Current Affairs : 12-03-2020 in English

Important Day

  • World Day Against Cyber Censorship - 12 March.

Economy

  • India's growth projection for 2020 by Moody’s Investor Service - 5.3%.
  • According to UNCTAD’s Investment Trends Monitor, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak could cause global foreign direct investment (FDI) to shrink by - 5%-15%.

International

  • On March 11, the UN Security Council has adopted a resolution to welcome the recent progress in the peace process in - Afghanistan.

National

  • The 73rd edition of Shriram Shankarlal Music festival organised in - New Delhi.
  • Commonwealth Secretary General suggested that one of the commonwealth funds can be named after - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
  • The ‘Health Benefit Package 2.0’ (includes 1578 procedures) has been implemented in many states of India under - Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY.
  • The Union Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar announced that the usage of sanitary napkin disposal bags will be made mandatory from the year - 2021.
  • This company launched a skill development programme called DigiPivot from women who want to restart their careers after a break - Google India.
  • This state has topped the list of most installations of Solar Rooftops across the country with the total number of 50,915 projects – Gujarat (second: Maharashtra).

Persons in News

  • First woman MD & CEO at Metropolitan Stock Exchange of India Limited (MSE) -Latika Kundu.
  • Commonwealth Secretary General - Baroness Patricia Scotland.
  • Two ex-soldiers that will represent India at Cybathlon 2020, Zurich to compete in the Powered Exoskeleton Race - Ajit Kumar Shukla and Arun Pal.

Sports

  • Winner of I-League 2020 at Kalyani, West Bengal - Mohun Bagan (defeated Aizawl FC).

State Current Affairs

  • This state government started a campaign called 'Namaste over Handshake' that encourages people to greet in the traditional Indian style, to tackle the spread of coronavirus - Karnataka.
  • New Director General of the Madhya Pradesh Police - V.K Johri.

Science

  • A new hybrid variety of Anti-fungal grapes which developed by scientists at the Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) - ARI-516.
  • Second person to be ever cured of HIV using special bone-marrow transplant technique - Adam Castillejo, London (first: Timothy Brown, Berlin).

General Knowledge

  • KIRAN Scheme - "Knowledge Involvement in Research Advancement through Nurturing"
  • The Kayasanur Forest Disease is also known as - monkey fever.
  • India's first Home Minister - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
  • Commonwealth (Commonwealth of Nations) - Founded: 11 December 1931; Headquarters: London, United Kingdom.
  • Metropolitan Stock Exchange of India Limited (MSE) - Founded: 14 August 2008; Headquarters: Mumbai.

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