Current Affairs for 18 March and 19 March 2019

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

BANKING AND ECONOMY

APPOINTMENTS

IMPORTANT DAYS

SPORTS

MISCELLANEOUS

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NATIONAL NEWS

  1. Assam has launched ‘i-help’ initiative to promote digital electoral literacy in Assam.
    • It is a joint initiative of the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and Common Service Centres (CSC).
    • The entire programme is being launched under the Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) in the state and it is geared to ensure that no voter is left behind.

 

  1. TROPEX-19 – The Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX) is an inter-service military exercise involving the participation of the Indian Army, Air Force, Navy and the Coast Guard.

 

  1. The Indian Navy is set to induct the second Scorpene submarine Khanderi by early May.
    • The first submarine of the class Kalvari joined service in December 2017.
    • The third in the Scorpene series is Karanj.
    • The fourth submarine Vela is ready to be launched into water for trials.
    • The last two submarines Vagir and Vagsheer are in advanced stages of manufacturing on the assembly line.

 

  1. Bharatiya Janata Party stepped up its ‘Main bhi chowkidar’ (I am a watchman too) – campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other party leaders.
    • In order to motivate people to fight against corruption and social evils.

 

  1. The Mizoram has unanimously passed the Mizoram Maintenance of Household Registers Bill, 2019.
    • It aims to create registers containing the names, details and photographs of every resident of the state, on a household basis, in an effort to detect illegal foreigners staying and “eating away” benefits of development schemes.
    • The registers will be updated every three months.

 

  1. As per the recent Supreme Court Judgement, if a court finds it difficult to make a choice between death penalty and life imprisonment, it should opt for the lesser punishment.
    • The death sentence must be imposed only when life imprisonment appears to be an altogether inappropriate punishment, having regard to the relevant facts and circumstances of the crime.

 

  1. The Indian Department of Post released a ‘special stamp cover on Ice Stupa’.
    • It was released during a function organised at the Ice Stupa site at Gangles Village in Leh.
    • Ice Stupas are also known as artificial glaciers, built with an aim to reduce the problem of water shortage, faced by Ladakhi farmers due to receding of glaciers.

 

  1. For the first time, Uttar Pradesh is taking a census of otters in its protected areas.
    • The exercise began in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve.
    • The den of an otter is known as Holt.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. The decision to hold Sary-Arka-Antiterror 2019, the first joint counter-terrorism military exercise of Shanghai Cooperation Organization was announced during the 34th meeting of the RATS council held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
    • The Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a permanent organ which serves to promote cooperation of member states against three evils – Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism.
    • Members – China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.

BANKING AND ECONOMY

  1. ICICI Lombard General Insurance, a leading non-life insurance company, has entered into a strategic partnership with MobiKwik, a digital financial services platform, to provide cyber insurance cover for the latter’s mobile wallet users.
    • The cyber-insurance can be availed digitally through the app at only ₹99 per month and with a sum insured of ₹50,000.
    • The policy’s validity is only for one month.

 

  1. The RBI has prohibited India’s largest mortgage lender HDFC from owning more than the 9.9% in Bandhan Bank which means that HDFC ltd will have to sell about 5.06% stake.
    • HDFC is planning to merge its Gruh Finance Pvt. Ltd. with Bandhan Bank.
    • 9.9% is the maximum a non-banking finance company can own in a private bank.

APPOINTMENTS

  1. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose is likely to be India’s first anti-corruption ombudsman or Lokpal.
    • He is the current member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
    • The Lokpal Act, which was passed in 2013 provides for setting up of Lokpal at the centre and Lokayuktas in the States to probe corruption complaints against top functionaries and public servants, including the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers.

 

  1. Pramod Sawant has been appointed as the 11th Chief Minister of Goa following the death of Former CM Manohar Parrikar.

IMPORTANT DAYS

  1. The National Ordnance Factories Day is observed all over India on 18th March every year.
    • It is commemorated by the display of guns, ammunition, rifles, artillery etc in exhibitions across India.

 

  1. Global Recycling Day 2019 was observed on March 18, 2019 to create awareness and recognition about recycling.
    • Theme 2019: Recycling Into the Future
    • The day was recognized in 2018 and was set up by the Bureau for International Recycling (BIR), a trade association representing the recycling industry on the global stage.

SPORTS

  1. Irfan KT became the first Indian from athletics to qualify for the Olympics 2020 while finishing fourth in the 20 km event of the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan.

 

  1. Indian woman golfer Diksha Dagar became the 2nd Indian winner on Ladies European Tour after clinching South African Women’s Open in Cape Town.

 

  1. As per ‘World’s Richest Sports Team Owners 2019’ list released by Forbes magazine, the Chairman and MD of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Mukesh Ambani, made it to the top with a net worth of around $50 billion.
    • The Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians was bought for over $100 million through RIL’s 100 percent subsidiary IndiaWin Sports.
    • The former CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer with a net worth of $41.2 billion is bought the NBA team Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

 

  1. Austrian player Dominic Thiem won Men’s Singles title at Indian Wells Masters 2019 also known as BNP Paribas Open held in California, United States.
    • Canadian player Bianca Andreescu won her first ever Indian Wells title in Women’s Singles Category.

Category

Winners

Men’s Doubles

Nikola Mektic (Croatia) and Horacio Zeballo (Argentina)

Women’s Doubles

Elise Mertens (Belgium) and Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)

 

  1. The world wrestling body UWW has taken away the 2019 Junior Asian Wrestling Championship’s hosting rights from India.
    • The diplomatic tension with Pakistan has cost India its first sporting event.
    • Thailand will host the championship now.

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away recently.
  2. Veteran Bengali actor Chinmoy Roy, who immortalized popular literary character, Tenyda, died.

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