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March 19, 2019

19th March 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (19th March 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 19th March 2019

International Current Affairs
  • India, Pakistan and the other members states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will take part in a joint anti-terrorism exercise to be held this year by the grouping.
    • The decision to hold the joint exercise 'Sary-Arka-Antiterror 2019' was announced during the 34th meeting of the SCO's Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) council held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
    • The SCO, in which China plays an influential role, is also comprised of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. 
    • India and Pakistan were admitted into the bloc in 2017.
  • Singapore, Paris and Hong Kong share the title of the world's most expensive city, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Worldwide Cost of Living Survey. 
    • Switzerland's Zurich and Geneva and Japan's Osaka are also among top five most expensive cities. 
    • Note : According to the report, India's Bengaluru, Chennai and New Delhi are among the 10 cheapest locations surveyed.
National Current Affairs
  • International workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure will begin in New Delhi tomorrow.
    • The 2-day event is being organised by the National Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
    • Aim of this workshop : To identify good practices of disaster risk management in key infrastructure sectors.
    • It will bring together countries from different parts of the world, multilateral development banks, UN agencies, academia and research institutions.
  • The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to prepare a noise pollution map and remedial action plan to solve the issue across the country.
    • The green panel said the absence of implementation of noise pollution norms affects health of citizens, especially infants and senior citizens.
    • It also affects sleep, comfort, studies and other legitimate activities, it said.
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19th March 2019 Hindu Editorial Vocabulary - PDF Download

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Hai Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu News Paper dated 19th March 2019. You can download PDF Version of the editorials and meanings from below link. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on titles to read Editorials from THE HINDU News Paper


Hindu Editorial Topic 1 : "Lokpal, at last"
  • Graft - dishonest or illegal activities in politics or business that involve giving people money or advantages in exchange for their help or support
  • Unjustified - not fair, or not based on any good reason
  • Nevertheless - despite a fact or idea that you have just mentioned
  • Ought to - used for saying what is the right or sensible thing to do, or the right way to behave
  • Milestone - an event or achievement that marks an important stage in a process
  • Ombudsman - someone whose job is to deal with complaints that people make about an organization or particular type of business
  • Enact - to make a proposal into a law
  • Unreasonable - not fair
  • Regime - a system or form of government
  • Amendment - a change made to a law or agreement
  • Asset - something valuable belonging to a person or organization that can be used for the payment of debts
  • Obvious - clear to almost anyone
  • Ultimately - after a process or activity has ended
  • Stern - a stern action is so firm that you cannot oppose it
  • Ultimatum - a statement that orders someone to do something and threatens to punish or attack them if they do not
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Meet the new Chief Minister of Goa - Pramod Sawant

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Goa speaker Pramod Sawant (Bharatiya Janata Party) took oath as the 13th Chief minister of Goa in a ceremony held at 2am today. He has replaced from former defence minister and 4-time Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, who passed away due to life threatening  Pancreatic Cancer.

The new government has two deputy chief ministers, Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLA Sudin Dhavalikar, from the two small parties backing BJP in the coastal state.

Pramod Sawant took oath along with ministers in his 12-member cabinet that included his two deputies.



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March 18, 2019

18th March 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (18th March 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 18th March 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been hit by "Idai", a vicious cyclone that has killed nearly 150 people, left hundreds more missing and stranded tens of thousands. 
    • According to the UN and government officials, Idai Cyclone has affected more than 1.5 million people in the three southern African countries.
    • India has decided to divert three Indian naval ships to the port city of Beira in Mozambique to provide humanitarian assistance to the people affected by  tropical cyclone ‘IDAI’.
    • The ships will provide relief materials in the form of food, clothes and medicines.
    • Note : In 2017, India had provided 10 million dollars  to Mozambique  for food grains after the country suffered food shortage due to natural calamities.
National Current Affairs
  • The Election Commission today issued a notification for the 1st phase of Lok Sabha polls.
    • 91 Parliamentary constituencies spread over 20 states and Union Territories will go to polls in this phase.  
    • Last date for filing of nominations : 25th March 2019
    • Scrutiny of the nomination papers : 26th March 2019
    • Last date for withdrawal of nomination papers : 28th March. 
    • For the first phase of elections, polling will be held on 11th April 2019
    • Elections will be held for all 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh, and 17 in Telangana in the first phase.  
    • Among other constituencies going to polls in this phase are : 8 in Uttar Pradesh; 5 in Uttarakhand; 4 in Bihar; 7 in Maharashtra; 5 in Assam; 4 in Odisha; 2 each in Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and West Bengal; and one each in Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.
    • Election Commission also issued the Notification for all 32 Assembly seats in Sikkim, 60 constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh and Assembly elections for all the 175 Assembly constituencies of Andhra Pradesh. 28 Assembly constituencies in Odisha will go to the polls in Phase 1.
    • The counting of votes will be taken up on 23rd of May after the completion of all phases of polling.
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18th March 2019 Hindu Editorial Vocabulary - PDF Download

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Hai Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu News Paper dated 18th March 2019. You can download the pdf version of this vocabulary from below given link. Happy reading :)

Note : There were no editorials in THE HINDU on 17th March 2019 (Sunday) 


  • Lapse - a period of time between two events
  • Collapse - if a building or other structure collapses, it suddenly falls down
  • Pedestrian - someone who is walking, especially in a town or city, instead of driving or riding
  • Creak - a high sound that something, especially something wooden, makes when it moves or when you put weight on it
  • Infrastructure - the set of systems within a place or organization that affect how well it operates, for example the telephone and transport systems in a country
  • Upgrade - to improve the quality of a service or product
  • Terminus - the end of a bus or train line
  • Underscore - to emphasize something, or to show that it is important
  • Irony - a strange, funny, or sad situation in which things happen in the opposite way to what you would expect
  • Stampede - if a group of animals or people stampede, they all start to run in a very fast uncontrolled way because they are
  • Overcrowding - unpleasant conditions caused by too many people or things being in the same place
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March 17, 2019

Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Passes Away

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Goa Chief Minister and Former Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar (63) had passes away at Panaji today. He had been battling life threatening  Pancreatic Cancer for more than a year.

Mr Parrikar's health had been fluctuating for several days and worsened yesterday's morning. The former Defence Minister had been in and out of hospital in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since February last year. After coming back from New York, Parrikar, was seen wearing medical paraphernalia -a nasogastric tube. The 3-time chief minister had said in January that he "will serve Goa till my last breath."

Mr Parrikar was the Defence Minister in 2016 when India conducted a surgical strike on terror launch pads across the Line of Control days after the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri. Parrikar proposed the name of Narendra Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate before the 2013 BJP parliamentary elections convention in Goa.

Political leaders across the country have condoled Mr. Parrikar's death.

About Manohar Parrikar :
  • Born on : 13th December 1955
  • Died on : 17th March 2019
  • Occupation : 10th Chief Minister of Goa
  • Reason of Death : Pancreatic Cancer
  • Awards :
    • Distinguished Alumnus Award 2001 IIT-MUMBAI
    • Dr. S P Mukherjee Award at 2018 Swarajya Awards
    • Honorary Doctorate by National Institute of Technology Goa
    • CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2012 in politics category


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17th March 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (17th March 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 17th March 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister of Guinea Dr. Ibrahima Kassory Fofana  has arrived in New Delhi this evening on a 10 day official visit to India.
    • During the visit, Mr Fofona will call on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow.
    • He will also have a meeting with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
    • He will address the inaugural session of 14th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India-Africa Partnership Project in New Delhi tomorrow.
  • Nations made the 1st global commitment to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics, including plastic bags, bottles and straws, by 2030
    • The pledge came after marathon talks at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Kenya. 
    • The nations also made other commitments, including reducing food waste and marine litter, as well as developing and sharing innovative technologies.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is on a 2-day official visit to Maldives.
    • She held a high-level meeting at the Maldives Foreign Ministry at Male. 
    • Several ministers, including Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, are present at the meeting to discuss bilateral cooperation and development assistance to the Maldives.
    • During the visit, the Minister of External Affairs will call on President of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the Speaker of Parliament Qasim Ibrahim and meet with several ministers.
    • Both sides will discuss ongoing and future collaboration arrangements.
    • It is expected that discussions will focus on development cooperation, cooperation in the field of health, and enhancing people-to-people contact.
National Current Affairs
  • The 1st Indian-origin woman in space, Kalpana Chawla was born on this day (17th March) in the year 1962. 
    • Chawla moved to the United States in 1982 and joined NASA in 1988. 
    • Describing her first mission in space, she said, "You are just your intelligence", on experiencing weightlessness. 
    • The astronaut died with six crew members on her second mission aboard the Columbia spacecraft in 2003.
    • Note : Sunita Williams became the second Indian-origin woman to travel into space in 2006.
  • Former IAS officer Shah Faesal, who became the 1st IAS topper from J&K in 2009, has launched a political party named 'Jammu and Kashmir Peoples' Movement' at a function in Srinagar today. 
    • He resigned from the Indian Administrative Service in January to protest killings in Kashmir. 
  • The Geographical Indications Registry has granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Coorg Arabica Coffee, Wayanad Robusta Coffee, Chikmagalur Arabica Coffee, Araku Valley Arabica Coffee and Bababudangiris Arabica Coffee.
    • About GI Tag :
      • A GI tag is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation by virtue of their geographical association.
      • The tag conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness which is essentially attributable to the geographical origin of the product. 
      • The owner of the GI tag has exclusive rights over the product.
  • The NITI Aayog and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) organized the 1st workshop on development of the India Energy Modelling Forum (IEMF), which has been envisaged as a pan-stakeholder platform for debating ideas, scenario-planning & discussing the India's energy future.
    • The 2-day workshop, being held with the support of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), was organized under the Sustainable Growth Pillar of the India-U.S. Strategic Energy Partnership. 
    • The inaugural session of the workshop was chaired by Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog and Mr Mark A. White, Mission Director, USAID India.
  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT), has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), to prepare a noise pollution map and remedial action plan to solve the issue across the country.
    • A  bench headed by National Green Tribunal Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the CPCB to identify noise pollution hotspots and categorise cities with specified hotspots and propose a remedial action plan within three months.
    • The NGT said the absence of implementation of noise pollution norms affects health of citizens, especially infants and senior citizens.
New Appointments
  • Retired Supreme Court Judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose has been recommended to be India's 1st Lokpal (Anti-corruption ombudsman of India).
    • Selection Committee for Lokpal, comprising the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and an eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi finalised Justice Ghose's name in a meeting today.
Sports Current Affairs
  • National record holder Irfan KT became the 1st Indian from athletics to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
    • Irfan achieved the feat after finishing 4th in the 20-km event of Asian Race Walking Championships in Japan's Nomi. 
  • 18-year-old Diksha Dagar became the 2nd Indian to win an event on Ladies European Tour after clinching South African Women's Open in Cape Town. 
    • Note : Aditi Ashok was the first Indian to win on the Ladies European Tour after clinching Hero Women's Indian Open in Gurugram in 2016. 
  • FIFA President Gianni Infantino today confirmed plans to launch an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 following a meeting in Miami. 
    • The new tournament, which has recently drawn threats of a boycott from leading European football clubs including Manchester United and Barcelona, is to be staged in June-July 2021 instead of the Confederations Cup.
  • India have bagged 70 medals (18 golds, 22 silver and 30 bronze) so far in Special Olympics, which are being held at Abu Dhabi. 
    • In Roller Skating, Supreet Singh from Haryana in 1000-meter, Rishabh Jain from New Delhi in 1000-meter and Priya Prakash Gada from Maharashtra in 100-meter won a Gold Medal each. 
    • Amanjot Singh won gold in the squat contest after lifting 385kg.
    • Indian roller skaters bagged a staggering 29 medals comprising 9 golds, 13 silver and two bronze. 
    • The powerlifters of India also found the podium 23 times by the end of the second day of competitions.
    • The cyclists fetched two yellow metals while the judokas brought in two more gold medals. 
    • The athletics and swimming contingents, who are competing in Dubai, were also successful in winning eight medals. 
    • About Special Olympics 2019
      • The Special Olympics World Games are an international sporting competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities, organized by the IOC-recognised Special Olympics organisation.
      • The Special Olympics World Games 2019 is being hosted by the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
      • For the 1st time, the Special Olympics is being held in the Middle East and North Africa region. 
      • The host UAE had introduced the term “people of determination” as part of a new National Strategy for Empowering People with Disabilities.
      • Motto of Special Olympics : “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me brave in the attempt.’
      • Previous Special Olympics were held in Austria (2017) and the next Special Olympics will be held in Sweden (2021)

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    March 16, 2019

    16th March 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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    Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (16th March 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

    Daily Current Affairs of 16th March 2019

    International Current Affairs
    • The 1st BRICS Sherpa meeting under the Presidency of Brazil concluded at Curitiba in Brazil. 
      • Brazil's priorities for its Presidency includes science, technology and innovation, digital economy, New Development Bank and BRICS Business Council as well as countering transnational crime and terrorism.
      • During the meeting, India conveyed its support for the priority areas set out by Brazil, particularly to take forward BRICS cooperation on counter terrorism in a meaningful and concrete manner with BRICS member countries.
      • Indian delegation was led by : T S Tirumurti (Secretary, Economic Relations in the Ministry of External Affairs)
    National Current Affairs
    • According to a recent report released by the Election Commission, West Bengal has the maximum number of 1st-time voters, around 20.1 lakh, in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. 
      • With around 16.7 lakh young voters, Uttar Pradesh stood at 2nd spot followed by Madhya Pradesh with 13.6 lakh first-time voters.
      • Note : The number of people eligible to vote has reportedly increased by 8.4 crore as compared to 2014 General Elections.
    Science & Technology
    • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee has tied up with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to set up a Space Technology Cell within its campus.
      • The cell shall ensure maximising the use of research potential, infrastructure, expertise and experience that exist in the institutes.
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    16th March 2019 Hindu Editorial Vocabulary - PDF Download

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    Hai Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu News Paper dated 16th March 2019. You can download PDF Version of the editorials and meanings from below link. Happy reading :)

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    Hindu Editorial Topic 1 : "A fresh warning: what GEO-6 means for India"
    • Enforce - to make sure that a law or rule is obeyed by people
    • Outlook - an idea about what a situation will be like in the future
    • Stark - used for describing an unpleasant fact or situation that is very obvious or impossible to avoid
    • Unsustainable - not capable of continuing at the same rate or level
    • Extract - to remove something from a particular place
    • Unmanageable - extremely difficult to control or organize
    • Linear - involving ideas or events that are directly connected and follow one after the other
    • Premature - happening too soon or before the usual time
    • Mortality - death
    • Insulate - to protect someone or something from harmful experiences or influences
    • Pointer - a piece of advice or information
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    March 15, 2019

    YONO Cash - SBI's new feature to get money from ATM without card

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    Under it's digital banking platform YONO (You Only Need One), India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a new service for cardless cash withdrawal tiled YONO Cash. With this SBI customers can withdraw cash from  over 16,500 SBI ATMs across the country without using their debit cards.  The ATMs enabled for this service will also be termed as YONO Cash Points.

    "The initiative will address their concern of using the debit card at the ATMs for cash withdrawals by eliminating possible risk associated with it. This feature on YONO is designed to help its users withdraw cash without a physical debit card," Rajnish Kumar, Chairman of SBI, announced in a statement.

    How to withdraw cash without ATM Card using YONO Cash service ?

    • The SBI customers can initiate the request for the cardless cash withdrawal from their YONO app and set a six-digit YONO Cash pin for the transaction. 
    • They will receive a six-digit reference number for the transaction on their registered mobile number via SMS, which will then have to be entered into a YONO Cash Point.
    • The cash withdrawal has to be completed within the next 30 minutes using both PIN and the reference number received.
    Important Note : With this, SBI became the 1st lender to offer this service in India.  

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