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Current Affairs 19 March 2019 Digest 1: Pramod Sawant sworn-in as Goa Chief Minister; Mukesh Ambani rescues Anil Ambani in Ericsson Payout Case

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Just a day before the expiry of Supreme Court set deadline, the Reliance Communications (RCom) on March 18, 2019 cleared the outstanding dues by paying Rs 458.7 crore to Swedish telecom equipment maker, Ericsson. Mukesh Ambani provided over Rs 450-crore help to younger brother Anil Ambani, rescuing him from the Ericsson Payout Case.

Geographical Indication Tag: Arecanut gets its first GI tag for ‘Sirsi Supari’

Mar 13, 2019
Sirsi-based agri cooperative, Totagars’ Cooperative Sale Society (TSS) Ltd is the registered proprietor of the Sirsi Supari. The cooperative began the process of obtaining a GI tag for Sirsi Supari in 2013.

States’ Budget 2019: Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma presents Tax-Free Deficit Budget for 2019-20

Mar 13, 2019
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who also holds the finance portfolio of the state, presented the budget 2019-20 on March 12, 2019.

C Lalsawta sworn in as Mizoram’s first Lokayukta chairman

Mar 12, 2019
Retired IAS officer C Lalsawta has been sworn-in as the first Chairman of the newly-constituted Lokayukta in Mizoram. The 63-year-old has been in the government service for more than 40 years.

Assam NRC: SC tells Election Commission to address discrepancies in voters’ list by March 28

Mar 12, 2019
The ruling came on a petition alleging that several categories of persons in Assam are deprived of voting rights ahead of the Lok Sabha Election 2019. The petition was filed by two Assam-based residents - Gopal Seth and Susanta Sen.

MP government increases reservation quota of OBCs to 27 per cent

Mar 11, 2019
The Madhya Pradesh government has issued an ordinance increasing reservation quota for the Other Backward Classes to 27 per cent from the current 14 per cent. The ordinance was issued and notified after it received the assent from the state’s Governor Anandiben Patel on the same day.

Geographical Indication Tag: Idukki’s Marayoor Jaggery gets GI tag

Mar 9, 2019
A Geographical Indication (GI) tag is a name or sign used on products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin. It can be a town, a region, or a country.

Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project: India, World Bank sign USD 96 million loan for financing project

Mar 6, 2019
In June 2013, a heavy torrential rain caused devastating floods and landslides in Uttarakhand. The disaster, the worst of its kind since the 2003 tsunami, had hit more than 4,200 villages, damaged 2,500 houses, and killed over 4,000 people.

PM-SYM: PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan Yojana from Gujarat

Mar 5, 2019
This national pension scheme for workers and labourers of unorganised sector was announced in the Interim Budget 2019 in February this year. It will provide monthly pension of Rs 3000 to the employees of unorganised sector after 60 years of age.

Kumbh Mela 2019: Prayagraj Kumbh 2019 concludes; makes it to Guinness World Records

Mar 4, 2019
The Kumbh Mela is the largest public congregation of faith. The congregation includes Ascetics, Saints, Sadhus, Sadhvis, Kalpvasis, and Pilgrims from all walks of life.

Centre, ADB sign 926 million dollar loan agreement to operationalise two lines of Mumbai Metro

Mar 2, 2019
The Union Government has signed a 926 million dollar loan agreement to operationalise two of the Mumbai Metro Rail System. The move will ease the distress of millions of commuters each day and help provide a cleaner and less congested city.

AIIMS Rewari: Cabinet approves setting up of 22nd AIIMS at Manethi, Haryana

Mar 1, 2019
The new AIIMS will involve a Hospital with a capacity of 750 beds, Teaching Block for medical & nursing courses, residential complex and allied facilities, broadly on the pattern of AIIMS, New Delhi.

Nitin Gadkari to launch project to connect Ring Road-DND Junction with Delhi-Mumbai Expressway

Feb 28, 2019
This National Highway project connecting Ring Road-DND Junction with Delhi-Mumbai Expressway is in addition to the other nine projects being implemented for decongesting Delhi-NCR region.

Assam launches PRANAM commission to protect parents of state government employees

Feb 27, 2019
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has launched the PRANAM Commission, which is a panel set up to look after the issues concerning a bill brought in for the protection of parents of state government employees.

National Cancer Institute at Jhajjar a part of AIIMS Delhi; AIIMS Rewari to come up as 22nd AIIMS in country

Feb 27, 2019
As announced in the speech of Interim Budget 2019, the AIIMS Rewari will be 22nd AIIMS to come up in the country and the first in Haryana. The site for this AIIMS has already been finalised at Manethi in Rewari, Haryana.

J&K Government withdraws security cover of separatist leaders in Kashmir

Feb 18, 2019
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has issued orders to withdraw security cover of six separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Besides Mirwaiz, the security has been withdrawn for Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi, Fazal Haq Qureshi and Shabir Shah.

India’s first Aqua Mega Food Park commissioned in Andhra Pradesh

Feb 13, 2019
The Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal has commissioned Godavari Mega Aqua Food Park at Tundurru Village in Bhimavaram Mandal, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh through video conferencing.

PM Modi presents Swachh Shakti-2019 Awards; inaugurates development projects in Haryana

Feb 12, 2019
The Swachh Shakti 2019 was attended by women panches and sarpanches from across the country. Over 15,000 women took part in Swachh Shakti event that was aimed at empowering women. This was the third edition of the Swachh Shakti programme.

PM Modi laid foundation stone for Sela Tunnel; 7 EHV Sub-stations; 24 LT Sub-stations in Arunachal Pradesh

Feb 11, 2019
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for 7 Extra High Voltage (EHV) Sub-stations and 24 Low Tension (LT) Sub-stations in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. This project is aimed at meeting the objectives of affordable 24X7 power to all, especially in the remote locations.

PM Modi launches dedicated 24x7 satellite channel ‘DD Arunprabha’ for Arunachal Pradesh

Feb 11, 2019
Despite integrating North-East with the country, DD Arunprabha will bring alive the magnificence of North-East by airing content sensitive to the needs and aspirations of local population.

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