The World Kidney Day 2019 is being observed on March 14, 2019. This Day is observed annually on the second Thursday in March It aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys. Theme: ‘Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere’. As per the World Health Organisation, kidney diseases are responsible for almost 1.5 per cent of the current global burden of disease and for 2.1 per cent of the total deaths. It is the 12th leading cause of death globally.
China for the fourth time blocked a bid in the United Nations (UN) Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist". Just before the deadline, China put a ‘technical hold’ on the proposal. The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27. The diplomat said China asked for more time to examine the proposal. The technical hold is valid for up to six months and it can be again extended by up to three months.
India and the US said they have agreed to build six American nuclear power plants in India, in a boost to bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation. The two countries said this in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the 9th round of India-US Strategic Security Dialogue. India and the US signed a historic agreement to cooperate in the civil nuclear energy sector in October 2008. The United States also reaffirmed its strong support to India’s early membership in the 48-member NSG.
A joint military exercise between India and Royal Army of Oman commenced at Jabel regiment headquarters, Nizwa, Oman. Exercise Al Nagah 2019 will contribute immensely in developing mutual understanding and respect for each other's military as also facilitate in tackling the worldwide phenomenon of terrorism. A 60-member strong Indian Army contingent, based in northern command headquarters at Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, is taking part in the military exercise 'Al-Nagah III The exercise is scheduled to end on March 25 at Jabel Al Akhdar mountains.
The United States Special Forces Group stationed in Japan involved in a joint exercise with India's National Security Guard in Hyderabad. The US forces are from the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group stationed out of Okinawa in Japan. The overall aim of the program was to enhance professionalism and the ability to operate together during times of crisis.
Andhra Pradesh IT minister Nara Lokes has been recognised as the Young Global Leader, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The list has 127 of the world's most promising social activists, business leaders, public servants, artists and technologists under the age of 40. The individuals are expected to take part in the five year-programme that will help them to identify new ways to learn new ideas. Lokesh is the minister of Information Technology, Electronics and Communications in Andhra Pradesh.
Special Olympics World Games 2019 which are being held from March 14 to March 21 in UAE, has made history by welcoming a record-breaking 200 nations ahead of the Games. Of the 200 nations, 195 will compete in the Games and five will observe. It is a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement. It is being held in West Asia for the first time. 7,500 athletes will take part in 24 Olympic-style sports over seven days. Saudi Arabia will send female athletes for the first time, with 14 women participating.