8 March 2019

International Women’s Day 2019
~It is a day when the world comes together to appreciate womanhood and their importance in society.
•Why March 8 ~>It was on this day that women in Soviet Russia gained the right the vote in 1917
•Theme ~#BalanceforBetter
Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle.
~aim is to nurture and recall the brave deeds of the heroes of our freedom struggle.
•In this dictionary a martyr has been defined as a person who died or who was killed in action or in detention, or was awarded capital punishment while participating in the national movement for emancipation of India.
Cabinet has approved measures to promote the Hydro Power Sector.
~Besides being environment friendly, hydropower has several other unique features like ability for quick ramping, black start, reactive absorption etc. which make it ideal for peaking power, spinning reserve and grid balancing/ stability.
•hydropower sector is currently going through a challenging phase and the share of hydropower in the total capacity has declined from 50.36% in the 1960s to around 13% in 2018-19.
Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)
~is the Government of India’s flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.
•Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) ~objective of this scheme is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds; and inculcate skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc.
Flood Management and Border Areas Programme (FMBAP)
~aim of the Scheme is to assist the State Governments to provide reasonable degree of protection against floods in critical areas by adopting optimum combination of structural and non-structural measures
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
~is an international financial institution that offers investment, advisory, and asset management services to encourage private sector development in developing countries.
•It is a member of the World Bank Group and is headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States.
Ethanol{C2H5OH}Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme;-
~It was launched in January, 2003. The programme sought to promote the use of alternative and environment friendly fuels
•To boost sugar mills’ ethanol-production capacity and help them pay off mounting arrears to cane farmers, the Union government has approved ₹3,355 crore in incentive
Regional connectivity scheme (RCS);-
~Mo Civil Aviation has invited proposals for air routes that include tourist destinations (to operate commercial passenger flights)
• UDAN(Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik)scheme;-
~Govt’s initiative to make air travel to India’s tier II and tier III cities affordable to the aam aadmi
Securities Appellate Tribunal
~is a statutory body established under the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992.
•To hear and dispose of appeals against orders passed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India or by an adjudicating officer under the Act
Bolo’ app:{launched by Google}
~ Google has launched a new application called ‘Bolo’ that aims to help children in primary school to read in Hindi and English.
•It comes with a built-in fun and helpful reading buddy, an animated character called ‘Diya’. The reading material available on the app will be completely free of cost
India has sealed a $3-billion deal with Russia for leasing a nuclear-powered attack submarine
~Under the pact, Russia will have to deliver the Akula class submarine, to be known as Chakra III, to the Indian Navy by 2025.
Odisha govt launches boat ambulance for remote villages
~boat ambulance service for those living in the remote villages near Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district.
[ It is meant to ferry people to hospitals and clinics in case of emergency]
Nari Shakti Puraskar:{by MoW&CD}
~To acknowledge Women’s achievements, the Government of India confers Nari Shakti Puraskars on eminent women and institutions in recognition of their service towards the cause of women empowerment
【Ye wala Puraskar male ko bhi mil sakta hai!】

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