The International Day of Happiness is celebrated since 2013 on 20 March every year. The day was founded to inspire and spread a global happiness movement. The day was founded and materialised by United Nations special advisor Jayme Illien. The theme for International Day of Happiness 2019 is ‘Happier Together’.
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has announced his resignation after nearly 30 years in power. The 78-year old leader had ruled the country since it emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The Chairman of the Kazakh Senate would take over. The announcement came less than a month after the President sacked his government, citing a lack of economic development despite the country's vast energy resources. Points to Remember Capital: Astana Currency: Kazakhstani tenge
Exercise 'Mitra Shakti' between India and Sri Lanka will be conducted from March 26 to April 8 for the year 2018-19, in Sri Lanka. It is conducted annually as part of military diplomacy and interaction between armies of two nations. Troops from 1st Battalion the Bihar Regiment of the Indian Army and Gemunu Watch Battalion of Sri Lankan Army would be jointly undertaking the exercise. The exercise will involve tactical level operations in an international counter-terrorism environment under United Nations mandate.
Hyundai Motor Group announced an investment of $300 million in India’s biggest cab aggregator Ola Cabs. With this deal, both Hyundai and Kia Motor Company will work with the Bangaluru based start-up for developing customized electric vehicles and charging stations appropriate for ride-hailing applications. Hyundai Motor Group has been focusing on collaborations with start-ups in the field of shared mobility in India. Both entities will also offer electric vehicles to drivers in the lease model wherein the drivers can pay monthly instalments. In August last year, Hyundai Motor Group announced an investment of ₹100 crore in car sharing platform Revv.
The Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi will be the new home of T10 cricket for the next five years, starting with the 2019 season. In Cricket, there are two short formats so far, that is, ODI and T-20. Now, brace for T-10. The shortest form of the game will now be played exclusively at Zayed Cricket Stadium. The first match of the T10 League 2019 will be held on October 23.
The Election Commission of India has appointed transgender social activist Gauri Sawant, as one of the 12 election ambassadors from Maharashtra. During 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections there was no record of transgender voters. Following the Supreme Court order, transgenders got the right to vote for the first time in 2014. In 2014, 918 voters were registered in this third category. This number has doubled in five years and now it is 2,086. Election Commission has nominated the renowned sportsmen, film-makers, literary personalities of the respective constituencies as the goodwill ambassadors to induce more voters to vote in the Lok Sabha elections.