• Current Affair, 10th March 2020




    1. Harsh Vardhan chairs a high level meeting with Lt. Governor and Chief Minister of Delhi on COVID-19

    • “Well coordinated actions between concerned Departments, States and central ministries, corporation and agencies etc. for contact tracing, community surveillance, hospital management, developing and managing isolation wards, awareness campaign are the key focus areas which need attention at this hour. We have to work together to fight the threat a posed by COVID-19”. This was stated by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan as he chaired a review and coordination meeting with all the senior officials from Government of Delhi in presence of Sh. Anil Baijal, Lieutenant Governor, Government of NCT of Delhi, Sh. Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Government of NCT of Delhi and Dr. Satyendra Jain, Health Minister of Delhi.
    • Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India apprised regarding the current evolving scenario globally and nationally. She informed that the situation is under control but we are on alert and adequate arrangements have been made for management of COVID-19. She added that regular meeting have been held with various States/UTs regularly on the action taken and preparedness of COVID-19.
    • Harsh Vardhan stated that we need to focus on the inter-sectoral coordination with the central ministries/departments. He added that States/UTs need to strengthen their preparedness and review actions on a daily basis. States/UTs need to be more responsive and have to put their best efforts by taking appropriate actions and preparedness for COVID-19. He further stated that need of this hour is to adopt a more strategic approach like cluster containment strategy, making the District Collectors more accountable, contact tracing & strengthening state and district surveillance teams to avoid widespread community transmission and also breaking the transmission, if found.
    • Harsh Vardhan also advised that States need to stay on alert and identify isolation facilities to accommodate large number of confirmed/suspected cases in each district as well as their logistics requirements.
    • He also urged that States/UTs need to adhere to core capacities for disease preparedness and response like Surveillance, Laboratory Diagnosis, Hospital Preparedness, Logistic Management, Capacity Building and Risk Communication. He urged that the hospitals need to make proper arrangements for the segregation of the symptomatic patients and regular patients while visiting the health facility. He stated that apart from ensuring safety of patients visiting the hospitals, hospitals should also ensure the safety of their health workers and doctors. He advised Delhi Government to enhance community awareness by utilizing print, electronic and social media in local languages including utilizing local cable TV channels, audio announcements and FM radio etc. He also added that Delhi attracts a lot of tourists hence, appropriate IEC should be done among both domestic and international travellers who are visiting Delhi. Awareness campaign especially in the cluster such as slums in local language through miking etc. needs to be undertaken.
    • Anil Baijal also stated that sensitization of people in local languages, developing testing facilities closer to community, development of isolation/quarantine facility and training of health workers should be the four key pillars and focus areas for the State Government.
    • Arvind Kejriwal informed that a special task force is already in place and training of the same has been conducted. He added that Government of Delhi will work in coordination with the Central Health Ministry and adhere to the guidance and directions from Central government on strengthening the measures in case of eventualities due to COVID-19.



    1. Exercise ‘SAREX-2020’



    • Indian Coast Guard (ICG),an armed force that protects India’s maritime interests,has conducted a 2-day 9thedition of national level search and rescue exercise ‘SAREX-2020’ based on the theme ‘Harmonization of Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue (HAMSAR)’ in the sea at Vasco,South Goa district from March 5-7,2020.
    • It was inaugurated by Dr. Ajay Kumar, IAS, Secretary (Defence), Ministry of Defence.
    • For the 1sttime, it was attended by 3 pillars of national SAR mechanism i.e. Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Defence.
    • It also saw the participation of 24 representatives from 19 countries, primarily from Asia and Africa, international delegates including 38 national observers and officials of 7 commercial airlines including 2 helicopter operators.
    • This exercise consists of a series of conduct of workshop ,table top exercise and sea exercise with focus on Mass Rescue operation (MRO).



    1. Agartala and Ghojadanga approved as authorised land immigration check posts



    • Government of India (GOI) has approved Tripura capital Agartalaand West Bengal’s Ghojadanga as authorised land immigration check posts to enter or exit India. Agartala and Ghojadanga are located along the Indo-Bangladesh border.
    • The senior immigration officers, under the Bureau of Immigration, have been appointed for the Check posts with effect from March 2, 2020.
    • The Central Government issued notification and approved check posts according to sub-rule (b) of rule 3 of the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950, to Tripura and Ghojadanga land check post, located in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.


    1. The National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR)



    • The government reconstructs  the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR)a multi- stakeholder & multisectoral decision making body on disaster management & appoints Union Home Minister Amit Shah as chairman. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh & Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are named as members among others.
    • NPDRR’s vice chairpersons will be the minister of state in-charge of disaster management in the home ministry & the vice-chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
    • Among other members External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’,Health and Family Welfare Minister  Harsh Vardhan, Civil Aviation &, Housing & Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri are named.
    • The minister of each state government & union territory in charge of disaster management, a member of the state disaster management authority, mayors & municipal commissioners  of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore & Hyderabad, of these cities will also be the  members.
    • The urban development ministry to nominate 10 chairpersons of urban local bodies & panchayat raj ministry to nominate 10 representatives of Panchayat Raj Institutions.
    • NPDRR’s ex-officio members are 4 Lok Sabha members who will be nominated by the speaker, 2  Rajya Sabha members who will be nominated by the chairman, & the Union home secretary & secretaries of departments concerned.


    1. Repayment of 6.65% GS 2020


    The repayment of following securities is due as per details given below:


    Table: Details of GoI Securities maturing in the month of April, 2020
    Sl. No. Name of Security Scheduled Date of Repayment Effective date of Repayment No Interest Accrual from scheduled date of Repayment
    (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
    1. Repayment of 6.65% GS 2020 April 09, 2020


    April 09, 2020


    April 09,2020



    • The outstanding balance under ‘6.65% Government Security 2020’ will be repayable on the effective date of repayment as indicated in column 4 of above table.In the event of a holiday being declared on effective day of repayment by any State Government under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, the Loan/s will be repaid by the paying offices in that State on the previous working day.


    • As per sub-regulations 24 (2) and 24(3) of Government Securities Regulations, 2007 payment of maturity proceeds to the registered holder of Government Security held in the form of Subsidiary General Ledger or Constituent Subsidiary General Ledger account or Stock Certificate shall be made by a pay order incorporating the relevant particulars of his bank account or by credit to the account of the holder in any bank having facility of receipt of funds through electronic means. For the purpose of making payment in respect of the securities, the original subscriber or the subsequent holders of such Government Securities, shall submit the relevant particulars of their bank account well in advance. However, in the absence of relevant particulars of bank account/mandate for receipt of funds through electronic means, to facilitate repayment of the Loan on the due date, holders may tender the securities, duly discharged, at the Public Debt Offices, Treasuries / Sub-Treasuries and branches of State Bank of India (at which they are enfaced / registered for payment of interest) 20 days in advance of the due date for repayment.
    • Full details of the procedure for receiving the discharge value may be obtained from any of the aforesaid paying offices.



    1. Awards to Divyang Artisans & Entrepreneurs

    • Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment presented awards to Divyangs artisan and entrepreneurs who participated in week long exhibition cum fair “Ekam fest” organized by National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation under M/o Social Justice & Empowerment here today. The Fest was inaugurated on 2ndMarch 2020 in the presence of Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for RT&H and MEME Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari and Union Minister for Women and Child Development and Textiles Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani. Ministers of State for SJ&E Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar and Shri Rattan Lal Kataria were also present.
    • Addressing on the occasion Shri Gurjar said that such an effort of organizing exhibition cum fair exclusively for PwD entrepreneurs and organizations working for the PwDs is attempted for the first time at such a scale. 82 Divyang artisans and entrepreneurs from 17 States/UTs showcased their products in the week long Ekam Fest.  The Ekam fest gave platform to PwD artists to present their skill in the cultural evenings. In the Ekam Fest, Divyang Entrepreneur and artisans from all over the country had been invited with representation from J&K to Puducherry and from Nagaland to Gujarat. The Fest presented vibrant products of from J&K and NE with products ranging from handicraft, handloom, Embroidery work and dry fruits.
    • In the fest, live demonstrations of products making were given by around 12 organisations and artisans which included: live demo of looms, embroidery, free and paintings, wheat grass paintings etc. The customers also availed food and head massage by visually impaired persons, Astrological consultation by renowned divyang astrologers from Haryana.
    • On the occasion of International Women Day (8thMarch), a free camp was ogranised by NAB, Hauz Khas, New Delhi for examination for early breast cancer by trained visually impaired women. The visually impaired women also set up a food stall where food was cooked live by them and served to the customers. The Rotary club also set up food stall and provided food @ RS 10 to the participants and also to other customers during the Ekam fest. All the participants were provided a bill book for recording the sales by the NHFDC foundation. During the Ekam fest a collective sales of more than Rs. 8 lakhs was recorded from the bills despite the unprecedented rains and the health alerts in the capital which affected the footfalls.
    • NHFDC provides financial assistance to the Divyangjan (Persons with Disabilities) for their economic rehabilitation and provides number of skill development programmes to empower them to grow & sustain their enterprises.


    1. A policy is as good as its implementation – Vice President


    • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said today that there is no dearth of policy formulation in India, but what is more important is the effective implementation of these policies on ground.
    • “A policy is as good as its implementation”, he said.
    • Interacting with the faculty members of Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) in Hyderabad today, the Vice President called for inclusive and sustainable approach to development.
    • He said that the benefits of the government programs should reach the last man in true spirit of Antyodya as espoused by the great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
    • “No person, community or region should be left behind,” he added.
    • Highlighting the need to involve people in government programs, Shri Naidu said that a country of the size of India can not progress without the people’s participation in governance. He also called for making optimum use of digital technologies in improving the service delivery and bringing down the corruption.
    • He wanted ASC, through its training programs, to help administrators in formulating suitable strategies for improving governance and promote result-oriented approach in administration.
    • Drawing attention to the paradigm change in every aspect associated with administration, the Vice President said that in present times, administration is not merely confined to implementation rather encompasses the broader concept of management and governance.
    • Elaborating further, Shri Naidu called for implementing the best practices and adopting a pro-active approach in governance.
    • Appreciating ASCI for emerging as one of the premier institutions in capacity development of civil servants, managers and administrators in the country, the Vice President asked the faculty to work towards bringing attitudinal and mindset change among the administrators.
    • Every officer receiving training from you must imbibe a citizen-centric and result-driven approach, which is the need of the hour to ensure inclusive growth, Shri Naidu told the ASCI faculty members.
    • The Vice President said that many countries are looking at India for training and capacity building. He expressed confidence that ASCI on the strength of its training and capacity building programmes, expertise in Public Policy and consultancy services can provide right kind of inputs to the governments, corporates and foreign countries as well.
    • Calling Public-Private-Partnership as the need of the hour, the Vice President said that it was very important for India to develop. Therefore, he wanted the policymakers, administrators and consultants to focus on PPP in addition to routine government functions.
    • During his visit to ASCI, the Vice President went around the campus and interacted with the trainees. He also planted a tree sapling in the campus of ASCI.
    • It may be noted that ASCI is the oldest management training institution in country. Since its inception in 1956, it is has provided valuable inputs in the formulation of public policies by offering management development programmes, research and advisory work to government, industry and international agencies. ASCI has also launched a two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) since last year.


    1. Sonia Gandhi Rahul Gandhi condole the demise of former law minister Hansraj Bhardwaj


    • Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi today condoled the demise of former law minister and Governor Hansraj Bhardwaj.
    • Remembering Bhardwaj’s long years of service as a parliamentarian and law minister, Sonia Gandhi extended her heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Rahul said, his long years of dedicated service to the Congress party will always be remembered


    1. Chapchar Kut, the biggest and most joyful festival of Mizos



    • Chapchar Kut” , a biggest and oldest festival of Mizoram,is celebrated on March 6 2020.  The pre-celebration started on 5th March 2020, with the mega event held at the Assam Rifles Ground at Aizawl.This festival is considered as the most popular spring festival celebrated on Mizoram.It is originated in- 1450-1700 A.D at Suaipui village.
    • This will be celeberated with Traditional bamboo dance, ‘ Cheraw’and other dances,music events will be performed at the main event.
    • The Art & Culture Minister R Lalzirlianaof Mizoram welcomed all people to participate in the event.
    • The festival is celebrated after the arduous task, Jhum farming(slash and burn method of cultivation).


    1. MWCD & world bank organizes a discussion programme-“The Future of Work: Women in India’s Workforce



    • the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) & the World Bank organized a discussion programme on the topic“The Future of Work: Women in India’s Workforce” at New Delhi.
    • It was inaugurated by Minister of WCD,  Smriti Zubin Irani & Dr. Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director India, World Bank. It is a part of a series of events to observe International Women’s  Day 2020.
    • The WCD minister announced a diet plan for women & lactating mothers for the 1st time, formulated by Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) . It is  shared with all Anganwadi centres across the country.
    • To ensure counselling and improve the quality of counsellors in schools across all districts in the country WCD Ministry is working with National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)
    • About various government interventions for women entrepreneurs, their skilling & training & the hurdles faced by them when they wish-to setup their own business,to avail bank loan & to join the workforce.
    • The central role of women in India’s growth story, investing in women & stories of women entrepreneurs 3 discussion sessions were held.
    • In India there is only 23% of women labour force due to child care, domestic work and lack of female friendly environment in the workforce Before the age of 20 1 in 5 girls are married & school dropout rates  are high
    • These problems cannot be quickly fixed as they have their origin in the long past. GOI through various policies & schemes like National Rural Livelihood Mission, MUDRA, skill development, Stand up India and POSHAN is trying to enhance, empower & employ women in the labour force.





    1. India joins Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)



    • India has joined Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)as its 5th observer state to strengthen its Indo-Pacific vision and also to boost strategic partnership with France, and Vanilla Islands. The decision has been taken during the meeting of the Commission’s council of ministers in Seychell.
    • With this move, India would lead to greater security cooperation with countries in East Africa.
    • It facilitates collective engagement of India with the islands in Western Indian Ocean (WIO).
    • It also boosts Indian cooperation with France that has strong presence in the WIO and lends depth to India’s SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) policy of PM Narendra Modi 2015.
    • Established in 1982, IOC is an inter-governmental organization that coordinates maritime governance in the south-western Indian Ocean. It consists of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion (France) and Seychelles.


    1. UNICEF report “A New Era for Girls”



    • In accordance with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report titled “A New Era for Girls: Taking stock on 25 years of progress”in collaboration with UN Women and Plan International, girls still face violence and discrimination even after 25 years of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The Beijing Declaration was aimed at advancing women’s and girls’ rights in the country.
    • The report has been launched in line with the Generation Equality campaign, and to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
    • Female youth Labour Force participation declined to 33% in 2020 owing to improved Educational opportunities.
    • In 2016, women and girls accounted for 70%of detected trafficking victims globally, mostly involving sexual exploitation
    • One in 20 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 reported being raped in her lifetime.
    • Each year 12 million girlsare married off in childhood, and four million risks FGM (Female genital mutilation).
    • Suicideis currently the second leading cause of death among adolescent girls.
    • Around 970,000 adolescent girls between the ages of 10 and 19 are today living with HIV (human immunodeficiency viruses), accounting for around three-in-four new infections among adolescents worldwide as compared to 740,000 girls in 1995.
    • The number of girls out of school worldwide dropped by 79 million between 1998 and 2018.


    1. Holi, also known as Fagu Purnima, being celebrated in Nepal


    • In Nepal, Holi, the festival of colours is being celebrated in mountainous and hilly regions including capital Kathmandu.
    • Holi is also known as Fagu Purnima in Nepal. Every year, the festival of Holi is celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm; however this year’s festivity has been comparatively a sombre affair due to Covid-19 outbreak across the world.
    • The Government has urged people to refrain from gathering in large groups fearing the outbreak.
    • In Tarai region the festival of Holi will be celebrated tomorrow. President Bidya Devi Bhandari has greeted Nepali at home and abroad on the occasion Holi.






    1. Shafali Verma loses the top spot in the ICC women’s T20 International rankings


    • Indian batting sensation Shafali Verma today lost the top spot in the ICC women’s T20 International rankings as she slipped to third after managing only two runs in the World Cup final against Australia in Melbourne.
    • Australia opener Beth Mooney, who hit 78 not out in the final on Sunday, jumped two spots to number one with 762 points to her kitty.
    • New Zealand’s Suzie Bates with 750 points remained in second position while India vice-captain Mandhana moved down a spot to be ranked seventh, Rodrigues remained static on ninth.
    • Deepti, Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav occupied the sixth, seventh and eighth spots in the bowlers ranking led by England’s Sophie Ecclestone.
    • Australia’s Megan Schutt got the second spot while South African Shabnim Ismail secured third place among bowlers.


    1. Australia beat India to win ICC Women’s T20 World Cup for record fifth time

    • Defending champions Australia have won the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup for record fifth time, outclassing India by 85 runs in the summit clash at Melbourne .
    • Riding on blistering half-centuries by openers Alyssa Healy 75 and Beth Mooney 78 not out, Australia posted 184 at the loss of four wickets. The bowlers did the rest of the work with Megan Schutt taking four for 18 and Jess Jonassen 3 for 20.
    • Appearing in the world cup final for the first time, India were bundled out for 99 in 19.1 overs.
    • India suffered a batting collapse as the top order batter Shafali Verma for 2, Smriti Mandhana for 11, Jemimah Rodrigues for duck  and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur for 4 departed inside the first six overs. Wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia retired hurt in the second over after getting hit on her helmet of the bowling of left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen.
    • Deepti Sharma scored 33, Veda Krishnamurthy 19 while Richa Ghosh 14



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