22nd March 2019 Current Affairs

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New Zealand Bans Assault Weapons

  • New Zealand has imposed an immediate ban on assault weapons following the Christchurch massacre that claimed the lives of 50 mosque-goers.
  • Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern announced assault rifles and military-style semi-automatic weapons would be banned with immediate effect, making a pledge to ensure that nothing like Christchurch massacre ever occurs in the Pacific nation again.

Intain Fintech to launch blockchain product

  • Intain Fintech, an AI and block chain-based software products firm, will be launching ‘eMulya’, an intelligent block chain.
  • It facilitates efficient, secure and trustworthy asset securitisation transactions for NBFCs in India by end-2019.
  • Intain has its global AI Lab in Pune with 10 people and it will hire 15 more staff in Chennai for this purpose.

Fitch Cuts India GDP Growth Forecast for FY20 to 6.8%

  • Fitch Ratings cut India’s economic growth forecast for the next financial year starting April 1, to 6.8% from its previous estimate of 7%, on weaker than expected momentum in the economy.
  • The rating agency has also cut growth forecasts for FY20 and FY21 to 7% from 7.3% and 7.1% from 7.3%, respectively.
  • According to Fitch, the RBI has adopted a more dovish monetary policy stance and cut interest rates by 0.25 percentage at its February 2019 meeting, a move supported by steadily decelerating headline inflation.

India one of world’s fastest-growing economies

  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said India has been one of the fastest growing large economies in the world.
  • IMF asserted that the country has carried out several key reforms in the last five years.
  • This was stated by IMF communications director Gerry Rice while responding to a question on India’s economic development in the last five years.

Kane Williamson gets Sir Richard Hadlee Medal

  • Kiwi captain Kane Williamson got Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for Men’s Player of the Year on 21 March 2019.
  • Williamson also got the Test Player of the Year award and the Redpath Cup for First Class batting.
  • Williamson bagged three awards — the Women’s ODI Player of the Year, Phyl Blackler Cup for women’s domestic bowling and the Venus Cup for Secondary Schools Female Player of the Year.

Hindi Writer Leeladhar Jagudi Awarded Vyas Samman 2018

  • Hindi writer Leeladhar Jagudi honoured with Vyas Samman 2018 for his collection of poems “Jitne Log Utne Prem” published in 2013.
  • The award carries an amount of Rs. 4 lakhs and it was started by K K Birla foundation in 1991.
  • He has received Padma Shri in 2004 and Sahitya Akademi Award, Akashvani National Award and Uttarakhand Gaurav Samman as well.

Physicist Marcelo Gleiser Wins Templeton Prize 2019

  • Brazilian physicist and astronomer Marcelo Gleiser has been awarded the 2019 Templeton Prize, worth $1.4 million, for his work blending science and spirituality.
  • Gleiser, 60, is the first Latin American to win the award.
  • Previous winners of the award, started in 1972 by late global investor Sir John Templeton, include the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa.

The World Water Day being observed today

  • World Water Day is being observed every year on 22nd March to raise awareness about the importance of water.
  • The theme of this year is ‘Leaving no one behind’.
  • This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.
  • Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home.

NASA discovers pulsar speeding through space

  • NASA discovered a pulsar hurtling through space at nearly 4 million km/h.
  • It is so fast that it could travel the distance between Earth & the Moon in just 6 minutes.
  • Pulsars are super dense, rapidly spinning neutron stars left behind when a massive star explodes.
  • This one, dubbed PSR J0002+6216, has a radio-emitting tail pointing towards the expanding debris of a recent supernova explosion.

Bill for total liquor prohibition in Mizoram

  • Mizoram assembly passed a bill to bring back total prohibition of liquor in the northeastern state after four years.
  • The state government decided to prohibit the manufacture, import, sale, and consumption of liquor for the common people for their general health.
  • Earlier total prohibition was in force in Mizoram from 1997 to 2015.

Deepest shaft cave discovered in Meghalaya

  • India’s deepest shaft cave Krem Um Ladaw has been discovered in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district.
  • The cave has a 105 m deep shaft entrance passage.
  • This comes a year after the world’s longest sandstone cave Krem Puri was discovered in Meghalaya.
  • With all these discoveries, Meghalaya has become one of the top caving regions of the world.

Bihar Diwas: 22nd March

  • Bihar Diwas or Bihar Day is celebrated every year on 22 March to commemorate the state’s separation from Bengal presidency in 1912.
  • This day is a public holiday in Bihar.
  • This day marks the 107th foundation day of Bihar.

Oxford Dictionary includes word ‘chuddies’

  • Chuddies, the Indian English word for underwear, is among 650 new entries recognised as official English words by the definitive Oxford English Dictionary’ (OED) in the latest update.
  • Chuddies made popular in the UK by the popular sitcom starring British Indian actors.
  • It is defined as short trousers, shorts.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Which country has imposed an immediate ban on assault weapons?

Correct! Wrong!

New Zealand has imposed an immediate ban on assault weapons following the Christchurch massacre that claimed the lives of 50 mosque-goers.

2. eMulya will be launched by which company?

Correct! Wrong!

Intain Fintech, an AI and block chain-based software products firm, will be launching ‘eMulya’, an intelligent block chain.

3. According to Fitch Ratings what will be India’s economic growth for the next financial year?

Correct! Wrong!

Fitch Ratings cut India’s economic growth forecast for the next financial year starting April 1, to 6.8% from its previous estimate of 7%, on weaker than expected momentum in the economy.

4. According to IMF which country is one of the fastest growing large economies in the world?

Correct! Wrong!

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said India has been one of the fastest growing large economies in the world.

5. Who has got Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for Men’s Player of the Year on 21 March 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

Kiwi captain Kane Williamson got Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for Men’s Player of the Year on 21 March 2019.

6. Vyas Samman 2018 has won by ...........

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Hindi writer Leeladhar Jagudi honoured with Vyas Samman 2018 for his collection of poems “Jitne Log Utne Prem” published in 2013.

7. Who has won Templeton Prize 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

Brazilian physicist and astronomer Marcelo Gleiser have been awarded the 2019 Templeton Prize, worth $1.4 million, for his work blending science and spirituality.

8. World Water Day is being observed every year on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

World Water Day is being observed every year on 22nd March to raise awareness about the importance of water.

9. Which space agency has discovered a pulsar hurtling through space at nearly 4 million km/h?

Correct! Wrong!

NASA discovered a pulsar hurtling through space at nearly 4 million km/h.

10. Mizoram assembly passed a bill to bring back total prohibition of liquor after how many years?

Correct! Wrong!

Mizoram assembly passed a bill to bring back total prohibition of liquor in the northeastern state after four years.

11. India’s deepest shaft cave Krem Um Ladaw has been discovered in which state?

Correct! Wrong!

India’s deepest shaft cave Krem Um Ladaw has been discovered in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district.

12. Bihar Diwas is celebrated on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

Bihar Diwas or Bihar Day is celebrated every year on 22 March to commemorate the state’s separation from Bengal presidency in 1912.

13. Recently which Indian English word has been included in Oxford Dictionary?

Correct! Wrong!

Chuddies, the Indian English word for underwear, is among 650 new entries recognised as official English words by the definitive Oxford English Dictionary’ (OED) in the latest update.

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