National News

PM Launches ‘One Nation One Card’

i. PM Narendra Modi launched the indigenously-developed National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) to enable people to pay multiple kinds of transport charges, including metro services and toll tax, across the country.

ii. Dubbed as ‘One Nation One Card’, the inter-operable transport card would allow the holders to pay for their bus travel, toll taxes, parking charges, retail shopping and even withdraw money.

International News

U.S. And South Korea End Military Exercises ‘Foal Eagle 2019’ And ‘Key Resolve’

i. The United States and South Korea decided to call off their joint exercise “Foal Eagle” and “Key Resolve” and instead bifurcate them into smaller exercises. This is being done to ease tensions with North Korea. “Key Resolve” will be replaced by “Dongmaeng” which is also known as alliance in English, Foal Eagle drills will be replaced by a smaller battalion-sized exercise.

ii. This decision has been made after there was a failure to reach an agreement on denuclearisation during the summit in Hanoi, Vietnambetween President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Appointments

Bhagwan Lal Sahni Appointed Chairman Of the National Commission For Backward Classes

i. Bhagwan Lal Sahni has been appointed as the chairman of the newly constituted National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).Kaushalendra Singh Patel, Sudha Yadav and Achary Talloju have been appointed as members of the commission.

ii. Their names were approved by President Ram Nath Kovind. The NCBC was given constitutional status by Parliament in 2018, after repealing the National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993.

Awards

 Indian Bank Receives Best Bank Award From The State Government Of Tamil Nadu

i. Indian Bank, a Public Sector Bank (PSB), headquartered at Chennai,Tamil Nadu has been awarded the Best Bank Award by the Tamil Nadu government for successfully meeting the needs of women’s self-help groups (SHGs).

ii. The award was given to MK Bhattacharya, the executive director of Indian Bank by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu K Palaniswami at Salem, Tamil Nadu.

Useful info:

  • Tamil Nadu Capital: Chennai, CM: Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Governor: Banwarilal Purohit.

 Tata Steel Recognised As One Of World’s Most Ethical Companies



i. Tata Steel has received the award as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. The award has been given by Ethisphere Institute,USA

ii. The company was also recognised 7 times previously and is one of the only two awardees in the ‘Metals, Minerals and Mining’ industry. In 2019, 128 honourees across 21 countries and 50 industries have been recognised.

DRDO Chairman Wins Missile Systems Award

i. Satheesh Reddy, the Secretary of India’s Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been chosen by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as the co-winner of the 2019 Missile Systems Award.

ii. The other co-winner is Rondell J. Wilson who is a former Principal Engineering Fellow of Raytheon Missile Systems. Satheesh Reddy is the first person to be honoured with this award outside the USA in 40 years.

Schemes and Committees

 ‘Notun Disha’ Initiated By Tripura Government

i. The government of Tripura announced ‘Notun Disha’ (New Direction) for assessing the academic level of students in classes III-VIIIand then improving their current level. It was launched by state Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath.

ii. Training will be provided by NGOs and educational institutions to 800teachers. The duration of the project is 1 month. Rs. 28 crores have been allocated to the project.

Useful info:

  • Tripura Capital: Agartala, CM: Biplab Kumar Deb, Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki.

Summits and Conferences

 Abu Dhabi Hosted Organization Of Islamic Corporation (OIC) Meeting

i. Abu Dhabi hosted the 46th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC). It was a two-day gathering dedicated to discussing ways to combat hate speech, extremism and conflict in the region.

ii. This is the first time that India participated in the meeting. Sushma Swaraj attended the inaugural session of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation meeting in Abu Dhabi where she was welcomed as a “guest of honour”.

Useful info:

  • United Arab Emirates (UAE) Capital: Abu Dhabi, Currency: Dirham.

Ranks & Reports

Assam’s Hailakandi Became The Top Aspirational District

i. According to the Delta ranking report released by NITI Aayog,Assam’s Hailakandi has become the top aspirational district among the112 aspirational districts of the country.

ii. Hailakandi in Assam has made a giant leap from 52nd position to no. 1 position on the basis of its performance during November-December 2018 and January 2019. For securing the first rank as an aspirational district, Hailakandi will be given an allocation of Rs. 10 crore.

Useful info:

  • Assam Capital: Dispur, CM: Sarbananda Sonowal, Governor: Jagdish Mukhi.

Science and Technology

 ISRO Launches ‘Yuva Vigyani Karyakram’ For School Children

i. Indian Space Research Organisation has launched ‘Yuva VIgyani Karyakram’, a ‘Young Scientist Programme’ for the School Children to be studying in the 9th standard.

ii. ‘Catch them young’ residential training programme will be of around two weeks duration during summer holidays with a proposal to select 3students from each State and Union Territory, covering CBSE, ICSE and State syllabus.

Useful info:

  • ISRO Director: K. Sivan, Headquarters: Bengaluru.

Important days

 World Wildlife Day: March 3

i. World Wildlife Day is observed on 3rd March every year to spread awareness about wildlife. This date was designated as the World Wildlife Day on 20 December 2013 at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

ii. On this day, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed. The theme for World Wildlife Day 2019 is ‘Life below water: for people and planet’,which corresponds to goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is ‘Life below water’.

Obituaries

 American Actor Luke Perry Passes Away

i. American actor Luke Perry has passed away in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a massive stroke. 

ii. The actor rose to fame for his roles in ‘Beverly Hills 90210′ and “Riverdale“.

 

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