12 March 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

12 March 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

12 March 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. International Food and Hospitality fair begins in New Delhi

  • The Union Minister for Commerce and Industry ‘Suresh Prabhu’ has inaugurated the International Food and Hospitality fair ‘AAHAR’ (34th edition) at Pragati Maidan (Hall 7-12A) in New Delhi.
  • The five-day fair will feature a wide range of food products, machinery, hospitality and Decoration and Confectionery items from over 560 participants from India and abroad.
  • Around 20 countries, including the US, Russia, China, UK, Germany, Italy and Singapore will participate in the fair.
  • The fair will showcase new trends in food and beverage, hospitality, culinary technology, retail and new innovations.

2. PM Modi & Sheikh Hasina jointly unveil e-plaques for development projects in Bangladesh

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasian (Bangladesh Prime Minister) jointly unveiled e-plaques for development projects in Bangladesh (through video conference).
  • Both leaders unveiled e-plaques for the supply of buses and trucks, the inauguration of 36 community clinics, 11 water treatment plants, and extension of National Knowledge Network to Bangladesh.
  • The National Knowledge Network will connect scholars and research institutes in Bangladesh, to India and the world.
  • This is PM Modi's sixth video conference with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

3. New visa agreement between India & Maldives comes into effect

  • The new visa agreement between India and Maldives, providing a liberal visa policy for Maldivian citizens seeking medical treatment as well as education and business opportunities in India, came into force.
  • Under the agreement, Maldivian businessmen and tourists can stay in India for 90 days without a visa.
  • The main aim behind the move is to boost people-to-people ties between the two countries.
  • The agreement has come into effect after all formalities including information being provided to all immigration offices, border points and customs authorities have been completed.
  • A visa is a conditional authorization granted by a country to a foreigner, allowing them to enter, remain within, or to leave that country.

4. MP government issues an ordinance to give 27% quota to OBCs

  • The Madhya Pradesh government has issued an ordinance raising reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) to 27% (present 14%).
  • The ordinance was sent to Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel for her assent on.
  • The ordinance could be issued before the Lok Sabha poll model code of conduct comes into effect.
  • Now, MP is possibly the only state in the country to have 27% quota for OBCs.

National Appointment

5. Hasmukh Adhia appointed as Chancellor of Gujarat Central University

  • Former Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia (1981-batch Gujarat cadre officer) has been appointed as the Chancellor of Central University of Gujarat for five years term.
  • SA Bari is the current vice chancellor of the Central University of Gujarat.
  • Mr Adhia retired on 30th November 2018.
  • Earlier, the Union government also nominated him as the Chairman of Bank of Baroda(BoB).
  • In 2009, Gujarat Central University was set up through an Act of Parliament in Gandhinagar, Gujarat,
  • The university includes 16 schools, 14 academic departments, and 2 other special centres.

6. 'Metro Man' Sreedharan appointed a principal advisor to MRTCs in J&K

  • The Jammu and Kashmir Governor administration has approved the appointment of ‘E Sreedharan’ (86-years) as the principal advisor to two mass rapid transit systems to be built in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The governor administration has approved setting up of two MRTCs Jammu Mass Rapid Transit Corporation and the Srinagar Mass Rapid Transit Corporation for the two capital cities.
  • Sreedharan is a retired IES (IRSE) officer and is popularly known as the "Metro Man".
  • Sreedharan is known for changing the face of public transport in the country with his leadership of building the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro.

Banking and Finance

7. PNB sanctions loans worth Rs 689 crore to 1,600 MSMEs

  • Punjab National Bank (PNB) has sanctioned loans worth Rs 689 crore to over 1,600 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
  • It has sanctioned it through the psbloansin59minutes.com portal as part of its effort to promote such industries.
  • Under the Mudra Yojana, the bank has offered loan to over 2.69 lakh small entrepreneurs till February 14, 2019.
  • MSMEs through this portal can avail loans of up to Rs 1 crore in 59 minutes or less than an hour.
  • In November 2018, Prime Minister Modi announced the launch of the 59 minutes loan portal to enable easy access to credit for MSMEs.

Honours & Awards

8. BBC journalist Priyanka Dubey gets Chameli Devi Jain award

  • BBC journalist ‘Priyanka Dubey’ has won the ‘Chameli Devi Jain Award-2018’ for an Outstanding Woman Journalist for the year 2018 at a function in Delhi.
  • She was chosen for her multi-faceted, investigative and interrogative reportage.
  • Priyanka Dubey works as a bilingual correspondent with the BBC at its Delhi bureau.
  • The Chameli Devi Jain Award named after the freedom fighter, Chameli Devi Jain who held demonstrations against the foreign goods on the call of Gandhi and got arrested.

9. 116-year-old Japanese woman officially named the oldest person

  • Japanese woman, Kane Tanaka (116-years) has been honoured as the world's oldest living person by Guinness World Records.
  • The global authority on records officially recognised Kane Tanaka in a ceremony.
  • The previous oldest living person was another Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako (117-years) who passed away in July 2018.
  • Tanaka born in January 1903, Tanaka loves playing the board game 'Othello' and enjoys studying mathematics.


10. Zinedine Zidane re-appointed as coach of Spanish football club Real Madrid till 2022

  • Former French football player ‘Zinedine Zidane’ (46-year) has been re-appointed as the coach of Spanish football club Real Madrid (highest-earning football club) till 2022.
  • He replaces Santiago Solari, who was sacked after less than five months in charge.
  • Real Madrid was the highest-earning football club in the world (annual revenue of € 750.9 million) in 2018.
  • Real Madrid is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid.

11. Sailor Upamanyu Dutta clinches bronze in Asian regatta

  • Mumbai sailor Upamanyu Dutta bagged the bronze medal in the Laser Standard race for men in the Laser Asian Sailing Championship in Singapore.
  • Earlier, Upamanyu won the Euromed Championship in Malta.
  • Nethra Kumanan (from Chennai) achieved a creditable 4th position in the Laser Radial event for women.
  • The young sailor sailed superbly to gain India's first ever medal in the competitive single-handed Laser Standard category.

12. Fifth SAFF Women's Championship kicks off in Biratnagar Nepal today

  • The 2019 SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Women's Championship (5th edition) was scheduled to be held from in Biratnagar. Nepal (from 12–22 March 2019).
  • The current SAFF members are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
  • Pakistan Withdraws Participation in 2019 SAFF Women's Championship.
S. No. Group A Group B
1. Nepal (H) India
2. Bangladesh Maldives
3. Bhutan Sri Lanka

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