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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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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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 16 MARCH 2019

National News  Climate Vulnerability Index Highest For Assam And Mizoram i.Indian scientists have developed a common framework for the assessment of climate change vulnerability in all the states in the Himalayan region. The assessment shows that the vulnerability index is the highest for Assam (0.72) and Mizoram (0.71). ii.Sikkim is the least vulnerable state with the index being 0.42. Professor NH Ravindranath from IISc, Bangalore, stated that the framework can be applied to states in the rest of the country as well, with suitable modifications. Appointments  Santosh Jha Appointed As The Next Ambassador Of India To The Republic Of Uzbekistan i.Santosh Jha presently Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Washington, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 15 MARCH 2019

National News  Indo-Bangladesh Joint Military Exercise Sampriti 2019 Concludes i.Exercise Sampriti-VIII, a joint Indo-Bangladesh military exercisewhich witnessed participation of a company group of 9th Battalion the Rajputana Rifles from the Indian Army and the Company of 36 East Bengal Battalion, Bangladesh Army concluded at Tangail, Bangladesh. ii.The closing ceremony was graced by HE Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das, Indian High Commissioner who highlighted the special bonds between the two nations.  Useful info: Bangladesh PM: Sheikh Hasina, Capital: Dhaka, Currency: Taka.  Exercise Sampriti was the 8th edition in the Sampriti series, which started in 2009. New Delhi, Islamabad Agree To Work On Operationalizing Kartapur Corridor i.India and Pakistan have agreed to work expeditiously on operationalizing the Kartapur corridor. The corridor will facilitate Indian pilgrims… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 14 MARCH 2019

National News  Indo-Oman Joint Ex Al Nagah 2019 Begins i.Indo Oman Joint Exercise Al Nagah III 2019, a joint military exercise between Indian and Royal Army of Oman (RAO), commenced this morning at HQ Jabel Regiment, Nizwa, Oman. ii.The opening ceremony saw the unfurling of the national flags of both countries with Omani and Indian soldiers standing side by side signifying the growing cooperation, synergy and understanding between both the countries. Useful info: Oman Capital: Muscat, Currency: Omani rial. United States To Set Up Six Nuclear Power Plants In India i.The 9th round of the India-US Strategic Security Dialogue was held in Washington DC. Both sides reaffirmed to deny Weapons of Mass Destruction to non-state actors and work towards setting… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 13 MARCH 2019

National News  4th Internet of Things India Congress To Be Held In Bengaluru i.The 4th IoT India Congress, an event which will see digital technology leaders converge to discuss and explore business opportunities in mainstreaming Internet of Things (IoT), will be held in Bengaluru in August 2019.  ii.The IoT India Congress 2019 will include tracks on segments such as healthcare, manufacturing, telecom, smart cities, energy, retail, cybersecurity, skills and development, IoT Standards, legal and regulatory, and agriculture. Useful info: Ravi Shankar Prasad is the Minister of Communications and Information Technology. Erode Turmeric Gets GI Tag After An 8-Year Process i.After an eight-year-long process, Erode turmeric (of Tamil Nadu) finally got a Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 12 MARCH 2019

National News New Visa Agreement Between India, Maldives Comes Into Effect i. The new visa agreement between India and Maldives came into force. The new policy provides a liberal visa policy for Maldivian citizens seeking medical treatment as well as education and business opportunities in India. ii. The agreement has come into effect after all formalities including information being provided to all immigration offices, border points and customs authorities have been completed. Useful info: Maldives Capital: Male, Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa. India-Bangladesh Jointly Inaugurated 4 Development Projects i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly unveiled e-plaques for development projects in Bangladesh through video conferencing.  ii. This was the sixth such video conference between PM Modi and Prime Minister… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 11 MARCH 2019

National News Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Polls to be held in 7 phases, starting April 11 i. Lok Sabha 2019 elections start from April 11, in seven phases, says Election Commission. Code of Conduct for parties kicks in from 10th March and there are close to 90 crore eligible voters. Date of counting will be on the 23rd of May 2019. ii. Schedule of Lok Sabha polls- Useful info: Phase one – 11th April 2019, Phase two – 18th April 2019, Phase three – 23rd April 2019, Phase four – 29th April 2019, Phase five – 06th May 2019, Phase six – 12th May 2019, Phase seven – 19th May 2019, Date of counting- 23rd May… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 10 MARCH 2019

NATIONAL NEWS Maharashtra government launches ‘Atal Aahar Yojna’ for construction workers Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Maharashtra government launched a special scheme for construction workers in the state. The scheme, “Atal Aahar Yojna,” will provide good quality and hygienic food to construction workers at a highly subsidised rate. Useful info: In the first phase, the target is to cover 20,000 workers and provide them with good quality food at a nominal cost of Rs five. Alok Srivastava to head committee on Comprehensive Insurance Scheme for Advocates The government set up a five member committee headed by Legal Affairs Secretary Alok Srivastava to examine issues related to framing of a structured scheme for providing insurance cover… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 9 MARCH 2019

Agreements India and ADB Sign $26 Million Loan Agreement for Additional Financing to Assam Urban Project i. The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB)signed in New Delhi a $26 Million Loan Agreement to provide additional financing for improving drainage infrastructure in Dibrugarh town of Assam under the ongoing Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment Program. ii. Mr. Hoe Yun Jeong, OIC, India Resident Mission signed the Agreement on behalf of ADB and Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary (Fund Bank and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance signed on behalf of India. Useful info: Asian Development Bank Headquarters: Manila, Philippines, President: Takehiko Nakao. India, World Bank And Representatives Of 5 States Signed Loan Agreement For… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 8 MARCH 2019

National  Ministry of WCD and Ministry of Skill Development Enter Into MoU i. The Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship entered into an MoU aimed at improving women livelihood and empowering them through skill development. ii. The MOU was signed in the presence of Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister, Women and Child Development and Shri. Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. iii. Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK) and the National Skill Development Council (NSDC) will be the implementing partners on behalf of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship respectively. Hardeep S Puri launches e-Dharti App i. Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep… Read More

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