March GK of 2020



The Indian-origin American author who has been chosen to be awarded the PEN/Hemingway Award 2020 for her first novel A Prayer for Travelers – Ruchika Tomar



The renowned Indian painter, sculptor, muralist and writer, (Padma Vibhushan awardee and brother of former PM IK Gujral) who passed away on 26 March 2020 – Satish Gujral 

The former Indian footballer, Padmashree and Arjuna awardee, who passed away on 20 March 2020 – PK Banerjee 

The high level technical committee of 21 Public Health Experts constituted by Govt of India for preventing and controlling COVID-19 in the country is headed by – Dr V K Paul

The former Chief Justice of India who has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the Indian President Shri Ram Nath Kovind – Shri Ranjan Gogoi 

The former chief financial officer and deputy managing director of State Bank of India who has been appointed the MD and CEO of Yes Bank – Prashant Kumar

The team which has won the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy title defeating Bengal in the finals at Rajkot – Saurashtra  

The former Secretary General of the United Nations Organisation who passed away on 04 March 2020 – Javier Perez de Cuellar 

The new Finance Secretary of India replacing Shri Rajiv Kumar  – Ajay Bhushan Pandey 

The new Prime Minister of Malaysia appointed after the resignation of Mr. Mahathir Mohammed – Muhyiddin Yassin  



The venue of Wings-2020 the biennial civil aviation and aerospace event organised by Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airports Authority of India and FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) – Begumpet, Hyderabad 

The European country which has become the first in the world to make public transport free in order to reduce traffic jams – Luxembourg   



The team which has won the third Indian Super League (ISL) trophy defeating Chennaiyin FC in the finals at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa – ATK FC

The snooker player who has won the National Snooker Championship (Women's) defeating Vidya Pillai in the finals  – Amee Kamani 

The well-known snooker player who has won the National Snooker Championship defeating Ishpreet Singh in the finals in Ahmedabad – Pankaj Advani 

The place at which the first ever Khelo India Winter Games were inaugurated by Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports  – Gulmarg, J&K 

The former Indian cricketer who has been appointed the Chairman of National Selection Panle of BCCI replacing MSK Prasad – Sunil Joshi 




The special train to be launched by SIDBI for new entrepreneurs on June 5 starting from Lucknow and covering 7000 km & 11 cities in 15 days is named – Swalamban Express 

The new explosive detection device developed by High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) Pune and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and unveiled at the National Workshop on Explosive Detection (NWED-2020) in Pune is named – RaIDer-X 



Sportsperson of the Year 2019: P V Sindhu (Badminton)

Para-athlete of the Year: Manasi Joshi and Pramod Bhagat (Badminton)

Team of the Year: Men's Hockey Team

Coach of the Year: Jaspal Rana (Shooting)

Mentor of the Year: Pullela Gopichand (Badminton)

Icon of the Century: Balbir Singh (Hockey)

Lifetime Achievement: Baichung Bhutia (Football)

Change Agent of the Year: Odisha


Women Transforming India Awards 2019





Dr. Priyanka Mokshmar

Co-founder of Vaayu Home Appliances. Vaayu provides economically affordable and environmentally feasible alternatives to traditional AC units across India - selling their products from Madhya Pradesh to Maharashtra and Delhi


Ms. Ramya Venkataraman

Her Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) has created a certification framework that allows for teachers’ skills and competency to be assessed as well as improved.


Ms. Shilpi Kapoor

started BarrierBreak, a company focused on the accessibility of technology for those with disabilities. The company uses digital access as a way to bridge some of the challenges differently-abled people face daily.


Ms. Rinka Banerjee

Her Thinking Forks is a consulting organisation, with expertise in the food and nutrition industry which has allowed them to create products to combat acute malnutrition; a program aligned with the Indian Government’s public health efforts.


Ms. Nidhi Pant  

She combats the issue around waste and farmer living standards, through her Science for Society team’s innovative idea of selling dehydrated vegetable snacks.


Ms. Anupriya Balikai

Her Spookfish Innovations has created a standard for products and ensure quality control for food packaging via inspection machines that are retrofitted and integrated into existing manufacturing lines.


Ms. Kalpana Sankar

She has a double doctorate in Nuclear Physics and Gender Issues and through her organization Hand in Hand is empowering the most marginalised and impoverished women in India through capacity building and training.


Ms. Khushboo Jain

She created ImpactGuru which is a crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals,NGOs and social enterprises, by helping them raise funds for healthcare, social, and personal needs, from family, friends as well as strangers.


Ms. Sneha Sundaram

Her company Kutuki focuses on bridging the learning gap that exists in Indian pre-schools through their mobile application.



Ms. Jayanti Pradhan  She is an agro-processor and farmer from Odisha who has been educating women in her community and equipping them with the tools and knowledge of mushroom farming to enable them to become financially independent.


Ms. Jugnu Jain

She is the founder and CSO, of Sapien Biosciences which is addressing this need for tissue-banks in India by  successfully using medical waste to create medical innovations.


Ms. Pratyusha Pareddy

She founded her startup, NemoCare, in 2017. Her company aims to combat infant mortality and promote neonatal care.


Ms. Poonam Bir Kasturi

She started the Daily Dump which is building products and services for decentralised waste management in homes, community offices and public spaces.


Ms. Ruchi Jain

She founded Taru Naturals which focuses on sustainable agriculture, striving to empower a network of small-scale farmers by leveraging upon India’s ancient wisdom and sustainable agricultural practices.


Ms. Sujata Sahu

Her 17000 ft Foundation is a social enterprise focused on providing education and exposure to the communities in the most rural and isolated regions of Ladakh.


Ms. Dr Praveen Nair

She is a Founder Trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust that has successfully worked in rehabilitating over 81,000 destitute and homeless children. Ms. Nair received the Special Jury Award.


Important Days of March

Zero Discrimination Day: 01 March 2020

Designated by: UNAIDS

First Observed in: 2014


World Wildlife Day: 03 March 2020

Designated by:  United nations General Assembly Theme: Sustaining all life on Earth

First Observed in: 2014


World Hearing Day: 03 March 2020

Designated by:  W.H.O. Theme: Hearing for Life - Don't let hearing loss limit you

First Observed in: 2007


International Women's Day: 08 March 2020

Designated by:  U.N.O. Theme: I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights

First Observed by UN in: 1975


World Kidney Day: 14 March 2020

Designated by: International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) Theme: Kidney Health for Everyone, Everywhere - from Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care

First Observed in: 2006


World Consumer Rights Day: 15 March 2020

Designated by: Consumers International Theme: The Sustainable Consumer

First Observed in: 1983


International Day of Happiness: 20 March 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2013


International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination: 21 March 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 1966


International Day of Forests: 21 March 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly Theme: Forests and Biodiversity

First Observed in: 2013


World Poetry Day: 21 March 2020

Designated by: UNESCO

First Observed in: 2000


World Down Syndrome Day: 21 March 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly Focus: We Decide

First Observed in: 2012


World Water Day: 22 March 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly Theme: Water and Climate Change

First Observed in: 1993


World Tuberculosis Day: 24 March 2020

Designated by: WHO Theme: It's Time

First Observed in: 1982


International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims: 24 March 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly First Observed in: 2011 International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade: 25 March 2020 Designated by: UN General Assembly Theme: Confronting Slavery’s Legacy of Racism Together

First Observed in: 2008


World Theatre Day: 27 March 2020

Designated by: International Theatre Institute, France

First Observed in: 1961 


World Happiness Index 2020


























New GST Rates

The following changes in the GST rates wef 01 April 2020 have been notified by The Goods and Services Tax Council

  • GST increased on mobile phones to 18 per cent from 12 per cent.
  • GST decreased on maintenance, repair and overhaul services for aircraft to 5 per cent from 12 per cent.
  • GST on handmade and machine-made matchsticks has been rationalized to 12 per cent.


Nari Shakti Puraskar 2019





Padala Bhudevi

Andhra Pradesh


Bina Devi



Arifa Jan

Jammu & Kashmir


Chami Murmu



Nilza Wangmo   Ladakh



Rashmi Urdhwardeshe



Mann Kaur



Kalavati Devi

Uttar Pradesh


Tashi and Nungshi Malik



Kaushiki Chakroborty

West Bengal


Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawanna Kanth, Mohana Singh Jitarwal

Indian Air Force


Bhageerathi Amma and Karthyayini Amma



Abel Prize 2020

1. Hillel Furstenberg (Israel-American) and

2. Gregory Margulis (Russian-American)


New Chief Ministers

Madhya Pradesh: Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan (4th time)


2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup

From 21 February to 08 March 2020

Hosts: Australia

Winners: Australia (record 5th title)

Runners-up: India

Participants: Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh and Thailand

Player of the series: Beth Mooney (Australia)

Most Runs: Beth Mooney (Australia)

Most Wickets: Megan Schutt (Australia)

Player of the final match: Alyssa Healy


Final played at: Melbourne

Captain of the Indian team: Harmanpreet Kaur


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