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March 05, 2019

5th March 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (5th 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 5th March 2019

International Current Affairs
  • According to data released by IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace, 7 of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India.
    • Apart from Indian cities like Ghaziabad, Noida and Patna, Pakistan's Faisalabad and Lahore and China's Hotan are also in the top 10.
    • The only non-Indian city in the top five list is Faisalabad, Pakistan.
    • Top 10 Cities with Worst Air Quality in 2018
      1. Gurugram (India)
      2. Ghaziabad (India)
      3. Faisalabad (Pakistan)
      4. Faridabad (India)
      5. Bhiwadi (India)
      6. Noida (India)
      7. Patna (India)
      8. Hotan (China)
      9. Lucknow (India)
      10. Lahore (Pakistan)
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree suspending Russia's participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
    • Putin's move follows the US' decision to withdraw from the treaty, claiming Russia violated the Cold War-era pact. 
    • Note : The INF treaty banned both the countries from stationing land-based nuclear missiles in Europe.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced that a riverine section of the Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam will be put under electronic surveillance from today. 
    • The project, BOLD-QIT (Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique), is aimed to check illegal immigration and smuggling of arms. 
    • The project will provide respite to the BSF from round-the-clock human surveillance.
  • The UK has announced £2 million in aid support and established a new taskforce as part of a global campaign to end 'period poverty' to help all women and girls access sanitary products by 2030 and to tackle the stigma around menstruation. 
  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu embarked on a 2 nation visit to Paraguay and Costa Rica
    • The 8-day tour aims at strengthening bilateral ties with the two Latin American countries.
National Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan (PM-SYM) Yojana at Vastral in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. 
    • The national pension scheme for workers and labourers of unorganised sector was announced in the interim budget in February this year.
    • This scheme will provide monthly pension of 3000 rupees to the employees of unorganised sector after 60 years of age
  • Modi also launched 'One Nation One Card' which can be used to pay for travelling on any mode of transportation
    • Modi said that a 'common mobility card' can also be used to withdraw money and to shop.
  • The Karnataka State Action Plan on Climate Change, prepared by Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute and The Energy and Resources Institute has classified flower 'Flame Lily' as an endangered species in Karnataka
    • The flower, scientifically called Gloriosa superba, is Tamil Nadu's state flower. 
  • 49 days long Kumbh 2019 the largest religious congregation in the world, concluded in Uttar Pradesh, with over one crore devotees taking the holy dip at Sangam in Prayagraj on the occasion of 'Mahashivratri'.
    • Branded as 'Divya Kumbh, Bhavya Kumbh' (grand Kumbh), the Uttar Pradesh government had made elaborate arrangements to enable the pilgrims as well as other visitors to have a comfortable stay at Kumbh.
Awards & Honors
  • Veteran Marathi poet and writer Vasant Abaji Dahake has been honoured with the prestigious 'Janasthan' award.
    • The award has been instituted by Kusumagraj Pratishthan.
    • It was presented to Dahake by noted Marathi writer Madhu Mangesh Karnik at Kalidas Kala Mandir.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Private lender ICICI Bank is going to acquire 9.9% stake in Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) Kisan Finance for nearly ₹18 crore. 
    • Under the transaction, the lender will buy 1.49 crore shares from the NBFC. 
  • Ex-Union Minister V Dhananjay Kumar (67) passed away.
    • He was Cabinet minister for civil aviation and tourism in 1996, Union minister of state for finance from 1999 to 2000 and Union minister of state for textiles from 2000 to 2003. 
  • Actor Luke Perry (52), known for his roles in TV shows like 'Riverdale' and 'Beverly Hills, 90210', passed away. 
    • During his career, spanning over three decades, Perry featured in several TV shows and films including 'Oz' and 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'.
New Appointments
  • 1985-batch IAS officer of Tripura cadre,  Sanjeev Ranjan has been appointed as the new Secretary of Road Transport and Highways Ministry
    • He is currently working as the Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). 
    • Note : Nagendra Nath Sinha, who is currently the Managing Director of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL), will take additional charge as NHAI Chairman.
  • Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has been re-elected President of the powerful Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
Sports Current Affairs
  • India captain Virat Kohli has become the fastest batsman to score 9,000 runs in international cricket as captain, reaching the milestone against Australia in his 159th innings as captain today. 
    • The previous record was held by Ricky Ponting (204 innings). 
    • Important Point to Note : Kohli was also the fastest to reach 4,000, 5,000, 6,000, 7,000, and 8,000 ODI international runs as captain.
  • South African spinner Imran Tahir has announced that he will quit ODI cricket after the ICC World Cup 2019
  • For the first time in 9 years, two India bowlers, Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey, joined the Top five club in the latest ICC women's cricket rankings for ODI bowlers.
    • Top 5 in Women's ODI Bowling Rankings 
      1. Jhulan Goswami (India)
      2. Jess Jonassen (Australia)
      3. Sana Mir (Pakistan)
      4. Megan Schutt (Australia)
      5. Shikha Pandey (India)

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