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Current Affairs of 13th March

Anjali Singh, Updated On:16-Mar-2019

                           Current affairs

1.Guided Pinaka developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was successfully test fired today at Pokhran ranges after two successful trials on Monday, March 11, 2019.  All the three trials met mission objectives.


  • The consecutive successful missions of Guided Pinaka proves the efficacy, reliability and high precision capabilities of the weapon system.

2.The Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF), a global leadership platform in partnership with the United Arab Emirates (UAE)‘s Federal Government has decided to give further momentum to India-UAE ties.

  • The ABLF Awards 2019 is scheduled for 2nd October 2019 as it marks the birth anniversary of India’s Mahatma Gandhi, an icon of peace, compassion and tolerance and it will have India as Guest Nation.
  • 2019 has been declared as UAE’s Year of Tolerance by the UAE Government to underline the commitment to make compassion, inclusion and acceptance a part of everyday life.
  • ABLF has released a special edition magazine that spotlights India and the global influence of contemporary Indian business leadership in Asia, as a part of the endeavour to bring India and UAE closer The magazine announces the ABLF theme, ‘Inclusive Leadership in an Interconnected World: Driving Progress and Sustainability Through Tolerance’.

3.In a meeting between Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and his Saudi counterpart and the chairman of Saudi Aramco,Khalid A Al-Falih, in New Delhi, it was decided that India and Saudi Arabia will revive and expedite the implementation of USD 44 billion West Coast refinery project in Maharashtra, in which Saudi Aramco will be holding a considerable stake.

4.Pakistan elected as deputy chairman of the general body of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC member States (PUIC) in Rabat, Morocco. PUIC conference also adopted two resolutions presented by Pakistan related to Kashmir.

5.India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) predicted that the dependence of Scheduled commercial banks on bulk deposits shall witness an increase if credit growth is higher than deposit growth.

  • The system level credit growth of 12.9% year-on-year continues to be greater than 9.3% deposit growth and thus banks are keen on harnessing more deposits.
  • These figures are sourced from RBI’s quarterly statistics on deposits and credit of scheduled commercial banks for December 2018.
  • State-owned banks have witnessed a credit growth of 8.4 % and deposit growth at 4.9% as compared to the previous year.

6.Bank of Baroda has become one of the first public sector banks to launch a crèche/child day-care facility for children of its employees.

  • The day-care facility has been launched at its Mumbai corporate office in Bandra Kurla Complex and is being mulled further on being implemented at the head office in Vadodara, Gujarat.

7.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and along with the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, unveiled e-plaques for development projects in Bangladesh, through video conferencing.

The e-plaques are for the following projects:

  • Supply of buses and trucks,Inauguration of 36 community clinics,11 water treatment plants,Extension of National Knowledge Network to Bangladesh.
  • The National Knowledge Network will connect scholars and research institutes in Bangladesh to India and the world.
  • The buses and trucks will assist the efforts towards affordable public transportation and the water treatment plants will help supply clean water.
  • The community clinics will benefit about 2 lakh people in Bangladesh.
    Awards and Recognition

8.Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan, for his contribution towards economic development, was awarded the ‘Yashwantrao Chavan National Award 2018’ on March 12, 2019, which was the 106th birth anniversary of late Yashwantrao Chavan, the first chief minister of Maharashtra.

9.The Harry Hatry Award for Performance Management has been awarded to Prajapati Trivedi, the Commonwealth’s Director of Economic, Youth and Sustainable Development, by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP).

The award was presented by Richard Greene, Chair of the Center for Accountability and Performance at a ceremony in Washington, USA.
Appointments and Recognition
10.Dr. A.K. Mohanty, distinguished Scientist and Director, physics group of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Director, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata took over as Director, BARC from Shri K.N. Vyas, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy.  

11.Aditya Kumar Misra, a veterinary scientist specializing in economically significant diseases of goat, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Agricultural Scientific Recruitment Board (ASRB).

12.The Madhya Pradesh government has appointed Namdev Tyagi, a self-styled godman who is also famous as Computer Baba, as chairman of ‘Ma Narmada, Ma Kshipra and Ma Mandakini Rivers Trust’ in the Madhya Pradesh.


13.Kelly Catlin, who had thrice been the world champion and had been a member of the U.S. women’s pursuit team that won silver in 2016 Rio Olympics died at Stanford University.

14.Ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar, hailing from Tripura had a Barbie doll modelled after her in the list of honours achieved which includes – Arjuna Award in 2015, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2016, Padma Shri award in 2017.

15.China’s 2016 Olympic champion, Liu Hong, broke the world record in the 50 km race walk, finishing in approximately 3 hours, at the Chinese Race Walk Grand Prix in Huangshan, to become the first woman to break the 4-hour barrier in the event.

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website



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