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Current Affairs in Short: 19 March 2019

Over 1000 people are feared to be dead due to Cyclone Idai that devastated Mozambique in March 2019. So far, officially 84 deaths have been registered. More than 100,000 people are in danger.

Mar 19, 2019 17:32 IST
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Cyclone Idai: Over 1000 people estimated to be dead in Mozambique cyclone

• Over 1000 people are feared to be dead due to Cyclone Idai that devastated Mozambique in March 2019.
• So far, officially 84 deaths have been registered. More than 100,000 people are in danger.
• The city of Beira in central Mozambique was the center of the Cyclone Idai.  
• The storm resulted in fierce winds and flash floods, and washed away roads and houses.
• In the neighbouring country, Zimbabwe, Cyclone Idai left 98 dead and at least 217 are still missing.

Priyanka Chopra joins Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep in USA Today's list of most powerful women

• Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas joined international celebrities Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep in the list of "50 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment" of the USA Today.
• The list also included Beyonce, Ellen Degeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez, Tina Fey, Nicole Kidman, and Reese Witherspoon among many others.
• Priyanka became a global icon through her lead role of Alex Parrish in the American TV drama thriller series "Quantico".
• She made her Hollywood debut opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron in the action-comedy ‘Baywatch’ in 2017.
• The actress married American singer Nick Jonas in November 2018.

President Kovind presents Gallantry Awards and Distinguished Service Decorations

• President Ram Nath Kovind on March 19, 2019 presented the Gallantry Awards and Distinguished Service Decorations at the Defence Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
• He conferred the ‘Kirti Chakras’ on Sepoy Vijay Kumar of Indian Army and Constable Pradip Kumar Panda of CRPF, posthumously. Both the soldiers made supreme sacrifice for the nation during counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir.
• The Uttam Yudh Seva Medal was conferred on Lieutenant General Anil Kumar Bhatt for successful counter-terrorist operations conducted under him in Jammu and Kashmir.

China terms 2008 Mumbai terror attacks as most notorious one in a white paper

• In a white paper on its massive crackdown against terrorists in the restive Xianjiang province, China described the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, carried out by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit, as one of the most notorious terrorist attacks.
• The white paper titled ‘The Fight Against Terrorism and Extremism and Human Rights Protection in Xinjiang’ was launched alongside Pakistan Foreign Minister's Shah Mehmood Qureshi's visit to China.
• The white paper said that throughout the world, terrorism and extremism gravely threaten peace and development, and endanger the life and property of individuals.
• China has arrested around 13,000 terrorists since 2014 and has broken up more than a thousand terrorist gangs in the western Xinjiang region.
• The paper came days after China for the fourth time blocked the United Nations Security Council bid to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed  (JeM) terror group chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

3rd Indo-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction held in New Delhi

• The 3rd Indo-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction was held in New Delhi.
• The workshop was attended by about 140 delegates from Japan and India including experts from both the governments, top premium research institutes, city administrators, specialised Disaster Management agencies and private sector.
• India and Japan had signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in September 2017.
• The 3rd Indo-Japan workshop is the follow-up of the deliberations held during the 1st & 2nd Indo-Japan Workshop on DRR held respectively in New Delhi and Tokyo.
• The 3rd workshop was organised with an objective of enhancing collaboration between research institutes, cities and the private sector in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction.
• The Japanese delegation included Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination, Cabinet Office, Akihiro Nakamura; Ambassador of Japan to India, Kenji Hiramatsu along with Government officials, domain experts and various private companies.

Africa-India Field Training Exercise-2019 (AFINDEX-19) begins

• The Africa-India Field Training Exercise 2019 (AFINDEX-19) between India and African nations began on March 18, 2019 at Aundh Military Station, Pune. The exercise will conclude on March 27, 2019.
• 17 African Nations- Benin, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe are participating in the exercise.
• A fly past by a set of Advanced Light Helicopters and Cheetah Helicopter of the Indian Army carrying the flags of United Nations, India and the AFINDEX was the highlight of the opening ceremony.
• The aim of the exercise is to practice the participating nations in planning and conduct of Humanitarian Mine Assistance and Peace Keeping Operations under Chapter VII of United Nations Peace Keeping Operations.
• The exercise will focus on exchange of best practices between the participating nations, team building and tactical level operations in conduct of United Nations mandate.

Global Recycling Day 2019 observed globally

• The Global Recycling Day was observed across the world on March 18, 2019 to help recognise, and celebrate the importance recycling plays in preserving the precious primary resources.
• The theme of 2019 Global Recycling Day was ‘Recycling into the Future’.
• The Day is organised by the Global Recycling Foundation that was established in October 2018 after the success of Global Recycling Day 2018.
• The Foundation promotes and supports the global recycling industry in its mission to recycle in preserving the future of our planet.

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