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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Indian Coast Guard conducts 9th edition of rescue exercise ‘SAREX-2020’ in Goa
Indian Coast Guard (ICG),an armed force that protects India’s maritime interests,has conducted a 2-day 9th edition of national level search and rescue exercise ‘SAREX-2020’ based on the theme ‘Harmonization of Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue (HAMSAR)’ in the sea at Vasco,South Goa district from March 5-7,2020.
It was inaugurated by Dr. Ajay Kumar, IAS, Secretary (Defence), Ministry of Defence.
Key Points:
i.For the 1st time, it was attended by 3 pillars of national SAR mechanism i.e. Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Defence.
ii.It also saw the participation of 24 representatives from 19 countries, primarily from Asia and Africa, international delegates including 38 national observers and officials of 7 commercial airlines including 2 helicopter operators.
iii.This exercise consists of a series of conduct of workshop ,table top exercise and sea exercise with focus on Mass Rescue operation (MRO).
About SAREX exercise:
ICG conducts this exercise biennially under the aegis of National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB) since 2003.
About Indian Coast Guard (ICG):
Headquarters– New Delhi
Motto– We protect
Director General– Krishnaswamy Natrajan

Agartala and Ghojadanga approved as authorised land immigration check posts
On March 6, 2020 Government of India (GOI) has approved Tripura capital Agartala and West Bengal’s Ghojadanga as authorised land immigration check posts to enter or exit India. Agartala and Ghojadanga are located along the Indo-Bangladesh border.
Key Points:
i.The senior immigration officers, under the Bureau of Immigration, have been appointed for the Check posts with effect from March 2, 2020.
ii.The Central Government issued notification and approved check posts according to sub-rule (b) of rule 3 of the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950, to Tripura and Ghojadanga land check post, located in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

Government reconstructs The National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR), appoints Amit Shah as chairmanNational Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction with Amit Shah as headOn March 6, 2020 the government reconstructs  the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) a multi- stakeholder & multisectoral decision making body on disaster management & appoints Union Home Minister Amit Shah as chairman. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh & Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are named as members among others.
Members & Nominations of NPDRR

i.NPDRR’s vice chairpersons will be the minister of state in-charge of disaster management in the home ministry & the vice-chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)….Click here to Read More

Chapchar Kut, the biggest and most joyful festival of Mizos, being celebrated on March 6 2020
Chapchar Kut” , a biggest and oldest festival of Mizoram, is celebrated on March 6 2020.  The pre-celebration started on 5th March 2020, with the mega event held at the Assam Rifles Ground at Aizawl.This festival is considered as the most popular spring festival celebrated on Mizoram.It is originated in- 1450-1700 A.D at Suaipui village.
Key Points:

  • This will be celeberated with Traditional bamboo dance, ‘ Cheraw’ and other dances,music events will be performed at the main event.
  • The Art & Culture Minister R Lalzirliana of Mizoram welcomed all people to participate in the event.
  • The festival is celebrated after the arduous task, Jhum farming (slash and burn method of cultivation).

About Mizoram:
Capital- Aizawl
Chief Minister– Pu Zoramthanga.
Governor– P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.

MWCD & world bank organizes a discussion programme-“The Future of Work: Women in India’s WorkforceFuture of Work Women in India WorkforceOn March 6, 2020 the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) & the World Bank organized a discussion programme on the topic “The Future of Work: Women in India’s Workforce” at New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister of WCD,  Smriti Zubin Irani & Dr. Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director India, World Bank. It is a part of a series of events to observe International Women’s  Day 2020.
Major Highlights

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India joins Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) as its 5th observer to boost Indo-Pacific visionIndia joins Indian Ocean CommissionOn March 6, 2020, India has joined Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) as its 5th observer state to strengthen its Indo-Pacific vision and also to boost strategic partnership with France, and Vanilla Islands. The decision has been taken during the meeting of the Commission’s council of ministers in Seychell.

  • It boosts Indian cooperation with France that has strong presence in the WIO and lends depth to India’s SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) policy of PM Narendra Modi 2015….Click here to Read More

Girls still face violence and discrimination, 70% trafficked in 2016: UNICEF report “A New Era for Girls”UN report titled A New Era for GirlsIn accordance with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report titled “A New Era for Girls: Taking stock on 25 years of progress” in collaboration with UN Women and Plan International, girls still face violence and discrimination even after 25 years of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The Beijing Declaration was aimed at advancing women’s and girls’ rights in the country.

  • The report has been launched in line with the Generation Equality campaign, and to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
  • Female youth Labour Force participation declined to 33% in 2020 owing to improved Educational opportunities….Click here to Read More

BANKING & FINANCE

RBI announced draft scheme “Yes Bank Ltd. Reconstruction Scheme, 2020” for Yes Bank’s revival; SBI willing to investRBI announces SchemeA day after Yes Bank Ltd. placed under moratorium which will be effective upto April 3, 2020, on March 6, 2020, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) after exercising its powers conferred under sub-section (4) of section 45 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, has issued a draft scheme of reconstruction of the Yes Bank. It should be noted that State Bank of India (SBI) wants to invest in Yes Bank and also to participate in its reconstruction scheme. SBI can invest for up to 49% stake for nearly Rs 2,450 crore….Click here to Read More

OBITUARY

DMK party general secretary K Anbazhagan passed away at 97DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan passesOn March 7, 2020 Kalyanasundaram Anbazhagan, DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) party General Secretary for 43 years, passed away at the age of 97 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu (TN). He was born as Ramaih on December 19, 1922 Kattoor, Thiruvarur district, TN.
Key Points:

i.About Anbazhagan: He was a sound academician and served general secretary of DMK party for 9 times from 1977.
ii.He was also close friend of former Chief Minister (CM) of TN late Karunanidhi and was a former Education Minister and Finance Minister of TN in DMK cabinet.
iii.9 times MLA & 1 term Lok Sabha MP: He also served as MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) for 9 times  and a Lok Sabha MP (Member of Parliament).
iv.Peraasiriyar: He was also known as Peraasiriyar (professor) & served as a lecturer in Tamil, Pachayappa College for 13 years between 1944 to 1957, later he resigned and contested election.
v.Books: The books authored by Anbazhagan are Urimai vaazhvu, Viduthalai kavignar, Pesum kalai valarpom, Thamizh kadal and Alai osai.

STATE NEWS

Madhya Pradesh Cabinet approved to form trust for ‘Ram Van Gaman Path’ project
On March 6, 2020 The Madhya Pradesh (MP) Cabinet approved to form the trust under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Kamal Nath for the project of constructing ‘Ram Van Gaman Path’ project, a route taken by Lord Ram during his 14-years of life in the forest.
Key Points:
i.About Ram Van Gaman Path Project: The project seeks to retrace the route believed to have been taken by Lord Ram during his life in forest and it is proposed to be constructed from Chitrakoot to Amarkantak. State chief secretary will be the member of the trust.
ii.Other approval: The cabinet also approved for the purchase of 1, 320 MW (megawatt) power from Adani Power Limited on the basis of a competitive bidding process at the rate of Rs 4.79 per unit for the year 2026- 27 as per the long-term power purchase guidelines.
About Madhya Pradesh:
Capital- Bhopal
State Bird- Indian paradise flycatcher.
State Animal- Barasingha.
State flower- Sacred Tree.
State tree- Banyan.

Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur presents Rs.49,131 crore budget for FY21Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur presents budgetOn March 6, 2020, Himachal Pradesh (HP) Chief minister(CM) Jai Ram Thakur has presented Rs.49,131 crore budget for the financial year (FY) 2020-21 in state assembly in Shimla. This is the 3rd budget being presented by Thakur & for the first time, a paperless budget was presented as he read from a laptop.
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The revenue deficit grant of about Rs 19,308 crore received from the Center on the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission has helped in making this budget for the next financial year….Click here to Read More

Ajit Pawar presented Maharashtra Government’s Rs 1.15 Lakh crore budget for Financial Year 2020-21Maharashtra Budget 2020-21On March 6, 2020 Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister & finance minister Ajit Pawar presented Rs 1.15 Lakh crore budget for financial year 2020-21 in the state assembly. The budget estimated revenue receipt of Rs 3,47,457 crore &  revenue expenditure of Rs 3,56,968 crore while revenue deficit is Rs 9,511 crore & fiscal deficit is Rs 54618.38 crore.
Major Highlights

  • Rs 30,000 core proposed to infrastructure development.
  • Proposed to increase value-added tax (VAT) on petrol & diesel by Rs  1 per litreClick here to Read More

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Current Affairs Headlines: 9 March 2020
Indian Coast Guard conducts 9th edition of rescue exercise ‘SAREX-2020’ in Goa
Agartala and Ghojadanga approved as authorised land immigration check posts
Government reconstructs The National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR), appoints Amit Shah as chairman
Chapchar Kut, the biggest and most joyful festival of Mizos, being celebrated on March 6 2020
MWCD & world bank organizes a discussion programme-“The Future of Work: Women in India’s Workforce
India joins Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) as its 5th observer to boost Indo-Pacific vision
Girls still face violence and discrimination, 70% trafficked in 2016: UNICEF report “A New Era for Girls”
RBI announced draft scheme “Yes Bank Ltd. Reconstruction Scheme, 2020” for Yes Bank’s revival; SBI willing to invest
DMK party general secretary K Anbazhagan passed away at 97
Jan Aushadhi Diwas 2020 is observed on March 7
Madhya Pradesh Cabinet approved to form trust for ‘Ram Van Gaman Path’ project
Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur presents 49,131 crore budget for FY21
Ajit Pawar presented Maharashtra Government’s Rs 1.15 crore budget for Financial Year 2020-21

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