Latest Current Affairs 13 and 14 March 2020


13 MARCH 2020



1) The first death in the country from Corona, the market also rolled down:

The 76-year-old aged returned from Saudi Arabia in Karnataka died on Wednesday. The report of his being corona positive came on Thursday evening. Confirmation of transition in 77 people so far, 2919 digit historical decline in Sensex. The Delhi government declared Corona an epidemic on Thursday. The government has closed all theatres till 31 March. All such schools where the examinations were completed were closed.

2) The Ministry of Home Affairs forms two special committees to fasten progress on the CAPF:

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) held two special panels on 11 March 2020 to assess the issues and endorsements relevant to the CAPF (Central Armed Police Force). The main panel will be led by the Home Secretary and will manage issues that should be settled on Home Ministry and CAPFs while the second board of trustees is going to be run by the secretary (Border Management) and will clarify only the matters of receiving.

3) DST sanctioned IIT Mandi with Rs 7.25 crore for the development of a Technology Innovation Center:

On March 11, 2020, Rs 7.25 crore was endorsed by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi, Himachal Pradesh to create a Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) at the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS).

4) RS Supports minor changes to include Karnataka Tribal Groups in ST group in Legislation:

Rajya Sabha asserted on March 11, 2020 the advances made by Lok Sabha in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order Amendment Act, 2019. The amendments are:

  • Replacing the word’ seventieth-‘ with’ seventy one-‘ and number’ 2019′ with’ 2020′ on first page line one.
  • The bill also seeks to incorporate Karnataka’s’ Parivara and Talawara tribal groups’ in the (Scheduled Tribes) group to guarantee that they get the government’s reservation and different advantages.

5) India post launches India’s first wireless locker facility on parcels in Kolkata, West Bengal:

The posts department (DoP), Kolkata (West Bengal Circle), has launched free wireless parcel locker service for the first time in India in 2 post offices (Nabadiganta IT post office in Sector 5 of Salt Lake City & at the post office in New Town’s Action Area I).

6) SBI has lowered the interest rate on SB accounts to 3 percent; MCLR has decreased to 7.75 percent for one year; min balance requirements have been eliminated:

State Bank of India (SBI) lowered its interest rate on savings bank (SB) accounts to 3 percent on March 11, 2020, along with waiving off the average monthly balance (AMB) for all SB accounts based on the’ Customers First’ strategy. SBI has reduced its one-year marginal cost of fund-based lending rate (MCLR) from 7.85 per cent to 7.75 per cent to make home and auto loans cheaper. All of these changes will take effect as of 10 March 2020.



1) WEF unveiled the 1st Global COVID Action Forum for coronavirus-fighting companies in the private sector:

On 11 March 2020, with the help of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Wellcome Trust, the World Economic Forum (WEF) announced the development of the COVID Action Platform which is the first forum of its kind, operating internationally, is available to all businesses and industry associations, as well as other stakeholders, for coordinated and collaborative business action to reduce COVID-19 (Coronavirus) threats and impacts.



1) Champions League: Spanish club Atlético defeated 4–2 in the aggregate:

Liverpool could not make it to the final-8 for the first time in 14 years. Spanish club Atlético Madrid entered the quarters in the second leg of the pre-quarterfinals, beating defending champions Liverpool by 3–2.



1) 21 Lakh Rajasthan Farmers Beneficiaries Of Crop Loan Waiver Program Linked to Cooperative Banks:

In the next four years 10 lakh farmers in the state will be connected with 2,000 new grams of seva sehkari samitis. Around 21 lakh farmers have benefitted from the crop loan waiver scheme declared by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

2) The six new civil bodies from Rajasthan go to polls on April 5:

Polling for councilors in 560 wards of six new Jaipur Heritage, Jaipur, Jodhpur North, Jodhpur South, Kota North, and Kota South municipal corporations will take place on April 5, and counting on April 7. Mayor and Deputy Mayor elections will take place April 16 and April 17.



14 MARCH 2020



1) Country’s first tribal women police battalion formed in Bihar:

The Swabhimaan Vahini, the country’s first tribal women’s police battalion, has been prepared with the initiative of the Bihar government. Most of the women in this battalion of 199 women police are from Tharu tribal community. The battalion will have 6 pultons, in which about 45 constables will be recruited.

2) First women’s bank formed in Chhattisgarh:

This information was given by Satyabala Aggarwal, founder of Chhattisgarh’s first women’s bank, ‘Laxmi Mahila Nagrik Sahakari Bank Maryadit’, Raipur, in a press conference held on Friday at the office of GE Road Millennium Plaza for the silver jubilee celebrations. Chhattisgarh Cooperative Bank has opened in Bilaspur besides two places in Raipur.

3) The ministry of WCD notifies new POCSO regulations 2020 with strict penalties for child sexual offences:

On March 13, 2020, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD), Government of India (GoI), notified the new Children’s Protection from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Rules, 2020, in exercise of the powers provided for in section 45 of the POCSO Act, 2012, by replacing the prior 2012 Laws. The new POCSO rules entered into force on March 9, 2020, which will be able to enforce the latest changes to this statute, according to which the provisions of punishment for the sexual abuse of children have been further strengthened.

4) To avoid the spread of COVID-19, the Center invokes ‘ Epidemic Act 1897′ and’ Disaster Management Act 2005;’ Karnataka, the first state to enact the 1897 Act:

On March 12, 2020, the center agreed to invoke the Epidemic Act 1897 during the review meeting led by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to ensure that various government advisories provided from time to time by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare / State / UTs on COVID-19 are enforceable.

5) The Multi-Agency Crime Center and the National Cybercrime Training Centre were introduced on NCRB’s 35th Inception Day:

On March 12, 2020 The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) commended its 35th Inception Day on which Shri Nityanand Rai, Union Minister of State for Home, disclosed the Crime Multi Agency Center (Cri-MAC) and National Cyber Crime Training Center (NCTC) in New Delhi as the chief guest of the event.

6) Bibek Debroy Committee prescribed that Rajdhani/Shatabdi be concessioned to private gatherings; NDLS ought to be redeveloped as a World Class Station:

On 11 March 2020, the board of trustees led by Bibek Debroy suggested concession of commercial train administration operations, for example, Rajdhani/Shatabdi to private gatherings where Railways proposed to start 150 passenger trains on 100 routes by 2022 through private operators in PPP (Public-Private Partnership) mode.

7) Ministry of Home Affairs in Tripura approve Rs 365 crore for Sabroom ICP:

At Sabroom, Tripura, the second Integrated Check Post to be constructed along the Indo-Bangla border, the Ministry of Home Affairs has approved Rs.365 crores for the construction of the New Integrated Check Post (ICP).

8) India became fifth nation to disengage infection outside the body:

India turned into the fifth nation to effectively isolating a novel coronavirus strain after China, Japan, Thailand and the United States.



1) India has gained C grade, no nation made up to An evaluation: Animal Protection Index 2020:

On March 12, 2020, World Animal Protection published the 2nd edition of the Global Animal Protection Index (API) 2020, where India received C grade (also in the 1st edition in 2014) with 8 other countries suggesting that India is one of the best nations.



1) Nita Ambani, Serena Williams & Simone Biles included in the 2020 sports list of Prominent Women:

iSportconnect announced the 2020 list of’ Influential Women in Sport’ on March 12, 2020, calling Nita Ambani, Serena Williams & Simone Biles along with seven other athletes.

1) Australia beat kiwi in ODI first:

Australia defeated new Zealand by 71 runs in the first ODI on Friday at a vacant sydney cricket ground.

2) Sindhu lost to Okuhara for the eighth time, the Indian challenge ended in the tournament:

The Indian challenge ended in the prestigious All India England Badminton Championships with world champion and sixth order PV Sindhu losing to fourth order Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-12, 21-21, 21-21 in the quarterfinals on Friday.



1) Sachin Naruka  of MNIT Jaipur score First Rank in gate 2020 in Chemical Branch:

Sachin, who got first rank in the chemical branch, prepared without coaching. He is currently in the final year studying at MNIT, Jaipur.

2) NAAC has given the Banasthali Vidyapith A ++ grading:

Banasthali Vidyapeeth has been given A + + grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). In addition, this university has become the highest grade university in the state.

3) Award for ‘Rajasthan’ in Udaan scheme:

Under the Central Government’s UDAN scheme, Rajasthan has been awarded the Best Pro-Active State Award for connecting the major cities of the country to Jaipur and for better operation of the scheme. The award was given by the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Friday at the Wings- 2020 Flying for All Summit held in Hyderabad.

Latest Current Affairs 11 and 12 March 2020


11 MARCH 2020



1) Andhra Pradesh CM introduced the NIGHA framework for monitoring electoral violence:

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy launched the NIGHA application in Tadepalli, Andhra Pradesh on March 8, 2020. The app was created by Panchayat Raj department.  The proposal seeks to curtail the use of money and liquor in the forthcoming local body elections and implemented measures to combat electoral violence in addition to measures taken by the State Election Commission and Police Department. 

2) Lt Gen KJS Dhillon to assume responsibility as DG DIA, Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (DCIDS):

On 9 March 2020, the Ministry of Defense announces the appointment of Lt Gen Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon (57) as Director-General, Defense Intelligence Agency, Deputy Chief of Integrated Defense Staff, under the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) in the Department of Military Affairs, to succeed Lt Gen AS Bedi.

3) Andhra Pradesh positioned first in the nation for POSHAN Abhiyaan execution:

On March 9, 2020 Andhra Pradesh (AP) ranked first in the nation to use POSHAN (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition) Abhiyaan according to NITI Aayog’s September 2019 progress report, “Transforming Nutrition in India: POSHAN Abhiyaan.”

4) The Center, headed by previous SC judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, comprises the Delimitation Commission for J&K, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal:

In the exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Delimitation Act, 2002, the Central Government established a Commission for Delimitation on March 06, 2020. It was led by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai for the delimitation of the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory (J&K) Assam, Arunachal Pradesh (AP), Manipur and Nagaland Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies.

5) Jewar Airport, UP is recognized internationally for the strategic infrastructure:

Jewar Airport’s first phase, Uttar Pradesh (UP), has been included in the 100 global strategic infrastructure projects for the year 2020 worldwide. It was recognized in the CG LA Infrastructure List while UP (India) and Yugoslavia (Europe) were selected from all over the world in the aviation category sector.

6) Government of India issued industrial licenses for manufacturing Bullet Proof Jackets to 15 firms:

The announcement was made by defense minister Rajnath Singh, who granted industrial licenses to 15 companies to produce Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs) on 11 March.

7) CRPF established the Shakti Prize:

A special ‘ Shakti Award ‘ has been instituted by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), which will be awarded annually to selected staff working to empower women.



1) UN adopts women’s rights international declaration during the CSW64 conference in New York, USA:

On March 10, 2020, the United Nations (UN), an intergovernmental body aimed at maintaining international peace and security, adopted a stripped-down political statement pledging to step up efforts to fully implement the historic Beijing Declaration and Forum for Efforts on Gender Equality negotiated 25 years ago.

2) Infosys works with Qualcomm to provide solutions for the smart cities:

Tech giant Infosys collaborated with the US-based chipmaker Qualcomm to provide solutions for smart cities through Qualcomm’s accelerator program where the collaboration will provide solutions for smart stadiums, smart arenas and smart event management.



1) Hockey India (HI) joins 38-member World Masters Hockey (WMH); RP Singh is named as HI Masters Committee convener:

Hockey India joined the 38 national associations worldwide as a member of World Master Hockey (WMH) on March 9, 2020, with the goal of developing and increasing Master Hockey worldwide. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) regards WMH as a single master body responsible for internationally coordinating hockey for international master’s.


12 MARCH 2020



1) Government structures a Kisan Rail board of trustees to settle its modalities:

The committee was created to work out the modalities of’ Kisan Rail’ under the aegis of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, which additionally comprises of individuals from the Ministry of Railways where Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed to set up Kisan Rail by means of the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) framework for a cold supply chain for the transport of perishable goods during the FY220-21 budget.

2) 6th International Yoga Day, drove by PM Modi to occur in Leh:

The Major national occasion for the sixth International Day of Yoga is to be held in Leh, the capital of Ladakh on 21st June 2020 where the occasion will be driven by PM Modi. AYUSH Minister of Union Shripad Naik had declared this.

3) The Indian Government has formed a high-level committee of ministers to study coronovirus prevention and management:

A high-level group of ministers (GOM) has been set up by the Government of India to study, track and assess the current preparedness and steps taken to handle Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

4) HAL planned to develop a platform for the sale of aircraft in 4 countries:

On March 9, 2020, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), an Indian state-owned aviation and defence firm, is seeking opportunities to build up a coordinations base in four nations (Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Sri Lanka) as a major aspect of its endeavors to persuade those countries to purchase Tejas and light helicopters made in India.

5) Divya Kala Shakti is hosted for the first time by Tamil Nadu:

Government of Tamil Nadu is hosting the first ever regional occassion “Divya Kala Shakti: Witnessing the abilities in disabilities a unique cultural” event at Kalaivanar Arangam, Chennai on 12 March 2020, where Governor of Tamil Nadu Shri Banwarilal Purohit will observe the event.

6) World Bank and GoI conclude an Agreement on Rain-Agriculture Resilient to the Environment:

On March 11, 2020, the World Bank, Government of India and Government of Himachal Pradesh signed a USD 80 million credit agreement to increment agricultural efficiency and enhance water management practices.



1) World Kidney Day to be celebrated on March 12th:

World Kidney Day is commended on March 12, each year on the second Thursday of March, with the intention of shedding light on issues and educating individuals on the importance of kidney safety in general and the prevalence and effect of kidney disease and related medical problems around the world.

2) WHO pronounces Corona Virus as UNIVERSAL EPIDEMIC:

The World Health Organization announced Corona Virus as a Global Pandemic which is considered as universal epidemic on March 11, 2020 as it is spreading quickly over the world. Total more than 126,369 people are diagnosed with COVID-19 where 4,634 people have been killed by the virus so far.



1) PV Sindhu has received the 2019 BBC Indian Sportswoman and the Lifetime Achievement Award for PT Usha:

On March 8, 2020, 24-year-old Pusarla Venkata Sindhu received the 2019 BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Indian Sportsman of the Year award, and previous sprinter Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha was granted the Lifetime Achievement award in New Delhi, where the BBC award ceremony took place.

Latest Current Affairs 9 and 10 March 2020


9 MARCH 2020 



1) Amit-Anu will become the country’s first Colonel “Jag” couple:

Colonel Amit Kumar and Lieutenant Colonel Anu Dogra, working in the Legal Branch Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Indian Army, will soon become the first Colonel Jag Couple of the country. 

2) Removed ‘Sher-e-Kashmir’ from the name of the conference center:

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday removed ‘Sher-e-Kashmir’ from the name of the state’s largest ‘Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Center’ (Skicc). Its name will now be ‘Kashmir International Conference Center’. Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Abdullah, was called Sher-e Kashmir. 

3) Altaf Bukhari of PDP formed ‘Jammu and Kashmir apni party’:

Former PDP leader Altaf Bukhari on Sunday announced a new political party ‘Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party’, which includes names of PDP, National Conference, and 23 former Congress Ministers and MLAs.

4)  Former Law Minister Hansraj Bhardwaj passed away:

Former Governor of Karnataka and Kerala and former law minister Hansraj Bhardwaj passed away at the age of 42. Bhardwaj breathed his last at Max Hospital in Saket. He was admitted there since Wednesday. He had kidney problems. Bhardwaj was among the Congress leaders who openly questioned Rahul Gandhi’s leadership ability.

5) Amazon became India’s most desired Internet brand:

Amazon India has been chosen the Most Desired Internet Brand. According to the TRA Research Survey, Google is at number 2, Facebook number 3. The same Zomato is at number 4, Google Play 5 and Ola at number 6. Among the 30 Internet brands included in the survey, 14 are Indian, 12 American and 2 Chinese.

6)  In the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, there is no longer a journey of 79 km, pilgrims will be able to reach there in 3 days:

Now, in the first 6 hours from Dharchula, pilgrims will be extinguished with vehicles. The next day, in 3 hours, pilgrims will arrive Guji by cars or bus and spend second night here. On the third day after the medical examination, pilgrims will reach China by Lipulekh. After 80 km road trip in China, visitors will reach Kugu. From there, they will move towards Mansarovar. It will take 16 days to start the journey from Delhi (2400 km). First used to take 22 days.

7) TIFAC introduced the Jyoti Vigyan program:

On 8 March 2020, the Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) unveiled the Vigyan Jyoti program. The program focuses on empowering women to pursue science. Vigyan Jyoti is a scheme that will make a level-playing field for the worthy young ladies in secondary school to seek after Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in their advanced education.

8) JK is setting up a Committee on Delimitation:

The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has formed the Delimitation Commission for the Lok Sabha delimitation process and the constituencies of assemblies. The Commission was established under the chairmanship of Ranjana Prakash Desai, a former Supreme Court judge. The Commission’s individuals are Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Shushil Chandra and J&K’s election commissioners, and the Commission will be ex-officio individuals from the four North-Eastern states.

9) Center sets withdrawal limits for Yes Bank depositors:

India’s legislature has set a one-month withdrawal breakpoint of Rs.50,000 for Yes Bank investors where the Ministry of Finance has discharged the notice in this regard.

10) Center establishing at least one PMBJP Kendra in each country block:

Government plans to create one Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya JanAushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Kendra in each Indian block and area by the end of 2020. The declaration was made by the Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region Dr.Jitendra Singh at the Jan Aushadhi Diwas festivity in Kathua, J&K.

11) Focus on making disposable packages from Sanitary pads compulsory from January 2021:

The Center is to make it compulsory from January 2021 for the sanitary napkin organizations to give bio-degradable removal packs. The information was declared by the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar at an International Women’s Day occasion in Pune on 8 March.



1) Biometric verification required from Aadhar. Online registration for purchase of mustard and gram from 18 March:

Online registration will be started from March 18 for the purchase of mustard and gram in the state. Registration for Kota division has started from 6th March. Mustard will be purchased at the designated centers at a support price of Rs 4425, and gram for Rs 4875. Farmers can register at E-Mitra center or related purchase center. For this, the farmer has to bring a photocopy of Aadhar card, Janadhar / Bhamashah card, Girdawari for crop related documents and bank account passbook as his identity. The number and date of P-35 of Girdawari will also have to be uploaded.

2) MNIT will provide counseling for admission in M.Tech:

MNIT has got the responsibility of centralized counseling for admission in M.Tech-M.Sc. seats in the country’s engineering institutes, NIT’S and IIITS. In this, admission will be given on the basis of GATE score 2018,2019 and 2020. The CCMT will admit more than 40 engineering institutes including 31 NIT’S of the country.



1) Britain is producing the world’s largest underwater drone. 3850 miles will be firepower, scientists engaged in testing:

Britain is developing the world’s largest underwater drone. It is claimed that enemy countries will not be able to detect it. Scientist are engaged in testing. This 100 feet underwater drone equipped with nuclear can be operated from the surface itself. The special thing is that the drone is designed in such a way that it can remain continuously active for three months in water. Like submarines, the drone will also patrol. Its firepower will be up to 3450 miles. The Royal Navy hopes that the first drone will join their fleet in the next five years.

2)  Corona’s havoc: In many European countries, employees were given paid leave and other facilities:

Northern Italy Seal. In America, employees of Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and many companies are working from home.

3) Saudi Arabia has cut oil prices despite failing to reach an agreement with OPEC plus meeting:

Oil costs fell by 20 percent following the failure of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to settle on a concurrence with its accomplices on creation and production cuts. The gathering OPEC+ that was held among OPEC and its partners finished up with no arrangement on extra creation cuts.

4) The ‘ Aurat March ‘ was held in Pakistan:

Non-binary women and rights activists in Pakistan rioted in a national occasion known as the ‘ Aurat March ‘ on Sunday to mark women’s day.



1) India in the playoffs for the first time:

Under the leadership of star player Sania Mirza, India created a new history by reaching the Fed Cup Asia / Oceania zone group one match for the first time.

2) The ICC launches a plan to encourage cricket for women:

On Sunday, to expand on the force of the ongoing T20 World Cup, the International Cricket Council propelled a year crusade to advance ladies’ cricket. The “100 percent cricket” campaign will highlight the players ‘ ability, athletic enthusiasm, intensity and power and bring to life all fans who love the game.



10 MARCH 2020



1) On 10 March the CISF commemorates the 51st ‘ rising day’:

On 10 March, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) observed the 51st ‘ raise day. ‘The day was commended by CISF personnel with their families where a motorcade was performed up by the CISF authorities and the Service Personnel were granted awards for recognized and exemplary administrations and PM laid a festoon at the Martyr’s Memorial.

2) Government of India forms the Kisan Rail committee:

The Indian government has formed a committee to work out the ‘ Kisan Rail ‘ modalities suggested by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to build a cold supply chain through the PPP model for the transport of perishable goods.

3) Railways establishes GoS to notify private operators of passenger trains:

The Ministry of Railways has set up a Secretary Group (GoS) to exhort the terms and conditions for private passenger train operators where the statement was made by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

4) India ranked as the second-largest importer of weapons in the world according to SIPRI:

India is the world’s second-largest importer of weapons according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) study entitled “Trends in International Arms Transfers 2019” where Saudi Arabia tops the list.



1) Jack Ma had overtaken Mukesh Ambani to become the richest man in Asia:

Bloomberg Billionaires Index announced that Jack Ma became the richest man in Asia, while Mukesh Ambani, who was the richest man in Asia, moved to second place after oil prices plummeted with global stocks.

2) UNCTAD: Corona virus causes 15 per cent decrease in FDI inflows:

The United Nations Conference on Trade, Investment and Development warned that the worldwide flows of Foreign Direct Investment would decline by 15 percent due to the Corona Virus outbreak which could cost the global economy 2 trillion USD.



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