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March 06, 2019

6th March 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (6th 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 6th March 2019

International Current Affairs
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the Foreign Minister of Kenya Ambassador Monica K Juma today co-chaired India-Kenya Joint Commission Meeting.
  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu reached Paraguay as a part of 2-nation tour of Paraguay and Costa Rica. 
    • This high-level visit to these countries aims at Indian outreach to the important countries in the region
    • During his Paraguay visit, he will meet with President Mr. Mario Abdo Benítez, Vice President, Mr. Hugo Velázquez, and President of the National Congress (Senate), Mr. Silvio Ovelar. 
    • Naidu will also address the India-Paraguay business forum and interact with the Indian diaspora.
  • The 3rd edition of the bilateral joint exercise between India and Oman, Al Nagah 2019 will begin from 12th of this month at Jabel Al Akhdar Mountains in Oman.
    • In the exercise, both the armies will exchange expertise and experience in tactics, weapon handling and firing.
    • Aim of this exercise : To enhance interoperability in counter terrorist operations in semi urban mountainous terrain.
  • Pakistan's Interior Ministry today officially banned 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its charity wing Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation.
  • India will collaborate with Bhutan, Nepal, Indonesia and Malaysia to increase the population of three species of Asian rhinos, including the Greater one-horned rhinoceros found in the Indian sub-continent. 
    • The five rhino range nations signed a declaration ‘The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019’ for the conservation and protection of the species at the recently held Second Asian Rhino Range Countries meeting.
National Current Affairs
  • 7th March 2019 to be celebrated as ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’ across India 
    • Aim of Janaushadhi Diwas : To provide further impetus and create awareness about the use of generic medicines.
    • On the occasion of the ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with owners of Janaushadhi Kendras and beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) across the country through video conference. 
    • Various programmes would be organised at all PMBJP Kendras to increase the awareness about the scheme. 
    • These programmes would witness participation of doctors, health experts, NGOs and beneficiaries.
    • Note : Over 5050 Janaushadhi stores functional across 652 districts in the country.
  • According to data compiled by Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), India's unemployment rate rose to 7.2% in February, up from 5.9% in February 2018. 
    • The number of employed persons in February is estimated at 400 million, the Mumbai-based private think tank added. 
    • The CMIE numbers are based on a survey of tens of thousands of households across India.
  • The National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey, NARSS 2018-19 has found that 96.5 per cent of the households in rural India have access to a toilet
    • The survey was conducted by an Independent Verification Agency under the World Bank support project to the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen).
    • The survey also re-confirmed the Open Defecation Free (ODF) status of over 90 per cent of villages which were previously declared and verified as ODF by various districts and States.
  • The government of Karnataka has launched the water conservation scheme Jalamrutha
    • The scheme focuses on drought-proofing measures, including protection and rejuvenation of water bodies.
  • Union minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurated 'Azaadi ke Diwane' museum, dedicated to the unsung heroes of the country's freedom struggle, on the Red Fort premises, Delhi.
    • Built by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the museum is a fifth in the series of recently inaugurated ones. Others are :
      • Subhash Chandra Bose and INA museum
      • Yaad-e-Jallian museum
      • Museum on 1857 (India's first war of Independence) 
      • Drishyakala (a Museum on Indian Art) -- on the sacrifices of India's freedom fighters.
Science & Technology
  • Israel's Beresheet spacecraft on the country's first mission to the Moon has sent back its first selfie. 
    • The image showing Earth in the background was beamed to mission control in Israel from 37,600 kilometres away.
    • Launched by Elon Musk-led SpaceX on February 22, the 585-kilogram spacecraft is due to touch down on Moon on April 11.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced the launch of the Young Scientist programme, which will train class 9 students in space science and technology and its applications in order to culture a passion for space-related activities. 
    • The two-week residential training programme will be held each year during summer holidays for students from across the country who have completed class 8 and are studying in class 9.
    • ISRO Chairperson : K Sivan 
  • The Geological Survey of India (GSI) launched 22 permanent global positioning system (GPS) stations across India to identify seismically hazardous zones and encourage mapping activities.
    • The 22 GPS-Geodetic (pertaining to Geodesy, the science of earth measurement) observatories are located in Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Pune, Dehradun, Chennai, Jabalpur, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Raipur, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar Vishakhapatnam, Agartala, Itanagar, Mangan, Jammu, Lucknow, Nagpur, Shillong and Little Andaman.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India today signed a loan agreement with the World Bank for 96 Million US dollars for additional financing of Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project.
    • The Project has completed more than two thousand permanent houses and 23 public buildings and restored over one thousand 300 kilometers of roads and 16 bridges so far.
  • National Institute of Technical Teacher's Training and Research(NITTTRC), Bhopal and Shri Vishwakarma Skill University, Gurugram signed a Memorandum of understanding(MoU) to further strengthen the skill development facilities provided to the youth.
    • The MoU was signed in the presence of Minister of State for Skill development and Entrepreneurship Anant Kumar Hegde in  New Delhi.
Awards & Honors
  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented Swachh Survekhshan-2019 Awards in New Delhi. 
    • Indore bagged Award for cleanest city for 3rd straight year in Swachh Survekshan.
    • New Delhi Municipal Council area gets cleanest small city award.
    • Uttarakhand's Gauchar was adjudged Best Ganga Town.
    • Note : Swachh Survekshan 2019 covered all Urban Local Bodies in the country, making it the largest such cleanliness survey in the world.
  • TVS Motor Company has bagged the International sustainability award - Green Era Award for Sustainability in Lisbon, Portugal. 
    • The company also won the Quality and Business Excellence Award in acknowledgement of its endeavour to create new benchmarks in product quality.
  • The Swedish Academy today announced that 2 Nobel Prizes for literature will be awarded this year. 
    • The decision comes after a sex scandal causing the suspension of the award last year (1st time since 1949). 
    • The Academy in a statement said the Nobel Prize in Literature will awarded this autumn for both 2018 and 2019.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • With $50 billion wealth, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani jumped six positions to rank 13th on Forbes World's Billionaires list 2019.
    • This list has been topped by Amazon's Jeff Bezos and family with $131 billion wealth. 
    • America's 21-year-old Kylie Jenner has become the youngest-ever self-made billionaire overtaking Facebook Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who was 23 when he took the title.
    • Top 10 Billionaires of the World 2019
      1. Jeff Bezos and family (U.S.)
      2. Bill Gates (U.S.)
      3. Warren Buffett (U.S.)
      4. Bernard Arnault & family (France)
      5. Carlos Slim Helu & family (Mexico)
      6. Amancio Ortega (Spain)
      7. Larry Ellison (U.S.)
      8. Mark Zuckerberg (U.S.)
      9. Michael Bloomberg (U.S.)
      10. Larry Page (U.S.)
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has fined Yes Bank ₹1 crore for not complying with its directions about SWIFT, a financial messaging software. 
    • SWIFT stands for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications.
    • SWIFT is used by financial institutions to securely transmit information and instructions. 
    • Important Note : The officials of Punjab National Bank (PNB) had issued Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) on behalf of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi's firms over SWIFT without recording them in the bank's internal system.
New Appointments
  • P V Ramesh has been appointed as the Director-general of the National Archives of India
    • He is currently serving as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Rural Electrification Corporation.
  • Mining giant Vedanta today it has appointed Ajay Kapur as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its Aluminium and Power businesses
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has nominated Justice S A Bobde of the Supreme Court as Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA)
    • Bobde is going to replace Justice AK Sikri who is going to retire on 6th March.
Sports Current Affairs
  • One of the most prestigious badminton tournaments of the world, The 2019 All England Open, officially YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2019 began today at Arena Birmingham (England). 
    • India is being represented by Srikanth Kidambi (Men's singles), Ashwini Ponappa and N. Sikki Reddy (Women's doubles).
    • Total prize money : US$1,000,000.

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