Current Affairs from March 01- March 10, 2019

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Here is the list of important events and current affairs from March 01- 10, 2019 for upcoming exams like Bank of Baroda Specialist Officer, Union Bank Specialist Officer, LIC AAO, SSC (10+2), etc.

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Cabinet approves setting up of 22nd AIIMS at Manethi, Haryana.

The Union Government and the Asian Development Bank sign $ 926 million to operationalize two lines of Mumbai Metro Rail System.

Cabinet approves Pradhan Mantri JI-VAN Yojana for financial support to Integrated Bioethanol Projects. The Centre for High Technology (CHT) will be implementing agency for the scheme.

The Union Ministry launched a comprehensive scheme for the development of knitting and knitwear sector under PowerTex India in New Delhi.

The Union Government and Brunei have signed an agreement for the Exchange of Information and Assistance in Collection with respect to Taxes in New Delhi.

President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to an ordinance that allows voluntary use of Aadhar as ID proof for obtaining mobile SIM Cards and opening bank accounts.

Prayagraj Kumbh 2019 concludes, enters Guinness Book of World Records for Largest traffic and crowd management, biggest painting exercise of public sites, biggest sanitation, and waste disposal mechanism.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched a special programme for school children called Yuva Vigyani Karyakram or Young Scientist programme.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches One Nation One Card Model from Ahmedabad for seamless travel through different metros and other transport systems.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Shram  Yogi Maan-Dhan Yojana (PM-SYM), a mega pension scheme for the unorganized sector from Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

The United States has given India a 60-day withdrawal notice on the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits extended to $5.6 billion worth of Indian export.

As per the World Air Quality Report 2018 released by IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace on March 5, 2019, seven of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India. India’s Gurugram led the list of most polluted cities in the world in 2018, followed by Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida, and Bhiwadi in the top six worst-affected cities.

France, which assumed the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of March, has reiterated its support for India as the permanent member of the powerful UN body. 

Around 96.5 percent of the households in Rural India who have access to the toilet use it as per the National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS) 2018-19, conducted by Independent Verification Agency (IVA).

A tripartite loan agreement was signed between the Central Government, Uttarakhand Government and the World Bank for additional financial assistance of USD 96 million for the Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project.

The Department of Commerce under the Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry notified a scheme for Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) for Specified Agriculture Products. The scheme would be included in the Foreign Trade Policy (2015-20). The Transport and Marketing Assistance for specified agriculture products scheme aims to provide assistance for the international component of transportation of agricultural produce to mitigate the disadvantage of a higher cost of exporting agriculture products.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched smart fencing under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Dhubri district of Assam to deter illegal infiltration.

The Indian Government has signed a $250 million loan agreement with the World Bank for the National Rural Economic Transformation Project that aims to promote women-owned and women-led farm and non-farm enterprises across value chains.

Google has launched a new application called ‘Bolo’ that aims to help children in primary school to read in Hindi and English. The application features an animated character called 'Diya', who encourages children to read stories aloud.

Women officers have been granted permanent commission in the Indian Army in all the ten branches where women are inducted for short service commission.

The Union Environment Ministry has amended the Hazardous and Other Wastes Rules, 2016 in order to strengthen the implementation of environmentally sound management of hazardous waste in the country.

The National Centre for Good Governance has signed an agreement with the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs for support in the utilization of infrastructure facilities during the NCGG training programme at New Delhi.

President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2019 at a ceremony in New Delhi. Indore was awarded as India's Cleanest City for the third consecutive year in the central government's cleanliness survey, while Bhopal was named as the ‘Cleanest Capital’ of India. 

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the new series of visually impaired friendly circulation coins of Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20. The coins were released at a function in New Delhi where visually impaired children were specially invited. 

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved measures to promote the Hydro Power Sector, which include declaring Large Hydropower Projects (HPO) as part of non-solar Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO).

Union Cabinet approved the proposal for promulgation of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Ordinance, 2019. The Ordinance will ensure that the Constitutional provisions of reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and the socially and educationally backward classes in the faculty recruitment will be protected.

NABL has launched a new quality assurance scheme for sensitizing small laboratories to basic doable quality practices. The scheme will help to bring quality at the grass root level of India’s health system where laboratories follow the imperatives of quality in all their processes.

The 2019 International Women's Day was observed in India by the way of conferring the Nari Shakti Awards to various individuals and organizations that are working towards empowering women.

The Supreme Court has decided to refer the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid title dispute case for mediation. The apex court has formed a panel of mediators to resolve the issue, which will be headed by Supreme Court judge, Justice F M Kalifullah.

The Union Cabinet has approved the grant of Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme facilities to World War-II veterans, emergency commissioned officers, short service commissioned officers and pre-mature retirees.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the extension of time and scope for revival and development of un-served and under-served airstrips of State Governments, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Civil enclaves, CPSUs, helipads, and water aerodromes.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle (1857-1947) at an event in Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for the continuation of National AIDS Control Programme-IV beyond 12th five-year plan for a period of three years from April 2017 to March 2020.

Indian-American television personality and food expert Padma Lakshmi has been appointed by the United Nations Development Programme as its new Goodwill Ambassador, in support of its fight against inequality and discrimination around the world.

The Union Cabinet has approved the Flood Management and Border Areas Programme for effective flood management works in entire country and river management activities and works related to border areas.

The Union Cabinet has approved setting up of a National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage, to drive clean, connected, shared, sustainable and holistic mobility initiatives. The multi-disciplinary mission with an Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee will be chaired by NITI Aayog CEO.

The Marayoor Jaggery, the traditional and handmade product from Idukki district of Kerala received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the Central Government.

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), under the Union Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, announced the reduction in prices of 390 Anti-Cancer Non-Scheduled Medicines up to 87 percent. 

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