Current Affairs from March 21 - March 31, 2019

Current Affairs from March 21 to 31, 2019, Current Events for Competitive Exams like SSC, IBPS, IES, LIC, RRB

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

  • International Day of Forest was celebrated across the globe on March 21, 2019, with the theme of 'Forests and Education'.
  • World Water Day was celebrated across the globe on March 22, 2019, with the theme of 'No One Left Behind'.
  • Kazakhstan has renamed its capital Astana to Nursultan to honor the outgoing leader Nursultan Nazarbayev. 
  • The United States recognized the Golan Heights as part of Israel through a presidential proclamation signed by the U.S. President Donald Trump on March 25, 2019.
  • The Australian government has decided to slash the nation's permanent migrant intake by 30,000 in the lead-up to May's general election.
  • The Indian Army began a 10-day military exercise with armed forces of 17 African nations at Aundh in Maharashtra.
  • California scientists have found a way to make objects levitate using concentrated light - a theory that could even propel spacecraft farther than they've ever traveled before, according to a report.
  • Pakistan will receive over USD 2 billion loans from its ally China to provide a boost to its ailing economy.
  • Indian Air Force participated in Langkawi International Maritime Aero Expo, LIMA 2019 which took place in Langkawi, Malaysia from March 26 to March 30. Indian Air Force has participated first time at the expo and showcased its indigenously developed LCA fighter aircraft. Anti-submarine warfare corvette, INS Kadmatt also participated.
  • New Zealand bans all military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles, and high capacity magazines following the mass shootings at Christchurch mosques that killed 50 people.
  • Donald Trump signed an executive order requiring US colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal research funding.
  • World Tuberculosis Day was observed across the globe on March 24,2019 with the theme 'Its Time'.
  • Italy signed a non-binding protocol with China to take part in Beijing's new Silk Road of transport and trade links stretching from Asia to Europe. In doing so, Italy became the first G7 country to sign up for the massive project.
  • The Election Commission has launched a new mobile application called PWD to make voting easier and accessible for over two lakhs divyang voters across Maharashtra.
  • Transgender activist Gauri Sawant became the first transgender to be appointed as one of the goodwill ambassadors of the Election commission in Maharashtra.
  • India ranked 76th on the World Economic Forum's Global Energy Transition Index.
  • Four heavy lift first four CH-47F (1) Chinook helicopters were inducted in the Indian Air Force at Air Force Station, Chandigarh.
  • Vice Admiral Karambir Singh was appointed as the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS).
  • Jet Airways Founder and Chairman Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal resigned from the board of Jet Airways.
  • The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters named the U.S. mathematician Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck as the winner of the 2019 Abel Prize. She became the first woman to be awarded the Abel Prize.
  • A consortium of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) have been awarded the exploration rights by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) for an onshore block in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • NITI Aayog organized a day-long Fin Tech Conclave at Dr. Ambedkar International Center in New Delhi. The objective was to shape India's continued ascendancy in FinTech, Build the narrative for future strategy and policy efforts, and to deliberate steps for comprehensive financial inclusion.
  • The campus building for India funded Siddeshwar Education Public Campus in Bamti Bhandar of Ramechhap district in Nepal was inaugurated.
  • Pakistan government approved a proposal to establish a corridor that will allow Hindu pilgrims from India to visit Sharda Peeth, an ancient Hindu temple and cultural site in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
  • Sri Lanka began construction of $ 3.85 billion oil refinery backed Indian firm Accord and Oman's oil ministry. 
  • CBSE will introduce artificial intelligence, early childhood care education, and yoga as new subjects in the school curriculum from the upcoming academic session.
  • Peter Tabichi, a science teacher from Kenya wins the prestigious Global Teacher Prize and awarded USD 1 million prize.
  • In a major boost to its power, the Indian Army received the first batch of six Dhanush artillery guns from Ordnance Factory Board.
  • The RBI has slapped a penalty of Rs. 2 crores on Punjab National Bank for non-compliance of regulatory directions with regard to SWIFT operations.
  • India became the fourth country to successfully use an anti-satellite weapon after it shot down one of its low earth orbit satellites.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind received Croatia's highest civilian order, the Grand Order of the King of Tomislav, during his official visit to the nation.
  • Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology- Delhi developed an Artificial Intelligence-based electronic hardware system to detect malaria, tuberculosis, intestinal parasite, and cervical cancer in milliseconds.
  • China's ruling Communist Party expelled the former chief of Interpol, accusing him of abusing his power to finance an extravagant lifestyle and committing serious violations of the law.
  • The Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) announced Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun, the three pioneers in Artificial Intelligence, as winners of 2018 Turing Award. The Turing Award was presented to the researchers for their conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that resulted in deep neural networks become a critical component of computing.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Indonesia on combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and its precursors.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the creation of additional posts in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) for speedy disposal of cases and cleared a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Korea on startup cooperation.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on India-Africa Health Science Cooperation between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and African Union was signed in New Delhi.
  • European Parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic products. It includes plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws, and stirrers as part of apart of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans.
  • The BCCI's newly-appointed ombudsman, Justice (Retd) D.K. Jain, will also be its ad-hoc Ethics Officer.
  • The Rail Vikas Nigam came out with its Initial Public Offering.
  • The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed the first ever resolution to suppress the funding of terror groups worldwide.
  • Commerce Secretary, Dr. Anup Wadhawan, launched blockchain based coffee e-marketplace through video conferencing in New Delhi.
  • The Reserve Bank of India allowed non-residents to participate in the rupee interest rate derivatives segment with a view to deepen the rupee interest rate swap (IRS) market.
  • Assam Chief Electoral Officer Mukesh Sahu launched the Enjori initiative in Guwahati. It is a special initiative for persons with disabilities with an aim that no voter to be left behind.
  • Actor Ranveer Singh launched independent music label IncInk.
  • India and the United States signed the first amendment to the Statement of Guiding Principles (SGP) on Triangular Cooperation for Global Development. The amendment was signed by Devyani Khobragade, Joint Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs of India and Mark Anthony White, Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development in India.
  • India and Bolivia signed eight MoU in the fields of culture, Visa waiver arrangement for the diplomats, the exchange between diplomatic academies, mining, space, traditional medicine, the establishment of Centre of Excellence in IT and Bi-Oceanic Railway project.
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