Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 02 March 2020


Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 02 March 2020


::NATIONAL::

Centre launches campaign for empowerment of women & girls through education

  • The government has launched a special campaign to take forward the momentum of empowerment of girls and women through education. Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhrial Nishank has said the ministry will celebrate the international women's day in schools and colleges across the country.

  • He said the week-long special theme-based campaign begins from today in the run up to the International Women's Day on 8th of March. The Minister further said, as a tribute to women, the celebration by HRD Ministry will continue throughout the year.

  • The Minister said the government has taken several initiatives since 2014 for the education of the girl child. This is one of the reasons for the success of the scheme of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao whereby the Gross Enrollment Ratio of girls across all levels of education is now higher than boys.

  • The Minister said that a self-defence Olympiad will be organized for girls at school-level on the lines of Yoga Olympiad.

  • He said to ensure safety and security of girls, self-defence training is imparted to girls of class 6 and 12 belonging to Government Schools.

Centre to review monuments under ASI

  • The number of monuments under the Centre’s protection could increase as the government is planning to conduct a review of those under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the ones protected by the State governments, ..................................................

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::ECONOMY::

Finance ministry MoS claims continuous improvement of economy

  • Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur today said that taxpayers base has widened and tax collection have increased by 8 percent in the country.

  • He said, it indicates the economy is improving continuously. Union Minister was addressing media after interaction with the stakeholders from various trades and industries body at Chandigarh.

  • He said that with Sabka Vishwas scheme, 95 percent old cases had been solved and it had provided relief to the traders. The Minister said, under Vivad Se Vishwas scheme tax payers have to pay Income Tax Demand by 3 March 31, 2020 to get the waiver of interest and penalty. He told, in the last 5 years big reforms have been made in the banking sector.

  • He said that economic indicators shows the country is moving in the right direction. Replying to a question he said that Government is seriously viewing the impact of spread of corona virus on economy and till now no major impact is visible.

Centre to deploy officials for systematic implementation of development projects

  • The Central government has decided to depute 1000 officials to the 110 selected aspirational districts to ensure systematic implementation of development projects.

  • This was stated by Union Health Minister Dr ...............................

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::INTERNATIONAL::

Turkey confirms operation against Syrian regime

  • Turkey on Sunday announced the launch of an offensive against the Moscow-backed Syrian regime, as Ankara put pressure on Europe by opening its border for migrants to seek passage to the continent via Greece.

  • Tensions have soared between Russia and Turkey after an airstrike blamed on Damascus killed dozens of Turkish soldiers in Idlib last week. Turkish and Syrian military exchanged fire over the weekend with Syrian forces targetting a Turkish drone and artillery and Ankara claiming to have shot down two Syrian fighter jets.

  • The confrontation between the Russia-backed Syrian military and NATO-member Turkey, which supports Syrian rebels, has prompted worries over a wider conflict and a migrant crisis in Europe similar to 2015.

  • Migrant numbers have already surged along the rugged frontier after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeking to pressure the EU over Syria, said the country had “opened the doors” to Europe.

  • Greece said Sunday it has blocked nearly 10,000 migrants at its border with Turkey.Turkish forces hit Syrian regime positions after Mr. Erdogan warned Damascus would “pay a price” for the air strike that killed 34 Turkish troops inside Idlib on Thursday.

South Korea to come out with all out response against COVID due to high number of cases

  • In South Korea, President Moon Jae-in has said today that the government was waging "all-out responses" to contain the novel coronavirus. He said, the nation will be able to overcome the COVID-19 outbreak ................................

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::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::

Study reveals severe water scarcity in Himalayan region

  • Eight towns in the Himalayan region of Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Pakistan were nearly 20%-70% deficient in their water supply, says a survey that appears in the latest edition of the journal Water Policy.

  • The researchers surveyed 13 ...............................

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::SPORTS::

Rafael Nadal wins Mexican open title

  • In Tennis, World Number 2 Rafael Nadal captured his first title of the year, defeating unseeded Taylor Fritz in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in the final of the ATP Mexico Open yesterday.

  • Nadal, playing in his first tournament since losing in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open last month, ousted Fritz in the first career meeting between the two.

  • Nadal ceded the world number one ranking to Novak Djokovic after the Australian Open, where the Serb won a record eighth title.

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