Current Affairs: 13 March 2019

Daily Current GK Update

13 March, 2019

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  1. New Visa agreement between India, Maldives comes into effect

The new visa agreement between India and Maldives came into force. The new policy provides a liberal visa policy for Maldivian citizens seeking medical treatment as well as education and business opportunities in India.

The agreement has come into effect after all formalities including information being provided to all immigration offices, border points and customs authorities have been completed.

Source: – The Hindu


  1. Dr. A.K. Mohanty takes over as Director BARC

Dr. A.K. Mohanty, take the charges of director Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) from Shri KN. Vyas, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy. During the past 36 years, Dr. Mohanty has worked in several areas of nuclear physics covering collision energy from sub-Coulomb barrier to relativistic regime.

Dr. Mohanty is the recipient of Young Scientists Award of Indian Physical Society (1988). Young Physicist Award by Indian National Science Academy (1991) and Department of Atomic EnergyHomi Bhabha Science & Technology Award (2001).


  1. NCLT clears ArcelorMittal’s rs 42,000-crore bid to take over Essar Steel

The Ahmedabad bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has approved the Rs 42,000-crore resolution plan submitted by ArcelorMittal for the debt-ridden Essar Steel Ltd. The tribunal’s approval for the mega-deal has come 583 days after it started the insolvency proceedings, instead of the mandated 270 days.

ArcelorMittal’s takeover proposal for the indebted steel-maker was approved by the Essar Steel’s Committee of Creditors last October and it was pending before the NCLT for approval since then.

Source: – The Economic Times


  1. PINAKA, guided weapons system successfully test fired

Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test fired the PINAKA guided WEAPON rocket system from Pokhran range in Rajasthan.

The weapon system is equipped with stateof-the-art guidance kit comprising of an advanced navigation and control system. The weapon systems impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies.

Source: – DD News


  1. Dipa Karmakar selected as Barbie Role Model

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar was selected as Barbie role model & was presented with a one-of-a-kind doll by Barbie as the company celebrates its 60th anniversary. She was part of the ‘Shero program launched in 2015 by the company.

Source: – The Hindu


  1. India-Bangladesh jointly inaugurated 4 development projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly unveiled e-plaques for development projects in Bangladesh through video conferencing. This was the sixth such video conference between PM. Modi and Prime Minister Hasina.

Both the leaders launched the e-plaques for these projects in Bangladesh:

(i). Supply of buses and trucks,

(ii). Inauguration of 36 community clinics,

(iii). Inauguration of 11 water treatment plants,

(iv). Extension of National Knowledge Network to Bangladesh.

Source: – DD News

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