Current GK Dose: 12th March, 2020-16th March, 2020

We know that a CLAT Aspirant must keep up to date with the latest happenings around the world. The best way to do this is to keep track of the latest current affairs daily. We also know that reading the newspaper every day is a time-consuming process. That’s why we bring to you the Current GK Dose for 12-16 March 2020.

  • Klynveld Peat  Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG)’s global Technology(Tech) industry innovation survey ranked India in 2nd position which is  shared with China as the most promising country for developing globally impactful disruptive technologies. The United States (US) topped the survey.
  • Google India has launched a skilling programme for women called ‘DigiPivot’, where the woman who wishes to return to their company careers after a break or just planning to make mid-career shifts to digital advertising and marketing.
  • Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, 24 years old, won BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Indian Sportswoman of the year award 2019 and former sprinter Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha was awarded with Lifetime Achievement award. The BBC award ceremony was held in New Delhi.  Union Sports Minister Shri Kiren Rijiju was the guest of honour and Tony Hall, BBC Director General hosted the awards ceremony event.
  • The CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) Raising Day is observed every year on 10th March under the Ministry of Home Affairs. The 51st CISF Raising Day is celebrated on March 10, 2020, for better protection and security throughout the country and to create awareness among the public regarding the role and functions of CISF.
  • The 6th International Day of Yoga (IDY) is to be celebrated on 21st June and a National event organized on this day is to be held at Leh, Ladakh (Union Territory).
  • On March 12, 2020, during the review meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, the centre has decided to invoke Epidemic Act 1897 to ensure that multiple government advisories issued from time to time by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare/State/UTs on COVID-19 become enforceable. In this regard, all the states and union territories (UTs) of India are advised to invoke the provisions of Section 2 of the Epidemic Disease Act 1897. Apart from this, Disaster Management (DM) Act 2005 also invocated, and powers exercised by the home secretary (Ajay Kumar Bhalla) for being the Chairman of the National Executive Committee (NEC) under section 10 of the DM Act (2005) have been delegated to the Ministry of Health and Family welfare.
  • On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic, which means a widespread disease. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus & can be controlled. The virus was 1st identified in China.
  • What is a pandemic? A pandemic describes an infectious disease where we see significant and ongoing person-to-person spread in multiple countries around the world at the same time. The last time a pandemic occurred was in 2009 with swine flu, which experts think killed hundreds of thousands of people.
  • On March 14, 2020 Government appointed former Chief Financial Officer & deputy Managing Director(MD) of SBI Prashant Kumar as MD & Chief Financial Officer(CEO), the former Punjab National Bank(PNB) MD Sunil Mehta as Non-Executive Chairman, Mahesh Krishnamurthy & Atul Bheda as non-executive directors of the reconstructed board of Yes Bank.
  • On March 13, 2020 Jaydev Dipakbhai Unadkat, 28 years old, led Saurashtra team and won the maiden Ranji Trophy title, on the basis of earning 44 runs in the first innings defeating Bengal team at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, Gujarat.
  • On March 14, 2020 Uttarakhand Chief Minister (CM) Trivendra Singh Rawat celebrated the traditional harvest festival “Phool Dei”. The festival also showcases the inner bonding between the communities who all are residing in the hills.

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