Google to open its cloud region in Delhi
Google to open the cloud region in Delhi. It will be made operational by 2021. This will be Google’s second cloud region in India. The first one was in Mumbai that was launched in 2017.
Luxembourg becomes first country to make all public transport free
In an attempt to reduce traffic jams, Luxembourg a small European country has become the first country in the world to make all public transport free from February 29. This is the first time that the decision to offer free public transport has covered an entire country, the transport ministry stated.
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NABARD infused Rs 1.46 lakh crore in the rural banking system
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has infused Rs.1.46 lakh crore in the rural banking system during the current fiscal. The bank stated that it had given Rs.66,397 crore in short-term credit and Rs.6,704 crore in long-term credit to rural cooperative banks.
Gairsain was made the new summer capital of Uttarakhand
Gairsain was made the new summer capital of Uttarakhand. The announcement was made by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat at the assembly session convened in Gairsain. It partially fulfilled an over two-decade demand by statehood. CM dedicated the announcement to the people who sacrificed themselves for the formation of Uttarakhand state. Gairsain: Uttarakhand was carved out from Uttar Pradesh and formed as a separate state in 1998.
Pragyan Conclave 2020 commenced in New Delhi
Pragyan Conclave 2020 commenced on 4 March 2020 at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi. It will be held on 4-5 March. The two-day Indian Army International Seminar is being organized by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS).
Jammu and Kashmir government launched Student Health Card scheme for school children
Jammu and Kashmir government has launched Student Health Card scheme in Jammu on 5 March. It was launched by Lt. Governor G.C. Murmu at a programme organized by Directorate of Mid Day Meal, School Education Department in association with National Health Mission at Teachers Bhavan Jammu. The scheme will ensure regular checkups of school-going children.
Janaushadhi week is celebrated from 1-7 March
Janaushadhi week is celebrated in India from 1-7 March 2020. During this occasion, various activities like health checkup Camp, Jan Aushadhi Paricharcha, Jan Aushadhi ka sath are being undertaken.
Cabinet approves amendment on the FDI policy on civil aviation
The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved to amend the existing Foreign direct investment (FDI) Policy to permit Foreign Investment(s) in M/s Air India Ltd. The amendment will allow foreign investment up to 100% by those Non-resident Indians (NRIs), who are Indian Nationals.
Chandrayaan-III mission to be launched in first half of 2021
The Union Minister Jitendra Singh announced that ISRO’s Chandrayaan-III would be launched in the first half of 2021. A slight delay might happen in the launching of the third moon mission.
Sri Lanka to lead science, technology and innovation sector in BIMSTEC
Sri Lanka will lead the science, technology and innovation sector in the BIMSTEC and a facility for technology transfer is planned to be opened in the future. This was agreed during the 20th Session of the senior officials’ meeting chaired by Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha in Colombo .
Cabinet approved amalgamation of PSBs with effect from 1 April
The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the consolidation of ten Public Sector Banks (PSBs) into four. The amalgamation of the PSBs will be effective from 1 April 2020.
The banks include:
(i) amalgamation of Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) and United Bank of India into Punjab National Bank (PNB)
(ii) amalgamation of Syndicate Bank into Canara Bank
(iii) amalgamation of Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank into Union Bank of India
(iv) amalgamation of Allahabad Bank into Indian Bank
Sanjay Kumar Panda appointed India’s Ambassador to Turkey
Senior diplomat Sanjay Kumar Panda has been appointed as India’s Ambassador to Turkey.
Sanjay Kumar Panda is presently Consul General, Consulate General of India, San Francisco.
PM Modi will be treated with highest honour during Bangladesh visit
Foreign Minister of Bangladesh A.K. Abdul Momen has stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be treated with the highest honour during his forthcoming visit to Bangladesh to attend the Mujib Centenary Celebrations.
Kieron Pollard becomes first player to play 500 T20 matches
West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard became the first player in the history of T20 cricket to feature in 500 matches when he took the field against Sri Lanka for the first T20I.