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DAILY GK 14-15 MAR

 DAILY GK 14-15 MAR

1.         PANAMA BECOMES 97TH MEMBER TO RATIFY THE INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE

·           Panama joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA) as its 97th member, showing its commitment to advancing solar energy in the energy sector.

·           Panama’s Ambassador to India Yasiel Burillo handed over the Instrument of Ratification to Joint Secretary (Economic Diplomacy) Abhishek Singh, Ministry of External affairs (MEA) during the meeting in New Delhi,

·           The ISA was established in Paris, France in 2015 as a joint effort by India and France to mobilize efforts against climate change through the deployment of solar energy solutions. 

·           It was conceptualized on the sidelines of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Paris in 2015.

·           Its purpose is to endorse clean energy, a sustainable environment, public transport, climate, and deploying cost-effective and transformational solutions through solar energy, especially in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

·           Director General– Dr Ajay Mathur

·           Headquarters– Gurugram, Haryana

 

2.         SIDBI SECURES FIRST GREEN CLIMATE FUND PROJECT

·           The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has secured approval from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for its first anchored project, the Avaana Sustainability Fund (ASF), valued at USD 120 million.

·           ASF will invest in early-stage start-ups and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)  harnessing technology-led innovation to spur climate solutions and sustainability in India.

·           The outcomes of ASF will include contribution to climate change mitigation, adaptation and enhancement of resilience in vulnerable sectors of the Indian economy.

·           The ASF’s investment strategy targets 4 significant transitions: built environment; energy industry; human security, livelihood, wellbeing; and land use-forests and ecosystems, employing 4 key approaches.

·           GCF, based in Incheon, South Korea, is a fund established within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

·           GCF is a critical element of the historic Paris Agreement  and it is the world’s largest climate fund.

·           SIDBI Chairman & Managing Director– Sivasubramanian Ramann

·           Headquarter– Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

·           Establishment– 1990

 

3.         PAKISTAN’S 14TH PRESIDENT

·           Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the center-left Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was sworn in as the 14th President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the 2nd time.

·           Previously, he served as the 11th President of Pakistan from 9th September 2008 to 9th September 2013.

·           Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa administered the oath to Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the Presidential Palace in Islamabad, Pakistan.

 

4.         BADMINTON FRENCH OPEN 2024

·           The Indian badminton pair SatwiksairajRankireddy and Chirag Shetty won the men’s doubles title by defeating Chinese Taipei’s Lee Jhe-Huei and Yang Po-Hsuan at the finals of the YONEX French Open 2024.

·           The 94th edition of the French Open, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 750 Badminton tournament, was held at the Arena Porte de la Chapelle, Paris, France.

·           In Men’s Singles Shi Yu Qi (China) defeat KunlavutVitidsaran (Thailand)

·           In Women’s Singles An Se Young (South Korea) defeat Akane Yamaguchi (Japan)

·           The French Open 2024 men’s doubles title is the first title for the Chirag and Satwik pair in 2024.

·           This victory also marks their second French Open title and second BWF World Tour Super 750 title. They were winners in 2022 and runners-up in 2019.

·           Badminton World Federation (BWF) President – Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen

·           Headquarters – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

·           Established – 1934

 

5.         SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX 2024

·           Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen (competing under the Dutch flag) of Red Bull won the Formula 1 (F1) Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (GP) 2024 held at Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

·           Sergio Perez (Mexico) came second

 

6.         11TH CM OF HARYANA

·           Nayab Singh Saini, Haryana State President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a Member of Parliament (MP) elected from the Kurukshetra Constituency, was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister (CM) of Haryana.

·           Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya administered oath of office and secrecy to Nayab Singh Saini in the event held in Chandigarh.

·           Nayab Singh Saini succeeded  Manohar Lal Khattar who stepped down resulting in a split in BJP-Jannayak Janata Party (BJP-JJP) alliance which had ruled the state since 2019.

 

7.         NATIONAL CURRICULUM FOR ECCE & EARLY CHILDHOOD STIMULATION

·           The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) launched a National Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) for children from 3 to 6 years and a National Framework for Early Childhood Stimulation for children from birth to 3 years.

·           The National Curriculum for ECCE 2024 aims to improve the quality of ECCE transacted at the Anganwadi Centre through competency-based lesson plans and activities.

·           The curriculum emphasises all domains of development outlined in the National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage 2022 (NCF-FS), such as physical, cognitive, etc.

·           National Framework for Early Childhood Stimulation2024 framework empowers caregivers and Anganwadi Workers for holistic early stimulation.

·           Focus areas include serve and return, the caregiver’s 3 acts: love, talk, play, and positive guidance.

 

8.         PRESIDENT OF PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE OF INDIA

·           Javelin thrower DevendraJhajharia was elected unopposed as the president of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).

·           DevendraJhajharia won two gold medals and a silver in the Paralympics.

·           He won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens(Greece) and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro(Brazil) Paralympics in the F46 disability category.

·           He won a silver medal in the 2020 Tokyo(Japan) Paralympics.

 

9.         WORLD KIDNEY DAY 2024 – MARCH 14

·           World Kidney Day (WKD) is a global campaign annually observed across the globe on the 2nd Thursday of March to raise awareness of the importance of kidneys to overall health and equitable access to care and medication for all.

·           WKD also aims to raise awareness of kidney disease and to reduce the impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems.

·           The 2024 WKD campaign theme is, “Kidney Health for All – Advancing Equitable Access to Care and Optimal Medication Practice.”

·           International Society of Nephrology (ISN) President– Masaomi Nangaku (Japan)

·           Founded in– 1960

 

10.      INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MATHEMATICS 2024 – MARCH 14

·           International Day of Mathematics (IDM) is annually observed across the globe on 14th March to create awareness about the importance of mathematics in addressing the challenges in areas like Artificial Intelligence (AI), climate change, energy and sustainable development.

·           The theme of IDM 2024 is ‘Playing with math’.

·           International Mathematical Union (IMU) is an international non-governmental and non-profit scientific organization, to promote international cooperation in mathematics.

·           President – Hiraku Nakajima (Japan)

·           Headquarters –  Berlin, Germany

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