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19th March 2022



Nagaland Assembly 1st in country to go paperless with e-Vidhan project

short by Shailesh / 10:07 pm on 19 Mar 2022,Saturday

Nagaland's Legislative Assembly on Saturday became the first in the country to operationalise the National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) for conducting a session in paperless mode. Tablets or e-books have been installed on the tables of the MLAs in the Secretariat. The cost of implementing the project was shared by the Centre and the state government on a 90:10 basis.

PM Modi gifts Japanese PM Kishida a 'Krishna Pankhi' made of sandalwood

short by Ridham Gambhir / 10:49 pm on 19 Mar 2022,Saturday

PM Narendra Modi gifted his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida a 'Krishna Pankhi', an artefact made of pure sandalwood in Rajasthan. The Japanese PM is on a two-day visit to India. The artefact is intricately carved with traditional tools and has a hand-carved peacock figure at the top. The windows on the artefact depict different poses of Lord Krishna.



36th edition of the International Geological Congress to be held in New Delhi

On a virtual platform, the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) will be placed here on March 20-22, 2022, with the topic Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Future. The 36th International Geophysical Congress is a collaboration between the Ministries of Mines and Earth Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy, and the Science Academies of Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

India, along with its regional allies, submitted a candidacy to host the 36th International Geological Congress in India in 2020 at the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane in 2012. The bid was won by India.

On the occasion of the 36th IGC, three commemorative Postage Stamps will be issued, as well as a First Day Cover. India held the 22nd session of the IGC, which was the first IGC on Asian land, 58 years ago.

Karnataka govt developed Dishaank app to ensure easy access to land records


The Survey Settlement and Land Records (SSLR) unit of Karnataka’s revenue department is ensuring easy availability of original land records through an app called Dishaank.

The Dishaank app is developed under the Geographical Information System (GIS) program of the Karnataka State Remote Sensing Applications Center (KSRSAC).

The KSRSAC provides satellite data to agencies such as the SSLR unit for innovative use. Dishaank leverages Karnataka’s decision to digitize land records under the Bhoomi project.


Karnataka Capital: Bengaluru;

Karnataka Chief Minister: Basavaraj S Bommai;

Karnataka Governor: Thawar Chand Gehlot.


Prashant Jhaveri joining "Flipkart Health+ as CEO


Flipkart Health+ announced the appointment of Prashant Jhaveri as its new CEO. He will be in charge of Flipkart's entry into India's fast-growing healthcare sector. Jhaveri was the CEO of Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited and MediBuddy before joining Flipkart Health+. Earlier in his career, he worked with Medi Assist Group as the chief business officer.

With the right technology solutions and customer value propositions, there is a huge opportunity to provide healthcare to the most remote corners of India.

Flipkart, Myntra, Flipkart Wholesale, Flipkart Health+, and Cleartrip are part of the Flipkart Group, which is one of India's largest digital commerce enterprises. In addition, the Group owns a majority stake in PhonePe, one of India's most popular payment apps.

Madras’ IIT and RBI Innovation Hub make ties with Boost fintech startups


IIT Madras Incubation Cell (IITMIC) and RBI Innovation Hub (RBIH), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India, inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in establishing the ecosystem needed to support and expand fintech businesses in India. The two organisations will collaborate to give early-stage entrepreneurs with unique and disruptive ideas with incubation support and speed their scale-up journey.

RBIH will consider select startups incubated at IITM Incubation Cell for co-incubation from time to time, and they will receive strategic and operational guidance, as well as training and mentoring sessions from RBIH leadership and domain experts, market access, and connections to a larger ecosystem of startups, vendors, investors, and other resources.


Whole world has been shaken, close partnership important for Japan & India: Japan PM

short by Arshiya Chopra / 08:34 pm on 19 Mar 2022,Saturday

In a joint statement with PM Narendra Modi, Japanese PM Fumio Kishida said, "The whole world has been shaken today due to many disturbances. It's very important for India and Japan to have a close partnership." Stating that both the leaders talked about Russia-Ukraine war, PM Kishida said, "We need a peaceful solution on the basis of international law."

Sri Lanka cancels exams over paper shortage amid economic crisis

short by Shailesh / 10:52 pm on 19 Mar 2022,Saturday

Exams for millions of school students in Sri Lanka were cancelled due to a shortage of paper, officials said on Saturday. "School principals cannot hold the tests as printers are unable to secure foreign exchange to import necessary paper and ink," the Education Department of Western Province said. Notably, this comes amid a severe economic crisis in Sri Lanka.



Banking , Business and Economy

Suzuki Motor to invest ₹9,569 cr for EV production in India: Report

short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 04:13 pm on 19 Mar 2022,Saturday

Japan's Suzuki Motor plans to invest about ₹9,569 crore to produce electric vehicles and batteries in India, Reuters reported citing the Nikkei's report. Suzuki aims to build a new electric vehicle production line in India and start operations as early as 2025. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is visiting India on Saturday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Co-branded credit cards with Emirates Skywards launched by ICICI Bank


In collaboration with Emirates Skywards, the loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, ICICI Bank created the ‘Emirates Skywards ICICI Bank Credit Card’. Customers can earn reward points – known as Skywards Miles – on travel, lifestyle, and everyday purchases with the collection of cards. These cards, according to the private sector lender, offer best-in-class rewards and advantages and are a perfect fit for affluent consumers who travel abroad frequently.

ICICI Bank is the first Indian bank to join together with Emirates Skywards to offer the exclusive credit card programme in India.

The Emirates Skywards ICICI Bank Emerald Credit Card, Emirates Skywards ICICI Bank Sapphiro Credit Card, and Emirates Skywards ICICI Bank Rubyx Credit Card are all Visa-powered co-branded credit cards.

 SBI to set up Innovation, Incubation, and Acceleration Centre at Hyderabad


The State Bank of India (SBI) will set up an Innovation, Incubation, and Acceleration Centre (IIAC) at Hyderabad, Telangana which will be operational in six to nine months of on-boarding a consultant.

This Centre will be the bank’s in-house capability to enhance its current performance and drive higher top-line growth through innovation. It will help the bank to develop a set of technologies, knowledge, and skills for the introduction of new products and services. It will act as a central body to govern and drive fin-tech partnerships and implement change across the bank.


State Bank of India Founded: 1 July 1955;

State Bank of India Headquarters: Mumbai;

State Bank of India Chairman: Dinesh Kumar Khara.

 Mahila Money, Visa, and Transcorp launched Prepaid Card for Women Entrepreneurs


The digital payments network Mahila Money, Visa, and Transcorp Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPI) have launched Mahila Money Prepaid Card to help women entrepreneurs easily collect payments, loans and get incentives for transactions.

The prepaid card has been designed keeping in mind the needs of digital entrepreneurs, small business owners and women. The card is for community members who want the convenience of a bank account with added flexibility, safety and convenience. This collaboration will pave the way to economic freedom and financial inclusion for millions of women entrepreneurs.


Transcorp International Ltd Established: 1994;

Transcorp International Ltd Headquarters: New Delhi, Delhi;

Transcorp International Ltd Managing Director: Gopal Sharma.


 Moody’s lowers India’s GDP forecast for CY22 to 9.1%


Rating agency Moody’s has revised downwards the economic growth forecast of India by 40 basis points to 9.1 per cent in the Calendar Year 2022 (CY2022), due to adverse effects of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on the global economy.

Earlier in February 2022, Moody’s estimated India’s GDP in CY2022 to 9.5 percent. Moody’s has projected India’s GDP growth forecast for the Calendar Year (CY) 2023 at 5.4 percent.

Moody’s, in a statement, said India is particularly vulnerable to high oil prices given that it is a large importer of crude oil. Because the country is a surplus producer of grain, agricultural exports will benefit in the short term from high prevailing prices.

Sri Lanka to host Asia Cup T20 tournament from Aug 27 to Sept 11

short by Anant Kaur / 10:03 pm on 19 Mar 2022,Saturday

Sri Lanka will be hosting Asia Cup 2022 from August 27 to September 11. The tournament will be played in a T20 format. The qualifiers for the same will be played August 20 onwards. There'll be six teams in the tournament, which includes India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and hosts Sri Lanka and a qualifier. Notably, India are the defending champions.


Awards News


 Miss World 2021: Poland’s Karolina Bielawska crowned


Karolina Bielawska from Poland has won the title of Miss World 2021. She was crowned by 2019 Miss World Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica. She beat the USA, Indonesia, Mexico, Northern Ireland and Cote d’Ivoire to clinch the coveted title.

Indian-American Shree Saini from the United States bagged the first runner-up title, followed by Olivia Yace from Cote d'Ivoire. The 70th edition of the Miss World international beauty pageant was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Miss World 2019 Toni-Ann Singh performed 'The Prayer' during the 70th Miss World pageant to express solidarity with Ukraine amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Femina Miss India World 2020 Manasa Varanasi represented India at the Miss World 2021. Manasa Varanasi reached the Top 13 contestants but could not make it to the Top 6 finalists.

Important Days


 World Sleep Day 2022 observed on 18th March


World Sleep Day is observed on the Friday before the March equinox every year to highlight the importance of quality sleep. This year, it falls on March 18. World Sleep Day is a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving.

‘Quality Sleep, Sound Mind, Happy World’ is the theme for World Sleep Day this year to raise awareness about the impact of sleep on the mind and body.

India's Ordnance Factories’ Day: 18 March


The Ordnance Factories’ Day is observed on the 18th of March every year. The production of India’s oldest Ordnance Factory, which is at Cossipore of Kolkata, was started on the 18th of March, 1802. OFB is the 37th largest defence equipment manufacturer in the world, 2nd largest in Asia, and the largest in India.

The day is celebrated by displaying the rifles, guns, artillery, ammunition etc in exhibitions all over India. The celebrations start with a parade and the exhibition will also display the photographs of various mountaineering expeditions.

OFB was founded in 1775 and its Headquarters is in Ayudh Bhawan, Kolkata. OFB consists of 41 Ordnance Factories, 9 Training Institutes, 3 Regional Marketing Centres and 5 Regional Controllerates of Safety, which is spread all over India.

 Global Recycling Day 2022 celebrated on 18th March

International Day of happiness is observed every year around the world on March 20. The United Nations started celebrating this day in 2013, but the resolution for the same was passed on July 12, 2012. The resolution was initiated by Bhutan which shed the light on the importance of National Happiness.

The theme for Happiness Day 2022 is Keep Calm, Stay Wise and Be Kind. Keeping cool and calm in every possible situation is the key to happiness and satisfaction. Staying wise in tough situations lead to wiser steps and success. Being Kind to others in their needs, mistakes and errors will help them grow and also make them feel better.

Bhutan initially prioritized the value of National Happiness over Nationaal Income in the 1970s. Bhutan is known for adopting the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product at the 66th General Assembly.

Obituaries News

 American Astrophysicist Eugene Parker passes away


American Astrophysicist Eugene Newman Parker, who contributed to solar physics, has passed away at the age of 94. Eugene Parker witnessed the launch of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Parker Solar Probe in 2018, the first NASA mission named after a living person, and became the first person to witness the launch of a spacecraft named after them.

Parker is a visionary in the field of heliophysics, which focuses on the study of the sun and other stars & he is well known for his theory on the existence of solar wind, a supersonic flow of particles of the sun’s surface. He virtually created the field of heliophysics in the 1950s.

Don Young, longest-serving US congressman, passes away at 88

short by Shailesh / 03:06 pm on 19 Mar 2022,Saturday

US Republican Representative Don Young, who was the longest-serving member of Congress, passed away at the age of 88 on Friday. The congressman died while travelling home to Alaska, his office said in a statement. "Don Young's legacy as a fighter for the state will live on, as will his fundamental goodness and honour. We'll miss him dearly," it added.



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