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Current Affairs 07-Mar-2019

International Affairs
Mar 07,2019

Kylie Jenner is named the youngest self-made billionaire of all time by Forbes magazine. She is both, the world's youngest billionaire and also the youngest self-made billionaire ever. Jenner, 21, the half-sister of reality television stars Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian. She made it onto the annual Forbes list of billionaires after debuting her Kylie Cosmetics online in 2015 with $29 lip kits containing matching lipstick and lip liner.


National Current Affairs
Mar 07,2019

Tech giant Google unveiled a new app 'Bolo' that aims to help children in primary school learn to read in Hindi and English. The free app, which is being launched in India first, uses Google's speech recognition and text-to-speech technology. The app features an animated character 'Diya', who encourages children to read stories aloud and helps if the child is unable to pronounce a word. It also lauds the reader when she completes the reading.

Mar 07,2019

Precious archaeological antiques in Goa will now be preserved in a better way with the help of the Italian 'micro air abrasion' cleaning technology. The modern technology is already being used worldwide for various conservation purposes. The micro air abrasion technology, so far being used in the industrial sector for cleaning heavy machines Goa is the first state in the country to try the use of this technology for cleaning archaeological antiques. The coastal state has a rich collection of old artefacts and antiques, including from the Portuguese era.

Mar 07,2019

Janaushadhi Diwas is being celebrated across the country on 7th March 2019. pm adressed five thousand Janaushadhi stores across the country through video-conferencing on the occasion. More than five thousand Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana Kendras, PMBJP, are functional in 652 districts. The market share of generic medicines has grown over three-fold from two per cent to seven per cent in the last 3 years. The Janaushadhi Kendras are providing quality medicine at the affordable price.

Mar 07,2019

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has laid the foundation stone for the Dehradun-Mussoorie ropeway project. The 300-crore rupees ropeway project is expected to be completed in three years. It will be one of the world's longest ropeways, and will shorten the one-hour zigzag drive to just 15 minutes from Purkul village the base camp at Dehradun to Mussoorie. Poma, a French company which manufactures cable-driven projects, will provide the technical support to the ropeway. Points to Remember Symbols of Uttarakhand Animal: Alpine Musk Deer Bird: Himalayan Monal Flower: Brahma Kamal Fruit: Kaphal Tree: Burans

Mar 07,2019

The Finance Ministry announced in a gazette notification to roll out Rs 20 coin for the first time in the country. The new coin will be shaped like a "dodecagon" - a 12-edged polygon. The Rs 20 coin will have some similarities with the Rs 10 coin that is in circulation across the country. The new coin will be two-toned and have a diameter of 27 mm, similar to Rs 10 coin. The outer ring of Rs 20 coin will be 65 percent copper, 15 percent zinc and 20 per nickel, the inner disc will be 75 percent copper, 20 percent zinc and five percent nickel.


Appointments
Mar 07,2019

Distinguished scientist Ajit Kumar Mohanty has been appointed Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). It is the country's premier multi-disciplinary nuclear research facility based in Mumbai. Mohanty has been appointed Director for a period of three years. Points to Remember Founder: Homi J. Bhabha Founded: 3 January 1954

Mar 07,2019

Manpreet Singh is named captain of the 18-member Indian hockey team to play in the upcoming 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. The prestigious tournament will be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from the 23rd March. Surender Kumar will be the Vice-Captain of the team. Apart from India and hosts Malaysia, the other participating nations in the tournament are Canada, Korea, South Africa and Japan.


Awards & Honours
Mar 07,2019

Indore has bagged the cleanest city award for third straight year under Swachh Survekshan, 2019. President Ram Nath Kovind presented Swachh Survekhshan-2019 Awards in New Delhi. New Delhi Municipal Council area got the cleanest small city award. Uttarakhand's Gauchar was adjudged the Best Ganga Town in the survey. Swachh Survekshan 2019 covered all Urban Local Bodies in the country, making it the largest such cleanliness survey in the world.

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