20th March 2019 Daily Current Affairs

20th March 2019 Daily Current Affairs: Dear Students, Here is 20th March 2019 Daily important Current Affairs. We are providing you Today’s Important Current Affairs, which have unique updates of all daily events from all newspapers. It helps you for SSC, Railway, State PSU & all competitive exams. Happy Reading……

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Sparrow Day

  • March 20 is observed as World Sparrow Day to raise awareness about the bird.
  • The theme for World Sparrow Day isI Love Sparrows”.

International Day Of Happiness

  • The International Day of Happiness is celebrated on March 20 every year since 2013.
  • The theme for International Day of Happiness 2019 is Happier Together. The day will also be promoted around the central theme – ‘Share Happiness and be Part of Something Amazing’.

APPOINTMENTS

AWARDS

Mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck becomes 1st Woman To Win Abel Prize

  • The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters named S mathematician Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck as the winner of the 2019 Abel Prize.
  • The 76-year-old was awarded for the impact of her work on “analysis, for geometry and mathematical physics”.
  • Named after 19th Century Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel, the prize is awarded to laureates who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of mathematics.
  • She is the first woman to be awarded this top honour in mathematics, which will be presented to her by His Majesty King Harald V at an award ceremony in Oslo, Norway on May 21.

Science & Technology

  INCOIS and French scientists discovered existence of a new sea level oscillation

·       In these months, Indian Ocean routinely gains/loses 3 trillion tonnes of water from the Pacific Ocean accompanied by a sea level rise/fall of 4 cm  in every 30-80 days which is 30% of total sea-level change. 

  • This wind is associated with tropical weather phenomenon called Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO). MJOs, being a low-pressure system, is known to facilitate cyclone formation over the Indian Ocean.

Flipkart has deployed over 100 Artificial Intelligence-powered robots to sort customers’

  • E-commerce major Flipkart has deployed over 100 Artificial Intelligence-powered robots to sort customers’ packages according to their location at its Bengaluru delivery centre.
  • It is India’s 1st robot-based sortation technology.
  • The robots help process 4,500 shipments an hour at twice the human speed with 99.9% accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

Centre approved the name change of a Nagaland village Old Mangkhi to Mungankhun

  • The Centre has given its consent for changing the name of a village in Nagaland, taking to nearly two dozens the number of name-change proposals, including those of towns and railway stations, to be cleared in the past one year.
  • The ODL Mangkhi village in Tuensang district of the northeastern state will be known as Mungankhun village.

 ‘Special Stamp Cover on Ice Stupas’ released by Department of Post

  • The Indian Department of Post released a ‘special stamp cover on Ice Stupa’. The stamp was released by Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Postmaster General during a function organised at the Ice Stupa site at Gangles Village in Leh. 
  • The special stamps aim to create awareness about depleting glaciers and affect the ecology around the Himalayas. Global warming and ecological imbalance have caused irreparable damage to the Himalayas in the past several years.

A mobile app developed by IIPHG, PHFI to combat exam pressure

  • A mobile application to cope with exam-related stress and anxiety for students and their parents has been developed by Indian Institute of Public Health.
  • The app that has open access reminds students to stay motivated.

Google unveils Cloud gaming service Stadia

  • Google has unveiled its Cloud gaming service calledStadia at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. Google CEO Sundar Pichai introduced the Stadia service during a special keynote at the GDC.
  • The platform is essentially a Cloud-based infrastructure where game developers would be able to design and write games to run directly on the Internet giant’s hardware at data centres.

Kazakhstan’s 1st and only President resigns after 30 yrs in power

  • Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned from his position after nearly 30 years in power. Nazarbayev, 78, who has led Kazakhstan since its independence from the Soviet Union, announced his resignation.
  • The Speaker of the upper house of Parliament, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, would take over as acting president for the remainder of his term. The announcement came weeks after Nazarbayev sacked the Kazakhstan government, citing failures to improve the economy.

Japanese Olympic chief quits amid corruption allegations scandal

Tsunekazu Takeda, the head of Japan’s Olympic Committee (JOC), is stepping down over corruption allegations relating to the awarding of the 2020 Games to Tokyo.

Hyundai and Kia to invest USD 300 million in Ola

  • Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation together plans to invest $300 million in cab aggregator Ola.
  • As part of the strategic collaboration, the three companies will work on developing unique fleet and mobility solutions, besides building India-specific electric vehicles and infrastructure.

 ICF Chennai becomes worlds largest rail coach manufacturer

  • Integral Coach Factory (ICF), the rail coach manufacturing factory at Chennai, which became famous for manufacturing Train 18.
  • The manufacturing facility of Indian Railways in Chennai manufactured 2,919 coaches from April 2018 to February 2019 against 2,600 coaches manufactured by top Chinese manufacturers. ICF has set a target to manufacture 3,200 coaches in this financial year 2019.

OBITUARIES

Former Supreme Court judge Justice Satya Brata Sinha  passed away.

  • Former Supreme Court judge Justice Satya Brata Sinha (75) passed away.
  • He was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court in October 2002 and had retired in August 2009.

Rock Guitarist, Dick Dale passed away

  • Surf guitar pioneer Dick Dale, whose song Misirlouplayed over the opening credits to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, has passed away aged 81.
  • Widely considered to be the first surf-rock song committed to tape, it was a huge local hit, and led to Dale’s first album, Surfer’s Choice.

US Economist Alan B. Krueger passed away

  • Alan B. Krueger, an esteemed labor economist who advised Bill Clinton and Barack Obama during their presidencies, passed away recently. He was 58.
  • A pioneer in his field, Krueger shepherded the empirical revolution in economics, using data to tackle some of the country’s toughest quandaries.
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