecutive year.

● Chennai has been ranked the safest Indian city, 105th in the world.

● Vienna, Austria’s capital, tops the global ranking for the 10th year running, followed by Zurich in Switzerland.

● The ranking influences cities’ abilities to attract business.

● The 21st edition of the annual survey evaluated 231 cities across the globe based on 39 factors including political stability, healthcare, education, crime, recreation and transport.

President Kovind confers 3 Kirti Chakras and 15 Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel

● President Ram Nath Kovind conferred three Kirti Chakras and fifteen Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, courage and extreme devotion to duty.

● Two Kirti Chakras and one Shaurya Chakra were given posthumously.

● The President also conferred fifteen Param Vishisht Seva Medals, one Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and twenty-five Ati Vishisht Seva Medals to senior officers of the Armed Forces for distinguished service of an exceptional order.

● One of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal was conferred on Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.

MR Kumar appointed as LIC Chairman

● The Centre has appointed MR Kumar as the Chairman of the Life Insurance Corporation.

● Kumar will hold the Chairman post for five years, according to a Personnel Ministry order.

● Prior to this elevation, Kumar was Zonal Manager (In-Charge) of North Zone, Delhi.

16-year-old activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

● 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work leading a youth campaign to halt climate change.

● She skipped school to sit in front of the Swedish Parliament demanding that the government do something about climate change.

● If she wins, Greta would become the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

● Malala Yousafzai received the prize when she was 17 years old.

President Kovind gives away National Grassroots Innovators Awards

● President Ramnath Kovind awarded National Grassroots Innovators at Grambharti near Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

● Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi from Uttar Pradesh has been awarded lifetime achievement award for his innovations in new varieties of agriculture crops.

● The first prize in Veterinary, Herbal medication for coccidiosis was presented to Periyasami Ramasami of Salem, Tamil Nadu.

● The President also inaugurated the exhibition of the Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

● The aim of this festival of innovation and entrepreneurship is to provide a platform for new innovators for building linkages with potential stakeholders.

SHORT QUIZ

Q. 1 Recently, Which of the following Indian state has approved the proposed liquor prohibition

bill in the state?

A. Mizoram

B. Manipur

C. Meghalaya

D. Nagaland

Q2. Who among the following has been elected as the new chairman of African Union?

A. Muhammadu Buhari

B. Omar al-Bashir

C. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

D. Cyril Ramaphosa

Q3. Which of the following won best actress award at British Academy Film Awards, BAFTA

2019?

A. Olivia Colman

B. Nicole Kidman

C. Rose Byrne

D. Julia Roberts

Q4. Challachitram National Film Festival will be held from March 1 at which of the following city?

A. Indore

B. New Delhi

C. Dehradun

D. Guwahati

Q5. Recently, ‘Sirsi supari’ gets a geographical indication tag. It is grown in which of the

following Indian state?

A. Uttar Pradesh

B. Kerala

C. Karnataka

D. Jharkhand

Q. 6 The World Kidney Day 2019 was observed on which of the following day?

A. 13 March

B. 14 March

C. 12 March

D. 11 March

Q. 7 Who among the following is the Chief executive officer, CEO of SpaceX?

1. Jeff Bezos

2. Elon Musk

3. Tim Cook

 

4. Warren Buffett

Q. 8 Centre for Disability Sports will be set up at which of the following location?

1. Indore

2. Gwalior

3. Nagpur

4. Ranchi

Q. 9 According to Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan (PM-SYM) Yojana, a monthly

pension of Rs. ________ will be given to the employees of unorganised sector?

A. Rs 1000

B. Rs 2000

C. Rs 3000

D. Rs 4000

Q. 10 Who among the following is India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan?

A. Riva Ganguly Das

B. Vikas Swarup

C. T. N. Kaul

D. Ajay Bisaria

Q. 11 Who among the following has been appointed Director of Bhabha Atomic Research

Centre?

A. A. K. Bhaduri

B. Ajit Kumar Mohanty

C. Shashi Shanker

D. S. K. Sharma