Tuesday, March 10, 2020


1.    Maharashtra Government renamed Aurangabad Airport
ü  Aurangabad Airport renamed as Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Airport. The name of the airport has been renamed in order to honour Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj, who was the son of Maratha warrior King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

2.    ICONSAT was held in Kolkata
ü  The International Conference on Nano Science and Technology 2020 (ICONSAT) was held at Biswa Bangla Conventional Centre, Kolkata. The event was supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and organized by S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata.

3.    Freedom in the world 2020 report
ü  According to the ‘Freedom in the World 2020” report, which analyzes ​​democratic values ​​and people’s freedom in 195 countries & 15 territories, released by the Freedom House, a U.S (United States) -based watchdog that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, India has ranked 83rd  in the report along with Timor-Leste and Senegal in ‘Free’category. While, Finland topped the list as the free democratic country.

4.    Centre imposed moratorium on Yes Bank
ü  In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 45 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (10 of 1949), the Central Government, through the Ministry of Finance has imposed moratorium on Yes Bank Limited w.e.f. 6PM of March 5, 2020 till April 3, 2020. The decision has been taken on the recommendations of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) under sub-section (1) of section 45.

5.    EPFO cuts interest rate
ü  EPFO (Employees Provident Fund Organisation) has declined interest rate on EPF deposits for 2019-20 to seven years low by 0.15% or 15 basis points fom 8.65% to 8.5%. The decision has been taken during the meeting of EPFO’s apex decision making body, Central Board of Trustees (CBT) chaired by Minister of State (MoS) for Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar in New Delhi.

6.    TIME Magazine -“100 women of the year” Project
ü  TIME Magazine created 100 New Covers for the Project ‘100 women of the year’ to recognize selected women or groups to represent each year from 1920 to 2019. India’s  Freedom Fighter Amrit Kaur will be honored as ‘Women of the Year’ for 1947 Former prime minister Indira Gandhi for 1976.

7.    TOISA Sportsperson of Year 2019
ü  The 4th edition of TOISA (Times of India Sports Awards) awards honoured the best Indian in 2019 sports in New Delhi, India. The event was powered by BHIM-UPI (Bharat Interface for Money- Unified Payments Interface). Rohit Sharma was named as the Cricketer of the year and PV Sindhu was named as the Sportsman of the year as she won gold at the World Championships in Basel, Switzerland.

8.    SBI Life Insurance Company re-appoints Sanjeev Nautiyal as MD & CEO

9.    Denys Shmygal becomes new PM of Ukraine, succeeds Oleksiy Honcharuk

10. WIPO’s new  Director General
ü  Singapore’s Daren Tang was elected as Director General of World Intellectual Property Organisation(WIPO). He will succeed Australia’s Francis Gurry who will step down at the end of September after 12 years of being in this position.

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