World Water Day is celeberated every year on 22 March, it highlights the importance of freshwater. The first World Water Day, designated by the United Nations, was commemorated in 1993. The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’.
Scientists have discovered evidence of abundant water-bearing minerals on the surface of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Using early spectral data from NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft orbiting the asteroid, the team identified infrared properties similar to those in a type of meteorite called carbonaceous chondrites. Bennu has a more rugged surface than expected. This posed a challenge for the mission team and forced it to alter its flight and sample collection plans. Few of the particles ejected out of Bennu orbited it as satellites before returning to the asteroid’s surface.
Social Media platforms and Internet Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) have adopted a Voluntary Code of Ethics forthe forthcoming general elections. The code has been submitted to the Election Commission. According to it, IAMAI and Social Media platforms, including Facebook,WhatsApp, Twitter and Google, will create a high priority dedicated reporting mechanism and appoint dedicated teams during the polls for taking expeditiousaction on any reported violations. No political campaign will be allowed to run on major social media platforms in the last 48 hours before polling ends.
SpiceJet has joined global airlines’ grouping International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a member, becoming the first Indian low-cost carrier to get the membership. The IATA represents more than 290 airlines, including Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara. The IATA membership is significant on account of SpiceJet’s plans for rapidly expanding its international footprint. SpiceJet is the first Indian low-cost carrier to be an IATA member and fifth member of IATA in India.
Fitch Ratings cut India’s economic growth forecast for the next financial year starting April 1, to 6.8% from its previous estimate of 7%, It predicted because of weaker than expected momentum in the economy. Fitch Ratings cut India’s FY19 GDP growth forecast to 7.2% from 7.8% on December 6. The rating agency has also cut growth forecasts for FY20 and FY21 to 7% from 7.3% and 7.1 per cent from 7.3%, respectively.
India won 368 medals (85 gold, 154 Silver, and 129 Bronze) at the Special Olympics World Summer Games, held at Abu Dhabi, UAE. The tournament which started on March 14 ended on March 21. In the 2015 Special Olympics that took place in the US, India managed to grab 173 medals. The next Special Olympic Games are set to take place in Sweden in 2021.
FIFA slapped a lifetime ban on the disgraced former head of Ecuador's football federation, Luis Chiriboga, after finding him guilty of taking bribes. Chiriboga was one of the executives arrested in 2015 amid a massive US-led crackdown on corruption in world football. FIFA's ethics judges banned Chiriboga from all football-related activities for life and fined him 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million, 887,000 euros). Chiriboga led Ecuador's football federation for 18 years before his arrest.