21 March 2019

Worldwide Cost of Living 2019 ;-{ released by Economist Intelligence Unit }
~For the first time three cities share the title of the world’s most expensive city – Singapore, Hong Kong and Paris
•Caracas, Venezuela’s capital was at the very bottom of the list this year, a position previously occupied by war-torn Syria in Damascus for obvious reasons
International Air Transport Association
~is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 280 airlines or 83% of total air traffic. Formed in April 1945
•HQ~> in Montreal, Quebec, Canada 
UN's World Happiness Report- 2019.
•The list is topped by Finland for the second year in a row.
•India figures at 140th place, seven spots down from last year(133rd)
•Pakistan is ranked 67th!! and China 93rd
Real Estate Investment Trust
~are similar to mutual funds. While mutual funds provide for an opportunity to invest in equity stocks, REITs allow one to invest in income-generating real estate assets.
•REITs raise funds from a large number of investors and directly invest that sum in income-generating real estate properties 
NASA has discovered a pulsar speeding through space
•Pulsar is a celestial object that emits regular pulses of radio waves and other electromagnetic radiation at rates of up to one thousand pulses per second.
•Located about 6,500 light years away in the constellation Cassiopeia, J0002 spins 8.7 times a second, producing a pulse of gamma rays with each rotation 
[pulsar lies about 53 light years from the centre of a supernova remnant called CTB 1.]
OSIRIS-REx spacecraft;{launched in 2016}
~Is a NASA asteroid study & sample-return mission.
~ its mission is to study asteroid 101955 Bennu,a carbonaceous asteroid,& return a sample to Earth by 2023
•Bennu(Asteroid)~>Every 6 years,Bennu’s orbit brings it within 200,000 miles of the Earth,which means it has a high probability of impacting Earth in the late 22nd Century
Vernal Equinox 
~is a solar term with great balance. At the equinox, earth’s two hemispheres are receiving the sun’s rays equally. 
•On the day of the vernal equinox, night and day are often said to be equal in length.
Nowruz, also spelled as Navroz, 
~is the Iranian New Year celebrated by ethnic Iranian people. 
~Navroz is the beginning of the New Year for several communities. It dates back as far as the 6th Century BC, back when the Iranian community were homogeneously Zoroastrians
•Iranian community celebrates Navroz on March 21. March 21 is the first day of the Iranian calendar
Kazakhstan has renamed its capital Astana to Nursultan
~ to honour outgoing leader Nursultan Nazarbayev.
•Mr Nazarbayev served nearly 30 years as leader of the oil-rich nation.

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