World Sleep Day, observed on 15 March, is intended to highlight the importance of sleep. Slogan: 'Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging' It is a call to action on crucial elements related to sleep, which include medication for sleep, education to increase awareness and social aspects. The day aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. It is required our bodies and brains to fresh themselves.
World Consumer Rights Day is celebrated every year on 15 March as part of an initiative by Consumer International, a membership organisation for consumer groups around the world. Theme: Trusted Smart Products The day is celebrated every year, to celebrate consumer rights and build a world where everyone has access to safe and sustainable products and services. World Consumer Rights Day was inspired by President John F Kennedy, who was the first leader in the world to address the issue of consumer rights in a special message sent to the US Congress on 15 March 1962.
A 10-day long Africa-India Joint Field Training Exercise (AFINDEX-19) between the Indian Army and 16 African nations will be conducted in Pune from March 18 to 27. As many as 10 personnel will participate in the joint exercise which will be conducted at two locations in Pune's Foreign Training Node at Aundh Military Station and College of Military Engineering in Kirkee. The aim of the exercise is to train the participating contingents in Humanitarian Mine Assistance (HMA) and Peace Keeping Operations (PKO) under the United Nations Charter. In addition to the participating nations from the African continent, officers from Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar would attend the exercise as Observers.
Global consulting firm Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking 2019 has named Hyderabad the most liveable city in India for the fifth consecutive year. Chennai has been ranked the safest Indian city, 105th in the world. Vienna, Austria’s capital, tops the global ranking for the 10th year running, followed by Zurich in Switzerland. The ranking influences cities’ abilities to attract business. The 21st edition of the annual survey evaluated 231 cities across the globe based on 39 factors including political stability, healthcare, education, crime, recreation and transport.
President Ram Nath Kovind conferred three Kirti Chakras and fifteen Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, courage and extreme devotion to duty. Two Kirti Chakras and one Shaurya Chakra were given posthumously. The President also conferred fifteen Param Vishisht Seva Medals, one Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and twenty-five Ati Vishisht Seva Medals to senior officers of the Armed Forces for distinguished service of an exceptional order. One of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal was conferred on Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.
India received the first shipment of cargo from Afghanistan under the United Nations 'Transports Internationaux Routiers' (TIR) convention, arriving via the strategic Chabahar port in Iran. The consignments were received at Nhava Sheva port in Navi Mumbai and the Mundra port in Gujarat. The TIR system, which India reportedly became part of in June 2017. TIR allows easier movement of goods across countries with the usage of TIR there is no requirement for physical checking of the contents.
The Reserve Bank of India on categorised IDBI Bank as a private sector lender. This follows Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) acquiring 51 per cent of the total equity share capital of the bank. In April 2005, IDBI Bank was categorised under a new sub-group, ‘other public sector banks,’ by the RBI. It has been under the prompt corrective action framework of RBI that bans it from corporate lending and branch expansions, salary hikes and other regular activities.
The Centre has appointed MR Kumar as the Chairman of the Life Insurance Corporation. Kumar will hold the Chairman post for five years, according to a Personnel Ministry order. Prior to this elevation, Kumar was Zonal Manager (In-Charge) of North Zone, Delhi. Points to Remember Founded: 1 September 1956 Headquarters: Mumbai