15 March 2019 Current Affairs

Azim Premji | Masood Azhar | UN Security Council | Vistara | Black Hole coin | LIC Chairman |

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 01:35 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Which noted Indian businessman gave away 34% of his shares in his company valued at about $7.5 billion to charitable causes on 13 March 2019? – Azim Premji (India’s second-richest man Azim Premji on 13 March 2019 gave away 34% of his shares in Wipro Ltd to charitable causes. The value of these shares stood at about $7.5 billion. Now the total value of funds committed by the billionaire to Azim Premji Foundation’s philanthropic activities is Rs. 1.45 trillion ($21 billion). Premji is widely known for his frugal ways as he avoids costly cars and ostentatious displays of wealth)

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2) China once again placed a hold and blocked the attempt to list Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the Security Council on 13 March 2019. China has now blocked this resolution how many times? – 4 times (China has shielded Masood Azhar for the fourth time after it blocked action on the JeM chief by putting a technical hold on 13 March 2019. A proposal to declare him an international terrorist following the Pulwama terror attack was moved by France, the UK and the US in the UN Security Council on 27 February 2019)

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3) Which Indian airline company was given approval to fly international routes on 13 March 2019? – Vistara (Vistara, one of the three full-service carriers in India, can now fly to international destinations. Vistara had sought government clearance in June 2018 when it met the requirement of owning a fleet of more than 20 jets, needed to fly internationally. Vistara is a joint-venture between Tata Group and Singapore Airlines)

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4) Which country on 13 March 2019 released a unique coin featuring black hole to honour late physicist Sir Stephen Hawking? – United Kingdom (The Royal Mint of the United Kingdom has honoured Stephen Hawking’s legacy in the form of a special new commemorative 50 pence coin with black hole engraved on it that was released on 13 March 2018. The coin displays the formula (S = kc^3 A / 4ℏG) describing a black hole's entropy.

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5) Who was appointed the new Chairman of the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) on 13 March 2019? – M.R. Kumar (M.R. Kumar, the Zonal Manager (in-charge) of North Zone LIC, was on 13 March 2019 appointed the next Chairman of LIC. He will hold the post of the LIC Chairman for five years. He replaces V.K. Sharma who superannuated from the post during December 2018)

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