4-9 March 2019 Current Affairs

Ayodhya Dispute | Mediation Panel | Rajdhani Express | Aadhaar Ordinance | New Finance Secretary |

Posted on Mar 09, 2019 03:54 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) In a significant move, the Supreme Court on 8 March 2019 sent the Ayodhya dispute for mediation and appointed 3-member panel of mediators. Who is the Chairman of this panel? - Justice F.M.I. Kalifulla (Former Supreme Court judge Justice F.M.I. Kalifulla is heading the 3-member panel constituted by the Supreme Court to undertake the process of mediation to resolve the Ayodhya dispute. Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu are the two other members of this panel. The mediation will take place in Faizabad and 8 week time has been given for this mediation)

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2) Indian Railways’ Rajdhani Express completed how many years of service during March 2019? – 50 years (India’s first Rajdhani Express – the Kolkata-New Delhi Rajdhani Express embarked on its maiden journey on 3 March 1969 from Howrah, making it the country's first fully air-conditioned. Thus this train series completed 50 years of service on 3 March 2019. Rajdhani was the first train in the country whose fares included charges for meals served)

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3) President Ramnath Kovind on 3 March 2019 gave his accent to the Aadhaar Ordinance that allows numerous privileges to Aadhaar users. Why this ordinance was required? – Because the Rajya Sabha could not consider the amendments in the Aadhaar Act 2016 during the budget session (As the Rajya Sabha could not consider the amendments in the Aadhaar Act 2016 during the budget session, President Ram Nath Kovind approved an ordinance to allow voluntary use of the biometric ID as KYC proof for obtaining mobile SIM cards and opening bank accounts. The ordinance allows children to cancel their Aadhaar number on attaining the age of eighteen years)

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4) Which Indian official was appointed Chief Scientist at WHO during March 2019? – Dr. Soumya Swaminathan (Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, a Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organisation has been named Chief Scientist of the World Health Organisation (WHO). She is the daughter of noted Indian agricultural scientist Dr. M.S. Swaminathan)

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5) What is the name of the Mizoram Governor who resigned from his post on 8 March 2019? – Kummanam Rajasekharan (Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan has stepped down from his post. His resignation fuelled speculations that he would be fielded as the BJP's candidate in the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency)

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6) Jerry Merryman, who passed during February 2019, was associated with development of which product? – Handheld calculator (Jerry Merryman, one of the inventors of the hand-held electronic calculator during 1960s, passed away on 27 February 2019. He was one of the three men credited with inventing the hand-held calculator while working at Dallas-based Texas Instruments. The team was led by Jack Kilby while the other member was James Van Tassel)

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7) Who was appointed as the new Finance Secretary by the Union Govt. on 8 March 2019? – Subhash Chandra Garg (Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, a 1983 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, was on 8 March 2019 nominated as the next Finance Secretary. He replaces Ajay Narayan Jha who superannuated on 28 February 2019)

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