4 March 2019

2nd edition of Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) – 2019;- {will be held in New Delhi.}
~It aims to focus attention on the Indo-Pacific, as a maritime geographical-entity, while deliberating aspects of great relevance to regional geopolitics.
•Countries falling in the direct catchment of the vast Indian and Pacific oceans can be termed as Indo-Pacific countries.
Smart India Hackthon 2019;-{by Ministry of HRD & others}
~is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of pressing problems we face in our daily lives 
[Technology Students across India compete to creatively solve problems and offer technical solutions]
8th edition of 'Exercise Sampriti – 2019'
~is an important bilateral defence cooperation endeavour between India and Bangladesh 
•exercise is aimed to strengthen and broaden the aspects of interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and Bangladesh Armies.
Construction Technology India-2019 Expo-cum-Conference in Delhi
~conference identifies proven, innovative and globally established technologies for use in the Indian context.
~Technology providers, researchers, start-ups, developers, academia, public sector agencies and other domain experts participated in the event.
Rajasthan Backward Classes Amendment Bill, 2019:
~bill seeks to provide 5% reservation to Gujjars, Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas and Gadaria.[ At present, the communities are provided 1% reservation under More Backward Classes (MBC).]
•PIL has been filed in the High Court of Rajasthan challenging bill on grounds of an “untenable basis” of proportionality of population
Kanyashree scheme;-
~Is a conditional cash transfer scheme aiming at improving the status & well being of the girl child
•UN Public Service Awards;-
~are given for their innovation and excellence in providing public services
°Kanyashree scheme won this award last year
Kumbh Mela 2019;-{at Prayagraj}
↪It is the largest public gathering and collective act of faith, anywhere in the world 
•Is celebrated four times over a course of 12 years.[Mela site keeps rotating between one of the four pilgrimage places (Haridwar,Ujjain in MP, Nashik &Prayagraj)
•Each site’s celebration is based on a distinct set of astrological positions of (the Sun, the Moon, and the Jupiter)
[Mela was included in the list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2017]
Rare disease(OR an orphan disease)
~Is any disease that affects a small percentage of the population.[are present throughout a person’s entire life]
•Most rare diseases are genetic
Centre for Disability Sports’ to be set up at Gwalior;-{It will be registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860}
~It will ensure effective participation of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in sports activities and also enable them to compete at national and international levels.

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