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Daily G.K. - Top Stories

09 Mar 2020


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India Joins Indian Ocean Commission as Observer

  • India was admitted to the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC: Commission de l'Océan Indien, COI) on Friday as an observer after it applied last month to be considered for observer status.
  • The Indian Ocean Commission is a five nation grouping in the Western Indian Ocean, which includes Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius and French Reunion.
  • The decision to join the IOC marks a part of the government's push for greater salience in the whole Indian Ocean Region (IOR), including what is called the Western or African Indian Ocean.

BRAC Retains its Position as the Top NGO of the World for the 5th Consecutive Year

  • Bangladesh-based international development organization BRAC has retained its position as the top NGO of the world for the 5th consecutive year.
  • The rankings for 2020 were announced by the Geneva-based organization NGO Adviser which publishes the rankings every year based on publicly available data for the top 500 global NGOs.
  • In drawing the rankings the Public Adviser focuses on the impact, innovation, governance and sustainability of the NGO.
  • BRAC was founded by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in 1972 immediately after Bangladesh came into existence as an independent nation in 1971 to help the returning war refugees with small-scale relief and rehabilitation project.
  • Fazle Hasan Abed died in 2019. Presently, it works in Bangladesh and 11 countries in Asia and Africa.
  • BRAC recently announced a new 2030 strategy with the goal to make lives of 250 million people self-sustainabe.
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Centre Invites Bids for Sale of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.

  • The government invited bids for the sale of its entire 52.98% stake in country's second biggest State-owned oil refiner Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).
  • However, amid falling oil prices, analysts believe that the government will find it difficult to get a good valuation for the company.
  • The government's plan to sell its stake in BPCL could be delayed, as many global oil majors that have been looking at the company as an outlet to refine their crude may revaluate their bids in a scenario of sinking oil prices.
  • Global oil majors, starting from world's largest oil firm Saudi Aramco to U.S. major ExxonMobil, from Russia's oil major Rosneft to Royal Dutch Shell, from Total of France to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), are said to be interested.

Commerce Ministry Clears TCS, DLF Proposals to Set up SEZs for IT Sector in Haryana and UP

  • The highest decision-making body for special economic zones (SEZs) chaired by the commerce secretary Anup Wadhawan, approved the proposals of Information technology (IT) major TCS (Tata Consultancy Services Limited) and DLF (Delhi Land and Finance) Limited a premier real estate company in India to establish a special economic zones (SEZs) for IT sector in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Haryana respectively.
  • TCS proposed to establish an IT/ITeS (Information Technology Enabled Services.) SEZ in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, over an area of 19.9 hectares at a cost of Rs. 2,433.72 crore.
  • Similarly, DLF has proposed to establish two SEZs in Haryana with an investments worth of Rs 793.95 crore and Rs. 761.54 crore.
  • The central government has cleared 417 such zones in India, as on November 14, 2019.Of these, 238 zones are in active state.

Arvind Unveils "United by Indigo" - Festive 2020 Collection

  • Stimulated by the acceleration in the sector, Arvind, the USD 2 billion textile-to-technology conglomerate, announced the launch of its latest collection, United by Indigo - a collection for the forthcoming Festive 2020 Season In India, that thoughtfully balances the legacy of authentic denim with future possibilities to capture the essence of the present-day global trends.
  • The Lycra Company, a market leader in functional and performance speciality - stretch yarn technology, co-hosted today's event. They have been Arvind's innovation partner since many years and have collaborated to deliver multiple unique and successful products to the Indian market.
  • At the unveiling held in Mumbai today, Arvind Denims debuted the INFIKNITY range, representing infinite possibilities in Indigo inspired activewear lifestyle, using a range of technology adaptations in Knitting. Also, on display were the latest up-dates on the already popular range of MUTANTS that blend the ruggedness and durability of traditional Jeanswear with comfort and supple softness of real knits.
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Australia Beat India to Win 5th Women's T20 World Cup

  • Australia bowled India out for 99 runs to clinch the final by 85 runs for a record-extending fifth Women's T20 World Cup title at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Chasing a huge total of 185, India got off to a poor start and lost four wickets inside the powerplay overs. India could never recover from the early blows and were bowled out for 99 runs in 19.1 overs. Earlier, Australia riding on half-centuries from openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney posted a massive total on the board. Healy blasted 75 off 39 balls, while Mooney scored an unbeaten 78. Healy, whose husband Mitchell Starc jetted back from Australia's tour of South Africa to watch her play, showed intent straight away with a boundary off Deepti Sharma's first ball. She smacked two more in an eventful opening over which also saw her dropped by Shafali Verma. Opening partner Mooney also had an early let-off, with Rajashwari Gayakwad putting down a caught and bowled chance when she was on eight. India was nervous and their fielding poor, with the batswomen running quick singles. Skipper Meg Lanning was caught for 16, Ashleigh Gardner lasted just three balls and Rachael Haynes made only four. But the late fightback wasn't enough to prevent Australia posting the highest score ever in a women's T20 World Cup final.
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Modi Launches 'She Inspires Us' Campaign

  • On the occasion of Women's Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over his social media accounts to women whose life, work inspire us. The Prime Minister made an announcement on his Twitter handle, as he launched the She Inspires Us campaign.
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Former Union Law Minister H. R. Bhardwaj Passes Away

  • Former Law Minister and senior Congress leader Hans Raj Bhardwaj died after a cardiac arrest. He was 83.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the death of former Union minister Hans Raj Bhardwaj.
  • Bhardwaj was a Rajya Sabha member for five terms from April 1982 to June 2009.
  • He was the law minister for 14 years and served under the prime ministership of Rajiv Gandhi, Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh. He was appointed the governor of Karnataka in 2009.
  • It was during Bhardwaj's tenure as law minister that Bofors-accused Ottavio Quattrocchi was given a clean chit by then UPA government in 2009.
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2020 BusinessLine Changemaker Awards

  • It's that time of the year when BusinessLine celebrates people who have brought about positive changes in the world we live in. On March 6, the winners of the BusinessLine Changemaker Awards will be felicitated at a glittering ceremony in New Delhi.
  • The winners will be announced across six categories: Changemaker-Social Transformation, Changemaker — Digital Transformation, Changemaker — Financial Transformation, Young Changemaker, Iconic Changemaker and, finally, Changemaker of the Year.
  • Among hundreds of nominations received for the Social Transformation category, five were short-listed after many rounds of screening and evaluation.
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President Awards Nari Shakti Puraskar of WCD Ministry

  • President Ram Nath Kovind gave away the Nari Shakti Puraskar to 15 women in Rashtrapati Bhawan on the occasion of International Women's Day.
  • The awardees are 103 year old athlete Mann Kaur, Indian Air Force's first women fighter pilots Mohana Singh, Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvedi, Farmers Padala Bhudevi and Bina Devi, Artisan Arifa Jaan, Environmentalist Chami Murmu, Entrepreneur Nilza Wangmo, Automotive research professional Rashmi Urdhwardeshe, Lady Mason Kalavati Devi, Twin Mountaineers Tashi and Nungshi Malik classical vocalist Kaushiki Chakroborty and 98 year old Karthyayini Amma who topped the literacy exam in 2018. Another awardee 105 year old Bhageerathi Amma could not travel to Delhi to recieve the award.
  • The National Award is given annually to individuals, groups, institutions in recognition of their exceptional work towards the cause of women empowerment, especially for vulnerable and marginalized women.
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Odisha CM Releases Book on lLfe & Works of Biju Patnaik

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik released a comic book on the life and works of legendary leader and his father Biju Patnaik.
  • The book, ''Adventures of a Daredevil Democrat'' published by the Kalinga Foundation Trust and the Creative Warehouse, is a first of its kind comic book on the life and works of Biju Patnaik.
  • "Biju Patnaik was a legend in his lifetime. In fact he was a man of a million legends. As we celebrate his 104th birth anniversary, people recall his memories with great respect, love and admiration.
  • He said the book ''Adventures of a Daredevil Democrat'' is one such endeavour to remember one of the most loved leaders of Odisha, Biju Patnaik.
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