07th March 2019 Current Affairs

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PM releases new series of coins for Divyang kidsPM releases new series of coins for Divyang kids

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released the new series of visually-impaired friendly circulation coins in the denomination of Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20.
  • Various new features have been incorporated in the new series of circulation coins to make it easy for the visually impaired to use them.
  • The coins are characterised by the increasing size and weight from lower to higher denominations.
  • The newly-included coin of Rs 20, will be a 12-sided coin with no serrations (rest round shape).
  • The rest of the denominations would be of the round shape.

Government announces new Rs 20 coin

  • The Centre has announced a new Rs 20 coin which will come in 12-edged polygon (dodecagon) shape.
  • The government is also planning to release new coins of Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5 and Rs 10. However, the govt has not announced the exact date for the issuance of these new series coins.
  • The Finance Ministry stated that the new Rs 20 coin will be made in copper, zinc and nickel.
  • It will be 27mm (millimeters) and weigh 8.54 grams. The Lion Capitol symbol of Ashoka Pillar with the legend “Satyamev Jayate” below it will be inscribed on its front side.
  • The words “Bharat” in Hindi and “INDIA” in English will be there on the right and left-hand side of the symbol respectively.

Malaysia joins the International Criminal Court

  • Malaysia has become the 124th member of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
  • The ICC is the world’s only permanent war crimes court and aims to prosecute the worst abuses when national courts are unable or unwilling.
  • The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague in the Netherlands, establishment in 2002.
  • The ICC has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression.
  • The ICC has four principal organs: the Presidency, the Judicial Divisions, the Office of the Prosecutor, and the Registry.

Venezuela orders German ambassador to leave

  • The Venezuelan government has announced to expel German ambassador Daniel Kriener from the country.
  • President Nicolas Maduro’s embattled government has declared the German ambassador persona non grata and ordered him to leave the country within 48 hours.

United Bank, HDFC Life sign bancassurance deal

  • United Bank of India (UBI) has signed a bancassurance deal with private life insurer HDFC Life Insurance Company.
  • United Bank’s customers will be able to take advantage of HDFC Life’s expertise in life insurance products, distribution and customer service.
  • United Bank has a strong presence in rural and semi-urban areas, with over 2,000 branches and offices, while HDFC Life is India’s largest non-bank-promoted private life insurer.

Manpreet Singh named the captain of Indian hockey team

  • According to Hockey India, Manpreet Singh has been named as the Captain of the 18-member Indian hockey team to play in the upcoming 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
  • Surender Kumar will be the Vice-Captain of the team.
  • India will start its campaign against Japan on the opening day itself (23rd March).
  • Participating nations in the tournament are India, Malaysia(host), Canada, Korea, South Africa, Asian Games gold medallist Japan.

KIFI recognised as NSF by Sports Ministry

  • Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports granted provisional recognition to Kudo International Federation India (KIFI) as National Sports Federation with immediate effect.
  • The recognition means granting a major role to KIFI Association for promotion and Development of Kudo sport in India.
  • Kudo is an official Japanese Cultural Budo sport under the same category as Judo, Aikido, and Kendo.

Janaushadhi Diwas is being celebrated across the country

  • Janaushadhi Diwas is being celebrated across the country on 07th March.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address five thousand Janaushadhi stores across the country through video-conferencing on the occasion.
  • He will also interact with owners of Janaushadhi Kendras and beneficiaries of the scheme.
  • More than five thousand 50 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana Kendras, PMBJP, are functional in 652 districts.

ISRO to receive training for Gaganyaan

  • ISRO experts will receive training for the ‘Gaganyaan’ project at Toulouse Space Centre, France from March 2019.
  • The experts will also be trained at CADMOS, the center for development of microgravity applications and space operations, and MEDES Space Clinic in France.
  • The space agencies of India and France signed an agreement to build a constellation of satellites for maritime surveillance.

Soumya Swaminathan: WHO Chief Scientist

  • Soumya Swaminathan was moved from the position of deputy director-general of WHO on 7 March 2019.
  • She will now be the chief scientist heading the organisation’s new chief scientist division.
  • She was the first Indian to hold the position at WHO.
  • Swaminathan, who joined WHO in October 2017, has been replaced by Zsuzsanna Jakab, currently regional director, WHO Europe.

NASA astronauts to carry out first all-female spacewalk

  • Just in time for International Women’s Day, NASA announced that it will be conducting the first-ever, all-female spacewalk.
  • Astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain will exit the International Space Station on March 29, 35 years after the first woman performed a spacewalk.
  • They’ll be guided from the ground by flight director Mary Lawrence, and flight controllers Jackie Kagey and Kristen Facciol.

NGT slaps Rs 500 crore fine on Volkswagen

  • The National Green Tribunal has slapped a fine of Rs 500 crore on German auto major Volkswagen for damaging the environment through the use of “cheat device” in its diesel cars in India.
  • A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the carmaker to deposit the amount within two months.
  • The tribunal enhanced the compensation amount of Rs. 171.34 crore, which was recommended by an NGT- appointed committee, as a means of “creating deterrence”.

Try out the quiz ?

1. PM releases new series of coins for Divyang kids. What will be the shape of Rs 20 coins?

Correct! Wrong!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released the new series of visually-impaired friendly circulation coins in the denomination of Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20. The newly-included coin of Rs 20, will be a 12-sided coin with no serrations (rest round shape).

2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released the new series coins with various new features for which types of kids?

Correct! Wrong!

The Centre has announced a new Rs 20 coin which will come in 12-edged polygon (dodecagon) shape. PM releases new series of coins for Divyang kidsPM releases new series of coins for Divyang kids.

3. Malaysia has become the 124th member of which International organisation?

Correct! Wrong!

Malaysia has become the 124th member of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

4. Venezuela orders German ambassador to leave the country. Who is the President of Venezuela?

Correct! Wrong!

• The Venezuelan government has announced to expel German ambassador Daniel Kriener from the country. President Nicolas Maduro’s embattled government has declared the German ambassador persona non grata and ordered him to leave the country within 48 hours.

5. United Bank of India (UBI) has signed a bancassurance deal with which private life Insurance Company?

Correct! Wrong!

United Bank of India (UBI) has signed a bancassurance deal with private life insurer HDFC Life Insurance Company.

6. Who has become the captain of Indian hockey team for 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup?

Correct! Wrong!

According to Hockey India, Manpreet Singh has been named as the Captain of the 18-member Indian hockey team to play in the upcoming 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

7. Who has granted recognition to Kudo International Federation India (KIFI) as National Sports Federation with immediate effect?

Correct! Wrong!

8. Janaushadhi Diwas is being celebrated across the country on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

Janaushadhi Diwas is being celebrated across the country on 07th March.

9. ISRO experts will receive training for the ‘Gaganyaan’ project at Toulouse Space Centre. Toulouse Space Centre is situated in which country?

Correct! Wrong!

ISRO experts will receive training for the ‘Gaganyaan’ project at Toulouse Space Centre, France from March 2019

10. What is the name of WHO chief scientist?

Correct! Wrong!

Soumya Swaminathan was moved from the position of deputy director-general of WHO on 7 March 2019.

11. Which space agency has announced that it will be conducting the first-ever all-female spacewalk?

Correct! Wrong!

Just in time for International Women’s Day, NASA announced that it will be conducting the first-ever, all-female spacewalk.

12. The National Green Tribunal has slapped a fine of Rs 500 crore on auto major Volkswagen. Volkswagen is from which country?

Correct! Wrong!

The National Green Tribunal has slapped a fine of Rs 500 crore on German auto major Volkswagen for damaging the environment through the use of “cheat device” in its diesel cars in India.

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