13-14 March 2019 Current Affairs

Harappan burial site | BSNL salaries | HDFC Bank M-cap | Boeing 737 MAX 8 |

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 02:10 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) A massive Harappan burial site was discovered by archaeologists at which place in Gujarat recently? – Lakhpat, Kutch (Kutch University and Kerala University performed the excavation in a joint effort near Khatia village of Lakhpat taluka in Kutch district. They discovered a massive burial site that has over 250 graves and 26 of them have already been excavated. This place is around 360 kilometers from Dholavira, a renowned Harappan site. The burial site is rectangular in shape and estimated to be 4600-5200 years old. It is worth mentioning that all the burial sites found in Gujarat till-date are either circular or semi-circular.)

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2) During March 2019 which public sector undertaking (PSU) for the first time ever failed to pay the salaries to its employees? – BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has failed to pay the February 2019 salaries to around 1.76 lakh employees on-time due to its financial crisis. This is the first time the company has defaulted in payment of its monthly salaries. However, BSNL has confirmed that the salaries are being released very soon. The company usually pays its employees on the last working day of the month or the first working day of the next)

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3) Which entity on 13 March 2019 became the third Indian company to cross Rs. 6 lakh crore market-capitalization? – HDFC Bank (HDFC Bank crossed the Rs. 6 lakh crore market capitalization mark for the first time on 13 March 2019. It thus became the third Indian company to achieve the milestone. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is the most valued Indian company with a market value of Rs. 8.50 lakh crore, followed by TCS at Rs. 7.50 lakh crore)

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4) Indian aviation regulator DGCA late on 12 March 2019 took decision to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in view of growing concern about safety of these planes. Which is the only Indian airline currently operating these planes? – SpiceJet (SpiceJet is the only Indian airline that operates 12 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. While Jet Airways has five of these planes, they are grounded because of the airline’s financial issues. The decision to ground these planes was taken after European aviation regulator EASA, the U.K, France, Germany, Australia and Singapore joined a growing number of countries that have barred the aircraft from their airspace following crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane on 10 March 2019 killing all 157 persons onboard)

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