Current Affairs March 2019 - Miscellaneous


  • Zero Discrimination Day, Mar 1 is also observed as Civil Accounts Day in India and civil defence day globally.

  • Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble has been reappointed as Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee for 3rd consecutive term.

  • Paralympic torch unveiled by Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020). Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games mascot is Someity. Miraitowa is Official Mascot of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

  • Suresh Raina became the First batsman to score 5000 runs in Indian Premier League Cricket Tournament.

  • Bhagwan Lal Sahni appointed as Chairman of National Commission for Backward Classes.

  • Former PM Manmohan Singh presented 2nd edition of BusinessLine Changemaker Of The Year award to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, for successfully introducing the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

  • Book Mann Ki Baat - A Social Revolution on Radio, based on 50 episodes of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s heart to heart talk with citizens of India, broadcasted on All India Radio, has been released. It has been compiled by BlueKraft Digital Foundation.

  • PM Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation, the Joint Venture of Indo-Russian Rifles Pvt Ltd, for Kalashnikov Assault Rifle Production, in Kauhar, Amethi (Uttar Pradesh).

  • For the first time, India attended Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers Meet, held in Abu Dhabi (UAE). Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj attended 46th Session of OIC’s Council of Foreign Ministers.

  • Indian fashion designer Ritu Beri has been appointed as Cultural and Tourism Ambassador of Uzbekistan in India.

  • Ms. Padmaja appointed as next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji.

  • Transgender social activist Gauri Sawant appointed as one of 12 election ambassadors from Maharashtra. She is the first transgender election ambassador.

  • Shambhu S Kumaran is appointed as next Indian Ambassador to Kingdom of Morocco.

  • Citibank named Ashu Khullar as Chief of Its India Operations.

  • RBI constituted a panel under former deputy governor Usha Thorat to examine issues related to offshore rupee markets and recommend policy measures to ensure the stability of external value of the domestic currency.

  • Shri Vishwakarma Skill University Haryana (SVSU) signed MoU with National Institute of Technical Teacher’s Training and Research Bhopal to ensure purposeful engagement of Faculty, Experts and Industry Partners for various academic activities.

  • Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman named for first Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar constituted by Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti, with a cash prize of 2.51 lakh.

  • Malaysia became 124th member nation to International Criminal Court (ICC), ratifying Rome Statute after 20 years.

  • Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) presented SWAGAT Automatic Fare Collection Gating System, an initiative OF Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in collaboration with BEL and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC).

  • USA and South Korea will call off their joint exercise “Foal Eagle” and “Key Resolve” and instead bifurcate them into smaller exercises, to ease tensions with North Korea. “Key Resolve” will be replaced by “Dongmaeng” which is also known as alliance in English, Foal Eagle drills will be replaced by a smaller battalion-sized exercise.

  • IDBI Bank received government nod to handle import and export transactions with Iran, to help promoting trade amid US sanctions on Iran. Iran is India’s third-largest oil supplier after Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

  • The book “Designing Destiny: The Heartfulness Way”, written by Kamlesh Patel has been released.

  • Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change amended Hazardous and other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 to completely ban the import of solid plastic waste.

  • Maharashtra Govt unveiled State’s new 5-year industrial policy to be effective from 1st April, 2019. It will create nearly 40 lakh Jobs by 2023-24 and goal is to turn Maharashtra into a trillion dollar (one lakh crore) economy.

  • National Housing Bank (NHB) imposed stricter regulations on Housing Finance Companies (HFCs) to prevent them from falling prey to liquidity and credit risks.

  • Indian-American Padma Lakshmi appointed by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as its Goodwill Ambassador, supporting agency’s fight against inequality and discrimination around the world.

  • The book as Compilation of selected speeches of PM Narendra Modi, titled “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” has been released. Coffee Table Book Cruising New Heights- Flying For All was also released, depicting achievements of Ministry of Civil Aviation.