March GK of 2019

Awards

The Indian economist who has been conferred the prestigious Bodley Medal, the highest honour bestowed by the University of Oxford's world-famous Bodleian Libraries        Amartya Sen

The American mathematician who has become the first woman to be awarded the Abel Prize, also known as the Nobel for mathematics Karen Uhlenbeck

The Indian writer who has been awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize by the Yale University, Connecticut (USA) Raghu Karnad

The IAF pilot who has been chosen for the first Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar instituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti Wing Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman

The BBC journalist who has been chosen for the Chameli Devi Jain Award-2018 for Outstanding Woman Journalist for the year 2018 Ms. Priyanka Dubey

 

Defence

The air force base at which CH 47 F(I)- Chinook heavy lift helicopters were inducted into the Indian Air Force Chandigarh

The naval base at which a state of the art "Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Training Facility - ABHEDYA", was commissioned by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lamba      INS Shivaji, Lonavla

The present Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of Eastern Naval Command who has been chosen to be the next Chief of Naval Staff with effect from 31 May 2019      Vice Admiral Karambir Singh

The joint military exercise between armies of India &Sri Lanka to be conducted from 26 March to 08 April 2019 in Sri Lanka. Exercise Mitra Shakti-VI

The inaugural Africa-India Field Training Exercise for India and African nations held from 18 March to 27 March 2019 at Aundh Military Station, Pune AFINDEX-19

The third in the series of bilateral joint exercise between India and Oman scheduled to be held from 12 to 25 March 2019 at Jabel Al Akhdar Mountains in Oman is named           Exercise Al Nagah III

The place in Uttar Pradesh where the facility to manufacture AK-203 rifles was        Ordnance Factory,

 

Sports

The team which has won the 2018-19 edition of Indian Super League defeating FC Goa in the finals Bengaluru FC

The cricket playing nation which has won its first test match in its cricket history (against Ireland) in Dehradun Afghanistan

The Indian gymnast who has been chosen as the a Barbie Role Model by US based toy maker Mattel Inc. Dipa Karmakar

The Indian chess player who has become the 61st person from the country to become a Grandmaster P Iniyan

The Swiss tennis player who has become the second person in the world to win 100 ATP titles in his career (after Jimmy Connors) Roger Federer

The West Indian cricketer who has become the first in the world to hit more than 500 sixes in international cricket Chris Gayle

 

Persons

The former Supreme Court Judge who has been chosen to be India's first Lokpal      Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh

The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet Minister for Information Technology, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development who has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for 2019 Nara Lokesh

The new Chairperson of the newly constituted National Commission for Backward Classes Bhagwan Lal Sahni

Banking The bank on which the Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs. 2 crores for non-compliance of regulatory directions about SWIFT operations Punjab National Bank

The public sector bank which has become the first in the country to link savings bank interest rate to RBI repo rate State Bank of India

 

Railways The manufacturing unit of Indian Railways which has become the world's rail coaches maker surpassing the top Chinese manufacturers Integral Coach Factory, Chennai

 

Places

The new name of the capital city Astana of Kazakhstan in the honour of outgoing President Nursultan Nazarbayev Nursultan

The place in Uttar Pradesh at which the foundation stone of National Institute of Unani Medicine was laid by Union Minister of State (IC) for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik Ghaziabad

 

Miscellaneous

The cloud gaming subscription service launched by multinational technology company Google capable of streaming video games in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second Google Stadia

The tropical cyclone which hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Madagascar and caused loss of thousands of lives Cyclone Idai

The German car manufacturer which has been imposed a penalty of Rs. 500 crore by the National Green Tribunal Volkswagen

The day in March which has been declared to be observed as Jan Ausadhi Diwas to create awareness about use of generic medicines 07 March

The rank of India in the Internet Inclusive Index released by Economic Intelligence Unit (Top 3 countries are Sweden, Singapore and USA 47th

 

GI Tags to 5 varieties of Indian coffee

Government of India has recently awarded Geographical Indication (GI) to five varieties of Indian coffee. They are:

1. Coorg Arabica coffee is grown specifically in the region of Kodagu district in Karnataka.

2. Wayanaad Robusta coffee is grown specifically in the region of Wayanad district of Kerala.

3. Chikmagalur Arabica coffee is grown specifically in the region of Chikmagalur district in the Malnad region of Karnataka.

4. Araku Valley Arabica coffee can be described as coffee from the hilly tracks of Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha region at an elevation of 900-1100 Mt MSL.

5. Bababudangiris Arabica coffee is grown specifically in the birthplace of coffee in India and the region is situated in the central portion of Chikmagalur district.

NOTE: The Monsooned Malabar Robusta Coffee, a unique specialty coffee from India, was given GI certification earlier.

 

World Happiness Index 2019

Released by: UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Rank

Country

Rank

Country

1.

Finland

140

India

2.

Denmark

67

Pakistan

3.

Norway

93

China

4.

Iceland

125

Bangladesh

5.

Netherlands

130

Sri Lanka

 

New 20 Rupee Coin

Shape: 12 edged polygon

Metal: Copper (65%), Zinc (15%), Nickel (20%) (Outer ring) and Copper (75%), Zinc (20%), Nickel (5%) (Inner ring)

Diameter: 27 mm

Weight: 8.54 gms

 

Swachh Survekshan 2019

Cities covered: 4327

Overall national ranking

1. Indore; 2. Ambikapur; 3. Mysuru; 4. Ujjain; 5. New Delhi (NDMC)

India's cleanest big city: Amdavad

India's cleanest medium city: Ujjain

India's cleanest small city: New Delhi Muncipal Council

 

Passing away of Goa CM Shri Manohar Parriker

Born: 13 Dec 1955, Death: 17 March 2019

Chief Minister of Goa from Oct 2000 to Feb 2005, March 2012 to Nov 2014 and March 2017 to March 2019

Defence Minister of India from Nov 2014 to March 2017

Alma mater: IIT, Mumbai

Successor to Goa CM's post: Shri Pramod Sawant

 

GI Tags

The following items were granted Geographical Indication Tags recently

1. Marayoor Jaggery (Idukki, Kerala)

2. Sirsi Supari (Siddpaur, Sirsi and Yellapur taluks of Uttara Kannada, Karnataka)

3. Thirubhuvanam Silk Saree (Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu)

One Nation One Card

Launched by : Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

Launched at: Ahmedabad

1. The card will allow users to pay for all modes of vehicles across India.

2. The Indigenous Automatic Fare Collection System based on One Nation One Card Model i.e. National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) is the first of its kind in India.

3. It consists of NCMC Card, SWEEKAR (Swachalit Kiraya: Automatic Fare Collection System) and SWAGAT (Swachalit Gate).

4. The Gate & Reader prototype has been made by BEL.

 

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM KISAN)

Launched by : Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

Launched at: Vastral in Gujarat.

The scheme assures a monthly pension of Rs. 3000 for the enrolled unorganized sector workers during their old age.

Informal sector workers earning less than Rs. 15000 per month to enroll as beneficiaries in the nearby Common Service Centre.

A contribution of equal amount as that of the beneficiary will be made by the Union Government.

The contribution of a subscriber ranges from Rs 55/- to Rs 200/- depending on his entry age which is 18 to 40.

 

Important Days of March

Zero Discrimination Day: 01 March 2019

Designated by: UNAIDS

First Observed in: 2014

World Wildlife Day: 03 March 2019

Designated by: United nations General Assembly

Theme: Life Below Water: For People and Planet

First Observed in: 2014

World Hearing Day: 03 March 2019

Designated by: W.H.O.

Theme: Check your Hearing

First Observed in: 2007

International Women's Day: 08 March 2019

Designated by: U.N.O.

Theme: Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change

First Observed by UN in: 1975

World Kidney Day: 14 March 2019

Designated by: International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF)

Theme: Kidney Health for Everyone, Everywhere

First Observed in: 2006

World Consumer Rights Day: 15 March 2019

Designated by: Consumers International

Theme: Trusted Smart Products

First Observed in: 1983

International Day of Happiness: 20 March 2019

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2013

International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination: 21 March 2019

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies

First Observed in: 1966

International Day of Forests: 21 March 2019

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Forests and Education – Learn to Love Forests

First Observed in: 2013

World Poetry Day: 21 March 2019

Designated by: UNESCO

First Observed in: 2000

World Down Syndrome Day: 21 March 2019

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Focus: Leave No One Behind

First Observed in: 2012

 

Abbreviations in News

SHREYAS: Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills

QRSAM: Quick Reach Surface-to-Air Missiles

YUVIKA: YUva VIgyani KAryakram

Books in News

Every Vote Counts - Navin Chawla (former Chief Election Commissioner)


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