Current Affairs from March 11 - March 20, 2019

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Here is the list of important events and current affairs from March 11 to March 20 for all upcoming exams like SSC, IBPS, Bank of Baroda, LIC AAO, RRB, Syndicate Bank S.O. , Union Bank S.O. , etc.

  • Saudi Arabia emerges as the largest arms importer followed by India as the second largest importer according to the annual report 'Trends in International Transfers 2018' by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
  • President Ram Nath Kovind launched the Pulse Polio Programme 2019 by supervising polio drops to children below five years at Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi.
  • The Madhya Pradesh government has issued an ordinance for increasing the Other Backward Class (OBC) reservation quota from 14 percent to 27 percent.
  • Sirsa Supari which grows in Uttar Kannada received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. It is cultivated in Yellapura, Siddapura and Sirsi taluks.
  • Mohammad Shtayyeh was named as the new Prime Minister of Palestine by the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Mohammad Shtayyeh replaced Rami Hamdallah.
  • A new visa agreement between Maldives and India came into force on March 11, 2019. The agreement provides liberal visa policies for Maldivian citizens seeking medical treatment, education and business opportunities in India.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly unveiled through video conferencing e-plaques for development projects in Bangladesh.
  • Google Doodle celebrated the 30 years of world wide web (WWW) on March 12, 2019. WWW is an invention of Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
  • Sri Lanka was once again requested by the United Nations to establish a hybrid court consisting of International judges, investigators, and lawyers to probe war crime allegations during three decades long LTTE war.
  • The Union Government approved two corridors of the Surat Metro project which would be executed at an estimated cost of Rs. 12000 crores.
  • Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia won a Gold medal in 65 kg freestyle at the International wrestling tournament in Bulgaria.
  • Hindi Newsreader Vinod Kashyap, who served All India Radio passed away at the age of 88 following a prolonged illness.
  • Zinedine Zidane has been re-appointed as the coach of Spanish football club Real Madrid replacing Santiago Solari.
  • DRDO successfully test fired the Guide PINAKA from Pokhran Ranges on March 11,2019.

  • Ethiopian airlines Boing 737 MAX 8 crashed near Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.
  • Over 40 countries including India grounded the Boeing Max 8 fleet after the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Meanwhile, the US Federal Aviation Administration has ordered Boeing to make urgent improvements to its 737 Max 8 fleet.
  • C Lalsawta was sworn-in as the first Chairman of the newly constituted Lokayukta in Mizoram. Mr. Lalsawta is a retired IAS Officer.
  • The Ministry of Corporate Affairs released the National Guidelines on responsible business conduct and revised the National Voluntary Guidelines on social, environmental and economic responsibilities of business, 2011.
  • Supreme Court said that only Officers having six months of service left before retirement in police service would be considered for the post of Director General of Police (DGP).

  • The Election Commission has directed Facebook to remove posters carrying Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's photograph shared by BJP leader and Delhi legislator O.P.Sharma on the social media platform.
  • Astronomers from Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram identified a new population of ultraviolet stars in the globular cluster NGC 2808 using the Indian Space Observatory AstroSat.
  • India has 11th largest gold reserve and the current gold holdings of India is 607 tonnes. The topmost place is secured by the U.S. with the current gold holding is 8133.5 tonnes.
  • GoDaddy, the website hosting company has become the official sponsor of the International Cricket Council World Cup 2019. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be hosted jointly by England and Wales and takes place from 30 May to 14 July 2019.
  • The Joint Secretary at Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Vikram Sahay and the Director General of Publications Division, Sadhana Rout jointly inaugurated the India Pavillion at London Book Fair. The Book Fair was held in Olympia, London from March 12th to March 14th, 2019 with a special focus on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • World Kidney Day was observed on 14th March 2019 with the aim to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys. The theme of this year was kidney health for everyone every year.
  • India and the United States have agreed on a proposal to build six nuclear power plants in India. The statement was issued at the conclusion of the 9th round of India-U.S. strategic security dialogue in Washington.
  • A meeting between India and Pakistan's official to finalize modalities for setting up of the corridor linking the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Gurdaspur commenced on 14th March. The corridor will facilitate visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind awarded three Kirti Chakra and 15 Shaurya Chakra, among which two Kirti Chakra and Two Shaurya Chakra were awarded posthumously to soldiers who laid down their lives in Army operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast.
  • The Supreme Court appointed senior advocate PS Narasimha as the mediator for resolving various disputes related to cricket administration in the country.
  • The World Sleep Day was observed on March 15, 2019, across the globe with the theme -healthy sleep, healthy aging.
  • The World Consumer Rights Day was observed on March 15, 2019, across the globe with the theme- trusted smart products.
  • IDBI Bank has been categorized on March 14, 2019, as a private sector bank by the Reserve Bank of India, with effect from January 21, 2019. The move comes after the acquisition by Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).
  • The Election Commission has for the first time launched a mobile application  'Observer app' that will help poll observers to submit reports.
  • Former Member of Parliament and Andhra Pradesh Minister YS Vivekananda Reddy passed away in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh.
  • DRDO successfully test fired indigenously developed low weight, fire and forget Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the second time in the ranges of Rajasthan desert.
  • France announced to freeze all the assets of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar in the application of the monetary and financial code.
  • President Ramnath Kovind awarded National Grassroots Innovators at Grambharti near Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
  • The United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) released the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook 2019 titled Healthy Planet, Healthy People.
  • A gunman opened fire at Muslim worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand. At least 49 people got killed and more than 40 others were wounded in the shooting.
  • The Reserve Bank of India issued guidelines to prevent misuse of price sensitive information by participants in markets for financial instruments.
  • The Supreme Court of India set aside the life ban imposed by BCCI for spot-fixing on cricketer S Sreesanth during IPL 2013.
  • Goa Chief Minister Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar passed away after battling with pancreatic cancer.
  • The National Green Tribunal has Directed the Central Pollution Board to prepare a noise pollution map and remedial action plan to solve the issue across the country.
  • The United Nations Environment Assembly has adopted two resolutions piloted by India on single-use plastics and sustainable nitrogen management.
  • India will host the U-17 Women's World Cup in 2020 as announced by Gianni Infantino, the President of International Football Federation (FIFA).
  • India and Maldives exchanged three agreements on visa facility for diplomatic and official passport holders, development cooperation and renewable energy in the presence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Maldivian counterpart Abdullah Shahid.
  • Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru have collaborated to develop a climate change vulnerability assessment for the Indian Himalayan region using a common framework.
  • Government increases incentives of Central Government staff acquiring higher qualification while still in the job.
  • Speaker of Legislative Assembly of Goa Pramod  Sawant was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of Goa. Ramkrishna Dhavlikar and Vijai Sardesai were sworn in as Deputy Chief Ministers.
  • India bags 368 medals at Special Olympics 2019 at Abu Dhabi.
  • A special stamp cover on Ice Stupa was released by the Indian Department of Post in Leh.
  • More than 1000 people were estimated to be dead after cyclone Idai slammed into Mozambique.
  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas has joined International celebrities list in USA Today's list of 50 most powerful women in entertainment.
  • The third Indo-Japan workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction was held in New Delhi.
  • SpiceJet became the first Indian budget carrier to join the International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA has over 290 airlines as members.
  • Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned suddenly after 30 years in power.
  • 33rd edition of India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (Ind-Ind0 Corpat) commenced at Port Blair. Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin and Maritime Patrol Aircraft CN-235 led by Cmde Dafit Santoso arrived at Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Island for the opening ceremony.
  • Indian-origin Jagmeet Singh created history in Canada by making his debut in the House of Commons as the first non-white leader of a major opposition party in the country.

  • The World Sparrow Day was observed globally on March 20, 2019. The theme of this year was I Love Sparrows.
  • Young Indian shuttlers Lakshya Sen and Riya Mookerjee broke into the top-100 to be placed 76th and 94th among men's and women's singles players in the latest world badminton rankings.
  • The Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi will exclusively host T10 cricket for the next five years, starting with the 2019 season.
  • Premier Giuseppe Conte pledged to make Italy the first Group of Seven nation to join China's ambitious Belt and Road initiative despite objections from the United States.
  • Afghanistan's cricket team recorded its maiden Test win on March 18th after beating Ireland by seven wickets in a one-off game at Dehradun in Uttrakhand.
  • Ministry of Steel organized a two-day Vigilance Conclave in New Delhi. It aimed at sensitizing the officials of Steel PSUs on the basis of principles and procedures to be followed while taking important administrative and commercial decisions relating to various functions including procurements, contracts, personnel, and finance.
  • Pinaki Chandra Ghose was appointed as India's first Lokpal (also known as an anti-corruption ombudsman).
  • The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 19, 2019, with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for better implementation of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
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