Current Affairs Daily Digest – March 24 2019

Current Affairs Daily Digest – March 24 2019

1. Health Ministry commemorates World TB Day

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare commemorated the World TB Day (24th MARCH )with a function to mark the occasion, and reiterated the commitment to eliminating TB in the country by 2025.
Various presentations made at the event highlighted the key changes introduced in the policy landscape of TB in the country. India is now closest ever to covering all TB cases with 21.5 lakh new TB patients notified in 2018. With the aim of universal access to free diagnostics and treatment services, path breaking policy changes have been introduced.

The theme of World Tuberculosis Day 2019 is “It’s Time”

2. Suresh Raina Beats Virat Kohli, Becomes First Player To Reach 5000 Runs In IPL

As the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) came calling with a scintillating contest between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the cricket fans geared up for multiple individual clashes that the opening match had to offer.

Amongst the key battles, there was one between Suresh Raina and the RCB skipper in the race to reach 5,000 runs in the IPL. Ahead of the IPL opener, Raina had amassed 4,985 runs in 3,601 balls (1167 dots, 1533 singles, 256 twos, 11 threes, 448 fours, 1 five and 185 sixes) in the tournament. He was just 15 runs shy of becoming the first player to score 5,000 IPL runs.

3. Italy becomes first G7 nation to join China’s BRI

Despite a warning by United States, Italy joined China’s signature foreign policy Belt and Road initiative (BRI), making it the first G7 country to officially do so reports Xinhua.

4. India will launch electronic intelligence satellite Emisat on April 1

India on April 1 will launch an electronic intelligence satellite Emisat for the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) along with 28 third party satellites and also demonstrate its new technologies like three different orbits with a new variant of PSLV rocket, ISRO said .

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a new variant of its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket will first put the 436 kg Emisat into a 749 km orbit.

After that, the rocket will be brought down to put into orbit the 28 satellites at an altitude of 504 km.

5. SBI raises Rs 1,251 crore by issuing Basel III-compliant bonds

The country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has raised Rs 1,251.30 crore by issuing Basel III-compliant bonds. “The Committee of Directors for Capital Raising at its meeting held today on 22 March 2019 deliberated and accorded approval to allot 12,513 non-convertible, taxable, perpetual, subordinated, unsecured Basel lll-compliant additional tier-I bonds, for inclusion in additional tier-I capital of the bank…aggregating to Rs 1,251.30 crore,” SBI said in a regulatory filing.

The bonds with a face value of Rs 10 lakh each bears a coupon rate of 9.45 per cent per annum payable annually with call option after 5 years or any anniversary date thereafter.

6. NSEIT acquires cybersecurity company Aujas

NSEIT, the IT-services focused subsidiary of the National Stock Exchange has acquired Aujas Networks Ltd, a company which provides information security consulting and IT risk management services.

Founded in 2008, Aujas has operations in India, the Middle East and North America. It employs about 400 cybersecurity professionals and has over 390 customers globally. The service portfolio includes information risk advisory, identity & access management, threat management and security analytics.

NSEIT currently provides technology solutions across industries such as capital markets, financial markets, banking and insurance. It also provides services relating to algorithmic trading (ultra low latency system), order management system exchange connectivity, Pre-trade and post-trade risk management, regulatory and compliance management, surveillance, exchange adapters, exchange simulator, and mobile trading.

7. Canara Bank issues bonds from London branch to raise up to USD 400 mn

State-owned Canara Bank has launched a bond issuance programme through its London branch to raise up to USD 400 million (about Rs 2,750 crore). The bonds are set to mature on March 28, 2024.

Canara Bank said the bonds are priced at 5-year US Treasury plus 170 basis points carrying a coupon of 3.875 per cent fixed payable half yearly. The bonds will be listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange.

8. Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport 12th busiest in the world

The nation capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has now become the world’s 12th busiest airport, moving up four places from the 16th spot in 2017. According to the preliminary world airport traffic rankings for 2018 released by the Airports Council International (ACI) , it over took mega-hubs like Frankfurt, Dallas Forth Worth, Guangzhou and Istanbul Ataturk airports. The four airports above the IGI Airport are Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Shanghai Pudong and Hong Kong, managing over 46 lakh passengers more than IGIA.

“India became the world’s third-largest aviation market in terms of passenger throughput, behind the US and China, in 2018.
The ACI’s World Airport Traffic Forecasts also predicts the country will represent the third largest aviation market in terms of passenger throughput after the US and China by 2020.

9. Filmfare Awards 2019: Complete winners list

The 64th Filmfare Awards were held yesterday in Mumbai with Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, and Vicky Kaushal winning big at India’s most famous awards show. Sara Ali Khan bagged the Best Debut Award for Kedarnath.

Here’s a look at the list of winners:



Best Film Raazi
Critics’ Award for Best Film AndhaDhun
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) Alia Bhatt for Raazi
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) Ranbir Kapoor for Sanju
Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Female) Neena Gupta for Badhaai Ho
Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Male)  Ranveer Singh, for Padmaavat
Best Debut Actor (Female) Sara Ali Khan for Kedarnath
Best Debut Actor (Male) Ishaan Khatter for Beyond The Clouds
Best Director Meghna Gulzar for Raazi
Best Debut Director Amar Kaushik for Stree
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) Surekha Sikri for Badhaai Ho
Best Actor in A Supporting Role (Male) Vicky Kaushal for Sanju and Gajraj Rao for Badhaai Ho
Best Original Story Anubhav Sinha for Mulk
Best Dialogue Akshat Ghildial for Badhaai Ho
Best Actor (Female) in a Short Film Kirti Kulhari for Maya
Best Actor (Male) in a Short Film Hussain Dalal, for Shameless
People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film  Plus Minus
Best Short Film (Non Fiction) The Soccer City
Best Short Film (Fiction)  Rogan Josh
Best Music Album Padmaavat
Best Playback Singer (Female) Shreya Ghoshal for Ghoomar, “Padmaavat”
Best Playback Singer (Male) Arijit Singh for Ae Watan, Raazi
Best Lyrics Gulzar for Ae Watan for Raazi
Best Lyrics AndhaDhun
Best Editing Pooja Ladha Surti for AndhaDhun
Best Cinematography Pankaj Kumar for Tumbbad
Best Choreography Kruti Mahesh Midya , Jyoti Tomaar for Ghoomar and Padmaavat
Best Sound Design Kunal Sharma for Tumbbad
Best Production Design Nitin Zihani Chaudhary and Rajesh Yadav for Tumbbad
Best Costume Sheetal Sharma for Manto
Best Background Score Daniel George for AndhaDhun


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