1st & 2nd March 2020 – Current Affairs
Staff Reporter | 20-03-03

? The Reserve Bank has directed banks to link all the new floating rate loan to medium enterprises with external benchmark.

? The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), in collaboration with Niti Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), launched an artificial intelligence (AI) based module for students of Indian schools.

? Union Minister of Law and Justice, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad in Dehradun. inaugurated BSNL FTTH and wifi service.

? The Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) has launched of the world’s largest airport-based temperature-controlled facility known as the ‘Export Cold Zone’ for processing and storage of agro and pharma products.

? The first case of novel coronavirus was reported in New Delhi on March 2, 2020. The Union Ministry of Health confirmed the news, saying that the patient has travel history from Italy. Another confirmed case was reported in Telangana.

? The Kerala High Court recently passed an order and banned all types of political movements in the college and school premises. Banning various forms agitations like gherao and sit-in in the campuses, the High Court also said no one can be persuaded to participate in such protests.

? Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla recently launched the ‘Suposhit Maa Abhiyan’ from Kota, Rajasthan. The main objective of this campaign is to maintain the health of pregnant women and newborns. According to the scheme, 1000 pregnant women will be given nutritious food kits for nine months.

? The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has approved a proposal to change the name of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Urdu, Arabi-Farsi University in Lucknow. The Cabinet has decided to rename the university as Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Languages University.

? Morarji Desai was born on February 29, 1896 and participated in the Indian freedom struggle. He went to jail three times. He was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India on March 24, 1977. Morarji Desai died on April 10, 1995.

? Abhishek Singh has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

? Indian Railways started its first railway restaurant “Restaurant on Wheels” at Asansol railway station in West Bengal for the use of its passengers and common people. This restaurant has been developed by renovating two old coaches.

? HDFC Bank joined hands with the country’s largest airline IndiGo to launch a co-branded credit card, which will effectively work like a loyalty programme for the carrier. Its first travel credit card named ‘Kaching’-powered by Mastercard.

? The World Productivity Congress will be organized in India this year by the World Confederation of Productivity Science. This is the second time that the Congress is being held in the country. It was first held in India in 1974.

? The Ministry of Food Processing Industries(MoFPI) has approved Rs 162 crore under Operation Green scheme which has an outlay of Rs 500 crore to stabilize the supply of tomato, onion and potato (TOP) crops and to ensure their availability round the year without price volatility.

? The Zero Discrimination Day 2020 was observed across the globe on March 1, 2020. The day aims to challenge the discrimination and inequality faced by women and girls and protect their rights.

? The world’s oldest man, Chitetsu Watanabe of Japan, has passed away at 112. He was born on March 5th, 1907. He received his Guinness World Record certification on February 12, 2020.

? Greece blocked its border with Turkey on March 1, 2020, stopping almost 10,000 migrants from entering the nation. Over 73 migrants have been arrested for trying to cross illegally.

? Senior artist from Mumbai, Vasudev Kamath was awarded Raja Ravi Varma State Award 2020 for his more expressive form of art.

? Forest Man of India Jadav Payeng will be awarded Swami Vivekananda Karmayogi Award 2020 in New Delhi. He was awarded the 6th Karmayogi Award for his consistent efforts in creating a real man made forest through massive reforestation.

? The 11th National Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Conference 2020 on ‘Empowering Youth for Technology Led Farming’ has been inaugurated in New Delhi.

? Rajeev Suri will be resigning as the President and CEO of Nokia on August 31, 2020. He will though continue to serve as the advisor to the Nokia board till January 1, 2021.

? The Raja Ravi Varma State Award was conferred on veteran painter from Kalaburagi, Prof. J.S. Khanderao (for the year 2019) for his art that defines the history of human culture as the art is a form of human expression.

? Explosive Australian batsman David Warner was reinstated as captain of the of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad for the upcoming season starting March 29.

? Britain’s oldest man Bob Weighton, who is 111, has become the oldest person in the world.

? The 48-year-old bowler Pravin Tambe, who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders at the auctions last month, will not be participating in the tournament.

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