21st March 2019 Current Affairs

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Kazakhstan renames its capital Astana to Nursultan

  • Kazakhstan has renamed its capital Astana to Nursultan to honour outgoing leader Nursultan Nazarbayev(78-years), served nearly 30 years as president of the nation.
  • Mr Tokayev was sworn in as president some 24 hours after Mr Nazarbayev’s surprise resignation.
  • He will serve for the remainder of the presidential term which expires in April 2020.

EC appoints Shailendra Handa & Madhu Mahajan as Special Expenditure Observers

  • Election Commission has appointed two eminent former Civil Servants Shailendra Handa and Ms. Madhu Mahajan as Special Expenditure Observers for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections.
  • Shailendra Handa has been deployed in Maharashtra and Madhu Mahajan has been deployed in Tamil Nadu.
  • Both officers have rich experience of working in Investigation Wing of I.T Department and have supervised many successful search and seizure actions unearthing tax evasion in complicated cases.
  • The Special Observers will supervise and monitor the work being done by the electoral machinery.

Aamir Khan appointed the Brand Ambassador of PhonePe

  • PhonePe (UPI based payment app company) has appointed Bollywood actor Aamir Khan as its Brand Ambassador.
  • PhonePe is one of India’s fastest growing payment platform and is based on UPI.
  • It is headquartered in Bengaluru.

Parsis celebrate their New Year’s Day, Navroz

  • Parsis in India & abroad are celebrating their New year’s ‘Navroz’ with great enthusiasm.
  • Parsis in Mumbai are visiting nearby Agiaries to offer special Tehveel-e-Navroz prayers on the occasion of Navroz.

21st March: International Day of Forests

  • The United Nations General Assembly designated 21st March as the International Day of Forests to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests.
  • This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands, trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us.

21st March: World Down Syndrome Day

  • The World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), (Schrage Day), is celebrated on 21st March to raise public awareness for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down syndrome.
  • The global theme for 2019 is “Leave no one behind”.

21st March: World Poetry Day

  • World Poetry Day is observed every year on 21st March to promote the reading, writing, publishing, and teaching of poetry throughout the world.
  • A decision to proclaim 21st March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.

Discovering new sea level oscillation

  • Researchers of the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services, along with French scientists, have discovered a ‘synchronous oscillation’ of sea level across the tropical Indian Ocean.
  • It was seen from December to April with a period of 30 to 80 days.
  • This air is associated with the event of tropical weather, which is called the Maiden-Julian Oscillation.

Nirav Modi arrested by London Police

  • A UK court directed the fugitive jeweler to keep Neerwa Modi in custody till March 29, 2019.
  • Neerav was arrested on March 20, 2019, in Holborn. He is the main accused in the Rs 13,500 crore PNB scam case.
  • A few days after his arrest, a London court issued an arrest warrant against him for his extradition in the money laundering case in response to the request of the Enforcement Directorate.

SBI signs deal with Bank of China

  • SBI, the country’s largest lender, has signed an agreement with the Bank of China to promote business opportunities.
  • SBI signed a memorandum of understanding with Bank of China (BoC) to increase business synergy between the two banks.
  • Through this treaty, both SBI and BoC will gain direct access to their operations markets.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Kazakhstan has renamed its capital Astana. What is its new name?

Correct! Wrong!

Kazakhstan has renamed its capital Astana to Nursultan to honour outgoing leader Nursultan Nazarbayev(78-years), served nearly 30 years as president of the nation.

2. Election Commission has appointed Shailendra Handa and Ms. Madhu Mahajan as .......

Correct! Wrong!

Election Commission has appointed two eminent former Civil Servants Shailendra Handa and Ms. Madhu Mahajan as Special Expenditure Observers for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections.

3. Who is the Brand Ambassador of PhonePe?

Correct! Wrong!

PhonePe (UPI based payment app company) has appointed Bollywood actor Aamir Khan as its Brand Ambassador.

4. Navroz is celebrated by which community?

Correct! Wrong!

Parsis in India & abroad are celebrating their New year's ‘Navroz’ with great enthusiasm.

5. International Day of Forests is celebrated on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

The United Nations General Assembly designated 21st March as the International Day of Forests to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

6. What is the theme of World Down Syndrome Day?

Correct! Wrong!

The World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), (Schrage Day), is celebrated on 21st March to raise public awareness for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down syndrome. The global theme for 2019 is “Leave no one behind”.

7. World Poetry Day is celebrated on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

World Poetry Day is observed every year on 21st March to promote the reading, writing, publishing, and teaching of poetry throughout the world.

8. Researchers of which country jointly discovering new sea level oscillation?

Correct! Wrong!

Researchers of the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services, along with French scientists, have discovered a 'synchronous oscillation' of sea level across the tropical Indian Ocean.

9. Nirav Modi has arrested by which police?

Correct! Wrong!

Nirav Modi arrested by London Police. UK court directed the fugitive jeweler to keep Neerwa Modi in custody till March 29, 2019.

10. SBI has signed a deal with which bank to promote business opportunities?

Correct! Wrong!

SBI, the country's largest lender, has signed an agreement with the Bank of China to promote business opportunities.

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