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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Andhra Pradesh ranked 1st in the country for overall implementation of POSHAN AbhiyaanAndhra Pradesh ranked 1st in countryOn March 9, 2020 Andhra Pradesh (AP) ranked 1st in the country for overall implementation of POSHAN ( Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment) Abhiyaan as per September 2019 progress report of NITI Aayog, “Transforming Nutrition in India: POSHAN Abhiyaan”.The 2nd anniversary of POSHAN Abhiyaan is recognized by celebrating Poshan Pakhwada from  8th-22nd March 2020.
Overall Implementation Status of POSHAN Abhiyaan

It is classified under 3 categories &  the following is named according to the position
i.Large State (19)-AP, Chhattisgarh,  Madhya Pradesh,…Click here to Read More

Gujarat tops in domestic solar rooftop installations in 2020Gujarat tops in domestic solar rooftop installations newGujarat ranks first in the list for domestic solar rooftop installations, throughout the country with 64 percent of domestic solar installations.  Nearly 50,915 domestic solar rooftops have been fixed in the state of Gujarat with a capacity of 177.67 MW on 2nd March 2020.

  • Maharashtra is the second state to top in the domestic solar rooftop installations list with installation of 5,513 systems on 2nd March 2020.
  • About 79,950 systems have been installed throughout the country having a capacity of 322 MW….Click here to Read More

Centre constitutes Delimitation commission for J&K, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal, chaired by former SC judge Ranjana Prakash Desai
Delimitation commissionOn March 06, 2020, In exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Delimitation Act, 2002, the Central government has set up a Delimitation Commission , headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, for the delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and the northeastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh(AP), Manipur and Nagaland.
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The Commission will also comprise of members,viz an Election Commissioner (presently Mr. Sushil Chandra) and the State Election Commissioners….Click here to Read More

Traditional ‘Fagli’ festival celebrated in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur on March 10, 2020Traditional Fagli festivalOn March 10, 2020, the traditional “Fagli” festival celebrated at kinnaur district in Yangpa village, Himachal Pradesh. This festival is celebrated to denote the end of the winter and the start of the Spring. It is mainly celebrated on the moonless night.

  • It is also celebrated to receive blessings from Deota(God) for the upcoming harvest season.
  • Men start to dance in circles wearing their traditional attire and face masks, where a large number of local people gather to watch the event.

About Himachal Pradesh:
Chief Minister- Jai Ram Thakur
Governor- Shri Bandaru Dattatraya

Jewar Airport, UP receives international recognition for strategic infrastructure
The first phase of Jewar Airport, Uttar Pradesh (UP) has been included in the world’s 100 strategic global infrastructure projects for the year 2020. It has been recognised in the CG LA Infrastructure List. UP (India) and Yugoslavia (Europe) have been chosen in the field of aviation category all over the world.
Key Points:
i.13th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum: The success story of Jewar Airport will be presented by the UP government in two sessions at the 13th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum, to be held in New York City, US (United States) on March 25 to 27, 2020.
ii.About Jewar Airport: The airport, being built by Zurich Airport International AG and 1,334 hectares of land from 6 villages of Rohi, Parohi, Kishorepur, Dayantpur, Ranhera and Banwari has been acquired in the first phase for the Jewar International Airport.
iii.The Jewar Airport covers a size of 5000 hectares, construction is going at a rapid pace and the flights will start operating in the year 2022- 23.
iv.The Airport will boost industrial development in the state and the government is expected to earn more than Rs 1.10 lakh crore from this project, being built with an investment of Rs 30,000 crore.
v.More than 1 lakh people will get direct & indirect employment in the airport and it will bring an investment of about one lakh crore rupees for Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Yamuna Expressway.

Parliamentary panel ‘Demands for grants 2020-21 Analysis for Education ‘
Parlimentary panel on education

On March 8, 2020 “Demands for Grants 2020-21 Analysis”, conducted by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development (HRD)

presented the report pointing that:

  • Only 56 % of government schools in the country have electricity with the lowest rates in the states of Manipur and Madhya Pradesh, where less than 20 % of the schools have electricity.
  • Similarly, less than 57 % of public schools have a playground. And only 30 % of schools in Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) have a….Click here to Read More

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

UN adopts political declaration on women’s rights during CSW64 meet in New York, USUnited Nations adopts political declaration on womens rightsOn March 10, 2020, The United Nations (UN),an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, has adopted a stripped-down political declaration, in which they pledged to step up action to fully implement the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on gender equality, agreed 25 years ago.
i.CSW in the time of coronavirus:
The declaration was adopted during the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women(CSW)held in New York, US(United States)….Click here to Read More

EIU’s Inclusive Internet Index 2020:Sweden tops globally;India topped among South Asian Countries & ranked 46th globally 
India ranked 46th out of 100 countriesOn March 6, 2020 Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released the 4th iteration of the  Inclusive Internet Index 2020 for 100 countries where India is  overall ranked  in 46th place & Sweden in 1st place. The index aims to measure the extent to which the Internet is not only accessible & affordable, but also relevant to all, allowing usage that enables positive social & economic outcomes at the individual & group level. It is commissioned by Facebook….Click here to Read More

1st UNDP Gender Social Norms Index 2020: Almost 90 % of People are biased against women; Pakistan ranks 1stUNDP Gender Social Norms IndexOn March 5, 2020, According to the 1st edition of ‘Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI) 2020’, released by the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), about 90 % or 9 in 10 of the world’s population has some bias against women.
This index studied 75 countries covering over 80 % of the world’s population & measures social beliefs that obstruct gender equality in areas like politics, work, and education.
i.The highest number of bias against women was in Pakistan, where 99.81 % of the people supported similar bias….Click here to Read More

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Moody’s again lowers India’s growth projections to 5.3% from 5.4%: Impact of Coronavirus
On March 9, 2020 Moody’s Investors Service, a rating agency again lowered India’s growth projection to 5.3% for 2020 as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19), previously on February 17, 2020 it  had reduced India’s growth projection from 6.6% to 5.4% for 2020.
Key Points:
i.Moody’s Global Macro Outlook stated that the spread of COVID- 19 will result in simultaneous supply &  demand shocks which will result in further slowing down of the global economic activity particularly in the 1st half of this year
ii.And so the baseline growth forecasts 2020 is being  revised for all G-20 economies & accordingly these countries, as a group, are expected to grow by 2.1% in 2020, 0.3 percentage point lower than Moody’s previous forecast.
iii.Even if there is extensive fall down India’s growth will be projected to fall to 5%.
iv.The growth forecast for China has been lowered to 4.8% in 2020 from5.2% & United States to 1.5% in 2020  from 1.7% .
About Moody’s:
Headquarters– NewYork, United States
President & Chief Executive Officer– Raymond W. McDaniel, Jr.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS       

Telangana State Agricultural University Vice Chancellor Praveen Rao wins Dr MS Swaminathan Award
On March 9, 2020 V Praveen Rao, Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Professor JayaShankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), won the 7th edition of  Dr MS Swaminathan Award for the period 2017- 2019. The award will be conferred on him in June 2020. The award was constituted by Retired Indian Council of Agricultural Research Employees Association (RICAREA) and Nuziveedu Seeds Limited (NSL).
Cash Prize: The award carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh and a citation.
Key Points:
i.The Award Selection Committee was held under the Chairmanship of RS Paroda, former Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
ii.The Selection Committee selected Praveen Rao for the award recognising his contributions in the fields of agricultural research, teaching, extension and administration.
iii.Praveen Rao handled 13 research & 6 consultancy projects on micro irrigation in India, Israel and South Africa.
About Telangana:
Capital- Hyderabad.
Chief Minister (CM)- Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.
Governor- Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan.
National Parks (NP)- Kasu Brahmananda Reddy NP, Mahavir Harina Vanasthali NP, Mrugavani NP.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS         

Lt Gen KJS Dhillon to take charge as DG DIA, Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (DCIDS)Lt Gen KJS Dhillon to take charge as DG DIA, DCIDS 1On 9th March 2020, it is announced by the Ministry of Defence that Lt Gen Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon (57) will be appointed as a Director General, Defence Intelligence Agency, Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, under the Chief of Defence staff (CDS) in the Department of Military Affairs, replacing Lt Gen AS Bedi.

  • Lt Gen KJS Dhillon of Indian Military Academy (IMA) served as XV Corps and handed over the charge to Lt Gen Baggavalli Somashekar Raju. Lt Gen B.S. Raju has taken charge as a XV Corps commander from 1st March 2020 in Srinagar.

About Defence Intelligence Agency(DIA):
Established- 2002
Headquarters- Cabinet Secretariat Raisina Hill, New Delhi
Moto- Service Before Self

Kareena Kapoor Khan signed contract for 2 years as Puma’s brand ambassadorKareena kapoor Puma's brand ambassador 1Indian film actress Kareena Kapoor Khan signed a contract with German sportswear brand Puma to be its brand ambassador for a period of 2 years. With this association she joins the brand’s roaster of celebrity faces such as Virat Kohli, Sara Ali Khan, MC Mary Kom and Dutee Chand.
Key Points:

i.Kareena will be the face for Puma’s low-intensity training apparel collection targeted at workouts such as yoga, barre and pilates.
ii.About Puma: The brand Puma is known for its design and performance which sells footwear, apparel and accessories, sports products for football, training and running, basketball, golf and motorsports. The company sells its products in more than 120 countries & employs more than 13,000 people worldwide.
iii.The PUMA Group owns the brands Puma, Cobra Golf and stichd. Puma India has a total income of Rs 1413 crore for the financial year 2019.
About Puma:
Headquarters- Herzogenaurach, Germany.
Founder- Rudolf Dassler.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- Bjørn Gulden.

SPORTS

Hockey India (HI) joins 38-member World Masters Hockey (WMH);RP Singh appointed convener of HI Masters Committee
On 9th march 2020, Hockey India joined the 38 National associations throughout the world as a member of World Master Hockey (WMH) with an aim to develop and grow Master Hockey across the world. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) recognizes WMH a sole Master entity responsible for organizing international master’s hockey globally.
Key Points:

  • Many events have been planned by Hockey India which creates opportunities to all the past and new players including men and women to participate and boost the event.
  • R.P. Singh (former Indian captain) was appointed as the convener of Hockey India (HI) Masters Committee. Harbinder Singh was appointed as the chairman of the Committee.
  • Members of the committee: The other members of the committee are B.P. Govinda, Jagbir Singh, A.B. Subbaiah, Surinder Kaur and M. Renuka Lakshmi.

About Hockey India:
President– Md. Mushtaque Ahmad
Chairperson– Mr. Jaideep yadav
Headquarters– New Delhi
About International Hockey Federation(FIH):
Founded- 1924
President- Narinder Batra
Headquarters- Lausanne, Switzerland
Membership– 137 National associations

Maltese Footballer Andre Schembri announced retirementAndre Schembri to retireOn March 9, 2020 Maltese Footballer Andre Schembri, 33 years old, is currently playing for Chennaiyin FC’s (Football Club) announced that he will retire from professional football after the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) final against ATK FC in Goa on March 14, 2020. He announced retirement from international football in November 2018 after 94 appearances for his nation.
Key Points:

i.About Andre Schembri: Schembri, a forward football player, and the first Maltese player in ISL and also an integral part of Chennaiyin FC’s success to win its title for the 3rd time.
ii.Schembri scored CFC’s first goal for the season (2019-20) against Hyderabad FC.
iii.He was the first Maltese player to score goals in the UEFA (Union of European Football Association) competition, who played for his previous club Apollon Limassol [Cyprus sports club].
iv.He also played club football in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal before arriving in India and Chennaiyin this season during his 13 years of professional football career.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Tahira Kashyap announced a new book titled “The 12 Commandments Of Being A Woman”The 12 Commandments Of Being A WomanOn March 8, 2020 Tahira Kashyap Khurrana, writer- producer, professor, announced her 4th book titled “The 12 Commandments Of Being A Woman” on the occasion of Women’s Day and the new book will be published by Juggernaut Books, New Delhi.
Key Points:

i.About Tahira Kashyap: She is married to actor Ayushmann Khurrana and started writing books from the year 2011.
ii.The books authored by her are “I Promise”, “Souled Out” and in the year 2015 she co-authored Ayushmann’s biography “Cracking the Code: My Journey in Bollywood”.

STATE NEWS

Punjab Government launched “Cova Punjab” mobile app to spread awareness on Coronavirus
On March 9, 2020 The Punjab Government launched “Cova Punjab” mobile application to spread awareness and precautions to be taken against coronavirus. The application was launched by Punjab Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh. The application was developed by the Department of Government Reforms and Public Grievances in consultation with the Health & Family Welfare Department.
Key Points:
i.About Cova Punjab app: The application provides options to check for symptoms as provided by the government from time to time and preventive care advisories.
ii.The application also suggests the nearest hospital where people can report in case they show symptoms of the virus.
iii.The dynamic map on the app is provided with a real-time counter which will help citizens updated about the status of the spread of corona in the state.
iv.The Cova Punjab application can be downloaded from Android Play Store and iOS (iPhone Operating System) AppStore.
About Punjab:
Capital- Chandigarh.
Chief Minister (CM)- Captain Amarinder Singh.
Governor- Vijayender Pal Singh Badnore.

Andhra Pradesh CM lauched NIGHA app to control electoral malpractices NIGHA app launched in Andhra PradeshOn March 8, 2020 Andhra Pradesh (AP) Chief Minister (CM) Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy launched the NIGHA application at Tadepalli, Andhra Pradesh. The app is aimed at curbing the use of money and alcohol in the upcoming local body elections & launched in addition to the measures taken by State Election Commission & Police department in order to control the electoral malpractices. The app was developed by Department of Panchayat Raj…..Click here to Read More

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S.no Current Affairs Headlines: 11 March 2020
1 Andhra Pradesh ranked 1st in the country for overall implementation of POSHAN Abhiyaan
2 Gujarat tops in domestic solar rooftop installations in 2020
3 Centre constitutes Delimitation commission for J&K, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal, chaired by former SC judge Ranjana Prakash Desai
4 Traditional ‘Fagli’ festival celebrated in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur on March 10, 2020
5 Jewar Airport, UP receives international recognition for strategic infrastructure
6 More than 40% Govt schools in India don’t have electricity & playgrounds: Parliamentary panel’s “2020-2021 demand for grants for school education”
7 UN adopts political declaration on women’s rights during CSW64 meet in New York, US
8 EIU’s Inclusive Internet Index 2020:Sweden tops globally;India topped among South Asian Countries & ranked 46th globally
9 1st UNDP Gender Social Norms Index 2020: Almost 90 % of People are biased against women; Pakistan ranks 1st
10 Moody’s again lowers India’s growth projections to 5.3% from 5.4%: Impact of Coronavirus
11 Telangana State Agricultural University Vice Chancellor Praveen Rao wins Dr MS Swaminathan Award
12 Lt Gen KJS Dhillon to take charge as DG DIA, Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (DCIDS)
13 Kareena Kapoor Khan signed contract for 2 years as Puma’s brand ambassador
14 Hockey India (HI) joins 38-member World Masters Hockey (WMH);RP Singh appointed convener of HI Masters Committee
15 Maltese Footballer Andre Schembri to announced retirement
16 Tahira Kashyap announced a new book titled “The 12 Commandments Of Being A Woman”
17 Punjab Government launched “Cova Punjab” mobile app to spread awareness on Coronavirus
18 Andhra Pradesh CM lauched NIGHA app to control electoral malpractices

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