Daily Current Affairs - 25th Mar 2019

500 cyclone-hit Mozambique nationals treated at Indian Navy medical camp

  • Indian Navy's 'Operation Sahayta' to provide relief to the cyclone-hit African nation Mozambique, treated nearly 500 people at a medical camp. After Cyclone 'Idai' hit Mozambique last week, the Indian Navy deployed its ships Sujata, Sarathi and Shardul to carry out humanitarian and disaster relief activities.
  • Mozambique
  • President: Filipe Nyusi
  • Prime Minister: Carlos Agostinho do Rosário
  • Capital: Maputo
  • Currency: Mozambican metical

CBSE looks to AI, yoga as new subjects

  • The CBSE will introduce artificial intelligence (AI), early childhood care education and yoga as new subjects in school curriculums from the upcoming academic session. A decision to introduce the three subjects was taken at a recent meeting of the board's governing body.
  • CBSE will introduce artificial intelligence as an optional 6th subject at Class IX from the session 2019-2020 onwards.

China Will Import More From US To Balance Bilateral Trade

  • Ahead of the crucial talks next month to finalize the texts of trade deal with the US to end the trade war. China will import more goods from the US to balance bilateral trade, a key demand of President Donald Trump.
  • Trump is demanding China to reduce the $375 billion trade deficit and protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), technology transfer and more access to American goods to Chinese markets.
  • He has already increased the tariffs on over $250 billion Chinese exports to the US and threatened to extend tariffs on $200 billion Chinese imports to 25 per cent.

Filmfare Awards 2019: Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor emerge top winners

  • Actors Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor came out as top winners at the 64th Filmfare Awards for their roles in ‘Raazi’ and ‘Sanju’, respectively. Ranbir won the Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) – Popular award for portraying the controversial cine icon Sanjay Dutt in his biopic ‘Sanju’.
  • Alia won Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) – Popular category for essaying the role of an undercover agent in ‘Raazi’.
  • Meghna Gulzar won the Best Director award for ‘Raazi’ which also took home the Best Film award.

Finch stars for Aussies

  • Australia defeated Pakistan by eight wickets in the second One-Day International cricket match. It took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Finch scored an unbeaten 153 (143b, 11x4, 6x6) while Khawaja made 88 as Australia chased down a target of 285 in 47.5 overs.
  • Earlier, batting first Pakistan scored 284 for seven, with Mohammad Rizwan scoring 115.

Football: Ramos helps Spain edge Norway

  • Sergio Ramos scored a second-half penalty to help Spain beat a spirited Norway 2-1 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, while teenage striker Moise Kean netted in Italy's win over Finland.

India achieves 84 % reduction in TB deaths among HIV patients: UN

  • According to the Joint United Nations Programme on the UNAIDS, India has achieved an 84 per cent reduction in tuberculosis deaths among people living with HIV by 2017. It is the highest recorded decline among over 20 nations and it is also three years ahead of the 2020 deadline.
  • World Health Organisation estimates show that globally, TB deaths among people living with HIV have fallen by 42 per cent since 2010.

Kenyan Teacher Who Aids Poor Wins $1 Million Global Prize

  • Peter Tabichi, a science teacher from Kenya, has just been awarded The Global Teacher Prize of worth $1 million. The teacher named Peter Tabichi, was selected from 10,000 applicants for the Global Teacher Prize.
  • He teaches in the semiarid village of Pwani, where almost one-third of children are orphans or have one parent, and where drought and famine are frequent.
  • Global Teacher Prize is sponsored by the Dubai-based Varkey Foundation.
  • Kenya:
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta
  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Currency: Kenyan shilling

NITI Aayog's FinTech Conclave to be held in New Delhi

  • NITI Aayog is organising a day-long FinTech Conclave at Dr. Ambedkar International Center, New Delhi. The objective of the conference is to shape India’s continued ascendancy in FinTech, build the narrative for future strategy and policy efforts, and to deliberate steps for comprehensive financial inclusion.
  • This Conclave will be featuring representatives from across the financial space - central ministries, regulators, bankers, startups, service providers and entrepreneurs.
  • This Conclave will host more than 300 representatives from the leading financial institutions.

Oman signs agreement allowing United States military to use its ports

  • Oman has signed an agreement with the United States that allow American ships and warplanes to take advantage of its ports and airports. This framework agreement is aimed at bolstering Omani-American military relations.
  • This agreement will allow the US forces to take advantage from the facilities offered at some of the Sultanate's ports and airports during visits of the US military vessels and aircraft, particularly in the port of Duqm.
  • Oman
  • Prime Minister: Qaboos bin Said Al Said
  • Capital: Muscat
  • Currency: Omani rial

Pistol coach Mohinder Lal passes away

  • Mohinder Lal, a former chief National pistol coach and DIG of BSF, died. He was 72. Mohinder, an Arjuna awardee, had competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and had placed 34th in rapid fire pistol with a score of 577. He was seventh in standard pistol in the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990.

RBI again defers Ind AS implementation by banks

  • The Reserve Bank of India has again deferred the implementation of the Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) by banks as the requisite legislative amendments are still under consideration. This move will bring huge relief to the banks which are yet to recognize stressed assets and make necessary provisions as that would require higher capital.
  • While the original plan was to implement these accounting norms by April 1, 2018, it had to be deferred by a year due to pending legislative amendments to the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: India, South Korea round-robin match ends in a draw

  • India and South Korea ended in a draw with a score of one goal each, in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at in the Malaysian city of Ipoh. Earlier India defeated Asian Games gold medalist Japan 2-nil to begin their campaign on a positive note.
  • India will now play with Malaysia.

Table Tennis: Sathiyan goes down fighting

  • G. Sathiyan who fought gallantly against Mattias Flack of Sweden before going down 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10 in the men’s singles semifinals of the ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open.

Thailand's pro-army party leads in election

  • In Thailand, a pro-military party is leading in the first general election since the 2014 coup. The Election Commission said, with 93 per cent of overall votes counted, the Palang Pracharat party is leading with 7.64 million votes. Close behind with 7.16 million votes is the main opposition Pheu Thai Party, linked to the self-exiled ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
  • Thailand:
  • Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha
  • Capital: Bangkok
  • Currency: Thai baht