Daily Current Affairs – 16 March , 2020

Union Government implements POSHAN Abhiyaan
Government of India is implementing POSHAN Abhiyaan across the country to address the problem of malnutrition. The campaign aims to reduce malnutrition in the country. The abhiyaan will be implemented in a phased manner through a life cycle approach. It also aims to reduce combat under-nutrition, anemia among young children, women and adolescent girls and reduce low birth weight.

39th GST Council meeting was held in New Delhi
39th GST Council meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman on 14 March in New Delhi. Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur, along with Finance Ministers of States/UTs and seniors officers of the Ministry of Finance, participated in the meeting.

Manipur government announced schemes for sportspersons, artistes
Manipur State government is to provide benefits to sportspersons and artistes of the state and the country. The announcement was made by the Chief Minister N Biren Singh on 15 March. It was declared that it was the biggest ever scheme for the welfare of the sportspersons and artistes of the state.

UNCTAD reports Coronavirus outbreak cost global economy up to USD 2 trillion
UN’s trade and development agency United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reported that the coronavirus (Covid-19) cost the global economy up to $2 trillion in 2019. The announcement was made by Richard Kozul-Wright, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD.

OIL signed agreement with Numaligarh Refinery for crude oil sale
India’s second-largest national oil explorer Oil India Ltd (OIL), signed an agreement with Numaligarh Refinery for purchase and sale of crude oil for a term of five years. The agreement was signed by the finance directors of the two companies.

India pledged USD 10 million toward a Covid-19 emergency fund
PM Modi hosted a video-conference meet of leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member nations to tackle the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

Centre to introduce Industrial Policy to boost economic development of Jammu and Kashmir
Centre is to introduce an Industrial Policy for the rapid economic development of Jammu and Kashmir, soo, The information was announced by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Highlights: ♦ J&K attracts Rs.13,000 crore for the last 70 years. With the new policy, GoI aims to triple the investment by 2024 in the region.

R K Singh launched the new website of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
Minister of State (I/C) for Power and New and Renewable Energy Shri R K Singh launched the new website of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy on 14 March. He directed that the sectoral updation of the site should be personally ensured at the senior level so that it maintains pace with time.

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