08 March 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

08 March 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

08 March 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Australia beat India to win ICC Women's T20 World Cup for record fifth time

  • Australia (Defending champions) have won the ICC Women's T20 World Cup for record fifth time, outclassing India by 85 runs in the summit clash at Melbourne.
  • Australia posted 184 at the loss of four wickets.
  • India team were bundled out for 99 in 19.1 overs.
  • The ICC Women's T20 World Cup is the biennial international championship for women's Twenty20 International cricket.
  • The event is organised by the sport's governing body, the International Cricket Council.
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2. DMK Gen Sec K. Anbazhagan passes away

  • The DMK General Secretary K. Anbazhagan (97-years) passed away due to age-related problems.
  • The prominent ideologist of the DMK, Anbazghagan has been the Dravidian party General Secretary since 1977.
  • He has been elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly nine times and has been a cabinet minister in the Karunanidhi-led Government holding key portfolios like education and finance.
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 Important Dates

3. 8th March: International Women's Day

  • International Women's Day (IWD) is being celebrated every year on 8th March to highlight the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.
  • It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
  • The UN Women’s theme for 2020 is “I am Generation Equality:Realizing Women’s Rights".
  • Women's Day was first observed on 28th February 1909 in New York, USA.
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 Honours & Awards

4. President of India Confers Nari Shakti Puraskar for 2019

  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Nari Shakti Puraskar 2019 at a ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
  • Nari Shakti Puraskar is the highest civilian honour for women in India.
  • The awards were conferred 15 eminent women in recognition of their efforts in rendering distinguished services towards the emancipation of women.
  • They are from fields as diverse as agriculture, sports, handicrafts, afforestation, wildlife conservation, Armed Forces and education.
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 National Affairs

5. Govt. invites bids for sale of its entire 52.98% stake in BP

  • The Union Government has invited bids for the sale of its entire 52.98% stake in the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited.
  • The GoI is proposing strategic disinvestment of its entire shareholding in BPCL comprising 114.91 crore equity shares
  • It constitutes 52.98% of BPCL's equity share capital, along with transfer of management control, to a strategic buyer (except BPCL's equity shareholding of 61.65% in Numaligarh Refinery Limited).
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 Honours & Awards

6. IIFA Awards postponed amid Coronavirus outbreak

  • The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards (21st edition) has been postponed in light of the coronavirus scare.
  • IIFA was scheduled to be held from 27 to 29th March at Indore and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
  • A fresh date and plan for hosting IIFA in the state will be announced at the earliest.
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7. Former India opener Wasim Jaffer announces his retirement

  • Former India opener Wasim Jaffer (42-years) announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in Mumbai.
  • Jaffer had amassed a mountain of runs in a glorious first-class career that spanned almost a quarter-century.
  • He also has the highest number of first-class hundreds to his name.
  • Internationally, Jaffer played 31 Tests, scoring 1,944 runs at an average of 34.11. Besides five tons, he has 11 fifties in the highest format of the game, with 212 being his best.
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8. Pooja Rani & Vikas Krishan qualify for Tokyo Olympics

  • Asian champion Pooja Rani (in the 75kg category) and Vikas Krishan (in 69kg category) became the first set of Indian boxers to qualify for Tokyo Olympics 2020.
  • Both boxers advanced to the semi-finals of the continental qualifiers at Amman in Jordan.
  • Rani secured her maiden Olympic spot while Krishan will be making his third successive appearance at the quadrennial showpiece.
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9. Kieron Pollard becomes first player to play 500 T20s

  • West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard became the first player in the history of T20 cricket to feature in 500 matches.
  • Dwayne Bravo is second in the list with 453 matches under his belt so far.
  • Chris Gayle is at the third spot in the list as he has featured in 404 T20 matches.
  • The jersey had the all-rounder's name at the back along with the number 500.
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 Summits & Conferences

10. Sri Lanka to host 5th BIMSTEC Summit in September

  • Sri Lanka will host the next Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit (5th edition) in early September this year.
  • The summit will be preceded by the 17th Ministerial Meeting and 21st Senior Officials Meeting by the end of 2020.
  • Sri Lanka is the Chair of BIMSTEC between 2018 & 2020 and it will hand over the chairmanship to Thailand by the end of 2020.
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