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1. ‘Tonkin Gulf dispute’ which was in discussion recently is related to?

  1. Russia-Ukraine
  2. China-Vietnam
  3. Britain-ireland
  4. Israel-Philippines

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2. China-Vietnam

2. The ‘Yaunde Declaration’ adopted by the African continent is related to?

  1. AIDS
  2. Cancer
  3. Malaria
  4. Chikungunya

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3. Malaria

3. DRDO has successfully launched which missile based on MIRV technology for the first time?

  1. Earth-5
  2. Snake-5
  3. Trishul-5
  4. Agni-5

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4. Agni-5

4. Who has been honored with the prestigious IAA Golden Compass Award?

  1. Srinivasan swami
  2. Yatin Bhaskar
  3. krystyna piszkowa
  4. Zoya akhtar

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  1. Srinivasan swami

5. Naib Singh Saini has been appointed the new Chief Minister of which state?

  1. Haryana
  2. Punjab
  3. Rajasthan
  4. Bihar

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  1. Haryana

6. Who has got the top position in the integrated rating of discoms of the electricity department?

  1. Kerala
  2. Rajasthan
  3. Maharashtra
  4. Gujarat

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3. Maharashtra

7. Who has launched contactless payment wearables, ‘Indus Paywear’?

  1. IndusInd Bank
  2. Canara Bank
  3. Bank of Baroda
  4. Punjab National Bank

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  1. IndusInd Bank

8. Who has inaugurated ‘SheRNI’ to support women scientists and faculty?

  1. Policy commission
  2. NCERT
  3. Ministry of Education
  4. UGC

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4. UGC

9. Who has launched the ‘Neengal Nalama’ scheme?

  1. Karnataka
  2. Kerala
  3. Tamil Nadu
  4. Andhra Pradesh

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3. Tamil Nadu

10. Who has been appointed to the post of Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes?

  1. AS Rajeev
  2. Kishore Makwana
  3. Devendra Jhajharia
  4. Suman Kumari

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2. Kishore Makwana

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National

Seven PM MITRA Park sites have been announced

The Ministry of Textiles has announced plans to establish 7 Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (PM MITRA) Parks, costing a total of Rs. 4,445 crore. These parks will be located in Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra. They aim to support India in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 9 by providing resilient infrastructure and promoting sustainable industrialization. These parks are expected to have top-notch industrial infrastructure to attract advanced technology, boosting both foreign and local investment in the textile sector.

International

Ram Sahaya Prasad Yadav is now Nepal’s third Vice President

Ram Sahaya Prasad Yadav, a leader of the Janata Samajbadi Party, won Nepal’s third Vice President election. He secured victory over Astalaxmi Shakya of CPN (UML) and Mamata Jha of the Janamat Party with support from Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist Centre), and CPN (Unified Socialist), part of the ruling alliance. The election had 311 federal lawmakers and 518 Provincial Assembly members participating, held at the Federal Parliament Building in Kathmandu’s New Baneshwor area.

Key points for competitive exams:

  • Nepal Capital: Kathmandu
  • Nepal Prime Minister: Pushpa Kamal Dahal
  • Nepal Currency: Nepalese Rupee

State

The Rajasthan Chief Minister announced the creation of 19 additional districts and three new divisions

On March 17, 2023, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced the addition of 19 new districts and 3 new divisions in Rajasthan during discussions on the Finance and Appropriation Bill in the Legislative Assembly. This brings the total number of districts in the state to 50 and divisions to 10. The new districts announced by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot are Anupgarh, Balotra, Beawar, Deeg, Didwana-Kuchaman, Dudu, Gangapur City, Jaipur North, Jaipur South, Jodhpur East, Jodhpur West, Kekri, Kotputli-Behror, Khairthal, Neem Ka Thana, Phalodi, Salumbar, Sanchor, and Shahpura.

Appointments

G. Krishnakumar is appointed as the chairman of Bharat Petroleum Corporation

G. Krishnakumar, an electrical and electronics engineer from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, and a postgraduate in finance management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, has become the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL). He previously served as the executive director in the company. Krishnakumar has succeeded Arun Kumar Singh, who retired as chairman in October 2022. He will hold the position until April 2025 or until further notice, as per an official order. Additionally, BPCL’s headquarters is located at Sewree Fort Road, near Sewree Station, Mumbai.

Lalit Kumar Gupta appointed as CMD of Cotton Corporation of India (CCI)

Lalit Kumar Gupta has been appointed as the new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). CCI is a public sector organization under the Ministry of Textile. According to an order from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Gupta will assume the role of CMD of CCI immediately, serving for a term of five years or until his retirement, or until further notice, whichever occurs first.

Key points for competitive exams:

  • CCI Headquarters: Mumbai
  • CCI Founded: 1970

FSIB recommends Ashwani Kumar as the MD and CEO of UCO Bank

The Financial Services Institutions Bureau (FSIB) recommended Ashwani Kumar, an executive director at Indian Bank, as the managing director of UCO Bank. Kumar has experience at several other public sector banks like Bank of Baroda, Corporation Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, and Punjab National Bank (PNB). The FSIB interviewed 11 candidates from various PSBs for the MD & CEO position. The final decision on the appointment rests with the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Key points for competitive exams:

  • UCO Bank Founded: January 6, 1943
  • UCO Bank Founder: Ghanshyam Das Birla
  • UCO Bank Headquarters: Kolkata

Luxor chooses Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador

Luxor Writing Instruments Pvt Ltd, a stationery manufacturer, has chosen renowned cricketer Virat Kohli as its newest brand ambassador. Kohli, celebrated as one of cricket’s greatest players, will endorse Luxor’s stationery products, aiming to attract more young writers and strengthen the company’s reputation as a leading provider of writing instruments in the country. Pooja Jain Gupta serves as the Managing Director of Luxor.

Summits and Conferences

PM Modi opened the Global Millets Conference

On March 18, 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the Global Millets (Shree Anna) Conference in New Delhi. He’ll speak at the event too. The conference will include Agriculture Ministers from different countries, global scientists, nutritionists, health experts, startup leaders, and others. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets (IYM) following India’s proposal.

Sikkim hosts B20 meeting as part of India’s G20 presidency

The B20 Conference, hosted in Gangtok, Sikkim during India’s G20 presidency, emphasized business prospects in tourism, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, and organic farming. Representatives from 22 countries and over 100 Indian delegations attended, highlighting Sikkim’s potential in these areas. It’s a chance to boost startups in North East India and for India to demonstrate its leadership globally.

The Veterinary and Ayurveda International Ayurvet Conclave began in Haridwar

The Rishikul campus of Ayurvedic University in Haridwar recently hosted the International Ayurvet conclave focused on “Veterinary and Ayurveda”. It began on March 17 and was inaugurated by Sanjiv Baliyan, the Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries. Baliyan emphasized Ayurveda’s historical role in animal treatment and mentioned government efforts to validate its use. He also expressed interest in integrating it into university curricula. The seminar ended on March 19.

Ranks and Reports

India is 13th in the Global Terrorism Index, with Afghanistan leading the rankings

For four years in a row, Afghanistan has been hit hardest by terrorism, even though there’s been a significant decrease in attacks and deaths. According to the tenth Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report, Afghanistan still faces the most impact. India holds the 13th position on the index, with only a slight improvement from last year. Even though India is one of the top 25 countries affected by terrorism, many Indians don’t consider war and terrorism as the biggest threat to their daily safety.

Science and Technology

The fourth phase of the ‘Sagar Parikrama’ expedition finishes in Karnataka

The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying announced that the fourth phase of the Sagar Parikrama program started on March 18 and ended on March 19. This phase focused on three coastal districts of Karnataka – Uttara Kannada, Udupi, and Dakshina Kannada. Purushottam Rupala, the Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, along with state ministers and stakeholders, attended the event. During the program, successful fishermen were acknowledged for their accomplishments in various schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY), Kisan Credit Card (KCC), and State Scheme.

Sports

Tim Paine, ex-captain of the Australian cricket team, declares retirement from cricket

Tim Paine, the ex-captain of the Australian test cricket team, has retired from cricket after his final Sheffield Shield match for Tasmania against Queensland. Paine captained Australia in 23 tests from 2018 to 2021 and played 35 tests overall. He became captain after Steve Smith lost the position due to the ball-tampering incident during Australia’s 2018 tour of South Africa.

Important Days

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated on March 20, 2023

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated annually on March 20th. It aims to highlight the importance of happiness and well-being. Started by the United Nations in 2013, inspired by Bhutan’s focus on national happiness, it reminds us that happiness positively affects our lives and work. You can celebrate by sharing positive messages with loved ones.

Key points for exams:

  • President of the 77th UN General Assembly: H.E. Csaba Kőrösi.
  • UN General Assembly Headquarters: New York, USA.

World Oral Health Day 2023 was celebrated on March 20th

World Oral Health Day is celebrated annually on March 20 worldwide to raise awareness about oral health. Its goal is to promote good oral hygiene habits, dental care, and preventive measures. A WHO report states that around 75% of people globally have permanent tooth decay, and 514 million children have cavities in their baby teeth. The theme for 2023, ‘Be Proud of Your Mouth,’ has been consistent for the last three years and was initiated by the FDI in 2021.

Miscellaneous

Sampanna Ramesh achieved the title of the fastest Indian to swim across the Palk Strait

Sampanna Ramesh Shelar, a Bachelor of Physical Education student, achieved a new record by becoming the fastest Indian under-21 to swim across the Palk Strait, from Talaimannar in Sri Lanka to Dhanuskodi in Tamil Nadu. He swam the 29 km distance in just 5 hours and 30 minutes, beating the previous record of 8 hours and 26 minutes. Shelar started his swim at 6:00 am on Thursday and reached Dhanushkodi at 11:26 am. He is coached by Mr. Jitendra Khasnis and aims to complete solo swims across the English and Catalina Channels as part of the Oceans Seven Challenge.

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