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MAJOR NEWS AND EVENTS: MARCH 2019

01 March 2019

  • Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj attends the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation or OIC meeting. India for the first time addressed the OIC meeting in Abu Dhabi.
  • Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman who was captured by Pakistan after an air encounter between the countries on Wednesday, 27 Feb 2019, returned to India.

02 March 2019

  • DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy has been honoured with the prestigious Missile Systems Award by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for his excellence in the field of missile systems technology.

04 March 2019

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 4, 2019 launched ‘One Nation, One Card’ Model from Ahmedabad, Gujarat for seamless travel through different metros and other transport systems.
  • Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 concluded on March 4, 2019 with the sixth and final “Shahi Snan” (royal bath) held on the occasion of Mahashivratri. The world’s largest religious and cultural human congregation, ‘Kumbh 2019’ began at Prayagraj (erstwhile Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh on January 15, 2019.

05 March 2019

  • Delhi has been ranked the most polluted capital in the world, while Gurugram is the most polluted city, according to a Greenpeace report.
  • Virat Kohli broke former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting’s record to become the fastest to score 9,000 international runs as a captain. The Indian skipper achieved the milestone when he reached 22 runs against Australia during the second One-day International (ODI) in Nagpur. Virat Kohli reached the 9,000-run mark as a skipper in 159 innings while Ponting took 203 innings to reach the same figure.

06 March 2019

  • Indore has bagged the cleanest city award for third straight year under Swachh Survekshan, 2019.
  • Israel’s first lunar lander sent back a selfie taken with the Earth clearly visible in the background. It marks an important milestone for the mission as it is the first in-space selfie.
  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on March 5, 2019 launched smart fencing under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Dhubri district of Assam to deter illegal infiltration.

07 March 2019

  • Google has launched a new application called ‘Bolo’ that aims to help children in primary school to read in Hindi and English. The application features an animated character called ‘Diya’, who encourages children to read stories aloud.
  • The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 7, 2019 released the new series of visually impaired friendly circulation coins of Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20.

08 March 2019

  • The Supreme Court on Friday referred Ayodhya’s Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case to mediation for amicable settlement. Former apex court judge Justice (retd) F M Kallifulla will head a panel of mediators in the case. Other members of the panel of mediators include spiritual guru Shri Shri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.
  • Governor of Mizoram Kummanam Rajasekharan has resigned from his post.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Nari Shakti awards, 2018, the highest civilian honour for women in India, in New Delhi on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
  • Ausaf Sayeed, presently High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Seychelles, has been appointed as the next ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia.

09 March 2019

  • The Supreme Court of India on March 8, 2019 decided to refer the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid title dispute case for mediation. The apex court has formed a panel of mediators to resolve the issue, which will be headed by Supreme Court judge, Justice F M Kalifullah. The other members of the panel include spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Sankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.

10 March 2019

  • The national election will be held in seven rounds from 11 April and the results will be announced on May 23. Voting will be held across India on April 11, April 19, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.
  • Ethiopian airlines plane bound for Nairobi crashed today, killing all 157 people on board.
  • The most awaited big fat Indian wedding took off on March 9, 2019 with Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta tying the knot at a hotel in Mumbai. Akash Ambani is the eldest son of Reliance Industries Chairman, Mukesh Ambani and Shloka Mehta is the daughter of high profile diamond merchant Russell Mehta. The couple got engaged in July 2018.

11 March 2019

  • The President Ram Nath Kovind on March 11, 2019 conferred the Padma Awards 2019, one of the highest civilian awards of India, to 112 awardees.
  • Kavinder Singh Bisht in the 56kg-category struck gold while four others claimed silver medals to end Indian campaign at the 38th GeeBee Boxing Tournament in Helsinki, Finland.
  • The new visa agreement between India and Maldives, providing a liberal visa policy for Maldivian citizens seeking medical treatment as well as education and business opportunities in India, came into force on March 11, 2019.

12 March 2019

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina on March 11, 2019 jointly unveiled e-plaques for development projects in Bangladesh through video conferencing.
  • India is the second largest importer of weapons in the world, as per the annual report ‘Trends in International Arms Transfers-2018’released on March 11, 2019 by the think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
  • NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has observed water molecules moving around the dayside of Moon, a finding that could help scientists learn about the accessibility of water that can be used by humans in future lunar missions.

13 March 2019

  • British Parliament will vote on a new motion today to decide if the UK should leave the EU within the March 29 deadline without any deal in place.
  • Former IAS officer C Lalsawta sworn-in as Mizoram’s first Lokayukta chairman.
  • Zinedine Zidane has been re-appointed as the coach of Spanish football club Real Madrid till 2022.
  • Rohit Sharma becomes the third fastest batsman, along with Sourav Ganguly, to reach 8000 ODI runs in cricket.
  • Australia defeated India by 3-2 in the five matches ODI series in India.

14 March 2019

  • World Kidney Day being observed today. The day is observed annually on the second Thursday in March to create awareness on the importance of kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney diseases.
  • The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)-developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile was successfully fired in the desert ranges of Rajasthan.

15 March 2019

  • Forty-nine people are dead and many are seriously injured after a heavily armed gunman opened fire during prayers at a mosque in the center of Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games starts in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • The Supreme Court revoked the life ban on former Indian cricketer S. Sreesanth in a case of spot-fixing.

16 March 2019

  • India will host the Under-17 Women’s Football World Cup in 2020.

17 March 2019

  • Goa Chief Minister and Former Defence Minister of India, Manohar Parrikar dies after long illness. He was diagnosed with a pancreatic ailment. He was 63 years old.
  • Bengaluru FC wins the Indian Super League (ISL) 2019 after defeating Goa by 1-0 in the final.

18 March 2019

  • BJP’s Pramod Sawant elected as the new Chief Minister of Goa.
  • The Election Commission issued a notification for the first phase of Lok Sabha polls.

19 March 2019

  • Goa Legislative Assembly Speaker and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Pramod Sawant was sworn-in as the 11th Chief Minister of Goa in a late-night ceremony, hours after his predecessor, Manohar Parrikar was cremated with state honours.
  • Just a day before the expiry of Supreme Court set deadline, the Reliance Communications (RCom) on March 18, 2019 cleared the outstanding dues by paying Rs 458.7 crore to Swedish telecom equipment maker, Ericsson.
  • India gets its first Lokpal six years after the passage of Act, former Supreme Court judge, Pinaki Chandra Ghose was on March 19, 2019 appointed as India’s first Lokpal also known as the anti-corruption ombudsman.

20 March 2019

  • The Gauhati High Court has declared the strikes and road or rail blockades as illegal in Assam and directed the police to lodge FIRs against organisations who call for bandh.
  • Kazakhstan’s parliament voted to rename the country’s capital Astana as Nursultan in honour of long time ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev.
  • Indian-origin Jagmeet Singh has created history in Canada when he made his debut in the House of Commons as the first non-white leader of a major opposition party in the country.
  • Today is observed as World Sparrow Day to raise awareness about the bird.

21 March 2019

  • The festival of colours Holi is being celebrated across the country today.
  • Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose appointed as the India’s first Lokpal.
  • India returned with 368 medals, including 85 gold, at the Special Olympics World Summer Games, held at Abu Dhabi, UAE which concluded today.

22 March 2019

  • Kazakhstan’s parliament on March 20, 2019 renamed its capital Astana as ‘Nursultan’ in honor of outgoing leader Nursultan Nazarbayev. Nursultan stands for “Sultan of Light” in Kazakh language, while, Astana means ‘capital’ in Kazakh language.
  • The United States President, Donald Trump on March 21, 2019 declared that the US will recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a disputed land which Israel captured from Syria in 1967.

23 March 2019

  • President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to the former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose as Lokpal chairperson.
  • Vice Admiral Karambir Singh has been appointed as the next Navy Chief. He will succeed Admiral Sunil Lanba who retires on 31st of May this year.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to the former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose as Lokpal chairperson.
  • Vice Admiral Karambir Singh has been appointed as the next Navy Chief. He will succeed Admiral Sunil Lanba who retires on 31st of May this year.

24 March 2019

  • The 64th Filmfare Awards held yesterday. Raazi wins the Best Film award, while Alia Bhatt wins Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) award. Ranbir Kapoor wins the Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) award for the movie Sanju.

25 March 2019

  • Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal resigned from the board of the airline they founded 25 years ago.
  • Indian Air Force (IAF) today formally inducted the four heavy-lift Chinook helicopters. 
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has left on a three-nation visit to Croatia, Bolivia and Chile.

26 March 2019

  • Pakistan government on March 25, 2019 approved a proposal to open the Sharada Peeth Corridor for Hindu pilgrims. Pakistan government to establish a corridor that will allow Hindu pilgrims from India to visit Sharada Peeth located in PoK.
  • The Indian Navy’s state of the art Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Training Facility (NBCTF) was inaugurated on March 25, 2019 by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba at INS Shivaji, Lonavala.
  • Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, INS Kadmatt will participate in the 15th edition of Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA-19). The corvette arrived at Langkawi, Malaysia on March 25, 2019 for seven days official visit.

27 March 2019

  • First Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition to Mt Makalu (8485m) was flagged off on March 26, 2019. Expedition team comprises five Officers, two JCOs and eleven other officers. This expedition was flagged off by Director General Military Training.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 27, 2019 announced that India has established itself as the world’s 4th largest space super power. The Prime Minister stated that the feat is historic, as till now, only three countries in the world – United States of America, Russia and China have achieved this.

28 March 2019

  • The United States on March 27, 2019 circulated a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to blacklist Chief of Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Masood Azhar.
  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Indonesia on March 27, 2019. This MoU subjects combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and its precursors. India has signed similar Conventions/MoUs/Agreements with the 37 countries.

29 March 2019

  • European Parliament on March 28, 2019 has voted to ban single-use plastic products. It includes plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans.

30 March 2019

  • India and the United States on March 29, 2019 signed the first amendment to the Statement of Guiding Principles (SGP) on triangular cooperation for global development.

31 March 2019

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the country’s latest observation satellite EMISAT tomorrow (Monday, 1st Apr 2019).

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