01 March 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

01 March 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

01 March 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Muhyiddin Yassin sworn in as Malaysia's new Prime Minister

  • Muhyiddin Yassin ( 72-years) took the oath of office as the country's new Prime Minister of Malaysia.
  • Muhyiddin had served as deputy Prime Minister under former premier Najib Razak from 2009 to 2015
  • The announcement came hours after Mahathir struck a new deal to work with his former ruling alliance led by rival Anwar Ibrahim.
  • The prime minister of Malaysia is the head of government and the highest political office in Malaysia. 
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 Important Dates

2. UNAIDS observes Zero Discrimination Day

  • Zero Discrimination Day is observed annually on 1 March by the United Nations Programme on HIV & AIDS (UNAIDS). 
  • Zero Discrimination Day highlights how people can become informed about and promote inclusion, compassion and peace. 
  • Zero Discrimination Day is helping to create a global movement of solidarity to end all forms of discrimination.
  • On the Day this year, UNAIDS is challenging the discrimination faced by women and girls in all their diversity. 
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 National Affairs

3. Indian Railways launches its First “Restaurant on Wheels”

  • Indian Railways launched its first ‘Restaurant on Wheels’ at Asansol Railway station in West Bengal for the use of Railway passengers as well as the general public of Asansol.
  • The Restaurant on Wheels in Asansol station circulating area was developed by refurbishing two overaged MEMU coaches.
  • This unique effort will not only improve the facilities at Asansol station but also generate non-fare revenue earnings of approximately Rs 50 lakh in the next five years.
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4. New explosive detection device, developed by DRDO & IISc Bangalore

  • RaIDer-X, a new explosive detection device, was unveiled at the National Workshop on Explosive Detection (NWED-2020) in Pune.
  • It has the capability to detect explosives from a stand-off distance.
  • Bulk explosive in a concealed condition can also be detected by the device.
  • RaIDer-X has been co-developed by High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) Pune and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.         
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 Summits & Conferences

5. Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurates the Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela-2020

  • The Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela-2020 in New Delhi.
  • During the ceremony, he called for the retention of talent in Agriculture.
  • Shri Tomar said the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given priority to agriculture and set a target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
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 International Affairs

6. ADB to provide $4 million to member countries to contain coronavirus

  • Asian Development Bank will provide a total of USD 4 mn to help developing countries in Asia and the Pacific to fight the outbreak COVID-19.
  • The ADB had earlier in Feb announced USD 2 mn for fighting the disease. 
  • The ADB has approved a further USD 2 million to help developing countries in Asia and the Pacific contain the outbreak coronavirus. 
  • The funds will be available for all ADB developing member countries in updating and implementing their pandemic response plans.
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7. Olympic medalist hockey player Balbir Singh Kullar passes away

  • Former Indian hockey player and Olympian Balbir Singh Kullar passed away. 
  • Kullar was part of the Indian side which bagged a bronze medal in the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
  • He was born in the Sansarpur village of the Jalandhar district in 1942.
  • He made his India debut in 1963 in Lyon, France.
  • He gained a reputation as an inside forward in the Indian team and toured several countries like Belgium, England, Netherlands, New Zealand, and West Germany.
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8. Rafael Nadal wins Mexican Open title 2020

  • Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal won the Mexican Open 2020. This is his 85th ATP Tour title and his first title of the year.
  • He defeated unseeded Taylor Fritz in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in the final of the ATP Mexico Open. 
  • In the women’s final, seventh-seeded Heather Watson captured her first WTA title in three years by grinding out a 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 win over Canadian teen Leylah Fernandez.
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 National Affairs

9. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla launches 'Suposhit Maa Abhiyaan' in Kota

  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla inaugurated 'Suposhit Maa Abhiyaan' in his Loksabha Constituency Kota, Rajasthan.
  • Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani was also present in the program.
  • Mr Birla appealed to every section of the society to cooperate in the malnutrition-free India campaign.
  • Keeping newborn and pregnant women healthy is the main objective of the 'Suposhit Maa Abhiyaan '.
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 Honours & Awards

10. Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal was presented Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee award

  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was presented the prestigious Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee award 2020 for Politics at the 6th India Ideas Conclave in Gujarat.
  • The award, instituted by India Foundation carries a citation, a specially designed trophy and a cheque worth Rs. one lakh.
  • The award was presented by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Speaker of People’s Majlis of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed.
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