09 March 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

09 March 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

09 March 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Moody’s cuts G-20 growth outlook to 2.1%

  • According to Moody’s Investors Service, G-20 countries are expected to grow by 2.1 per cent in 2020.
  • The global credit rating agency is expecting these shocks to materially slow economic activity, particularly in the first half of this year.
  • The G-20 grouping includes advanced economies such as the US, Euro area, Japan, Germany and the UK, and emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil, Russia and Mexico.
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2. Senior Congress leader Hans Raj Bhardwaj passes away

  • Former Law Minister and senior Congress leader Hans Raj Bhardwaj (83-years) passed away at the Max Hospital, Saket, New Delhi.
  • Hans Raj Bhardwaj was born in Garhi Sampla village in Rohtak district of Haryana.
  • He was a Rajya Sabha member for five terms from April 1982 to June 2009.
  • He was appointed the governor of Karnataka in 2009.
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 State Affairs

3. Tamil Nadu tops in Poshan Abhiyan's participants list

  • The Union Government is implementing the flagship programme Poshan Abhiyan for improving the nutritional status of Indian citizens.
  • It helps children, adolescents, pregnant women and lactating mothers by leveraging technology, a targeted approach and convergence.
  • The Integrated Child Development Scheme has been in force for long in the southern state that has got rejuvenated with the Centre’s Poshan Abhiyaan mission.
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 National Affairs

4. Sanitary pad disposal bags to be made mandatory from Jan 2021

  • According to Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, The Union Government has decided to make sanitary napkin disposal bags mandatory from January 2021.
  • He said cleanliness norms in force in municipal areas will now be applicable to villages having a population of more than 3,000.
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 National Affairs

5. Paytm & Hyderabad Metro tie up for QR-based tickets

  • Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd in partnership with Paytm has launched a QR-code-based metro ticketing system at Rasoolpura metro station Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • The new service will enable commuters to travel seamlessly and avoid queues to buy tokens at the metro stations.
  • The feature will help over 14 lakh smartcard holders using the metro service.
  • The company plans to extend the service to metro-feeder buses to ensure last-mile connectivity in the city.
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 International Affairs

6. India admitted as fifth observer to Indian Ocean Commission

  • India was admitted to the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) as an observer country(fifth observer).
  • The other four observers China, Malta, European Union and International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF).
  • The member states are known to be erstwhile French colonies or partly British, partly French colonies.
  • The IOC was created in 1982 at Port Louis, Mauritius, and later institutionalised in 1984.
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7. Indian runner Prachi provisionally suspended

  • Indian runner Prachi ( (400m) has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for the presence of a steroid Oxandrolone, the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA).
  • As per the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) and NADA list, Oxandrolone is a prohibited substance, which is a non-specified substance-Anabolic Androgenic Steroid.
  • She waved off her right for B sample analysis and hence her case has been forwarded to the Anti Doping Disciplinary Panel for adjudication.
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8. First ever Khelo India Winter Games begin at Gulmarg in Kashmir

  • Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiuju inaugurated the five-day Khelo India Winter games at famous tourist destination Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • During the event, the competitions in the sports disciplines like snow skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ski mountaineering and snow baseball would be held.
  • The GoI will establish a Sports Training Academy at Gulmarg at the level of International Standards for the promotion of sports tourism.
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 National Affairs

9. Ranchi University launches its own Community Radio Station

  • Ranchi University has launched its own Community Radio Station 'RADIO KHANCHI 90.4 FM' Aap Sabka Radio.
  • Governor cum Chancellor Draupadi Murmu has inaugurated the RADIO KHANCHI of Ranchi University.
  • Students will be able to receive information about academic, cultural, examination, important datelines and placement related activities and programs.
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 Science & Technology

10. Indian Coast Guards conducts SAREX-2020 in Goa

  • The final exercise of the National level Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX-2020) was conducted by the Indian Coast Guard in the sea at Vasco, South Goa district.
  • The exercise was carried out and rehearsals for SAREX were conducted on 4th March this year.
  • It was observed by observers from 19 countries.
  • ICG conducts this exercise biennially under the aegis of National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB) since 2003.
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 National Affairs

11. MSDE launches Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship programme in Bengaluru

  • The Union Minister Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey has launched the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship programme in the Indian Institute of Management in Bengaluru.
  • The Fellowship is launched as part of the SANKALP programme of the ministry to provide skilled manpower for District Skill Committees to prepare the District Skill Development plan. 
  • Now, IIMB will train 75 graduates for two years in preparing the District skill plan considering the skill gaps.

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