29 MARCH 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News  Adani Becomes 1st Indian Port Operator To Record 200 MMT Cargo Movement i. Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) announced that it has recorded cargo movement of more than 200 million metric tonnes (MMT) at nine ports along the east and west coasts, becoming thefirst Indian port operator to achieve the milestone. ii. Adani Ports embarked its journey in 2001 and has become one of the largest port operators in the world. Tashigang in Himachal Pradesh Becomes World’s Highest Polling Station i. Tashigang, a Himachal Pradesh village at an altitude of 15,256 feet has now become the highest polling station in the world. ii. Situated about 29 km from the India-China border, the polling station covers two… Read More

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28 MARCH 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News  ISRO Launches Young Scientist Programme ‘YUVIKA’ For Schoolkids i. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched a special programme for schoolchildren called Young Scientist Programme or Yuva Vigyani Karyakram (VUVIKA), in tune with the government’s vision“Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan”.  ii. The program is primarily aimed at imparting basic knowledge on space technology, space science and space applications to the younger ones with the intent of arousing their interest in the emerging areas of space activities. Useful info: ISRO Director: K. Sivan, Headquarters: Bengaluru, Established in: 1969.  Facebook launches tools to boost Electoral Process i. Social Media giant, Facebook has launched two new India-specific tools viz. “Candidate Connect” and “Share You Voted” to boost civic engagement on its platform during… Read More

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27 MARCH 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News  PM Modi Addresses The Nation: India Becomes Elite Space Power i. PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation. PM Modi announced that India has entered its name as an elite space power. An Anti-Satellite Weapon (A-SAT) successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit. The name of this mission was ‘Mission Shakti’.  ii. After the US, Russia, and China, India is the fourth country to acquire this space capability. iii. Anti-satellite is a milestone for the country’s security and technological achievement. India is a space superpower now. 1st Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition To Mt Makalu Flagged Off i. First Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition to Mt Makalu (8485m)comprising five Officers, two JCOs and eleven OR was flagged off by Director… Read More

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26 MARCH 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

NATIONAL NEWS Indian-Sri Lankan Joint Military Exercise MITRASHAKTI–VI Begins In a bid to further cement the relationship between armies of both the nations, a contingent of Indian Army left for Sri Lanka to participate in 6th edition of joint military exercise “Mitra Shakti”, involving practicing tactical level operations in an international Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist environment under UN mandate. Exercise Mitra Shakti-VI will go a long way in further cementing relationship between both the nations and will act as a catalyst in bringing bonhomie at grassroots levels amongst both the armies. Useful info: Sri Lanka Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte Currency: Sri Lankan rupee India achieves 84 % reduction in TB… Read More

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25 MARCH 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

NATIONAL NEWS India ranks 76th on WEF Global Energy Transition Index India has moved up two places to rank 76th on a global energy transition index. This annual list, compiled by Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF). The report, released by the WEF, said India is amongst the countries with high pollution levels and has a relatively high CO2 intensity in its energy system. India is also the second best in the BRICS block of emerging economies, with Brazil being the best at 46th place globally. However, India is the only amongst the five economies to improve its rank since last year. Useful info: WEF Headquarters: Cologny, Switzerland Delhi IGI Airport becomes the 12th busiest in the… Read More

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24 MARCH 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News India Hosts ‘4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit’ i. J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare inaugurated the ‘4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit’ in New Delhi, in the presence of  Ravi Shankar Prasad Union Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology.  ii. The global intergovernmental meeting on digital health is being hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP).  Bihar Becomes The 1st State To Deploy Dog Squad To Check Liquor Smuggling i. Bihar has become the first state to deploy specially-trained dogs to check smuggling of liquor which continues to take place inspite of the… Read More

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23 MARCH 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News  Martyr’s Day: 23rd March i.The nation is observing Shaheed Diwas or Martyr’s Day on 23rd March. Each year, March 23, homage is paid to the great revolutionary fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev who sacrificed their lives for the country. ii.It was on March 23, 1931, three young freedom fighters were hanged to death in the Lahore Central Jail (Now in Pakistan). Appointments  Vice Admiral Karambir Singh To Take Over As Next Chief of Naval Staff i. The Government of India has appointed Vice Admiral Karambir Singh,presently Flag Officer Commander-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Eastern Naval Command as next Chief of the Naval Staff with effect from May 31, 2019. The present Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba retires on the same day.… Read More

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22 MARCH 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News  Integral Coach Factory of Chennai Became The World’s Largest Rail Coach Manufacturer i. Indian Railways Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has surpassed the top Chinese manufacturers after creating a 40% record increase in its production.  ii. With this, Indian Railway’s oldest and premier coach manufacturing unit becomes the single largest rail coach manufacturer in the world.  CBSE Launches Shiksha Vani App i. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) launched a new podcast app ‘Shiksha Vani’ that will disseminate crucial information to students and parents in a timely manner. Useful info: CBSE Chairperson- Anita Karwal, Headquarters- New Delhi. Bihar Diwas: 22nd March i. Bihar Diwas or Bihar Day is celebrated every year on 22 March to commemorate the state’s separation from Bengal presidency in… Read More

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21 MARCH 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

INTERNATIONAL NEWS Kazakhstan to rename country’s capital Astana as Nursultan Kazakhstan’s parliament voted to rename the country’s capital Astana as Nursultan in honour of longtime ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev, a day after he resigned as president. Astana is now officially renamed Nursultan. Kazakhstan’s new interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed renaming the capital. Astana replaced Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty as the capital in 1997. BANKING & FINANCE SBI inks pact with Bank of China for business opportunities SBI has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bank of China, third-largest bank in the world by capital size and one of the major players in the Chinese banking sector, to enhance business synergies between both the banks. This MoU… Read More

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20 MARCH 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News Mobile App ‘Conquer Exam, Be a Warrior’ Developed By IIPHG  i. Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar, (IIPHG) in collaboration with National Mental Health Program, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Gujarat has developed a mobile application called as ‘Conquer Exam, Be a Warrior’ for students to reduce the exam pressure. Useful info: Gujarat Capital: Gandhinagar CM: Vijay Rupani, Governor: Om Prakash Kohli. Appointments Gauri Sawant Becomes India’s 1st Transgender Election Ambassador i. The Election Commission of India has appointed transgender social activist Gauri Sawant, as one of the 12 election ambassadors from Maharashtra. She is the first transgender election ambassadors. ii. According to the Election Commission, Gauri Sawant’s appointment would help in more people from this category getting registered during… Read More

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19 MARCH 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News  Justice P.C. Ghose Named India’s First Lokpal i.Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was recommended to be the first Lokpal or anti-corruption ombudsman of India. Justice Ghose, 67, is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) since June 2017. ii.His name was finalised and recommended by the Selection Committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi.  ‘i-help’ Initiative Launched In Assam i.The ‘i-help’ initiative to promote digital electoral literacy in Assam has been launched in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.  ii.It is a joint initiative of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) and Common Service Centres (CSC) in Assam. Agreements Signed Maldives Sign Agreement With Exim Bank… Read More

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18 MARCH 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

NATIONAL NEWS WhatsApp, NASSCOM to impart digital literacy In a bid to curb fake news during the general elections, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation came together to impart digital literacy training.  As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp. i.The training will be imparted by volunteers from NASSCOM Foundation who will launch the“each one teach three” campaign that mandates every volunteer to share their learnings with three more persons leading to a network effect. Aspiring volunteers can register at Useful info: NASSCOM Headquarters: Noida, U.P. INTERNATIONAL NEWS ‘Vijit’ becomes the first Indian Coast Guard ship to visit… Read More

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CLAT 2019 rescheduled to May 26 / Application deadline extended to April 15

CLAT 2019 applicants will now be appearing for the Common Law Admission Test on May 26 as the offline examination date has been rescheduled by CLAT Consortium. The CLAT 2019 date has been postponed in view of the examination date coinciding with the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 to be held on May 12, which was earlier the same date for Common Law Admission Test. In an official meeting held today in the presence of CLAT 2019 Convenor and other CLAT Consortium members including President Dr Faizan Mustafa, the consortium decided to reschedule the CLAT 2019 examination date due to General Elections 2019. “CLAT 2019 will now be held on May… Read More

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17 MARCH 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

Sourav Ganguly appointed as advisor of Delhi Capitals for IPL 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was appointed as the advisor of Delhi Capitals (formerly known as Delhi Daredevils) for the upcoming edition of Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL), where he will work closely with the team’s head coach Ricky Ponting. With Captain Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals will be facing Mumbai Indians on 24th March 2019 at the Wankhede Stadium. India sets aspirational target for engineering exports at USD 200 bn by 2025 India can achieve a three-fold “aspirational” increase in its engineering exports to reach $200 billion by 2025, if concerted efforts are made by the government and industry… Read More

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