Current Affairs Today
President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the country’s first Lokpal.
The oath was administered at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Justice Ghose, a former Supreme Court judge, was named the country’s first Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman.
India's indigenous supersonic fighter jet Tejas will for the first time participate in aerial displays during the five-day Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia.
India has been projecting the Tejas aircraft in a big way as it has been manufactured indigenously at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.
The Indian Air Force will participate in the... Read More
NASA’s Anne McClain and Nick Hague took a spacewalk on 22nd March to replace ageing batteries on the International Space Station. Two American astronauts worked for several hours to swap three nickel-hydrogen batteries with more powerful lithium-ion ones.
The duo overcame minor struggles in their first task, which involved attaching a tool bag on one of the station’s trusses for possible future use. The space station uses solar panels to generate power but the... Read More
State Bank of India (SBI) announced it had raised Rs.1,251.30 crore by issuing Basel III-compliant bonds. The Committee of Directors for Capital Raising, at its meeting on 22 March 2019, deliberated and accorded approval to allot 12,513 non-convertible, taxable, perpetual, subordinated, unsecured Basel III-compliant additional tier-I bonds, for inclusion in additional tier-I capital of the bank aggregating to Rs.1,251.30 crore.
The bonds with a face value of Rs.10 lakh each bears a coupon rate... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party released a list of 36 candidates from four States for the upcoming 2019 general elections in the wee hours of Saturday.
The list includes the highest number of candidates from Andhra Pradesh 23 along with six candidates from Maharashtra, five from Odisha and one each from Assam and Meghalaya.
The development comes close on the heels of the ruling party releasing its first list of 184 candidates for 20 States, which included Prime Minister Narendra Modi contesting from... Read More
Indian paddler Archana Kamath clinched a silver medal in the under-21 women’s singles section of the Seamaster ITTF Challenge Plus 2019 Oman Open table tennis tournament, at Muscat. Ninth-seed Archana reached her first under-21 international final, where she lost to Japan’s top-seed Satsuki Odo of Japan 11-7, 11-8, 11-6.
Archana caused a couple of upsets en route to the summit clash, taking out second-seed Valerie Shcherbatykh of Russia 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 in the round-of-16,... Read More
The CBSE will introduce artificial intelligence (AI), early childhood care education and yoga as new subjects in school curriculums from the upcoming academic session. The CBSE is to introduce AI and yoga as an optional 6th subject at Class IX from the session 2019-2020 onwards.
This move aims to enhance the multidisciplinary approach in teaching learning and also to sensitise the new generation, it was decided that schools may start AI “inspire module” of 12 hours in Class... Read More
Former US president Jimmy Carter has reached a milestone.
He was elected as the 39th President, Carter is now the longest living chief executive in American history.
Today is the 172nd day beyond Carter's 94th birthday.
It exceeds by one day the lifespan of former President George H.W. Bush, who died last November at the age of 94 years, 171 days.
A European Vega rocket carried a new Earth-observation satellite into orbit for the Italian Space Agency lighting up the nighttime sky over its French Guiana launch site.
The PRISMA Earth observation satellite lifted off at 9:50 p.m. EDT (0150 March 22 GMT) from the South America's Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
The satellite will operate in a sun-synchronous orbit, meaning that it circles the Earth in such a way that the sun is always in the same position as... Read More
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) launched mobile methadone vans to provide treatment to opioid addicts in inner-city neighbourhoods in New Delhi. As a pilot project, the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) of AIIMS has initiated the new service of delivering methadone through a mobile van in East Delhi.
Opioid addiction is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that can cause major health, social, and... Read More
Norway's capital Oslo will become the world's first city to install wireless induction-based fast-charging systems for electric taxis,
The Charging plates will be installed in the ground where taxis are parked, which will connect with receivers in taxis and allow them to charge for up to 75 kilowatts.
Finland's Fortum is working on the project with America's Momentum Dynamics.
The project aims to install wireless charging using induction technology.
Charging plates are... Read More
The 64th Filmfare Awards 2019 was held at Jio Garden, BKC, Mumbai. The event was hosted by Bollywood’s leading Actors, Directors, Musicians, and Singers.
Few of the winners of the 64th Filmfare Awards are as below:
Critics Best Film
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male)
Ranbir Kapoor... Read More
New Zealanders were debating the limits of free speech after their Chief Censor David Shanks, banned a 74-page manifesto written by the man accused of slaughtering 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The ban was issued on 23rd March.
The ban means anybody caught with the document on their computer could face up to 10 years in prison, while anyone caught sending it could face 14 years. Chief Censor David Shanks said the manifesto contains justifications for acts... Read More
Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated the country's first mass rapid transit (MRT) system on 24th March. The aim is to ease the traffic congestion in the capital Jakarta. He also presided over a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the second phase which is planned for completion by 2024. Passengers can ride for free until the end of the month.
Jakarta is one of the top three traffic-congested cities in the world, according to a traffic index developed by the navigation... Read More
India lifted South Asian Football Federation SAFF Women’s Championship fifth time in a row. Keeping its winning streak India defeated host Nepal in the final by 3-1 in Biratnagar, Nepal.
India’s Dalmia Chhibber scored first goal of the match in 26th minute.
India’s Indumathi Kathiresan and Sabitra Tamang of Nepal remained top scorer of the tournament, both scored four-goal each.
The “100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy” list is comprised of seven Indian names who took important measures to combat climate change. The list is prepared by Apolitical, a peer to peer learning platform for governments. The list has been topped by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Congresswoman, US Congress).
7 names from India:
♦ Piyush Goyal- Minister of Railways and Coal
♦ Dr.Harsh Vardhan- Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate... Read More
The government of India appointed Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh, presently Flag Officer Commander-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Eastern Naval Command as next Chief of the Naval Staff with effect from May 31, 2019.
The present Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba retires on the same day.
Born on November 03, 1959, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh was commissioned on July 01, 1980 into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy.
Vice Admiral Karambir Singh is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College,... Read More
Tata Coffee announced the appointment of Chacko Purackal Thomas as the managing director and chief executive officer.
He will replace Sanjiv Sarin.
He will assume the charge from April 1, 2019.
Thailand held its first general election after five years of military rule. The military ousted an elected government in a coup in 2014. About 51.4 million people voted in the election. It will appoint 500 members to the House of Representatives, the lower house of the Parliament.
Voters in Thailand have voted to choose their next government 24th March 2019, after five years of living under military rule.
The March 24 vote comes after the ruling junta repeatedly postponed general elections... Read More
On March 23rd, India observed Shaheed Divas or Martyr's Day as a tribute to the Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru on their death anniversary.
The supreme sacrifice of these revolutionaries continues to inspire generations in India. Bhagat Singh with his associate Batukeshwar Dutt had bombed the Delhi Central Assembly against the passing of two repressive bills, the Public Safety Bill and the Trade Dispute Bill.
Bhagat Singh along with his associates Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram... Read More
World Tuberculosis Day is observed on 24 March each year. World TB Day is marked by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease. The theme of World TB Day 2019 is ‘It’s time’.
The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr.Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. His discovery opened the way... Read More
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India Navin Chawla’s book ‘Every Vote Counts’ was launched by former Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari in New Delhi.
This book is about how the electoral machinery works in India.
The book explains about India is on the cusp of change, and with its parliamentary elections coming up.
About Navin Chawla
Navin Chawla (born 30 July 1945, New Delhi) is a well known and recognized Indian bureaucrat (1969-2005)
He is an occupant of one... Read More