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Daily Current Affairs 12th March, 2024: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 12th March, 2024. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 12th March, 2024. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 12th March, 2024 Current affairs test.

National News

  1. All-Women Maritime Surveillance by Andaman & Nicobar Command The Andaman & Nicobar Command marked a historical event by launching its first all-women maritime surveillance mission, aligning with International Women’s Day and the 40th anniversary of INAS 318. This milestone highlights the command’s commitment to gender equality and the critical role women play in defense, demonstrating its ongoing efforts to ensure gender neutrality and equal opportunities within the military.
  2. Implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act by Indian Government The government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) declared the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on March 11, 2024. The CAA, which has been contentious due to its exclusion of Muslims, provides a citizenship route for persecuted minorities from neighboring countries, reigniting debate and protest.
  3. Inauguration of Dilli Gramodaya Abhiyan by Amit Shah Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, initiated the Piped Natural Gas (PNG) facilities for 41 villages and unveiled numerous developmental endeavors across 178 villages under the ‘Dilli Gramodaya Abhiyan’. With a budget of Rs 960 crore, this initiative aims at improving infrastructure and living conditions in rural and newly urbanized parts of Delhi.
  4. Prime Minister Modi Unveils Airport Projects in Uttar Pradesh Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 15 major airport projects in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, on March 10. Valued at nearly ₹10,000 crore, these projects include new airports, terminal expansions, and foundational works for future facilities across cities like Pune, Kolhapur, Gwalior, and others, showcasing a significant infrastructural enhancement.

International News

  1. Asif Ali Zardari Becomes Pakistan’s 14th President Following a decisive victory in the presidential election, Asif Ali Zardari was sworn in as the 14th President of Pakistan, succeeding Dr. Arif Alvi. Zardari’s election victory was marked by a substantial majority vote from all electoral colleges.
  2. Concerns Over China’s New Territorial Claim in Gulf of Tonkin China’s announcement of a new territorial sea baseline in the Gulf of Tonkin, an area shared with Vietnam, has raised concerns over its impact on regional stability and existing agreements. The move involves seven base points that outline China’s sovereignty claims in this historically significant maritime zone.

State News

  1. Tamil Nadu Introduces ‘Neengal Nalama’ Scheme The Tamil Nadu government has launched a program called ‘Neengal Nalama’ to evaluate the implementation of its flagship welfare schemes and address public grievances. This initiative will involve direct outreach to the beneficiaries by top government officials, including the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary.
  2. Resignation of Haryana’s Chief Minister and Cabinet Amid Coalition Issues Due to differences within the coalition government of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his cabinet resigned. The conflict was mainly over seat-sharing for upcoming elections, leading to a significant shakeup in the state’s political landscape.
  3. Nayab Singh Saini Named New Chief Minister of Haryana Following the resignation of Manohar Lal Khattar, Nayab Singh Saini, an influential OBC leader, has been appointed as Haryana’s new Chief Minister by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Saini’s political journey with the BJP spans several decades, reflecting a steady climb through the party’s ranks.
  4. Tamil Nadu Refuses to Implement CAA M.K. Stalin, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, announced the state’s decision not to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), which was recently brought into effect by the central government. The CAA aims to fast-track citizenship for non-Muslim migrants from specific neighboring countries, a move Tamil Nadu opposes.
  5. Stratigraphic Column Unveiled in Andhra Pradesh by Geological Survey of India In Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh, the Geological Survey of India showcased a Stratigraphic Column of the Cuddapah Supergroup, highlighting the geological evolution of one of India’s largest Proterozoic basins. This initiative is part of efforts to transform the Vajrakarur Camp into a major educational and research center.
  6. Assam Launches a 50 MW Solar Project in Sonitpur Chief Minister of Assam, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, initiated a 50 MW Solar Project in Sonitpur district, aiming to boost the state’s renewable energy sector. With an investment of Rs. 291 crores, the project is expected to significantly contribute to sustainable development by producing a substantial amount of green energy over 25 years.

Defence News

  1. DRDO’s Successful Test of Agni-5 Missile with MIRV Technology The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested the Agni-5 missile equipped with multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV) technology, enhancing India’s strategic deterrence capabilities by enabling the delivery of multiple nuclear warheads across wide areas.
  2. Major Anti-Drone Technology Order Secured by BBBS Under IDEX Big Bang Boom Solutions (BBBS) secured a significant defense contract worth over Rs 200 Crores for its advanced anti-drone technology. This contract, awarded by the Ministry of Defence, represents the largest order under the Innovations for Defence Excellence (IDEX) program, aimed at equipping the Indian Army and Air Force with cutting-edge capabilities.

Banking News

  1. IndusInd Bank Introduces Indus PayWear for Contactless Payments IndusInd Bank, in collaboration with Mastercard, launched ‘Indus PayWear’, a range of tokenized wearable devices for seamless debit and credit card transactions. This innovative payment solution, offering rings, watch clasps, and stickers, enhances convenience, security, and flexibility for users.

Business News

  1. Amalgamation Scheme by Aditya Birla Capital and Aditya Birla Finance Aditya Birla Capital announced a merger with its subsidiary, Aditya Birla Finance, aiming to create a robust non-banking financial company (NBFC). This strategic consolidation is designed to comply with RBI regulations and strengthen their financial services sector.

Important Days News

  1. Celebration of World Plumbing Day 2024 World Plumbing Day, celebrated on March 11, emphasizes the essential role of plumbing in maintaining public health and safety. Initiated by the World Plumbing Council, the day promotes awareness about the importance of safe plumbing practices and healthy sanitation habits.

Schemes News

  1. Revamped Technology Upgradation Scheme by Department of Pharmaceuticals The Department of Pharmaceuticals has introduced a revised Pharmaceuticals Technology Upgradation Assistance Scheme to support the pharmaceutical industry’s technological and quality improvements, focusing on enabling smaller manufacturing units and MSMEs to meet global standards.

Summits & Conferences News

  1. Yaounde Declaration on Malaria Elimination in Africa Health ministers from 11 African countries, along with global partners, committed to ending malaria deaths in a conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The declaration addresses the urgent need to tackle the increasing malaria burden, particularly in Africa, where the majority of cases and deaths occur.

Appointments News

  1. AS Rajeev Named Vigilance Commissioner AS Rajeev was appointed as Vigilance Commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission, bringing over 38 years of banking experience to the role. His appointment is expected to contribute significantly to the Commission’s efforts in promoting transparency and integrity.
  2. Kishor Makwana Chairs National Commission for Scheduled Castes Kishor Makwana has taken over as the Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, with Luv Kush Kumar joining as a member. They aim to protect and promote the rights of the Scheduled Castes community, ensuring justice and preventing discrimination.

Awards News

  1. Riken Yamamoto Awarded 2024 Pritzker Architecture Prize The prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize for 2024 was awarded to Riken Yamamoto, a distinguished Japanese architect known for his innovative and human-centric designs. The prize recognizes outstanding contributions to architecture and the built environment.
  2. Delhi Airport Wins Best Airport in Asia-Pacific Award Again For the sixth year in a row, Delhi Airport was named the ‘Best Airport’ in the Asia-Pacific region by the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. This accolade highlights Delhi Airport’s excellence in providing superior services to travelers.

Agreements News

  1. NGEL and RVUNL MoU for Renewable Energy Projects NTPC’s renewable energy subsidiary NGEL and Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (RVUNL) signed MoUs to enhance the Chhabra Thermal Power Plant’s efficiency through renewable energy and green hydrogen projects, aiming at sustainability and improved power generation.

Sports News

  1. ICC Players of the Month: Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sutherland Yashasvi Jaiswal, the Indian opening batsman, was honored as the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for his exceptional performance in February 2024, including scoring two double centuries in Test matches, highlighting his meteoric rise in international cricket.

Science & Technology News

  1. Launch of India’s Fastest Indigenous IP/MPLS Router India’s technological landscape achieved a significant milestone with the unveiling of its fastest indigenously developed IP/MPLS router by Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. This achievement underscores India’s commitment to advancing its capabilities in the technology sector.
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